LAX to test new computers to foil terrorists and crooks

first_imgUse of the software at LAX began in August and expects to continue the test on car searches for about six months in all, said James Butts, deputy executive director of law enforcement for Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX. The program might be expanded to patrols of bomb-sniffing dogs. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A new computer program to keep potential terrorists and criminals constantly uncertain about where, when and how often vehicles will be searched at entrances will be tried at Los Angeles International Airport. The software is based on the thesis of 26-year-old Praveen Paruchuri, who earned his doctorate in May. Paruchuri said he’s surprised and delighted that his game-theory research on random timing of police patrols and its effects on crimes such as home burglaries has so quickly been utilized. High-tech assistance won’t solve all the issues of terrorism, but “in the hands of the police can be very powerful tools and make the process a little more efficient,” said Paruchuri, who was born and raised in India and is now working at an artificial intelligence research company in Maryland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more