[AI] IBM scientists create specialised math algorithms

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Tue Apr 1 21:28:27 EDT 2008

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IBM scientists create specialised math algorithms 

Bangalore (PTI): IBM on Tuesday announced that its scientists have created specialised math algorithms to help model and manage natural disasters like wildlife,
floods, diseases. 

IBM's `stochastic optimisation model' was developed by IBM Math scientists from IBM Research Labs in New York and India working with business experts from
IBM's Global Business Services to help relief agencies, government bodies and companies with tools for strategic planning for more effective allocation
of resources for natural disaster managemnet. 

"Our researchers have worked on innovative optimisation solutions designed to create a roadmap for a responsive disaster risk reduction", said Dr Daniel
Dias, Director, IBM India Research Laboratory adding the challenge lay in matching high end mathematical programming technologies with high impact business
and societal problems. 

The models can be explored to manage floods or famines in India or natural disasters anywhere in the world. A fully developed customised and implemented
model can significantly help the approach for disaster risk reduction and management. 

In case of flooding the stochastic model would use various flood scenarios, resource suply capabiites at different dispatch locations and fixed and variable
costs assocaited various risk measures, a release said. 

By assigning probabilities to the factors driving outcomes, the model outlines how limited resources can meet tomorrow's unknown demands or liabilites.
In this way, the risks and rewards of various tradeoffs can be explored. 

The model allows unforseen challenges to be solved mostly wthin an hour, and has scalability to manage even larger models in future. 

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