Spatio-Cultural Abductive Reasoning Engine


There are many applications where we have pairs of locations—observations and partners—in a geospatial area related based on a set of constraints. This new type of reasoning is called Geospatial Abduction. The Spatio-Cultural Abductive Reasoning Engine (SCARE) employs this new type of reasoning. Recently, we implemented SCARE to predict IED caches based on attack locations. A recent extension, the SCARE-S2 system, allows us to detect high value targets such as large weapons caches in Afghanistan.

For additional information, please contact Prof. V.S. Subrahmanian.

Last updated: April 2011 by John Dickerson.


Please contact V.S. Subrahmanian if you are interested in funding this project.

Research and implementation of this project is performed jointly by members of the University of Maryland and the Università di Torino.

Project Contributors


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SCARE ICCCD 2009 Presentation

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SCARE Software Demonstration (video)

Please note that SCARE requires the Google Earth Plugin.

For access to SCARE, please contact Prof. VS Subrahmanian.