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Dr. Amir Ardestani-Jaafari uses math games to help prepare the world for anything

Amir Ardestani Jaafari

Robust optimization can replace gaming strategy when you can’t predict an opponent’s next move—or any move. Using advanced equations and algorithms, Dr. Ardestani-Jaafari attempts to insulate networks from attack, be it a wildfire threatening a highway system or a hospital planning the best routes for home health-care delivery.

"In mathematics, we find the language to decode and solve complex problems,” he says. “For me, mathematics was never just about numbers; it’s a pathway to making a real difference."

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