Title: Cooperation in distributed surveillance systems for dense regions

Authors: Abderrezak Benaskeur, Alaa Khamis, Hengameh Irandoust

Addresses: Decision Support Systems for C2 Section, Defence R&D Canada – Valcartier, 2459 blvd. Pie XI North, Quebec, QC, G3J 1X5, Canada. ' Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI) Lab, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada. ' Decision Support Systems for C2 Section, Defence R&D Canada – Valcartier, 2459 blvd. Pie XI North, Quebec, QC, G3J 1X5, Canada

Abstract: In this paper, we envision a distributed surveillance system where spatially distributed sensors of different modalities can sense collaboratively and continuously large-scale, dynamic, dense and semi-structured environments. The paper discusses surveillance operations in complex and dense environments, such as littoral regions, and describes the key features of distributed surveillance systems. Effective and robust cooperation among the artificial and/or the human agents can synergistically improve the performance of these systems and can endow them with higher-level faculties, such as cooperative target detection and tracking. Different forms of cooperative activities in distributed surveillance systems are mentioned. The paper focuses on intra and inter-platform target cueing and handoff as augmentative forms of cooperation in distributed surveillance.

Keywords: distributed surveillance; cooperation; holonic control; target tracking; cueing; handoff; defence support systems; dense regions; distributed sensors; collaborative sensing; agent-based systems; target detection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2011.037806

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2011 Vol.4 No.1, pp.20 - 49

Published online: 30 Dec 2010 *

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