Context-based multi-level information fusion for harbor surveillance Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2015

start page

  • 173

end page

  • 186


  • 21

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1566-2535

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6305


  • Harbor surveillance is a critical and challenging part of maritime security procedures. Building a surveillance picture to support decision makers in detection of potential threats requires the integration of data and information coming from heterogeneous sources. Context plays a key role in achieving this task by providing expectations, constraints and additional information for inference about the items of interest. This paper proposes a fusion system for context-based situation and threat assessment with application to harbor surveillance. The architecture of the system is organized in two levels. The lowest level uses an ontological model to formally represent input data and to classify harbor objects and basic situations by deductive reasoning according to the harbor regulations. The higher level applies Belief-based Argumentation to evaluate the threat posed by suspicious vessels. The functioning of the system is illustrated with several examples that reproduce common harbor scenarios. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Computer Science


  • context; higher-level fusion; ontologies; belief argumentation system; maritime surveillance; higher-level fusion; situation awareness; semantic web; owl-dl; ontologies; tracking; model