A Practical Approach to the Development of Ontology-Based Information Fusion Systems

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Ontology-based representations are gaining momentum among other alternatives to implement the knowledge model of high-level fusion applications. In this paper, we provide an introduction to the theoretical foundations of ontology-based knowledge representation and reasoning, with a particular focus on the issues that appear in maritime security –where heterogeneous regulations, information sources, users, and systems are involved. We also present some current approaches and existing technologies for high-level fusion based on ontological representations. Unfortunately, current tools for the practical implementation of ontology-based systems are not fully standardized, or even prepared to work together in medium-scale systems. Accordingly, we discuss different alternatives to face problems such as spatial and temporal knowledge representation or uncertainty management. To illustrate the conclusions drawn from this research, an ontology-based semantic tracking system is briefly presented. Results and latent capabilities of this framework are shown at the end of the paper, where we also envision future opportunities for this kind of applications.
Proceedings of: NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on Prediction and Recognition of Piracy Efforts Using Collaborative Human-Centric Information Systems, Salamanca, 19-30 September, 2011
Information Fusion, Knowledge-Based Systems, Ontologies, Maritime Security
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Bossé, E. et al. (eds.), 2013. Prediction and Recognition of Piracy Efforts Using Collaborative Human-Centric Information Systems, Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI), Salamanca, Spain 19-30 September, 2011, (NATO Science for Peace and Security, Sub-Series - E: Human and Societal Dynamics, v. 109), IOS Press, pp. 176-183.