An Ontology-Centric Approach to Sensor-Mission Assignment

Mario Gomez, Alun David Preece, Matthew P. Johnson, Geeth Ranmal De Mel, Wamberto W M P D Vasconcelos, Christopher Gibson, Amotz Bar-Noy, Konrad Borowiecki, Thomas F. La Porta, Diego Pizzocaro, Hosam Rowaihy, Gavin Pearson, Tiem Pham

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Sensor-mission assignment involves the allocation of sensor and other information-providing resources to missions in order to cover the information needs of the individual tasks in each mission. This is an important problem in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) domain, where sensors are typically over-subscribed, and task requirements change dynamically. This paper approaches the sensor-mission assignment problem from a Semantic Web perspective: the core of the approach is a set of ontologies describing mission tasks, sensors, and deployment platforms. Semantic reasoning is used to recommend collections of types of sensors and platforms that are known to be "fit-for-purpose" for a particular task, during the mission planning process. These recommended solutions are used to constrain a search for available instances of sensors and platforms that can be allocated at mission execution-time to the relevant tasks. An interface to the physical sensor environment allows the instances to be configured to operate as a coherent whole and deliver the necessary data to users. Feedback loops exist throughout, allowing re-planning of the sensor-task fitness, reallocation of instances, and reconfiguration of the sensor network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Knowledge in a World of Networks
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, EKAW 2008, Acitrezza, Italy, Semptember 29-October 2, 2008 : Proceedings
EditorsAldo Gangemi, Jerome Euzenat
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-87695-3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Event16th International Conference, EKAW 2008 - Acitrezza, Italy
Duration: 29 Sept 20082 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference16th International Conference, EKAW 2008


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