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Tasking and sharing sensing assets using controlled natural language
Author(s): Alun Preece; Diego Pizzocaro; David Braines; David Mott
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Paper Abstract

We introduce an approach to representing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks at a relatively high level in controlled natural language. We demonstrate that this facilitates both human interpretation and machine processing of tasks. More specically, it allows the automatic assignment of sensing assets to tasks, and the informed sharing of tasks between collaborating users in a coalition environment. To enable automatic matching of sensor types to tasks, we created a machine-processable knowledge representation based on the Military Missions and Means Framework (MMF), and implemented a semantic reasoner to match task types to sensor types. We combined this mechanism with a sensor-task assignment procedure based on a well-known distributed protocol for resource allocation. In this paper, we re-formulate the MMF ontology in Controlled English (CE), a type of controlled natural language designed to be readable by a native English speaker whilst representing information in a structured, unambiguous form to facilitate machine processing. We show how CE can be used to describe both ISR tasks (for example, detection, localization, or identication of particular kinds of object) and sensing assets (for example, acoustic, visual, or seismic sensors, mounted on motes or unmanned vehicles). We show how these representations enable an automatic sensor-task assignment process. Where a group of users are cooperating in a coalition, we show how CE task summaries give users in the eld a high-level picture of ISR coverage of an area of interest. This allows them to make ecient use of sensing resources by sharing tasks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8389, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR III, 838905 (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918839
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Alun Preece, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Diego Pizzocaro, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
David Braines, IBM United Kingdom Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Mott, IBM United Kingdom Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8389:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR III
Tien Pham, Editor(s)

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