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Symmetry 2019, 11(2), 188;

A Generalised Bayesian Inference Method for Maritime Surveillance Using Historical Data

Intelligent Transport System Research Center, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430068, China
College of Marine Sciences, Minjiang University, Fuzhou 350108, China
Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 30 January 2019 / Accepted: 31 January 2019 / Published: 8 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Mechanical Engineering)
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In practice, maritime monitoring systems rely on manual work to identify the authenticities, risks, behaviours and importance of moving objects, which cannot be obtained directly through sensors, especially from marine radar. This paper proposes a generalised Bayesian inference-based artificial intelligence that is capable of identifying these patterns of moving objects based on their dynamic attributes and historical data. First of all, based on dependable prior data, likelihood information about objects of interest is obtained in terms of dynamic attributes, such as speed, direction and position. Observations on these attributes of a new object can be obtained as pieces of evidence profiled as probability distributions or generally belief distributions if ambiguity appears in the observations. Using likelihood modelling, the observed pieces of evidence are independent of the prior distribution patterns. Subsequently, Dempster’s rule is used to combine the pieces of evidence under consideration of their weight and reliability to identify the moving object. A real world case study of maritime radar surveillance is conducted to validate and prove the efficiency of the proposed approach. Overall, this approach is capable of providing a probabilistic and rigorous recognition result for pattern recognition of moving objects, which is suitable for any other actively detecting applications in transportation systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: Dempster’s rule; evidence distance; pattern recognition; maritime surveillance Dempster’s rule; evidence distance; pattern recognition; maritime surveillance

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Li, J.; Chu, X.; He, W.; Ma, F.; Malekian, R.; Li, Z. A Generalised Bayesian Inference Method for Maritime Surveillance Using Historical Data. Symmetry 2019, 11, 188.

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