Reconfiguration of Large-Scale Surveillance Systems

  • Peter Novák
  • Cees Witteveen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8143)


The Metis research project aims at supporting maritime safety and security by facilitating continuous monitoring of vessels in national coastal waters and prevention of phenomena, such as vessel collisions, environmental hazard, or detection of malicious intents, such as smuggling. Surveillance systems, such as Metis, typically comprise a number of heterogeneous information sources and information aggregators. Among the main problems of their deployment lies scalability of such systems with respect to a potentially large number of monitored entities. One of the solutions to the problem is continuous and timely adaptation and reconfiguration of the system according to the changing environment it operates in. At any given timepoint, the system should use only a minimal set of information sources and aggregators needed to facilitate cost-effective early detection of indicators of interest.

Here we describe the Metis system prototype and introduce a theoretical framework for modelling scalable information-aggregation systems. We model information-aggregation systems as networks of inter-dependent reasoning agents, each representing a mechanism for justification/refutation of a conclusion derived by the agent. The proposed continuous reconfiguration algorithm relies on standard results from abstract argumentation and corresponds to computation of a grounded extension of the argumentation framework associated with the system.


Database Schema Valid Argument Argumentation Framework Naive Algorithm Malicious Intent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Novák
    • 1
  • Cees Witteveen
    • 1
  1. 1.Algorithmics Group, Faculty EEMCSDelft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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