ThreatDetect: An Autonomous Platform to secure Marine Infrastructures

Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


The NATO SPS multi-year project ThreatDetect investigates an autonomous platform to secure marine infrastructures by reliably detecting divers and mines in real time. Our system combines acoustic remote detection with verification using pattern recognition on underwater imagery. For diver detection, we rely on active acoustics from a single transceiver, and analyze the acoustic reflections to detect and localize a target that fits the pattern of a diver. For mine detection, we segment sonar images from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to differentiate between background, highlight, and shadow. In case of detection, we steer the AUV’s trajectory so as to closely observe the target, and transmit segmented sonar images to a surface station via underwater acoustic communications. At the time of writing, the project is performing final technology tuning and integrated sea experiments.


Underwater threat detection Infrastructure security Diver detection and tracking AUV Submerged mine detection Underwater acoustic communications Sea experiments 



This research has been sponsored in part by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme under grant G5293.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Department of Marine BiologyMorris Kahn Marine Research StationSdot YamIsrael
  4. 4.Leon H. Charney School of Marine SciencesUniversity of HaifaHaifaIsrael
  5. 5.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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