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Keynote session on Information Fusion and Sensor Network Surveillance
Professor Henry Leung
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


In this talk we will present the basic components of information fusion including sensor registration, data association and its use in multiple object tracking, fusion, situation assessment, path planning and how these components work together to combine information for surveillance. A goal-driven net-enabled distributed sensing approach is presented for large area surveillance. Multiple platforms including mobile such as maritime patrol aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, and ships and fixed surveillance assets such as land radar are deployed to identify, assess and track moving, stopped or drifting objects in a large geographic area. A simultaneous registration, association and fusion method is proposed for lower level information fusion, and machine intelligence is applied for situation assessment and path planning. Decision making is performed on basic sub-goals and the sub-goal decisions are combined together for goal reasoning. We will use sensor networks such as radar networks, camera networks, multi-sensor networks and robotics for illustration.


Dr. Henry Leung is a professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Calgary. Before joining U of C, he was with the Department of National Defence (DND) of Canada as a defence scientist. His main duty there was to conduct research and development of automated surveillance systems, which can perform detection, tracking, identification and data fusion automatically as a decision aid for military operators. His current research interests include adaptive systems, information fusion, robotics, sensor networks, signal processing and wireless communications. He has published extensively in the open literature on these topics. He has over 200 journal papers and 180 refereed conference papers. Dr. Leung has been the associate editor of various journals such as the International Journal on Information Fusion, IEEE Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems. He has also served as guest editors for the special issue "Intelligent Transportation Systems" for the International Journal on Information Fusion and "Cognitive Sensor Networks" for the IEEE Sensor Journal. He is a fellow of the IEEE.