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Employing AI to Federate Sensors in Joint Settings

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15/07/2019

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From 10 to 12 July 2019, the Exploratory Team on Employing AI to Federate Sensors in Joint Settings (reference SAS-ET-EI) met at the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office facility in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Lead by representatives from Terma (DNK), the multi-national group of experts, with members from Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (GBR), Headquarters Turkish Army and Havelsan A.S. (TUR), TNO Defence, Security and Safety (NLD), Leonardo – SpA (ITA), Defence Research and Development Canada (CAN), worked on a proposal for a 3-year research project and a related Programme of Work to design a system that enables optimal multi-sensor mission planning. Unable to attend this session in person, also members from Swedish Defence Research Agency (SWE), NATO Communications Information Agency and Headquarters Allied Command Transformation are supporting this research effort.

Currently surveillance of an area of interest is done by distinct sensor platforms, each with their own post-processing pipeline. For instance, the identification of targets may be done in multiple independent ways based on the platform tasked. Instead of these isolated ISR cycles, a combined planning and mission optimization process is likely more effective, by actively selecting and allocating multiple sensors to achieve the whole mission objective. Through the JISR concept, NATO is aiming to collect, process and disseminate target information from different systems to relevant users. Research is required to understand how the benefits of multi-sensor fusion can be realized in the JISR concept.

Improving mission planning through multi-sensor federation would lead to military benefits; military commanders will be provided with enhanced likelihood of achieving mission objectives through appropriate deployment of sensors and processing capabilities based on predicted sensor effectiveness, operators will benefit from more efficient detection, classification, identification of targets, and collateral damage will be reduced through fewer misidentifications of targets.

The group aims at designing a system that is based on simulated scenarios, multiple types of sensors, connectivity options and platforms combined with metrics representing specific mission objectives. This objective includes the need to combine/fuse the resultant data and steps to validate that the mission objectives have been fulfilled with the predicted asset allocations.

At its Fall 2019 meeting, the NATO STO System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel - NATO STO’s expert analytical advice panel – will review the proposed study and decide on execution. The SAS Panel develops and oversees studies, analysis and information exchange activities that explore how operational capability can best be provided and enhanced through the exploitation of new technologies, new forms of organization or new concepts of operation. Such studies serve to improve National and NATO doctrine and operations, and when costs are considered, provide advice on the most cost-effective options for the Alliance.

Picture: Joint ISR for Coalition Forces (Terma)

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From 10 to 12 July 2019, the Exploratory Team on Employing AI to Federate Sensors in Joint Settings (reference SAS-ET-EI) met at the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office facility in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Lead by representatives from Terma (DNK), the multi-national group of experts, with members from Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (GBR), Headquarters Turkish Army and Havelsan A.S. (TUR), TNO Defence, Security and Safety (NLD), Leonardo – SpA (ITA), Defence Research and Development Canada (CAN), worked on a proposal for a 3-year research project and a related Programme of Work to design a system that enables optimal multi-sensor mission planning. Unable to attend this session in person, also members from Swedish Defence Research Agency (SWE), NATO Communications Information Agency and Headquarters Allied Command Transformation are supporting this research effort.

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From 10 to 12 July 2019, the Exploratory Team on Employing AI to Federate Sensors in Joint Settings (reference SAS-ET-EI) met at the NATO STO Collaboration Support Office facility in Neuilly-sur-Seine. Lead by representatives from Terma (DNK), the multi-national group of experts, with members from Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (GBR), Headquarters Turkish Army and Havelsan A.S. (TUR), TNO Defence, Security and Safety (NLD), Leonardo – SpA (ITA), Defence Research and Development Canada (CAN), worked on a proposal for a 3-year research project and a related Programme of Work to design a system that enables optimal multi-sensor mission planning. Unable to attend this session in person, also members from Swedish Defence Research Agency (SWE), NATO Communications Information Agency and Headquarters Allied Command Transformation are supporting this research effort.

Currently surveillance of an area of interest is done by distinct sensor platforms, each with their own post-processing pipeline. For instance, the identification of targets may be done in multiple independent ways based on the platform tasked. Instead of these isolated ISR cycles, a combined planning and mission optimization process is likely more effective, by actively selecting and allocating multiple sensors to achieve the whole mission objective. Through the JISR concept, NATO is aiming to collect, process and disseminate target information from different systems to relevant users. Research is required to understand how the benefits of multi-sensor fusion can be realized in the JISR concept.

Improving mission planning through multi-sensor federation would lead to military benefits; military commanders will be provided with enhanced likelihood of achieving mission objectives through appropriate deployment of sensors and processing capabilities based on predicted sensor effectiveness, operators will benefit from more efficient detection, classification, identification of targets, and collateral damage will be reduced through fewer misidentifications of targets.

The group aims at designing a system that is based on simulated scenarios, multiple types of sensors, connectivity options and platforms combined with metrics representing specific mission objectives. This objective includes the need to combine/fuse the resultant data and steps to validate that the mission objectives have been fulfilled with the predicted asset allocations.

At its Fall 2019 meeting, the NATO STO System Analysis and Studies (SAS) Panel - NATO STO’s expert analytical advice panel – will review the proposed study and decide on execution. The SAS Panel develops and oversees studies, analysis and information exchange activities that explore how operational capability can best be provided and enhanced through the exploitation of new technologies, new forms of organization or new concepts of operation. Such studies serve to improve National and NATO doctrine and operations, and when costs are considered, provide advice on the most cost-effective options for the Alliance.

Picture: Joint ISR for Coalition Forces (Terma)

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