Anomaly Detection in the Surveillance Domain

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In the post September 11 era, the demand for security has increased in virtually all parts of the society. The need for increased security originates from the emergence of new threats which differ from the traditional ones in such a way that they cannot be easily defined and are sometimes unknown or hidden in the noise of daily life. When the threats are known and definable, methods based on situation recognition can be used find them. However, when the threats are hard or im- possible to define, other approaches must be used. One such approach is data- driven anomaly detection, where a model of normalcy is built and used to find anomalies, that is, things that do not fit the normal model. Anomaly detection has been identified as one of many enabling technologies for increasing security in the society. In this thesis, the problem of how to detect anomalies in the surveillance do- main is studied. This is done by a characterisation of the surveillance domain and a literature review that identifies a number of weaknesses in previous ano- maly detection methods used in the surveillance domain. Examples of identified weaknesses include: the handling of contextual information, the inclusion of ex- pert knowledge and the handling of joint attributes. Based on the findings from this study, a new anomaly detection method is proposed. The proposed method is evaluated with respect to detection peformance and computational cost on a number datasets, recorded from real-world sensors, in different application areas of the surveillance domain. Additionally, the method is also compared to two other commonly used anomaly detection methods. Finally, the method is evaluated on a dataset with anomalies developed together with maritime sub- ject matter experts. The conclusion of the thesis is that the proposed method has a number of strengths compared to previous methods and is suitable for use in operative maritime command and control systems.

Author-supplied keywords

  • anomaly detection
  • information fusion
  • maritime domain awareness
  • visual surveillance

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