Collaborative Situation Awareness in Distributed Traffic Control Systems

Partners: ASFINAG, Linz Linien, Magistrat Linz, Stadtpolizeikommando Linz, team Gmbh (Frequentis)

Funding: FFG - FIT-IT Semantic Systems

Eymployed Technologies: Eclipse, PostgreSQL, Visual Paradigm, Hibernate, JBoss Drools, Java

Web: http://csi.situation-awareness.net/

Team: Rudolf Kubicz, DI Dr. Andrea Salfinger, DI Andreas Müller, DI (FH) Dr. Stefan Mitsch, Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Wieland Schwinger M.Sc., a.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Werner Retschitzegger, Daniel Neidhart


Summary of Project Focus. Traffic management, emergency rescue, and military operations are domains that naturally ex-hibit several control systems, operated by different authorities in a distributed way, sharing an environment which is only partially observable, information-intensive and constantly evolving. In such distributed control systems, authorities pursue individual goals and independently collect a vast amount of specific information leading to restrained views on the shared environment. This hampers effective collaboration requiring awareness about simultaneously occurring and mutually affecting situations and control measures for smooth functioning of the overall environment under control. Current insufficient system support for collaborative situation awareness induces huge communication efforts, potential misunderstandings, information overload, and timely pressure on the human system operators. This ultimately endangers the operators’ ability to respond to critical situations with serious real-world consequences by either pro-actively preventing them or achieving their correct and timely resolution.

Following the ultimate vision of effective collaboration in distributed control systems, CSI's main goal is to propose novel semantic methods and technologies leveraging collaborative situation awareness. Motivated by this overall research focus, CSI stretches over three unique but highly interwoven key research goals: (1) Supporting operators to gain relevant perspectives on mutually affecting situations and con-trol measures. (2) Ensuring scalable collaborative situation awareness to cope with a vast amount of inde-pendently managed information. (3) Enabling domain experts to consistently co-evolve situation awareness across multiple per-spectives to adapt to ever changing environments.

These challenging innovations are demonstrated by means of a prototype and case study in the domain of urban, inter-modal traffic management in the city of Linz. In this way, CSI shall serve as both a research vehicle and a test bed and, at the same time, as a showcase for a succeeding industrial exploitation.


Publications:

    2015

  1. Andrea Salfinger, Sylva Girtelschmid, Birgit Pröll, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger. Crowd-Sensing Meets Situation Awareness - A Research Roadmap for Crisis Management. Procceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii Intl. Conf. on System Sciences (HICSS). Kauai, Hawaii, January, 2015. PDF BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Salfinger2015,
       title = {{Crowd-Sensing Meets Situation Awareness - A Research Roadmap for Crisis Management}},
       author = {Andrea Salfinger and Sylva Girtelschmid and Birgit Pr\"{o}ll and Werner Retschitzegger and Wieland Schwinger},
       year = {2015},
       booktitle = {Procceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii Intl. Conf. on System Sciences (HICSS)},
       month = {01},
       address = {Kauai, Hawaii}
    }
  2. 2014

  3. Andrea Salfinger, Daniel Neidhart, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger, Stefan Mitsch. SEM² Suite — Towards a Tool Suite for Supporting Knowledge Management in Situation Awareness Systems. 15th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI) . San Francisco, CA, USA, August, 2014. PDF BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Salfinger2014a,
       title = {{SEM² Suite — Towards a Tool Suite for Supporting Knowledge Management in Situation Awareness Systems}},
       author = {Andrea Salfinger and Daniel Neidhart and Werner Retschitzegger and Wieland Schwinger and Stefan Mitsch},
       year = {2014},
       booktitle = {15th IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI) },
       month = {08},
       address = {San Francisco, CA, USA}
    }
  4. Andrea Salfinger, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger. Staying Aware in an Evolving World - Specifying and Tracking Evolving Situations. IEEE International Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA) (CogSIMA 2014). San Antonio, USA,pages: 180-186. March, 2014. PDF BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Salfinger2014,
       title = {{Staying Aware in an Evolving World - Specifying and Tracking Evolving Situations}},
       author = {Andrea Salfinger and Werner Retschitzegger and Wieland Schwinger},
       year = {2014},
       booktitle = {IEEE International Inter-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA) (CogSIMA 2014)},
       pages = {180-186},
       month = {03},
       address = {San Antonio, USA}
    }
  5. 2013

  6. Stefan Mitsch, Andreas Müller, Werner Retschitzegger, Andrea Salfinger, Wieland Schwinger. A Survey on Clustering Techniques for Situation Awareness. Proc. of the 15th Asia-Pacific Web Conference (APWeb 2013). Ishikawa, Yoshiharu and Li Jianzhong and Wang Wei and Zhang Wenjie, editors, Heidelberg,Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages: 815--826. Springer, 2013. PDF BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Mitsch2013,
       title = {{A Survey on Clustering Techniques for Situation Awareness}},
       author = {Stefan Mitsch and Andreas M{\"u}ller and Werner Retschitzegger and Andrea Salfinger and Wieland Schwinger},
       year = {2013},
       publisher = {Springer},
       booktitle = {{P}roc. of the 15th {A}sia-{P}acific {W}eb {C}onference ({A}{P}{W}eb 2013)},
       pages = {815--826},
       series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
       address = {Heidelberg},
       isbn = {978-3-642-37400}
    }
  7. Andrea Salfinger, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger. Maintaining Situation Awareness Over Time - A Survey on the Evolution Support of Situation Awareness Systems. Proceedings of the IEEE 18th International Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artifical Intelligence (TAAI). 2013. PDF BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Salfinger2013,
       title = {{Maintaining Situation Awareness Over Time - A Survey on the Evolution Support of Situation Awareness Systems}},
       author = {Andrea Salfinger and Werner Retschitzegger and Wieland Schwinger},
       year = {2013},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE 18th International Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artifical Intelligence (TAAI)}
    }
  8. 2012

  9. Norbert Baumgartner, Stefan Mitsch, Andreas Müller, Werner Retschitzegger, Andrea Salfinger, Wieland Schwinger. The Situation Radar - Visualizing Collaborative Situation Awareness in Traffic Control Systems. Proceedings of the 19th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems. 2012. BibTeX
    @inproceedings{Baumgartner2012,
       title = {{The Situation Radar - Visualizing Collaborative Situation Awareness in Traffic Control Systems}},
       author = {Norbert Baumgartner and Stefan Mitsch and Andreas M\"{u}ller and Werner Retschitzegger and Andrea Salfinger and Wieland Schwinger},
       year = {2012},
       booktitle = {Proceedings of the 19th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems}
    }