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dc.contributor.advisorKennedy, Quinn
dc.contributor.authorDimitriou, Georgios
dc.dateSep-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-20T23:36:02Z
dc.date.available2013-11-20T23:36:02Z
dc.date.issued2013-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/37613
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the most important missions all Navies have is to constantly and sufficiently monitor their area of responsibility. This task becomes more challenging when a surveillance system operates in a complex environment with high traffic of merchant and fishing vessels and the existence of many islands. Potential tactics that targets might use increase the difficulty of this task. Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into a surveillance system that consists of ground radars and surface ships might enhance the systems capabilities and mitigate its vulnerabilities. In this study, the extremely complex maritime environment of the Aegean Sea is modeled in the Map Aware Non Uniform Automata (MANA) agent-based simulation environment to explore the effectiveness of UAVs in those conditions. The results from almost 100,000 simulated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions are analyzed using descriptive statistics, ANOVA, stepwise regression, and partition trees. It was found that by integrating one or two UAVs into a traditional surveillance system, it becomes more efficient in the detection and persistent surveillance of enemies and neutral targets. The most important factors that affect the surveillance systems performance are the detection capabilities of its sensors, the communication accuracy, and the enemys counter-detection capability. Thus, Greece and other countries with similar geographical characteristics should deploy UAVs in a maritime surveillance role.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/integratingunman1094537613
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleIntegrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles into surveillance systems in complex maritime environmentsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLucas, Thomas W.
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Science
dc.subject.authorAgent-based Modelingen_US
dc.subject.authorUnmanned Aerial Vehicleen_US
dc.subject.authorDesign of Experimenten_US
dc.subject.authorMaritime Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissanceen_US
dc.subject.authorMap-Aware Non- Uniform Automata (MANA)en_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, Hellenic Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineModeling, Virtual Environments, And Simulationen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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