A Canadian-German Research Project

Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics - FKIE

The members of this group belong to the Department Sensor Data and Information Fusion (SDF), headed by Priv.-Doz. Dr. Wolfgang Koch.

The unit is situated in Wachtberg, near Bonn, Germany. The parent institution, FKIE (Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics), emerged from the former FGAN Institute (Research Establishment for Applied Sciences) and has its present status as Fraunhofer Institute since 2009.

The FKIE-SDF has expertise in the field of sensor data fusion and special sensor design, developed through theoretical research as well as participation in projects and analysis of real data. Most of these projects involve the fusion of diverse sensors with their very different characteristics (broad area sensors, classifying sensors, optical, acoustic and electromagnetic sensors).

The Department has been active in the international Multistatic Tracking Working Group (MSTWG) for years. In this association, leading experts deal with all critical problems arising in multistatic radar and sonar systems. FKIE-SDF is thus internationally integrated at the forefront of sensor research.

The Department is also internationally known for its pioneering work to develop new algorithms that deal with the use of new data sources as well as the use of new estimation methods for target tracking. The Department's core competencies include the following topics:

Our tasks

The group is undertaking many of the sensor related tasks in the project.

This should include the identification of appropriate - possibly new - imaging sensors and sources of information.

There will be a focus on the complementarity of all selected sensors: only a well-chosen mix of disparate sources of information can adequately cover such a large and isolated area like the Northwest Passage, where there are existing spatial and temporal gaps in coverage.

The group will develop algorithms for data fusion, which includes a study to determine which imaging sensors are adapted to the conditions of the Canadian Arctic.

The expected results are as follows: