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A Visual Query Language for Uncertain Spatial and Temporal data
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, GIS - Geographical Information Science Group. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the Conference on Visual Information systems 2005, 2005, 163-176 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Query languages for sensor data will have similarities with traditional query languages but will also have diverging properties that cause a higher complexity than the traditional ones. Both types require data independence. However, as different sensors create data of heterogeneous type the commonly used methods for data selection cannot be used. Furthermore, sensor data will always be associated with uncertainties and since also sensor data fusion must be possible to carry out this cause further problem in development of the query languages. Here a visual query language for sensor data input is discussed from these perspectives to allow a complete set of spatial temporal queries by means of its visual user interface.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. 163-176 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 (Print) 1611-3349 (Online)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12671DOI: 10.1007/11590064_15ISBN: 978-3-540-30488-3OAI: diva2:16825
Available from: 2007-10-25 Created: 2007-10-25 Last updated: 2009-03-12
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1. A visual query language served by a multi-sensor environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A visual query language served by a multi-sensor environment
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A problem in modern command and control situations is that much data is available from different sensors. Several sensor data sources also require that the user has knowledge about the specific sensor types to be able to interpret the data.

To alleviate the working situation for a commander, we have designed and constructed a system that will take input from several different sensors and subsequently present the relevant combined information to the user. The users specify what kind of information is of interest at the moment by means of a query language. The main issues when designing this query language have been that (a) the users should not have to have any knowledge about sensors or sensor data analysis, and (b) that the query language should be powerful and flexible, yet easy to use. The solution has been to (a) use sensor data independence and (b) have a visual query language.

A visual query language was developed with a two-step interface. First, the users pose a “rough”, simple query that is evaluated by the underlying knowledge system. The system returns the relevant information that can be found in the sensor data. Then, the users have the possibility to refine the result by setting conditions for this. These conditions are formulated by specifying attributes of objects or relations between objects.

The problem of uncertainty in spatial data; (i.e. location, area) has been considered. The question of how to represent potential uncertainties is dealt with. An investigation has been carried out to find which relations are practically useful when dealing with uncertain spatial data.

The query language has been evaluated by means of a scenario. The scenario was inspired by real events and was developed in cooperation with a military officer to assure that it was fairly realistic. The scenario was simulated using several tools where the query language was one of the more central ones. It proved that the query language can be of use in realistic situations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för datavetenskap, 2007. 67 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1333
query language, command and control, spatial, temporal, uncertainty, sensor data independance, visual query language, sensor data source
National Category
Computer Science
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10089 (URN)978-91-85895-79-3 (ISBN)
2007-11-15, Alan Turing, Hus E, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Report code: LiU-Tek-Lic-2007:42.Available from: 2007-10-25 Created: 2007-10-25 Last updated: 2009-04-24

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