Technical Talk May 10, 2017

You are cordially invited to the upcoming technical talk:

Automatic, Soft-Data-Augmented Course of Action Generation for Concurrent Security Operations in the Maritime Domain

Speaker: Alex Plachkov, NAV Canada

Co-organized by: IEEE CI/SMC Ottawa Joint Chapter ( and University of Ottawa Computer Science Graduate Student Association

Where: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Room SITE 5084, 800 King Edward Ave, Ottawa

When: Wednesday May 10th, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Agenda: 6:30 – 6:45 PM Pizza / drinks and networking
6:45 – 8:15 PM Technical talk
8:15 – 8:30 PM Q&A / networking

Admission is free but registration is required via Eventbrite (

Automatic Course of Action (CoA) generation, a key element of Level 3 High-Level Information Fusion, is a fundamental component of effective risk management and mitigation.
This talk shall present an extension of a framework capable of integrating physics-based (hard) and people-generated (soft) data, for the purpose of achieving increased situational assessment and automatic CoA generation upon risk event detection. The ingested soft data provides the framework with important subject matter expertise and mission-specific requirements, allowing for superior resource (response asset) management and increased overall mission effectiveness. This talk will present an analysis conducted on experimental data gathered from a combination of real-world and synthetically-generated scenarios situated in the maritime world.
Keywords – course of action recommendation; decision support systems; multi-criteria decision making; high-level information fusion; hard-soft data fusion

Speaker biography

Alex Plachkov received his Bachelor and Master of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He completed his Master’s degree in the area of situational awareness for maritime security operations in collaboration with Larus Technologies Corporation, while working on projects funded by Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Parts of his research work have been published in two IEEE and one ACM conferences. Since the completion of his graduate studies, Alex has been working as a Software Developer at NAV Canada, where he is leading the development of a system providing services in the air traffic control domain.


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