Accession Number:

ADA522244

Title:

Fusion or Integration: What's the Difference?

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH DEPT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The U. S. Air Force uses the term fusion in a very specific manner. For example, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories have defined fusion on different objects, like sensors, data and classifiers. Yet there is ambiguity in some instances as to what is meant by it usage. Other Air Force research and acquisitions groups use the term integration to describe the process of combining data, knowledge, command, control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Even the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Program Agency DARPA has a program called Integrated Sensing and Processing ISP that aims to open the next paradigm for application of mathematics to the design and cooperation of DoD sensorexploitation systems and networks of such systems. The program hopes to develop mathematical tools that enable the design and global optimization of systems that interactively combine traditionally independent functions of sensing, signal processing, communication, and exploitation. On the surface it appears that integration is the same as fusion. In this paper, we define fusion and integration using the language of category theory. These definitions are in agreement with their usage in the Air Force. Using category theory we show the difference and similarities between fusion and integration.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE