@article{Mat2020,Author = {Matthias Steidel, Jan Mentjes, Axel Hahn},Title = {Context-Sensitive Prediction of Vessel Behavior},Journal = {Journal of Marine Science and Engineering},Year = {2020},Pages = {20},Doi = {https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8120987},type = {article},Abstract = {Research in the field of maritime anomaly detection and vessel behavior prediction primarily focuses on developing methods for extracting typical vessel movement patterns from historical traffic data. However, contextual information is currently not considered during pattern extraction by existing research. Combining contextual information with historical traffic data has the potential to produce both more accurate traffic patterns and more precise predictions of vessel behavior. This paper investigates the benefit of incorporating contextual information during the extraction of vessel behavior and the prediction of the most probable vessel behavior. A method is presented that combines historical vessel traffic data with information about the course of waterways. Typical behavior patterns are extracted by applying kernel density estimation, which are subsequently used for predicting the most probable vessel behavior. Using this approach, we were able to predict in which area the vessel is most likely to sail, as well as the actual track for a sailing time of 2:35 h. Additional potential applications of our approach can be derived from the results, which, in addition to behavior prediction, can also be used to detect anomalous vessel behavior.}}@COMMENT{Bibtex file generated on }