AIS data use and misuse: analysis and open-source intelligence

This briefing event introduces technical approaches to analysing AIS data and examples of AIS data misuse in sanctions evasion.



Brought to you by the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), this event will have two briefings on how ship AIS (automatic identification system) data can be used and misused.

Since 2004, AIS systems have been compulsory for vessels over 300 tonnes for safety and vessel monitoring for commercial purposes. The large amounts of data generated create challenges in data analysis for vessel tracking etc. but also present sources of open-source intelligence. At the same time, AIS data can be misused in illicit activities in a variety of contexts, including vessel identification swapping for sanctions evasion.

The two talks will introduce work on this topic which is ongoing at Imperial College London and the Royal United Services Institute. There will be time for a Q&A after the talks.

The event is open to anyone interested in the topics of AIS data, data analysis and open-source intelligence. We especially encourage early career academics / professionals to attend.

The event is finished.


Sep 30 2021


10:30 am - 11:30 am

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