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Statistical Anomaly Detection for Train Fleets

AI Magazine

We have developed a method for statistical anomaly detection which has been deployed in a tool for condition monitoring of train fleets. The tool is currently used by several railway operators over the world to inspect and visualize the occurrence of event messages generated on the trains. The anomaly detection component helps the operators to quickly find significant deviations from normal behavior and to detect early indications for possible problems. The savings in maintenance costs comes mainly from avoiding costly breakdowns, and have been estimated to several million Euros per year for the tool. In the long run, it is expected that maintenance costs can be reduced with between 5 and 10 % by using the tool.


Deep Anomaly Detection Using Geometric Transformations

Neural Information Processing Systems

We consider the problem of anomaly detection in images, and present a new detection technique. Given a sample of images, all known to belong to a normal'' class (e.g., dogs), we show how to train a deep neural model that can detect out-of-distribution images (i.e., non-dog objects). The main idea behind our scheme is to train a multi-class model to discriminate between dozens of geometric transformations applied on all the given images. The auxiliary expertise learned by the model generates feature detectors that effectively identify, at test time, anomalous images based on the softmax activation statistics of the model when applied on transformed images. We present extensive experiments using the proposed detector, which indicate that our algorithm improves state-of-the-art methods by a wide margin.


A Stupidly Easy Speed Detector

#artificialintelligence

My family and I recently moved into a new house in the center of our little college town. We love it, but our new location also puts us next to a busy residential street. All too often passersby would tear through well above the posted 25 mph limit. It brought out my latent grumpy side.


Towards Experienced Anomaly Detector Through Reinforcement Learning

AAAI Conferences

This abstract proposes a time series anomaly detector which 1) makes no assumption about the underlying mechanism of anomaly patterns, 2) refrains from the cumbersome work of threshold setting for good anomaly detection performance under specific scenarios, and 3) keeps evolving with the growth of anomaly detection experience. Essentially, the anomaly detector is powered by the Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) and adopts the Reinforcement Learning (RL) method to achieve the self-learning process. Our initial experiments demonstrate promising results of using the detector in network time series anomaly detection problems.


Statistical Anomaly Detection for Train Fleets

AI Magazine

The tool is currently used by several railway operators across the world to inspect and visualize the occurrence of "event messages" generated on the trains. The anomaly detection component helps the operators quickly to find significant deviations from normal behavior and to detect early indications for possible problems. The method used is based on Bayesian principal anomaly, which is a framework for parametric anomaly detection using Bayesian statistics. The savings in maintenance costs of using the tool comes mainly from avoiding costly breakdowns and have been estimated to be several million Euros per year for the tool. In the long run, it is expected that maintenance costs can be reduced by between 5 and 10 percent with the help of the tool. It has been used for fraud detection and intrusion detection for a long time, but in later years the usage has exploded to all kind of domains, like surveillance, industrial system monitoring, epidemiology, and so on. For an overview of different anomaly-detection methods and applications, see, for example, Chandola, Banerjee, and Kumar (2009). The approach taken in statistical anomaly detection is to use data from (predominantly normal) previous situations to build a statistical model of what is normal. New situations are compared against that model and are considered anomalous if they are too improbable to occur in that model. The Swedish Institute of Computer Science (SICS) has for several years developed methods for statistical anomaly detection based on a framework called Bayesian principal anomaly (Holst and Ekman 2011).