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Machine Learning can give a 10 second Turbulence Warning -


Turbulence is one of the leading cause of injuries on passenger planes and--if you don't have your seat belt on--those injuries can be fatal. Approximately 58 people are injured by turbulence every year in the U.S. while not wearing their seat belts [1]. While fatalities for commercial flights are rare, when you factor in general aviation--which includes aerial flight training, medevac operations, and recreational flying--turbulence encounters cause about 40 fatalities per year. There is also a staggering financial cost linked to turbulence, with estimated costs to the airline industry of around $150-$500 million per year in accident investigations, aircraft damage, insurance claims, legal settlements, and missed work [2]. Some passengers are so traumatized by their experience, they swear to never fly again [3].

FEDformer: Frequency Enhanced Decomposed Transformer for Long-term Series Forecasting Machine Learning

Although Transformer-based methods have significantly improved state-of-the-art results for long-term series forecasting, they are not only computationally expensive but more importantly, are unable to capture the global view of time series (e.g. overall trend). To address these problems, we propose to combine Transformer with the seasonal-trend decomposition method, in which the decomposition method captures the global profile of time series while Transformers capture more detailed structures. To further enhance the performance of Transformer for long-term prediction, we exploit the fact that most time series tend to have a sparse representation in well-known basis such as Fourier transform, and develop a frequency enhanced Transformer. Besides being more effective, the proposed method, termed as Frequency Enhanced Decomposed Transformer ({\bf FEDformer}), is more efficient than standard Transformer with a linear complexity to the sequence length. Our empirical studies with six benchmark datasets show that compared with state-of-the-art methods, FEDformer can reduce prediction error by $14.8\%$ and $22.6\%$ for multivariate and univariate time series, respectively. the code will be released soon.

Increasing the skill of short-term wind speed ensemble forecasts combining forecasts and observations via a new dynamic calibration Machine Learning

This means that the contribution of wind power in power systems is becoming increasingly important. The downside is that detailed schedule plans and reserve capacity must be properly set by power system regulators (Impram et al., 2020) facing the intrinsic problem of the highly intermittent nature of wind, making this very hard to predict. The accuracy of wind forecasts thus becomes an issue of paramount importance for the wind industry. In a recent work by Casciaro et al. (2021), a novel accurate Ensemble Model Output Statistics (EMOS) strategy for calibrating wind speed/power forecasts from an Ensemble Prediction System (EPS) has been proposed and its superiority when compared against more parsimonious strategies in the 0-48 h look-ahead forecast horizon clearly emerged. However, because all global weather models start their run from analysis corresponding to the main synoptic hours 00, 06, 12, and 18 UTC, weather predictions (of any forecast horizons) necessarily remain frozen for six hours.

A Probabilistic Framework for Dynamic Object Recognition in 3D Environment With A Novel Continuous Ground Estimation Method Artificial Intelligence

In this thesis a probabilistic framework is developed and proposed for Dynamic Object Recognition in 3D Environments. A software package is developed using C++ and Python in ROS that performs the detection and tracking task. Furthermore, a novel Gaussian Process Regression (GPR) based method is developed to detect ground points in different urban scenarios of regular, sloped and rough. The ground surface behavior is assumed to only demonstrate local input-dependent smoothness. kernel's length-scales are obtained. Bayesian inference is implemented sing \textit{Maximum a Posteriori} criterion. The log-marginal likelihood function is assumed to be a multi-task objective function, to represent a whole-frame unbiased view of the ground at each frame because adjacent segments may not have similar ground structure in an uneven scene while having shared hyper-parameter values. Simulation results shows the effectiveness of the proposed method in uneven and rough scenes which outperforms similar Gaussian process based ground segmentation methods.

Bayesian Regression Approach for Building and Stacking Predictive Models in Time Series Analytics Artificial Intelligence

The paper describes the use of Bayesian regression for building time series models and stacking different predictive models for time series. Using Bayesian regression for time series modeling with nonlinear trend was analyzed. This approach makes it possible to estimate an uncertainty of time series prediction and calculate value at risk characteristics. A hierarchical model for time series using Bayesian regression has been considered. In this approach, one set of parameters is the same for all data samples, other parameters can be different for different groups of data samples. Such an approach allows using this model in the case of short historical data for specified time series, e.g. in the case of new stores or new products in the sales prediction problem. In the study of predictive models stacking, the models ARIMA, Neural Network, Random Forest, Extra Tree were used for the prediction on the first level of model ensemble. On the second level, time series predictions of these models on the validation set were used for stacking by Bayesian regression. This approach gives distributions for regression coefficients of these models. It makes it possible to estimate the uncertainty contributed by each model to stacking result. The information about these distributions allows us to select an optimal set of stacking models, taking into account the domain knowledge. The probabilistic approach for stacking predictive models allows us to make risk assessment for the predictions that are important in a decision-making process.

Forecasting: theory and practice Machine Learning

Forecasting has always been at the forefront of decision making and planning. The uncertainty that surrounds the future is both exciting and challenging, with individuals and organisations seeking to minimise risks and maximise utilities. The large number of forecasting applications calls for a diverse set of forecasting methods to tackle real-life challenges. This article provides a non-systematic review of the theory and the practice of forecasting. We provide an overview of a wide range of theoretical, state-of-the-art models, methods, principles, and approaches to prepare, produce, organise, and evaluate forecasts. We then demonstrate how such theoretical concepts are applied in a variety of real-life contexts. We do not claim that this review is an exhaustive list of methods and applications. However, we wish that our encyclopedic presentation will offer a point of reference for the rich work that has been undertaken over the last decades, with some key insights for the future of forecasting theory and practice. Given its encyclopedic nature, the intended mode of reading is non-linear. We offer cross-references to allow the readers to navigate through the various topics. We complement the theoretical concepts and applications covered by large lists of free or open-source software implementations and publicly-available databases.

Cluster Stability Selection Machine Learning

Stability selection (Meinshausen and Buhlmann, 2010) makes any feature selection method more stable by returning only those features that are consistently selected across many subsamples. We prove (in what is, to our knowledge, the first result of its kind) that for data containing highly correlated proxies for an important latent variable, the lasso typically selects one proxy, yet stability selection with the lasso can fail to select any proxy, leading to worse predictive performance than the lasso alone. We introduce cluster stability selection, which exploits the practitioner's knowledge that highly correlated clusters exist in the data, resulting in better feature rankings than stability selection in this setting. We consider several feature-combination approaches, including taking a weighted average of the features in each important cluster where weights are determined by the frequency with which cluster members are selected, which we show leads to better predictive models than previous proposals. We present generalizations of theoretical guarantees from Meinshausen and Buhlmann (2010) and Shah and Samworth (2012) to show that cluster stability selection retains the same guarantees. In summary, cluster stability selection enjoys the best of both worlds, yielding a sparse selected set that is both stable and has good predictive performance.

Random cohort effects and age groups dependency structure for mortality modelling and forecasting: Mixed-effects time-series model approach Machine Learning

There have been significant efforts devoted to solving the longevity risk given that a continuous growth in population ageing has become a severe issue for many developed countries over the past few decades. The Cairns-Blake-Dowd (CBD) model, which incorporates cohort effects parameters in its parsimonious design, is one of the most well-known approaches for mortality modelling at higher ages and longevity risk. This article proposes a novel mixed-effects time-series approach for mortality modelling and forecasting with considerations of age groups dependence and random cohort effects parameters. The proposed model can disclose more mortality data information and provide a natural quantification of the model parameters uncertainties with no pre-specified constraint required for estimating the cohort effects parameters. The abilities of the proposed approach are demonstrated through two applications with empirical male and female mortality data. The proposed approach shows remarkable improvements in terms of forecast accuracy compared to the CBD model in the short-, mid-and long-term forecasting using mortality data of several developed countries in the numerical examples.

Wireless-Enabled Asynchronous Federated Fourier Neural Network for Turbulence Prediction in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Artificial Intelligence

To meet the growing mobility needs in intra-city transportation, the concept of urban air mobility (UAM) has been proposed in which vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft are used to provide a ride-hailing service. In UAM, aircraft can operate in designated air spaces known as corridors, that link the aerodromes, thus avoiding the use of complex routing strategies such as those of modern-day helicopters and alleviating the burden on the ground transportation system. For safety, a UAM aircraft must use air-to-ground communications to report flight plan, off-nominal events, and real-time movement to ground base stations (GBSs). A reliable communication network between GBSs and aircraft enables UAM to adequately utilize the airspace and create a fast, efficient, and safe transportation system. In this paper, to characterize the wireless connectivity performance for UAM, a suitable spatial model is proposed. For the considered setup, assuming that any given aircraft communicates with the closest GBS, the distribution of the distance between an arbitrarily selected GBS and its associated aircraft and the Laplace transform of the interference experienced by the GBS are derived. Using these results, the signal-to-interference ratio (SIR)-based connectivity probability is determined to capture the connectivity performance of the UAM aircraft-to-ground communication network. Then, leveraging these connectivity results, a wireless-enabled asynchronous federated learning (AFL) framework that uses a Fourier neural network is proposed to tackle the challenging problem of turbulence prediction during UAM operations. For this AFL scheme, a staleness-aware global aggregation scheme is introduced to expedite the convergence to the optimal turbulence prediction model used by UAM aircraft. A preliminary version was presented at the IEEE Global Communications Conference, 2021 [1].

Crime Prediction with Graph Neural Networks and Multivariate Normal Distributions Artificial Intelligence

Existing approaches to the crime prediction problem are unsuccessful in expressing the details since they assign the probability values to large regions. This paper introduces a new architecture with the graph convolutional networks (GCN) and multivariate Gaussian distributions to perform high-resolution forecasting that applies to any spatiotemporal data. We tackle the sparsity problem in high resolution by leveraging the flexible structure of GCNs and providing a subdivision algorithm. We build our model with Graph Convolutional Gated Recurrent Units (Graph-ConvGRU) to learn spatial, temporal, and categorical relations. In each node of the graph, we learn a multivariate probability distribution from the extracted features of GCNs. We perform experiments on real-life and synthetic datasets, and our model obtains the best validation and the best test score among the baseline models with significant improvements. We show that our model is not only generative but also precise.