Simultaneous Fault Detection and Identification in Continuous Processes via nonlinear Support Vector Machine based Feature Selection. Chapter uri icon


  • Rapid detection and identification of process faults in industrial applications is crucial to sustain a safe and profitable operation. Today, the advances in sensor technologies have facilitated large amounts of chemical process data collection in real time which subsequently broadened the use of data-driven process monitoring techniques via machine learning and multivariate statistical analysis. One of the well-known machine learning techniques is Support Vector Machines (SVM) which allows the use of high dimensional feature sets for learning problems such as classification and regression. In this paper, we present the application of a novel nonlinear (kernel-dependent) SVM-based feature selection algorithm to process monitoring and fault detection of continuous processes. The developed methodology is derived from sensitivity analysis of the dual SVM objective and utilizes existing and novel greedy algorithms to rank features that also guides fault diagnosis. Specifically, we train fault-specific two-class SVM models to detect faulty operations, while using the feature selection algorithm to improve the accuracy of the fault detection models and perform fault diagnosis. We present results for the Tennessee Eastman process as a case study and compare our approach to existing approaches for fault detection, diagnosis and identification.

author list (cited authors)

  • Onel, M., Kieslich, C. A., Guzman, Y. A., & Pistikopoulos, E. N.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Onel, Melis||Kieslich, Chris A||Guzman, Yannis A||Pistikopoulos, Efstratios N

Book Title

  • 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE 2018)

publication date

  • January 2018