Explainable Anomaly Detection System for Categorical Sensor Data in Internet of Things

Publication Date: 9/23/2022

Event: ECML-PKDD 2022: The European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases, Grenoble, France

Reference: PP. 594-598, 2022

Authors: Peng Yuan, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Lu-An Tang, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Haifeng Chen, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Moto Sato, NEC Laboratories America, Inc.; Kevin Woodward, Lockheed Martin Space

Abstract: Internet of things (IoT) applications deploy massive number of sensors to monitor the system and environment. Anomaly detection on streaming sensor data is an important task for IoT maintenance and operation. However, there are two major challenges for anomaly detection in real IoT applications: (1) many sensors report categorical values rather than numerical readings, (2) the end users may not understand the detection results, they require additional knowledge and explanations to make decision and take action. Unfortunately, most existing solutions cannot satisfy such requirements. To bridge the gap, we design and develop an eXplainable Anomaly Detection System (XADS) for categorical sensor data. XADS trains models from historical normal data and conducts online monitoring. XADS detects the anomalies in an explainable way: the system not only reports anomalies’ time periods, types, and detailed information, but also provides explanations on why they are abnormal, and what the normal data look like. Such information significantly helps the decision making for users. Moreover, XADS requires limited parameter setting in advance, yields high accuracy on detection results and comes with a user-friendly interface, making it an efficient and effective tool to monitor a wide variety of IoT applications.

Publication Link: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-26422-1_37