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Reconstructing and Mining Signals: Algorithms and Applications

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posted on 14.04.2021, 17:06 by Hyun Ah SongHyun Ah Song
Given two different brain-scan modalities, like fMRI and MEG, how can we combine them, to achieve better resolution in both space and time, than each? Given
power grid measurements (voltage, current), how can we spot patterns, anomalies and do forecasts? We answer these types of questions in the two parts of the thesis.
In the first part of the thesis, we discuss our work on signal reconstruction. We live in a world that is flooded by streaming signals that come from different sources
in different resolutions which often account for the same information. One example is historical records on patient counts; one TV source may report the patient counts
in weekly intervals, while a newspaper source may report in monthly intervals. Another example is the brain activity signals; while fMRI has high spatial resolution and low temporal resolution, it is vice versa for MEG/EEG. We are interested in constructing higher resolution signals that complement those signals from different sources or modes in different resolutions. We discuss our work on signal reconstruction in two applications: historical epidemiological data and brain data. 1) Historical epidemiological data: We introduce constraints such as smoothness and periodicity, utilizing the well-known epidemiological model ‘susceptible-infected susceptible (SIS)’. Also we discuss how we can utilize techniques like annihilating filters and discrete cosine transforms to discover linear or multiple periodicities in
the sequences. 2) Brain data: We discuss our proposed approaches that employ various assumptions such as sparsity, low rank, or smoothness and show that reconstructed brain signal displays richer information of fMRI and MEG, interpolating in time and space in a principled way. In the second part of the thesis, we discuss our work on signal mining. Raw signals can contain unnoticeable hidden information that is not observable in their
raw forms. One example is power grid signals (voltages, currents); signals in its raw form do not lead to straightforward interpretation. Another example is aircraft
sensor signals; sensor signals are result of complex physical models which do not provide straight-forward interpretation. If we want to understand the data, we should explore it deeper (if you mind it, mine it!), preferably with domain knowledge. We are interested in mining signals that can provide us with better interpretation of the data, and aid us with various data mining tasks such as forecasting, anomaly detection, etc. We discuss our signal mining work on two different application domains: power grid data and aircraft data. 1) Power grid data: We introduce our works that
incorporate a physics model, the BIG model, to better interpret the data, and utilize tensor factorization and Holt-Winters to model the data for anomaly detection and
forecasting. Experimental results on CMU and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) power grid dataset demonstrate 32% and 27% error reduction in forecasting compared to the latest algorithm. Also we show that proposed algorithm successfully detects anomalous events. 2) Aircraft data: We discuss our proposed method on analyzing aircraft sensor signals for detecting anomalous events using coupled tensor factorization.




Degree Type



Machine Learning

Degree Name

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Christos Faloutsos