What is it about?

The importance of detecting faults in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles motivated researchers to work in this area over recent years. Complex relationships among UAV attributes (Sensor readings, and Commands) make the task a bit challenging. Many known algorithms consider detecting the faults by spotting data anomalies in the values of each attribute without concern for their context, which leaves an opportunity for potential improvement. The contextual faults occur when a defected sensor shows an invalid value concerning other attributes. Our contribution is a novel matrix platform for detecting the potential contextual faults. This platform consists of multiple small Decision Trees, instead of using one huge single Decision Tree, which could be difficult and time-consuming to produce, particularly in the case of a large dataset with too many attributes. We propose to use the C4.5 decision tree algorithm to build each decision tree. The Decision Tree is a machine learning technique, which is an effective supervised method used for classification. It is computationally inexpensive and capable of dealing with noisy data. Besides, our approach uses a sliding window technique during training and testing phases, which brings into consideration the effect of the previous state of the system on the process of detecting the contextual faults. The algorithm starts by collecting the attributes of the UAV into a table of pairs, where each pair consists of two attributes; then, it defines the Decision Tree matrix by assigning one Decision Tree for each pair of attributes. The Training step includes constructing training sub-datasets using the values of sliding windows. The C4.5 algorithm uses each constructed training sub-dataset to induce one Decision Tree in the matrix. Finally, the testing step is responsible for reading the values of the sliding windows and using the concerned Decision Tree to detect the contextual faults. We evaluated our approach using Detection Rate, False Alarm Rate, Precision, and F1-score indicators. Moreover, we made a comparison with other broadly used algorithms, such as K-Means and One-Class SVM.

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Our approach showed superior results in detecting different types of faults (sensor-offset, sensor-stuck, sensor-drift, and sensor-cut). The DT-Matrix performance was neither affected by the small values of the outliers, nor by the number of the outliers, and this caused the DT-Matrix to work better in most of the experiments compared to the other algorithms.


I hope people find this article useful for their researches. The method we used here were applied for UAV data, but it can be easily used in other domains, such as robots, networks, cyber-attack-detection, medical health, and other different kind of systems. I thank IOS Press for their help in publishing this article

Ahmad AlOS
Higher Institute for Applied Science and Technology

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This page is a summary of: Decision tree matrix algorithm for detecting contextual faults in unmanned aerial vehicles, Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, April 2020, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/jifs-191575.
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