2023 journal article
Sparse Hierarchical Parallel Residual Networks Ensemble for Infrared Image Stream-Based Remaining Useful Life Prediction
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, 19(10), 10613–10623.
Infrared thermography captures real-time degradation temperature information, facilitating noncontact machine health monitoring. However, the inherent multiscale characteristics and spatiotemporal degradation discrepancy in infrared images pose a challenge in learning discriminative degradation features and adaptive prognostic analytics. This article presents a sparse hierarchical parallel residual networks ensemble (SHPRNE) method to tackle this challenge. First, the hierarchical parallel residual network (HPRN) leverages parallel multiscale kernels to capture complementary degradation patterns separately and embeds a hierarchical residual connection procedure to facilitate the interactivity between coarse-to-fine level features. Moreover, SHPRNE develops a sparse ensemble algorithm integrated with a synergy of network pruning and local minima perpetuation to derive diverse HPRNs while alleviating the parameter storage budget. Pruned HPRNs with varying sparsity and local minima are further integrated into an ensemble learner with higher generalization. Case studies on two infrared image datasets are conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method.