8th Intelligent Maintenance Conference

3 - 4 September 2024

Lausanne, Switzerland

The Intelligent Maintenance Conference is an international event on new diagnostic and intelligent monitoring methods for industrial systems! Our objective is to be a place to share fruitful discussions on predictive maintenance between experts from the industry and the academic world. Renowned speakers from varied backgrounds, including railway, healthcare, energy, and chemical industries, academics, and others, will be present.

We are excited to announce that, for the first time, the 8th Intelligent Maintenance Conference will include a dedicated 1-day workshop on the latest advancements and practical applications of artificial intelligence in maintenance technology.

Confirmed talks

Biologically-inspired Design and Control of Robots for Agile Flight and Locomotion

Prof. Dario Floreano

Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL

Animals display compliance, agility, and adaptability to a range of environmental situations that are still challenging for today's robots. In this talk I will describe the translation of biological principles of collision resilience, variable stiffness, morphological adaptation and multi-agent coordination into robots that could be deployed for inspection missions in challenging situations.

Responsible AI Development and Legal Compliance: Navigating the New Landscape of AI Regulation

Dr. Rialda Spahic

Responsible AI, Equinor

Responsible AI algorithms are crucial for organizations to ensure AI adoption is aligned with ethical standards and societal values, while enhancing trust and emphasizing safety in AI systems. With the upcoming EU AI Act, organizations are facing new legal obligations centered around risk management, data governance, bias mitigation, and accountability, with an emphasis on high-risk use cases. Therefore, it is crucial to examine the best practices and guidelines on designing and adopting responsible AI algorithms through ethical considerations, technical best practices, and regulatory compliance.

Leveraging AI and Non-Intrusive Monitoring as Intelligent Maintenance Enablers for Electromechanical Systems

Dr. Javier Diaz-Rozo

Aingura IIoT

This presentation outlines the integration of novel non-intrusive monitoring techniques with cutting-edge probabilistic machine learning advancements, establishing a robust and scalable intelligent maintenance approach for electromechanical systems. Through the analysis of two real-world case studies involving high-capacity water pumps and airport baggage inspection systems, the efficacy of this approach is demonstrated in not only detecting and predicting failures but also providing comprehensive diagnostic capabilities through explainability methodologies. Thus, a holistic methodology is showcased, from data analysis to actionable insight generation.

AI for Human Empowerment

Prof. Mihaela van der Schaar

University of Cambridge

Potential Impact of Causal Inference on Railway Predictive Maintenance

Alexandre Trilla

Alstom

The technical field of Predictive Maintenance leverages data science to maximize the availability of industrial assets through their degradation models. In this sense, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have proven to be effective techniques for extracting latent patterns from the available data. However, the observed data may sometimes be incomplete and misleading because real-world condition monitoring records rarely exhibit all of the operating regimes and wear rates of the machines. Therefore, to increase the reliability of the Predictive Maintenance solutions in a scenario where the behavior patterns change, Causal Inference emerges as an avenue of improvement by elegantly blending data-driven and expert-driven criteria to ultimately help maintainers make better informed decisions to manage their assets. In this talk, we review the potential of Causal Inference for Predictive Maintenance through two specific case-studies.

Predictive maintenance for heavy duty vehicles

Prof. Sepideh Pashami

Halmstad University

Predictive maintenance for heavy duty vehicles, like any other equipment, aims at predicting failures by analyzing sensor data. Yet the unique nature of heavy-duty vehicles operating in uncontrolled environment poses novel challenges in effectively detecting symptoms of impending issues. AI has been shown to provide accurate detection and identification of deviations from typical behavior. The question now is that how to proceed with flexible, robust, understandable and scalable solutions. This talk describes the application area and presents implementation of domain adaptation and explainability methods to address some of the existing challenges.

Accelerating Production Ramp-ups with a Single Pane of Glass for Production Data

Mathias Pawlowsky

Planted Foods

Plant-based meat is a rapidly growing industry, driven by the increasing demand from consumers seeking to reduce their animal meat consumption without sacrifice. In this highly competitive market, the speed of product innovation and subsequent production ramp-up is crucial. This talk showcases how Planted combines disparate production data sources into a single pane of glass to enable better and faster decisions during ramp-ups. You will hear how the production team monitors machines and runs root cause analysis on the process data, and how insights from the process data translate to improved control of the machines.

eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) in Industrial Diagnostic: Interpretable Unsupervised Anomaly Detection

Prof. Gian Antonio Susto

University of Padova

Unsupervised learning approaches have strong applicability in many scenarios, given the unavailability of labeled data in many settings. In particular, anomaly detection approaches have become paramount for ensuring the monitoring of critical systems. This talk delves into eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) in anomaly detection, with reference to an innovative approach called ‘Interpretable Anomaly Detection with DIFFI: Depth-based Feature Importance of Isolation Forest’. Moreover, in the talk, some applications to industrial use cases will be discussed, and other directions for research in anomaly detection and XAI will be outlined.

Crafting the Unseen: Generating Anomalies Solely from Descriptions

Han Sun

IMOS, EPFL

Fault detection is a crucial task across different application fields and involves different data types. If not just the detection of a fault is required but also the ability to distinguish between different fault types, unsupervised methods are not sufficient and supervised methods not only suffer from imbalance but also specialize on faults that have been already observed before. Given the rarity of faults, it is unrealistic to assume that all fault types have been observed within a short period of time during training dataset observation period. However, we typically can assume that domain have knowledge on the expected fault types (e.g. through a failure mode and effect analysis). Recently, the introduction of Large Language Models (LLMs) has opened new possibilities across various domains, including industrial operation and maintenance. This progress enables integration of semantic domain expert knowledge to anticipate and describe possible anomalies and faults also for new fault types that have not been observed before. Leveraging the expertise knowledge, our recent work proposes a novel approach to transform expert descriptions of fault types into guidance for realistic anomaly generation. By combining LLMs and diffusion models, we are able to generate realistic, diverse and semantically meaningful anomaly samples. By doing so, we not only enhance the interpretability of generated anomalies but also improve the performance of downstream anomaly detection tasks. This talk will give insights in our proposed framework, showcasing its advantages over traditional unsupervised anomaly detection and generation techniques. Furthermore, it will discuss the potential of LLMs for enhancing industrial fault detection, highlighting their promising performance in generic anomaly generation and understanding.

A Novel Physics-informed Neural Networks Approach for Efficient Multimodal Mapping and Inversion of Vibrations

Dr. Saeid Hedayatrasa

Flanders Make-MotionS

The vibrational characteristics of structural components contain valuable insights into their inherent mechanical properties and overall health status. Consequently, there's a pressing demand for efficient physics-based inversion algorithms. These algorithms must effectively reconstruct responses at unmeasured locations and/or identify unknown mechanical properties using a sparse set of noisy sensory data. Physics-informed neural networks (PINNs) offer promising solutions by seamlessly integrating the governing physics equations into their framework. Nonetheless, challenges arise due to the complex, multimodal, and multiscale nature of vibrational responses, along with the spectral bias of PINNs. In this talk we present a novel PINNs approach for efficient multimodal mapping of vibrations in a composite laminate and identification of its orthotropic elastic properties, given limited number of noisy simulation data points.

Modeling Multi-Body Dynamical System: Graph Neural Networks with Physics-Informed Inductive Biases

Vinay Sharma

IMOS, EPFL

Multi-body dynamical systems like bearings, gearboxes, and suspension systems are crucial across industries. Developing digital twins for these enables early fault detection and efficient maintenance, requiring real-time modeling of system dynamics for varied conditions and inputs. This talk presents an innovative Graph Neural Network (GNN) approach, integrating physics-informed inductive biases, for efficient real-time modeling. Our modular GNN framework treats system components as nodes and interactions as edges, facilitating direct learning of dynamics from trajectory data. This method not only improves modeling accuracy but also aids in parameter inference, enhancing fault analysis and system understanding. We highlight the model’s accurate dynamic predictions, particularly for bearings.

Industrializing the Automated Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance of Pantograph Collector Strips

Urs Gehrig

SBB

Predictive maintenance driven by automated condition monitoring offers substantial potential for optimizing maintenance processes and increasing efficiency. At the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), we have industrialized an innovative solution called the "Panto-Scanner" that utilizes YOLO and DeepLab algorithms to automatically extract pantograph collector strips from images. It then measures the strip thickness, which follows a typical wear and tear deterioration pattern, enabling accurate prediction of remaining useful life. This talk will present the successful implementation journey of the Panto-Scanner from proof-of-concept to a fully integrated predictive maintenance application within SBB's processes. Insights will be shared on leveraging automated condition data, data processing, and prognostics to improve maintenance planning, resource allocation, and decision-making. Real-world benefits achieved, including enhanced efficiency, reduced downtime, and improved safety, will be discussed. Additionally, perspectives on the interdisciplinary collaboration between railway operators, infrastructure providers, suppliers, and academics will be provided.

Intelligence In Maintenance—For Whom, Doing What?

Henrik Göthberg1, Mikael Klingvall2

1CEO DAIRDUX, 2 DAIRDUX

It's not about data or AI. It's about the productivity of data workers and the productivity of those that consume data work. The current Data & AI narrative risks being an anti-pattern, creating a blind spot that inhibits productivity gains. We want to flip the script on how and why we do data work and employ AI in data-intensive operations. We propose a fundamentally agent-based perspective where actual data workers, AI or human, transform data into something intelligent—useful and adoptable—for people solving problems. We are on the verge of deploying autonomous AI agents—a new era for organising and operating our enterprises. This keynote offers new semantics that address the sociotechnical complexity of AI and data work and the cross-functional teams that make products for data workers or maintenance operations.

Strategic Growth and Value Creation: Excellence through benchmarking and exchange beyond company’s boarders in MedTech

Ralph Fasler

Vice President Manufacturing, Ypsomed AG

This talk will provide insights into how the value creation processes at Ypsomed can keep pace with the strong growth of the MedTech company. A focus will be placed on the regular direct benchmarking and exchange with other hidden champions from various industries with similar requirements and characteristics. This makes it possible to compare and continuously improve outside of competitive situations.

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Prof. Ajith Parlikad

University of Cambridge

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Jose Celaya

SLB

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Vincent Cheriere

Airbus

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IMC Hands-on Workshop

Join us at the 8th Intelligent Maintenance Conference for the interactive IMC Hands-on Workshop (IMC HOW?). We are excited to announce that, for the first time, the 8th Intelligent Maintenance Conference will include a dedicated 1-day workshop on the latest advancements and practical applications of artificial intelligence in maintenance technology. The workshop will cover the following topics:

The Power of Graph Neural Networks: A Comprehensive Introduction and Industrial Applications

Given by Mengjie Zhao and Raffael Theiler

IMOS, EPFL

Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) offer a powerful way to analyze complex assets and systems. They have been applied to a wide range of industrial applications, from the analysis of individual components such as bearings or turbofan engines to condition monitoring of large-scale interconnected systems such as power plants, distributed heating networks or energy distribution networks. In this workshop, we start by exploring the theoretical basics of how Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) facilitate learning in data that is structured as entities and their relationships. Then we'll apply GNNs to industrial applications that benefit from this relational interpretation of the data and learn how GNNs enable model generalization to unseen environments. The workshop includes a comprehensive introduction to GNNs followed by a hands-on tutorial using an industrial dataset, giving you direct guidance in applying these techniques to solve practical problems.

Mastering Domain Adaptation in Deep Learning: A Hands-On Workshop

Given by Han Sun

IMOS, EPFL

In the dynamic field of Deep Learning (DL), the ability to adapt models to new, unseen domains is crucial for achieving robust and generalizable performance across a wide range of applications. Designed for practitioners and researchers with a basic understanding of deep learning, this hands-on workshop is designed to introduce participants to the concept and techniques of domain adaptation in DL, providing them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to navigate and implement these strategies effectively.

Understanding your Deep Learning Models with Explainable AI

Given by Dr. Florent Forest

IMOS, EPFL

This workshop offers a practical introduction to various eXplainable artificial intelligence (XAI) tools that can be leveraged, on the one hand, to explain the decisions of already trained deep neural networks, or on the other hand, to make their architecture inherently more interpretable, with the ultimate goal of increasing trust and acceptance of AI-based systems. During this workshop, you will have the occasion to open the black-box of several models in industry-relevant applications.

Prerequisites:

  • Beginner to intermediate experience in Python.
  • A basic understanding of deep learning, basic knowledge of data science, and time series analysis will be helpful for understanding the theoretical background.
  • A laptop with a stable internet connection and a Gmail account to be able to follow along during the hands-on sessions in Google Colab.

Registration

The early bird registration is open till June 30, 2024.
It is possible to book tickets for a single conference day.

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CHF 400 / 2 days

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Students will be asked to show their student card at the conference and the workshop check-in.

VENUE

Le Polydôme

EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne

Our team

Olga Fink

Prof. Olga Fink

Christine Gabriel

Christine Gabriel

Florent Forest

Dr. Florent Forest

Vinay Sharma

Vinay Sharma

Sergei Garmaev

Sergei Garmaev

Keivan Faghih Niresi

Keivan Faghih Niresi

Ismail Nejjar

Ismail Nejjar

Mengjie Zhao

Mengjie Zhao

Raffael Theiler

Raffael Theiler

Han Sun

Han Sun

Leandro Von Krannichfeldt

Leandro Von Krannichfeldt

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