Relation Inference among Sensor Time Series in Smart Buildings with Metric Learning


  • Shuheng Li Peking University
  • Dezhi Hong University of California, San Diego
  • Hongning Wang University of Virginia



Smart Building Technologies hold promise for better livability for residents and lower energy footprints. Yet, the rollout of these technologies, from demand response controls to fault detection and diagnosis, significantly lags behind and is impeded by the current practice of manual identification of sensing point relationships, e.g., how equipment is connected or which sensors are co-located in the same space. This manual process is still error-prone, albeit costly and laborious.

We study relation inference among sensor time series. Our key insight is that, as equipment is connected or sensors co-locate in the same physical environment, they are affected by the same real-world events, e.g., a fan turning on or a person entering the room, thus exhibiting correlated changes in their time series data. To this end, we develop a deep metric learning solution that first converts the primitive sensor time series to the frequency domain, and then optimizes a representation of sensors that encodes their relations. Built upon the learned representation, our solution pinpoints the relationships among sensors via solving a combinatorial optimization problem. Extensive experiments on real-world buildings demonstrate the effectiveness of our solution.




How to Cite

Li, S., Hong, D., & Wang, H. (2020). Relation Inference among Sensor Time Series in Smart Buildings with Metric Learning. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 34(04), 4683-4690.



AAAI Technical Track: Machine Learning