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Multi-head CNN–RNN for multi-time series anomaly detection: An industrial case study

Canizo, Mikel; Triguero, Isaac; Conde, Angel; Onieva, Enrique


Mikel Canizo

Angel Conde

Enrique Onieva


Detecting anomalies in time series data is becoming mainstream in a wide variety of industrial applications in which sensors monitor expensive machinery. The complexity of this task increases when multiple heterogeneous sensors provide information of di_erent nature, scales and frequencies from the same machine. Traditionally, machine learning techniques require a separate data preprocessing before training, which tends to be very time-consuming and often requires domain knowledge. Recent deep learning approaches have shown to perform well on raw time series data, eliminating the need for pre-processing. In this work, we propose a deep learning based approach for supervised multitime series anomaly detection that combines a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) and a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) in different ways. Unlike other approaches, we use independent CNNs, so-called convolutional heads, to deal with anomaly detection in multi-sensor systems. We address each sensor individually avoiding the need for data pre-processing and allowing for a more tailored architecture for each type of sensor. We refer to this architecture as Multi-head CNN-RNN. The proposed architecture is assessed against a real industrial case study, provided by an industrial partner, where a service elevator is monitored. Within this case study, three type of anomalies are considered: point, context-specific, and collective. The experimental results show that the proposed architecture is suitable for multi-time series anomaly detection as it obtained promising results on the real industrial scenario.


Canizo, M., Triguero, I., Conde, A., & Onieva, E. (2019). Multi-head CNN–RNN for multi-time series anomaly detection: An industrial case study. Neurocomputing, 363, 246-260.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 14, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 19, 2019
Publication Date Oct 21, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 17, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2020
Journal Neurocomputing
Print ISSN 0925-2312
Electronic ISSN 1872-8286
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 363
Pages 246-260
Keywords Deep learning, Anomaly detection, Convolutional neural networks, Recurrent neural networks, Multi-sensor systems, Industry 4.0
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