The purpose of Aladdin is to assist plant operators in the early detection and diagnosis of faults and anomalies in the plant that either have an impact on the plant performance, or that could lead to a plant shutdown or component damage if allowed to go unnoticed. The kind of early fault detection and diagnosis performed by Aladdin is aimed at allowing more time for decision making, increasing the operator awareness, reducing component damage, and supporting
improved plant availability and reliability. In this paper we describe in broad lines the Aladdin transient classifier, which combines techniques such as recurrent neural network ensembles, Wavelet On-Line Pre-processing (WOLP), and Autonomous Recursive Task Decomposition (ARTD), in an attempt to improve the practical applicability and scalability of this type of systems to real processes and machinery. The paper focuses then on describing an application of Aladdin to a Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) through the use of the HAMBO experimental simulator of the Forsmark 3 boiling water reactor NPP in Sweden. It should be pointed out that Aladdin is not necessarily restricted to applications in NPPs. Other types of power plants, or even other types of processes, can also benefit from the diagnostic capabilities of Aladdin.
Many-class learning is the problem of training a classifier to discriminate among a large number of target classes. Together with the problem of dealing with high-dimensional patterns (i.e. a high-dimensional input space), the many class problem (i.e. a high-dimensional output space) is a major obstacle to be faced when scaling-up classifier systems and algorithms from small pilot applications to large full-scale applications. The Autonomous Recursive Task Decomposition (ARTD) algorithm is here proposed as a solution to the problem of many-class learning. Example applications of ARTD to neural classifier training are also presented. In these examples, improvements in training time are shown to range from 4-fold to more than 30-fold in pattern classification tasks of both static and dynamic character.