CEAS-IMS PhD Students Place First in PHM

By:        Staci Jones
Date:     October 12, 2016

CEAS-IMS students continue to build legacy at 2016 PHM Society Data Challenge.

University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) students are continuing to build a legacy with their recent 1st place win at the 2016 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Data Challenge.

The PHM Data Challenge is a competition that is open to students, researchers, and industry professionals. It is remotely conducted. Each team downloads a set of data for analysis from the designated website and submits the results. The winner is determined by participants’ ability to provide the best analysis method and results.

This year’s team—Team Apocalypse—was made up of mechanical engineering PhD students Yuan Di and Xiaodong Jia who are both members of the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS).

Di credits the win to the resources granted through the Center for IMS, “Our Center has been at the forefront of the PHM area for more than 15 years. We are experienced in studying (and developing) the cutting edge methodologies and algorithms for PHM solutions and Industrial Big Data analytics. All the methods and analytical processes we used in this competition were derived or learned from our experiences in the Center.”

Though the team members describe the competition as very difficult, they state that the benefits granted through the opportunity were well worth the challenge. The competition allowed the researchers to develop new algorithms that can be applicable in their future study.

“I think it is helpful for my future career,” said DI, “We were given the opportunity to develop analysis methods with real potential for industry impact. This type of experience can be the defining point in my resume and will make a fantastic story for interviews in the future since I plan to go to the industry after graduation.”

Di encourages students who are interested in competing in the challenge next year, to study what the IMS Center has accomplished over the last 15 years, and to become versed in the area of Prognostics and Health Management – specifically in reference to industrial applications.

This year’s win made the sixth time since 2008 that UC’s IMS students have placed 1st in the PHM Society Data Challenge.