PHM 2019 Keynote Speech 2

Opportunities and Challenges of AI for System Reliability and Prognostics


Artificial intelligence (AI) is a popular topic for research and application today and there are many product and service examples that demonstrates the potential of AI. However, there are serious and challenging problems with AI applications, and how reliable AI products is an important question that we should raise at the beginning. In fact, how to measure the reliability of AI and AI products is unclear to begin with, not to say how to develop reliable AI technology and systems. In this talk, we will share some thoughts and experience from systems engineering perspective and discuss some of these issues. Some of the research related to software reliability, hardware reliability and combined systems can be strongly linked to this. AI applications also rely on the availability of large amount of data that may have other issues such as data uncertainty and integration. At the other end, AI and big data approaches could help system reliability analysis and predictive maintenance decisions, to help improve system reliability and availability.


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Min Xie Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Min Xie entered Univ of Science and Technology of China in 1978, after getting the highest score in a nation-wide entrance examination to Special Class of Gifted Young. He then had a chance to go to Sweden in 1979 to continue his undergraduate study, and graduated from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He then received his PhD in 1987 from Linkoping University, Sweden, specializing in reliability and maintenance engineering. Dr Xie joined the National University of Singapore in 1991 as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Research Fellowship. After 20 years there, he moved to City University of Hong Kong as Chair Prof of Industrial Engineering in 2011, currently also serving as an Associate Dean at College of Engineering. Prof Xie serves an editor, associate editor and on the editorial board of 20 established international journals. He has authored 8 books and over 300 SCI journal papers. Prof Xie has supervised about 50 PhD students and they hold regular position in banking, industry and academia in different continents. Prof Xie was elected fellow of IEEE in 2005 for his contribution to software and systems reliability.