Hybrid static-sensory data modeling for prediction tasks in basic oxygen furnace process

Davi Alberto Sala, Andy Van Yperen-De Deyne, Erik Mannens, Azarakhsh Jalalvand

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In this paper, we propose a novel data-driven prediction system for Multivariate Time Series (MTS) in an industrial context, where classic relational data contain keyinformation in order to properly interpret the MTS. Particularly we focus on the accurate endpoint prediction of temperature and chemical composition at the basic oxygen furnace, which is a step in the steel production pipeline where liquid iron is refined to steel. The precise prediction of temperature is important for proper process control while reaching the target chemical composition is essential for quality control. Our deep learning methodology employs two modules followed by an aggregation block; a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) handles the MTS, while in parallel, the static data is processed by a Fully Connected Network (FCN). We enhance the CNN performance by adding two Squeeze-and-excitation (SE) blocks, which act like an attention module over the different channels. By taking the MTS data into account we improve the prediction by up to 10% relative over the models which only consider the static data. The hybrid FCN-CNN-SE architecture slightly improves the state-of-the-art MTS approaches by 2%, with less outliers on the prediction of final temperature and phosphorus concentration, while being easier to implement and more scalable to larger datasets and input space than current solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15163-15173
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Intelligence
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Basic oxygen furnace
  • Data-driven prediction models
  • Multivariate time series
  • Neural networks
  • Steel production


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