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Kiermeier, Marie; Feld, Sebastian and Linnhoff-Popien, Claudia (2017): Root Cause Analysis for Global Anomalous Events in Self-Organizing Industrial Systems. In: Szakál, Anikó (ed.) : INES 2017 : IEEE 21st International Conference on Intelligent Engineering Systems : proceedings : October 20-23, 2017, Larnaca, Cyprus. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. pp. 163-168

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In self-organizing industrial systems (SOIS) workflows are not defined by engineers in advance, but the system decides by itself at runtime how to route workpieces through the factory, so that the desired output is manufactured as optimal as possible in the present circumstances. As a consequence, the number of possible workflows is not limited to those which were manually predefined, but limited to all possible routes in the factory (state space explosion). Accordingly, analyzing anomalies in such a huge solution space becomes more challenging. In this paper, we present a root cause analyis (RCA) approach for finding the root cause of global anomalous events which handles this state space explosion in SOIS. To do so, the dependencies between path usage and external factors like available machines and demanded tasks are subdivided into several sub-dependencies. In addition, we propose for one of these sub-dependencies a heuristical description which avoids the enormous computational effort for modeling the dependency exactly. The operating principle of our RCA method is evaluated based on simulation data of an example factory.

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