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  • Journal article
    Kumar P, Kalaiarasan G, Porter AE, Pinna A, Kłosowski MM, Demokritou P, Chung KF, Pain C, Arvind DK, Arcucci R, Adcock IM, Dilliway Cet al., 2021,

    An overview of methods of fine and ultrafine particle collection for physicochemical characterisation and toxicity assessments.

    , Science of the Total Environment, Vol: 756, Pages: 1-22, ISSN: 0048-9697

    Particulate matter (PM) is a crucial health risk factor for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. The smaller size fractions, ≤2.5 μm (PM2.5; fine particles) and ≤0.1 μm (PM0.1; ultrafine particles), show the highest bioactivity but acquiring sufficient mass for in vitro and in vivo toxicological studies is challenging. We review the suitability of available instrumentation to collect the PM mass required for these assessments. Five different microenvironments representing the diverse exposure conditions in urban environments are considered in order to establish the typical PM concentrations present. The highest concentrations of PM2.5 and PM0.1 were found near traffic (i.e. roadsides and traffic intersections), followed by indoor environments, parks and behind roadside vegetation. We identify key factors to consider when selecting sampling instrumentation. These include PM concentration on-site (low concentrations increase sampling time), nature of sampling sites (e.g. indoors; noise and space will be an issue), equipment handling and power supply. Physicochemical characterisation requires micro- to milli-gram quantities of PM and it may increase according to the processing methods (e.g. digestion or sonication). Toxicological assessments of PM involve numerous mechanisms (e.g. inflammatory processes and oxidative stress) requiring significant amounts of PM to obtain accurate results. Optimising air sampling techniques are therefore important for the appropriate collection medium/filter which have innate physical properties and the potential to interact with samples. An evaluation of methods and instrumentation used for airborne virus collection concludes that samplers operating cyclone sampling techniques (using centrifugal forces) are effective in collecting airborne viruses. We highlight that predictive modelling can help to identify pollution hotspots in an urban environment for the efficient collection of PM mass. This review provides

  • Journal article
    Quilodrán-Casas C, Silva VS, Arcucci R, Heaney CE, Guo Y, Pain CCet al., 2021,

    Digital twins based on bidirectional LSTM and GAN for modelling COVID-19

    The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has now spreadthroughout the globe infecting over 100 million people and causing the death ofover 2.2 million people. Thus, there is an urgent need to study the dynamics ofepidemiological models to gain a better understanding of how such diseasesspread. While epidemiological models can be computationally expensive, recentadvances in machine learning techniques have given rise to neural networks withthe ability to learn and predict complex dynamics at reduced computationalcosts. Here we introduce two digital twins of a SEIRS model applied to anidealised town. The SEIRS model has been modified to take account of spatialvariation and, where possible, the model parameters are based on official virusspreading data from the UK. We compare predictions from a data-correctedBidirectional Long Short-Term Memory network and a predictive GenerativeAdversarial Network. The predictions given by these two frameworks are accuratewhen compared to the original SEIRS model data. Additionally, these frameworksare data-agnostic and could be applied to towns, idealised or real, in the UKor in other countries. Also, more compartments could be included in the SEIRSmodel, in order to study more realistic epidemiological behaviour.

  • Conference paper
    Amendola M, Arcucci R, Mottet L, Casas CQ, Fan S, Pain C, Linden P, Guo YKet al., 2021,

    Data Assimilation in the Latent Space of a Convolutional Autoencoder

    , Pages: 373-386, ISSN: 0302-9743

    Data Assimilation (DA) is a Bayesian inference that combines the state of a dynamical system with real data collected by instruments at a given time. The goal of DA is to improve the accuracy of the dynamic system making its result as real as possible. One of the most popular technique for DA is the Kalman Filter (KF). When the dynamic system refers to a real world application, the representation of the state of a physical system usually leads to a big data problem. For these problems, KF results computationally too expensive and mandates to use of reduced order modeling techniques. In this paper we proposed a new methodology we called Latent Assimilation (LA). It consists in performing the KF in the latent space obtained by an Autoencoder with non-linear encoder functions and non-linear decoder functions. In the latent space, the dynamic system is represented by a surrogate model built by a Recurrent Neural Network. In particular, an Long Short Term Memory (LSTM) network is used to train a function which emulates the dynamic system in the latent space. The data from the dynamic model and the real data coming from the instruments are both processed through the Autoencoder. We apply the methodology to a real test case and we show that the LA has a good performance both in accuracy and in efficiency.

  • Conference paper
    Afzali J, Casas CQ, Arcucci R, 2021,

    Latent GAN: Using a Latent Space-Based GAN for Rapid Forecasting of CFD Models

    , Pages: 360-372, ISSN: 0302-9743

    The focus of this study is to simulate realistic fluid flow, through Machine Learning techniques that could be utilised in real-time forecasting of urban air pollution. We propose a novel Latent GAN architecture which looks at combining an AutoEncoder with a Generative Adversarial Network to predict fluid flow at the proceeding timestep of a given input, whilst keeping computational costs low. This architecture is applied to tracer flows and velocity fields around an urban city. We present a pair of AutoEncoders capable of dimensionality reduction of 3 orders of magnitude. Further, we present a pair of Generator models capable of performing real-time forecasting of tracer flows and velocity fields. We demonstrate that the models, as well as the latent spaces generated, learn and retain meaningful physical features of the domain. Despite the domain of this project being that of computational fluid dynamics, the Latent GAN architecture is designed to be generalisable such that it can be applied to other dynamical systems.

  • Journal article
    Arcucci R, Zhu J, Hu S, Guo Y-Ket al., 2021,

    Deep Data Assimilation: Integrating Deep Learning with Data Assimilation

  • Journal article
    Mack J, Arcucci R, Molina-Solana M, Guo Y-Ket al., 2020,

    Attention-based Convolutional Autoencoders for 3D-Variational Data Assimilation

  • Journal article
    Ruiz LGB, Pegalajar MC, Arcucci R, Molina-Solana Met al., 2020,

    A time-series clustering methodology for knowledge extraction in energy consumption data

    , Expert Systems with Applications, Vol: 160, ISSN: 0957-4174

    In the Energy Efficiency field, the incorporation of intelligent systems in cities and buildings is motivated by the energy savings and pollution reduction that can be attained. To achieve this goal, energy modelling and a better understanding of how energy is consumed are fundamental factors. As a result, this study proposes a methodology for knowledge acquisition in energy-related data through Time-Series Clustering (TSC) techniques. In our experimentation, we utilize data from the buildings at the University of Granada (Spain) and compare several clustering methods to get the optimum model, in particular, we tested k-Means, k-Medoids, Hierarchical clustering and Gaussian Mixtures; as well as several algorithms to obtain the best grouping, such as PAM, CLARA, and two variants of Lloyd’s method, Small and Large. Thus, our methodology can provide non-trivial knowledge from raw energy data. In contrast to previous studies in this field, not only do we propose a clustering methodology to group time series straightforwardly, but we also present an automatic strategy to search and analyse energy periodicity in these series recursively so that we can deepen granularity and extract information at different levels of detail. The results show that k-Medoids with PAM is the best approach in virtually all cases, and the Squared Euclidean distance outperforms the rest of the metrics.

  • Journal article
    Casas CQ, Arcucci R, Wu P, Pain C, Guo Y-Ket al., 2020,

    A Reduced Order Deep Data Assimilation model

    , PHYSICA D-NONLINEAR PHENOMENA, Vol: 412, ISSN: 0167-2789
  • Journal article
    Wang S, Nadler P, Arcucci R, Yang X, Li L, Huang Y, Teng Z, Guo Yet al., 2020,

    A Bayesian Updating Scheme for Pandemics: Estimating the Infection Dynamics of COVID-19

  • Journal article
    Dur TH, Arcucci R, Mottet L, Molina Solana M, Pain C, Guo Y-Ket al., 2020,

    Weak Constraint Gaussian Processes for optimal sensor placement

  • Journal article
    Wu P, Sun J, Chang X, Zhang W, Arcucci R, Guo Y, Pain CCet al., 2020,

    Data-driven reduced order model with temporal convolutional neural network

  • Conference paper
    Nadler P, Arcucci R, Guo Y, 2020,

    An Econophysical Analysis of the Blockchain Ecosystem

    , Pages: 27-42, ISSN: 2198-7246

    We propose a novel modelling approach for the cryptocurrency ecosystem. We model on-chain and off-chain interactions as econophysical systems and employ methods from physical sciences to conduct interpretation of latent parameters describing the cryptocurrency ecosystem as well as to generate predictions. We work with an extracted dataset from the Ethereum blockchain which we combine with off-chain data from exchanges. This allows us to study a large part of the transaction flows related to the cryptocurrency ecosystem. From this aggregate system view we deduct that movements on the blockchain and price and trading action on exchanges are interrelated. The relationship is one directional: On-chain token flows towards exchanges have little effect on prices and trading volume, but changes in price and volume affect the flow of tokens towards the exchange.

  • Conference paper
    Arcucci R, Casas CQ, Xiao D, Mottet L, Fang F, Wu P, Pain C, Guo Y-Ket al., 2020,

    A Domain Decomposition Reduced Order Model with Data Assimilation (DD-RODA)

    , Conference on Parallel Computing - Technology Trends (ParCo), Publisher: IOS PRESS, Pages: 189-198, ISSN: 0927-5452
  • Conference paper
    Nadler P, Arcucci R, Guo Y-K, 2020,

    A Scalable Approach to Econometric Inference

    , Conference on Parallel Computing - Technology Trends (ParCo), Publisher: IOS PRESS, Pages: 59-68, ISSN: 0927-5452
  • Conference paper
    Arcucci R, Mottet L, Casas CAQ, Guitton F, Pain C, Guo Y-Ket al., 2020,

    Adaptive Domain Decomposition for Effective Data Assimilation

    , 25th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing (Euro-Par), Publisher: SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, Pages: 583-595, ISSN: 0302-9743
  • Book chapter
    Arcucci R, Moutiq L, Guo Y-K, 2020,

    Neural Assimilation

    , Editors: Krzhizhanovskaya, Zavodszky, Lees, Dongarra, Sloot, Brissos, Teixeira, Publisher: SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, Pages: 155-168, ISBN: 978-3-030-50432-8
  • Conference paper
    Nadler P, Arcucci R, Guo YK, 2019,

    Data assimilation for parameter estimation in economic modelling

    , Pages: 649-656

    We propose a data assimilation approach for latent parameter estimation in economic models. We describe a dynamic model of an economic system with latent state variables describing the relationship of economic entities over time as well as a stochastic volatility component. We show and discuss the model's relationship with data assimilation and how it is derived. We apply it to conduct a multivariate analysis of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Combining these approaches opens a new dimension of analysis to economic modelling. Economics, Multivariate Analysis, Dynamical System, Bitcoin, Data Assimilation.

  • Journal article
    Aristodemou E, Arcucci R, Mottet L, Robins A, Pain C, Guo Y-Ket al., 2019,

    Enhancing CFD-LES air pollution prediction accuracy using data assimilation

    , Building and Environment, Vol: 165, ISSN: 0007-3628

    It is recognised worldwide that air pollution is the cause of premature deaths daily, thus necessitating the development of more reliable and accurate numerical tools. The present study implements a three dimensional Variational (3DVar) data assimilation (DA) approach to reduce the discrepancy between predicted pollution concentrations based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with the ones measured in a wind tunnel experiment. The methodology is implemented on a wind tunnel test case which represents a localised neighbourhood environment. The improved accuracy of the CFD simulation using DA is discussed in terms of absolute error, mean squared error and scatter plots for the pollution concentration. It is shown that the difference between CFD results and wind tunnel data, computed by the mean squared error, can be reduced by up to three order of magnitudes when using DA. This reduction in error is preserved in the CFD results and its benefit can be seen through several time steps after re-running the CFD simulation. Subsequently an optimal sensors positioning is proposed. There is a trade-off between the accuracy and the number of sensors. It was found that the accuracy was improved when placing/considering the sensors which were near the pollution source or in regions where pollution concentrations were high. This demonstrated that only 14% of the wind tunnel data was needed, reducing the mean squared error by one order of magnitude.

  • Conference paper
    Lim EM, Molina Solana M, Pain C, Guo YK, Arcucci Ret al., 2019,

    Hybrid data assimilation: An ensemble-variational approach

    , Pages: 633-640

    Data Assimilation (DA) is a technique used to quantify and manage uncertainty in numerical models by incorporating observations into the model. Variational Data Assimilation (VarDA) accomplishes this by minimising a cost function which weighs the errors in both the numerical results and the observations. However, large-scale domains pose issues with the optimisation and execution of the DA model. In this paper, ensemble methods are explored as a means of sampling the background error at a reduced rank to condition the problem. The impact of ensemble size on the error is evaluated and benchmarked against other preconditioning methods explored in previous work such as using truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD). Localisation is also investigated as a form of reducing the long-range spurious errors in the background error covariance matrix. Both the mean squared error (MSE) and execution time are used as measure of performance. Experimental results for a 3D case for pollutant dispersion within an urban environment are presented with promise for future work using dynamic ensembles and 4D state vectors.

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