Adaptive Quasi-Unsupervised Detection of Smoke Plume by LiDAR

Dear colleagues,


It is a pleasure announce the new scientific paper published on the prestigious journal SENSORS in OPEN ACCESS:


Riccardo Rossi,Michela Gelfusa,Andrea Malizia and Pasqualino Gaudio (2020). "Adaptive Quasi-Unsupervised Detection of Smoke Plume by LiDAR". Sensors, 20(22), 6602;






The early detection of fire is one of the possible applications of LiDAR techniques. The smoke generated by a fire is mainly compounded of CO2, H2O, particulate, and other combustion products, which involve the local variation of the scattering of the electromagnetic wave at specific wavelengths. The increases of the backscattering coefficient are transduced in peaks on the signal of the backscattering power recorded by the LiDAR system, located exactly where the smoke plume is, allowing not only the detection of a fire but also its localization. The signal processing of the LiDAR signals is critical in the determination of the performances of the fire detection. It is important that the sensitivity of the apparatus is high enough but also that the number of false alarms is small, in order to avoid the trigger of useless and expensive countermeasures. In this work, a new analysis method, based on an adaptive quasi-unsupervised approach was used to ensure that the algorithm is continuously updated to the boundary conditions of the system, such as the weather and experimental apparatus issues. The method has been tested on an experimental campaign of 227 pulses and the performances have been analyzed in terms of sensitivity and specificity.

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