Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Muhammad Hafeez MA2404, pp. 38. ING/School of Engineering, 2011.

The work

Författare / Author: Muhammad Hafeez
engr.m.hafeez@gmail.com
Titel / Title: Application of Dempster Shafer Theory to Assess the Status of Sealed Fire in a Cole Mine
Översatt titel / Translated title: Application of Dempster Shafer Theory to Assess the Status of Sealed Fire in a Coal Mine
Abstrakt Abstract:

Dempster-Shafer theory nowadays is used to model the epistemic (subjective) uncertainty as an alternative to the traditional probabilistic approach. Few decades back, Bayesian probability theory was used for this purpose as to handle problems encountered in different engineering disciplines. Since bayesian theory primarily needs precise measurements from experiments, this requirement restricted its application for problems having weak and sparse information and urged for further research to explore new techniques. In the meanwhile concept of imprecise probability came to light ensued different formalism, among them Dempster-Shafer theory is a prominent frame work. In this thesis Dempster-Shafer theory (D-S Theory) a data fusion technique is discussed along with subsequent improvements for combining conflicting information in D-S structure.

In mining engineering during underground extraction of minerals (coal particularly) chances of occurrence of natural hazards like mine fires, gas outbursts, flooding with water and subsidence of overlying strata etc are although rare but with high uncertainty thus provides weak information about the system. Their history having detailed records is short. To wrestle with such problems, Dempster-Shafer formalism is a strong and effective tool.

Here in this thesis complete modus operandi of the Dempster-Shafer formalism has been narrated with the help of illustrative examples. And by using this technique, quality of mine air in a coal fire zone is ascertained and a Mine Fire Index (MFI) is developed which is easy to use even for the lower hierarchy of the mine management and is helpful in making decision.

Populärvetenskaplig beskrivning / Popular science summary: Dempster-Shafer theory nowadays is used to model the epistemic (subjective) uncertainty as an alternative to the traditional probabilistic approach. Few decades back, Bayesian probability theory was used for this purpose as to handle problems encountered in different engineering disciplines. Since bayesian theory primarily needs precise measurements from experiments, this requirement restricted its application for problems having weak and sparse information and urged for further research to explore new techniques. In the meanwhile concept of imprecise probability came to light ensued different formalism, among them Dempster-Shafer theory is a prominent frame work. In this thesis Dempster-Shafer theory (D-S Theory) a data fusion technique is discussed along with subsequent improvements for combining conflicting information in D-S structure.

In mining engineering during underground extraction of minerals (coal particularly) chances of occurrence of natural hazards like mine fires, gas outbursts, flooding with water and subsidence of overlying strata etc are although rare but with high uncertainty thus provides weak information about the system. Their history having detailed records is short. To wrestle with such problems, Dempster-Shafer formalism is a strong and effective tool.

Here in this thesis complete modus operandi of the Dempster-Shafer formalism has been narrated with the help of illustrative examples. And by using this technique, quality of mine air in a coal fire zone is ascertained and a Mine Fire Index (MFI) is developed which is easy to use even for the lower hierarchy of the mine management and is helpful in making decision.
Ämnesord / Subject: Mathematics\General

Nyckelord / Keywords: Dempster-Shafer theory, evidence, data fusion, coal mining, sealed fires, air quality and mine fire index

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id: houn-8h5erf
Program:/ Programme Mathematical Modelling and Simulation
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 05/23/2011
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Masterarbete/Master's Thesis (120 credits)

Context

Handledare / Supervisor: Claes Jogréus
claes.jogreus@bth.se
Examinator / Examiner: Claes Jogréus
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: ING/School of Engineering

+46 455 38 50 00

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