Calibration transfer and drift compensation of e-noses via coupled task learning

Ke Yan, Dapeng Zhang

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The problems of instrumental variation and sensor drift are receiving increasing concerns in the field of electronic noses. Because the two problems can be uniformly viewed as a variation of the data distribution in the feature space, they can be handled by algorithms such as transfer learning. In this paper, we propose a novel algorithm framework called transfer sample-based coupled task learning (TCTL). It is based on transfer learning and multi-task learning. Given labeled samples in the source domain (i.e. from the master device or without drift) and a small set of transfer samples as inputs, TCTL simultaneously learns a prediction model for data in the source domain and one for data in the target domain (i.e. from the slave device or with drift). The transfer samples are incorporated into a regularization term of the objective function. TCTL is an extensible framework that can apply to various classification and regression models. When combined with the standardization error-based model improvement (SEMI) strategy, its accuracy can be further enhanced. Experiments on a multi-device dataset and a popular long-term drift dataset show that the proposed algorithms achieve better accuracy compared with typical existing methods with much fewer auxiliary samples needed, which proves their efficacy and usability in real-life applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-297
Number of pages10
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2016


  • Calibration transfer
  • Drift
  • Electronic nose
  • Multi-task learning
  • Transfer learning
  • Transfer sample

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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