Random forest assisted vector displacement sensor based on a multicore fiber

Jingxian Cui, Huaijian Luo, Jianing Lu, Xin Cheng, Hwa Yaw Tam

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We proposed a two-dimensional vector displacement sensor with the capability of distinguishing the direction and amplitude of the displacement simultaneously, with improved performance assisted by random forest, a powerful machine learning algorithm. The sensor was designed based on a seven-core multi-core fiber inscribed with Bragg gratings, with a displacement direction range of 0-360° and the amplitude range related to the length of the sensor body. The displacement information was obtained under a random circumstance, where the performances with theoretical model and random forest model were studied. With the theoretical model, the sensor performed well over a shorter linear range (from 0 to 9 mm). Whereas the sensor assisted with random forest algorithm exhibits better performance in two aspects, a wider measurement range (from 0 to 45 mm) and a reduced measurement error of displacement. Mean absolute errors of direction and amplitude reconstruction were decreased by 60% and 98%, respectively. The proposed displacement sensor shows the possibility of machine learning methods to be applied in point-based optical systems for multi-parameter sensing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15852-15864
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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