A framework for using LSTMs to detect anomalies in multivariate time series data. Includes spacecraft anomaly data and experiments from the Mars Science Laboratory and SMAP missions.
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  • master: for use with data containing labeled anomalies and recreating KDD paper experiments
  • no-labels: for use with unlabeled data (a set of time-series streams)

Anomaly Detection in Time Series Data Using LSTMs and Automatic Thresholding


Telemanom employs vanilla LSTMs using Keras/Tensorflow to identify anomalies in multivariate sensor data. LSTMs are trained to learn normal system behaviors using encoded command information and prior telemetry values. Predictions are generated at each time step and the errors in predictions represent deviations from expected behavior. Telemanom then uses a novel nonparametric, unsupervised approach for thresholding these errors and identifying anomalous sequences of errors.

This repo along with the linked data can be used to re-create the experiments in our 2018 KDD paper, "Detecting Spacecraft Anomalies Using LSTMs and Nonparametric Dynamic Thresholding", which describes the background, methodologies, and experiments in more detail. While the system was originally deployed to monitor spacecraft telemetry, it can be easily adapted to similar problems.

Getting Started

Clone the repo (only available from source currently):

git clone https://github.com/khundman/telemanom.git && cd telemanom

From root of repo, curl and unzip data:

curl -O https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/telemanom/data.zip && unzip data.zip && rm data.zip

Install dependencies using python 3.6+ (recommend using a virtualenv):

pip install -r requirements.txt

Configure system/modeling parameters in config.yaml file. For example:

  • train: True if True, a new model will be trained for each input stream. If False existing trained model will be loaded and used to generate predictions
  • predict: True Generate new predictions using models. If False, use existing saved predictions in evaluation (useful for tuning error thresholding and skipping prior processing steps)
  • l_s: 250 Determines the number of previous timesteps input to the model at each timestep t (used to generate predictions)

Begin processing:

python run.py

A jupyter notebook for evaluating results for a run and comparing multiple runs with different params is provided in results/. To launch notebook:

jupyter notebook results/result-viewer.ipynb

Plotly is used to generate interactive inline plots, e.g.:



Using your own data

Pre-split training and test sets must be placed in directories named data/train/ and data/test. One .npy file should be generated for each channel or stream (for both train and test) with shape (n_timesteps, n_inputs). The filename should be a unique channel name or ID. The telemetry values being predicted in the test data must be the first feature in the input.

For example, a channel T-1 should have train/test sets named T-1.npy with shapes akin to (4900,61) and (3925, 61), where the number of input dimensions are matching (61). The actual telemetry values should be along the first dimension (4900,1) and (3925,1).

Raw experiment data

The raw data available for download represents real spacecraft telemetry data and anomalies from the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite (SMAP) and the Curiosity Rover on Mars (MSL). All data has been anonymized with regard to time and all telemetry values are pre-scaled between (-1,1) according to the min/max in the test set. Channel IDs are also anonymized, but the first letter gives indicates the type of channel (P = power, R = radiation, etc.). Model input data also includes one-hot encoded information about commands that were sent or received by specific spacecraft modules in a given time window. No identifying information related to the timing or nature of commands is included in the data. For example:


This data also includes pre-split test and training data, pre-trained models, predictions, and smoothed errors generated using the default settings in config.yaml. When getting familiar with the repo, running the result-viewer.ipynb notebook to visualize results is useful for developing intuition. The included data also is useful for isolating portions of the system. For example, if you wish to see the effects of changes to the thresholding parameters without having to train new models, you can set Train and Predict to False in config.yaml to use previously generated predictions from prior models.

Anomaly labels and metadata

The anomaly labels and metadata are available in labeled_anomalies.csv, which includes:

  • channel id: anonymized channel id - first letter represents nature of channel (P = power, R = radiation, etc.)
  • spacecraft: spacecraft that generated telemetry stream
  • anomaly_sequences: start and end indices of true anomalies in stream
  • class: the class of anomaly (see paper for discussion)
  • num values: number of telemetry values in each stream

To provide your own labels, use the labeled_anomalies.csv file as a template. The only required fields/columns are channel_id and anomaly_sequences. anomaly_sequences is a list of lists that contain start and end indices of anomalous regions in the test dataset for a channel.

Dataset and performance statistics:


Total anomaly sequences 69 36 105
Point anomalies (% tot.) 43 (62%) 19 (53%) 62 (59%)
Contextual anomalies (% tot.) 26 (38%) 17 (47%) 43 (41%)
Unique telemetry channels 55 27 82
Unique ISAs 28 19 47
Telemetry values evaluated 429,735 66,709 496,444

Performance (with default params specified in paper)

Spacecraft Precision Recall F_0.5 Score
SMAP 85.5% 85.5% 0.71
Curiosity (MSL) 92.6% 69.4% 0.69
Total 87.5% 80.0% 0.71


Each time the system is started a unique datetime ID (ex. 2018-05-17_16.28.00) will be used to create the following

  • a results file (in results/) that extends labeled_anomalies.csv to include identified anomalous sequences and related info
  • a data subdirectory containing data files for created models, predictions, and smoothed errors for each channel. A file called params.log is also created that contains parameter settings and logging output during processing.

As mentioned, the jupyter notebook results/result-viewer.ipynb can be used to visualize results for each stream.


If you use this work, please cite:

  title={Detecting Spacecraft Anomalies Using LSTMs and Nonparametric Dynamic Thresholding},
  author={Hundman, Kyle and Constantinou, Valentino and Laporte, Christopher and Colwell, Ian and Soderstrom, Tom},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1802.04431},


Telemanom is distributed under Apache 2.0 license.

Contact: Kyle Hundman (khundman@gmail.com)