IMP-MARL: a Suite of Environments for Large-scale Infrastructure Management Planning via MARL

Pascal Leroy · Pablo G. Morato · Jonathan Pisane · Athanasios Kolios · Damien Ernst

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We introduce IMP-MARL, an open-source suite of multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL) environments for large-scale Infrastructure Management Planning (IMP), offering a platform for benchmarking the scalability of cooperative MARL methods in real-world engineering applications.In IMP, a multi-component engineering system is subject to a risk of failure due to its components' damage condition.Specifically, each agent plans inspections and repairs for a specific system component, aiming to minimise maintenance costs while cooperating to minimise system failure risk.With IMP-MARL, we release several environments including one related to offshore wind structural systems, in an effort to meet today's needs to improve management strategies to support sustainable and reliable energy systems.Supported by IMP practical engineering environments featuring up to 100 agents, we conduct a benchmark campaign, where the scalability and performance of state-of-the-art cooperative MARL methods are compared against expert-based heuristic policies. The results reveal that centralised training with decentralised execution methods scale better with the number of agents than fully centralised or decentralised RL approaches, while also outperforming expert-based heuristic policies in most IMP environments.Based on our findings, we additionally outline remaining cooperation and scalability challenges that future MARL methods should still address.Through IMP-MARL, we encourage the implementation of new environments and the further development of MARL methods.

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