Game theory–based bilevel model for multiplayer pavement maintenance management

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Original languageEnglish
Article number103763
Journal / PublicationAutomation in Construction
Volume129
Online published6 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Abstract

Pavement maintenance is widely thought to be critical for promoting their sustainability. It plays a pivotal role in sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure for economic development and social inclusion improvement. Existing research mainly focuses on optimizing the maintenance strategies based on one player but ignores the inherent conflicts and complex interactions among multiplayer decision-makers. To address these issues, this research examined the problem of pavement maintenance involving the highway agency and maintenance service providers under the uncertainty of pavement conditions with the aim of optimizing maintenance strategies. A novel bilevel mathematical model was proposed to handle the inherent conflicts and complex interactions among decision-makers based on the Stackelberg game and Nash game. The goal is to obtain the Stackelberg–Nash equilibrium solution, where the highway agency, as the upper-level leader, determines the maintenance tasks, whereas the service providers, as the lower-level followers, provide the corresponding maintenance activities. To formulate this complex model, a bilevel particle swarm optimization (BLPSO) algorithm was developed for pavement maintenance. Finally, a practical case was used to demonstrate the practicality and efficiency of the proposed model. The results show that the mathematical model can provide feasible and effective pavement maintenance strategies for multiplayer decision-makers in real-world applications.

Research Area(s)

  • Bilevel particle swarm optimization, Leader–follower strategy, Pavement maintenance, Stackelberg–Nash game

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Game theory–based bilevel model for multiplayer pavement maintenance management. / Ji, Ankang; Xue, Xiaolong; Ha, Q.P.; Luo, Xiaowei; Zhang, Minggong.

In: Automation in Construction, Vol. 129, 103763, 09.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review