Competitions

Challenge Overview

After a successful first competition at IJCNN 2019 on a reduced version of our proposed challenge, two new competitions will run this year 2020 at WCCI and NeurIPS.

While first competitions aim at demonstrating the feasibility of applying Reinforcement Learning for controlling electrical flows on a power grid, the NeurIPS competition introduces a realistically-sized grid environment along with two fundamental real-life properties of power grid systems to reconsider while shifting towards a sustainable world: robustness and adaptability

Successive challenges in L2RPN series: maintenance events and redispatching actions are successively introduced, while the grid size increases and new harder game objectives are defined such as robustness and adptability.

Timeline for 2020 IJCNN Competition

May 20th, 2020: Beginning of the competition with the release of public RL environment. Participants can start submitting agent models on Codalab platform and obtaining immediate feedback in the leaderboard on validation scenarios.

June 10th , 2020: Potential release of a new baseline to foster competition if several participants are already doing better than this baseline.

June 30th, 2020: Final phase on undisclosed test scenarios

Jul 1rst, 2020: End of the competition, beginning of the post-competition process

Jul 7th, 2020: Announcement of the L2RPN Winners.

Jul 19th, 2020: Beginning of IJCNN 2020.

Timeline for 2020 NeurIPS Competition

July 8th, 2020: Beginning of the competition with the release of public RL environment on 2 Tracks: robustness and adaptability. Participants can start submitting agent models on Codalab platform and obtaining immediate feedback in the leaderboard on validation scenarios.

September 7th, 2020: Potential release of a new baseline to foster competition if several participants are already doing better than this baseline.

October 19th, 2020: Start of the testing days on unseen test scenarios.

October 20th, 2020: End of the competition, beginning of the post-competition process

October 30th, 2020: Announcement of the L2RPN Winners.

December 6th, 2020: Beginning of NeurIPS 2020.

Winners of L2RPN 2019 IJCNN Challenge

The competition was tight for the top 5 teams! Geirina Team eventually ranked 1rst and Learning_RL team ranked 2nd, making them the winners of this first episode of L2RPN Challenge! Congratulations to them, they did remarkable team work to reach this performance!

You can read more about in our paper that will be presented at PSCC 2020 Conference Learning to run a power network by training topology controllers

In addition, the winners both explain their respective approach in the following videos:

GEIRINA Presentation for L2RPN on ICJNN 2019.mp4
Amar_L2RPN_IJCNN.mp4

Both teams kindly released and open-source their code implementation at the following links: