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Machine Learning and Urban Drainage Systems: State-of-the-Art Review

Future and Fusion Laboratory of Architectural, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea University, Anamdong, Seongbukgu, Seoul 02841, Korea
School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Anamdong, Seongbukgu, Seoul 02841, Korea
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Water 2021, 13(24), 3545;
Received: 30 September 2021 / Revised: 27 November 2021 / Accepted: 8 December 2021 / Published: 11 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Machine Learning for Hydro-Systems)


In the last decade, machine learning (ML) technology has been transforming daily lives, industries, and various scientific/engineering disciplines. In particular, ML technology has resulted in significant progress in neural network models; these enable the automatic computation of problem-relevant features and rapid capture of highly complex data distributions. We believe that ML approaches can address several significant new and/or old challenges in urban drainage systems (UDSs). This review paper provides a state-of-the-art review of ML-based UDS modeling/application based on three categories: (1) operation (real-time operation control), (2) management (flood-inundation prediction) and (3) maintenance (pipe defect detection). The review reveals that ML is utilized extensively in UDSs to advance model performance and efficiency, extract complex data distribution patterns, and obtain scientific/engineering insights. Additionally, some potential issues and future directions are recommended for three research topics defined in this study to extend UDS modeling/applications based on ML technology. Furthermore, it is suggested that ML technology can promote developments in UDSs. The new paradigm of ML-based UDS modeling/applications summarized here is in its early stages and should be considered in future studies.

1. Introduction

Urban drainage systems (UDSs) are used in urban infrastructure to drain rainwater and/or used water from a system without causing floods. In this regard, high-dimensional simulations for UDS modeling (i.e., flood-inundation mapping) is typically performed, and two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic/hydraulic simulation models should be considered [1,2]. Two-dimensional models have been widely used to compute complex flood-inundation dynamics and hydrological processes [3,4]. However, the function evaluations in various UDS problems (e.g., real-time flood-inundation forecasting and real-time operation control), generally conducted using 2D, demand high computational power because of the simulation times involved for rainfall-runoff and pipe network hydraulics [5,6,7,8]. Therefore, it is challenging to utilize a physically based hydrodynamic/hydraulic model (i.e., 2D model) for real-time UDS modeling.
This significant limitation can be overcome by considering machine learning (ML) technology. ML technology is transforming daily lives, industries, and science/engineering disciplines [9]. ML technology enables computers to learn and function without explicit instructions and programming, but with patterns and inferences extracted from data [10]. Currently, ML technology (e.g., regression, classification, and clustering) is being replaced with new ML technologies, such as deep learning (DL) approaches [11]. These approaches primarily include big data, which are high-dimensional datasets in sensor-based measurements [12,13,14].
Recently, DL approaches have been widely used across various science/engineering disciplines. In fact, they have been improved more actively than ML approaches [15]. DL approaches are defined as a type of ML technology based on neural networks, in which multiple layers of processing are used to extract progressively higher-level features from a significant amount of data [16]. DL approaches represent a higher level from the underlying datasets [17]. Furthermore, DL approaches are typically more immune to raw and noisy data because they allow practical features to be extracted without being explicitly indicated [18].
DL approaches demonstrate the potential to be applied and utilized in UDSs owing to their ability to address problems in various science/engineering disciplines [19]. Prior to the introduction of ML technology, a physically based model was widely utilized to demonstrate the system characteristics of hydrodynamics/hydraulics in UDSs. Previous UDS studies pertaining to ML technology, including DL approaches, should be revisited and summarized to provide recommendations for the development of UDSs. Herein, a comprehensive review of UDS studies is provided, and potential research topics pertaining to ML applications are recommended. It is noteworthy that this review paper focuses on the aspects of operation, management, and maintenance in UDS studies based on ML technology.
Herein, comprehensive reviews and recommendations are presented in four sections: first, the review methodology of the UDS studies revisited (with respect to operation, management, and maintenance) is described in Section 2. Subsequently, the concept and overview of ML technology are described (Section 3). The objective of this paper is to summarize previous UDS studies pertaining to ML-based modeling/application based on three research categories: (1) operation (real-time operation control), (2) management (flood-inundation prediction), and (3) maintenance (pipe defect detection) (Section 4). Subsequently, some potential issues and future directions are recommended for each of the three research topics to advance UDS modeling/application based on ML approaches (Section 5). ML-based UDS modeling enables ML approaches to promote developments in UDSs.

2. Review Methodology

Herein, UDS studies are reviewed comprehensively with respect to operation, management, and maintenance. In this regard, the Web of Science and Google Scholar was used to obtain relevant literature from a wide and extensive web space. The literature identified from the web space (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar) was filtered by inspecting the title, summary, and methodology using keywords of “machine learning” and “urban drainage systems”. In the selected literature, studies that clearly proposed and/or highlighted ML-based UDSs based on operation, management, and maintenance were selected. Finally, 16 studies were selected and summarized, including five UDS operation studies, six management studies, and five maintenance studies. All selected studies were published after 2018 (note: all studies included the recent trend), even though the publication time for all studies was not customized.

3. Machine Learning (ML) Technology

In this section, specific approaches focusing on UDS studies (e.g., operation, management, and maintenance) based on ML technology are summarized. In particular, traditional ML technology (e.g., random forest, support vector machine, and K-nearest neighbor algorithm) has not been widely used with respect to operation, management, and maintenance in UDS studies. Rather than predicting and/or classifying values or factors, most of the studies focused on clustering and/or reducing dimensions on a predefined dataset. Such techniques are not suitable for UDS studies with respect to operation, management, and maintenance.
Therefore, we considered only specific approaches (e.g., artificial neural networks (ANNs), convolutional neural network (CNNs), recurrent neural networks (RNNs), and deep q-networks (DQNs)) that are widely used in the operation, management, and maintenance of UDSs. All studies based on ML technology considered various evaluation criteria to verify the model performance. The representative evaluation criteria used in UDS studies are as follows: (1) root-mean-square error, (2) coefficient of determination, and (3) Nash–Sutcliffe efficiency.

3.1. ML Overview

Artificial intelligence (AI) is realized using a specific machine or system based on ML technology. ML technology involves identifying a set of rules and characteristics hidden in the machine via direct training based on data. In other words, computers perform evaluation and prediction from the learning process based on a specific type of data possessed by humans. Problems that can be solved using ML technology can be generally classified into (1) problems requiring classes of specified data to be distinguished (pattern recognition), (2) problems requiring the estimation of certain consecutive values (regression), and (3) functional approximation.
In addition, ML technology based on learning methods can be classified into three types of learning: (1) supervised learning, (2) unsupervised learning, and (3) reinforcement learning. First, supervised learning is a technique that provides data and labels (answers) for a problem. Humans wish to obtain solutions using learning data, and then estimate and provide appropriate labels when inputting new unlabeled data. This technique is primarily used for object recognition, label estimation probability, and regression analysis. Unsupervised learning is a technique where unlabeled data are received and new characteristics, patterns, and classes are identified from the data via learning. It is primarily used to solve problems such as clustering, feature extraction, and dimensionality reduction. Finally, reinforcement learning is a method in which an agent defined within an environment recognizes the current state and selects an action or sequence of actions that maximizes compensation among selectable behaviors. ML technology allows different problems to be solved based on the learning type, as summarized and presented in Figure 1.
The following section describes the characteristics, architecture design, and learning method of the widely used neural networks in ML technology. It is noteworthy that the neural networks described herein include only ANNs, CNNs, RNNs, and DQNs.

3.2. Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs)

An ANN, which is a conventional neural network, is a computing approach inspired by biological neural networks that comprise animal brains [20]. The ANN is designed in the form of a network by combining synapses. It comprises an input layer, a hidden layer, and an output layer, and each circle in the ANN is a neuron (Figure 2a). The hidden layer is composed of either a single layer (only one layer) or multiple layers (more than two layers). An activation function is performed in the hidden layer, which transforms an input into an output. The activation function activates the sum of signals.

3.3. Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs)

The RNN is a type of neural network whose connection between nodes exhibits a recurrent structure (Figure 2c). This structure allows the state to be stored inside the circulating neural network model such that the characteristics can be dynamically analyzed over time [21,22,23]. In particular, unlike the ANN of the existing ML technology, this circulation structure may process a sequence-type input based on internal memory. In general, it is primarily used for voice signal processing and language string processing. RNNs can be categorized into different networks (the representative network is long short-term memory, LSTM).
LSTM is suitable for classification, processing, and prediction based on time-series data because unknown delays may occur between important events in a time series [24]. LSTM is developed to alleviate gradient loss problems that can occur when training conventional RNNs. LSTM units consist of a cell, an input gate, an output gate, and a forget gate, and their LSTM units determine unnecessary information or remember information.

3.4. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs)

A CNN is a type of DL approach for processing data that exhibit a grid pattern, such as images. It is inspired by the organization of the animal visual cortex [25,26] and constructed based on adaptively and automatically learned spatial hierarchies of features, from low- to high-level patterns [27]. CNNs are mathematical constituents that are generally composed of three types of layers: convolution, pooling, and fully connected layers (Figure 2b).
The first two layers (i.e., convolution and pooling layers) perform feature extraction, whereas the third layer (a fully connected layer) maps the identified features into the final output, such as classification [28,29]. The convolution layer, which is critical to the CNN, is composed of a series of mathematical computations, such as convolution. In digital image processing, a pixel value is used in a 2D grid, and a small grid of parameters (i.e., kernel), which is an optimizable feature extractor, is applied to each image position. Therefore, because a feature may occur in any space of the image, the CNN is highly efficient and effective for image processing.

3.5. Deep Q-Networks (DQNs)

The DQN algorithm was developed by DeepMind in 2015. By combining reinforcement learning and deep neural networks on a large scale, we successfully solved a wide range of Atari games. The DQN is a combination of neural networks and reinforcement learning approaches; the connections between the nodes of a DQN exhibit a structure different from those of other network structures (Figure 2d). This was developed by improving the conventional reinforcement learning algorithm known as Q-learning using deep neural networks and a technique named experience replay DQNs can be categorized into two types of learning algorithm (e.g., Q-learning and deep Q-learning).

4. ML-Based Urban Drainage System (UDS) Studies

The following section presents a comprehensive review of recent ML-based UDS studies based on (1) operation (real-time operation control), (2) management (flood-inundation prediction), and (3) maintenance (pipe defect detection). To ensure a comprehensive review, Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science were used to perform a search based on the aforementioned three topics. It is noteworthy that this review primarily focuses on methodologies, including the data types used, ML technology, and results obtained.

4.1. Operation: Real-Time Operation Control

This sub-section introduces real-time operation control based on reinforcement learning, which has emerged as a novel methodology for AI. Reinforcement learning is an ML field that pertains to the manner by which intelligent agents should perform actions in an environment to maximize the cumulative reward [30]. Reinforcement learning (see Figure 3) is one of three basic ML and/or DL paradigms, alongside supervised learning and unsupervised learning. It differs from supervised learning in that labeled input/output pairs are not presented, and sub-optimal actions need not be explicitly corrected. The environment is generally stated based on the Markov decision process approach, since other reinforcement learning algorithms in this context use dynamic programming techniques [31].
Reinforcement learning can be derived as a Markov decision process approach of an agent combined with the environment to maximize the final reward. In Figure 1, t is the time step and St is the current state (and current reward rt). The agent must learn a value function that yields the optimal decision or action at. The action will affect the environment that induces the next reward signal rt+1 and yields the next state St+1.
The UDS dynamically adapts its response to catastrophic rainfall by controlling its components, such as gates and pumps. Reinforcement learning has been widely applied recently by the AI community (e.g., robots and autonomous vehicles), whereas real-time operation control in UDSs is rarely implemented.
Several researchers [32,33] have proposed methodologies for real-time operation control in the UDS domain. Mullapudi et al. (2020) [32] formulated and analyzed a real-time operation control model (i.e., pumps) using reinforcement learning. Consequently, the automated operation system for UDSs demonstrated that reinforcement learning can effectively and efficiently pump operation and control for individual subcatchments. Wang et al. (2020) [34] performed pump operation control for a smart stormwater system using reinforcement learning to minimize flooding due to catastrophic rainfall events.

4.2. Management: Flood-Inundation Prediction

The purpose of flood-inundation prediction is to prevent damage to human life and properties. In UDSs, flood-inundation prediction can be defined as the process of estimating and predicting the magnitude and flood duration based on known characteristics. Flood-inundation prediction is the most important task in UDS modeling; hence end, ML technology has been used extensively to predict flood inundation.
To predict flood-inundation in UDSs, the ML technology such as ANN [35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48] and ANFIS [49] were primarily considered until the year 2010s. In the last decade, the time series analysis (e.g., wavelet decomposition, and fuzzy [50,51]) was mostly included with a flood inundation model based on the ML technology. Recently, wavelet decomposition is a time-series analysis approach that was used to predict flood inundation in the UDSs [52,53,54]. It was demonstrated that the technique can improve model performance from a solution of missing data problems [54].
The main contributions of these studies were to provide robustness, accuracy, effectiveness, and computation speed based on qualitative analysis and/or a flood-inundation prediction model. These studies faced significant limitations for improving the model performance (e.g., robustness, accuracy, effectiveness, and computation speed) more. To overcome the limitations, recently, the flood-inundation prediction studies have been performed primarily using ML technology, such as RNNs and CNNs. It is noteworthy that LSTM is a type of RNN. Table 1 summarizes relevant studies that focused on flood-inundation prediction.
Flood-inundation prediction in the studies listed (Table 1) was performed using various ML techniques such as the ANN, CNN, and LSTM. In particular, the ANN and LSTM used are based on time-series data, which can estimate the flood-inundation results (e.g., flood depth and duration) for the next time step, although the spatial distribution of floods (e.g., flood area) is not provided. Meanwhile, the CNN is based on image data and can consider a spatiotemporal distribution for the type of flood-inundation (e.g., flood depth and area, and flood duration) prediction.
Kabir et al. (2020) [57] proposed a novel CNN model comprising a CNN based on a graphic processing unit to improve model efficiency (e.g., real-time flood forecasting) and performance simultaneously. Real-time-based flood-inundation forecasting models based on advanced measurements (e.g., drones and closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs)) have been proposed recently [60,61,62,63]. In summary, flood-inundation prediction models based on the CNN can be used for innovative real-time flood forecasting. However, the model’s ability was not considered in some studies for solving complex problems involving large-scale datasets.
In addition, several flood-inundation prediction studies based on a physical model (e.g., one-dimensional (1D)/2D and 2D models) and ML techniques [64,65] have been performed. Yang et al. (2019) [64] introduced an LSTM-based flood simulator coupled with a physical model to improve model performance. In their approach, the input data used were hydrological data, which included averaged daily precipitation, wind, temperature, and model-simulated discharge from the Global Hydrological Model + Catchment-based Macro-scale Floodplain between 1971 and 2020. Worland et al. (2019) [65] proposed a deep neural network comprising a rainfall-runoff model to estimate flood duration using hydrological data (e.g., discharge data) from the United States Geological Survey. It is noteworthy that the proposed model is a surrogate model based on a combination of a physically based model and ML technology.

4.3. Maintenance: Pipe Defect Detection

A drainage pipe is a key component in UDSs. However, the quality of a drainage pipe deteriorates gradually owing to environmental and external conditions (e.g., ground subsidence). Therefore, defect detection in drainage pipes must be investigated.
In recent years, CCTV technologies have been widely used to effectively detect defects in drainage pipes used in UDSs. The required amount of image data can be obtained using CCTVs because UDSs are large. Error must be verified from the image data obtained from CCTVs; this process is time consuming and necessitates a practitioner. Therefore, pipe defect detection based on images obtained from CCTV has been primarily performed using ML technology in previous studies.
In ML techniques, the type of object detection has progressed rapidly. CNNs are widely used in image classification. In the last few decades, two trends have emerged from ML-based pipe defect detection models: (1) automatic feature classification from hybrid-based neural network [66,67,68]; (2) hierarchical feature classification using deep CNNs (e.g., fast R-CNN, faster R-CNN, You Only Look Once) [69,70,71,72,73]. The former is based on hybridizing the ANN and other ML technologies, whereas the latter is based on DL approaches.
For example, the R-CNN considers a selective search method to extract approximately 4000 regions from only one image as the input data for the CNN algorithm, whereas the fast R-CNN considers the convolutional feature map, which is focused on identifying detection. In addition, the faster R-CNN considers a region proposal network to perform region proposals and performs better than the fast R-CNN. Based on the aforementioned ML technologies, recent pipe defect detection studies pertaining to UDSs are summarized in Table 2.
As shown in Table 2, Safari and Shoorehdeli (2018) [74] proposed defect classification based on hybridization using an image-processing approach and an ANN. Other defect detection studies (based on Table 2) proposed performing defect classification and detection simultaneously to improve model performance and efficiency based on DL approaches (e.g., deep CNN). In terms of model performance, DL approaches are better than other ML technologies (e.g., ANN, SVM, and hybrid ML models).

5. Recommendations

In this section, some research issues are presented, and recommendations for future ML-based UDS studies are provided. ML technology and/or DL approaches (e.g., CNN and RNN) require large sample sizes (i.e., big data). Although the studies presented in Section 2 used small-scale data (e.g., single size) only, only DL approaches were applied, whereas the model efficiency for a complex model architecture based on large-scale datasets was not considered. Hence, the advantages increased with the data size.
In addition, ML-based applications in UDSs have increased rapidly owing to their high-performance computing power, as well as their ability to process big data and perform AI. Publications pertaining to the application of ML in UDSs abound. However, ML-based UDSs are associated with two main challenges, and overcoming these challenges will further improve their performance and efficiency.

5.1. Challenges

First, theoretical problems in ML-based UDS modeling are primarily considered in terms of two aspects (i.e., mathematics and computation capability). In any non-linear function, the types of ML-based neural networks (e.g., shallow networks) and neural networks based on DL approaches (e.g., deep networks) can be represented. It is discovered that DL approaches yield better model performances than the former (i.e., non-linear function-based neural networks). However, the representation and computation capability of DL approaches does not imply that they are better than non-linear function networks. For ML-based UDSs, the complexity of data samples must be understood, and the number of learning data samples required for learning the DL approach types as well as the computing performance required for the training data samples must be determined. In addition, DL approaches generally involve non-convex functions, and it is theoretically complex to train the neural network and optimize numerous parameters based on DL.
Next, most studies pertaining to ML-based UDSs that consider large-scale input data have shown that complex DL approaches are more suitable for obtaining significant features. The features and other information extracted from large-scale data samples are meaningful. The essence of DL approaches is to train more significant features directly and ultimately improve the model performance and efficiency. When comparing shallow and deep networks, DL approaches emphasize the important characteristics because the DL model contains hidden layers of various types (e.g., five to 10 layers). DL approaches provide an efficient model through layer-by-layer feature learning from the image or time-series data related to UDS modeling. However, constructing a hierarchical model with effective learning to identify important features is a key issue. In addition, selecting the most suitable ML-based UDS modeling is important.
Finally, the performance of an ML-based model varies significantly depending on whether an observation dataset is available. In a previous study, for example, a flood-inundation prediction model based on image data was limited in terms of comparing results obtained from a physically based hydrodynamic/hydraulic model (e.g., 1D/2D and 2D models) to verify the model performance. In other words, the model’s performance does not agree well with the results obtained from the physically based hydrodynamic/hydraulic models because the observation data do not include the flood area and depth (actually measured data). Hence, the model’s performance must be improved significantly based on observation data, e.g., flood area and depth, obtained accurately using advanced equipment such as satellites and drones.

5.2. Future Directions

Based on this comprehensive review, the authors recommend the following future directions for studies pertaining to ML-based UDSs:
Feature extraction method: the efficient identification of features from advanced measurements (e.g., CCTVs and drones) that comprise only a single DL algorithm (e.g., CNN) can be considered. The integration of a hybrid DL algorithm (e.g., RNN–CNN) should be considered to effectively extract important features.
Computation resources and combination with physically based model: the processing of physically based hydrodynamic/hydraulic models (e.g., 1D/2D and 2D model) is time consuming. Such limitations are caused by the fact that real-time prediction, operation, and simulation cannot be considered. Therefore, ML-based UDS studies that actively consider high-performance computing resources (e.g., graphic processing units and supercomputers) should be conducted.
Necessity to increase utilization of reinforcement learning: the development of UDSs based on reinforcement learning is rare. However, reinforcement learning can be applied and considered in terms of the UDS operation, e.g., the gate and/or pump operation in the UDS. In addition, a practitioner should refer to a predefined manual to control the gate or pump operation. Therefore, considering reinforcement learning-based UDSs for pump and/or gate operations can reduce mistakes from practitioners.
Necessity to utilize advanced technologies (satellites and drones): advanced technologies such as analyses and predictions based on raw data using satellites and drones, which are advanced equipment based on remote-sensing fields, should be developed. In addition, a new and/or advanced methodology for improving the predictive power of water information presented as an image, as well as the time-series form, should be developed to analyze the characteristics and patterns of each element. ML technology must be systematically used to develop such a methodology. In the case of ML technology, because it is a data-based approach, a significant amount of data and high quality must be ensured for its advancement. In particular, multiple remote sensors based on the cloud and Internet of Things should be implemented in UDSs such that a significant amount of water information (e.g., precipitation, temperature, wind, humidity, flow rate, and water level) can be acquired.
By realizing the recommended implementations above, analysis and prediction technologies can be further developed to realize better system operation, management, maintenance, and risk standards for UDSs.

6. Conclusions

In the recent decade, ML techniques have been transforming daily lives, industries, and various scientific/engineering disciplines. In particular, ML approaches have afforded significant progress in neural network models, thereby enabling the automatic computation of problem-relevant features and rapid capture of highly complex data distributions. ML approaches can address several significant new and/or old challenges pertaining to UDSs. This review paper provides a comprehensive review of recent UDS modeling based on ML technology, including DL. We believe that ML technology can address several significant new and/or old challenges facing research in the UDS domain. This comprehensive review classifies studies pertaining to ML-based UDSs into three research categories: operation (real-time operation control), management (flood-inundation prediction), and maintenance (pipe defect detection).
Finally, several recommendations for future studies were presented herein. Understanding the main characteristics of ML technology enables efficient and effective UDS modeling, thereby enabling the development of a system that can prepare and respond to catastrophic rainfall events. Some potential issues and future directions are recommended for each of the three research topics to extend UDS modeling/applications based on ML approaches. In addition, ML approaches can promote advances in UDSs significantly.
The new paradigm of ML-based UDS modeling summarized herein is still in its early stage and should be considered in future studies. In summary, UDS studies based on ML technology that involve operation, management, and maintenance must be further conducted such that features can be developed more efficiently, i.e., computation resources (i.e., graphic processing units and supercomputers) and advanced equipment (i.e., satellites and drones) should be considered effectively such that multidisciplinary and broader analyses can be realized.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, S.H.K.; Investigation, S.H.K.; Methodology, S.H.K.; Project administration, J.H.K.; Supervision, J.H.K.; Visualization, S.H.K.; Writing—original draft preparation, S.H.K.; Writing—review & editing, and J.H.K. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT)) (No. 2019R1A2B5B03069810).

Institutional Review Board Statement

Not applicable.

Informed Consent Statement

Not applicable.

Data Availability Statement

Not applicable.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


MLMachine learning
DLDeep learning
UDSUrban drainage system
AIArtificial intelligence
ANNArtificial neural network
CNNConvolutional neural network
RNNRecurrent neural network
DQNDeep Q-network
LSTMLong short-term memory
CCTVClosed-circuit television
IoTInternet of Things


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Figure 1. Overview of machine learning (ML) technology.
Figure 1. Overview of machine learning (ML) technology.
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Figure 2. Architecture of several neural network structures. (a) ANN; (b) RNN (including LSTM); (c) CNN; (d) DQN.
Figure 2. Architecture of several neural network structures. (a) ANN; (b) RNN (including LSTM); (c) CNN; (d) DQN.
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Figure 3. Schematic illustration of reinforcement learning.
Figure 3. Schematic illustration of reinforcement learning.
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Table 1. Summary of studies pertaining to flood-inundation prediction by UDSs.
Table 1. Summary of studies pertaining to flood-inundation prediction by UDSs.
ReferencesMain NoveltyInputML Technology
Xie et al. (2020) [55]Proposed ANN-based hybrid modeling to improve model performanceInflowANN [20]
Hossein Hosseiny et al. (2020) [56]Proposed novel hydraulics–ANN hybrid model to identify flood area and depthWater surface elevation, and rough coefficientANN [20]
Kabir et al. (2020) [57]Proposed GPU-based CNN model to improve model efficiency and performanceDischarge, and water depth hydrographCNN [25]
Guo et al. (2020) [58]Proposed image-to-image translation to predict maximum flood depthRainfall hyetographCNN [25]
Ding et al. (2020) [59]Proposed flood forecasting and interpretable spatiotemporal attention LSTMRainfall, and inflowLSTM (RNN) [23]
Kao et al. (2020) [60]Proposed novel LSTM-based encoder–decoder model for multi-step-ahead flood-inundation predictionRainfall, and inflowLSTM (RNN) [23]
Table 2. Summary of pipe defect detection studies pertaining to UDSs.
Table 2. Summary of pipe defect detection studies pertaining to UDSs.
ReferencesMain NoveltyDefect TypesML Techniques
Safari and Shoorehdeli (2018) [74]Proposed detection of interior defects based on image processing and ANNShort, medium, and long cracks; small, medium, and large perforationsANN [20]
Kumar et al. (2018) [75]Proposed defect classification in sewer CCTV inspections using deep CNNRoot intrusions, deposits, cracks, infiltration, debris, connections, and material changeCNN [25]
Cheng and Wang (2018) [76]Proposed detection of sewer pipe defects based on CCTV images using deep CNNTree root intrusion, deposit, infiltration, and cracksCNN [25]
Li and Guo (2019) [77]Proposed sewer damage detection from imbalanced CCTV inspection data using deep CNN with hierarchical classificationDeposit settlement, joint offset, broken, obstacles, and deformationCNN [25]
Yin et al. (2020) [78]Proposed deep CNN-based defect detection system for sewer pipes using CCTVBreakage, cracks, deposits, fractures, taps, holes, and rootsCNN [25]
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