Controlling Fusion Reactor Instability with Deep Reinforcement Learning with Aza Jalalvand

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Today we're joined by Azarakhsh (Aza) Jalalvand, a research scholar at Princeton University, to discuss his work using deep reinforcement learning to control plasma instabilities in nuclear fusion reactors. Aza explains his team developed a model to detect and avoid a fatal plasma instability called ‘tearing mode’. Aza walks us through the process of collecting and pre-processing the complex diagnostic data from fusion experiments, training the models, and deploying the controller algorithm on the DIII-D fusion research reactor. He shares insights from developing the controller and discusses the future challenges and opportunities for AI in enabling stable and efficient fusion energy production.

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