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2024 ANS Annual Conference
June 16–19, 2024
Las Vegas, NV|Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
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AI can predict and prevent fusion plasma instabilities in milliseconds
A team of engineers, physicists, and data scientists from Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict—and then avoid—the formation of a specific type of plasma instability in magnetic confinement fusion tokamaks. The researchers built and trained a model using past experimental data from operations at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif., before proving through real-time experiments that their model could forecast so-called tearing mode instabilities up to 300 milliseconds in advance—enough time for an AI controller to adjust operating parameters and avoid a tear in the plasma that could potentially end the fusion reaction.
February 9–11, 2021
We are transforming CONTE 2021 into an virtual conference February 9-11, 2021. This will allow us to deliver the top quality content and technical exchange you’ve come to expect from ANS meetings while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved.
On behalf of the American Nuclear Society and the CONTE 2021 Committee, we thank you for joining us for the 2021 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education!
We are pleased to bring you an exciting, informative, provocative, and educational conference in a virtual format that allows us to bring our content to a wider audience than ever.
The theme of this year's meeting is “Learning Towards the Nuclear Industry of Tomorrow” and is centered on education and training’s role in shaping the future of the nuclear industry. The industry has faced many challenges in recent years including a difficult economic marketplace and overcoming the obstacle to train and educate a highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce in the midst of a global pandemic. Training and education have risen to these challenges while continuing to improve industry performance. Our CONTE 2021 presenters will bring you their ideas, innovations and best practices that have made a difference in the past two years and going forward.
The central component of CONTE is the exchange of ideas, and you will find those opportunities again this year. We have over 70 presenters across three days with five expert panel discussions. While we can’t replace a face-to-face meeting, we think this conference will bridge the gap, keeping you informed of the some of the best practices, innovations, and challenges in the nuclear industry, both in education and training.
This meeting will be unlike any previous CONTE, but it promises to contain the one thing that has always characterized this conference – a willingness to share and to learn from each other.
J. Wesley HinesUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville
Kostas DovasExelon Nuclear
J. Wesley Hines