24th Workshop on MHD Stability Control

Columbia University

Columbia University

New York, NY
Nikolas Logan (PPPL)

Theme & Topics 

The workshop theme for this year is “Key MHD Control Issues on the path towards a compact fusion pilot plant.” This theme embraces the focus of the Community Planning Process, building on the National Academy recommendation that, “the United States should start a national program of accompanying research and technology leading to the construction of a compact pilot plant that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost". The key challenges that need to be addressed in the prediction, avoidance and control of MHD instabilities in order to meet this goal will be discussed. Cutting edge solutions should be proposed, with emphasis placed on collaborations necessary to facilitate rapid forward progress in these areas.

This theme does not exclude contributed talks from other relevant areas of MHD stability and control.



Date and Location

   October 28-30, 2019

   Columbia University, New York


Registration deadline for making a presentation at the workshop is CLOSED as of September 30.

Registration as an attendee is still welcome up to October 25.


Invited Presentations

System identification and real-time control of, the CIII emission front using MANTIS in TCV, Matthijs van Berkel, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research

ECE-based tearing mode suppression and equilibrium reconstruction, Oak Nelson, Princeton University

Controlled Healing of NTMs by Fueling Pellets in DIII-D and KSTAR and Impact on ECCD Requirements for Complete NTM Stabilization, Laszlo Bardoczi, General Atomics

A generic framework for real-time plasma supervision, event handling and actuator management and its application on TCV, Federico Felici, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Perturbative response measurements for MHD stability understanding and control, Jeremy Hanson, Columbia University

Effects of external RMPs on locked-mode-like instabilities in LHD and comparison with locked mode behavior, Yuki Takemura, National Institute for Fusion Science

Experimental and modeling studies of locked mode dynamics prior to disruptions in high performance JET plasmas, Lidia Piron, Padova University / Consorzio RFX

ITER-proposed error field correction criterion: assessment on present COMPASS and consequences for COMPASS-U design, Tomas Markovic, IPP Czech Academy of Sciences

Accelerated models and closed-loop testing of model-based control algorithms using TRANSP, Dan Boyer, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Plasma survival analysis: estimating survival probabilities and expected lifetimes from binary classification and Random Forests, Alex Tinguely, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Global Stability of High Beta Spherical Tokamak Plasma and Initial Implementation of Machine Learning Techniques Supporting Disruption Prediction, Jack Berkery, Columbia University


Program Committee members

  • Nikolas Logan, PPPL, USA (Program Chair)
  • Gerald Navratil, Columbia University, USA (Local Organizer)
  • Masaru Furukawa, Tottori University, Japan
  • Egemen Kolemen, Princeton University, USA
  • Sadao Masamune, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Go Matsunaga, QST, Japan
  • David Maurer, Auburn University, USA
  • Michio Okabayashi, PPPL, USA
  • Jong-Kyu Park, PPPL, USA
  • Paolo Piovesan, CNR, Italy
  • Linda Sugiyama, MIT, USA
  • Youwen Sun, ASIPP, China
  • Kiyomasa Watanabe, NIFS, Japan
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