Name: John Isak Fjellvang Villanger
Affiliation: University of Stavanger
Supervisor: Prof. Dan Sui
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Rodica G. Mihai and Dr.Troels Arnfred Bojesen
Associated Epic: Drilling Optimization
Thesis Reinforcement Learning for Optimization Within Drilling
Period: 13.02.2023-13.02.2026

John studied Cognitive Science at UiB for his bachelor and then moved on to Machine Learning for his master’s, there he specialized in Reinforcement learning.

The general objective of his thesis is to apply Reinforcement Learning within drilling, this could for example include setpoint optimization for Weight on Bit and RPM in order to increase Rate of Penetration and decrease drill string vibrations. Several approaches could be tried here including Multi Agent Reinforcement Learning.