Sergey Fomel is a Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin, with a joint appointment between the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Department of Geological Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2001 and worked previously at the Institute of Geophysics in
Russia, Schlumberger Geco-Prakla, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Sergey received a number of professional awards, including the J. Clarence Karcher Award from SEG in 2001 and the Conrad Schlumberger Award from EAGE in 2011. He devotes part of his time to developing"Madagascar", an open-source software package for geophysical data analysis.

Areas of Expertise

Computational and exploration geophysics; seismic imaging; wave propagation; seismic data analysis; inverse problems; geophysical estimation


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology ( view )

Outstanding Educator Award - Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2012)

Conrad Schlumberger Award - European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (2011)

Best Poster presented at the SEG Annual Meeting - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2010)

Lorand Eotvos Award - European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (2007)

Honorable Mention, Best Poster - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2007)

Best Poster presented at the SEG Annual Meeting - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2006)

Honorable Mention, Best Paper - Geophysics (2003)

J. Clarence Karcher Award - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2001)

Chairman, Publications Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2013)

Guest Associate Editor, Special issue on Diffraction Imaging, Interpretation (2013)

Member, Distinguished Lecture Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2012 - 2013)

Chairman, Technical Program Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2011)

District Representative, Council, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2011 - 2013)

Guest Editor, Special issue on Seismic Imaging, International Journal of Geophysics (2010 - 2011)

Guest Associate Editor, Special issue on Seismic Data Sampling, Geophysics (2009 - 2010)

Guest Editor, Special issue on Reproducible Research, Computing in Science and Engineering (2008 - 2009)

District Representative, Council, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2008 - 2011)

Member, Publications Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2008 - 2013)

Member, Technical Program Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2007)

Chairman, Translations Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2007 - 2010)

Associate Editor, Seismic Migration and Signal Processing, Geophysics (2004 - 2009)

Creator and Project Manager, Madagascar, an open-source software package for geophysical data analysis (2003 - 2013)

Creator and Project Manager, SEGTeX, an open-source LaTeX package for geophysical publications (2001 - 2013)

Postdocs

Alexander Klokov, 2011 - 2013, Gubkin University of Oil and Gas
http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/researcher/alexander_klokov/

Jingwei Hu, 2011 - 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison
http://users.ices.utexas.edu/~hu/Site/Home.html

Hesam Kazemeini, 2010 - 2011, Uppsala University
Geophysicist at BP

Roman Kazinnik, 2009 - 2010, Tel-Aviv University
Geophysicist at ConocoPhillips

Yang Liu, 2007 - 2010, Jilin University
Professor at Jilin University

Jules Browaeys, 2006 - 2009, Institut de Physique du Globe
Geophysicist at Total E&P


Graduate Students

Ryan L Swindeman

Yanadet Sripanich

Zhiguang Xue

Vladimir Bashkardin, Ph.D., expected 2012

Siwei Li, Ph.D., expected 2014
Seismic inversion; tomography and velocity estimation; seismic imaging.

Luke A Decker, M.S., expected 2014
Adviser: Dr. Sergey Fomel Research Interest: Seismic Diffraction Imaging Member of Texas Consortium for Computational Seismilogy

Parvaneh Karimi, Ph.D., expected 2015

Shaunak Ghosh, Ph.D., expected 2016

Yangkang Chen, Ph.D., expected 2017

Junzhe Sun, Ph.D., expected 2017
Seismic imaging, forward modeling and seismic anisotropy.

Yihua Cai, M.S., 2012
(currently at Shell): Spectral recomposition and multicomponent seismic image registration

William Burnett, Ph.D., 2011
(currently at ExxonMobil): Multiazimuth velocity analysis using velocity-independent seismic imaging

Salah Al-Hadab, M.S., 2012
(currently at Saudi Aramco): Diffraction imaging of sediment drifts in Canterbury Basin

Xiaolei Song, Ph.D., 2012
(Currently at BP): Application of Fourier finite differences and lowrank approximation method for seismic modeling and subsalt imaging


GEO 384W Seismic Imaging (Graduate)

GEO 391 Multidimensional Data Analysis in Geosciences (Graduate)

GEO 366M/38OJ Mathematical Methods in Geophysics (Grad-Undergrad Combined)

Graduate research opportunities in computational seismology (Graduate)
Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology is looking for Ph.D. students interested in computational research. Our group works on a broad range of topics in exploration geophysics, from wave-equation seismic imaging and inversion to computational algorithms for seismic data processing and seismic interpretation. The work is supported by industrial sponsors. We use open-source software tools and high-performace computing resources.

 

Madagascar
Madagascar is an open-source software package for multidimensional data analysis and reproducible computational experiments. Its mission is to provide a convenient and powerful environment and a convenient technology transfer tool for researchers working with digital image and data processing in geophysics and related fields.

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Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology
The Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology is a joint initiative of the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) and the Center for Numerical Analysis at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin. Its mission is to address the most important and challenging research problems in computational geophysics as experienced by the energy industry while educating the next generation of research geophysicists and computational scientists.