Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Sergey Fomel

Sergey Fomel
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences


Email: sergey.fomel@beg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 475 9573
Office: BEG 2.112F, JGB 4.216F
Mailcode: E0620
Publications

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 )

Honorable Mention, Best Poster - Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2015)

Tinker Family BEG Publication Award - Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)

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)

Co-Chair, Technical Program Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2017)

Chair, Distinguished Lecturer Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2015 - Present)

Guest Associate Editor, Special section on Thin Beds, Interpretation (2014 - 2015)

Guest Associate Editor, Special issue on Signal and Noise Separation, Geophysics (2014 - 2015)

Chair, Publications Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2013 - 2015)

Guest Associate Editor, Special section on Diffraction Imaging, Interpretation (2013 - 2015)

Member, Distinguished Lecturer Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2012 - Present)

Chair, 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 - Present)

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

Chair, 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 - Present)

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

Postdocs

Xinming Wu
Xinming received an engineering degree (2009) in Geophysics from Central South University, an M.Sc. (2012) in Geophysics from Tongji University, and a Ph.D. (2016) in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines where he was a member of the Center for Wave Phenomena. He interned twice at Transform Software and Services/DrillingInfo during the summer and winter of 2014. Since Aug. 2015, he has been working at Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow. Xinming received the award for Best Paper in Geophysics in 2016 (3D seismic image processing for faults). He also received the Shanghai excellent master thesis award in 2013 (Generating 3D seismic Wheeler volumes: methods and applications).

Tieyuan Zhu, 2014 - 2016, Stanford University
Assistant Professor at the Pennsylvania State University

Mark Lai, 2014 - 2017, University of Maryland, College Park
Data Scientist at Zilliant

Hejun Zhu, 2013 - 2015, Princeton University
Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas

Mehdi Far, 2013 - 2014, University of Houston
Principal Scientist at Halliburton

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
Assistant Professor at Purdue University

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

Nam P Pham , M.S., expected 2019 (Supervisor)

Zhiguang Xue , Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)

Dmitrii Merzlikin , Ph.D., expected 2018 (Supervisor)
Seismic Imaging, Inverse Theory, Signal Processing, Seismic Processing, Seismic Interpretation Link to publications is available under the "Links" tab

Mason Phillips , M.S., expected 2017 (Supervisor)

Yanadet Sripanich (Supervisor)

Yunzhi Shi (Supervisor)

Zhicheng Geng (Supervisor)

Harpreet Kaur (Supervisor)

Ben Gremillion (Supervisor)

Junzhe Sun, Ph.D., 2016 (Supervisor)
(Currently at ExxonMobil): Seismic modeling and imaging in complex media with low-rank approximation

Kelly Regimbal, M.S., 2016 (Supervisor)
(Currently at ExxonMobil): Improving resolution of NMO stack using shaping regularization

Parvaneh Karimi, Ph.D., 2015 (Supervisor)
(Currently at PGS): Seismic interpretation using predictive painting

Yangkang Chen, Ph.D., 2015 (Supervisor)
(Currently at Oak Ridge National Laboratory): Noise attenuation in seismic data from the simultaneous-source acquisition

Ryan Swindeman, M.S., 2015 (Supervisor)
(Currently at BHP Billiton): Iterative seismic data interpolation using plane-wave shaping

Vladimir Bashkardin, Ph.D., 2014 (Supervisor)
(Currently at BP): Phase-space imaging of reflection seismic data

Siwei Li, Ph.D., 2014 (Supervisor)
(Currently at Chevron): Imaging and velocity model building with linearized eikonal equation and upwind finite-differences

Luke Decker, M.S., 2014 (Supervisor)
(Currently at UT Austin): Seismic diffraction imaging methods and applications

Shaunak Ghosh, M.S., 2013 (Supervisor)
(Currently at CGG): Multiple suppression in the t-x-p domain

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

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

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

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


Undergraduate Students

Lubna Barghouty, B.S., 2013
(Currently at MIT): Surface-related multiple elimination and velocity-independent imaging of a 2D seismic line from the Viking Graben dataset

Yanadet Sripanich, B.S., 2013
(Currently at UT Austin): An efficient algorithm for two-point seismic ray tracing


YearSemesterCourse
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 365N Seismic Data Processing
2017Spring GEO 384S Seismic Data Processing
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 384H Multidimnsnl Data Anlys In Geo
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Spring GEO 365N Seismic Data Processing
2016Spring GEO 384S Seismic Reflection Processing
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysics
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysics
2014Fall GEO 366M Mathematical Meths In Geophys
2014Fall GEO 391 Multidimensional Data Analysis
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysics
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geophysics

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.