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Distinguished Geophysics Lecture scheduled at Texas A&M-Kingsville

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KINGSVILLE (February 3, 2020) — The 2020 1Q/2Q Distinguished Lecturer from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Dr. Sergey Fomel, will be making a stop at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with his presentation Automating Seismic Data Analysis and Interpretation. Fomel will present his lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Peacock Auditorium in the Biology and Earth Sciences Building.


“Recent developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning can automate different tasks in data analysis,” he said. “I will discuss the quest for automation by tracking the development of automatic picking algorithms, from velocity picking in seismic processing to horizon picking in seismic interpretation. We will search the limits of automation to discover the distinguishing qualities that separate human geophysicists from machine.”


About Dr. Sergey Fomel

Fomel is the Wallace E. Pratt Professor of Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin and the director of the Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology (TCCS) in Austin. At UT Austin, he is affiliated with the Bureau of Economic Geology, the department of geological sciences and the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.


He received his doctorate in geophysics from Stanford University. For his contributions to exploration geophysics, he was been recognized with a number of professional awards including SEG’s J. Clarence Karcher Award in 2001 and the EAGE Conrad Schlumberger Award in 2011.


Fomel has served SEG in different roles including most recently, vice president of publications. He also serves as the project manager for Madagascar, an open-source software project for geophysical data analysis.



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