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Shell Lecture Series - 3/21, 2:00PM, Duncan Hall 3092

William W. Symes

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University

"Some Recent Advances in Seismic Imaging"

Seismic imaging attempts to discern the internal structure of the earth from seismic data recorded near the surface. Over the last several decades, this goal has been gradually reinterpreted in favor of construction of continuum physics models of mechanical properties that can be used to predict the measured data in detail. This lecture will give a brief overview of seismic imaging of the active source type, as practiced in oil and gas prospecting, also civil and environmental engineering; describe a few recent algorithmic advances in seismic inference of earth structure; and hint at a some of the many fascinating mathematical and computational questions generated in this subject that remain to be answered.

Shell Lectures Series are made possible through the generous support of the Shell Oil Company.

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