The Scientific Universe From Square One to SOM – April 27-28 2021

GSH-SEG Spring Symposium-Data Science and Geophysics: How Machine Learning and AI will Change Our Industry – Apr 27-28

This year at the Geophysical Society of Houston’s premier technical event, the theme will be on the application of the latest data science tools to solving geophysical problems.

The virtual symposium will be held over two days and will consist of a keynote address, multiple speakers each day, and two exciting lunchtime events. The first will be the traditional SEG Student Challenge Bowl competition. This will be held online and will feature the traditional battle between student geophysicists to be crowned the winner of the GSH Challenge Bowl and to earn a place at the Challenge Bowl finals at the SEG annual symposium in the fall. The second event will be the announcement of the winners of the Machine Learning Competition being run by the Data Science & Machine Learning SIG and will include an overview of the competition challenge, the announcement of the winner, and a presentation by the winning entry. Our speaker lineup for the event will include:

Key Note Speaker: Jake Umbriaco, Digital Platform and Services Manager, Subsurface – Chevron

Confirmed Speakers and Topics include:

  • Aria Abubaker, Schlumberger – Machine Learning for Geoscience Applications
  • Satinder Chopra, SamiGeo – Some Machine Learning Applications for Seismic Facies Classification
  • Hugo Garcia, Geoteric – Automated Fault Detection from 3D Seismic using Artificial Intelligence
  • Elive Menyoli, Emerson – Wavefield Separation via Principle Component Analysis and Deep learning in the Local Angle Domain
  • Tom Smith, Geophysical Insights – The Scientific Universe from Square One to SOM
  • Yuting Duan, Shell – Estimation of Time-lapse Timeshifts using Machine Learning
  • Jon Downton, CGG – Predicting Reservoir Properties from Seismic and Well Data using Deep Neural Networks
  • Wenyi Hu, AGT & UH – Progressive Transfer Learning for Low-Frequency Prediction in FWI

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Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) A. Smith received a BS and MS degree in Geology from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Houston. His graduate research focused on a shallow refraction investigation of the Manson astrobleme. In 1971, he joined Chevron Geophysical as a processing geophysicist but resigned in 1980 to complete his doctoral studies in 3D modeling and migration at the Seismic Acoustics Lab at the University of Houston. Upon graduation with the Ph.D. in Geophysics in 1981, he started a geophysical consulting practice and taught seminars in seismic interpretation, seismic acquisition, and seismic processing. Dr. Smith founded Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT) in 1984 to develop PC software to support training workshops he was holding, which subsequently led to the development of the KINGDOM Software Suite for integrated geoscience interpretation.

In 2008, Dr. Smith founded Geophysical Insights, where he leads a team of geophysicists, geologists, and computer scientists in developing advanced technologies for fundamental geophysical problems. The company launched the Paradise® AI workbench in 2013, which uses Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and pattern recognition technologies to extract greater information from seismic and well data.

The Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG) recognized Dr. Smith’s work with the SEG Enterprise Award in 2000, and in 2010, the Geophysical Society of Houston (GSH) awarded him an Honorary Membership. Iowa State University (ISU) has recognized Dr. Smith throughout his career with the Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer Award in 1996, the Citation of Merit for National and International Recognition in 2002, and the highest alumni honor in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award. The University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recognized Dr. Smith with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2016, he was recognized by the Houston Geological Society (HGS) as a geophysicist who has made significant contributions to the field of geology.

Dr. Smith has been a member of the SEG since 1967 and is a professional member of SEG, GSH, HGS, EAGE, SIPES, AAPG, Sigma XI, SSA, and AGU. Dr. Smith served as Chairman of the SEG Foundation from 2010 to 2013. He currently serves on the SEG President-Elect’s Strategy and Planning Committee and the ISU Foundation Campaign Committee for Forever True, For Iowa State. The University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics recognized Dr. Smith with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

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