Society of Exploration Geophysicists announces USGS Director and former astronaut as 2019 Annual Meeting keynote speaker

Preliminary technical topics announced

Tulsa, OK, 8 January 2019 The Society of Exploration Geophysicists has secured Dr. James Reilly, Director of the United States Geological Survey, as keynote speaker for the SEG 2019 International Exposition and 89th Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to be held 15-20 September 2019.

As director of the USGS, Dr. Reilly is responsible for leading the nation’s largest water, earth, biological science, and civilian mapping agency. Prior to joining the USGS, he served U.S. and allied militaries as a subject matter expert on space operations, and as a technical advisor supporting the National Security Space Institute of the U.S. Air Force. He served with the U.S. Navy as a reserve engineering duty officer. He’s held management positions in academia as well as at TAEUS Corporation and PhotoStencil Corporation. As an astronaut at NASA, he had a distinguished 13-year career where he flew three spaceflight missions and conducted five spacewalks totaling more than 856 hours in space.

Prior to NASA, he served as chief geologist at Enserch Exploration, Inc., working on projects around the world. He has been active in geological research in Antarctica and on the continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.

“As a new resident of the Dallas area, I’m excited to have a keynote speaker who received all of his education locally in Dallas and has achieved great things in his career. We’re excited to have him as our kick-off speaker,” said Glenn Winters, SEG19 General Chair.

Call for abstracts will open 1 February and close 1 April. Preliminary technical topics include:

  • Borehole Geophysics 
  • Distributed Acoustic Sensing 
  • EM Exploration and Reservoir Surveillance 
  • Emerging Technologies 
  • Full Waveform Inversion 
  • Gravity and Magnetics 
  • Induced Seismicity 
  • Interpretation 
  • Machine Learning and Data Analytics for E&P 
  • Mining 
  • Multicomponent Seismic 
  • Multi-physics Data Integration 
  • Near Surface 
  • Passive Seismic 
  • Reservoir Characterization 
  • Rock Physics 
  • Seismic Modeling 
  • Seismic Processing: Emerging Technologies 
  • Seismic Processing: Migration 
  • Seismic Processing: Multiples, Noise and Regularization 
  • Seismic Theory 
  • Seismic Velocity Estimation 
  • Time Lapse 
  • Vertical Seismic Profile 

Early bird registration opens 1 April. For more information visit the SEG San Antonio 2019 website. Watch the website for future announcements.


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