Episode 194: Improving integration in machine learning workflows

Felix J. Herrmann highlights the July 2023 special section in The Leading Edge – digitalization in energy.

In this episode with host Andrew Geary, Felix discusses his open-access article, “Learned multiphysics inversion with differentiable programming and machine learning.” He shares why the future of the oil and gas industry depends on the democratization of technology design. He provides insights into why modernizing wave-equation inversion frameworks is important to geophysics and shares the implications for the results of his study. 

This episode provides a glimpse into the future capabilities of machine learning to help provide the path for the next great discoveries in geophysics.

Seismic Soundoff · 194: Improving integration in machine learning workflows


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Felix J. Herrmann graduated from Delft University of Technology in 1992 and received his Ph.D. in engineering physics from that same institution in 1997. After research positions at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he returned in 2002 as faculty at the University of British Columbia.

In 2017, he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology, now a Georgia Research Alliance Scholar Chair in Energy. He was cross-appointed between the Schools of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Computational Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. His cross-disciplinary research program spans several areas of computational imaging, including seismic and, more recently, medical imaging.

Dr. Herrmann is widely known for tackling challenging problems in the imaging sciences by adapting techniques from randomized linear algebra, PDE-constrained and convex optimization, high-performance computing, machine learning, and uncertainty quantification. Over his career, he has been responsible for several cost-saving innovations in industrial time-lapse seismic data acquisition and wave-equation-based imaging.

In 2019, he toured the world, presenting the SEG Distinguished Lecture “Sometimes it pays to be cheap – Compressive time-lapse seismic data acquisition.” In 2020, he received the SEG Reginald Fessenden Award for contributing to seismic data acquisition with compressive sensing. At Georgia Tech, he leads the Seismic Laboratory for Imaging and Modeling, and he is co-founder/director of the Center for Machine Learning for Seismic (ML4Seismic), designed to foster industrial research partnerships to drive innovations in artificial-intelligence-assisted seismic imaging, interpretation, analysis, and time-lapse monitoring.

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Zach Bridges created original music for this show. This episode was hosted, edited, and produced by Andrew Geary at TreasureMint. The SEG podcast team is Jennifer Cobb, Kathy Gamble, and Ally McGinnis. 

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