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Scholarly Interest Report
         
William W. Symes
Professor
Noah Harding Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics
 
e-mail:symes@rice.edu
 
  • A.B. (1971) Mathematics University of California at Berkeley
  • Ph.D. (1975) Mathematics Harvard University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for Computational Geophysics
  • Department of Earth Science
  • Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
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    Websites
     TRIP
     Home Page
     
    Research Areas
     Partial differential equations - theory and computation; inverse problems
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    K. Blazek, C. C. Stolk, and W. W. Symes "A mathematical framework for inverse wave problems in heterogeneous media." Inverse Problems, 29: 065001:134.

     
     Refereed conference papers
     

    P. Shen and W. W. Symes "Subsurface domain image warping by horizontal contraction and its application to wave-equation migration velocity analysis." Proc. 84th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SVE 1 (2013)

     
     

    Y. Liu, W. W. Symes, W. Yin, and Z. Peng " Sparse Radon transform with dual gradient ascent method." Proc. 84th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, ST 2 (2013)

     
     

    Y. Liu, W. W. Symes, Y. Huang, and Z. Li "Linearized extended waveform inversion via differential semblance optimization in the depth oriented extension." Proc. 84th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SVE P1 (2013)

     
     

    Y. Liu, W. W. Symes, and Z. Li "Multisource least-squares extended reverse time migration with the preconditioning guided gradient method." Proc. 84th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, SPMI 2 (2013)

     
     

    D. Sun and W. W. Symes "Waveform inversion via nonlinear differential semblance optimization." Proc. 83rd Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2012)

     
     

    X. Wang and W. W. Symes "Harmonic coordinate finite element method for acoustic waves." Proc. 83rd Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (2012)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    Organizing committee Member.  "FWI & MVA: An Approach to Fusion." Workshop on Full Waveform Inversion, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Muscat, Oman. (April 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Relaxation of Nonlinear Full Waveform Inversion via Extended Modeling." SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineerinng, Boston, MA. (February 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Stable objective functions for velocity inversion." Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology, Houston, TX. (March 2013)

     
     Other
     

    Organizer and participant.  "The Rice Inversion Project - 2012 Review." TRIP Annual Review Meeting, Rice University, Houston, TX. (April 2013)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Harmonic coordinate finite element method for acoustic waves." Society of Exploration Geophysicists 83rd Annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (November 2012) With X. Wang

     
     

    Speaker.  "Waveform inversion via nonlinear differential semblance optimization." Society of Exploration Geophysicists 83rd Annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV. (November, 2012) With D. Sun

     
     Workshops
     

    Participant.  "IWAVE to IWAVE++: from Modeling to Inversion." High Performance Computing in Oil and Gas Workshop, Rice University, Houston, TX. (March 2013)

     
     

    Principal lecturer.  "Introduction to the Mathematics of Seismic Imaging." Graduate Summer Workshop on Seismic Inversion, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA. (August 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Inversion Velocity Analysis." Society of Exploration Geophysicists post-convention workshop on Advances in Model Building, Imaging, and FWI, (September 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Inversion Velocity Analysis." Chevron Workshop on Full Waveform Inversion, San Ramon CA. (October 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Numerical Homogenization." KAUST-IAMCS Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Wave Propagation and Applications, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. (May 2013)

     
     

    Participant.  "Subgrid modeling of waves." Society of Exploration Geophysicists post-convention workshop on Advances in Computational Mathematics for Geophysics, Houston, TX. (September 2013)

     
     

    Invited speaker.  "Approaches to Full Wave Form Inversion." Workshop on inverse problems in the geosciences, Schlumberger Research, Houston, TX. (November 2012)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Frameworks for Modeling and Inversion." Workshop on Open Source E+P Software, European Association of Geoscientist and Engineers, Copenhagen, Denmark. (June 2012)

     
     

    Plenary speaker.  "IWAVE: A Framework for Regular-Grid Finite Difference Modeling." Workshop on High Performance Computing in Oil & Gas, Rice University, Houston, TX. (March 2012)

     
     

    Organizing committee and plenary speaker.  "Objective Functions for Full Waveform Inversion." workshop "Kinematic and waveform inversion", European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, Copenhagen, Denmark. (June 2012)

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Yin Huang, MA Acoustic Transparency Theorem for 1D Wave Equation with NonSmooth Coefficient. (2012) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Xin Wang, PhD Upscaling via transfer of approximation for acoustic waves. (2012) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Elected Fellow, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Innaugural class (2009)

    Positions Held
     Codirector, Center for Computational Geophysics, Rice University. (2012 - 2012)

     Codirector, Center for Computational Geophysics, Rice University. (2011 - 2011)

     Director, The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP). (2011 - 2011)

     Director, The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP). (2012 - 2012)

     Director, The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP). (2010 - 2010)

     Codirector, Center for Computational Geophysics, Rice University. (2010 - 2010)