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Yong MA

Country: China

Degree Program: Ph.D., Geophysics

E-mail: yma@mines.edu


Curriculum Vitae


Yong received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in acoustics in 2004 and 2007, respectively, from the Institute of Acoustics, Nanjing University (NJU), China. His thesis work at NJU focused on nonlinear ultrasound propagation in biologic tissue and applications of nonlinear ultrasound to medical imaging and therapy.

Yong joined CWP in August 2007 and has worked on multi-scale velocity heterogeneity effects on wave-equation migration with Paul Sava. He is working on image-guided full waveform inversion under his current advisor Dave Hale.

In summer 2009, 2010 and 2011, Yong interned at ConocoPhillips in Houston, Texas, to work with geophysicists in the Seismic Velocity Modeling group on a full waveform inversion project.



Yong's thesis work focuses on image-guided sparse-model full waveform inversion (IGFWI), the purpose of which is to solve some problems in conventional full waveform inversion (FWI), such as high computational cost, local minima, and solutions with no geologic sense. With image-guided interpolation (IGI) and its adjoint operators, we can represent FWI as a sparse optimization problem, where we only invert for parameters in a sparse model space. Common nonlinear conjugate-gradient methods can be adopted to solve IGFWI. Moreover, with respect to much fewer parameters in the sparse model, we develop a quasi-Newton method, which is based on the projected Hessian matrix, to solve the sparse optimization problem.


Wave-equation reflection traveltime inversion













Projected Hessian and quasi-Newton FWI




Sparse model space for projected Hessian



Eigenvector (largest eigenvalue)




Quasi-Newton FWI



Eigenvector (smallest eigenvalue)




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