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The Edinburgh Imaging Project (EIP) develops novel methods for imaging and monitoring of the Earth's subsurface, using methods from inverse theory, migration, tomography and data science
Edinburgh Imaging Project


These are the scientists involved in the EIP, starting with team leader Prof. Andrew Curtis.

Prof. Andrew Curtis

Andrew Curtis is the Professor of Mathematical Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh and leads the EIP. He teaches courses on inversion, imaging and ethics, and he researches optics that include inverse theory, imaging methods, uncertainty analysis, experimental design methods, geological prior information, machine learning, expert elicitation  and interrogation theory.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Xin Zhang

Xin started his PhD in November 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Curtis, and submitted his thesis in 2019. At present, he is working on nonlinear seismic tomography. Xin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in 2015, both from the University of Science and Technology of China. During his Masters, he mainly focused on developing new methods in seismic tomography.

PhD students

Hugo Bloem

Hugo started his PhD on Imaging with Machine Learning witin the EIP in September 2019. He started his academic career with a BSc in Applied Earth Sciences at the University of Technology in Delft, the Netherlands. He then continued in Earth Sciences with an MSc in Applied Geophysics with the IDEA League network, where one semester is spent on each of the partner universities—TU Delft, ETH Zürich, and RWTH Aachen. He did his MSc thesis research with Prof. Andrew Curtis at the University of Edinburgh, where he stayed on for a PhD place.


Dominic Cummings

Dominic started his PhD in January 2016, joining the Edinburgh Interferometry Project under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Curtis and Dr Giovanni Meles. At present, he is working on the continued development of the practical aspects of the Marchenko method of imaging. Dominic received his Master of Physics degree in Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology from the University of Lancaster in 2013, before spending a year working as a laboratory technician in his home town of Leeds. He then completed his Master of Science degree in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Leeds in September 2015, earning the MSc Exploration Geophysics prize for the highest overall grade point average. His Master’s thesis investigated time-lapse effects on moment tensor inversion of passive seismic data.

Xuebin Zhao

Xuebin started his PhD program at University of Edinburgh and joined in EIP in November 2019, supervised by Prof. Andrew Curtis. His PhD topic is on Bayesian Inversion using Variational Inference Methods. Before coming here, Xuebin obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Geophysics at China University of petroleum-Beijing in 2016 and 2019, respectively, where he was mainly working on absorption modeling and attenuation compensation during reverse time migration. His Master thesis is “Viscous wave equation based attenuation compensation in reverse time migration”, awarded as 2019 Excellent Master Thesis at China University of petroleum-Beijing.

Contributing Partners

Katherine Tant

Katy graduated with a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Strathclyde in 2015. She now holds a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow position and an EPSRC UKRI Innovation fellowship. Her research interests include applied inverse problems and imaging, wave propagation in complex media and ultrasonics.

Corinna Roy

Corinna is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, currently working on a project jointly with Andrew Curtis, and with Brian Baptie at the British Geological Survey focussed on devising methods to better assess uncertainties on earthquake magnitudes in operations that induce seismicity.

Richard Delf

Richard is a PhD student working on imaging and interpretation methods for ground penetrating radar data on ice for glaciological purposes.

Eva Dokter

Eva is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh with Prof. Andrew Curtis working to develop novel methods of velocity analysis using Marchenko methods.

Helen Ockenden

Helen is a PhD student working on imaging and interpretation methods for ground penetrating radar data on ice for glaciological purposes.

Lou Parkes

Lou Parkes is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh researching the use of passive seismic methods to investigate seismic anisotropy. She is funded by NERC through the E3 DTP, supervised by Mark Chapman and Andrew Curtis and has links with the CHIMNEY project with researchers at the University of Southampton. Previous to starting her PhD in 2018, she gained her BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham and MSc in Exploration Geophysics from the University of Leeds.

Former members

The EIP is built up of different phases. The latest, phase 3, commenced in September 2019. Below the people who finished their work within the previous phases are listed.

EIP Phase 2

    • Carlos Alberto da Costa Filho: PhD, then PostDoc – Imaging and demultiple using Marchenko methods. Now a research scientist in CGG, Brazil.
    • Claire Allmark: PhD – Surface wave interfermetry and attenuation tomography. Now at an acoustic company, U.K.
    • Satyan Singh: PostDoc – Migration-based imaging methods and neural network inversion. Now at CGG, U.K.
    • Stephanie Earp: PhD – Marchenko methods and Machine learning. Now founder of Optic Earth.

EIP Phase 1

    • Giovanni Meles: – PostDoc – Wavefield scattering and interferometry. Now a PostDoc at TU Delft, the Netherlands.
    • Erica Galetti: PhD – Ambient noise tomography. Moved on to a number of postdoc positions in Edinburgh.
    • Matteo Ravasi: PhD – Imaging beyond primaries. Now a research scientist at Equinor, Norway.
    • Katrin Löer: PhD – Scattering methods and multiples. Now an academic in Bochum.
    • Martin Martin: PhD deconvolutional interferometry
    • Sara Rawlinson: PhD deconvolutional interferometry. Now a scientist in GNS Science, New Zealand

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