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Dr. Po ChenDr. Po Chen

Dr. Po Chen is an SER Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. He received his Ph.D. from the University  of Southern California. His expertise includes theoretical seismology and high-performance computing. His principal research interests involve Earth imaging at a variety of scales. He has developed computationally intensive new imaging techniques, including full 3D waveform tomography and 3D pre-stack depth migration. He has worked on earthquake rupture dynamics and seismic hazards and has a strong interest in focusing on energy-related issues, including 4D imaging of sequestered CO2.


Seismology, PhD, University of South California, 2005
Geophysics, BS, Beijing University, 2000
Economics, BS, Beijing University 2000


Full-Physics Seismic Data Assimilation
Po Chen
200 pages
VDM Verlag (September 11, 2009)
ISBN-10: 3639197666
ISBN-13: 978-3639197662

Rapid Full-Wave Centroid Tensor (CMT) Inversion in a Three-Dimensioal Earth Structure Model for Earthquakes in Southern California. En-Jui Lee, Po Chen, Thomas H. Jordan and Liqiang Wang, 2011, Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X2011.05031.x

A Model-Driven Partitioning and Auto-tuning Integrated Framework for Sparse Matrix-Vector Multiplication on GPUs. Ping Guo, He Huang, Qichang Chen, Liqiang Wang, En-Jui Lee, and Po Chen. In the 2011 TeraGrid Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. ACM Press, 2011.

Rapid 3D Seismic Source Inversion using Windows Azure and Amazon EC2. Vedaprakash Subramanian, Hongyi Ma, Liqiang Wang, En-Jui Lee, and Po Chen. In the second IEEE Cloud Forum for Practitioners (ICFP 2011). Washington DC. IEEE Press, 2011.

Classification of Seismic Windows Using Artificial Neural Networks. Steve Diersen, En-Jui Lee, Diana Spears, Po Chen, Liqiang Wang, In the International Workshop on Data Mining in Earth System Science (DMESS 2011), in conjunction with International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS). Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier, 2011.

Rapid Processing of Synthetic Seismograms Using Windows Azure Cloud. Vedaprakash Subramanian, Liqiang Wang, En-Jui Lee, and Po Chen, 2010. In the Second IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Science (CloudCom 2010). Indianapolis, Indiana. IEEE Press (acceptance rate: 15%).


10] Full-Wave Seismic Data Assimilation: Theoretical Background and Recent Advances Po Chen, 2010, Pure and Applied Geophysics, in press.

[9] Perturbation Kernels for Generalized Seismological Data Functionals (GSDF) Po Chen, Thomas H. Jordan and En-Jui Lee, 2010, Geophysical Journal International, 183, 869-883, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04758.x

[8] Resolving fault plane ambiguity for small earthquakes, Po Chen, Thomas H. Jordan and Li Zhao, 2010, Geophysical Journal International, 181, 493-501, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04515.x

[7] Full 3D Tomography for Crustal Structure of the Los Angeles Region, Po Chen, Li Zhao and Thomas H. Jordan, 2007, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 1094-1120, doi: 10.1785/0120060222

[6] Full 3D Waveform Tomography: A Comparison Between the Scattering-Integral and Adjoint-Wavefield Methods. Po Chen, Thomas H. Jordan and Li Zhao, 2007, Geophysical Journal International, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03429.x.

[5] Seismic Velocity Variations on the San Andreas Fault at Depth Caused by the 2004 M6 Parkfield Earthquake and Their Implications, Yong-Gang Li, Po Chen, Elizabeth S. Cochran and John E. Vidale, 2007, Earth Planets Space, 59, 21-31.

[4] Strain Green's Tensors, Reciprocity and Their Applications to Seismic Source and Structure Studies, Li Zhao, Po Chen and Thomas H. Jordan, 2006, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 96, No. 5, pp. 1753-1763.

[3] Seismic Evidence for Rock Damage and Healing on the San Andreas Fault Associated with the 2004 M6 Parkfield Earthquake, Yong-gong Li, Po Chen , John E. Vidale, Elizabeth S. Cochran and Thomas Burdette, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, September 2006, Vol. 96, No. 4, pp. S1-S15, doi: 10.1785/0120050803.

[2] Fréchet Kernels for Imaging Regional Earth Structure Based on Three-dimensional Reference Models, Li Zhao, Thomas H. Jordan and Kim B. Olsen and Po Chen, 2005, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 95, No. 6, pp. 2066-2080.

[1] Finite Moment Tensor of the 3 September 2002 Yorba Linda Earthquake, Po Chen, Li Zhao and Thomas H. Jordan, June 2005, Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 95, No. 3, pp. 1170-1180.

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