Team

Who we are.

Michael Afanasiev

Michael Afanasiev obtained his PhD in Geophysics from ETH Zurich in May 2017 for work related to multi-scale full waveform inversion. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computational Physics and a Master’s degree in Geophysics from McMaster University and Western University respectively, both located in Canada. He is a core developer of Salvus, and has won several awards for his work on full-waveform inversion from the CSEG, EAGE, and AGU societies. He secretly enjoys long horseback rides at dusk through the Canadian outback pondering what could have been.

Christian Boehm

Christian Boehm holds a PhD in Mathematics that he obtained from the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering at TU Munich in 2015. He has a Master’s degree in Mathematics and an Honours Degree in Technology Management from LMU Munich and TU Munich. Christian is a core developer of Salvus and an expert in nonlinear optimization and ultrasound tomography. He is currently working as a senior researcher at the Institute of Geophysics, and previously worked as a financial engineer in investment banking.

Martin van Driel

Martin van Driel is a senior researcher with a focus on understanding seismic wave propagation phenomena, how these can be efficiently modeled with the help of modern supercomputing techniques and what we can learn about the subsurface from the observation of seismic waves. He is a member of the science team for the NASA Insight mission to Mars and received the 2018 EGU seismology division outstanding early career scientist award for his contributions in numerical seismology including the work on the Salvus software suite. He obtained his PhD in geophysics from ETH Zurich in 2015 and a Diploma in Physics from LMU Munich in 2011.

Lion Krischer

Lion Krischer earned a doctoral degree from the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in 2017 working on scaling full waveform inversions to large data volumes. His works sits at the crossroads where seismology meets computational science, Big Data engineering, and machine learning. A major focus of his has always been the development and maintenance of production-grade scientific software using agile techniques. During the past 8 years he has been a core developer of a number of open-source packages pivoting around data orchestration, signal processing, cloud computing, and waveform simulations with a world-wide user base.

Andreas Fichtner

Andreas Fichtner is leading the Seismology and Wave Physics Group at ETH Zurich. He obtained his PhD from LMU Munich in 2010 for work on full waveform modelling and inversion, which he continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University, before joining ETH in 2013. His research interests include inverse theory and tomography, numerical wave propagation, effective medium theory, and seismic interferometry. He received early career awards from AGU and IUGG, and is the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant. He serves as consultant in the development of Salvus, with focus on seismic/seismological applications.

Domenico Giardini

Domenico Giardini is Full Professor of Seismology and Geodynamics at the ETH Zürich, Switzerland, since 1997. He studied Physics and completed his doctorate in 1987 at the University of Bologna. He worked as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University (1982-1986), researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics in Rome (1987-1992) and Associate Professor of Seismology at the University of Rome III (1992-1997). He was the Director of the Swiss Seismological Service until 2011 and President of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in 2011-2012.