Research Interests

​​​Professor Daniel Peter’s research interests are related to computational seismology and geophysical inverse problems. He focuses on enhancing numerical 3D wave propagation solvers for seismic tomography, particularly for very challenging complex regions and media. To this end, he exploits and implements high-performance computing (HPC) algorithms into 3D wave propagation solvers to better investigate such regions numerically, with the potential to highly improve resolution and reliability in seismic imaging. These techniques and solvers can be applied to hydrocarbon exploration as well as regional- and global-scale seismic tomography. Prof. Peter’s research at KAUST will focus on the development of new algorithms in seismic wave propagation and applications in seismic tomography across all scales.


Selected Publications

  • Forward and adjoint simulations of seismic wave propagation on emerging large-scale GPU architectures
    ​​Rietmann, M., P. Messmer, T. Nissen-Meyer, D. Peter, P. Basini, D. Komatitsch, O. Schenk...
    SC 12 Proceedings of the International Conference on High Performance Computing,..., (2012)
  • Structure of the European upper mantle revealed by adjoint tomography
    H.J. Zhu, E. Bozdag, D. Peter and J. Tromp
    Nature Geoscience, 5, 493-498, doi:10.1038/NGEO1501, (2012)
  • Forward and adjoint simulations of seismic wave propagation on unstructured hexahedral meshes
    Peter, D., D. Komatitsch, Y. Luo, R. Martin, N. Le Goff, E. Casarotti, P. Le Loher, F. Mag...
    Geophys. J. Int., 186 (2), 721-739, (2011)
  • Next Generation, Waveform Based Three-Dimensional Models and Metrics to Improve Nuclear Explosion Monitoring in the...
    Savage, B., D. Peter, B.M. Covellone, A.J. Rodgers and J. Tromp
    in Proceedings: 33rd Monitoring Research Review (MRR 2011), 1-17, p. 161-167, (2011)
  • Noise Cross-Correlation Sensitivity Kernels
    Tromp, J., Y. Luo, S. Hanasoge and D. Peter
    Geophys. J. Int., 183 (2), 791-819, (2010)

Education Profile

  • PhD Geophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), 2008
  • ​MSc Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), 1998

Professional Profile

  • ​​​​Senior scientist, Institute of Geophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) & Department of Computer Science, Universita della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano), 2012 – 2015
  • ​Associate research scholar, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, 2011-2012
  • Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, 2008-2011

KAUST Affiliations

​Extreme Computing Research Center (ECRC)