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Location: Bldg. 76, Rm. 1251

Dr. Sherif M. H. Mahmoud

Associate Professor, Program Leader – Geophysics, Department of Geosciences

Sherif M. Hanafy is currently a visiting associate professor at KFUPM, he was a senior research scientist at KAUST from 2009 until July 2018, during this time he was the founder and in charge of the geophysical field program (Seismology Lab). His research interest includes geophysical field methods, seismic interferometry, traveltime tomography, early arrival tomography, seismic modeling, seismic inversion and migration, data interpolation/extrapolation, and shallow application of resistivity and GPR methods. In the last year, he got more involved in machine learning especially in the processing and interpretation of seismic and GPR data.

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. in Geophysics (Kiel University, Germany – Cairo University, Egypt), 2002.
  • M.S. in Geophysics – Seismic (Cairo University, Egypt), 1996.
  • B.S. In Geophysics (Cairo University, Egypt), 1993.

Research Interests

  • Geophysical field methods
  • Seismic interferometry
  • Traveltime tomography
  • Seismic modeling, seismic inversion, and migration
  • Data interpolation/extrapolation
  • Shallow application of resistivity and GPR methods
  • Machine learning

Selected Publications

  • Hanafy S.M., 2020. Seismic, Super-Virtual Refraction Interferometry. In: Gupta H. (eds) Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Cham, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10475-7.
  • Iqbal, N., A. B. Othman, U. Waheed, and S. M. Hanafy, 2021. Automated event detection and denoising method for passive seismic data using residual deep convolutional neural networks. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS), DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2021.3054071. 
  • Yu H., Y. Chen, S. M. Hanafy, G.T. Schuster, 2021. Skeletonized Wave-equation Refraction Inversion with Auto-encoded Waveforms. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS), 10.1109/TGRS.2020.3046093.
  • Edigbue P. I., A. Al-Shuhail, and S. M. Hanafy, 2021. Three-dimensional supervirtual seismic refraction interferometry: a case study in western Saudi Arabia. Accepted for publication in Geophysics.
  • Hanafy S. M., A. El-Husseiny, M. Benaafi, A. Al-Shuhail, and J. Dvorkin, 2020. P-wave velocity profile at very shallow depths in sand dunes. Geophysics, 85, 1-9, DOI: 10.1190/GEO2019-0734.1
  • Lu, K., Z. Liu, S. M. Hanafy, and G. T. Schuster, 2020. Noise Reduction with Reflection Supervirtual Interferometry. Geophysics, 85(3), 1-37.

Extended Publications (+)

  • Han Yu, S. M. Hanafy, and G. T. Schuster, 2018. Wave-equation traveltime inversion with multifrequency bands: Synthetic and land data examples. Geophysics, 83, 6, B305–B315.
  • Li, J., S. M. Hanafy, and G. T. Schuster, 2018. Wave-Equation Dispersion Inversion of Guided P Waves in a Waveguide of Arbitrary Geometry. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. P. 7760-7774, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016127.
  • Hanafy, S. M. and G. Schuster, 2017. Parsimonious refraction interferometry and tomography. GJI, 209, 695–712, doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggx042
  • Hanafy, S. M., A. Mattson, R. L. Bruhn, S. Liu, and G. Schuster, 2015. Outcrops and well logs as a practicum for calibrating the accuracy of traveltime tomograms. Interpretation, 3, SY27-SY40.
  • Al-Hagan, O., S. M. Hanafy, and G. Schuster, 2014. Iterative supervirtual refraction interferometry. Geophysics, 79, Q21-Q30, doi: 10.1190/GEO2013-0210.1.
  • Hanafy, S. M and G. Schuster, 2014. Interferometric interpolation of sparse marine data. Geophysical Prospecting, 62, 1-16, doi: 10.1111/1365-2478.12066.
  • Hanafy, S. M. and O. Al-Hagan, 2012. Super-virtual refraction interferometry: an engineering field data example. Near Surface Geophysics, 10, 443-449.
  • Schuster, G., S. M. Hanafy, and Y. Haung, 2012. Theory and feasibility tests for a seismic scanning tunneling macroscope. Geophysical Journal International, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05564.x.
  • Hanafy, S. M., W. Cao, M. McCarter, and G. Schuster, 2009. Using super-stacking and super-resolution properties of time-reversal mirrors to locate trapped miners. The Leading Edge, 28, 302-307.
  • Hanafy, S. M. and S. A. Hagrey, 2006. Ground-penetrating radar tomography for soil-moisture heterogeneity. Geophysics, 71, K9–K18

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 – 2023 Elected “Director at Large” member at the board of directors, SEG
  • 2019 – 2020: District 10 representative at the SEG
  • 2017: The SEG Honorary Lecturer in the Middle East and Africa.
  • 2015 – Present: Associate editor at the SEG (Geophysics).
  • 2013 – Present: Member of the “Continuing Education Committee” at the SEG.
  • 2013 – 2015: Special editor at the SEG.
  • 2013 & 2015: Member of the organizing committee of the 1st (2013) and 2nd (2015) SEG/DGS workshop at Bahrain “Near Surface Modeling and Imaging”.
  • 2012 – 2016: Key contact of the “Seismic Theory” sessions at the SEG annual meetings.
  • 2010: Co-founder of the CSIM, KAUST.
  • 2005: Founder and Advisor (until 2007) of the SEG Cairo University Student Chapter.
  • 2004 – 2005: Fulbright scholarship.
  • 2004: Best paper at the 2004 EGS meeting (Abdelhady, Morsy, and Hanafy).
  • 2004: Best presentation at the 2004 EGS meeting (Abdelhady, Hanafy, and Morsy).
  • 1999 – 2002: Ph.D. scholarship, DAAD, Germany.