MIT EAPS Directory

Bill Rodi

Principal Research Scientist

Bill's primary research interest is geophysical inverse theory. His research focuses on numerical algorithms and methods of uncertainty analysis for nonlinear inverse problems in seismology and electromagnetics. Bill currently leads projects on seismic travel-time tomography and earthquake location applied to nuclear explosion monitoring.

Bill received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1989. Prior to joining M.I.T. in 1990, he worked for eleven years as a research geophysicist at Maxwell Technologies (formerly S-Cubed) in San Diego, and for two years as a research scientist in the field of artificial intelligence at The George Washington University.


O.V. Poliannikov, M.C. Fehler and W.L. Rodi (2016). Quantifying the uncertainty in fault plane solutions inferred from S/P amplitude ratios, Expanded Abstracts, 86th Annual International Meeting, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, doi: 10.1190/segam2016-13875371.1

S.A. Zamanian, W.L. Rodi, J.A. Kane and M.C. Fehler (2015).  Iterative estimation of reflectivity and image texture: least-squares migration with a hierarchical Bayesian model, Geophysics, 80(4), S113-S126.  doi: 10.1190/geo2014-0364.1

A.H. Shabelansky, A.E. Malcolm, M.C. Fehler, X. Shang and W.L. Rodi (2015). Source-independent full wavefield converted-phase elastic migration velocity analysis, Geophys. J. Int., 200(2), 952-966, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu450

W.L. Rodi and S.C. Myers (2013).  Computation of traveltime covariances based on stochastic models of velocity heterogeneity, Geophys. J. Int., 195(3), 1582-1595. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt171

J. Li, H. Zhang, W.L. Rodi and M.N. Toksoz (2013).  Joint microseismic location and anisotropic tomography using differential arrival times and differential back azimuths, Geophys. J. Int., 195(3), 1917-1931. doi: 10.1093/gji/ggt358

W.L. Rodi and R.L. Mackie (2012).  The inverse problem, Chapter 8 of "The Magnetotelluric Method: Theory and Practice", A.D. Chave and A.G. Jones, ed., Cambridge University Press, pp. 347-420. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139020138.010

W. Rodi (2006).  Grid-search event location with non-Gaussian error models, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 158, 55-66.  doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2006.03.010

W. Rodi and R.L. Mackie (2001).  Nonlinear conjugate gradients algorithm for 2-D magnetotelluric inversion, Geophysics, 66, 174-187.  doi: 10.1190/1.1444893

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