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The Subsurface Energy and Environmental Systems (SEES) lab at USC focuses on integrating advanced system-theoretical principles with modeling and prediction of multiphase fluid flow and transport processes in geologic formations to develop scientifically rigorous and practical methods for efficient recovery and utilization of the subsurface energy, water, and environmental resources.

The main research thrust areas in SEES lab include: (i) Effective (Low-Rank) Representations of Complex High-Dimensional Subsurface Systems; (ii) Inverse Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification for Subsurface Flow and Transport Systems; (iii) Optimization and Control Methods for Development of Subsurface Energy and Natural Resources; and (iv) Efficient Forecast Methods for Practical Applications.

Our research transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries across Geosciences, Hydrogeology, Petroleum Engineering, Signal Processing, Estimation and Control, to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in effectively harnessing subsurface resources while mitigating the impacts of their development and use. At the Viterbi School of Engineering, we are affiliated with the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Ming Hsieh Departmental of Electrical Engineering, and Sonny Astani Departmental of Civil and Environmental Engineering.