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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.

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.

A current research theme of our lab is developing efficient fit-for-purpose predictive tools for subsurface energy and environmental systems by combining state-of-the-art machine learning and predictive analytics techniques with physical insights from subsurface flow modeling.