Research Interests

My research typically pertains to computational seismology. In the context of University of Utah Seismograph Stations that means developing the business logic to deliver data products of higher-quality more consistently and more expediently. Doing this requires packaging theoretical and practical seismological principles into an automatic decision making framework.


Detecting small earthquakes is important in the context of generating complete earthquake catalogs. An effective strategy for finding tiny temblors missed during routine processing involves scanning through continuous data and looking for waveform snippets that look like known earthquake signals. This process is known as matched filtering and is implemented in MFLib available here.

To enhance feature extraction for machine learning algorithms and expedite routine seismic processing I am perpetually extending a library for real-time processing and post-processing of seismic signals. RTSeis is available here.

Making picks on a seismogram is tedious and in some instances quite ambiguous. A way around this is to leverage the network's sensitivity and perform pickless location using an interferometric technique. XCLoc is available here.

Quite frequently in seismology we have to determine how long it took a seismic signal to make its way from the source to a receiver. One way to do that is by solving a high-frequency approximation to the wave equation. An eikonal solver for use in strongly heterogeneous media is available here.


GEO 5920/6920: Statistical Methods Applied to Earthquake Seismology. This is a machine learning class which is specialized for regional network seismology.

Student Opportunities

Periodically UUSS makes available undergraduate research positions. Please email me to learn about current undergraduate student research opportunities.


My CV is available here here.


  • Research Scientist
  • University of Utah Seismograph Stations
  • Frederick A. Sutton Building
  • 115 South 1460 East Room 107
  • Salt Lake City, UT 84112
  • Office: FASB 106
  • Phone: 801-581-4320
  • Email: ben.baker at