Workshops and Field Trips

Workshops

Field Trips


Workshops

Introduction to Machine Learning 

Tuesday, 19 April, 9 a.m.–Noon Pacific

Learn how to use machine learning in your research!

The increase in computational capability in the past decade has created new opportunities for machine learning and data science in the seismological fields. This workshop offers an introduction to machine learning concepts and a hands-on look at how to use them in seismological research. 

The workshop will cover introductory machine learning topics such as regression, classification, clustering, data cleaning, feature engineering and automatic feature extraction with deep learning. Attendees will then learn about the practical issues that are encountered when applying these methods to waveform and seismicity data.

Laptops are recommended to follow along with the examples presented in class and to become familiar with workflows that can easily be adopted in your future research. The example code and data will be provided so you can continue to experiment after the workshop.

Please note: This workshop is meant for attendees new to machine learning. Attendees with prior machine learning experience should consider joining the Machine Learning II workshop.

Workshop leaders:

  • Karianne Bergen, Brown University
  • Qingkai Kong, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Youzuo Lin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Registration is required, and attendance will be limited to 50 participants:

  • SSA member: $50
  • SSA early-career member: $35
  • SSA student member: $25
  • Non-member: $100

Machine Learning II: Advance your Skills

Tuesday, 19 April, 1–4 p.m. Pacific

Take your machine learning skills to the next level!

This workshop offers attendees the chance to refine and expand their machine learning knowledge. Instructors will demonstrate more advanced techniques, and attendees will take a hands-on look at how to use them in seismological research. 

Laptops are recommended to follow along with the examples presented in class and to become familiar with workflows that can easily be adopted in your future research. The example code and data will be provided so you can continue to experiment after the workshop.

Please note: This workshop is meant for attendees with prior machine learning experience. If you are new to machine learning, please join us for Introduction to Machine Learning instead.

Workshop leaders:

  • Karianne Bergen, Brown University
  • Qingkai Kong, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Youzuo Lin, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Registration is required, and attendance will be limited to 50 participants:

  • SSA member: $50
  • SSA early-career member: $35
  • SSA student member: $25
  • Non-member: $100

Publishing: How to Review and How to Be Reviewed

Tuesday, 19 April, 1–4 p.m. Pacific

Advance your career: Learn how to review a scientific paper and how to respond effectively to reviews of your own work. Led by three experts, participants will focus on how to review colleagues’ papers in constructive and reliable ways. The workshop is geared toward students and early-career seismologists, but is open to all Annual Meeting attendees.

Workshop leaders:

  • Allison Bent, editor-in-chief of Seismological Research Letters
  • John Ebel, Boston College
  • P. Martin Mai, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America

Registration is required:

  • SSA member: $25
  • SSA student or early-career member: $10
  • Non-member: $50

Field Trips

Cascadia by Canoe

Saturday, 23 April, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hardy participants will spend the day canoeing the Niawiakum River, viewing muddy signs of megathrust earthquakes. Low-tide exposures at Willapa Bay, Washington attest to great Cascadia earthquakes with remains of subsided spruce forests and sand layers from a tsunami wave train. A full-day trip with a late evening return. Registration fee: $275

Trip Leaders:

  • Brian Atwater, U.S. Geological Survey at University of Washington
  • Corina Allen, Washington Geological Survey
  • Diego Melgar, University of Oregon

First Light Kayak Tour on Lake Washington

Saturday, 23 April, 7 to 10:15 a.m.

Join experienced REI guides for a first light paddle on the tranquil waters of Lake Washington. After launching our kayaks from Enatai beach, participants will paddle along the shoreline, taking full advantage of the morning serenity. Enjoy views of the Issaquah Alps, the Cascade Mountains, and on a clear day catch a glimpse of iconic Mt. Rainier basking in the light.

Participants will need to make travel arrangements to and from Enatai beach, which is 2.9 miles south of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. This tour is perfect for all skill levels – no prior experience is required. We hope you’ll join us! Registration fee: $87


Seattle Geology

Saturday, 23 April, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Seattle is subject to earthquakes on shallow faults within the crust of the North American plate, on extensional faults within the down-going Juan de Fuca slab, and on the Cascadia plate-boundary thrust fault. This trip introduces the geomorphology and stratigraphy within Seattle that record shallow faulting and determine site response to earthquakes on all sources. Participants should plan for a ~2 mile walk with 250 ft elevation gain, sandy beach, cobbly beach, rip-rap and muddy river bank. Registration fee: $95

Trip leaders:

  • Ralph Haugerud, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Elizabeth Barnett, Shannon & Wilson
  • Bill Laprade, Shannon & Wilson
  • Elizabeth Davis, University of Washington

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