Assistant Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences

Dr. Chen got his bachelor degree in surveying and mapping from Chang'an University (2010), master degree in geodesy from Wuhan University (2012), and PhD degree in geophysics from GFZ/ University of Potsdam (2016). From May 2016 to May 2018, he was a postdoc scholar at Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA. From May 2018 to Sep. 2019, he worked as an assistant research scientist at Caltech Seismological Laboratory.

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German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)/University of Potsdam           Potsdam, Germany    

Ph.D., Geophysics                                                                                      May, 2016


Wuhan University                                                                                      Wuhan, China   

M.S., Geodesy                                                                                           June, 2012


Chang'an University                                                                                   Xi'an, China   

B.Eng., Geodesy                                                                                        June, 2010


Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor, Ph.D. advisor                          Southern University of Science and Technology


Assistant Research Scientist                                 California Institute of Technology


Postdoctoral Researcher                                       NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Research Assistant                                              German Research Center for Geosciences Potsdam


Visiting Scholar                                                   University of California, Berkeley


Research Assistant                                              Wuhan University


Research Assistant                                             Chang’an University



Precise Space Geodetic Data Processing

GNSS and Strong Motion Data Integration

Joint Inversion of Earthquake Rupture

Tsunami/Earthquake Early Warning


Advances in Geophysics

Geoscience Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

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My research mainly focuses on precise GNSS data processing and its application for natural hazards mitigation, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. As the main developer, I have built an operational real-time earthquake finite source inversion system, which will be used for global tsunami early warning.

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The Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at Southern University of Science and Technology was established in December 2016. Prof. Xiaofei Chen, a renowned seismologist and an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is appointed as an initiatory departmental head. 
The studies in ESS concern the physics of the Earth, geo-space and planets in outer space. Through building up a world-leading program of research and education in Earth and Space Sciences, we strive to conduct the research that would advance our understanding on the complex natural system of Earth and Space, in order to provide science-based solutions to many of the societal challenges of our time: natural hazards, natural energy resources, space exploration, etc. In the meantime, our department offers rigorous hands-on training to students and prepares them to be future leaders in academia, government and industry. 
ESS encompasses a wide range of scientific disciplines: Geophysics, Space Physics, Satellite Geodesy and Planetary Science. By the end of October 2019, ESS has thirty-one faculty members, including six professors, four associate professors, eleven assistant professors, and ten research assistant professors, including one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, three Distinguished Young Scholars of National Nature Science Fund, one Excellent Young Scientists of National Science Fund. elcome more talents to join us and work together to build a world-class research and education center for Earth and Space Sciences. 

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