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The Path Towards Modern Geosciences

By: , Posted on: April 28, 2017

Geosciences are evolving with impressive speed. Brain-inspired technologies, including artificial neural networks and the subfield of computer science known as machine learning, are a significant reason why. Furthermore, there is a growing trend in optimizing computation algorithms and workflows taking into account the features of human brain and cognition.

Brain-based technologies (BBTs) are based on a sort of “ergonomic principle of the mind”: technology works better if its architecture is designed consistent with human cognitive abilities and limitations. Examples of BBTs include optimized visualization/interpretation systems, multimodal-multisensory interpretation approaches, quantitative integration platforms, and semantic webs.

neurobiological background of exploration geosciences

I wrote a new book about these fascinating topics, titled Neurobiological Background of Exploration Geosciences: New Methods for Data Analysis Based on Cognitive Criteria. It will be released in November 2017, Credits: Cover – Images courtesy by Dr. Gaynor Paton of GeoTeric.

There I investigate the deep neurobiological roots of exploration geosciences, in order to introduce the most advanced brain-based technologies. In the first part of the book, I discuss how our cerebral cortex works together with the primordial subcortical nuclei during the process of exploration. New technologies of integration, advanced visualization, multi-modal and multisensory data analysis, automatic pattern recognition, and classification are detailed from a neuroscience perspective. Using case histories and examples in exploration geosciences, I demonstrate how technologies and workflows can be optimized by the study/comprehension of the functioning of the brain.

Finally, I introduce the fascinating hypothesis that the continuous practice of geosciences, supported by brain-based technologies, can represent a unique training ground for the brain and an opportunity to empower it.

In conclusion, I describe in my book a new, modern view of Earth disciplines fully integrated with the cognitive sciences, with a practical objective: designing a path for modern geoscientists that bridges the gap between exploration geosciences, innovative technologies, and neurosciences.

If you would like to pre-order a copy, visit the Elsevier website.

About the Author

paolo dell'aversanaPaolo Dell’Aversana has degrees in Geology, Physics, and the Philosophy of Science and Aesthetics. He began his career in geophysics in 1988 working in industry. He then worked as temporary researcher at the Department of Geophysics and Volcanology at Naples University. He has held the position of Technical Leader and Senior Geophysicist in Eni SpA since 2002. He is an expert in joint inversion of multi-disciplinary geophysical data, borehole electromagnetics, rock physics, and seismic tomography. He was selected for the 2004 EAGE programme of Distinguished Lecturers and for the 2014/2015 EAGE Student Lecture Tour in Europe. Dr. Dell‘Aversana has published 30 extended abstracts, 40 papers, and 2 scientific books, one of which is Elsevier’s Cognition in Geosciences: The Feeding Loop between Geo-disciplines, Cognitive Sciences and Epistemology (2013).

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