About Richard Allen

Richard Allen is the Director of the Berkeley Seismology Lab, the Class of 1954 Professor in the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, and holds a Visiting Faculty position at Google. He is an expert in earthquake alerting systems and deep Earth imaging. He has led development of methodologies to detect earthquakes and issue warnings prior to shaking, using both traditional seismic and GPS sensing networks, as well as the global MyShake smartphone seismic network. Allen’s group also uses geophysical sensing networks to image the internal 3D structure of the Earth and constrain the driving forces responsible for earthquakes, volcanoes and other deformation of the Earth’s surface. His research has been featured in Science, Nature, Scientific American, the New York Times and dozens of other media outlets around the world. His original early warning algorithm was named among Discover Magazine’s top 100 science stories for 2003. He has a BA from the University of Cambridge, a PhD from Princeton University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech.



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