Professor of Acoustics, Geophysics, Innovation emeritus

  • The more complex the system, the more scientists should rely on measurements.

  • We can never achieve a big step forward if we stay within the same concept

  • ‘Logic based activities will be taken over by smart robots. In the future mankind will focus on creativity and empathy’.

Bio Sketch

Professor A.J. (Guus) Berkhout started his career with Shell in 1964, where he held several international positions in R&D and technology transfer. In 1976, he accepted a Chair at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the field of geophysical and acoustical imaging. During 1998 – 2001 he has been a member of the University Board, being responsible for scientific research and intellectual property. In 2001 he also accepted a chair in the field of innovation management.

Guus Berkhout has developed a large number of geophysical concepts and algorithms, which are now being commercially used in geo-energy industry. He has written several hundred scientific papers and a number of books in the field of geophysical imaging and innovation. He is the spiritual father of variable acoustics in concert halls by holographic sound control (ACS). He also was the originator of the revolutionary hearing spectacles (Varibel). In 2000 his first book was published on the Cyclic Innovation Model (CIM). In 2003 his essay appeared about the need of an innovating government with project ministers. In the early-eighties he founded the Science-Industry Consortium on Geophysical Imaging, which is now financed by ca. thirty international companies.

Since the early nineties, Guus Berkhout has concentrated on matters related to innovation policy. In 1997, he was invited by the OECD to advice on science and technology issues. He also served as chairman of the expert committee that advised the Dutch government on the environmental problems around The Netherlands’ international airport, Schiphol. Early 2000, Guus Berkhout served as a member of the ‘High Level Working Group’ to advise the European Commission on the establishment of an integrated innovation policy in the EU. In 2015 he founded the ‘Centre for Global Socio-Economic Change’.

Professor Guus Berkhout is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), The Netherlands Academy of Engineering (AcTI), honorary member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) as well as honorary member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He is recipient of the Schlumberger Award, the Erasmus Award, the Maurice Ewing Award and the Richard C. Heyser Award.


1946 - 1952 : Elementary School at Den Helder, The Netherlands

1952 - 1957 : Secondary school/High school at Den Helder

1957 - 1962 : Enrolled as student in electrical engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

1963 - 1970 : M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

1970 : Ph.D. in Physics (cum laude) at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

Fields of Expertise

Science and Technology :

- acoustic wave propagation

- geophysical imaging

- sound control in enclosed and open spaces

Policy and Management :

- management of innovation processes

- transition of the energy industry

- global socio-economic change

Honors and Awards

- 1981 Schlumberger Award of the European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers (EAGE)

- 1988 Member of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering (AcTI)

- 1990 Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

- 1993 Honorary Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

- 2001 Distinguished Achievement Award, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

- 2003 Maurice Ewing Gold Medal, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

- 2006 Honorary Member of the European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers (EAGE)

- 2006 Erasmus Award of the European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers (EAGE)

- 2008 Distinguished Heyser Memorial Lecturer of the Audio Engineering Society (AES)

- 2008 Royal Decoration ‘Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau’

Professional Actitivities

1963 - 1965 :
Royal Dutch Navy Academy (military service)

1965 - 1966 :
Shell International Research; assignment to Shell’s Exploration and Production Laboratory, Houston (USA)

1966 - 1971 :
Shell International Research; Research Geophysicist at Shell’s Exploration & Production Laboratory, Rijswijk (The Netherlands)

1971 - 1974 :
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co.; responsible for the development and application of integrated geophysical methods for direct gas- and oil detection.

1975 - 1976 :
Central Office of Shell in The Hague; director of the geophysical technology transfer group.

1976 - 2001 :
Professor of Seismics and Acoustics at TU Delft

1976 - 1986 :
Scientific Advisor for Geoquest Ltd., Houston, Texas

1980 - 1998 :
Scientific Advisor for the Institute of Applied Geoscience, TNO

1982 - 1992 :
Scientific Advisor for Delft Geophysical/Geco-Prakla/Schlumberger

1982 - 2015 :
Director of the Delphi Consortium. The scientific research in this
consortium is financed by more than thirty international companies

1987 - 2015 :
Professor of Geophysics, TU Delft

1994 - 1999 :
Co-founder and first Scientific Director of the Centre for Technical Geoscience (CTG)

1994 - 1997 :
Chairman of the TU Delft Advisory Board for Technology Policy

1996 - 1997 :
Member of the committee to judge the proposals for the ‘Technological Top Institutes’ in The Netherlands

1997 - 2010 :
Member Governing Board NEDAP N.V.

1997 - 2015 :
Member Netherlands Mining Council

1998 - 2001 :
Member Executive Board of the Technical University Delft

2000 - 2002 :
Chairman of the Committee to advise the Dutch Government on the environmental problems around The Netherlands’ international airport Schiphol

2001 - 2008 :
Professor of Innovation Management at TU Delft

2001 - 2004 :
Member Governing Board of the ‘Leidse Sterrewacht’

2002 - 2010 :
Member Advisory Board Technical University Twente

2002 - 2003 :
Member of the ‘High Level Working Group’ to advise the European Commission on an integrated innovation policy in the EU

2004 - 2010 :
Chairman International Advisory Board of the ‘Professional Masters on Business Engineering’, TU Delft – EDI Groningen

2004 - present :
Member of Speakers Academy

2005 - 2006 :
Member of the international committee to advise the Norwegian government on innovation

2008 - 2011 :
Member of the international committee ‘Geoscience Without Borders’

2008 - 2009 :
Member of the committee to advise the Dutch Government on the renovation of the ‘Afsluitdijk’

2015 - present :
Director of the ‘Centre for Global Socio-Economic Change’

List of PHD Graduates :

1. J.W. Verheij; Multi-path sound transfer from resiliently mounted shipboard machinery, 13 May 1982, 276 pp.
2. B.A. de Jong; The influence of wind and temperature gradients on outdoor sound propagation, 3 May 1983, 108 pp.
3. D. de Vries; Velocity analysis based on minimum entropy, 7 June 1984, 165 pp.
4. M.P. de Graaff; Pre-stack migration by single shot record inversion, 20 November 1984, 96 pp.
5. P.M. Mesdag; Estimation of medium parameters by acoustic echo measurements, 3 December 1985, 175 pp.
6. C.P.A. Wapenaar; Pre-stack migration in two and three dimensions, 6 February 1986, 242 pp. (cum laude)
7. M.M. Boone; Design and development of a synthetic acoustic antenna for highly directional sound measurements, 19 May 1987, 209 pp.
8. A.J.W. Duijndam; Detailed Baysian inversion of seismic data, 24 September 1987, 214 pp. (cum laude)
9. P.M. van der Made; Determination of macro subsurface models by generalized inversion, 26 January 1988, 127 pp.
10. G.L. Peels; True amplitude wave field extrapolation with applications in seismic shot record redatuming, 15 September 1988,179 pp.
11. N.A. Kinneging; Three-dimensional redatuming of seismic shot records, 20 June 1989, 133 pp.
12. G. Blacquière; 3-D wave field extrapolation in seismic depth migration, 26 September 1989,168 pp.
13. A. van der Schoot; Common reflection point stacking, a macro model driven approach to dip moveout, 17 October 1989, 192 pp.
14. A.C. Geerlings; Adaptive Tracing in Seismic Exploration, 12 June 1990, 144 pp.
15. G.J. Lortzer; An integrated approach to lithological inversion, 6 September 1990, 189 pp. (cum laude)
16. W. Soede; Improvement of Speech Intelligibility in Noise, 12 November 1990, 159 pp.
17. H.C.L. Cox; Estimation of macro velocity models by wave field extrapolation, 15 January 1991, 167 pp.
18. D.J. Verschuur; Surface-related multiple elimination, an inversion approach, 3 December 1991, 228 pp. (cum laude)
19. J.C. de Haas; Elastic Stratigraphic Inversion, an Integrated approach, 18 February 1992, 144 pp.
20. Ph. Herrmann; Decomposition of multi-component measurements into P and S waves, Delft, 29 June 1992, 172 pp.
21. G.C. Haimé; Downward extrapolation of multi-component seismic data, Delft, 1 September 1992,168 pp.
22. C.G.M. de Bruin; Linear AVO inversion by prestack depth migration, Delft, 1 September 1992, 220 pp.
23. B.A. Scheffers; Near surface seismic imaging, Delft, 15 June 1993, 206.
24. M. Lorenz; Ultrasonic imaging for characterization of defects in steel components, Delft,15 June 1993, 254 pp. (cum laude).
25. M.W.R.M.van Overbeek; Active control of periodic noise, Delft, 2 December 1993, 147 pp.
26. N.J., Doelman, Design of Systems for Active Sound Control, Delft, 2 December 1993, 226 pp.
27. J., Vogel, Application of wave field synthesis in room acoustics. Delft, 22 December 1993, 304 pp.
28. W.E.A. Rietveld, Controlled illumination in prestack seismic migration, Delft, 21 February 1995, 150 pp.
29. E.J.M. Giling, Crosswell Seismic Tomography and Migration, Delft, 13 September 1995, 134 pp.
30. J.W. Thorbecke, Common Focus Point Technology, Delft, 21 January 1997, 288 pp.
31. F.J. Herrmann, A scaling medium representation, a discussion on well-logs, fractals and waves, Delft, 21 January 1997, 296 pp.
32. E.W. Start, Direct sound enhancement by wave field synthesis, Delft, 24 June 1997, 218 pp.
33. R. Ala’i, Improving predrilling views by pseudo seismic borehole data, Delft, 25 September 1997, 272 pp.
34. M.M.N. Kabir, Velocity estimation of the complex subsurface using the common focus point technology, Delft, 25 September 1997, 224 pp.
35. F.J. Dessing, A wavelet transform approach to seismic processing, Delft, 24 November 1997, 257 pp.
36. E.N.G. Verheijen, Sound Reproduction by Wave Field Synthesis, Delft, 19 January 1998, 182 pp.
37. A.J.W. van Wijngaarden, Imaging and Characterization of angle-dependent seismic data, Delft,17 June 1998, 218 pp.
38. I.L.D.M. Merks, Binaural application of microphone arrays for improved speech intelligibility in a noisy environment, Delf, 18 January 2000, 192pp.
39. J. Vos, Characterization of laminated construction materials based on ultrasonic reflection measurements, Delft, 28 March 2000, 180 pp.
40. J.J. Sonke, Variable Acoustics by wave field synthesis, Delft, 10 October 2000, 179 pp.
41. F.J.P.C.M.G. Verhelst, Integration of seismic data with well-log data, Delft, 18 December 2000.
42. K.M. Schalkwijk, Decomposition of multicomponent ocean-bottom data into P- and S-waves, Delft, 13 November 2001.
43. A.W.F. Volker, Assessment of 3-D seismic acquisition geometries by focal beam analysis, Delft, 11 February 2002, (cum laude).
44. E.J. van Dedem, 3D surface-related multiple prediction, Delft, 4 March 2002.
45. J.F.B. Bolte, Estimation of focusing operators using the Common Focal Point method, Delft, 16 December 2003.
46. B.E. Cox, Tomographic inversion of focusing operators, Delft. 2 March 2004, (cum laude).
47. W.P.J. de Bruijn, Application of Wave Field Synthesis in Videoconferencing, Delft, 4 October 2004.
48. E.M. Hulsebos, Auralization using Wave Field Synthesis, Delft, 4 October 2004.
49. P. van der Duin, Qualitative futures research for innovation, 29 May 2006.
50. E. van Veldhuizen, Integrated approach to 3-D seismic acquisition geometry analysis, 19 September 2006.
51. C.O.H. Hindriks, Estimation and removal of complex near surface effects in seismic measurements, 10 May 2007.
52. M.N. Al Ali, Land seismic data acquisition and preprocessing. An operator solution to the near-surface problem, 18 June 2007, (cum laude).
53. G.J.A. van Groenestijn, Estimation of primaries and multiples by sparse inversion, 1 October 2010.
54. J.A.R. van den Noort, The end of global poverty, 22 December 2011.
55. C. H. P. Wassink, Innovation in non destructive testing, 12 January 2012.

Selection of acoustical papers:

A.J. Berkhout, D. de Vries, M.M. Boone
A new method to acquire impulse responses in concert halls, 1980, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,vol.68,no.1,p.179 – 183.

A.J. Berkhout, J. Ridder, L.F. van der Wal
Acoustic imaging by wavefield extrapolation, 1982, Acoustical Imaging, vol. 10, Plenum Press, New York, p. 513 – 541.

A.J. Berkhout
A Holographic approach to acoustic control, Audio Engineering Society, AES, vol. 36, no. 12, December 1988, pp. 977-995.

A.J. Berkhout
A unified approach to ultrasonic imaging, Proceedings 12th WCNDT, Amterdam, 23-28 april 1989, Elsevier Science Publ. B.V., pp. 9-18.

A.J. Berkhout
A unified approach to acoustical reflection imaging, Part I: The forward model, Journal Acoustical Society of America, 1993, vol. 93, no. 4, pt. 1, April 1993, pp. 2005 - 2017.

A.J. Berkhout, D. de Vries, P. Vogel
Acoustic control by wave field synthesis, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 93, no. 5, May 1993, pp. 2764-2779, ISSN: 0001-4966.

W. Soede, A.J. Berkhout, F.A. Bilsen
Development of a directional hearing instrument based on array technology, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 94, (2), August 1993, pp. 785-798.

A.J. Berkhout, M.M. Boone, P.J.M. Valks
Multichannel impulse responses for outdoor sound propagation, 1995, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 98, no. 2, pt.1, August.

A.J. Berkhout
Seismic exploration: Acoustic Imaging for Geological Information, 1997; in: Encyclopedia of Acoustics, Ed.Malcolm Crocker;
Uitg.: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, p. 811 - 830, ISBN0-471-80465-7.

A.J. Berkhout
Towards a New Generation of Audio Systems for the Analysis and Synthesis of Sound. 102nd AES, Munich, 22 – 25 March 1997, 5p., 4452(H3).

A.J. Berkhout, D. de Vries, J. Baan, B.W. van den Oetelaar
A wavefield extrapolation approach to acoustic modeling in enclosed spaces, 1999, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 105

A.J. Berkhout, D. de Vries, M.C. Brink
Array technology for bending wave field analysis in constructions, 2007, Journal of Sound and Vibration, Volume 300, Issues 1-2, pp. 25 – 42.

Selection of geophysical papers:

A.J. Berkhout
Migration in the presence of noise, 1980, Geophysical Prospecting, vol. 28, no. 3, p. 372 – 383.

A.J. Berkhout
Wavefield extrapolation techniques in seismic migration, 1981, Geophysics, vol. 46, no. 12, p. 1638 – 1656.

A.J. Berkhout
Multidimensional linearized inversion and seismic migration, 1984, Geophysics, vol. 49, no. 11, p. 1881 – 1895.

A.J. Berkhout
The seismic Method in the Search for Oil and Gas: current techniques and future developments; 1986; tutorial in Proceedings IEEE, vol. 74, no. 8, p. 1133 – 1161.

A.J. Berkhout
Seismic Inversion in terms of pre-stack migration and multiple elimination, 1987; invited paper in special edition IEEE, p. 415 – 428.

A.J. Berkhout
High resolution techniques, new developments in seismic exploration, 1984, Proceedings World Oil Petroleum Congress in London, Plenum Press, p. 189 – 195.

A.J. Berkhout and C.P.A.Wapenaar
One-way versions of the Kirchhoff integral, Geophysics, vol. 54, no. 4, April 1989, p. 460-468.

A.J. Berkhout
Areal shot record technology, Journal of Seismic Exploration, vol. 1, nr. 3, August 1992, p 251-265.

A.J. Berkhout
Prestack migration in terms of double focusing, 1995, Journal of Seismic Exploration, vol. 4, nr. 4, October 1995, p. 301 - 304.

A.J. Berkhout
Pushing the limits of seismic imaging, 1997, Part I: Prestack migration in terms of double dynamic focusing; Geophysics, vol. 62, no. 3, May-June, p. 937 - 953; ISSN 0016-8033.

A.J. Berkhout, D.J. Verschuur
Estimation of multiple scattering by iterative inversion, 1997, Part I: Theoretical considerations. Geophysics, vol. 62, no.5 (Sept.-Oct), p. 1586-1595; ISSN 0016-8033.

A.J. Berkhout, G. Blacquière, L. Ongkiehong, A.W.F. Volker
Comprehensive assessment of seismic acquisition geometries by focal beams, 2001, Geophysics, vol. 66, no. 3, p. 911 - 917.

A.J. Berkhout, D.J. Verschuur
Seismic Imaging beyond depth migration, 2001, Geophysics, vol. 66, no. 6, p. 1895 – 1912.

A.J. Berkhout
2006, Seismic Processing in the Inverse Data Space, 2006, Geophysics, 71 (4), A29 – A33.

A.J. Berkhout
Combining full wavefield migration and full wavefield inversion, a glance into the future of seismic imaging, 2012, Geophysics, 77 (2), S43 – S50.

A.J. Berkhout,  2014a. An outlook on the future of seismic imaging, Part I: forward and reverse modelling. Geoph. Prosp., 62(5): 911–930.

A.J. Berkhout, 2014b. An outlook on the future of seismic imaging, Part II: Full-Wavefield Migration. Geoph. Prosp., 62(5):931–949.

A.J. Berkhout,  2014c. An outlook on the future of seismic imaging, Part III: Joint migration Inversion. Geoph. Prosp., 62(5):950–971.

Selection of innovation papers:

A.J. Berkhout
Echo-acoustics, or exploration by sound, 1985, Impact of science on Society, no. 138, p. 159 – 165.

A.J. Berkhout
Naar een nieuwe organisatievorm voor toepassingsgeïnitieerd onderzoek; van wetenschappelijk excelleren tot kennisintensief concurreren, 1996; in: De markt voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek, ISBN90 5189 579 8, blz. 75 - 85.

A.J. Berkhout
Science and Business, increasing the impact of the science base on product(ion) innovation; invited contribution to the OECD workshop held in Budapest; published in Technology, Productivity and Job Creation – Best Policy Practices, OECD 1998.

A.J. Berkhout
Synergie tussen wetenschap en kunst, 1998; in: KNAW, Wetenschap en Kunst, verslag van een dialoog, Amsterdam, 61-66, ISBN 90-6984-228-9.

A.J. Berkhout
University of the 21st century, 1998, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands.

A.J. Berkhout
Van Poldermodel naar innovatiebeleid, 2002; in: Beschouwingen over het Nederlandse Innovatiebeleid, p. 15 – 25, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, publicatienummer 02122.

A.J. Berkhout, Dap Hartmann, Patrick van der Duin, Roland Ortt,
Innovation at the interface between Science and Business, 2006, special issue Int. J. Technology Management, volume 34, nos. 3/4.

A.J. Berkhout, Dap Hartmann, Paul Trott
Connecting technological capabilities with market needs using a cyclic innovation model, 2010, R&D Management, 40, 5.

A.J. Berkhout, E. Poliakov, 2016. World Prosperity Outlook, CFGSEC.

Services to Society:


1984 - 1991 : Contributing Exploration Editor of “World Oil”
1991 - 1996 : Editor-in-chief of “Journal of Seismic Exploration”


1985 : Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the International Convention “Acoustical Imaging”
1988 : Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 50th European Geophysical Convention (EAGE)
1992 : Chairman of the Organizing Committee of “Committee 2000 Symposium”
2006 : Chairman of the Organizing Committee of “Airport of the Future”
2006 : Chairman of the Organizing Committee of “Innovation at the Interface between Science and Business”

New business:

1982 : Co-founder of Delft Geophysical B.V., now Schlumberger
1984 : Co-founder of ENTEC Ltd., now Halliburton
1985 : Co-founder of Jason Geosystems B.V., now FUGRO
1987 : Co-founder of Birch Wood Acoustics B.V., now ACS
2000 : Initiator for founding Varibel B.V.
2008 : Co-founder of Delphi Studio for Imaging B.V.
2015 : Founder of the Centre for Global Socio-Economic Change

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