Ping Tong joined Nanyang Technological University in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences’ Division of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and faculty member at the Asian School of the Environment.

He came from the Department of Geophysics at Stanford University, where he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. In 2012, he obtained his PhD in Computational Mathematics from Tsinghua University, and in 2007, he received his BSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Beijing Normal University.

Ping Tong's research interests are in inverse problems, numerical methods, earthquake seismology, and exploration geophysics. His primary research goal is to develop advanced mathematical modelling methods and state-of-the-art inversion and imaging technology to better image the subsurface structures of the Earth’s interior at a variety of scales, ranging from the global to the engineering scales. Since 2017, Ping Tong’s research group has focused on seismic imaging of Southeast Asia. 

  • 2012: PhD (Mathematics), Tsinghua University, China 
  • 2007: BSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Beijing Normal University, China
Professional Experience:
  • September 2016 — present: Assistant Professor, Division of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NTU
  • September 2016 — present: Assistant Professor, Asian School of the Environment
  • September 2014 — August 2016: NTU Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • September 2012 — August 2014: Stanford University Research Fellow, University of Toronto
Professional Activities:


  • 2014 — present: Member of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society
  • 2012 — present: Member of American Geophysical Union