James Demmel is the Dr. Richard Carl Dehmel Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Demmel is the chair of UC Berkeley Computer Science Division. His research interests are in numerical linear algebra, high performance computing, and communication avoiding algorithms. He is known for his work on the LAPACK and ScaLAPACK linear algebra libraries. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE and SIAM, and winner of the IEEE Computer Society Sidney Fernbach Award, the SIAM J. H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, IPDPS Charles Babbage Award, and numerous best paper prizes, including being the only 3-time winner of the SIAM Linear Algebra (SIAG/LA) Prize. He was an invited speaker at the 2002 International Congress of Mathematicians and the 2003 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics.