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Henri Calandra, Total
Henri Calandra obtained his M.Sc. in mathematics in 1984 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1987 from the Universite des Pays de l’Adour in Pau, France. He joined Cray Research France in 1987 and worked on seismic applications. In 1989 he joined the applied mathematics department of the French Atomic Agency. In 1990 he started working for Total SA. After 12 years of work in high performance computing and as project leader for Pre-stack Depth Migration Research, he became head of Total USA’s Geophysics Research Group for 3 years in 2002 and  coordinated Depth Imaging Research for the worldwide group until mid 2007 He is now technical  advisor in depth imaging and high performance computing.

Keith Gray,  BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP's Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire's People to Watch 2006.

Andrew Jones, NAG
Andrew is Vice-President High Performance Computing (HPC) Business for the NAG Group, with responsibility for NAG's HPC consulting business. Andrew is also part of the team providing the HECToR national supercomputing service, and in particular coordinates relationships with other international organisations offering a similar type of service.
Andrew joined NAG in 2008, with over 10 years of experience in High Performance Computing (HPC), mostly applied to scientific research but also some defence applications. Before joining NAG, Andrew was Head of HPC at the University of Manchester, and was involved in both the previous CSAR national supercomputing service and the European PRACE supercomputing initiative. Andrew has been an end-user, service provider, manager and buyer of HPC and is increasingly well known in the international supercomputing community.

David Judson, Western Geco
David Judson has been developing software for the Geophysical industry for over 30 years since joining DIgicon Geophysical in 1974 He was one of the founders of CogniSeis Development which became part of Paradigm In 2000 he joined WesternGeco where he is currently responsible for evaluating hardware and software technology for use in high performance computing.

Evgeny Kurin, GEOLAB Ltd.
Evgeny Kurin received his M.Sc. degree in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1994.Then he joined the Central Geophysical Expedition of the Russian Oil and Gas Ministry as a researcher in the seismic processing department. From 1996 to 1998 he worked for the CGG R&D group in Moscow, where he was responsible for the velocity analysis related projects. In 1999 he joined GeoTechSystem (now GeoPrime), where he led the development of the in-house seismic processing package. In 2007 he started working for GEOLAB, a Moscow-based independent software vendor. Evgeny's present research interests include optimizing time-consuming processing/imaging algorithms for various hardware platforms.

Jacob Liberman, Dell
Jacob Liberman is a development engineer in Dell's Global Solutions Engineering group. His research interests include machine learning, numerical simulation, and performance analysis of parallel applications.

Bill Menger, ConocoPhillips Company
Bill Menger is Director of Software and HPC for ConocoPhillips' Subsurface technology group. He has two BS degrees from Texas A&M University, one in Geophysics and the other in Electrical Engineering. Bill was a nuclear submarine officer for the US Navy for 5 years, then joining Conoco in 1982 in their magnetotellurics research group. Bill worked on MT and other electrical methods, multicomponent seismic, and databases during his career at Conoco, leaving in 1995 for a three year stint with Applied Geophysical Software. Returning, he worked with the seismic technology team to help implement Kirchhoff migration on their first 4 node cluster in 1999. Bill has managed ConocoPhillips' HPC group since 2002.

Joshua Mora, AMD
Joshua Mora is a senior Member of Technical Staff within the Performance Center of Excellence at Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, TX. He holds a PhD in CFD solvers for clusters and supercomputers. Mr. Mora is responsible for performance tuning and power consumption characterization of large scale HPC applications on Opteron multi-core processors based server platforms and an advisor on HPC infrastructures for manufacturing and oil & gas markets.

Scott Morton, Hess Corporation
Scott Morton has 25 years of experience in computational & theoretical astrophysics & geophysics, distributed between academia, the computer industry and the petroleum industry.  In 1997 he joined Hess Corporation and helped build one of the first commodity PC clusters used for seismic imaging.  He currently leads a small but active technology group for Hess where one of his responsibilities is to monitor and test new computational technologies.

Curt Ober, Sandia NL
Curtis Ober is a Principle Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He worked in the late 1990's in a consortium with oil and gas industry to develop seismic-imaging algorithms, which lead to a phase-encoding patent and an R&D 100 Award in 1999.  More recently he has worked on developing software for compressible flow around reentry vehicles, hydrodynamics for large deformation of solids, and time-integration methods for coupled physics using operator-splitting.  A common thread through these projects has been the verification of the software which models very complex physics using state-of-the-art numerical algorithms.

Jan E. Odegard, Rice University
Jan E. Odegard joined the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Technology Institute) at Rice University as Executive Director in 2002. In this role he led the development and deployment of large scale competing resources in support of research. Today, the computational resources deployed at Rice supports the research of over 100 faculty members and close to 500 users. The majority of users are engaged in research in science and engineering. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice (1996) in the area of digital signal processing and served as executive director for the Computational Mathematics Laboratory (1996-1997), and Center for Multimedia Communication at Rice (1998-1999). In 1999, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Stavanger in Norway as Associate Professor and served as department chair (2000-2001).

Gilad Shainer, Mellanox Technologies
Gilad Shainer is a Director of Technical Marketing at Mellanox Technologies, focuses on high-performance computing, high-speed interconnects,leading-edge technologies and performance characterizations. Mr. Shainer holds an M.Sc. degree (2001, Cum Laude) and a B.Sc. degree (1998, Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel. He is also the HPC Advisory Council chairman.

Bill Symes, Rice University
Symes' current research interests center around the relation between the coefficients of linear partial differential equations and their solutions, and on so-called inverse problems posed in terms of this relation. Inverse problems for PDEs governing wave propagation are important in seismology, where the solutions represent measurable physical fields and the coefficients mostly inaccessible distributions of mechanical properties in the Earth's subsurface. Both modeling and inversion are of great importance in seismic exploration for oil and gas as well as in environmental and engineering geophysics, crustal studies, and ocean acoustics. Professor Symes's recent work has concentrated on velocity estimation, i.e., inference of the index of refraction of the earth's interior from seismic waves recorded at the surface. To further investigation of such problems in an industrial context, Professor Symes founded The Rice Inversion Project in 1992. This industrial research consortium is sponsored by a number of firms in the oil and computer industries. Its activities encompass theoretical investigations, development of algorithms and software, and experimentation with field data.

Guillaume Thomas-Collignon, CGGVeritas
Guillaume Thomas-Collignon is a senior software developer, specialized on high performance computing and parallel applications. His main focus at CGGVeritas is to optimize seismic imaging algorithms on the current production platforms, mostly commodity-based PC clusters. His work also includes evaluating new computing architectures that could provide a significant performance increase on the most heavily used algorithms. His previous working experience was in the same field, as an HPC software optimization specialist for Sun Microsystems.

Chap Wong, Chevron
Chap Wong, Senior Staff Architect at Chevron Energy Technology Company, Technical Computing, has over twenty five years experience with Chevron in supporting upstream technical computing. Chap has involved in architecting the large Chevron upstream cluster since 2001. Chap graduated from National Taiwan U. with a degree in E.E. and a master degree in Computing Science from TAMU.



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