Viacheslav K. Gusiakov is head of the Tsunami Laboratory at the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Siberian Division, Russian Academy of Sciences. He obtained his doctoral degree in 1974 from the University of Novosibirsk. His research interests include numerical modeling of tsunamis, seismic and oceanographic data processing, geophysical databases, risk assessment, and hazard mitigation. He served as Chairman of the Tsunami Commission of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics from 1995 to 2003. He is also a member of the International Tsunami Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Seismological Society of America.