Dr. James Hughes is the Director of Open Source Programs at Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a core committer for GeoMesa which leverages Accumulo, HBase and other distributed database systems to provide distributed computation and query engines. He is a LocationTech committer for GeoMesa, SFCurve, and JTS. He serves on the LocationTech Project Management Committee and Steering Committee. Through work with LocationTech and OSGeo projects like GeoTools and GeoServer, he works to build end-to-end solutions for big spatio-temporal problems. He holds a PhD in algebraic topology from the University of Virginia.