Ryan Williams

Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Stanford University
353 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Email: r...@gmail.com
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Previously I was in the Theory Group at IBM Almaden, supported by the Josef Raviv Fellowship. Before that I was a member of the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.
Teaching in Fall 2016: CS254


Past Teaching at Stanford:

Research Interests

I work in algorithm design and complexity theory, and especially connections between the two subjects. I think about many questions, but a few of them haunt me more than others. Can the existence of an algorithm for a problem be used to prove that other algorithms cannot exist? Can the nonexistence of algorithms be used to prove that another algorithm correctly solves a problem? (In fact, there are "yes" answers to both questions.) Does every function implementable with a low memory footprint also have a fast implementation? (Is $P = PSPACE$?) Could computers themselves help us make progress on answering these questions?

My PhD Students

Huacheng Yu
Cody Murray
Brynmor Chapman
Josh Alman
Dylan McKay

About Me

I grew up near the big city of Somerville, Alabama, where there is good fishing in the water and good football on the radio. Further south in Alabama there is a good school for math and science.