William H. Turkett, Jr.Last updated: 05/31/2017
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Wake Forest University. I received my Ph.D. in 2004 from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina, where my research was in the area of probabilistic reasoning. My BS in Computer Science (1998) was from the College of Charleston.
I am a co-director of a new Biomedical Informatics MS program which is slated to start in Fall 2018. In Summer 2015, I was involved in the first WFU Schools of Business Summer Business Analytics Program, teaching a Data Management course as part of the curriculum, focusing on Databases, Big Data.
I made use of Standards-Based/Specification Grading in my upper level "Parallel Programming" course in Spring 2017 and plan to use it in other CS courses in the future. For my thoughts on that experience, please see my academic blog, and this post specifically.
TeachingIn Spring 2017, I taught:
ResearchBackground: My thesis advisor was Dr. John Rose, who directed my dissertation work on Robust Multiagent Plan Generation and Execution with Decision-Theoretic Planners [PDF, ~1.0MB].
Interests: At Wake Forest, I am actively involved in teaching and research in the broad field of Computational Biosciences, including active collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, and on our Medical School campus. My interests are in applications of machine learning, with current foci on prediction and classification based on DNA and amino acid sequence analysis. I have also been involved in collaborations with the Network Security Group in CS at WFU, led by Errin Fulp.
Almost all of my work deals with datasets that are sequential or temporal in nature and are systems-scale. I have some interests in Green Computing, Big Data Analytics Algorithms, and Computer Science Education .
Students: I am looking for graduate students to work with on Masters level research. Some example projects will be listed here soon!
I am currently working with the following student(s):
ServiceI am a member of the ACM, the professional society for computer science, with additional memberships in the ACM-sponsored SIGBIO (Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology), SIGCSE (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education) and CSTA (Computer Science Teachers' Association). In 2013-2015, I reviewed for both the SIGCSE and CSTA national conferences. In 2014-2016, I reviewed Grace Hopper Scholarship candidates.
Android DevelopmentI am responsible for the development and maintenance of the Android version of the RideTheWake shuttle tracking app. The app is currently not available in the Android app store while a new, up-to-date version is being developed. More info on the RideTheWake service, the web application, and the iPhone application is also available. I am also the author of the Android-based Wake Forest TreeAtlas app, developed with the Silman Lab, which provides access to a rich database of information about the various trees on the WFU campus. I am currently working with students on one additional app - presenting works and artists in the Student Union Art Collection.