William H. Turkett, Jr.

Last updated: June 11, 2021
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.

My current roles include being current (2020-2023) Chair of the Department of Computer Science and representing the Graduate School to the University's Committee on Information Technology (CIT), including acting on the Learning Spaces sub-committee. I have also completed the ABET/CSAB Peer Evaluator Training program.

From 2008 to 2013, I directed the EuroTour Study Abroad program.

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In Fall 2021, I expect to be teaching the following courses:
  • CSC 201 - Data Structures and Algorithms (3 hours)
  • CSC 391 - Programming Languages Practicum (1 hour)


  • Graduate School In Computer Science: Is It For Me? - Talk at Wake Forest, September 28, 2020 - Click here for slides


Background: 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!

Recently, I worked with the following Masters student(s):

  • Steven Johnson - Fast enumerative algorithm for modification-targeted sequence analysis
  • Charchil Gupta - Discovery of process attributes by dynamic analysis
  • Jiajie Xiao - Using k-mer representations in functional classification of peroxiredoxin proteins
If you are a current WFU undergraduate student and interested in working with me on research, please send an email. I encourage you to look at the Wake Forest Summer Research Fellowship Program as a means of being paid to do research. If you are a current WFU graduate student and want to discuss research, make sure to come to my CSC 781 talk in the fall semester, then send me an email.

Current Work:


I am a member of the ACM, the professional society for computer science, with additional memberships in SIGCSE (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education) and CSTA (Computer Science Teachers' Association). I often am a reviewer for the SIGCSE conference and of Grace Hopper Scholarship candidates.