William Howard-Snyder


I’m William, a second year MS student at the University of Washington studying computer science. I am broadly interested in machine learning, algorithm design, and reasoning under uncertainty, with applications in biology and medicine. Recently, I have been particularly excited about applying tools from these areas to estimate uncertainty in phylogenetic inference on large viral datasets. I’m currently exploring this topic as a graduate researcher in the Matsen Group at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

I attained a BS (2022) at the University of Washington in Computer Science, where I was fortunate to be advised by Prof. Sheng Wang for my undergraduate thesis, as well as Erick Matsen for a research internship at FHCRC. I also attained a BA (2022) in Philosophy, where I studied normative subjects like Ethics and Epistemology.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing board games with friends, going on walks with my wife, and I recently started doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

You can reach me at howarwil[at]cs[dot]washington[dot]edu.


Oct 23, 2023 Submitted Parsimony Deviation paper to RECOMB 2024!
Sep 26, 2023 History sDAG paper accepted into Journal of Mathemtical Biology (JOMB)!
Aug 13, 2023 Attended Cornell, Maryland, Max Planck Pre-doctoral Research School (CMMRS) in Germany :de:
Jul 28, 2023 Got married to the wonderful Hannah Howard (Feller)!
Sep 23, 2022 Started MS in Computer Science at UW.