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Bill Press


Bill Press is the Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Science and in Integrative Biology. His affiliations at UT include memberships in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (ICMB) and in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Press is also a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the Statistical Sciences group (CCS-6). In April, 2009, President Obama named Press as a member of his President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).


Research Areas:
Research Interests:
  • Fast numerical and statistical algorithms
  • Data mining and pattern recognition.
  • Interdisciplinary application of mathematical and statistical methods across the physical and biological sciences, and to societal issues including international security.
Current Research:

His research is on computational biology, genomics, and computational statistical methods.

Select Publications

J.A. Hussmann, S.A. Patchett, A.W. Johnson, S.L. Sawyer, and W.H. Press. 2015. “Understanding biases in ribosome profiling experiments reveals signatures of translation dynamics in yeast”. PLOS Genetics.

D.I. Lou, J.A. Hussmann, R.M. McBee, A. Acevedo, R. Andino, W.H. Press, and S.L. Sawyer. 2013. “High-throughput DNA sequencing errors are reduced by orders of magnitude using circle sequencing”. PNAS.

W.H. Press and F.J. Dyson. 2012. “Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma contains strategies that dominate any evolutionary opponent”. PNAS.

W.H. Press. 2009. “Bandit solutions provide unified ethical models for randomized clinical trials and comparative effectiveness research”. PNAS.

W.H. Press. 2006. “Discrete Radon Transform Has an Exact, Fast Inverse and Generalizes to Operations Other Than Sums along Lines”. PNAS.

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - William D. Carey Lecturer, American Association for the Advancement of Science Forum
  • 2014 - Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2008 - California Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • 2007 - Member, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas
  • 2002 - Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • 1994 - Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1993 - Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1990 - Most frequently cited US Astronomer, Quarterly Journal R.A.S.
  • 1984 - America’s 100 Brightest Scientists Under 40, Science Digest
  • 1981 - Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society