Chadd Williams, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Chadd Williams

Schedule: 2013-2014

Fall 2013
CS 130: Software Tools
MW 2:15 - 3:50pm
Marsh LL 12
August 26-October 9

Final Exam:
October 15, 6pm
CS 380: Algorithm Design and Analysis
MWF 4:45 - 5;50pm
Marsh LL 15
CS 493: Software Engineering I
T TH 4:30 - 5:20
Strain 101
Spring 2014
Sabbatical

Fall 2014
CS 360: Open Source Development

CS 310: Theoretical Computer Science

Selected Course Projects

*nix command shell
web accessible database
linux kernel

Current Projects

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) ranking system plays a significant role during the end of the college football seaon, as it determines which two teams will compete in the BCS National Championship Game.  Our work investigates the accuracy of the BCS and strives to improve it.
  • We analyzed the accuracy of the BCS computer rankings We use a basic set of game statistics to build a mathematical model used to produce a set of team rankings. We use a more in-depth set of play-by-play statistics to build a model for ranking teams.
Our results can be found here and here. Watch the conference presentation on this work here and some local news coverage here.
New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports

Software Engineering

Bipartite matching between two source code revisions
Recent work on tracking source locations has focused on tracking lines through multiple revisions of software. In SDiff, we explore a new technique for tracking statements, rather than lines, across multiple revisions of Java source code.   SDiff achieves accuracy comparable with the most accurate line-tracking techniques, while also safely handling all non-executable formatting changes, such as breaking a single statement across many lines, adding or removing whitespace, moving brackets, or re-ordering methods.

Education