Lance Williams


Phone: 505-277-3914
Fax: 505-277-6927

Physical Address

Room 3190
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1994

MS, Computer and Information Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1988

BS, Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1985


Lance’s background is in computational modeling of the human visual system, where he did foundational work on the phenomenon of completion of visible surfaces and illusory contours.  More recently, he has returned to his computer science roots, and is studying new models of computation, inspired by chemistry, which are parallel, distributed, asynchronous and spatial.  He is deeply interested in self-replicating systems and evolutionary computation, with the goal of better understanding the origin of life, its evolution into more complex forms, and the nature of intelligence in man and machine.

Teaching Interests

  • Functional Programming
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Digital Image Processing

Research Interests

  • Robust Spatial Computation
  • Human and Computer Vision
  • Artificial Life