Dr. Williams authored Explorations in Quantum Computing in 1999, one of the first textbooks on the subject. Prior to joining D-Wave, Dr. Williams was Senior Research Scientist (SRS) and Program Manager for Advanced Computing Paradigms at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. Earlier as an Acting Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, he taught courses on Quantum Computing and Quantum Communications, and computer-based mathematics.

Dr. Williams served as research assistant to Professor Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University. He earned his PhD in artificial intelligence from Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1989. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematical physics from Nottingham University and a master's degree in atmospheric physics and dynamics from London University/Imperial College of Science and Technology. His primary research interests have been quantum computing, computational phase transitions, and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Colin William's keynote is available to download.