Will Mayner

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PhD student in Neuroscience

University of Wisconsin–Madison
Advisor: Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD

Madison, WI

September 2016–present

I am interested in developing integrated information theory by using biologically-plausible neural networks and genetic algorithms to test its predictions about consciousness, perception, and sleep.

Brown University

Sc.B. in Mathematics–Computer Science

Providence, RI


Selected Coursework:

  • Laboratory in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Consciousness
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Neural Modeling Laboratory
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Combinatorial Topology
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Creating Modern Web Applications
  • Multiprocessor Synchronization
  • Cryptography
  • Programming with Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Models of Computation
  • Fundamental Problems of Geometry
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Linear Algebra
  • Cybersecurity and International Relations

Research and Professional Experience

Center for Sleep and Conciousness

Research Assistant and Programmer

Madison, WI

January 2014–present

  • Joined the integrated information theory group, led by Dr. Giulio Tononi, at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness at University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Designed and implemented software to calculate integrated information (Φ) and other quantities and structures of interest in IIT.
  • Developed web-based visualization tools for exploring integrated-information-theoretic properties of networks.
  • Implemented genetic algorithms for evolving virtual organisms.


Original Cofounder and CTO

Providence, RI

May–November 2013

  • Founded Crowdsurf.io to bring sophisticated analytics to the live event industry.
  • Designed and implemented software architecture and proprietary algorithms.
  • Contributed to product and business development.
  • Participated in the competitive fall session of Betaspring, a startup accelerator based in Providence, RI that provides seed funding and mentorship for early-stage startups.

REU in Computational Mathematics


Chicago, IL

Summer 2012

  • Studied a novel 2-parameter family of kernel functions for data interpolation, under the direction of Dr. Greg Fasshauer, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Illinois Institute of Technology, in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
  • Contributed to a code repository of numerical experiments in Matlab.
  • Conducted theoretical investigations of closed forms for Green’s functions associated with the 2-parameter family.
  • Presented results at:
  • Research funded by NSF grant DMS-1115392.

Technical Skills

PythonNumPy + SciPyMatlabLaTeX*nixRVimGitC++CoffeeScriptNode.jsAngularJSExpressMongoDBBootstrapStylusLessSassHTMLJadeZshBash

Scientific Software


Spring 2014
A Python library to compute integrated information.


A web-based interface to PyPhi that allows nontechnical users to perform IIT calculations and visualize results.


Spring 2015–present
Python software for evolving virtual organisms and investigating their dynamics and integrated-information-theoretic properties.


April 2014
A Python wrapper around a C++ library to compute the Earth Mover’s Distance.

Web development


Fall 2014
The web presence of the Center for Sleep and Consciousness.


Fall 2014–present
A place to learn about IIT.


Fall 2012
A portfolio website for illustrator Liz Wikstrom.


Spring 2013–present
This website.

Leadership Experience

Brown University Go Club

Founding Member

Providence, RI


  • Go is the ancient board game of strategy and tactics, believed to be the first board game ever invented, and as yet unconquered by computer programs. Update: Engineers at Google seem to have a good shot at making history here! Update: Congratulations to the Google DeepMind team—they did it!
  • Raised funds and recruited new members.
  • Participated in Go tournament at MIT in 2010 for the Brown University Go team.
  • The club received early support from the Ing Foundation, whose mission is to promote the spread of Go in Western countries.

Winona Camps

Woodworking and Riflery Counselor

Bridgton, ME

Summers of 2007–2011

  • Held a leadership role among the staff as one of the senior counselors.
  • Taught campers (ages 11–13) skills in woodworking (designing a project, drawing a plan, carpentry techniques) and techniques of marksmanship.
  • Mentored campers, encouraging their independence and helping them develop self-confidence and social skills.
  • Worked closely with other counselors as a team to ensure camp activities ran smoothly.


Piano Studies

  • Classical instruction from 2003–2009.
  • Jazz instruction from 2012–2013
  • Performed recitals at Senior Living Centers as community service, 2008–2009.

Harmonic Motion

Beatboxer and bass singer

Providence, RI


“Brown & RISD’s Hottest A Cappella Group.” Performances on campus throughout the academic year.

Brown Tae-Kwon-Do

Yellow Belt

Intramural Ultimate Frisbee

Downhill Skiing