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“I'll have you eating out of the palm of my hand” is an unlikely utterance you'll hear from a robot. Why? Most of them don't have palms.

The European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) recently awarded Ryan Williams, MIT EECS professor and CSAIL member, with the 2024 Gödel Prize for his 2011 paper, “Non-Uniform ACC Circuit Lower Bounds.” Williams receives this honor for presenting a novel paradigm for a “rich two-way connection" between algorithmic techniques and lower-bound methods.

When water freezes, it transitions from a liquid phase to a solid phase, resulting in a drastic change in properties like density and volume. Phase transitions in water are so common most of us probably don’t even think about them, but phase transitions in novel materials or complex physical systems are an important area of study.