Portrait of Ken Hinckley

Ken Hinckley

Principal Researcher

About

I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, where I have worked since 1997 investigating novel input devices, device form-factors, and modalities of interaction.

My research seeks to augment the capabilities of technologies and user experiences to match human abilities, skills, desires, and expectations. I am perhaps best know for my work on sensing techniques, cross-device interaction, and pen computing. I have published somewhere between 80 and 100 academic papers, upwards of 150 patents, and also have a smattering of professional short fiction credits to my name.

I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, where I studied with the late Randy Pausch.

I have received numerous professional distinctions in the field of human-computer interaction. I am a member of the CHI Academy (2014 inductee), I have served as an Associate Editor at ACM TOCHI (Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction) since 2003, and I received the UIST 2011 Lasting Impact Award for my work on sensing techniques for mobile interaction.

My research has been featured in national news outlets and tech blogs (MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Engadget, Slashdot, CBC Radio, FastCompany Design, and many others) on various occasions.

More details are available on my current CV.

 

Projects

As we May Ink?

Established: January 6, 2015

As We May Ink? Learning from Everyday Analog Pen Use to Improve Digital Ink Experiences Abstract This project sheds light on gaps and discrepancies between the experiences afforded by analog pens and their digital counterparts. Despite the long history (and…

Tablet and Stylus Interaction

Established: October 3, 2014

We explore grip and motion sensing to afford new techniques that leverage how users naturally manipulate tablet and stylus devices during pen-and-touch interaction. We can detect whether the user holds the pen in a writing grip or tucked between his…

InkSeine

Established: December 8, 2008

InkSeine is a prototype ink application from Microsoft Research. It is designed from the ground up to have a user interface uniquely tailored to pen input. In a hurry? Install InkSeine now! The goal of the InkSeine project is to…

Publications

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2010

Pen + Touch = New Tools
Ken Hinckley, Koji Yatani, Michel Pahud, Nicole Coddington, Jenny Rodenhouse, Andy Wilson, Hrvoje Benko, Bill Buxton, in UIST '10 Proceedings of the 23nd annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, ACM, October 3, 2010, View abstract, Download PDF

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Alice: Easy to Use Interactive 3D Graphics
Jefiey S. Pierce , Steve Audia, Tommy Burnette, Kevin Christiansen, Dennis Cosgrove, Matt Conway, Ken Hinckley, Kristen Monkaitis, James Patten, Joe Shochet, David Staack, Brian Stearns, Chris Sturgill, George Williams, Randy Pausch , in UIST '97 Proceedings of the 10th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, ACM, October 1, 1997, View abstract, Download PDF

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