Portrait of Ken Hinckley

Ken Hinckley

Principal Researcher


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.

The easiest place to follow all my activity is on my blog, at kenhinckley.wordpress.com.