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…