The Past and Present Future is the technology blog of Ken Hinckley, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, where he has worked since 1997 investigating novel input devices, device form-factors, and modalities of interaction.

Dr.  Hinckley’s research seeks to augment the capabilities of technologies and user experiences to match human abilities, skills, desires, and expectations. He is perhaps best known for his work on sensing techniques, cross-device interaction, and pen (plus touch) computing. He has published over 75 academic papers, is a named inventor on upwards of 150 patents, and his fiction has also appeared in professional venues including the Futures column of Nature.

Dr.  Hinckley holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, where he studied with the late Randy Pausch.

Dr.  Hinckley has received numerous professional distinctions in the field of human-computer interaction. He is a member of the CHI Academy (2014 inductee), has served as an Associate Editor at ACM TOCHI (Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction) since 2003, and received the UIST 2011 Lasting Impact Award as well as a SIGMOBILE 2017 Test-of-Time Award for his work on sensing techniques for mobile interaction.

His 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 his current CV.


Email is the best way to get a hold of me. If you need to contact me or ask me a question, shoot me a line at kenh (at) microsoft (dot) com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I also try to respond to all questions and comments posted on the blog. So, enter a comment on a post and I’ll get back to you. All comments on this site are moderated, so your comment won’t appear until I approve it.

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