A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has had a 35 year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. He bagan, however, as a professional musician. In 1975 he landed at the University of Toronto as artist in residence in the computer graphics lab, with the idea of building a new digital musical instrument. It was during that process that he morphed into a researcher, first at UofT, followed by, Xerox PARC, and Alias Research and SGI Inc., (where he was Chief Scientist). He has been awarded four honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. Bill is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Other than his family, mountains, bikes, and rivers are his first love.