Bill Byrne is currently focused on data-driven dialogue systems, creating data corpora, and various other NLP efforts at Google. Past projects include voice search, voice actions, dictation and correction and various other speech and general HCI efforts. He originally joined Google's speech team in 2005. Before Google, Bill was director of speech solutions at SAP Labs in Palo Alto and previously director of speech & language at General Magic in Sunnyvale. He was also consulting professor at Stanford from 2001-2007 where he designed and taught courses on speech application design. Bill was lecturer at Santa Clara University from 1997-1999. He received his PhD in theoretical linguistics from UC San Diego in 1998.