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, and dictation & correction. 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.