Blaise Agüera y Arcas is the architect of Bing Mobile and Mapping at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft when his startup company, Seadragon, was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Agüera y Arcas directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. Agüera y Arcas has a broad background in computer science and applied math, and has worked in a variety of fields, including computational neuroscience, computational drug design, and data compression. In 2001, he received press coverage for his discovery, using computational methods, of the printing technology used by Johann Gutenberg. His work on early printing was the subject of a BBC Open University documentary, What Did Gutenberg Invent? He has published essays and research papers in theoretical biology, neuroscience, and history.
Blaise Agüera y Arcas