I direct research and development of interaction technologies based on advancements in display technology, low-power and high-speed sensing, wearables, actuation, electronic textiles, and human—computer interaction. I am passionate about accelerating innovation and disruption through tools, techniques and devices that enable augmentation and empowerment of human abilities. Research interests include augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, 3D user interfaces, interaction techniques, interfaces for accessibility and health, medical imaging, and software/hardware prototyping.

These projects are from collaborations during my time at different research labs, including Google Research, MIT, Columbia University, University of California, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), and Microsoft Research. I have taught at Stanford University, Rhode Island School of Design and KTH.

Research Projects Publications Google Scholar Open Source
Alex Olwal, Ph.D.
Staff Research Scientist, Google
olwal [at] acm.org
Alex Olwal

Minimal Smart Eyewear
1D Eyewear embed arrays of LEDs and holographic symbols in glasses frames. Computer-generated holograms (CGHs) allow transmissive, reflective or steerable display configurations for high-resolution symbols in normal-looking head-worn displays.
1D Eyewear: Peripheral, Hidden LEDs and Near-Eye Holographic Displays for Unobtrusive Augmentation
Olwal, A. and Kress, B.
Proceedings of ISWC 2018 (International Symposium on Wearable Computers), Singapore, Singapore, Oct 8-12, 2018, pp. 184-187.

ISWC 2018