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

Augmenting Prosthetics
proCover uses pressure-sensing textiles to offer non-invasive, self-applicable and customizable sensory augmentation for prosthetics.

FlexTiles are flexible, stretchable pressure-sensitive tactile input sensors for covering large areas, 3D objects, and deformable underlying shapes.
proCover: Sensory Augmentation of Prosthetic Limbs Using Smart Textile Covers
Leong, J. Parzer, P., Perteneder, F., Babic, T., Rendl, C., Vogl, A., Egger, H., Olwal, A., and Haller, M.
Proceedings of UIST 2016 - Best Paper Award (Top 1%) (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), Tokyo, Japan, Oct 16-19, 2016, pp. 335-346.

UIST 2016 - Best Paper Award (Top 1%)
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FlexTiles: A Flexible, Stretchable, Formable, Pressure Sensitive, Tactile Input Sensor
Parzer, P., Probst, K., Babic, T., Rendl, C., Vogl, A., Olwal, A., and Haller, M.
CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), San Jose, CA, May 7-12, 2016, pp. 3754-3757.

CHI 2016
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