I design and develop interactions and technologies that embrace digital and physical experiences. I am specifically interested in tools, techniques and devices that enable new interaction concepts for the augmentation and empowerment of human abilities. This includes 3D user interfaces, interaction techniques, augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality, ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, novel interfaces for medical imaging, multimodal systems, touch-screen interaction, and software/hardware prototyping.

The research projects are from exciting times and inspiring collaborations at different research labs and institutions, including MIT, Columbia University, University of California, KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), and Microsoft Research. I have taught at teach at Stanford University, Rhode Island School of Design and KTH.

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Alex Olwal, Ph.D.
Sr Research Scientist, Google
olwal [at] acm.org
Alex Olwal

Customizing Mobile User Interfaces
The OldGen framework addresses accessibility on generic mobile devices by decoupling the software UI from the phone hardware. It makes the UI portable and independent of phone, model or brand.
OldGen: Mobile Phone Personalization for Older Adults
Olwal, A., Lachanas, D., and Zacharouli, E.
Proceedings of CHI 2011 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), Vancouver, BC, May 7-12, 2011, pp. 3393-3396.

CHI 2011
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