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 teach at Stanford University and have previously taught at 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

Gesture-sensing textile
SmartSleeve is a deformable textile sensor for surface and deformation gestures. It enables new interaction techniques using a hybrid gesture detection pipeline.

FlexTiles are flexible, stretchable pressure-sensitive tactile input sensors for covering large areas, 3D objects, and deformable underlying shapes.
SmartSleeve: Real-time Sensing of Surface and Deformation Gestures on Flexible, Interactive Textiles, using a Hybrid Gesture Detection Pipeline
Parzer, P., Sharma, A., Vogl, A., Steimle, J., Olwal, A., Haller, M.
Proceedings of UIST 2017 (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), Quebec City, ON, Oct 22-25, 2017, pp. 565-577.

UIST 2017
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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 Extended Abstracts
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