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 Control of Heart Simulation
The HEART project allows the public to experience and interact with a simulation of a beating heart. Blood flow and pressure are visualized in 3D and can be manipulated with gestures using both hands.
Gestural 3D Interaction with a Beating Heart: Simulation, Visualization and Interaction
Ioakeimidou, F., Ericson, E., Spühler, J., Olwal, A., Forsslund, J., Jansson, J., Sallnäs Pysander, E.-L., and Hoffman, J.
Proceedings of SIGRAD 2011 (Swedish Chapter of Eurographics Conference), Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 17-18, 2011, pp. 93-97.

SIGRAD 2011
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