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

Hybrid Watches
Hybrid Watch User Interfaces leverage electro-mechanical hands and a dynamic watch dial to enable computation and connectivity while preserving the aesthetics of traditional analog watches.
Hybrid Watch User Interfaces: Collaboration Between Electro-Mechanical Components and Analog Materials
Olwal, A.
Ubicomp 2018 Adjunct Proceedings (ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing), Singapore, Singapore, Oct 9-11, 2018.

Ubicomp 2018
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Hybrid Watch User Interfaces: Collaboration Between Electro-Mechanical Components and Analog Materials
Olwal, A.
UIST 2018 Adjunct Proceedings (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), Berlin, Germany, Oct 14-17, 2018, pp. 200-202.

UIST 2018
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