My work focuses on developing interactive technologies, leveraging advancements in display technology, low-power sensing, wearables, robotics and actuation, soft electronics, interactive textile, and human-computer interaction. I am specifically interested in techniques that enable new interaction for the augmentation and empowerment of human abilities. This includes augmented reality, ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, 3D user interfaces, interaction techniques, interfaces for accessibility and health, medical imaging, multimodal systems, 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.
Sr Research Scientist, Google
olwal [at]
Alex Olwal

E-Textile Microinteractions leverage the I/O Braid architecture for soft electronics to combine continuous twist sensing with casual, discrete gestures, such as flicks, slides, pinches, grabs and pats.

Google AI Blog: E-Textile Microinteractions ->
E-Textile Microinteractions: Augmenting Twist with Flick, Slide and Grasp Gestures for Soft Electronics
Olwal, A., Starner, T., and Mainini, G.
Proceedings of CHI 2020 (ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), Honolulu, HI, Apr 25-30, 2020, pp. 1-13.

CHI 2020
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