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

Optical Sensing for Spatial Awareness
LightSense tracks mobile devices on static or dynamic displays, to enable context-sensitive visuals and interaction, based on spatial motion and position.
LightSense: Enabling Spatially Aware Handheld Interaction Devices
Olwal, A.
Proceedings of ISMAR 2006 (IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Santa Barbara, CA, Oct 22-25, 2006, pp. 119-122.

ISMAR 2006
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The Audiator: A Device-Independent Active Marker for Spatially Aware Displays
Olwal, A.
SIGGRAPH 2007 Posters (International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques), San Diego, CA, Aug 5-9, 2007.

SIGGRAPH 2007 Posters
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