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

Pedagogical Robotics
Cloud Rhymer is a platform that combines cloud technology and robotics. Users can text message a word to the robot, who will start rhyming on that word in sync with the beat.
Cloud Rhymer: Prototype Demo and Intervention Proposal
Robert, D., Schmitt, P., and Olwal, A.
Proceedings of IDC 2013 (International Conference on Interaction Design and Children), New York, NY, Jun 24-27, 2013, pp. 507-510.

IDC 2013
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