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

Scalable Pressure Sensor
FlexTiles are flexible, stretchable pressure-sensitive tactile input sensors for covering large areas, 3D objects, and deformable underlying shapes.
FlexTiles: A Flexible, Stretchable, Formable, Pressure Sensitive, Tactile Input Sensor
Parzer, P., Probst, K., Babic, T., Rendl, C., Vogl, A., Olwal, A., and Haller, M.
CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts Extended Abstracts (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), San Jose, CA, May 7-12, 2016, pp. 3754-3757.

CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts
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