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

Tracking Gaze in Radiology
We collect gaze data from radiologists that search 3D CT scans for lung nodules. Analysis and interactive 3D visualisations of eye tracking data indicate 2 dominant search strategies, where "Drilling" is superior over "Scanning".
Scanners and Drillers: Characterizing Expert Visual Search through Volumetric Images
Drew, T., Vo, M., Olwal, A., Jacobson, F., Seltzer, S., and Wolfe, J.
JOV 2013 (Journal of Vision, Vol. 13, no 10.), Aug 6, 2013.

JOV 2013
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