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

Unobtrusive Augmented Reality
The concept of Unobtrusive Augmented Reality is introduced through various systems and techniques that enable sporadic and spontaneous interaction. Unobtrusive AR emphasizes an optically direct view of a visually unaltered physical environment, the avoidance of user-worn technology, and the preference for unencumbering techniques.
Unobtrusive Augmentation of Physical Environments: Interaction Techniques, Spatial Displays and Ubiquitous Sensing
Olwal, A.
Doctoral Thesis, Jun 5, 2009.

Doctoral Thesis
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