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

Autostereoscopic Augmented Reality
ASTOR is a transparent 3D window that enhances the space behind it with graphics. It preserves an optically clear view of the real environment, while superimposing dynamic 3D visuals.
Unencumbered 3D Interaction with See-through Displays
Olwal, A.
Proceedings of NordiCHI 2008 (Nordic Conference on Human Computer Interaction), Lund, Sweden, Oct 18-22, 2008, pp. 527-530.

NordiCHI 2008
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Spatial Augmented Reality on Industrial CNC machines
Olwal, A., Gustafsson, J., and Lindfors, C.
Proceedings of SPIE 2008 Electronic Imaging (Vol. 6804, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2008), San Jose, California, Jan 27-31, 2008.

SPIE 2008 Electronic Imaging
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ASTOR: An Autostereoscopic Optical See-through Augmented Reality System
Olwal, A., Lindfors, C., Gustafsson, J., Kjellberg, T., and Mattson, L.
Proceedings of ISMAR 2005 (IEEE and ACM International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality), Vienna, Austria, Oct 5-8, 2005, pp. 24-27.

ISMAR 2005
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An Autostereoscopic Optical See-through Display for Augmented Reality
Olwal, A., Lindfors, C., Gustafsson, J.
SIGGRAPH 2004 Sketches Sketches (International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques), Los Angeles, CA, Aug 8-12, 2004.

SIGGRAPH 2004 Sketches
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