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

Expression through Non-verbal Speech
Prosodic features of speech is used together with audio localization to control interactive applications. This information can also be applied to parameter control, or for disambiguation in speech recognition.
Interaction Techniques using Prosodic Features of Speech and Audio Localization
Olwal, A., and Feiner, S.
Proceedings of IUI 2005 (International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces), San Diego, CA, Jan 9-12, 2005, pp. 284-286.

IUI 2005
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