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

Gesture Control of Heart Simulation
The HEART project allows the public to experience and interact with a simulation of a beating heart. Blood flow and pressure are visualized in 3D and can be manipulated with gestures using both hands.
Gestural 3D Interaction with a Beating Heart: Simulation, Visualization and Interaction
Ioakeimidou, F., Ericson, E., Spühler, J., Olwal, A., Forsslund, J., Jansson, J., Sallnäs Pysander, E.-L., and Hoffman, J.
Proceedings of SIGRAD 2011 (Swedish Chapter of Eurographics Conference), Stockholm, Sweden, Nov 17-18, 2011, pp. 93-97.

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