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

Hybrid 2D/3D Workspaces
SpaceTop fuses 2D and 3D interactions in a desktop workspace. It simultaneously allows users to type, click, draw in 2D, and directly manipulate interface elements that float in the 3D space.
SpaceTop: Integrating 2D and Spatial 3D Interactions in a See-through Desktop
Lee, J., Olwal, A., Ishii, H., and Boulanger, C.
Proceedings of CHI 2013 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), Paris, France, Apr 27-May 2, 2013, pp. 189-192.

CHI 2013
PDF [1MB]
thumbnails/spacetop/3.jpg