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

Interaction with Dynamic Surfaces
We synchronize mobile devices with interaction on the large touch surface to expand expressiveness. The mobile displays provide denser resolution, while the controls enable better precision and physical affordances.
Augmenting Surface Interaction through Context-sensitive Mobile Devices
Olwal, A.
Proceedings of INTERACT 2009 (IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Uppsala, Sweden, Aug 24-28, 2009, pp. 336-339.

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Spatially Aware Handhelds for High-Precision Tangible Interaction with Large Displays
Olwal, A., and Feiner, S.
Proceedings of TEI 2009 (International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction), Cambridge, UK, Feb 16-18, 2009, pp. 181-188.

TEI 2009