I design and develop interactions and technologies that embrace digital and physical experiences. I am specifically interested in tools, techniques and devices that enable new interaction concepts for the augmentation and empowerment of human abilities. This includes 3D user interfaces, interaction techniques, augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality, ubiquitous computing, mobile devices, novel interfaces for medical imaging, multimodal systems, touch-screen interaction, and software/hardware prototyping.

The research projects are from exciting times and inspiring collaborations at different research labs and institutions, including 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.

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Alex Olwal, Ph.D.
Sr Research Scientist, Google
olwal [at] acm.org
Alex Olwal

Interfaces + Matter, Humans and Machines
Advances in the past century have resulted in unprecedented access to empowering technology, with user interfaces that typically provide clear distinction and separation between environments, technology and people.

The progress in recent decades indicates, however, inevitable developments where sensing, display, actuation and computation will seek to integrate more intimately with matter, humans and machines. This talk will explore some of the radical new challenges and opportunities that these advancements imply for next-generation interfaces.
Opening Keynote: Fusing Interfaces with Matter, Humans and Machines
Olwal, A.
SUI 2018 Opening Keynote (ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction), Berlin, Oct 13-14, 2018.

SUI 2018
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