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

Mobile AR Workspace
POLAR is a lightweight mobile workspace for augmented reality. Using a foldable, optical see-through setup and hybrid user tracking, it enables annotated views of small physical objects without the need for worn technology.
POLAR: Portable, Optical see-through, Low-cost Augmented Reality
Olwal, A., and Höllerer, T.
Proceedings of VRST 2005 (ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality and Software Technology), Monterey, CA, Nov 7-9, 2005, pp. 227-230.

VRST 2005
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