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

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 H�llerer, 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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