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

Pedagogical Robotics
Cloud Rhymer is a platform that combines cloud technology and robotics. Users can text message a word to the robot, who will start rhyming on that word in sync with the beat.
Cloud Rhymer: Prototype Demo and Intervention Proposal
Robert, D., Schmitt, P., and Olwal, A.
Proceedings of IDC 2013 (International Conference on Interaction Design and Children), New York, NY, Jun 24-27, 2013, pp. 507-510.

IDC 2013
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