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 teach at Stanford University and have previously taught at 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

Unobtrusive Augmented Reality
The concept of Unobtrusive Augmented Reality is introduced through various systems and techniques that enable sporadic and spontaneous interaction. Unobtrusive AR emphasizes an optically direct view of a visually unaltered physical environment, the avoidance of user-worn technology, and the preference for unencumbering techniques.
Unobtrusive Augmentation of Physical Environments: Interaction Techniques, Spatial Displays and Ubiquitous Sensing
Olwal, A.
Doctoral Thesis (Ph.D. Dissertation. Opponent: Professor Mark Billinghurst (HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury, New Zealand). Committee: Associate Professor Kari Pulli (University of Oulu; Research Fellow, Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto), Professor Kerstin Severinson Eklundh (KTH), Associate Professor Morten Fjeld (Chalmers University of Technology). Advisors: Professor Steven Feiner (Columbia University), Professor Lennart Johnsson (KTH), Professor Yngve Sundblad (KTH).), Jun 5, 2009.

Doctoral Thesis
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