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

A Soft, Bendable 3D Selection Widget
The Flexible Pointer can facilitate selection and interaction with fully or partially obscured objects in 3D environments, and help indicate objects of interest to collaborators in AR/VR.
The Flexible Pointer: An Interaction Technique for Selection in Augmented and Virtual Reality
Olwal, A., and Feiner, S.
UIST '03 Conference Supplement (ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology), Vancouver, BC, Nov 2-5, 2003, pp. 81-82.

UIST '03