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

Hybrid 2D/3D Workspaces
SpaceTop fuses 2D and 3D interactions in a desktop workspace. It simultaneously allows users to type, click, draw in 2D, and directly manipulate interface elements that float in the 3D space.
SpaceTop: Integrating 2D and Spatial 3D Interactions in a See-through Desktop
Lee, J., Olwal, A., Ishii, H., and Boulanger, C.
Proceedings of CHI 2013 (SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems), Paris, France, Apr 27-May 2, 2013, pp. 189-192.

CHI 2013