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

Interaction with Dynamic Surfaces
We synchronize mobile devices with interaction on the large touch surface to expand expressiveness. The mobile displays provide denser resolution, while the controls enable better precision and physical affordances.
Augmenting Surface Interaction through Context-sensitive Mobile Devices
Olwal, A.
Proceedings of INTERACT 2009 (IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Uppsala, Sweden, Aug 24-28, 2009, pp. 336-339.

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Spatially Aware Handhelds for High-Precision Tangible Interaction with Large Displays
Olwal, A., and Feiner, S.
Proceedings of TEI 2009 (International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction), Cambridge, UK, Feb 16-18, 2009, pp. 181-188.

TEI 2009