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

Tangible Interactions
This framework explores tangible interaction for handheld AR. Hardware-accelerated rendering of illumination and shadows enables real-time interaction with realistic models, through spatial motion or touch screen manipulation.
Tangible Interfaces using Handheld Augmented Reality
Rojtberg, P., and Olwal, A.
Proceedings of SIGRAD 2010 (Swedish Chapter of Eurographics Conference), Västerås, Sweden, Nov 25-26, 2010, pp. 17-26.

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