Google Research

Alex Olwal


I lead the Interaction Lab in Google Hardware. I direct research and development of interactive technologies based on advancements in display technology, real-time sensing, robotics and actuation, soft electronics, interactive textile, wearables, and human-computer interaction. I am passionate about accelerating innovation and disruption.

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.

My work is building on my extensive experience from top research labs and institutions, including MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, University of California - Santa Barbara, 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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