We’re a human-computer interaction lab at the University of Michigan School of Information, directed by Michael Nebeling. Our particular focus is on augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. Welcome!
We study the next generation of user interfaces, as well as the methods and tools to create them.
We investigate new techniques, tools, and technologies that enable users to interact with information in more natural and powerful ways, and also make it easier for designers to create more usable and effective interfaces. Ultimately, our research will allow more users to become designers.
AR/VR Research & Instruction
We are involved in a lot of the efforts at U-M around AR/VR, most notably the U-M wide XR initiative.
Professor Nebeling teaches two courses focused on AR/VR. One is an introductory course focused on AR/VR interaction design and novel prototyping techniques. This is the required course in the XR graduate certificate program. The other is a more technical course focusing on development of AR/VR interfaces with state-of-the-art devices and tools. He also created the XR MOOC specialization that launched on Coursera in December 2020, which consists of three courses, providing a fundamental introduction to the technologies and key issues and covering the design and development process in depth.
All of our current research projects involve some kind of AR/VR. Many are focused on making it easier and faster for designers to prototype AR/VR experiences. Another major stream of research is focused on user testing of AR/VR interfaces. Most of the results are new technologies and tools, but we also do a lot of user studies and experiments.
We work with state-of-the-art devices, including Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus, and HTC Vive headsets, as well as Google’s ARCore and Apple’s ARKit mobile AR platforms.
We also collaborate with all major companies in the space and enjoy their friendship and support, including Microsoft, Google, Disney, Mozilla, and Lenovo.
Joining the Lab
If you’re a student at U-M, there are many opportunities for you to get involved with the lab. For example, we run student design jams dedicated to topics around AR/VR on a regular basis. Professor Nebeling typically supervises between one and three independent study projects a semester. We have a lot of experience working with UROP students. Finally, we offer many topics for MTOP.
We are always looking for new talent. Please check out our Jobs & Internships page if you’re interested in a research stay with us as a postdoc, intern, or other type of research visitor. We have had many successful research projects with visiting contributors, and we always enjoy working with new researchers at all levels!