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HCII Seminar Series - Michael Nebeling

Michael Nebeling wears a virtual reality headset

Michael Nebeling
Assistant Professor of Information, University of Michigan


This seminar will be presented virtually.

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"Extended Reality for Everybody"

Technical advances in virtual, augmented reality, and mixed reality (XR) have paved the way for these immersive technologies to become increasingly mainstream; however, from a design perspective, there is still a high barrier to entry. A lot of my prior work was focused on investigating novel methods and tools to enable novice XR creators where I developed conceptual frameworks, rapid prototyping techniques, and a number of authoring tools to accelerate design and development. I will share examples of how this research and my work in the wider XR Initiative at the University of Michigan could increase adoption of XR in design and education, and will discuss some of the key issues related to privacy, accessibility, and inclusion that I am addressing in my current research.

Speaker's Bio

Michael Nebeling is an Assistant Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, where he leads the Information Interaction Lab (, an HCI research group focused on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality applications. He is also an XR Faculty Innovator-in-Residence with the U-M wide XR Initiative and created the XR MOOC series (, a three-course AR/VR specialization on Coursera. He is active in the ACM CHI and UIST conferences, most recently as UIST 2021 Program co-chair. Since joining Michigan in 2016, his research has contributed new techniques, tools, and technologies to make AR/VR interface development easier and faster. He was previously a visiting researcher in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich.

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