MICHAEL NEBELING

I'm an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, where I created the Information Interaction Lab. We study the next generation of user interfaces, as well as the methods and tools to create them. With the goal of making interfaces easier to use and to create, our research benefits both users and designers, and allows more users to be designers.

Previously, I was a Swiss NSF Advanced Postdoc in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zurich.

Curriculum Vitae

Research at the University of Michigan (2016-today)

Since starting the Michigan Information Interaction Lab in September 2016, I have taken my research on cross-device interfaces and developed a new focus on virtual and mixed reality interfaces. This work led to four papers at the ACM CHI conference. Currently, I am also contributing to the AVMR Initiative and developing a U-M Teach-Out.

My lab is rapidly growing, but I'm always looking for people who share my interests in designing, building, and studying novel user interfaces, powered not only by technology, but also by humans. If you are interested in working with me, send me an email (undergrads, PhD students, postdocs, interns).

  • ProtoAR (to appear at CHI 2018): a rapid physical-digital prototyping tool for mobile augmented reality apps that enables rapid transition from physical prototyping using paper wireframes and Play-doh models to digital prototyping based on multi-layer cross-device authoring and interactive capture tools
  • XD-AR: an augmented reality platform that we are developing for multi-user multi-device augmented reality experiences that allow users to "edit" the physical world in realtime

Please find out more on the Information Interaction Lab web site.

Research at Carnegie Mellon University (2015-2016)

Using my Swiss NSF mobility grant at CMU, I investigated ways of orchestrating multiple devices and crowds to enable complex information seeking, sensemaking and productivity tasks on small mobile and wearable devices. I also contributed to the Google IoT project led by CMU. This work led to three papers at ACM CHI 2016:

  • WearWrite: a wearable interface enabling smartwatch users to orchestrate crowd workers on more powerful devices to complete writing tasks on their behalf (CHI'16 paper, CHI'16 talk, UIST'15 demo, tech report on arXiv)
  • XDBrowser: a new cross-device web browser that I used to elicit 144 multi-device web page designs for five popular web interfaces leading to seven cross-device web page design patterns (CHI'16 paper, CHI'16 talk, CHI'17 paper, CHI'17 talk)
  • Snap-To-It: a mobile app allowing users to opportunistically interact with appliances in multi-device environments simply by taking a picture of them (CHI'16 paper)

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Selected Publications

For the full list of publications, please check Google Scholar and DBLP.

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    News and Events

    March Giving a TED-style talk on Prototyping Augmented Reality Experiences at Ignite UX Michigan. Launching my U-M Teach-Out on Augmented and Mixed Reality.

    February Visiting Oculus Research and giving an invited talk on Prototyping Augmented Reality Experiences. Also, excited to join the UIST 2018 program committee!

    January AR/VR course proposals accepted! Going to start teaching the AR/VR intro course in Fall 2018. Also, started filming our U-M Teach-Out on Augmented and Mixed Reality. Going to launch in March.

    December Three of our papers accepted at CHI 2018! New grants from Ford and Masco around AR/VR projects.

    November Started developing two new courses on Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality. There was also a first article about it in the Michigan Record.

    October My proposal for a U-M Teach-Out around the past, present, and future of AR interfaces was accepted. Looking forward to producing it over the next few weeks! I was also on the PhD thesis committee of Maria Husmann at ETH Zurich. Excellent cross-device research!

    September In a great team effort, my lab submitted six papers to CHI 2018. Thanks everyone! Here's a showreel of our summer research. I'm very proud of this work with my students.

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    Acknowledgments

    My work at Michigan is supported by the School of Information, the Office of Academic Innovation, and the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative. It is also externally sponsored by Microsoft, Lenovo, Ford, and Masco.

    Contact

    You can reach me by email via nebeling@umich.edu.

    If you are interested in my work, please feel free to follow me on Twitter @michinebeling.