at the University of Michigan

Meetings every Friday 5:30 - 7:00

What We Do


Our Mission

We started the Alternate Reality Initiative to foster the next generation of XR innovators at the University of Michigan and in the Midwest. We host weekly development workshops, talks, and social events to help you explore, learn, build, and connect with virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology.


Whether you’re an aspiring XR developer, or curious about XR, we would love to have you join and learn something new! We meet every Friday from 5:30-7:00pm in Room 3358A/B in the Duderstadt Center. Join our email list to learn more.

XR is an “umbrella term” that includes virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). These technologies simulate and alter the way we experience and interact with different environments. VR creates an immersive simulated experience that completely replaces the real world. AR consists of an image or immersive experience overlayed on top of the real world. Finally, MR refers to the entire spectrum between VR and AR technology. 

Attend a Meeting

*Due to COVID-19 all meetings for the Fall 2020 semester will be done in our Discord server:

ARI usually meets every Friday from 5:30-7:00pm in Room 3358 A and B. You can find us on the 3rd Floor of the Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

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