With over 20 Oculus Rift S and HTC Vive and Vive Pro workstations, the Visualization Studio at the Duderstadt Center is one of the largest public XR university labs in the United States. The Visualization Studio provides access to hardware and software for students and faculty to develop XR experiences. In addition, it also includes a photogrammetry studio and AR hardware such as the Microsoft Hololens.
The Visualization Studio is open on Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 9pm, Fridays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays from 12pm to 9pm. It is closed on Saturdays. After hours access is available under certain conditions. Contact ARI or the Duderstadt team if you have any questions.
The University of Michigan offers various undergraduate and graduate courses that allow students to learn how to develop their own XR projects, or utilize XR as part of the curriculum. Prerequisites vary. Check the LSA Course Guide and courses specific to your college for the most up to date information.
AMCULT 358.001: Topics in Digital Studies Virtual Reality
ARTDES 420.1: Sci Fi Prototype
ARCH 409/509: AR/VR/MR
ENTR 390.010 Virtual Reality Lab
PAT 443/543: Immersive Media
SI 659: Developing AR/VR Experiences
ARI is a founding member of ICXR, an intercollegiate community of over 20 XR student organizations from across North America. ARI works closely with other universities to explore cross-campus collaboration, foster new student organizations, and promote the yearly XR Midwest Conference. ARI's leadership currently fills the role of President of ICXR and Vice President of ICXR Midwest. Learn more by visiting ICXR's website.
We are also proud to work with WolverineSoft and Arbor Esports. WolverineSoft is an University of Michigan game development community that hosts game jam events and weekly Unity workshops that offer a good foundation towards XR development. Visit their website to learn more.
Arbor Esports is an University of Michigan esports community that hosts biweekly LANs and events to play games such as League of Legends, Overwatch, and Dota. ARI worked with Arbor Esports to host the first Beat Saber VR tournament at the University of Michigan. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.