The instructors are experienced in teaching the techniques to a broad student body with a wide variety of non-technical backgrounds, including design, architecture, medicine, education, and psychology, in addition to HCI and computer science. They regularly teach the techniques at both undergraduate and graduate levels and had previous courses at CHI 2019 and 2020.
Mark Billinghurst is Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia, and Professor in the BioEngineering Institute at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He earned a PhD in 2002 from the University of Washington and researches innovative computer interfaces that explore how virtual and real worlds can be merged, publishing over 500 research papers in topics such as wearable computing, Augmented Reality and mobile interfaces. Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has also previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He received the 2013 IEEE VR Technical Achievement Award for contributions to research and commercialization in AR and in 2019 the IEEE VGTC Virtual/Augmented Reality Career Award for lifetime contributions to Human-Computer Interactions for Augmented and Virtual Reality. He has been teaching classes on AR and VR since 2003, including many courses at ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH.
Michael Nebeling is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he directs the Information Interaction Lab. He earned his PhD in 2012 from ETH Zurich and his current research contributes new techniques, tools, and technologies to make XR interface development easier and faster. He received a Disney Research Faculty Award and a Mozilla Research Award for his work on empowering XR designers and end-users in 2018. He started his role as the XR Faculty Innovator-in-Residence with Academic Innovation’s U-M wide XR Initiative in 2019. He regularly serves on the program committees of the ACM CHI and UIST conferences. He is papers co-chair of UIST 2021. He has been teaching XR focused courses for the past 5 years. He taught a similar XR prototyping course at CHI 2019. He is the creator of the XR MOOC series on Coursera that shares many goals of this CHI course.