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About Us.

Augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) are poised to change our world in ways that are just now being discovered. Building on its new $150M Iribe Center for Advanced Computing, two new endowed chairs in AR/VR, the recently launched MAVRIC (Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center) Maryland is poised to be at the forefront of these massive changes. Already, the University is working on multiple fundamental technologies and applications for next-generation virtual and augmented reality.

UMD is developing technologies in multiple areas: scene understanding; object tracking and registration; multimodal rendering; machine intelligence; and interfaces and usability. Applications under development at UMD include medical training and real-time augmentation, next generation journalism applications, the use of VR for autism education, and athletic injury avoidance and mitigation.

Funding Information for AR/VR/MR related projects are sent on a (semi) regular basis and previous editions are available here.


What We Do.

MAVRIC is the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center. We are here to help create a center of gravity in the Mid-Atlantic around AR and VR.


Build Talent

Encourage a diverse talent pool.



Connect AR/VR creators, funders, and clients.



Accelerate commercial and governmental use.

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A Strong Team.

Paving the path for innovation.

Julie Lenzer

Julie Lenzer

Principal Investigator
Lucien Parsons

Lucien Parsons

Founding Director
Sheri Parks

Sheri Parks

Community Engagement Liaison
Sameer Popat

Sameer Popat

Community Connector