I am a Professor of Visual Effects at Mediadesign University of Applied Sciences. I am also part of the strategic leadership team in my function as Prorector Research and Transfer.
I started my career in Video and Audio Editing, and spent more than 15 years in the Visual Effects Industry, and worked as a Supervisor, Producer and Compositor in various companies across New Zealand, Canada and Europe. My portfolio includes work on high profile projects such as Lord Of The Rings, King Kong, X-Men and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
I left my position at Weta Digital in 2011 to pursue an academic career. I hold a PhD in Creative Technologies from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.
I was a Co-Founder and am a former director of the VRLab in New Zealand. I am currently leading a Research Lab for Immersive Technologies in Germany and am the CEO of Irradiance Game Studios in Munich. I have worked on a number of high-profile research projects including a $1M collaborative two-year venture looking at improving eye disease diagnostics and patient communication fully funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in New Zealand.
One of my current projects is a visualization of signals propagating through the neurons in the human ear - a collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), one of the leading universities in Germany and one of the most prestigious technical universities in the world.
My research walks the thin line between Visual Effects, Game Design and Computer Science. I am a designer by heart, the screen is my canvas and my brushes are lines of code.