Mike is a researcher in the new Motus Lab at The University of Sydney. His research is exploring using interactive photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI). In other words, he is looking at deploying realistic digital companions and embodied conversational agents. This work has a special relevance for aged care and in related medical applications such as stroke victims, and those with memory issues. We need to find new ways to provide interaction for people in ways other than just typing, and with a metaphor other than that of the desktop. Face to Face communication is central to human experience and for many sections of the population, a digital face may prove a much better metaphor for computer-human interaction than just folders and files.
Mike aims to help take technology from the cutting edge film industry and apply it in these new exciting areas. Mike has previously worked in film and TV R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy Award. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the websites fxguide and fxphd which explore technology in the film industry. These web site now have huge followings, as they provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology.
Mike is a lecturer at Sydney University and has lectured overseas in LA, Silicon Valley, Germany, London and elsewhere. Mike is based in Sydney but has previously worked in Hollywood and London.