Mike has a Ph.D in digital humans built on a B Sc. in Pure Maths from the University of Sydney where he also did his Masters. His research is into using interactive realtime photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (CHI). Mike has worked in R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy. 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 web sites fxguide and fxphd. Now with huge followings, these sites provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology. Mike has lectured at SIGGRAPH, HICSS, FMX, CVMP and SMPTE. Mike co-founded the Motus Lab at the University of Sydney with explores digital humans using both traditional high end computer graphics and also advanced neural rendering and Machine Learning.