Jan Kruse is a Professor of Visual Effects at Mediadesign University of Applied Sciences. He started his 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. His 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.
Jan left his position at Weta Digital in 2011 to pursue an academic career. He holds a PhD in Creative Technologies from Auckland University of Technology.
Dr. Kruse is a Co-Founder and Director of the VRLab in New Zealand, director of the Research Lab for Immersive Technologies in Germany, founder of Irradiance Game Studios, and he works 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.