Associate Professor Mark Sagar

BSc(Hons) PhD

Profile Image
Director - Lab Animate Tech


Mark Sagar is the director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

The laboratory is creating interactive autonomously animated systems which will help define the next generation of human-computer interaction and facial animation.

Academy Award winner Associate Professor Sagar previously worked as the Special Projects Supervisor at Weta Digital. He was involved with the creation of technology for the digital characters in blockbusters such Avatar, King Kong, and Spiderman 2.

His pioneering work in computer-generated faces was recognised with two consecutive Oscars at the 2010 and 2011 Sci-tech awards, a branch of the Academy Awards that recognises movie science and technological achievements.

The former medical researcher started his career building computer simulations of the human eye for virtual surgery. He has a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Associate Professor Sagar’s postgraduate research involved a landmark study in how to develop an anatomically correct virtual eye and realistic models of biomechanically simulated anatomy. It was one of the first examples of how lifelike human features could be created on a screen by combining computer graphics with mathematics and human physiology.

Associate Professor Sagar is a recipient of the University of Auckland’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.


Research | Current

Mark's research is carried out in the Laboratory for Animate Technologies. For more information, go to the LAT webpage.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level G, Room G00C1
New Zealand

Web links