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At SIGGRAPH Asia, the Keynote sessions will offer insights into ground-breaking areas in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Meet Jun Murai and Joe Letteri, SIGGRAPH Asia 2023’s Keynote Speakers.
Stay tuned as more details of the program will be revealed soon.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 Conference Chair

The University of New South Wales

Jun Murai

Distinguished Professor, Keio University
Founder, WIDE Project
Also known as ‘The Father of Internet in Japan’

Keynote Topic and details to be announced.

About Jun Murai

Jun Murai received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, Keio University in 1987, majoring in Computer Science, the Internet, and Computer Communication. He established JUNET, the first network in Japan connecting multiple universities, in 1984. In 1988, he also established the WIDE Project, a Japanese Internet research consortium. He has long been engaged in research related to Internet technology platforms and is known as ‘The Father of the Internet in Japan’ and in international circles as the Internet Samurai.
He is a Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet and an Advisor to the Digital Agency which supports many other governmental committees and is active in numerous international scientific associations.
He was inducted into the 2011 IEEE Internet Award / the 2013 Internet Hall of Fame (Pioneer) / 2019 the Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French Government.

Joe Letteri

Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Wētā FX
Keynote Topic and details to be announced.

About Joe Letteri

Joe Letteri’s pioneering work as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Wētā FX, has earned him five Academy® Awards for Best Visual Effects — most recently for “Avatar: The Way of Water” following earlier wins for “Avatar,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “King Kong.”
He has a long-standing interest in creating compelling, realistic creatures and characters — from the Na’vi to Gollum, Alita, and Caesar. Joe has developed many techniques that have become industry standards for creating photorealistic digital effects. This includes co-developing the subsurface scattering technique that brought Gollum to life (winning an Academy® Technical Achievement Award) and pushing the development of large-scale virtual production.
Under Joe’s leadership, Wētā FX has continued to expand and improve these techniques through films like “The Hobbit” and “The Planet of the Apes” trilogies. Joe is currently working on the upcoming “Avatar” sequels and continues to drive the advancement of Wētā’s technological and artistic innovations.