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Anasol Peña-Rios

Dr Anasol Peña-Rios is the Technical Director of the Creative Science Foundation, guiding all strategic decisions and managing all technology developments relating to the foundation. She also leads development and management of CSf collaborative story writing tool: MySciFiStory.

Anasol is a Senior Researcher with BT Research Labs based at Adastral Park, Ipswich, where she specialises in AI and Immersive Technologies (VR/AR/MR). In addition, she is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex (UK), where she had previously completed a PhD in Computer Science (Exploring Mixed Reality in Distributed Collaborative Learning Environments) and an MSc in Advanced Web Engineering. Earlier, she completed a BEng in Information Technology at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico).

Anasol has been personally driving the agenda to explore the use of immersive technologies in the context of BT´s field force operations. Her work contributed to BT´s portfolio which went forward to win a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award (2017), and an IEEE Outstanding Organisation Award (2017). In addition, Anasol’s project was highly commended at the IET Innovation Awards 2018. Moreover, she was awarded ‘Best KTP Associate 2016’ by the University of Essex Research and Enterprise office and was shortlisted for the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards 2018. Anasol is an IEEE Senior Member, associate editor of EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, Board Member and co-founder of the Immersive Learning Research Network, and Director of the Creative Science Foundation. Her other professional contributions include numerous peer-reviewed publications and editorial work, in addition, to serving as chair and co-organiser of numerous academic conferences. She has more than 15 years’ professional experience in industry, working in close collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams. Her research interests lie in the areas of mixed, augmented and virtual reality, ambient intelligence, internet-of-things, cyber-physical systems, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), and HCI. Currently, Anasol focuses on the advancement of solutions for real-time support, collaboration and training via immersive technologies; embedding knowledge of computational intelligence, augmented reality and intelligent environments.

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