Anasol Peña-Rios

Technical Director


Anasol Peña-Rios is a Senior Researcher at BT Research Labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich, where she specialises on AI and Immersive Technologies (VR/AR/MR). In addition, she is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex (UK), from where she holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MSc in Advanced Web Engineering. Previously, she completed a BEng in Information Technology at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Mexico).

Anasol has been personally driving the agenda on exploring the use of immersive technologies in the context of BT´s field force operations. Her work contributed to BT´s portfolio who was presented with a Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award (2017), and an IEEE Outstanding Organisation Award(2017). In addition, her project was highly commended at the IET Innovation Awards 2018. 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, professional member of the BCS and ACM, associate editor of EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, and Board Member and co-founder of the Immersive Learning Research Network. Her other professional contributions include numerous paper publications, in addition, to serve as chair and co-organiser of numerous academic conferences. She has more than 10 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, her research focuses in the advancement of solutions for real-time support, collaboration and training via immersive technologies; embedding knowledge of computational intelligence, augmented reality and intelligent environments.