Anasol Pena-Rios

AI & Immersive Technology Research Specialist


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 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 several years’ professional experience in financial institutions and retail companies, working in close collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams.