Laura Stanley is a passionate educator, researcher, and entrepreneur and have a zest for pushing boundaries with my technology inspired pursuits. She serves as a Computer Science Professor where she studies human-computer interaction, e.g. projects include immersive technologies for pain and anxiety management for children with cancer and mixed reality (e.g., imagine a hologram therapist) coupled with artificial intelligence to aid those with addictions and mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression). She is also the CEO and Founder of Immersive Reality Group, a digital health startup utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver personalized healthcare solutions. Laura hold three degrees in engineering, a B.S. from Virginia Tech, M.S. and Ph.D. from Montana State University and have authored 80 peer-reviewed publications and acquired $16M in research funding. Additionally, she has served as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation where she helped to shape the nation’s research agenda. Inspiring Laura is the advancement of minorities in engineering and computer science; believing in the power of STEM to help others. Her research ideas often happen while fly fishing and wandering around Montana’s beautiful open spaces.
As part of this #CourageToCreate track, Dr. Laura Stanley, Professor of Computer Science and Founder of Immersive Reality Group, will dig into how immersive technology (virtual, mixed, and augmented reality) is playing a role in improving the lives of those suffering from mental health disorders. In this talk, she will explore the advantages of virtual and mixed reality for anxiety, addiction, and pain management while discussing the success of the implementation of this technology in clinical trials at Prisma Health in Greenville, SC. The talk includes an overview of her team’s National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Epic Games funded projects where her team is using immersive technology, physiological wearables, and Artificial Intelligence for pain and anxiety management for children with cancer and those undergoing surgeries; those suffering from opioid use disorder using mixed reality (e.g., imagine a hologram therapist); and virtual rooms coupled with artificial intelligence to aid those with anxiety disorders.