Laura M. Stanley, PhD, CPE
Associate Professor, Gianforte School of Computing, Montana State University
Director of Human Interaction Lab, Gianforte School of Computing, Montana State University
Adjunct Associate Professor Faculty, Industrial Engineering Department, Clemson University
Clinical Associate Professor, Clemson University School of Health Research, Clemson University
Former Program Director – National Science Foundation, CISE Directorate, Cyber-Human Systems Program

Research interests include:
• Human-Computer Interaction
• Virtual, Mixed, & Augmented Reality
• Human-Robot Interaction
• Human-Artificial Intelligence Collaboration
• Digital Mental Health

BS – Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
MS – Industrial & Management Engineering, Montana State University
Ph.D. – Engineering, Option: Industrial Engineering, Montana State University

I am a passionate educator, researcher, and entrepreneur and have a zest for pushing boundaries with my technology inspired pursuits. I serve as a Computer Science Professor where I study 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). I am also the Founder of Immersive Reality Group, a digital health startup utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver personalized healthcare solutions. I 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, I have served as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation where I helped to shape the nation’s research agenda. Inspiring me is the advancement of minorities in engineering and computer science; believing in the power of STEM to help others. My research ideas often happen while fly fishing and wandering around Montana’s beautiful open spaces.

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