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Phone: 970-491-8351

Marie Vans

Associate Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Marie Vans was at HP Labs from 2000-2021, and was a senior research scientist at HP Labs in Fort Collins, CO. As of August 2021, she is the author of more than 55 publications and 35 U.S. granted patents.

Marie’s industry and academic experience include developing virtual reality simulations for education, product introduction, and analytics associated with educational experiences in VR. In addition, she has done research in natural language processing, document understanding & analytics, image analytics as well as security printing, information science, automatic 3D printer part defect detection, and bio-analytics. She is the co-author of a new book, “Functional Applications of Text Analytics Systems” with Steven Simske (River Series in Document Engineering) 2021.

Marie’s research interests include Augmented/Virtual Reality design of software & simulations, analytics, and content creation. Example domains include education and curriculum development, professional training, exposure to events that many people may never experience in the physical world, and other real-world applications. VR is a tool that will allow other systems to be developed and tested quickly because of the ability to iterate through new designs. Her interests in AR/VR includes working on projects with major significance to real world challenges such as climate change, species extinction, acidification of oceans, pollution of all types, and environmental justice.

Marie is also an adjunct faculty member of the San José State University, School of Information where she teaches a course in the design of educational experiences using social virtual reality platforms. She is a member of the Society for Imaging Science & Technology (IS&T) and the Global Standards Organization (GS1).


MLIS 2016, San José State University – Virtual Environments for Distance and Online Learning

Ph.D. 1996, Colorado State University – Computer Science

M.S. 1992, Colorado State University – Computer Science

B.S. 1989, California State University – Computer Science


Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Augmented/virtual reality design of software and simulations, analytics, and content creation for:
    • Education
    • Curriculum development
    • Professional training
    • Simulations of challenging real-life situations
    • Digital Twin technology
    • Bioanalytics
    • Real world challenges (climate change, pollution, acidification of oceans)
  • Document understanding and analytics
  • Information science

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 – ISTE Edu Machinima Fest, first place prize in the category of curriculum content