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Bilal Awan

Bilal Awan is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, visionary and technologist turned successful entrepreneur. His company, PsycReality, is helping psychologists to help people live better social, personal, and family lives by treating their anxiety, phobias and fears using technology and solutions built by Bilal and his team, which includes 13 psychologists (academic and clinical researchers). Bilal has recently become a member of the American Psychological Association.

A graduate of computer science from Pakistan and the UK, and having previously worked on large technology projects in the UK, Ireland, Europe and UAE, Bilal has developed solutions using new, emerging, and immersive technologies, such as Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence for the field of Psychology. He has won several awards, including Top 20 Tech Entrepreneurs by Web Summit, All-Ireland All-Star Thought Leader in I.T. Security, All-Ireland Master Practitioner for use of technology in Psychology, Outstanding Leadership Award and Top 50 Tech Visionary Award. He is CEO of award-winning start-ups including the Best Start-up of the Year in Europe, and Most Impactful Start-up by Collision Conference (Websummit) under UN Charter for Mental Health.

Transitioning from in-vivo to immersive technologies in CBT

PsycReality has signed collaboration partnership with MEPA for 5 years for academic / clinical research and commercializing the product in Middle East region. There are about 13 psychologists doing academic and clinical research with published articles from those psychologists. This panel discussion will give opportunity to audience to listen the verdict from those who have been using newest technologies in psychology also to those who have been doing research. This discussion will educate and also will invite audience to get involved in the discussion of technological advancements in psychology.

We have also psychologists from Europe who have treated nearly 2000 patients in last 3-4 years using VR. Also, Professor Per Carlbring has written (peer reviewed) over 300 articles on psychology, phobias, anxiety and use of technology.

This panel discussion will enlighten the audience as how immersive and innovative technologies helping mental health professionals solve anxiety, phobias and fears better and faster through immersive technologies, education and scientific research. Also the use of additional technologies such as VR, AI, Haptic & 360° real videos (first ever used in psychology)

According to W.H.O. there are nearly 950 million people in the world suffering from mental illnesses, these numbers are excluded 60% increase in anxiety for EU population alone during COVID.

We have conducted initial clinical trials in Vienna, which has shown over 90% improvement in patient's conditions through exposure therapy and also have reduced the treatment time by up to 50%.

Based on our first clinical trials, we have adapted the changes and added more technologies i.e. use of neurofeedback and haptic technology to see real time brain activity alongside giving real sensation of stimuli on patient's body.

Mental Health is one of least privileged sector in the large scheme of Health domain. We are making use of technology in mental health mor accessible in timely manner and also more economical.

Bilal Awan
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