Rebeca Isabel García-Betances

Rebeca Isabel García-Betances
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid | UPM · Departamento de Tecnología Fotónica

PhD Biomedical Engineering

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Introduction
Rebeca I. García-Betances received the professional Engineer degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 2009 from Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), and a Magister of Biomedical Engineering degree (with honours) in 2011 from Simón Bolívar University (USB), both in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2017 she received the PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honours) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is currently a senior researcher at Life Supporting Technologies Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, where she has worked on affective computing and Virtual Reality environments for e-inclusion and Ambient Intelligence (AmI) applications. Her present research activity is primarily oriented toward the development of e-health solutions using advanced VR interfaces.
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September 2012 - present
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
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  • Researcher
September 2009 - December 2011
Simon Bolívar University
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  • Research Assistant

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Publications (30)
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Implementing emerging technologies is a complex task which requires time, precision, and organization. The definition of a logical structure for classifying and organizing complex information during the design process of a technological solution provides flexibility while the process becomes more prescriptive. One of the most used methods in the IC...
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Air pollution in one of the main problems that big cities have nowadays. Traffic congestion, heaters, industrial activities, among others produce large quantities of Particulate Matter (PM) that have harmful effects on citizens’ health. This paper presents the design, development and initial validation of a wearable device for the detection of PM c...
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Mild Cognitive Impairment (MICI) symptoms are one of the main issues that contribute, in older people, to the difficulty to live independently, social isolation and loss of autonomy. INFINITy solution provides a set of services aimed to reinforce and support the daily routines of people with MCI for both indoor and outdoor scenarios. A co-design se...
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The constructivist approach is interested in creating knowledge through active engagement and encourages students to build their knowledge from their experiences in the world. Learning through digital game making is a constructivist approach that allows students to learn by developing their own games, enhancing problem-solving skills and fostering...
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The growth of the urban population together with a high concentration of air pollution have important health impacts on citizens who are exposed to them, causing serious risks of the development and evolution of different chronic diseases. This paper presents the design and development of a novel participatory citizen science-based application and...
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Assistive systems and emerging technologies are capable of supporting individuals with specific needs and diseases effectively. Nonetheless, in the domain of Smart Homes (SH), the interactions tend to become more complex and difficult to adapt to the users, creating a bottleneck for the efficient use and the acceptability of the interventions. This...
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The present work seizes the opportunity to counter IoT technology fragmentation that the World Wide Web Consortium is offering with the upcoming standard Web Of Things. A gateway service based on this standard and an air quality manager sensor were designed and implemented in a Smart Home with the aim to develop a tool to manage this critical param...
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Design of computer-based non-pharmacological cognitive healthcare interventions for people afflicted by chronic neurodegenerative impairments must be soundly informed by and clearly centered on users’ distinctive disabilities. In this article we present a use-oriented analysis of those cognitive interventions intended for healthcare of patients wit...
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We present a novel self-management model for patients with chronic diseases based on personalized interventions using state of the art technologies for physiological, behavioral and environmental monitoring.
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A description of the Spanish pilot to evaluate an m-Health application to support people with mild dementia and their caregivers, developed within the SMART4MD project, is presented highlighting the subjects of study, objectives, phases, materials and methodologies used.
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We aim to design a modular system that provides self-management of chronic diseases in a Smart Home. The modularity is defined on a per-disease basis with distinctive requirements for each disease model: a set of specifications to describe a disease and a combination of technologies that support them in the Smart Home. In this paper we focus on a u...
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The fruitful adoption of technology is winding up progressively critical to practical autonomy and independence of elderly people with dementia. A superior comprehension of the technological boundaries and the necessities of cogni-tively impaired individuals will help the researchers to yield more suitable interventions and will prompt the avoidanc...
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Handling the care needs of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) represents nowadays a personal, familial and social challenge of enormous proportions, which poses an ever growing human and economic burden on the world’s society in general. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to make a c...
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Before the development of the first prototype of SMART4MD, the first phase of user-centred research stage was carried out (December 2015 - February 2016) among 6 project partners and focus on the people who will use the application, in particular it aimed to better understand their needs, motivational aspects, preferences and experiences of and att...
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This article presents, in the form of an analytic narrative review, a complete picture of the state-of-the-art, challenges, and perspectives in the field of information and communication technology (ICT)-based neurocognitive interventions for older adults. The narrative particularly focuses on applications aimed at mild cognitive impairment and sim...
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Within the framework of the H2020 IN LIFE project we have designed and developed two ICT services related to independent living and travel that support home activities, communication, mobility and socialization. A brief overview of the Spanish pilot, in which these solutions will be tested, is presented describing the inclusion and exclusion criter...
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Despite the speedy evolution of Information and Computer Technology (ICT), and the growing recognition of the importance of the concept of universal design in all domains of daily living, mainstream ICT-based product designers and developers still work without any truly structured tools, guidance or support to effectively adapt their products and s...
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Due to a misunderstanding, the “last name” of the main author of reference: Giglioli et al., 2015, is a two-word name “Chicchi Giglioli” and not “Giglioli.” Consequently, reference Giglioli et al., 2015 should read: Chicchi Giglioli, I. A., Pallavicini, F., Pedroli, E., Serino, S., and Giuseppe Riva, G. (2015). Augmented reality: a brand new chall...
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This chapter presents an overview of the development of telemedicine policies, initiatives, strategies, programs and projects in Latin America. Topics regarding network infrastructure planning, technology selection and system design, including information, operation and management aspects, are examined. Telemedicine service issues associated to pri...
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This paper offers a portrayal of how affective computing and persuasive technologies can converge into an effective tool for interfacing biomedical engineering with behavioral sciences and medicine. We describe the characteristics, features, applications, present state of the art, perspectives, and trends of both streams of research. In particular,...
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We provide a brief review and appraisal of recent and current virtual reality (VR) technology for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) applications. We categorize them according to their intended purpose (e.g., diagnosis, patient cognitive training, caregivers’ education, etc.), focus feature (e.g., spatial impairment, memory deficit, etc.), methodology employ...
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Mobile health systems aiming to promote adherence may cost-effectively improve the self-management of chronic diseases like diabetes, enhancing the compliance to the medical prescription, encouraging and stimulating patients to adopt healthy life styles and promoting empowerment. This paper presents a strategy for m-health applications in diabetes...
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There is a pressing demand for improving the quality and efficacy of health care and social support services needed by the world's growing elderly population, especially by those affected by mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD)-type early-stage dementia. Meeting that demand can significantly benefit from the deployment of in...
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Ambient assisted living (AAL) is a complex field, where different technologies are integrated to offer solutions for the benefit of different stakeholders. Several evaluation techniques are commonly applied that tackle specific aspects of AAL; however, holistic evaluation approaches are lacking when addressing the needs of both developers and end-u...
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A comparative review is presented of available technologies suitable for automatic reading of patient identification bracelet tags. Existing technologies' backgrounds, characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, are described in relation to their possible use by public health care centers with budgetary limitations. A comparative assessment is p...
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In this paper we present a study of links utilization in MPLS network. This information helps in determining the maximum link utilization, which is a valuable knowledge in balancing load strategies in the network. We present mathematical models that determine the optimal parameters for strategically routing traffic in an MPLS network. We present...
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A design methodology for a pilot communications infrastructure to enable Telemedicine services in ambulatory primary health care centers located within “Baruta” and “El Hatillo” municipalities in Venezuela’s Miranda state. The main purpose of the proposed infrastructure is to provide voice and data network connectivity between these primary care ce...
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Primary health care centers of developing counties currently exhibit shortcomings for the adequate medical care of their patients. Among those: absence of Internet and telephone service, lack of transportation means for transferring patients to specialized health care centers and insufficient personnel qualification. . In order to resolve some of t...

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The Plan4Act project will provide new emerging technologies that address “How neural activity, representing high-level cognitive processes of planning and mental simulation of action sequences can be extracted and used to proactively control smart home environments”. The basis for this are recent experimental results that show that complex planning and sequencing information is represented by neural activity in the (monkey) brain . These investigations shall here be extended and transferred to a BMI-setup for controlling devices with more foresight than present in the currently existing systems. The here planned research and innovation action will, thus, open up a future path for people with disabilities to interact with their (smart) environment in a more robust way by – for the first time – including predictive neural information towards improving the quality of their life. http://plan4act-project.eu/
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The aim of SMART4MD project aims to validate a novel patient support tool for patients with mild dementia (MD), helping them to maintain their independence and quality of life. http://www.smart4md.eu/
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The project aims to address the global ageing problem by implementing a multidisciplinary cross-sector pan-European training network of 15 Early Stage Researchers. The overall goal is to address existing challenges of Smart Home research by focusing on the development of technology infrastructures. You can learn more about ACROSSING project at: http://www.acrossing-itn.eu/