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i3B Institute, Universitat Politècnica de València

The i3B Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de València is a world pioneer in the use and development of the latest technologies in Virtual Reality, Sensory Stimulation and Behavioral Measurement applied to Neurorehabilitation, Marketing, Management, Design, and Architecture among others. Its objectives are twofold. From a scientific point of view, the goal is to understand and classify relevant aspects of human activity, combining this information with technology to improve human capacities, and quality of life. From a technological point of view, the goal is to improve interactive technologies such as mixed reality, natural user interface, developing new algorithms, methods and techniques to monitor human activity in a non-intrusive way.

Roberto Llorens, PhD. Group leader.

Roberto Llorens graduated from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2007 with a major in Telecommunications Engineering. He also earned a Masters in Technology, Communication Systems and Networks in 2011 and got a Doctorate Degree Cum Laude in 2014. His growing interest in applied science led to his association with the i3B Institute in January 2008, where he currently works as a scientific coordinator of the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group, leading several research projects combined with teaching and supervision of several Doctoral Theses and Master Theses. His research interests focus on the neural mechanisms underlying motor, cognitive skills, and embodiment constructs, the study of the neurophysiological substrate of these processes, and the development of experimental neurorehabilitation interventions. Roberto Llorens also carries out his research as a Research Associate in the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Injury Service of NISA Hospitals (Valencia, Spain), and as a Research fellow in the Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation Lab of Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA). Roberto Llorens is a member of the Spanish Neurorehabilitation Society and the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation, and a co-chair of the International Conference on Recent Advances in Neurorehabilitation series.

Mariano Alcañiz, FP. i3B Institute director.

Mariano Alcañiz graduated from Industrial engineering and finished his Doctoral Thesis in Universitat Politècnica de València. Dr. Alcañiz is full professor of Computer Graphics at this university, where he founded the i3B Institute. His research interest has always been focused on how virtual reality-related technologies can augment human abilities and performance in fields like medicine, health, education, and marketing. From a scientific point of view, his interest is to understand and classify the relevant significance of each aspect of the human activity and how to use this information in computer-mediated technologies for enhancing human abilities and quality of life. From a technological point of view, his objectives are to improve interactive technology in virtual environments used at different formats and the development of algorithms, methods, and techniques for ubiquitous and nonobtrusive measurement of human activity. He has been a coordinator of various European projects and national research projects related to the area. He has authored and co-authored several book chapters and articles in scientific journals. He is also a coordinator of several national programs of excellence in research. He is also the National Program Coordinator of the Information Society Technology of the Ministry of Science of Spain.

Jorge Latorre, MsC. PhD student.

Jorge Latorre graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2014 in Telecommunications Engineering and currently, he is a PhD student at the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group of the i3B Institute. His research interests are focused on the use of virtual reality for rehabilitation and assessment, and more specifically, on its application to balance and gait in neurological population using inexpensive and portable devices. Jorge has participated in different projects and studies, and has several publications in different areas.

Adrián Borrego, MsC. PhD student.

Adrián Borrego graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2014 in Telecommunications Engineering and currently, he is a PhD student at the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group of the i3B Institute. His research interests are focused on the use of virtual reality for rehabilitation and assessment, and more specifically, on examining the neurophysiological basis of body-ownership and agency, and on the neuroscience of virtual reality. Adrián has participated in different projects and studies, and has several publications in different areas.

Labpsitec, Universitat de València

LabPsiTec (Laboratory of Psychology and Technology), at Universitat Jaume I of Castellón and Universitat de Valencia, has been investigating for more than 15 years the possibilities of Information and Communication Technologies for Clinical Psychology. These tools (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Internet, mobile devices, etc.) can be used as tools for assessment and treatment as well as for the study of basic psychological processes. In addition, through the Psychological Assistance Service of Universitat Jaume I, our patients can benefit from the latest innovations in psychological treatments.

Rosa Baños, FP. Research fellow.

Rosa Mª Baños graduated from Psychology in Universitat de València and achieved her doctorate in the same university, where she is Full Professor in Psychopathology. Her research interests involve psychopathology, the treatment of psychological disorders, and the application of virtual reality to psychology. As a result of her vibrant career, she has more than 150 published papers and has participated in more than 20 national and European research projects as a Principal Investigator. Prof. Baños is also editor in several scientific journals, is a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, and was scientific manager in the Psychology area of the Spanish Plan Nacional de Investigación I+D+I from 1999 to 2004. During her career, her research has focused on the application of new technologies to the treatment of phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, pathological grief, eating disorders, and depression, and in the last years, her interests are also focused on the mechanisms of body-ownership and agency.

Ausiàs Cebolla, PhD. Research fellow.

Ausiàs Cebolla graduated from Psychology at Universitat de València, where he is assistant professor at the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment. His work focuses on two research lines. One line of research focuses on evidence based mindfulness and compassion interventions for different disorders, and how this skills are related with several well-being indicators. Another line of research focuses on healthy lifestyles and its relation with obesity and inactivity. He co-authored two books about mindfulness (“Mindfulness y ciencia”) and compassion (“La ciencia de la compasión”). Furthermore, he has collaborated in several impact publications and congress. He co-edits the international journal Mindfulness and compassion.

Marta Miragall, MsC. PhD student.

Marta Miragall graduated from Psychology at University of Valencia with Extraordinary Prize of Degree, and complemented her academic training with the Master in Research and Treatments in Psychopathology (obtaining the Extraordinary Prize of Master), and the Master in General Health. Since 2012 she is a predoctoral fellow of the Program for the Training of Researchers funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and she received a grant for a 3-months research stay at Boston University in 2015. She is doing her PhD. related to embodied cognition under the supervision of Prof. Rosa Baños, and she is collaborating in other studies related to mindfulness, physical activity and cognitive bias modification. She is also a therapist at the Psychological Assistance Service at Jaume I University, and she collaborates in teaching tasks at the university.

Sara Fonseca-Baeza, MsC. PhD student.

Sara Fonseca-Baeza graduated from Psychology at University of Valencia in 2013 with Extraordinary Prize of Degree, where is also achieving a Master Degree in General Health Psychology. Since 2016 she is a predoctoral fellow of the Program for the Training of Researchers funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, collaborating also in teaching tasks at the university. She is developing her PhD at the Neurorehabilitation and Brain Research Group of the i3B Institute in coordinated action with the Laboratory of Psychology and Technology of the University of Valencia. Her research interests are focused on the use of virtual reality for assessment and treatment in clinical psychology, and more specifically, on body image disturbances associated with eating disorders. Sara has participated in different projects and studies, and has several publications in different areas.