Rebeca I. García-Betances


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 was first a research assistant during her graduate studies and later a researcher at the Networks and Applied Telematics Group of USB. Her expertise is for the most part in the fields of wireless communications design, telemedicine, e-health, and network QoS analysis. She has worked on several funded R&D projects, among them, a pilot project to design a municipal telemedicine wireless network aimed at improving the quality of primary health care centres in remote rural communities. Other research topics include the development of applications for mobile automatic patient identification and access to e-health records using 2D graphics code recognition in smart-phones. She is the author of several articles published in national and international technical journals.

She is currently a senior researcher at Life Supporting Technologies Group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. Her present research activity is primarily oriented toward the design and development of e-health solutions using advanced technologies, chronic disease management, and cognitive training and management solutions for MCI and Alzheimer disease. She has collaborated in several R&D projects dealing with ICT in the areas of e-Inclusion and e-Health. She was part of the RTD coordination of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie project ACROSSING, oversaw the data analysis of a Large-Scale European clinical trial (NCT03325699) dealing with Mild Dementia and the use of ICT (SMART4MD H2020 project), lead the development of virtual environments for the FET H2020 project Plan4Act and performed as scientific leader of EITHealt project INFINITy dealing with the use of ICT solutions to support people with MCI while performing daily living activities. Currently, she is working actively in BD4QoL H2020 EU project working on intelligent tools for Quality of Life monitoring and participatory empowerment of head and neck cancer survivors.