Ana Lúcia Faria


Knowledge-Based Systems

Country: Portugal

Affiliation: Universidade da Madeira and NOVA LINCS




I am a Health and Clinical Psychologist (Neuropsychology sub-specialty) by Ordem dos Psicólogos with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Coimbra in 2020. The main outcomes of my thesis were: the development of a new cognitive rehabilitation personalization framework with objective guidelines that were used to create three innovative tools-Task Generator, Reh@Task, and Reh@City and; its clinical validation with stroke patients from Madeira Health Service. In 2015 I was awarded a doctoral scholarship from ARDITI, with host institution M-ITI/LARSyS. During my doctoral studies, I have been involved in an EU project called RehabNet(303891 FP7-PEOPLE-2011). Presently, I am a post-doctoral researcher in an interdisciplinary project called BRaNT(PTDC/CCI-COM/31046/2017), which addresses the scientific limitations of current cognitive rehabilitation practices through virtual reality games that will allow automatic personalization through Artificial Intelligence approaches. I have been actively involved in the field of virtual reality-based tests for complex cognitive functions mapping in tumor resection through awake craniotomy. In 2021, I made a scientific expedition to the CHU Angers Neurosurgery Service (France) to attend two Awake Brain Surgeries procedures and learn the most with their virtual reality-based methodologies. I have then envisioned a project, named CogMap, which I am already pursuing through the co-supervision of two informatics-engineering students that are developing two tests. CogMap first steps already involve 2 universities (Madeira and Coimbra Universities) and three hospitals (Funchal, Lisbon and CHU Angers). Recently, a project in which I am the co-PI was approved for funding by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia: Adaptive Virtual Reality for coping with involuntary early pregnancy loss (EXPL/CCI-INF/0298/2021). I published, mostly as first author, 8 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (IF:4.632), Frontiers in Psychology (IF:2.323), Journal of Medical Internet Research RAT (IF:4.945) and Virtual Reality (IF: 3.634). Currently, I am working on a systematic review about the Ecological validity of virtual reality-based technologies for the assessment and rehabilitation of ABI, together with Universitat Politècnica de València researchers. Additionally, I published 1 book chapter and 12 conference articles, some ACM and IEEE. I was awarded a Best Student Paper Commendation in 2014 and 2016 ICDVRAT and Best Student Paper in the 2018 Conference on Applied Psychology and Human Behavior. I was part of the organization and scientific committee of 3 of these conferences. To present, I was already invited to be a reviewer in 6 international journals and 2 conferences with a referee. Currently, I am Guest Editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering, Special Collection on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Interventions for Older Adults. In Frontiers I am Guest Associate Editor in Biomedical Robotics and Review Editor in Performance Science and Neurotechnology and Systems Ergonomics. I have been an active participant, with posters and oral presentations, in relevant clinical meetings, such as the International Congress of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in ABI (Best Communication prize), the International Neuropsychological Society Meetings, and the European Stroke Organisation Conference. Over the last years, I co-supervised 1 master thesis in Psychology at Madeira University and supervised 2 psychologists' internships for Ordem dos Psicólogos. Lately, I have been mentoring 2 Ph.D. students and 2 Master students. Moreover, I have been an invited professor at Madeira University since 2010.

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