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Belén Rubio Ballester
Dr. Belén Rubio is a junior post-doctoral researcher at the SPECS lab of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Belen has a background in computational science, clinical validation and a track-record in neurorehabilitation. In 2010 she obtained a master degree in cognitive science and interactive media (CSIM) and in 2016 she graduated with honors (Cum Laude) obtaining a Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technologies for Neurorehabilitation at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her PhD aimed at identifying the principles of motor relearning after stroke. She is the author of a number of recent publications proposing a novel motor rehabilitation approach based on sensorimotor manipulations and reinforcement. Specifically, her work reveals that the sensory augmentation of goal-oriented body movements immediately enhances performance and promotes the spontaneous use of the patient’s affected arm. Her interests lie preliminarily in the development, deployment and validation of assistive devices for neurorehabilitation and motor learning.