About the Lab
“Artificial Intelligence combined with Extended Reality will revolutionize our understanding about human cognition.“
-Mariano Alcañiz. LabLeni Founder and Director.
LabLENI carries out research activities for a better understanding and enhancement of human cognition combining insights and methods from computer science, psychology and neuroscience. We also develop solutions to support real-life studies and interventions, rather than for use in laboratory settings only.
LabLENI was created in 1990, at that time its name was DID Group (Design and Image Developments) and it was formed by a small group of researchers and Ph.D. students.
In the early years, the lab focused on digital image processing and computer graphics.
In its first decade, i3B focused its developments in medical image, hence renamed MedIClab (Medical Image Computing Laboratory). During those years, the laboratory was devoted almost exclusively to the development of systems for medical image processing and computer-assisted surgery. In that decade i3B began working in the emerging field of virtual therapy, i.e. the application of virtual reality techniques for the treatment of psychological disorders. This allowed LENI acquiring high technical expertise in virtual reality and human behavior tracking.
During its second decade, the institute was integrated in the Interuniversity Institute I3BH and was renamed Institute of Human Centred Technology (LabHuman). At that time, the institute considerably increased its activity in areas such as surgery, medical imaging treatment, mental health and education while new modes of human-machine interaction and tracking of human activity were studied.
In its third decade, LabLENI, besides maintaining its research in areas related to health and education, has integrated new research areas centered around neuroeconomics.
Mariano Alcañiz, Phd
Institute Director & Founder
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.
Fernando López, PhD
Fernando López is a post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of innovation and research in Bioingeniering (i3b) belongs to UPV. He has a PhD in Health and wellbeing technologies and coordinates the R&D management team of i3b. He is telecommunication Engineering and he has a degree in Business administration.
He has experience in the coordination and preparation of different national initiatives (CDTIs, Retos investigación, retos colaboración, Santiago Grisolia grants, infrastructures initiatives, Prometeo research, etc) and international projects H2020 (ITNs, FET, AAL, etc).
In a scientific point of view, he has knowledge in biomedical engineering field with more than 30 papers in different journals and national/internacional conference. He was in a short stage in the CMM in ParisTech and he had tutor of different final project degrees. At present, he is also associate professor in the UPV.
Alejandra Del Valle
Alejandra del Valle is industrial engineer by the University of Zaragoza since 1999. She has a strong background in project management, R&D management and financial controlling as well as in public services management. She has also worked as executive’s assistant and administrative.
For the last 12 years she’s been working in LabLENI, were she is constantly improving her skills by managing some new areas as product management, quality control and financial controlling.
Now she is focused on coordinating an ITN Network for the European Commission and managing research and development projects as well as R&D Management (search of financing for R&D, giving advice to companies / institutions in R&D, coordination of proposals/projects in the drafting and presentation phase, monitoring projects from an R & D management point of view, reviewer of proposals/projects)
Maria José Badia
Administrative & HR management
As part of LabLENI Administration Department, I’m in charge of all the financial and Human Resources tasks.
I´m responsible of tracking and controlling the economic aspects in Research Projects, ensuring the fulfilment of the budget as well as the economic justification.
About HR, I´m in charge of developing the employment procedures, as well as any administrative activity in this area, including the importance of human management.
Finally, I´m also part of the Quality Department, verifying the compliance of the system and its procedures.
After a long time working in this area, I´m sure that a good administration is the key of an Organization´s success.
Iván Nieto-Guerrero Arnedo. Qualified with HND in Programming Videogames at Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología (ESAT) in 2013.
Later he specialized in multi-threaded programming and parallel computing with CPU and GPU in the same University. He has participated in different projects that include Augmented Reality, gestures recognition, tracking of people as well as the 3D reconstruction of scenarios. In 2015 he joined i3B to develop projects within the area of Augmented Reality and Artificial Vision. At the beginning of 2019 he made the leap to Project management and planning in the i3B, turning his tasks to the management of resources in the different types of projects carried out in the i3B.
IT & VR Programmer
José Roda is a Management and Systems Computer Technician in the E.S.I. where he obtained the official British title awarded by BTEC, the Higher National Diploma in Business Information Technology.
He has been a member of LabLENI since February 2001, where he works as a Virtual Reality Environments programmer.
He works as a project head and programmer of systems for the treatment of different kinds of phobias and addictions, for adaptive environments, simulators, and environments for cognitive rehabilitation.
I am currently a member of LabLENI group. My primary role is economic management together with other members of the department. This includes various administrative tasks such as invoice control, event organization, public attention…
Throughout my profesional life, I have worked in the administration department of different companies.
I studied the Degree of Administration and Business Management at the University of Valencia and I have done several specialization courses related to this area.
Alejandro Alba holds a Telecommunications Engineering specialized in Electronic Systems from Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSE) of Universidad de Valencia (UV). This was followed by a degree in Telecommunications Electronics, as well as a Master in secondary school Teacher.
His professional career has been increasing. He has been in several telecommunications companies during seven years in different areas such as project manager, telecommunications systems, network management, data analytics or programming.
Early 2019 he joined Instituto de Investigación e Innovación en Bioingeniería (I3B) from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) where carries out IT functions and takes part in innovative projects including state-of-art technology.