Alex Mihailidis, PhD, MASc, PEng
University of Toronto
2014 Health Technology Innovation Grant — Using mobile health applications (mHealth) to support communication with frail elderly people in long-term care (HTIG 2014-20)
Dr. Alex Mihailidis is the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Graduate Coordinator for the Clinical Engineering Program. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, with a cross appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is also the Scientific Director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence, which focuses on the development of new technologies and services for older adults. Alex completed his doctorate in the bioengineering unit at the University of Strathclyde in the UK, and his graduate and undergraduate degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Toronto. He has been conducting research in the field of pervasive computing and intelligent systems in health for the past 15 years, specifically on the development of intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness and adaptive tools for nurses and clinical applications. His current research includes intelligent prompting and cueing systems for people with Alzheimer’s disease, and to support aging-in-place, and anti-collision systems for powered wheelchairs. Dr. Mihailidis is the Immediate Past-President for RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America), and was named a Fellow of RESNA in 2014, which is one of the highest honours within this field of research and practice. Dr. Mihailidis has also co-edited two books: one from CRC Press entitled Pervasive Computing in Healthcare and the other from IOS Press entitled Technology and Aging, which resulted from him being the conference chair for the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging.