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Alex Mihailidis, M.A.Sc., PhD, P.Eng.

Associate scientist

Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
160-500 University Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5G 1V7

Phone: 416-946-8565
Fax: 416-946-8570

Research Manager: Jennifer Boger
Phone: 416-946-8573
Fax: 416-946-8570


  • BA.Sc., 1996, mechanical and industrial engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • MA.Sc., 1998, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, U of T Canada
  • PhD, 2002, bioengineering unit, University of Strathclyde, U.K.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Associate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Trauma, Emergency & Critical Care Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Associate professor, department of occupational science and occupational therapy, U of T
  • Cross-appointments, graduate department of computer science and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, U of T
  • Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  • Adjunct professor, gerontology program, Simon Fraser University

Research Foci:

  • Assistive technology and older adults
  • Intelligent home systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Pervasive computing

Research Summary:

Dr. Mihailidis' research is centred on the development and application of intelligent systems in health care. He is working on intelligent home systems to assist older adults with Alzheimer's disease, with a focus on the following projects:

  • intelligent prompting and cueing systems for people with Alzheimer's disease
  • intelligent emergency response systems to support aging-in-place; and
  • anti-collision systems for powered wheelchairs.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

  1. Mihailidis A, Boger J, Craig T, Hoey J. The COACH prompting system to assist older adults with dementia through handwashing: an efficacy study. BMC Geriatrics. 2008 Nov;8:28.
  2. Lam P, Hebert D, Boger J, Lacheray H, Gardner D, Apkarian J et al. A haptic-robotic platform for upper-limb reaching stroke therapy: preliminary design and evaluation results. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2008 May;5:15.
  3. Mihailidis A, Elinas P, Boger J, Hoey J. An intelligent powered wheelchair to enable mobility of cognitively impaired older adults: an anti-collision system. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 2007 Mar;15(1):136–43.
  4. Bardram J, Mihailidis A, Wan D. Pervasive computing in healthcare. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 2006.
  5. Lee T, Mihailidis A. An intelligent emergency response system. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2005;11:194–8

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