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IATSL develops assistive technology that is adaptive, flexible, and intelligent, enabling users to participate fully in their daily lives. Learn more about our research

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Welcome to the Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL), located in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. We are a multi-disciplinary group of researchers with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and gerontology.

Our goal is to develop zero-effort technologies that are adaptive, flexible, and intelligent, to enable users to participate fully in their daily lives. Learn more about our research!

Seeking: Post-doctoral fellow in Intelligent Interactive Systems

We are looking for candidates who have strong backgrounds and interests in artificial intelligence applied to human interactive systems, machine learning, affective computing, decision theoretic planning, or social computing. Please read more about this position here.

Seeking: Post-doctoral fellow in Computer Vision and Non-contact Sleep Monitoring

We have an opening for an enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow to work on computer vision, signal processing, and video analysis algorithms for applications in sleep monitoring and medical diagnosis. Please read more about this position here at

Seeking: Post-doctoral fellow in ambient-based physiological monitoring and intelligent textiles.

We are currently seeking a skilled and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow whose expertise intersects embedded sensing and digital signal processing. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is found. Read more about it here.

Looking for people with Alzheimer's and family caregivers to help improve the design of everyday home technologies

We are asking people with Alzheimer's disease and family caregivers to participate in research that examines how everyday home technologies are used, including the needs and device characteristics that are important to you as users and the strategies you adopt when challenges during use arise. Read more about the research and how to become involved...

News Announcements

Smart Homes in Globe and Mail

May 06, 2016

Dr. Mihailidis discusses the future of monitoring the health of older adults in their homes. Read the full article here.

"Ed the Robot" on Global News

April 25,2016

Dr. Mihailidis speaks with Global News about how robots can help older adults with dementia. The article and video footage can be found here.

Dr. Mihailidis receives Graduate Teaching award

April 14, 2015

Congratulations to Alex Mihailidis on his well-deserved Faculty of Medicine Graduate Teaching award!

Dr. Mihailidis co-Director of AGE-WELL NCE

Jan. 19, 2014

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) announced that the AGE-WELL consortium would receive $36.6 million over five years as part of the federal government’s Networks Centre of Excellence (NCE) program. Congratulations to Dr. Alex Mihailidis and all the AGE-WELL team members!

Learn more about AGE-WELL...

Get your bot on! “Positronic: Robots and Brains” Robotics hackathon

Oct 31, 2014

If you always wanted to build a robot then we have an awesome weekend for you! Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon is a chance for newbies, hobbyists and pros alike to come together, build a robot and have some fun. Teams will explore social robotics, consumer robotics and healthcare robotics for challenges such as
aging at home and assisting people with dementia.

IATSL is offering a $5000 stipend to the winning team to develop their robot in our lab.

The hackathon will take place Nov 14-16.

Learn more at:

IATSL lead on Gerontechnology team of the new Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)

Sept 11, 2014

The new CCNA initiative is committed to supporting synergistic collaboration of the best Canadian research targeting neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition. Dr. Alex Mihailidis is the team leader for the CCNA's Gerontechnology theme.

Dr. Mihailidis a participant in the G7 Global Action Against Dementia summit

Sept 11, 2014

Dr. Mihailidis is an invited attendee of the global dementia legacy event, which will centre around "Harnessing the Power of Discoveries: Maximizing academia-industry synergies". Discussion themes will centre around optimising collaborations and leveraging technology to support dementia treatment and care.

IATSL featured in CBC's The Spark

June 22, 2014

Lab director Alex Mihailidis spoke with The Spark's host, Nora Young, about research underway in IATSL for supporting elder care.
Listen to the interview and watch a video of the COACH handwashing robot system...

Snap 'n Dose

May 27, 2013

Snap ‘n Dose is an app that can be used by caregivers to help administer the appropriate dose of over-the-counter medications to children in a safe and timely manner. The app allows users to take a picture with their phone of the drug identification number (DIN) on every medicine box or bottle, enter their child's age and weight, and get an easy-to-understand dosage for that particular medication. 

AAL-WELL Project Launched

December 5, 2012

The AAL-Well project, which examines Ambient Assistive Living Technologies for Wellness, Engagement, and Long Life, has been launched! Read more on the project's website...


December 5, 2012

Age-CAP iconIATSL's Age-CAP, an app that lets users rate how age friendly places and areas of their city are, was covered by TRI's news feed.

Age-CAP is available for free on the iTunes and Google Play stores. Download Age-CAP for your device...

IATSL Recipient of International Grant

November 26, 2012

Dr. Alex Mihailidis and his team were awarded a $0.73 million CIHR Canada-Europe funding highlighted by Harper government. Read more...