Andrew Sixsmith was appointed Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre at SFU in September 2007. Dr. Sixsmith has been a member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee and has been UK representative on the EU's COST-A5 Committee on Ageing and Technology. Since 2000 he has developed research and teaching links with 26 universities worldwide and has actively collaborated with over 30 major commercial and government organisations.
Andrew received his doctorate from the University of London in 1989 after completing his thesis on the "Meaning and Experience of Home amongst Older People." From 1986 to 1989 he worked as a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Liverpool, evaluating new initiatives in the care of people with dementia. He was appointed lecturer in gerontology in the Institute of Human Ageing at the University of Liverpool, where he was responsible for teaching on the MSc in Gerontology and carrying out evaluations of community care for older people. From 2000-2007 he was a lecturer in the Department of Primary Care at the University of Liverpool.
Dr. Sixsmith's research has two main themes. Firstly, he has extensive research experience within the area of health and quality of life of older people and the role of health and social care services. Recent work includes: the development of management tools for health and social care performance evaluation and decision-making (EU-funded CareKeys project) and; the links between the home environment and health and well-being outcomes (EU-funded ENABLE-AGE project). Secondly, he has been particularly involved in the strategic development of research in the area of technology for independent living. Andrew has used gerontological knowledge, theories and methods to provide input into user centred design and development of community care technologies (telecare) to facilitate and deliver health and social care services for older and disabled people. Currently the EU-funded SOPRANO project aims to explore the potential of "ambient assisted living" (intuitive interfaces and smart environments) to support independent living.
Much of Andrew's research has had an applied perspective, with a specific aim to transfer empirical results into policy and practice. Since 2000, he has attracted funding for several prestigious research projects from the European Commission and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Department of Health and Department of Industry in the UK. He has been principal investigator for 10 externally funded projects totalling £2.0 million from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, of which Dr. Sixsmith's direct funding was £917,000. As well, European Union R&D Framework 5 and Framework 6 funding amounted to €14.2 million in total of which Dr. Sixsmith's funding was €1.2million. One of the major facets of these projects has been their interdisciplinary nature, particularly involving social gerontologists, architects and designers, health and social care researchers, health economists and engineers
Dr. Sixsmith has substantial teaching experience within gerontology and has been responsible for innovatory educational initiatives in the UK and internationally. He was jointly responsible for planning and delivering the MSc in Gerontology at the Institute of Human Ageing at University of Liverpool and was responsible for modules on demography, economics of ageing and research methods. From 1994-97 he was co-leader of a teaching collaboration between universities of Liverpool, Eindhoven, Bamburg, Louvain, Oulu, Royal College of Art and the Technical University of Berlin on an EU-funded Intensive Programme on Gerontechnology. From 1995-2001, Dr. Sixsmith collaborated with 37 other Institutions across Europe on an EU-funded initiative, GENIE: Gerontechnology Education Network in Europe. From 1999-2001, Andrew was the coordinator of the Occupational Therapy Internet School curriculum held as part of the EU-funded OTIS project, involving collaborators in the UK, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Nijhof, N., Gemert-Pijnen, L., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2013). An evaluation of preventive sensor technology for dementia care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.120605. early access - abstract
Theurer, K., Wister, A.V., Sixsmith, A., Chaudhury, H., & Lovegreen, L. (2013). The development and evaluation of mutual support groups in long-term care homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology. . doi: 10.1177/0733464812446866. Retrieved from http://jag.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/06/13/0733464812446866
Sixsmith, A., Woolrych, R., Bierhoff, I., Mueller, S., & Byrne, P. (2012). Ambient assisted living: From concept to implementation. In A. Glascock & D. Kutzik (Eds.), Essential lessons for the success of telehomecare, (pp.259-286). IOS Press: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Augusto, J.C., Huch, M., Kameas, A., Maitland, J., McCullagh, P.J., Roberts, J., Sixsmith, A., & Wichert, R. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of ambient assisted living: Technology for healthcare, rehabilitation and well-being. Ambient intelligence and smart environments, volume 11. Amsterdam, NL: IOS PRESS.
Sixsmith, A. (2012). Gerontological perspectives on ambient assistive living. In J.C. Augusto, et al. (Eds.), Handbook of ambient assisted living: Technology for healthcare, rehabilitation and well-being. Ambient intelligence and smart environments, volume 11 (pp. 253-257). Amsterdam, NL: IOS PRESS.
Hwang, E., Cummings, L., Sixsmith, A., & Sixsmith, J. (2011). Impacts of home modifications on aging-in-place. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 25(3), 246-257.
Mueller, S., Delaney, S., Meyer, I., Sixsmith, A., Bierhoof, I., & Sproll, S. (2011). Iterative user involvement in ambient assisted living research and development processes: Does it really make a difference? In C. Rocker & M. Ziefle (Eds.), E-health, assistive technologies and applications for assisted living: Challenges and solutions. Hershey, PA: Medical Information Science Reference.
Marzencki, M., Zajiczek, L., Kaminska, B., & Sixsmith, A. (2010). Device-less capacitive indoors localization and activity tracking system," NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS), 2010 8th IEEE International , pp.113-116. online
Sixsmith, A., Meuller, S., Lull, F., Klein, M., Bierhoff, I., Delaney, S., Byrne, P., Sproll, S., & Savage, R. (2010). A user-driven approach to developing Ambient Assisted Living systems for older people: The SOPRANO Project. In J. Soar, R. Swindell & P. Tsang (Eds.), Intelligent technologies for bridging the grey digital divide. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.
Sixsmith, A., & Gutman, G.M. (Eds.). (2010). Gerontechnology, 9(2) Spring 2010. Eindhoven, the Netherlands: ISG.
Sixsmith, A., Orpwood, R., & Torrington, J. (2010). Developing a music player for people with dementia. Gerontechnology, 9(3), 421-427.
Savage, R., Campo, M., Yon, Y., Wilson, A., Kahlon, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2009). Market potential for ambient assisted living technology: The case of Canada. In M. Mokhtari et al. (Eds.), ICOST 2009, LNCS 5597, 57-65.
Sixsmith, A., Meuller, S., Lull, F., Klein, M., Bierhoff, I., Delaney, S., & Savage, R. (2009). SOPRANO – An ambient assisted living system for supporting older people at home. In M. Mokhtari et al. (Eds.), ICOST 2009, LNCS 5597, 233–236.
Wister, A.V., Sixsmith, A., Adams, R.G., & Sinden, D. (2009). Fact book on aging in British Columbia, 5th Edition. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre.
Sixsmith, A. (2009). Understanding the user of ambient technologies. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5612, 511-519.
Müller, S., Santi, M., & Sixsmith, A. (2008). Eliciting user requirements for Ambient Assisted Living: Results of the SOPRANO project. In P. Cunningham & M. Cunnighamn (Eds.), Collaboration and the knowledge economy: Issues, applications, case studies, part 1 (pp. 81-88). Amsterdam/Berlin: IOS Press.
Orpwood, R., Chadd, J., Howcroft, D., Sixsmith, A., Torrington, T., Gibson, G., & Chalfont, G. (2008). User-led design of technology to improve quality of life for people with dementia. In P. Langdon, J. Clarkson & P. Robinson (Eds.), Designing inclusive futures (pp. 185-195). London: Springer.
Vaarama, M., Pieper, R., & Sixsmith, A. (Eds.). (2008). Care related quality of life in old age. New York: Springer.
Vaarama, M., Pieper, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2008). The general framework and methods of the Care Keys research. In M. Vaarama, R. Pieper & A. Sixsmith (Eds.), Care related quality of life in old age (pp. 3-18). New York: Springer.
Vaarama, M., Tiit, E., Muurinen, S., Pieper, R., Saks, K., Sixsmith, A., & Hammond, M. (2008). Instrumentation of the Care Keys research. In M. Vaarama, R. Pieper & A. Sixsmith (Eds.), Care related quality of life in old age (pp. 19-44). New York: Springer.
Vaarama, M., Pieper, R., Frommelt, M., Muurinen, S., Sixsmith, A., Hammond, M., & Ljunggren, G. (2008). The concept of quality in long-term care. In M. Vaarama, R. Pieper & A. Sixsmith (Eds.), Care related quality of life in old age (pp. 102-124). New York: Springer.
Sixsmith, A., Hammond, M., & Gibson, G. (2008). Quality of life and dementia. In M. Vaarama, R. Pieper & A. Sixsmith (Eds.), Care related quality of life in old age (pp. 217-233). New York: Springer.
Virone, G., & Sixsmith, A. (2008). Monitoring activity patterns and trends of older adults. Proceedings of the 30th IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) Microtechnologies in Medicine & Biology, 2071-2074.
Iwarsson, S., Wahl, H-W., Oswald, F., Nygren, C., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J., Tomsone, S., & Széman, Z. (2007). The European Project ENABLE-AGE: Conceptual and methodological approach. Gerontologist, 47(1), 78-84.
Nygren, C., Iwarsson, S., Oswald, F., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J., Széman, Z., & Tomsone, S. (2007). The relationship between objective and perceived housing in very old age. Gerontologist, 47(1), 85-95.
Oswald, F., Wahl, H-W., Schilling, O., Nygren, C., Sixsmith, A., Sixsmith, J., Széman, Z., & Tomsone, S. (2007). The relationship between housing and healthy aging outcomes in very old age. Gerontologist, 47(1), 96-107.
Sixsmith, A., & Gibson, G. (2007). Music and well-being in dementia. Ageing and Society, 27(1), 127-46.
Sixsmith, A., Hine, N., Neild, I., Clarke, N., Brown, S., & Garner, P. (2007). Monitoring the well-being of older people. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 23(1), 9-23.
Sixsmith, A., Orpwood, R., & Torrington, J. (2007). Quality of life technologies for people with dementia. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 23(1), 85-93.
Brown, S., Hine, N., Sixsmith, A., & Garner, P. (2006). Care in the community. In A. Stevenson & S. Wright (Eds.), Intelligent spaces: The applications of pervasive ICT (pp. 65-80). London: Springer.
Sixsmith, A. (2006). New technologies to support independent living and quality of life for people with dementia. Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly, 7(3), 194-202.
Green, S., Dahlin-Ivanoff, S., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2005). Exploring well-being amongst European elders: The influence of occupation and home environment. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 12(11), 505-509.
Hine, N., Judson, A., Ashraf, S., Arnott, J., Sixsmith, A., Brown, S., & Garner, P. (2005). Modelling the behaviour of elderly people as a means of monitoring well being. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3538, 241-250.
Iwarsson, S., Sixsmith, J., Oswald, F., Wahl, H-W., Nygren, C., Sixsmith, A., Széman, Z., & Tomsone, S. (2005). The ENABLE-AGE Project: Multi-dimensional methodology for European housing research. In D.Vestbro, Y. Hurol & N. Wilkinson (Eds.), Housing research methodologies (pp. 70-90). Mersin, Turkey: Urban International Press.
Brown, S., Hine, N., Sixsmith, A., & Garner, P. (2004). Care in the community. BT Technology Journal, 22(3), 56-64.
Sixsmith, A., & Johnson, N. (2004). A smart sensor to detect falls of the elderly. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 3(2) April-June, 42-47.