Node Leaders

Med Tech

Carolyn Sparrey, PhD, (Lead Investigator and RapidTech co-lead) is the lead Principle Investigator (PI) of Point of Care Health Technologies. She is an associate Director and an Executive Committee member of the STAR  (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute. Dr. Sparrey is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University. She obtained her B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and her M.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sparrey completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Stephen Robinovitch, PhD, (RapidTech co-lead) is a Professor and Director of the Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. His research incorporates biomechanics, neurophysiology, and clinical research methods. He currently leads a program in “Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors” (,  involving two long-term care facilities who partner as “real life” laboratories for gathering in-depth evidence on falls (through video capture and wearable sensors), and exploring the effectiveness of interventions such as wearable hip protectors and compliant flooring for preventing fall-related injuries. He is also conducting research on the dynamics of head collisions and prevention of concussions in ice hockey. Robinovitch received his B.A.Sc. degree in 1988 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. degree in 1995 in Medical Engineering from MIT/ Harvard. He is a past recipient of a Canada Research Chair award, a New Investigator Award from CIHR, and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. 

Siamak Arzanpour, PhD, (HTIF co-lead) is an Associate Professor of the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University. He received his PhD from Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2006. He had an integral role in the success of the program which eventually led to the establishment of the school of Mechatronic Systems Engineering in April 2013. Since then Dr. Arzanpour has been a member of the MSE executive committee and the Chair of Capital Resource and Space Committee. Dr. Arzanpour's main research interest is intelligent systems, biomedical devices, mechatronics design, signal processing, smart materials and control. Since joining SFU he employed his knowledge and expertise in a variety of research subjects, all with practical applications. One of his main areas of interest is mobility assistive devices and accessories. He designed and patented a reusable airbag system for wheelchairs which is lighter and more affordable than conventional airbag systems.

Edward Park, PhD, (HTIF co-lead) is a Professor of Mechatronic Systems Engineering and an Associate Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Park's current research interests include biomechatronics applied to novel biomedical and wearable technologies. His research lab is a world leader in the development and application of such technologies for improving human health and the quality of life, and has spun off two health-related startups since 2014 and licensed sensor fusion algorithms to industry partners. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, in addition to six filed patents.

Brain Tech

Teresa Cheung, PhD, (ImageTech co-lead) is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. She got her PhD in Physics at SFU and Post-Doctorate at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Her research interests include the development of new MEG imaging and analysis methods, modeling cognitive processes in time, frequency and phase, beamformer methods, phase locking values and spectral connectivity methods, analysis and integration of MEG, MRI, fMRI and DTI data, magnetic nano-imaging using MEG, MEG phantom development and advances in MEG instrumentation.

Ryan D’Arcy, PhD, (NeuroTech co-lead) is a neuroscientist and world renowned expert in using technology to help make brains better. Dr. D’Arcy is BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technologies and Professor of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He serves as Head of Surrey Memorial Hospital's Health Sciences and Innovation at Fraser Health and is the founding Chair of BC's Innovation Boulevard. Dr. D’Arcy received his B.Sc. (with distinction) from the University of Victoria, M.Sc. & Ph.D. degrees in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, and completed post-doctoral training in MRI Physics at the National Research Council. Over the last 20 years, Dr. D’Arcy has led Canada's translational neuroscience to bring direct healthcare impact to devastating brain conditions. He has created brain vital signs, led VR brain surgery breakthroughs, and discovered activity in elusive brain white matter. Click here to read about the recent innovative story of Captain Trevor Greene, who is reaching new heights following a devastating axe attach in Afghanistan (​

Carlo Menon, PhD, (NeuroTech co-lead) has received a Laurea degree in Mechanical Engineering and is an Executive Committee member of the STAR Institute. Dr. Menon is a Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Technology at the Schools of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, and founded the Menrva Research Group ( He received the Career Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has published over 300 articles, half in journals, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering and Associate Editor of Bionics and Biomimetic, Frontiers.

Independent Living Technologies

Martin Ester, PhD, (Digital Health Hub co-lead) received a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1989 with a thesis on knowledge-based systems and logic programming. He has been working for Swissair developing expert systems before he joined University of Munich as an Assistant Professor in 1993. Since November 2001, he has been an Associate Professor, now Full Professor at the School of Computing Science of Simon Fraser University, where he co-directs the Database and Data mining research lab. From May 2010 to April 2015, he has served as the School Director. Dr. Ester has published extensively in the top conferences and journals of his field such as ACM SIGKDD, WWW, ICDM and ACM RecSys. According to Google Scholar, his publications have received more than 23'000 citations, and his h-index is 53. He received the KDD 2014 Test of Time Award for his paper on DBSCAN. Martin Ester’s current research interests include social network analysis, recommender systems, biological network analysis and data mining for personalized medicine. Dr. Ester is very interested in the translation of his research results into practical applications and has had many collaborations with partners in industry, science, and government.

Sylvain Moreno, PhD, (Digital Health Hub co-lead) is an Associate Director and an Executive Committee member of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute. He is the Director of the Digital Health Hub, School of Engineering at SFU, and is a specialist in neuroscientific technologies related to digital media and brain fitness solutions. Dr. Moreno has been the recipient of awards from national and international organizations. His work has received widespread press in various media outlets, including the The New York Times. He has authored several scientific publications and patents with real-world impacts in clinical and educational environments. He is also the Co-Founder of several start-up companies in the high-tech sector.

Uwe Glasser, PhD, (Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute/AGE-WELL Innovation Hub co-lead) is a Professor at the School of Computing Science. Dr. Glasser's research interests include big data intelligence, situation analysis and decision support, criminal network analysis and cybersecurity. His work concentrates on applied computer science, spanning three fields: industrial applications of formal methods, software technology for intelligent systems, computational criminology and security informatics. A common element is computational logic and discrete mathematics for analyzing, modeling and reasoning about distributed and mobile systems in a wide range of application fields, including communication protocols, multi-agent architectures, situation analysis decision support systems, and system design languages. More recent work focuses on modeling of complex social systems: ambient assistive living, computer models in the study of crime and criminal network analysis.

Andrew Sixsmith, PhD, (STAR Institute/AGE-WELL Innovation Hub co-lead) is the Director of the STAR (Science and Technology for Aging Research) Institute, the joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL NCE, and a professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. He is past President of the International Society of Gerontechnology and was previously Director of the Gerontology Research Centre and Deputy Director of the IRMACS Centre at SFU. His research interests include technology for independent living, theories and methods in aging and understanding the innovation process. His work has involved him in a leadership and advisory role in numerous major international research projects and initiatives with academic, government and industry partners. He received his doctorate from the University of London and was previously a lecturer at the University of Liverpool in the Institute of Human Ageing and Department of Primary Care.  Dr. Sixsmith has substantial teaching experience within gerontology and has been responsible for novel educational initiatives in the UK and internationally. Dr Sixsmith has published three books and over 160 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.