Sixsmith is a Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, the Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Centre at Simon Fraser University, and the President of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG). He has been a member of the British Society of Gerontology Executive Committee and a 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 organizations. Sixsmith received his doctorate from the University of London and was previously a lecturer at the University of Liverpool in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Primary Care. His two main research themes focus on the health and quality of life of older people and the role of health and social care service, as well as on the strategic development of research in the area of technology for independent living. Sixsmith has substantial teaching experience within gerontology and has been responsible for novel educational initiatives in the UK and internationally. He is a joint Scientific Director of AGE-WELL.