Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR)

Western University (The University of Western Ontario), London, Ontario
What the facility does

Research in minimally invasive surgery and therapy, and surgical simulation and skills assessment.

Areas of expertise

Research and innovation in computer-assisted medical  intervention, focusing on systems and devices for robotics-assisted minimally invasive surgery and therapy (MIST); developing novel approaches for effective and efficient surgical training and skills assessment; haptics and teleoperation in robotics-assisted MIST.

Research services

Robotic surgery, haptics, surgical training, surgical simulation, medical mechatronics systems and devices

Specialized labEquipmentFunction

Mimic simulator

Model: dv-Trainer

Virtual reality simulator of the da Vinci surgical robot

NanEYE Microcamera

Model: 2C Stereo USB

2.5 x 1.2 mm camera

Olympus Bronchoscope

Model: Evis Exera II (CV 180, CLV 180)


Ultrasonix Ultrasound System

Model: SonixTouch


Raven surgical robotic system

Model: RavenII


ATI force/torque sensors (6 units):

Model: gamma (3), nano43 (2), nano17(1)


Atometric 5 axis CNC Micromachine

Model: 4G


Quanser Haptic Devices (2 units).

Model: HD2 and Required Interfacing Components

Haptic (sense of touch) devices

NDI Electromagnetic trackers (2 units)

Model: Aurora Box and Table Top


Tektronix Oscilloscope

Model: MDO4104-6 Mixed Domain


Matrox frame grabbers (4 units)

Model: Orion HD (2), VIO (2)


Zaber xyz Linear Stages (2 sets)

Model: KT-LSM050A and T-LSR300B

Zaber Rotary Stages (2 units)

Model: T-RSW


ValleyLab Microwave Ablation System

Model: MW Ablation


ValleyLab Radio Frequency Ablation System

Model: Cool-tip Radiofrequency


Skytron Electro-hydraulic surgical Tables (2 units)

Model: 6701 Hercules