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Shaun Salisbury

Shaun Salisbury


Faculty of Applied Science & Technology


Shaun Salisbury graduated with a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2007. He was a professor at Western Univerity where he developed a research program in peizoelectric-driven stages, soft tissue property sensors and then in acuators and systems to be used in MRI-guided procedures. He has published extensively in IEEE Mechatronics and other journals and conferences. He also has 15 years of industry experience in large mechatronics system development.

Teaching Interests

  • Mechatronics, Sensors and actuators, Machine design and detailing, System analysis

Research Interests

  • Mechatronic devices, Actuators for MRI-guided procedures, System analysis

Conference Proceedings

  • Salisbury, S., Mohammad, T. (2010). Design of a Novel Vertical Motion Piezoworm Positioner. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems.

  • Salisbury, S., Waechter, D., Ben, M., Prasad, S., Blacow, R., Yan, B. (2006). Tracking Controller for a Piezoworm™ Stage. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition.

  • Salisbury, S., Waechter, D., Mrad, R., Prasad, S., Blacow, R., Yan, B. (2004). Complementary inchworm actuator for high-force high-precision applications. Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems.

  • Salisbury, S., Elbannan, K. (2012). Design of a two degree-of-freedom, MRI-compatible actuator. 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

  • Salisbury, S., Mrad, R., Waechter, D., Prasad, S. (2007). Characterization of a Piezoworm Stage. 2007 IEEE/ASME international conference on advanced intelligent mechatronics.

  • Salisbury, S., Waechter, D., Mrad, R., Blacow, R., Prasad, E. (2003). Design tools for piezoelectric actuated inchworm positioners. Proc. Canada-US CanSmart Workshop on Smart Materials and Structures.

  • Salisbury, S., Araghi, M. (2010). Feedback-based simultaneous detection of two resonance frequencies of a MIS instrument. Proceedings of the 2010 American Control Conference.

Journal Articles

  • Salisbury, S., Araghi, M. (2009). A feedback based dynamic instrument for measuring Mechanical Properties of Soft Tissues for Minimally-Invasive surgery.Smart Materials and Structures, 59--69.

  • Salisbury, S., El, B., Handler, W., Chronik, B. (2013). Heating of metallic rods induced by time-varying gradient fields in MRI.Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 38(2), 411--416.

  • Salisbury, S., Mohammad, T. (2013). Towards design optimisation of a lifting platform for a piezoworm-driven high precision positioning stage.International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, 1(4), 301--315.

  • Salisbury, S., El, B., Chronik, B. (2015). Development of an MRI-compatible, compact, rotary-linear piezoworm actuator.Journal of Medical Devices, 9(1).

  • Salisbury, S., El, B., Handler, W., Wyenberg, C., Chronik, B. (2012). Prediction of force and image artifacts under MRI for metals used in medical devices.IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(3), 954--962.

  • Salisbury, S., Mrad, R., Waechter, D., Prasad, S. (2009). Design, modeling, and closed-loop control of a complementary clamp piezoworm stage.IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 14(6), 724--732.

  • Salisbury, S., Mrad, R. (2006). Analytical stiffness estimation for short flexures.Mechatronics, 16(7), 399--403.

  • Salisbury, S., Araghi, M. (2012). Improved evaluation of dynamic mechanical properties of soft materials with applications to minimally invasive surgery.IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(3), 973--980.

  • Salisbury, S., Waechter, D., Mrad, R., Prasad, S., Blacow, R., Yan, B. (2006). Design considerations for complementary inchworm actuators.IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 11(3), 265--272.

  • Salisbury, S., Mohammad, T. (2014). Design and assessment of a Z-axis precision positioning stage with centimeter range based on a piezoworm motor.IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 20(5), 2021--2030.

  • Salisbury, S., Mohammad, T. (2012). Design considerations for long travel Z-axis ultra-precision positioning stage.International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, 13(9), 1581--1588.

  • Salisbury, S., Heroux, A., Tutunea-Fatan, O., Barari, A. (2014). Minimization of Bone Removal through Optimal Humeral Implant Alignment in Total Elbow Arthroplasty.Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 11(4), 478--492.

  • Salisbury, S., Mohammad, T. (2012). An improved stiffness model for piezo-actuated complementary clamp flexures.International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, 2(4), 270--276.

  • Salisbury, S., Waechter, D., Mrad, R., Prasad, S., Blacow, R., Yan, B. (2007). Closed-loop control of a complementary clamp piezoworm actuator.IEEE/Asme Transactions on Mechatronics, 12(6), 590--598.


  • "Development of novel actuator systems". NSERC. Discovery. $100,000. 2008.
    Shaun Salisbury (Principle Investigator).

  • "Investigation of the Suitability of Smart Material-Based Actuators for Aerospace Applications". NSERC. Engage. $24,850. 2011.
    Shaun Salisbury (Principle Investigator).

  • "Optimization and Manufacturability Analysis of a Catheter Delivery System for Piezo-Resistive Pressure Sensor". NSERC. Engage. $24,950. 2011.
    Shaun Salisbury (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "Assessment of the suitability of an MRI-compatible actuator for use in MR quality assurance phantoms". NSERC. Engage. $24,900. 2012.
    Shaun Salisbury (Principle Investigator).

  • "Centre for the development and testing of MR-compatible medical devices and technology". Canada Foundation for Innovation. New Initiatives Fund. $1,764,778. 2013.
    Shaun Salisbury (Co-Principle Investigator), B. Chronik (lead) J. Culham N. De Zanche A. Fenster D. Holdsworth R. Menon M. Noseworthy S. Salisbury J. Shoemaker J. de Bruyn.

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