Since its formation in 2014, UBC STAR has catalyzed more than $14 million in R&D investment and maintains specialized research facilities with rapid prototyping, blast and ballistic testing capabilities. The UBC STAR team helps university researchers work with private sector companies and public sector service delivery organizations to advance innovation in the safety and security, health and sport sectors.
From conducting veteran survivor studies to protecting first responders on the front lines of war and disaster, UBC STAR researchers work directly with partners to develop technologies, strategies and standards that save lives and create more resilient communities.
UBC STAR researcher launches Military Veteran Survivor Study
A new qualitative research study, led by Associate Professor of Management Eric Li, will explore the social condition of Military Veterans and Veteran survivors, investigating their financial well-being and evaluating existing family support strategies.
UBCO awarded $1.5M to develop high-performance body armour
Western Canadian research network to combine new textile technologies with comfort testing to provide lighter, safer protective gear for Canadian soldiers. The new Comfort-Optimized Materials For Operational Resilience, Thermal-transport and Survivability (COMFORTS) network will work together over the next three years.
Partner firm combines remote-sensing technologies with artificial intelligence
TerraSense’s artificial intelligence platform makes high-tech surveillance faster and more effective in challenging environments. The company incubated with UBC STAR as the technology was being developed.
Minister of Defence tours UBC STAR Impact Research Facility
Canada’s defence minister, Harjit Sajjan, visited the UBC STAR Impact Research Facility with MP Stephen Fuhr on March 12, 2018 to discuss defense-related research and receive a demonstration of specialized eqipment and facilities.
UBC STAR to support the development of liquid armour technology
BAE Systems and Helios Global Technologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop liquid armour technology. UBC STAR will support the research and development of this new technology at the UBC STAR Impact Research Facility (SIRF).