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Laboratories

Computing

Gateway House

  • Consists of eight computer labs each containing 20 machines
  • All labs have printing facilities, Internet and faculty network access and digital projectors
  • All computing labs provide the latest relevant software
  • Selected labs set up to dual boot Windows XP or Windows 7 and Linux

Computer Science Laboratory

  • Contains 60 high-specification iMac workstations with 27" monitors running OS X, Windows 7 and Linux
  • Machines are connected via the faculty network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of work

Video editing, DVD production and high-performance applications |

  • Hardware to capture video from DV tape, VHS tape, DVD and other firewire resources

Audio, music and multimedia applications |

  • Labs contain most necessary software and hardware to deal with audio and multimedia sources

Apple Macintosh Laboratory

  • Used primarily for design and audio production, this dedicated lab provides access to software that is only available on the Apple platform

Engineering

The engineering laboratories | are specifically designed for students working on our mechanical, mechatronics, electronics and ‘design and prototyping technology’ courses.

  • Mainly based in the Queens building
  • Contain a wide range of equipment used in the understanding of fundamental engineering principles
  • Used extensively in undergraduate, postgraduate and research projects for design, manufacture, prototyping and testing
  • Organised as mechanical and electronic laboratory areas

Mechanical engineering

  • Main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of Thermo-Fluids, Solid Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs
  • Purpose-built engine-testing facility available to final year engineering and research students with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions
  • Typical projects conducted by students include running engines with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics

Electrical and electronic engineering

The electrical and electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas:

  • General electronics and assembly
  • Digital electronics and microprocessor engineering
  • Power electronics
  • Control systems
  • Communications engineering

Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite, shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes, provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including:

  • Microsoft Office
  • OrCAD
  • PSpice

A specialised area for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics contains:

  • A radio frequency reverberation chamber
  • A Faraday cage

A digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high-speed programmable logic development environments.

Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are also provided for and the communications laboratory is additionally equipped for r.f. engineering.

Retail Lab |

This state-of-the-art research and development facility aims to support development of insight into sustainable and resource efficient solutions for the retail sector and enhance business performance by focusing on both physical and technological infrastructure solutions.

The facility consists of:

  • A ‘mock shop’ retail laboratory
  • A virtual test space for concept evaluations
  • A dedicated area for conducting training and exhibitions
  • A knowledge bank focusing on five specialist areas of legislation, supply chain, build, fit and consumer experience

Robotics

DMU has its own Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory | containing a variety of mobile robots including:

  • Lego Mindstorm
  • Wheelbarrow robot for bomb disposal

Mobile Robotics is taught as an option at undergraduate level as well as on the Artificial Intelligence with Robotics BSc programme.

On the Intelligent Systems and Robotics MSc programme students will be exposed to the more advanced techniques.

The Centre for Computational Intelligence (CCI) conducts research into use of computational intelligence techniques on mobile robots and encourages PhD applications in this field.

Video Production

The creative technology studios include two video production labs | designed for:

  • High-Definition (HD) video extraction
  • HD editing,
  • Effect processing
  • CGI
  • DVD creation and mastering

Machines feature dual screens consisting of:

  • Standard HD display
  • Reference quality HD display essential for colour critical applications such a video editing

There is facility to receive input from a wide range of cameras, devices, streams or live from the studio and with access to a large amount of storage and a high-speed network, HD quality video can be transferred across labs, studios and the green screens suite.

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