Laboratories

Computing

Gateway House

There are eight computer labs in Gateway House each containing 20 machines, all labs have printing facilities, Internet and faculty network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching.  

All computing labs provide the latest relevant software, some labs are also set up to dual boot Windows XP or Windows 7 and Linux.

Computer Science Laboratory

The Computer Science Laboratory contains 60 high-specification iMac workstations with 27" monitors running OS X, Windows 7 and Linux.

All the machines are connected via the faculty network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. 

Video editing, DVD production and High performance applications:

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

The Creative Technology Suite also provides video editing and production suites.

Audio, music and multimedia applications

These labs have the software and hardware to deal with audio and multimedia sources.

Apple Macintosh computers:

This lab allows students access to software that is only available on the apple platform. These computers are used mainly for design and audio production.

Engineering

The engineering laboratories which are mainly based in the Queens Building are geared for students working on our mechanical, mechatronics, electronics and ‘design and prototyping technology’ courses. The labs bring together a wide range of equipment used in the understanding of fundamental engineering principles. These are extensively used in undergraduate, postgraduate and research projects for design, manufacture, prototyping and testing. The labs are organised as mechanical and electronic laboratory areas.

Mechanical engineering

The main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of Thermo-Fluids, Solid Mechanics and Dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Electrical and electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and 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 and PSpice.

A specialized area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our 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 is provided for while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for r.f. engineering.

Retail Lab

Retail Lab is a state-of-the-art research and development facility located at
De Montfort University.

The 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.

As well as a ‘mock shop’ retail laboratory, the facility also has a virtual test space for concept evaluations; a dedicated area for conducting training and exhibitions; and a knowledge bank focusing on five specialist areas of legislation, supply chain, build, fit and consumer experience.

Robotics

The university has its own Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory.

The Advanced Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Agents Laboratory contains a variety of mobile robots ranging from the Lego Mindstorm to the Wheelbarrow robot for bomb disposal.

This facility provides excellent resources for teaching and research.

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 includes two video production labs, these fully equipped labs are designed for High-Definition (HD) video extraction, HD editing, effect processing, CGI, DVD creation and mastering.

Machines feature dual screens, a standard HD display and 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.

With access to a large amount of storage and our high-speed network, HD quality video can be transferred across labs, studios and the green screens suite.

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