We provide six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7. Students have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress.
Our labs are managed by an experienced and dedicated team of technical support staff who can assist students with most practical aspects of the curriculum. The computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux. Much software is common to both systems (e.g. Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2), but there is also platform-specific software such as Microsoft Office, Visual Studio and Project. We also provide Linux systems for remote connection through either a secure shell (SSH) connection, or via a remote Xsession (a Windows-like graphical interface). There is also specialised software installed such as computer-aided design tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET).
In addition to our School's labs, students are entitled to use the University's IT labs. Research students are provided with office space and dedicated equipment so they do not need to use the labs.