Developed and maintained by CISCO certified staff, the lab is useful for general networking as well as working towards accreditation by CISCO. Optional modules allow students to work in the lab with CISCO material in order to develop their skills in preparation for the CISCO certification exam.
The CU-ADAM lab is housed in the Bugatti Building and is a collaborative initiative with the University’s Design Institute. The Lab provides drive-in vehicle digitising and full-size projection and modelling space on the ground floor, which is interconnected with existing physical model finishing workshops in the adjacent building. The first floor contains office and studio spaces for researchers and support staff. A Usability Lab is also situated on the first floor. This provides facilities for recording experiments along with a one-way mirror, to allow experiments to be observed without interference.
- 2D and 3D scanners;
- digital cameras;
- an haptic interface;
- large format colour plotters;
- data projectors with stereo capability;
- slide writers;
- a mid-range server;
- 20 Windows 2000 and three Apple G4 workstations plus modelling software.
Ethical hacking laboratory
Designed for students on the Ethical Hacking and Cybersecurity MSci/BSc and Forensics MSc courses, the lab is open the same hours as the Engineering and Computing Building. With 36 stations, racks of hardware, a forensics workstation, cabinets full of consumable and experimental equipment and plenty of space it allows you time to work through challenges set by the course team and to develop the skills needed for a career in security analysis, digital forensics, penetration testing, systems administration or networking, without ruling out the possibility of becoming a software engineer, web developer or work in IT security.
Mathematics support centre
Mathematics and Statistics Support, delivered by the sigma team, is an award-winning service freely available to all Coventry students. They can drop into the Maths Support Centre (MSC) on the ground floor of the Library for expert one-to-one help with their maths and stats problems on any day in term time – the Centre is open for up to 40 hours a week, including weekends. Most students’ benefit from extra help with the quantitative areas of their studies and our friendly tutors are experienced at dealing with questions about maths and stats in subject context. Students from all faculties and levels are catered for. No appointment is required – just drop in and wait to be seen. Specialist support is also available to students with dyslexia and dyscalculia.
In addition, Team sigma provides an extensive Statistics Advisory Service including drop-in sessions in the MSC, in-depth hour-long appointments, advanced statistics workshops, as well as training in statistics software and sessions on numerical reasoning.
Nostromo - parallell programming testbed
The Nostromo server is an environment for staff and students to work on algorithms and technologies for parallel programming, grid/cloud systems and more. Used in course teaching as well as by the members of the computing club, Nostromo is a valuable resource for anyone working in this area.
Pervasive Computing Laboratory
Cogent Computing's Pervasive Computing Laboratory is the hub of our work with state-of-the-art software and hardware in the area of wireless sensor networks and embedded systems design. Off-the-shelf systems such as Crossbow's MICA2 series of sensor nodes enable us to rapidly prototype novel, practical techniques for core sensor network capabilities, such as ad-hoc locationing.
In addition to working with off-the-shelf hardware, we develop novel embedded systems. The Pervasive Computing Laboratory contains complete resources to do this, including Altera EPXA1 development kits, a digital storage oscilloscope, an arbitrary signal generator and a logic analyser. Our work in novel sensing hardware makes use of the Gumstix Linux platform and Bluetooth wireless technology.
We use a wide variety of software development resources, from operating systems for embedded systems, such as TinyOS, to high-level languages like Python for simulation and visualisation, as in our work on self-organising maps. We also develop novel system development tools, such as the SenSor simulator for wireless sensor networks.
Virtual Cybersecurity Laboratory
Separate to the physical lab, the school now also boasts two virtual cybersecurity labs, with a constantly reconfigured set of virtual networks, servers and clients. One lab is for research work and the other for student coursework and experimentation.