ExpLab laboratory

ExpLab laboratory is located in ND317 room at Department of Telecommunication and Multimedia. This laboratory is focused on research and development in the field of very high frequencies technology/circuits and modern converged packet networks. This laboratory is equipped with modern measurement and emulation technology (e.g. network analyzer Rhode&Schwartz ZVL, digital oscilloscope LeCroy 104MXS with 1 GHz maximum input frequency, programmable generator, LCR bridge and so on). Converged packet network part of this laboratory is equipped with unique multifunction network traffic emulator and analyzer AVALANCHE 290 and with various network CISCO devices (routers, switches and so on). This network technology allows to emulate and analyze a complex network infrastructure. Laboratory is used for research purposes and practical experiments mainly for PhD. students. Within a short time of laboratory activity (approximately 3 years) have been successfully completed two PhD. thesis. One PhD. thesis will be completed this year. The significant results of experiments and results of emulations have been published in indexed international journals.

Laboratory of digital communications

The laboratory is focused on research and education in the area digital communications, e.g. networks security from sophistically attacks on network components point of view, QoS evaluation, optical transmissions from spectrum, dispersion and attenuation optical fibres point of view and access networks. The laboratory is equipped with unique equipment as named spectrum analyzer, reflectometer, network analyzer of transmissions protocols, different networks simulators and network operations analyzer. The laboratory is equipped with optical access system GPON, all components for xDSL technology analysis and various types of communication terminals for connection to private also public networks.

Laboratory of the optical communications systems

Laboratory of the optical communication systems is located at room ND 323. It is primarily used for students, who deal with problems of the physical layer of optical networks. For teaching it is utilized simulation software VPI Photonic. Software by numerical models of real optical and electronic components, and due to its modular design, allow quick work and deeply understanding of the problematic. In the laboratory, the courses provided by the Department of Telecommunications and Multimedia are Photonic Communication Systems, Fibre Optics, and more. Laboratory capacity is 16 students.

Laboratory of the Information Technology (“HP Innovative Education”)

Laboratory of the Information Technology (“HP Innovative Education”) is situated in a modern equipped room (ND326) at the Department of Telecommunications and Multimedia. The available hardware equipment was obtained by a grant from Hewlett-Packard Company include installed graphics software Photoshop CS4, CorelDraw X4 and Cinema4D too. For teachers are available two HP tablets that can be interactively used by wireless connection to the projector to work with students. There are realized several courses organized by the Department of Telecommunications and Multimedia, for example: Creating multimedia web sites, Web applications, 3D – graphics, Vector graphics, and more. Laboratory capacity is 12 students.

Laboratory of digital video processing

The laboratory creates a group of scientists and staff, graduates and students with common research goals in the area of digital image processing and video. The laboratory consists of a total of 3 sub-laboratories:

  1. Laboratory of semantic analysis image and video data analysis.
  2. Laboratory of applied research and prototype solutions of electronic systems.
  3. Laboratory of 3D modelling and virtual reality.

Laboratory of semantic analysis of image and video data is located in the room ND309B. The research in this part of laboratory is specialized on semantic analysis of video data with application for different segment, for example web, traffic, medicine, army, etc. The part dominant is created by research of algorithm not only for low-level description but also high-level description of image data, analysis of content by MPEG-7 descriptors, classification image data, cut detection, image and video segmentation, videoconcealment, etc. Laboratory is equipped by 2D sensing and projective technology for area of traffic, web and industry, 16-core workstations, HeavyHorse, SW, etc.

Laboratory of applied research and prototype solutions of electronic systems is located in the room ND312C. The research and development in this part of laboratory is orientated on applied electronics in domains such as medical, military, ICT etc. The systems of intelligent textiles for measurement of humans biological parameters (EKG, muscle activity, heartbeat etc.) and On Board Unit systems for monitoring structural conditions of airplanes and helicopters is dominant part of research. Laboratory is equipped with complete technology from company LPKF for Rapid Prototyping (design, fabrication, initiation and testing), with 8-layers DPS and SMD components (Eagle v6, ProtoMat S103, MultiPress S, Minicontact RS, ProtoPlace S, ProtoFlow E), different design of processor boards and peripherals (Freescale, Virtex, Atmel, etc.), and with otherwise top measurement technology and safe data-store with 8TB in RAID.

Laboratory of 3D modelling and virtual reality is located in the room under the student restaurant at Veľký Diel. The research and development in this part of laboratory is focused on the area of virtual reality, especially in areas, like a web, medicine, transportation, and so on. The dominant part in this laboratory is research of stereovision algorithms, modelling of 3D scenes and objects (CAD software, 3D scanner and video data), 3D face recognition, classification of 3D objects, 3D modelling of traffic flow, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. At the heart of the laboratory is 3D printing. This means that the proposed 3D models using 3D printer can be printed. The laboratory is equipped with 3D sensors, projection equipment and printing technology from ZCorp (3D scanner ZScanner 700/Creaform, Z650 3D printer), 32-core workstation HeavyHorse, SW and so on.

Laboratory of multimedia

The laboratory is equipped with audio and video technology so that students have the opportunity to become familiar with the basic tasks of processing audiovisual material. In terms of research, the laboratory focuses on assessing the quality of internal and external factors on the transmitted audiovisual data and 3D applications. It is equipped with rich camera systems, mixer, video on-line editing systems and application servers for processing audiovisual material. In terms of measuring technique the laboratory is equipped with basic measuring devices allowing the measurement and analysis of video and audio. Laboratory is situated at two places. The part of laboratory focused on editing of video is located in room the NB321. The second part focused on studio technique and atelier works (audio and video) is placed in the laboratory AMT (Ateliér mediálnej tvorby) under the Student restaurant at Veľký Diel.

Audiolab – Laboratory of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing

Specialized research laboratory was established in 2003. Research of the laboratory was initialized under the SEMANTICA FP6 Marie Curie ERG project. Activities of the lab are oriented to both basic and apply research in various areas of speech and audio signal processing using machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches. During its existence, Audiolab research group was involved in several national projects either supported by the Grant Agency for R&D (APVV), Scientific Grant Agency (VEGA), or under the framework of the State Program of Science and Research of the Ministry of Education. It was also partner of the COST Action 292. Currently, members of the laboratory participate on research of selected tasks within EU COST Action IC1003 QUALINET and IC 1103 – „Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age“. In 2013, the research team successfully participated on international benchmark initiative MediaEval2013 ( Laboratory is part of Centre of excellence for systems and services of intelligent transport. The laboratory is equipped with 2 powerful multicore workstations intended for advanced mathematical solutions, server, powered PCs, specialized software as well as common instrumentation for acoustical measurements and sound analysis. Nowadays, laboratory infrastructure is upgraded by support of Structural Funds of EU. The laboratory belongs to Centre of excellence for intelligent and transport systems. Within the Audiolab research group, 6 PhD students have completed their studies, 3 of them in 2013.

Laboratory of mobile communication systems

The laboratory is focused on scientific research and education of mobile radiocommunication networks and systems. The laboratory consists of 2 sub-laboratories:

  1. Laboratory of mobile communication networks
  2. Laboratory of localization systems and services

Laboratory of mobile communication networks is located in ND312A and ND312B rooms. Education is oriented in various radiocommunication networks, e.g. mobile radio networks 2G and 3G (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA), TETRA, ZigBee, WLAN (IEEE 802.11a, b, g, n). The laboratory is equipped with station used for signal receiving of meteorological satellite NOAA. The laboratory is also equipped with Qualnet software for simulation of various kinds of wireless networks. Radio signal propagation is modelled by Radioplan, EDX and it is possible to compare with experimental measurements. Education of radiocommunication theory is based on hardware and software platform TIMS. Research in laboratory is focused on proposal of new algorithms and methods improving some QoS parameters in mobile communication networks. Particular algorithms are modelled by means of software tools NS-2 and Qualnet. Hardware equipment enables to establish more simply wireless ad hoc and wireless mesh networks based on IEEE802.11a, b, g, n and IEEE 802.15.4. Tester Agilent N4010 is possible to use for analysis of these networks.

Laboratory of localization systems and services is located in ND312B rooms. It is devoted to research of positioning algorithms and methods in heterogeneous wireless networks. Achieved results are implemented to real positioning systems designed by the laboratory staff. Localization systems are able to localize mobile terminals in indoor and outdoor environment. Some very interesting location based applications were implemented for user indoor/outdoor navigation. The proposed solutions are implemented to intelligent transport systems. Laboratory is equipped with several development kits for wireless networks and systems, e.g. sensor networks, RFID systems and GNSS. There are GNSS simulator GSS6700 and wi-fi network simulator for positioning process GSS5700, too.