Why Oxford is a great place to study this course
Oxford is at the heart of technology valley and is a hub for UK-based computing and technology firms, so our research partnerships and links with industry are hard to beat. Many computing students take up work placements within Oxfordshire-based companies.
The school has a wide range of computing facilities on it's dedicated technology campus at Wheatley.
Students have access to a range of free software resources including Microsoft and VMWare software through the school’s software licensing subscriptions.
CYBER SECURITY LAB
There are two dedicated secure laboratories which will provide students with ample opportunities to put theory into practice. Students will be able to use the labs to audit an existing network, test security issues on a purpose built IT system, analyse malware and design and implement secure software.
This laboratory is home to wide variety of robots giving our students real-practical opportunities to develop new ideas around this exciting technology. The robots include Artie, a life-size humanoid robot, a quad of Naos, Archie, Robbie, Wendy and Ada, the mini bots and quad who are controlled by apps, and last but by no means least our new addition BLU. BLU is a 3D printed robot which our Robotics students are developing body parts and movement capabilities as part of their course. We have a suite of 3D printers.
PERFORMANCE AUGMENTED LAB
Currently this is a research area however undergraduate students can get involved with projects. The Performance Augmentation Lab (PAL) seeks to close the dissociative gap between abstract knowledge and its practical application, researching radically new forms of linking directly from knowing something ‘in principle’ to applying that knowledge ‘in practice’ and speeding its refinement and integration into polished performance.
With augmented reality and wearables, it is possible to embed knowledge directly into what people experience, enriching the world beyond the visible to allow the creation of novel and powerful forms of feedback on performance. It is PAL’s mission to create the new interface and extend the performance-relevance of HCI, research mixed reality interactive content, and establish interoperability in order to improve user experience and human performance, while at the same time lowering entry barriers and providing safe routes for R&D investment. We pilot novel experience capturing technology and human performance analytics with real-time applications to respond to the open knowledge and innovation challenges of the 21st century with increased immediacy, utility, and accuracy.
The lab has a good stock of smart glasses (Microsoft Hololens, Epson Moverio), EMG armbands (Thalmic Labs MYO), 3D scanners and cameras (Occipital Structure sensor, LEAP motion sensor, intel realsense), arduino for e-textiles, and other. This is an exciting new area of the school and real opportunity for students to get involved in ground-breaking projects.
We have a wide range of labs and workshops for engineering; whilst not directly connected to our computing courses, these are useful facilities to know about and have in the past presented students with opportunity to collaborate with each other.
- ENGINE TEST CELLS
- FLUIDS LAB
- MECHANICAL TESTING AND STRESS
- JOINING TECHNOLOGY
General support services
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