Communication, sensing and control

Facilities

Our facilities have software-defined-radios and reprogrammable robotics platforms for experimental research. We also have access to electronic design software for designing custom printed circuit boards and embedded solutions for testing our proposed algorithms.

We have a wireless communications test bed which allows Gigabit/s testing of transmitters, receivers and individual subsystems to 110 GHz. The test bed is integrated into the Roger Pollard High Frequency Measurements Laboratory, sponsored by Keysight Technologies, and houses a suite of vector network analysers that permit the precision characterisation of devices, components and materials at frequencies from 9kHz to 1.1 THz.

This capability creates an exceptional range of opportunities for research on communications and sensing for robotics applications. The main instruments available are the N9030A 44 GHz Vector Signal Analyser, PSA 44 GHz Vector Signal Generator, M8190A 12 GSa/s Arbitrary Waveform Generator, and 67 GHz PNA-X Network Analyser, with frequency extenders to 1.1 THz.

We also have access to medium and light weight Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) for testing Drone based communication systems.