The Department presently occupies 800 square meters of space for staff offices, and 2300 square meters for laboratories.  The laboratories are well equipped to support teaching and research.

 

Teaching Laboratories

 

Common First-year Laboratory (CF004)

The Common First-year Laboratory is designed for the first-year engineering students to carry out multimedia learning and practical work. In the laboratory, 91 sets of PCs are installed with Microsoft Windows and Linux. On Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, NetBeans IDE and OrCAD are available for computer programming and PSpice circuit simulations. The Linux system provides a platform for students to experiment with network and system administrations. All students' PCs are connected to the teacher's PC using classroom control software such that teacher can communicate effectively with students in class for the teaching of software packages. To facilitate teaching, two sets of remote controlled projects/screens together with a Personal Response System are installed on site.

 

Communications Laboratory (DE502)

The Communications Laboratory is designed to house state-of-the-art measurement and experimental tools. An extensive range of microwave equipment network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, Vector Signal Analyzer and Signal Generators are available.

 

EIE General Teaching Laboratories (CF005, CF005a, CF105 and CF105a)

The Department runs four EIE General Teaching laboratories in which totally 127 sets of PCs are installed. These PCs are fully equipped and connected to different servers. Up-to-date software packages including MS VC++, C, VB, J++ compilers, Matlab (with full spectrum of toolboxes), word processing packages, networking tools, as well as general UNIX utilities are provided through the servers. These laboratories support teaching in all areas of subjects.

 

Information Security Laboratory (CD514)

The Information Security Laboratory is equipped with Cisco switches/routers and general computing equipment to provide laboratory supports for the teaching and training of information security and computer networking related subjects. Students can acquire hands-on experiences on the configuration and analysis of computer networks and information security systems.

 

Interactive Multimedia Laboratory (CD514b)

This laboratory is established for teaching and research in the area of virtual reality. The laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art inertial full-body motion capture system Animazoo IGS-180. It allows high-fidelity real-time full body motion capture in in-door and out-door environment. Besides, the laboratory also houses a hemispherical display for flight simulator applications.

 

Robotics and Control Laboratory (CF505)

The Robotics and Control Laboratory is established to support the teaching and research development in robotics and embedded controllers. Equipment housed in this laboratory include PCs for embedded programming and circuit board designs, embedded controller development kits, various robotics exploration kits, a set of video projection equipment, a handful of digital oscilloscopes and a good variety of general-use electronic instruments. For teaching, there are also feedback servo systems, instrumentation panel trainers and a few Analog Computer trainer kits. This laboratory keeps a good stock of many types of robotic sensor modules, servos, electromechanical drivers, electronic components and mechanical parts. Major activity in the laboratory is robots development through which students gain valuable experience, particularly from participating in in-house competitions as well as external competitions such as the inter-university robots contest "Robocon". The laboratory also displays embedded controllers and robots developed by students.

 

There are 21 sets of iMac computers and iPad tablets, which can be connected with the in-room audio/visual equipment, for the purpose of multimedia projects and mobile application development.

 

Software Project Laboratory (CF502-3)

Project and Multimedia Teaching Laboratory is dedicated for the teaching of IT related subjects. There are 113 sets of PCs and 10 sets of iMac computers installed with hardware and software for basic multimedia computation in these two laboratories. All PCs are networked and connected to servers to allow sharing of resources of the laboratories. Modern multimedia application development tools and software packages are also provided in these laboratories.

 

VLSI Design Laboratory (CF504)

The Department’s major computer systems and workstations are located in this laboratory. They include development systems for general-purpose microprocessors and single chip microprocessors, Desktop Computers, Programming and development facilities for PROM and EPLD, and Transputer development facilities. Digital Signal Processing facilities and Altera's DE2-115,  Xilinx ML402 and Zedboards protoyping boards are also available. The laboratory has also received the sponsorship of EDA companies. In particular:

Altera - Quartus

Aldec - Riviera-PRO

NEC - CyberWorkBench

Renesas Electronics - Musketeer

Xilinx - ISE/Vivado/Vivado HLS

 

69 sets of PCs with Microsoft Windows and Linux are installed in this laboratory. The software packages on Windows are essential for computer programming, circuit simulation and networking. The Linux system hosts EDA tools for VLSI design subjects.

 

 

Research Laboratories

Advanced Materials and Electronics Laboratory (EF501)

The Advanced Materials and Electronics Laboratory aims at developing high performance thin film electronic devices from solution processable advanced materials. The focused material areas are organic semiconductors and hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors. The devices focus on are photovoltaic cells, light emitting devices, photodiodes etc. The research includes fundamental scientific understanding on materials, morphology, interface, high performance devices, as well as engineering issues towards device scale-up and stability. The laboratory is equipped with the state-of-the-art material processing, device fabrication, characterization equipment.

 

Circuits Research Laboratory (DE506)

A comprehensive range of circuit design and development facilities, including programmable power supplies, AC power analyzer, AC/DC current probes, electronic loads, high-performance digital and analog oscilloscopes, high-end computers and workstations, etc.

 

Digital Signal Processing Laboratory (DE503-4)

The DSP laboratory is used mainly to support the research, teaching and exhibition of the state-of-the-art technology of digital signal processing with an emphasis on multi-media applications. Various demonstration units have been installed in the laboratory for the aforementioned purposes. They include a High Definition Television (HDTV) system, a video conferencing system, a speaker verification system, face recognition system, intelligent karaoke system etc., which demonstrate the research achievements of the Department in these areas. All of these systems are supported by a network of high performance servers, workstations and multimedia personal computers with advanced graphics and DSP development software.

 

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Laboratory (EF502)

This is the largest research laboratory of the Department. Activities are mainly focused on power electronics and communications. The laboratory houses most prototyping and test equipment for power electronics research in the low to medium power range, including BH characterizer, PCB tools, impedance analyzer, high power current loads, programmable and dc power supplies, DSOs, current probes, burn-in tester, etc. It also has the state-of-the-art equipment for communication systems research, including spectral analyzer, network analyzer, antenna sets, UWB test set, etc.

 

This laboratory features a big display cabinet for antique electronic instruments and components kept by the Department such as vacuum tubes, a wheatstone bridge, a core memory, and many other exhibits with a long history.

 

Fibre Optic System Laboratory (CF506)

This laboratory is established for research on optical fibre based systems for communication and sensing applications. It has a class 10,000 clean room, test and measurement equipments for optical fibre device and system characterization.

 

MBE Laboratory (EF501f)

This laboratory houses a molecular beam epitaxy system.

 

Microfabrication Laboratory (BC701-4)

Maintained with a clean room environment, there are furnaces, mask aligner, sputterer, e-beam and thermal deposition systems. Other major facilities include metalorganic chemical vapour deposition system, semiconductor optical and electronic characterization equipment.

 

Microscopy and Sensors Laboratory (DE505) and Microscopic Biosensor Laboratory (DE505a)

The laboratories are equipped with low vibration optical tables and a broad suite of bulk optics components for design and construction of microscope systems. This includes a wide selection of high quality immersion objective lens including those with the highest numerical apertures of 1.65 and 1.49. Microscope bodies and motorized precision mechanical manipulators are available. Optical test equipment involving power meters, beam profilers and alignment aids form stock items in the laboratories. State of art single photon s-CMOS (Andor), spatial light modulators and drivers (Holoeye). A new multipoint optical freezer system is being installed.

 

Optical Communications and Networking Research Laboratory (EF503)

The laboratory is equipped with advanced equipment in optical fiber communications. There is a high speed dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) circulating loop optical fiber transmission testbed for beyond 100Gbit/s coherent transmission systems. Major equipment include Agilent 70GHz DCA Oscilloscope with precision timebase, Tektronics 50Gsample/s realtime digital scope, Anritsu 28Gbit/s pulse pattern generators, a 50 GHz RF spectrum analyzer, Agilient 40 GHz electrical signal generator, a high-resolution multi-wavelength meter, two polarization analyzers, a polarization maintaining fusion splicer, a 2.2 W Raman laser, optical spectrum analyzers, and tunable lasers.

 

Renewable Energy Systems Research Laboratory (EF501i)

The Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory is fully equipped with a 3-kW PWM fuel cell, completed with operation-supporting facilities such as de-ionized water generation system, gas humidifier, gas flow controller, and water cooling system. The recently refurbished laboratory is aimed to provide a versatile fuel cell power generation system platform for inter-disciplinary researches in power electronic drive and control systems, and fuel cell modeling and diagnostics. Having been equipped with a complete light measurement system (integrating sphere and spectrometer), it also serves as a photometric testing laboratory for lighting and display-related researches.

 

Specialty Optical Fibre Fabrication Laboratory (CD002)

The laboratory is equipped with advanced specialty optical fibre fabrication facility.  A 6 meter silica fibre draw tower with fibre and capillary drawing capability allow advanced microstructured fibre to be fabricated.