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CEMS - The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

SoE Research
Sensors and Control Systems

Research Facilities

The Sensors and Control Systems group includes the following research laboratories:

Core University Facilities



Sensor Networks & Wireless (SN*W) Laboratory

The work in the laboratory is dedicated to the development and implementation of wireless sensor networks and the study of wireless propagation phenomena related to said networks. Wireless sensor systems have been/are being developed based on MicroStrain V-links, Crossbow Motes and Moteiv Tmote Sky hardware, Freescale MC13192/3, Chipcon 2420, and Cypress wireless USB evaluation systems, along with custom hardware platforms. The laboratory is equipped with digital and wireless communication test equipment. The digital communications equipment enables the investigation and development of various modulation techniques and assessment of system performance through 2.4 GHz. Additional RF test equipment enables the development and test of RF components and channels through 6.0 GHz. The laboratory also hosts a compact, reconfigurable channel emulator (CRCE) developed at UVM for the repeatable test of hardware in severe fading environments. [ find out more... ]


Signal and Image Processing Laboratory

The Signal and Image Processing Laboratory is the real-time digital signal processor (DSP) lab. It is used for algorithm development, simulation, rapid prototyping, and code generation for embedded systems. The DSP Research Lab provides the capability for simulation, algorithm development, analysis, and visualization. The target for TI 6000 integrates MATLAB and Simulink with eXpressDSP tools and C6000 processor. Supporting software includes Link for Code Composer Studio, Real-Time Workshop, Embedded Target for TI6000, and Fixed-Point Tool Box.


VLSI Design and Test Laboratory

The VLSI Design and Test Laboratory focuses on developing methodologies, algorithms, techniques and tools for design, verifying, testing and synthesizing deep sub-micron (DSM) system-on-chip (SOC) devices. Our current research interests are in the following areas: phase noise and timing jitter analysis and reduction in RF systems; testing of heterogeneous, component-based system-on-chip devices; mixed signal circuit built-in self-testing; and FPGA applications in mixed signal and RF circuit testing. The lab is equipped with a LeCroy WaveRunner 6100 Digital Oscilloscope (4-channel), an Agilent 54622D Mixed Signal Oscilloscope, an Agilent 1683A Logic Analyzer, an Agilent 6824A System DC Power Supply, Altera and Xilinx FPGA development kits, Complete Cadence IC Development tools, and other test instruments. Funding sources for the VLSI Design and Test Laboratory include IBM and Vermont EPSCoR.


Curriculum Development Laboratory for Sensor Systems

This laboratory has been established to support activities related to the implementation of sensors and sensor systems in the curriculum. The space is equipped with basic electronics test equipment and fabrication tools. Current efforts include prototyping materials to be integrated into the curriculum of the four undergraduate engineering programs (civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical) including a first-year design course, three upper-level technical electives, and one junior-level laboratory. Graduate courses in sensors and wireless sensor systems also utilize this laboratory.


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Core Facilities


Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF)

For more than twenty-five years, the Instrumentation and Model Facility (IMF) has supported research and education at UVM through innovative development of instrumentation, fabrication of mechanical devices, technical consultation, and service of existing equipment. The 14,000-sq.-ft. facility includes a professional machine shop including a welding area, milling machines, lathes, and ancillary equipment, an electronics design and fabrication facility (including an extensive electronics library), and a repair center for instrumentation ranging from laboratory instruments to personal computers. IMF is staffed by experienced scientific instrument makers as well as electronic, research project, and field service engineers. The Technical Services Program (TSP), a second group located in the IMF building, provides clinical engineering services to health care facilities, as well as paid service learning experiences for undergraduate students. [ find out more... ]

Transportation Center

The UVM Transportation Center is committed to advancing and informing priorities in transportation research, education, professional development and overall innovation for Vermont and the nation. [ find out more... ]

Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC)

The Vermont Advanced Computing Center (VACC) is an advanced computing center on campus that offers high performance parallel computing hardware, sensor networks, simulation software, data integration middleware, and immersive visualization facilities, as well as related advanced computing support. [ find out more... ]

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