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A number of the school’s labs are located in the recently completed $85 million Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory building
(pictured at right).








The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science provides extensive facilities for research in microelectronics, telecommunications and computer science.

NSRELThese facilities include a state-of-the-art computational facility consisting of a network of Sun servers and Sun engineering workstations. All systems are connected via an extensive fiber-optic Ethernet and have direct access to most major national and international networks through the Texas Higher Education Network. Many personal computers are also available for student use.

In addition to the Jonsson School facilities listed below, cooperative arrangements have been established with many local industries to make their facilities available to our graduate students.

Advanced Communications Technologies Laboratory: Provides a design and evaluation environment for the study of telecommunication systems as well as wireless and optical networks. The lab has facilities for designing network hardware, software, components and applications.

Broadband Communication Laboratory: Contains design and modeling tools for fiber and wireless transmission systems and networks, and all-optical packet routing and switching.

Center for Systems, Communications and Signal Processing: Promotes research and education in general communications, signal processing, control systems, medical and biological systems, circuits and systems, and related software.

Clean Room Research Laboratory: This class 10000 clean room is available for student projects and research. It includes e-beam lithography, sputter deposition, PECVD, LPCVD, etch, ash and evaporation, spectroscopic ellipsometry, rapid thermal annealing capability, dual column focused ion beam and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. An electron beam lithography pattern generator capable of sub-micron resolution is also available for microelectronics research.

Cochlear Implant Laboratory: Concentrates on the analysis and development of signal processing strategies for cochlear implants.

Electronic Materials Processing Laboratory: Has extensive facilities for fabricating and characterizing semiconductor and optical devices.

Embedded and Adaptive Computing Group: Addresses all aspects of system-level design. Projects include: architecture and CAD for low-power FPGAs, circuits and systems for medical electronics, wireless sensor networks, and energy scavenging and power management for ultra-low-power wireless networks.

Laser Electronics Laboratory: Houses graduate research projects centered on the characterization, development and application of ultrafast dye and diode lasers.

Micro/Nano Devices and Systems (MiNDS) Laboratory: Focuses on developing tools and devices that operate on a very small scale, including RF MEMS, photonics MEMS, bio MEMS and actuators.

Multimedia Communications Laboratory: Has a dedicated network of PCs, Linux stations and multiprocessor, high-performance workstations for analysis, design and simulation of image- and video-processing systems.

Nano & Beyond Research Laboratory: Interests include the atomic structure and chemistry of materials, phase transformations in solids, heterogeneous materials integration by UHV wafer bonding, nanoelectronics, flexible electronics, nano-structured materials and advanced characterization.

Nonlinear Optics Laboratory: Features a network of Sun workstations for the numerical simulation of optical transmission systems, optical routers and all-optical network systems.

Open Networking Advanced Research (OpNeAR) Lab: Conducts collaborative research in wired and wireless networking. Includes the Telecommunications Applied Research in Gigabit and Emerging Technologies Lab (TARGET), which performs applied research and testing using live equipment.

Optical Communications Laboratory: Includes attenuators, optical power meters, lasers, APD/p-i-n photodetectors, optical tables and couplers to support system-level research in optical communications.

Optical Measurements Laboratory: Includes a dual-wavelength (visible and near infrared) Gaertner ellipsometer for optical inspection of material systems, a variety of interferometric configurations, high-precision positioning devices, and supporting optical and electrical components.

Photonic Testbed Laboratory: Supports research in photonics and optical communications with current-generation optical networking test equipment.

Plasma Applications Laboratory: State-of-the-art facilities for mass spectrometry, microwave interferometry, optical spectroscopy, optical detection, in-situ ellipsometry and FTIR spectroscopy. In addition, a gaseous electronics conference reference reactor has been installed for plasma processing and particulate generation studies. Research in characterization and fabrication of nanoscale materials and devices is performed in the Nanoelectronics Laboratory.

Signal and Image Processing (SIP) Laboratory: Conducts research in various aspects of signal and image processing, in particular in the application areas of digital/cell-phone cameras and medical imaging.

Speech Processing Laboratory: Features a network of PCs with audio I/O capability for analysis and processing of speech signals. The laboratory is also equipped with several Texas Instruments processors for real-time processing of speech signals.