Students on the course make use of the Department of Informatics' own computing facilities, including a dedicated lab for EASY MSc students. Students have access to these facilities from the MSc computing laboratory, which is equipped with professional workstations (Dell Precision range) running Windows 7. Program development environments include Netbeans, Visual Studio, BlueJ, and Eclipse; programming languages include Java, C++, C#, Visual Basic, Python, Perl, Haskell, Prolog and Lisp. All Informatics users have remote access to interactive Linux servers. High quality printing and scanning facilities are available and wireless connectivity is good in the lab. Students can also gain access to special (parallel) high performance computing facilities for compute intensive project work. These facilities include several hundred CPU cores and 4 NVIDIA K40 compute nodes. Specialised computing equipment such as GPU development servers are available in the EASy group.
Robots and Autonomous Systems Lab
The EASy group have a number of robots used for research, including walking robots, differential-steer wheeled platforms, and a "gantry" robot used for studying visual guidance from 50Hz video input. EASY MSc students can get access to these for research projects. Several small mobile robots are also available for teaching and research. A variety of in-house software systems can be used for robot research.
All students gain some hands-on experience with real robots as part of lab classes. For those who wish to pursue this further, there are facilities for building and experimenting with robots on projects.
Resources of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Students with relevant research projects will also have access to resources at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, including imaging equipment, substitutional reality setups and EEG/TMS facilities.
Informatics has its own resource centre, which houses a collection of technical reports from other research institutions and a number of relevant books and conference proceedings. The well-stocked main University of Sussex library holds copies of books and journals (many of them online and accessible remotely) needed for the MSc.