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Specialist laboratories and equipment

Explore the specialist spaces, labs, and equipment in the School of Computer Science. Our state-of-the-art facilities help you gain hands-on experience from industry-standard equipment, so you can stand out from the crowd after graduation.

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Game Development Lab

Get creative in the Game Development Lab which is fitted with gaming rigs comprised of i7 processors and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards.

Sitting in a GT Omega PRO Series gaming chair, you'll have a dual-screen setup with 27-inch widescreen monitors, a mechanical keyboard and an RGB mouse. The lab also has a dedicated playtesting zone and offers access to official console controllers, an arcade machine, and VR headsets.

Networks and wires in the lab

Networks and Cybersecurity Lab

Immerse yourself amongst switches and routers, picocell mobile technology and even an eye-tracker in the Networks and Cybersecurity Lab. You'll study physical networking and virtual networking in this space, as well as how to secure networks from cybersecurity threats. 

You'll even have the opportunity to program sensors in the Lab, which can be used in a variety of industries including manufacturing and healthcare. 

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3D interactive Igloo

Our 3D interactive Igloo sits on the ground floor of David Goldman Technology Centre but can transport you to a world of your choice. Inside the Igloo is an exciting 360-degree screen and sound system, allowing you to project images and videos and immerse yourself within them, and game engines such as Unity.

Our students have been able to utilise the new and exciting Igloo space to work on and elevate group projects around gaming and apps.

Student wearing VR headset holding controllers

Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab

Recently we've seen exciting developments in the world of virtual and augmented reality, so at the University of Sunderland, we wanted to bring this into the classroom and incorporate it into our teaching methods. We've invested significantly in an array of VR and AR equipment for our students.

We have commissioned a fully equipped Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab, plus an Industry 4.0 Automated Factory space with full Vicon motion capture and tracking capabilities. Having these facilities allow you to experience and use this fascinating technology first-hand and take those skills forward. 

Bernard the robot on the stairs

Robotics and automation

We've invested heavily in exciting robotics and automatic equipment over recent years and as a student, you'll be able to explore and research different elements of robot interaction. One particularly impressive addition has been Bernard, our highly-advanced robot dog. Bernard can be used for a wide range of programming tasks, experiments and outreach by our staff members at events and open days.