Laboratories

Faculty: Dr. Yupo Chan

Name of the lab: ITS metaLab

Location of the lab: ETAS 303B

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

  • Software: VISSIM and VISUM micro-simulation package, LINGO Optimization Software, TransCAD GIS Software, ILOG Optimization Libraries, Scientific Workplace with Maple Software, GAMS/CONOPT & XA Optimization Software and Criterion Decision Plus Software, TreePlan Decision Analysis, IDL (interactive Data Language), IMSL, MATLAB, and Microsoft Visual Studio. ($10,000)
  • Equipment: GOES Satellite Dish (with GVAR image downloading software), OPNET: IT Decision Guru/Radio Module/Application Module, LIVE CAM CONNECT HD 1080 ($20,000)
  • Computers: Intel NUC Kit D54250WYK, Workstations and Servers, running Windows and Linux OS ($3,000)

Use(s) of the lab:

Research –
External grants from

  • U.S. Dept. of Transportation – 2004-2009 ($500,000)
  • NASA – 2013-2015 ($20,000)

Undergraduate/graduate research –

  • Currently working with three MS thesis students and two PhD students

Teaching –

  • Optimization Methods in Systems Engineering
  • Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Multicriteria Decision and Risk Analysis
  • Modeling Transportation Systems
  • Linear Programming and Network Flows
  • Spatial Time Series
  • Networks and Combinatorial Optimization

Faculty: Seshadri Mohan

Name of the lab: Software-defined Radio Laboratory

Location of the lab: ETAS 307

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

The lab offers the ability to implement software-defined radio testbed or cognitive radio testbed and test them. The lab consists of eight Ettus Research Universal Software-defined Radio Pheripherals (USRP) N210 and a dozen work stations costing approprimately $40,000

Use(s) of the lab: The laboratory facilitates both undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research in the area of software-defined radio and helps instructors to use in offering laboratory instructions in cognitive radio.

Faculty: Xian Liu

Name of the lab: Laboratory of network optimization and operating systems.

Location of the lab: ETAS 303-C

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

  • Desktop PCs (estimated $4000 value)

Use(s) of the lab:

  • Being used for teaching the advanced computer operating system and communication network courses.
  • Mentioned in several proposals submitted to external agencies (NSF).
  • Being used for graduate student research;
  • Graduate students’ names:
  • Bilal Al-Doori
  • Ayad Bihnam
  • Hamzeh Davarikia

Faculty: Cang Ye

Name of the lab: Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab

Location of the lab: ETAS 523/527 (lab), ETAS 503/504/505/526 (student/postdoc offices)

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

We have two Pioneer robots, one tracked robot, one motion capture system, 3 laser range finders, 4 time-of-flight cameras, one stereovision camera, two machine vision cameras, one pan-tilt-linear motion table, numerous computers, several pieces of test & measurement equipment. The estimated value is ~$140,000.

Use(s) of the lab: The lab space current supports research of six external grants (four NIH grants, one NASA grant, and one state grant). The lab hosts research of five PhD students and one MS student. We are hiring 3-4 more PhD students for spring/fall 2017.

From time to time, the lab has been used to support research projects for undergraduate and high school students. We have also used the lab space to support course projects for graduate classes.

Given the large number of graduate students and the need to put all students together, I’d like to request for a larger lab space. The ideal space would be 2-3 connected rooms, one for lab and the rest for student office.

Faculty: Andrew Wright

Name of the lab: Mechatronics and Acoustics Lab

Location of the lab: ETAS 530

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

Mill, Lathe, specialized machining equipment: $20,000

Materials (metal, electronics components): $50,000

Data acquisition systems: $50,000

Computer equipment: $5,000

Sensors: $3,000

Acoustic and Vibration equipment: $10,000

Vex parts: $10,000

Custom robots: $10,000

Motors: $5,000

Plastics fab: $1,000

Furniture: $2,000

Use(s) of the lab: Research, undergraduate/graduate research, and teaching.

The lab has supported through the years several sponsored projects and was largely funded by NASA grants ($1,500,000). The lab will be used in an upcoming NSF grant (11/2 due date) that is being developed this semester on active learning in engineering education. The mechanical work in the grant will be made using the specialized machining capabilities in the lab.

The lab supports an active doctoral student (Trigun Maroo) who is developing a drone project for precision agriculture. This project should lead to funding opportunities in Arkansas. The student needs fabrication equipment, space to test the drones, measuring equipment to characterize the devices, and secure storage space for materials and equipment.

The lab is used to support both Capstone and Mechanical Design classes. In the past, students who need specialized instruction or access when UALR shop personnel are not available have been accommodated by Dr. Wright in ETAS 530. Having the fabrication space adjacent to the Capstone room (ETAS 529) allows students to assemble their projects and use the tools in ETAS 530, rather than trekking down to the UALR shop.

The vibration equipment will be used to support the new vibrations course which will be required with the beginning of the Mechanical Systems Engineering program beginning in Spring 2017.

The plastics fabrication equipment will be used to support SYEN 2118. Fabrication Lab II, which will be required with the beginning of the Mechanical Systems Engineering program beginning in Spring 2017.

Dr. Wright uses this facility to support his independent research projects. For instance, the CASSY robot platforms have been designed and built in conjunction with the ETAS 530. Since the machines can be configured and left set up, Dr. Wright can perform work in ETAS 530 that he cannot perform in the UALR shop, which has to be reconfigured for student projects on an hourly basis.

The servers, theduchy.ualr.edu, calliope.ualr.edu, and robotics.ualr.edu, are configured to use the ports in ETAS 530. Although this is not a critical feature of the lab, if the servers were to be moved, ITS would have to reconfigure 3 ports elsewhere on campus to the 144.168.99.xxx subdomain. Right now, 226, 227, and 228 are allocated to these servers and locked to the ports in ETAS 530. This would create disruption in several critical features that support campus and national obligations.

The server, calliope.ualr.edu is currently serving the course materials for SYEN 2233. This course has large video requirements that need more drive space than ITS provides.

The server, calliope.ualr.edu is currently serving the library of faculty senate minutes until a digital archive can be configured. This has been done temporarily to give the provost’s office and collections and archives time to develop the plan for taking this task over.

The server, theduchy.ualr.edu, has been in continuous operation since 1996. It has served as a mirror for NASA’s first Mars rover video archive in the 2000’s. Dr. Wright’s course materials have been linked from many different sites over the years. A google search reveals about 600 external links to theduchy.ualr.edu. The server, theduchy.ualr.edu also links files for a few publications that Dr. Wright has received and is the primary server maintaining the data archives from past NASA and NSF grants (see data management plan).

The server, robotics.ualr.edu is not as critical; however, the domain can be used (and has been used in the past) as an entry point for external viewers to see all of UALR’s robotics work. The server has been disrupted in recent months by UALR’s power outages, which have killed two motherboards. The replacement motherboard was finally obtained last week after about four requests for purchase across two chairs, and the server should resume its function presently.

Faculty: Andrew Wright (and others)

Name of the lab: Robotic Lab (should be Capstone Room)

Location of the lab: ETAS 529

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

Materials and Supplies purchased through Capstone program: $5,000

This room is used as both a capstone project assembly room and space for undergraduate and graduate students to have temporary access. The key feature of the room is its size and the programmable magnetic lock on the door. Students can be given temporary access without the need to cut keys and revoke them when the space is no longer needed.

The pace is adjacent to Dr. Wright’s research lab (ETAS 530) and gives students easy access (usually through a graduate student) to tools and machines that facilitate assembly.

The room currently supports Capstone I&II, Elements of Mechanical Design, two undergraduate students independent studies (Jean Pamphile, Priscila Almeida), Trigun Maroo (doctoral student), and the Dancing Robot project (in conjunction with Theater and Dance).

If this space is reallocated, some other project space will have to be allocated for the capstone students’ projects (in particular). Such space should have easy access to the UALR machine shop so that assembly can be facilitated and should have the ability to provide revokable access to students so that they don’t need someone to open the doors for them.

Faculty: Dr. Hussain Al-Rizzo

Name of the lab: Antennas and Wireless Systems Research

Location of the lab: ETAS Rooms 357 and 307, and suite 900

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

Engineering Software Packages for Design and Analysis

  • CST Design Suite, Computer Simulation Technology
  • High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS), and ANSYS Designer by ANSYS
  • SEMCAD by SPEAG
  • Zeland’s Fidelity and IE3D
  • EMPIRE by IMST
  • FEKO by Comprehensive Electromagnetic Solutions
  • Antenna Magus
  • PropLab
  • Keysight Technology Educational Support Product
  • Matlab

For Prototyping

  • Class 1000 clean room for photolithography
  • FUJIFILM Dimatix material printer
  • CNC milling machine

For Testing

State-of-the-art antenna testing facility that includes the following:

  • Tapered Anechoic Chamber
    • DUT: 3’ diameter sphere
    • Frequency Range: 400 MHz through 18 GHz, Absorber attenuation: at least 35 dB at 400 MHz, 50 dB at 18 GHz
  • Agilent E8362B PNA Series Network Analyzer, 10 MHz to 20 GHz
  • Agilent E4440A PSA Series Spectrum Analyzer, 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz
  • Agilent E8257D PSG Analog Signal Generator, 250kHz – 20 GHz
  • Agilent 85070E Dielectric Probe Kit 200 MHz to 50 GHz
  • Speag EASY 4 Four Channel Exposure Acquisition System for SAR measurement
  • Upright SAM head & shoulders phantom, compatible with IEEE/CENELEC specifications
  • Dell T7400 Computational Workstations
  • Tektronix DPO 4104 Oscilloscope
  • Tektronix Active Oscilloscope Probe
  • Agilent E3642A DC Power Supply
  • Agilent 34405A Digital Multimeter
  • Agilent 33220A 20 MHz Arb. Waveform Generator
  • Dimatix 2800 Materials Printer, FujiFilm
  • 2090 Position Controller, ETS-Lindgren
  • 2020 Multi-Axis Positioner Mast and Base, ETS-Lindgren
  • 2110 Multi-Axis Positioner Mast, ETS-Lindgren
  • EM Quest Measurement Software, ETS-Lindgren
  • 3117 Double-Ridged Guide Horn Antenna, ETS-Lindgren
  • 3164-06 Quad-Ridged Horn, ETS-Lindgren
  • 3164-06 Quad-Ridged Horn, ETS-Lindgren
  • 3126-450 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3126-920 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3126-1550 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3126-2450 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3126-5200 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3126-5800 Precision Sleeve Dipole
  • 3147 Log Periodic Dipole Antenna Range Calibration Kit
  • Armored Precision Test Cables 10′ (3), Micro-Coax
  • Precision Test cables 60′, 10′, 6′, 4′, 3′, 1′, Pasternack
  • Adapters – SMA, Type N, BNC, Pasternack
  • WD-1 Soldering Station, Weller
  • Micro-Drill Press, Cameron
  • Carbide Micro-Drill Bits, Kyocera

Use(s) of the lab:

The UALR Antennas and Wireless Systems Research Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art measurement/testing facilities and computer-aided design tools. The laboratory is supported by a specialized fabrication facility and an anechoic chamber. These facilities, coupled with a sixteen-year record of externally funded research in broad, multidisciplinary, and cutting-edge topics have created an education and research environment that is unique in the state of Arkansas and conducive to bringing government and industry together for collaboration on joint projects. The laboratory’s research focuses have included electrically small antennas/sensors; novel materials for compact body-worn antennas with enhanced performance; GPS antennas for horizon-to-horizon coverage and multipath mitigation; mutual coupling reduction in antenna arrays consisting of conformal elements and elements with vertical extents; flexible antennas and artificial magnetic conductors; carbon nanotube antennas and sensors for RF and microwave applications; interference and congestion minimization in industrial-scale WLAN networks; and system-level modeling of implantable medical devices.

Faculty: Jung H. Kim

Name of the lab: Fault Tolerant Computing

Location of the lab: ETAS 582

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

PC and sensor tools (about $30,000)

Use(s) of the lab: Research, undergraduate/graduate research, and teaching. Research and graduate student teaching

Faculty: Jing Zhang

Name of the lab: Power Systems Lab

Location of the lab: ETAS155

Summary of the equipment and the estimated value in US$:

Main Equipment Units Price US$/Unit Total US$
Desktop computers 6 1,156 6,936
Digital Oscilloscopes 6 4,921 29,526
Signal generators 2 1,900 3,800
High-power DC Supply 2 5,582 11,164
3-phase power quality analyzer 1 5,010 5,010
LabView workstation 2 5,000 10,000
Total 66,436

Brief description:

Power Systems Lab provides equipment and service for fundamental experiments of power systems, including three-phase systems, power transformers, electric machines, synchronous generators and operation. It also supports the experiments in power electronics, electronics design, and microprocessors and systems.

Recent development is the remote-accessible experiments of electric power systems by developing special interface between physical experimental system and computer, and using LabView workstation so that the experiments can be completed by computer and network. Remote-accessible experiments have been used for microprocessors & systems lab during last few years. Two Capstone projects have been completed to develop remote-accessible experimental systems for power transformers and synchronous generators. A NSF proposal “Cyber-Physical Experimental Systems for Electric Power Engineering Education” will be submitted on Nov. 2, 2016.

Power Systems Lab supports the two undergraduate Lab courses SYEN3134 “Microprocessors &Systems Lab”, SYEN3158 “Power Systems Lab”. Each semester around 10 undergraduate students use the lab to complete assigned lab projects. It also supports graduate course, “Introduction to Power Electronics”. The graduate students use the lab to complete the lab projects in the course.

The lab also supports undergraduate Capstone projects, master graduate thesis, and PhD graduate dissertation research projects. Currently there are two PhD students use the lab intensively for their research projects.

The lab provides the support for High School Research Program. During last three years, there were three high school students joined the lab to complete their research projects in summer.

ETAS208 shared with Dr. Iqbal and Dr. Kim for graduate students. It is also used for the inventory for best robotic hub.

Faculty: Eric Sandgren

Name of the lab: Mechanics of Materials Laboratory

Location of the lab: ETAS G038

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value: The equipment currently consists of several materials testing machines. mostly very old, but still functional. The value is on the order of 10 to 20k dollars, but it would cost considerably more to replace.

Use(s) of the lab: The laboratory is utilized exclusively for undergraduate teaching in a required class for mechanical track students in Systems Engineering. The plan is to add one new lab each semester, until we have integrated all of the disciplines the lab is required to cover.

Faculty: Jin Wook Lee

Name of the lab: Fuel Cell Research Lab (I)

Location of the lab: ETAS 502

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

Equipped with basic electrochemical instruments such as a potentiostat, reference electrodes, a rotating disc electrode, vacuum oven, ultrasonication bath, an oxygen gas tank, and a computer etc. The total value is approximately $30,000.

Use(s) of the lab: undergraduate/graduate research.

Location of the lab: ETAS 581, 582

Name of the lab: Fuel Cell Research Lab (II)

Summary of the equipment and the estimated $ value:

Some of equipment will be moved from ETAS 502 to 582 if a fume hood is installed.

Use(s) of the lab: Last I heard they are being renovated. They are empty now except Jung’s equipment.