Labs and facilities

The Computer Information Systems department manages various facilities which are made available to students, researchers and industry collaborators. These include scientific software, specialised hardware, teaching labs as well as research labs. The department also offers two dedicated labs.

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Lab at the University of Malta houses a growing collection of devices and spaces to help researchers at all levels plan and execute their studies as effectively as possible. The setup affords soft spaces for focus-groups and semi-structured interviews, a library with recent literature (books and journals), remote monitoring facilities for eye-tracking studies, spaces for physiological studies with numerous bio-signal sensors, cutting edge HCI/HMI/BCI devices, a setup for augmented/virtual reality studies as well as a teaching area.

Equipment and facilities

  • Tobii X-120 research-grade eye-tracker
  • Participant + researcher booths as well as a remote participant observation area with a 55" LG monitor
  • Tobii 4C (interaction only portable eye-tracker)
  • EyeTribe (portable eye-tracker)
  • Emotiv Epoc+ EEG headset
  • BioSignals Plux wearable body sensing platform (kit includes EMG, EEG, ACC, ECG, EDA, PZT, BVP)
  • HTC Vive (VR headset)
  • ThirdEye X1 (AR headset)
  • Myo armband (gesture controller)
  • Leap motion (optoelectronic sensor)
  • UNI-T UT370 tachometer
  • Several Unix and Windows machines
  • AV recording equipment
  • Ancillary equipment (Raspberry Pi's, MakeyMakey, Onion Omega)

Contact Dr Chris Porter for more information.

Researchers face the difficult problem of dealing with various kinds of uncertainties. Context-aware systems, in particular, might not be able to identify the current context precisely and thus need support infrastructure for handling uncertainty. In our lab, we conduct different experiments that allow us to replicate different challenges such as within the digital health ecosystem, assisted living and urban environments with the use of IoT and data science.

As a result of these needs, Pervasive Computing is becoming progressively multidisciplinary where more researchers from different disciplines are collaborating together to develop solutions that involve digital devices including wearables, tablets and IoT devices that monitor different day to day environments. Assisted living is evolving with time and more challenges can be overcome by supporting developers and researchers to improve the quality of life through technology. This space offers the right environment to design and create solutions.

Equipment and facilities

  • Zephyr™ Performance Systems (performance monitoring technology)
  • Several wearable devices
  • Smart-watches
  • Myo gesture control armband
  • Different tablets and smart mobile devices supporting Android, iOS and Windows
  • Microsoft Surface Pro
  • Age simulation suit GERT - the GERonTologic simulator
  • Custom-built drone for automated flight development (e.g. monitoring)

Contact Dr Conrad Attard for more information.