CINCH_approved.pngWhat is RoboLab?

RoboLab is remote-controlled exercises in a real radiochemistry laboratory. It allows you to perform radiochemistry experiments with real equipment in an actual laboratory without all the hassle of being trained, authorized and suited up. It's main purpose is to be used as a complementary teaching tool when teaching radiochemistry to undergraduate and graduate students at university level. This NucWik page explains teachers how to use it.

Available Exercises (per December 2015)


About the RoboLab Project

RoboLab exercises is currently being developed in a joint EU-project (CINCH-II) at Institute for Radiation Protection and Radioecology (IRS) at the Leibniz University of Hanover and at the Nuclear Chemistry Section at Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo (UiO). The original concept was developed at UiO in 2004-2007.

How do I run RoboLab?

RoboLab runs in your normal web-browser, but you need to install a plug-in from National Instrument:

When the right plug-in is installed you can access RoboLab exercises from the links above (under the Available Exercises heading). You should immediately see the message and after a short download the virtual application should load and execute. You then need to grab control (right click on the instrument panel) and click on the "Request Control of the VI" menu item. Once in control you can start the application (click the white arrow) and log in (see section about Scheduling and Access Control below). Remember to stop the application when you are finished.

A rough video explaining the basics was quickly put together, download it here (old and slightly outdated, but it shows you the basics).

Scheduling and Access Control

As RoboLab runs on a physical system in a real lab, only one student/person can use it at any one time. Thus, it will be "war" if several persons tries to use it simultaneously. For this reason you should not run any RoboLab exercise without having been appointed a "time slot". You will then also get a username and password for login on to the system. Without the username you will not be able to start the system.