Group leader: Dr.-Ing. Steffen Junginger


The research group Life Science Automation – Systems & Automation focuses on complex system approaches in laboratory automation environment. Engineers explore topics in system integration, robotic integration and mobile robotics, full automation concepts and software solutions for comprehensive system control.


Life Sciences - Systems and Automation


Automated systems in laboratory environments contain single devices, integrated workstations and complex automation lines with robotic integration. The challenging aspect in the laboratory automation approach is that no standardized control interfaces and control protocols are available. The research group evaluates concepts for full automation of partially automated processes including sample preparation, compound synthesis and modification and sample analysis in complete automation. Therefore (process management systems, mobile robot control systems), robotic integrations and systems integrations are developed and validated. Furthermore system design and realistic 4D simulations are used to support application evaluation and application transfer to automation.

Another aspect is the design of laboratory automation devices that support a higher level of flexibility in life science research by adding smart sensing functions and intelligent components.


Current Research Fields

Robotic Integration

Integration of higher sophisticated robots into laboratory automation lines with the scope on flexibility in system process definition, ease of operation and integration of transport functions as well as manipulation functions at a time

Smart Labware Transport / Mobile Robotics

Evaluation of independent self navigating mini transport units for labware transport in integrated automation systems, omnidirectional moving, operation of multiple transporters in parallel, wireless communication, wireless recharging

Automatic Labware Identification

Evaluation of Labware identification with more challenging markings like flask-round barcode reading and processing. Deverlopment of a Advanced tube barcode reader integrating technologies for successful identification of more complicated markings

Smart Tube Storage

Design and Development of an automated tube storage as a liquid handling workstation direct integration including internal temperature control, tube identification, liquid properties identification and more smart functions like capping / decapping.




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