Group leader: Dr.-Ing. S. Neubert


Automation requires Process Information Technologies

Nearly all automated processes in life sciences require process information technologies to control, monitor and process the information between an operator and the involved devices. The research group especially focuses on the field of medical and laboratory telemonitoring, flexible sensor integration, distributed process management and adaptive assistance solutions. Therefore, core competences in communication technologies, data acquisition and handling procedures as well as software development and design on several levels are challenged. Due to the wide range of tasks, the group is subdivided into the following closely linked sectors:

Management Systems

       Process Management Systems (PMS)

       Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)

       Integration of processing modules

       Medical data management

       Validation of complex processes

Telemonitoring Systems

       Acquisition of multiple parameter sets

       Real-time monitoring of health state and life-science processes

       Module-based, distributed server systems

       Automatic data processing modules

       Visualized live-data provision

       Automatic activity recognition 

Embedded Systems

       Ultra-Low-Energy Hardware Design

         Power-Efficient Wireless Communication

         Flexible Sensor Integration

         Digital Signal Processing (Compression)

         Symmetric Hummingbird 2 Encryption

         Asymmetric Elliptic Curve Cryptography


Current Research Topics


PMS Combines Mobile Robots and Automated Islands

The combination of workstations and mobile robots in a life-science environment requires a new kind of instance to order, attune and control the single steps of an automated, building-wide laboratory process. Along with adapted LIMS functionalities to administrate all required components (e.g. labware, devices, methods) in a database, a flexible web-based method creator, a method-causality validator and a method controller are working together. The process planned in the method creator has to be reviewed by the method-causality validator, which verifies the positions of the connections, the labware formats and the current configuration of all required components. Is the validation correct, the method controller schedules the process flow and sends the required commands to the implemented workstations, robots, single and mobile devices in the consequential order.


Physiological Telemonitoring

The telemedicine system is a medical monitoring model, which uses sensor-communication technologies, computer-information technologies and modern medical technologies. Our work, based on real-time web communication technology HTML5-WebSocket, describes the development of a scalable, real-time, multi-parameter, remote monitoring system. The system consists of sensors, a mobile front control side and a module-based remote monitoring platform. It has a variety of network functions, such as transmission of multiple physiological parameters, search and export. In addition, the system provides real-time monitoring, data review, waveform check, and real-time doctor-patient communication. Since no additional software needs to be installed on the client side, maintenance costs are reduced while the versatility is enhanced.


Flexible Sensor Systems

The Embedded Systems sector uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to create innovative devices for new applications in life science automation. Currently, the focus is on small, ultra-low-energy wireless sensors to merge the concepts of smart sensors and ubiquitous computing. Compact printed circuit boards are designed to combine new, powersaving microprocessors with the highly energy-efficient wireless communication technology ANT. Versatile multi-protocol interfaces are specified to facilitate the system integration of a wide range of sensors. Digital signal processing is applied to minimize the amount of energy required for wireless communication. Our newly developed Selective Entropy Encoding Algorithm realizes a reduction of radio-transmissions of up to 92 percent. In order to guarantee the confidentiality of wireless communication, we apply the most recent encryption algorithms: ECC-25519 and Hummingbird 2.


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