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RoboLab Remote Controlled Experiments

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

The RoboLabs are running in a real laboratory. We need to start up the system and prepare the system for remote use before you can use it. Therefore, you need to contact us to arrange a session and agree on the conditions for using the system. You will then get links to clients and instructions on how to perform the experiment. General information, student and teacher guides (if written) are available in the "instructions" links.

  • For IRS exercises please contact Vivien Pottgießer (v.pottgiesser[at] - contact updated October 2023).
  • For UiO exercises please contact Jon Petter Omtvedt (j.p.omtvedt[at] - contact updated October 2023).

Some of the RoboLabs are available as an "Interactive Screen Experiment" (ISE). ISEs are representations of real experiments, where the real experiment is reproduced as accurately as possible by video sequences on the computer screen and stored measurement data. An ISE do not directly use a physical lab and do not require a running RoboLab server, hence it can be used without requiring preparations and manpower at the host site. Access to the IRS versions real RoboLab experiments are available through the "ISE" links below and do not require previous booking.

Available Exercises (per October 2023)

  • RL1: Absorption of radiation in matter (UiO) Instructions
  • RL2: RoboLab Exercise: n-activation of Ag (UiO) Instructions
  • RL3: HPGe γ-spectroscopy of environmental samples (IRS) Instructions ISE
  • RL4: Autodeposition on different metals (IRS) Instructions ISE (Not available as remote exercise)
  • RL5: Ion exchange column with "on-line" detection (IRS) Instructions ISE (Not available as remote exercise)
  • RL6: Separation and detection of 234mPa (UiO) Instructions

About the RoboLab Project

The RoboLab exercises were developed in a joint EU-project (MEET-CINCH and A-CINCH) 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. Description of RoboLab development in the CINCH-II EU Project:

How do I run RoboLab?

The original RoboLab exercises do not run well in current web browsers and with the much more strict firewalls commonly in use today (October 2023). Some of the RoboLabs was upgraded to use a cloud service and client servers compatible with current day browsers. Others were adopted as ISEs (see above) and some can only be run in makeshift fashion using remote control software or similar. Please reach out to the listed contact persons for information about availability and necessary conditions for running the experiments.

Develop Your Own RoboLab Exercise

LabView is developed using the National Instrument LabView graphical programming language. Please visit the relevant National Instrument web-pages for details about the programming language, e.g.

At UiO an extensive Template and instructions for setting up the SystemLink cloud service to communicate between user application (client) and physical laboratory (server) was made. This was reported as Deliverable 7.1 under the MEET-CINCH project PDF-file

A number of useful documents were made during the constructions of some of the Robolabs. They are listed below:

  • O. N. Salina et al: RoboLab: providing remote access to a physical radiochemistry laboratory for teaching and training volume 332 (2023), page 1533–1539 (
  • A-CINCH Delivarable 3.6 "Updated LabVIEW version of RoboLabs" (Link will be provided on the A-CINCH project web-site as soon as it is approved)
remote_control_experiments/start.txt · Last modified: 2023-10-03 14:00 by Jon Peter Omtvedt