AdaLab Hosted Workshop

AdaLab is pleased to announce the venue for our end of project workshop which will be held at the Royal Society in London on the 11th of June, 2018.

This major event will cover the topic of automation in Science. Click to request further details.

Major Scientific Success

The AdaLab project has produced an integrated system and tested its results through three complete cycles of model predictions, biological experiment and model revision. These cycles have produced substantial scientific results, which we intend to publish in a major journal paper.


The Scientific Leader of the project Professor Ross King has contributed to the EU Lighthouse Robotics in Healthcare project; to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Engagement workshops in the areas of laboratory automation and biomedical security against influenza pandemics, and to ELRIG (the European Laboratory Research and Innovation Group) )."

EPSRC Workshop

"On March 28th, 2017, Dr. Soldatova was invited to a dedicated EPSRC workshop entitled “Automating science discovery with artificial intelligence technologies". This workshop was held, together with key stakeholders, “to articulate and explore the future of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques", and was thus an extremely useful forum to be able to discuss the project as well as the future direction of the field."

Project Meeting

An AdaLab plenary meeting, featuring all of the projects partners, was held as part of the ChistEra project seminar in Brussels between March the 21st and 23rd. Both the Plenary meeting and the main ChistEra project seminar were well attended successes.


In December 2016 a documentary about the life of Alan Turing was broadcast on the Belgian public television channel Canvas. This featured an interview with the Scientific Leader of the AdaLab project, Professor Ross King.

Robotics and Semantic Systems for Biology

AdaLab partners presented talks at the Robotics and Semantic Systems for Biology conference on June 25, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. Prof. Ross King presented a talk titled "Automating Chemistry and Biology using Robot Scientists" and Dr Larisa Soldatova one on "On Semantic Representations for Laboratory Automation"

Dr Larisa Soldatova joins ORA working group

Dr Larisa Soldatova, as a representative of the AdaLab project, has recently joined a study group under the ORA (Ontologies for Robotics and Automation), to put forward a proposal for a Working Group to develop an IEEE standard for "tasks, behaviours and plans for robotic systems". The proposal will be submitted to the IEEE-SA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Standards Association) in September 2016. Participation in the ORA will ensure that the project outputs are aligned with the emerging standards for the information exchange. The AdaLab project is committed to following emerging standards as well as to contributing to the development of such standards.

PLOS ONE paper on standards for biomedical data analysis

A paper recently published in PLOS ONE described a proposed standard for the recording of biomedical data. A member of the AdaLab team (Dr. Larisa Soldatova) contributed to this paper and to the development of the standard. The AdaLab project will be following the recommendations put forward in this important document. A full version of the paper can be found here.

Robot Scientists, the Replication Crisis, and Cancer

Prof. Ross King from the University of Manchester presented a talk on the robot scientist Eve at the European Robotics Forum in Slovenia, which was held from the 21st to 23rd of March. The website for the event can be found here.

CHIST-ERA Project Seminar 2016

AdaLab was present at the CHIST-ERA project seminar 2016, in Bern on April the 28th and 29th. Adalab's presence at this event included both poster and direct presentations. In concert with this seminar, the project held its second general meeeting on the 27th of April.

First Project Meeting

The first AdaLab general meeting, featuring both the projects partners and scientific advisers, was held in Paris on the 29th and 30th of October. The meeting was a success with many constructive discussions.
The next general meeting is currently planned to be held alongside the first AdaLab review meeting in Bern on the 28th and 29th of April.

Science Museum Demonstration, 25th to 27th August, 2015

Adam, the original robot scientist, was demonstrated at the Science museum in London on the 25th to 27th of August, 2015..

ELRIG Poster Prize, July 2015

A poster prepared by the University of Manchester, and presented by Dr Katherine Roper, won a poster prize at the recent ELRIG event in Sweden. The poster can be seen here.