Automating Biology Using Robot Scientists

author: Ross D. King, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester
published: Aug. 17, 2012,   recorded: July 2012,   views: 5626


Related Open Educational Resources

Related content

Report a problem or upload files

If you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
Lecture popularity: You need to login to cast your vote.


A robot scientist is a physically implemented robotic system that applies techniques from artificial intelligence to execute cycles of automated scientific experimentation. A Robot Scientist can automatically execute cycles of: hypothesis formation, selection of efficient experiments to discriminate between hypotheses, execution of experiments using laboratory automation equipment, and analysis of results. We developed the robot scientist Adam to investigate yeast functional genomics. Adam is the first time a machine has discovered novel scientific knowledge. This knowledge is described in a formal argument involving over 10,000 different research units that relates Adam's 6.6 million observations to its conclusions. Our new robot scientist Eve applies the same approach to drug design. Eve has efficiently found "lead compounds" for malaria and other neglected tropical diseases.

See Also:

Download slides icon Download slides: aaai2012_king_robot_scientists_01.pdf (4.8┬áMB)

Help icon Streaming Video Help

Link this page

Would you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !

Write your own review or comment:

make sure you have javascript enabled or clear this field: