31 May, 2022


Designing the mobile robot Kevin for a life science laboratory

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In cooperation with Fraunhofer IPA, our student Kim Bastiaanse got a paper accepted at Ro-Man conference in Naples, August 2022.

We are happy to announce that our paper entitled “Designing the mobile robot Kevin for a life science laboratory” got accepted for presentation at the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication.


Laboratories are being increasingly automated. In small laboratories individual processes can be fully automated, but this is usually not economically viable. Nevertheless, individual process steps can be performed by flexible, mobile robots to relieve the laboratory staff. As a contribution to the requirements in a life science laboratory the mobile, dextrous robot Kevin was designed by the Fraunhofer IPA research institute in Stuttgart, Germany. Kevin is a mobile service robot which is able to fulfi ll non-value adding activities such as transportation of labware. This paper gives an overview of Kevin’s functionalities, its development process, and presents a preliminary study on how its lights and sounds improve user interaction.

Authors: Sarah Kleine-Wechelmann, Kim Bastiaanse, Matthias Freundel, and Christian Becker-Asano