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Future Lab: Smart Not Dark

Future Lab: Smart Not Dark
Future Lab: Smart Not Dark
In my talk I will discuss the collaboration between my research group and IBM that has led to a flexible and extendable real-time laboratory monitoring system which is demonstrated by combining automatic environment sensing and experimental data collection with broker based publication-subscribe messaging middleware. Changes in the laboratory environment are encapsulated as simple messages, which are published using an MQTT compliant broker. Clients subscribe to the MQTT stream, and perform a data transformation on the messages; for example to produce user displays or to change the format of the message for republishing to other clients. An MQTT client written for the Java MIDP platform can be run on a smart-phone with a GPRS Internet connection, freeing us from the constraints of the campus network. Feedback from the user can be returned over the same channel to trigger actions in the laboratory. A demonstration model for this will be built using LEGO Mindstorms to automate an Intel QX-3 Microscope; this allows us to test the safety implications in the application of these ideas and technologies when applied to the remote control of instrumentation.
e-Science, MQTT, Pub/Sub, ComebChem, laboratory
Frey, Jeremy G.
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Frey, Jeremy G.
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Frey, Jeremy G. (2006) Future Lab: Smart Not Dark. At IBM Hursley Technical Exchange IBM Hursley Technical Exchange. 24 May 2006.

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Abstract

In my talk I will discuss the collaboration between my research group and IBM that has led to a flexible and extendable real-time laboratory monitoring system which is demonstrated by combining automatic environment sensing and experimental data collection with broker based publication-subscribe messaging middleware. Changes in the laboratory environment are encapsulated as simple messages, which are published using an MQTT compliant broker. Clients subscribe to the MQTT stream, and perform a data transformation on the messages; for example to produce user displays or to change the format of the message for republishing to other clients. An MQTT client written for the Java MIDP platform can be run on a smart-phone with a GPRS Internet connection, freeing us from the constraints of the campus network. Feedback from the user can be returned over the same channel to trigger actions in the laboratory. A demonstration model for this will be built using LEGO Mindstorms to automate an Intel QX-3 Microscope; this allows us to test the safety implications in the application of these ideas and technologies when applied to the remote control of instrumentation.

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Published date: 24 May 2006
Additional Information: CombeChem Project Output
Venue - Dates: IBM Hursley Technical Exchange, 2006-05-24 - 2006-05-24
Keywords: e-Science, MQTT, Pub/Sub, ComebChem, laboratory

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Local EPrints ID: 38007
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/38007
PURE UUID: 8f3fe412-d354-4af8-92b6-66671e80db14
ORCID for Jeremy G. Frey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0842-4302

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Date deposited: 30 May 2006
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:18

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