Rise of the Machines: Robotics and AI Spark a Lab Evolution

Patrick O'Keefe, Clark Nexsen

The modern research laboratory is evolving to include technologies that weren't conceivable just a few years ago. As the cost of doing business continues to rise, along with the costs for construction, researchers are exploring new ways to push the limits of their available budgets. The presentation will feature a detailed explanation of strategies imagined by leading life science companies to incorporate robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning into their research environments.

  • Introduction facilities construction, operation and maintenance costs are rising, driving the need for more efficiency
  • Innovative uses of robotics in research laboratories
  • Artificial Intelligence and the researcher how is it being used?
  • Can machine learning save time, effort and resources?
  • How can these technologies be implemented in laboratory environments to help save researchers time and save program managers money with more effective space typologies?
  • Presentation to feature survey feedback from leading life science companies including Bayer, Biogen, Pfizer, Humacyte, Syngenta, Bluebird Bio, Medicago and others.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an introduction to Robotics, AI and Machine Learning;
  • Learn how these technologies are being used in research lab environments;
  • Understand how these technologies can increase planning and operational efficiencies; and
  • Learn about survey data from leading life science companies.


Pat O'Keefe, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Pat brings over 25 years of experience in the design of life science facilities that range from research and teaching laboratories, research greenhouses and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. As a leader in Clark Nexsen's Science + Technology practice, he has successfully completed projects for academic and corporate clients throughout the Southeast. Pat is also the Managing Director of the Raleigh office of Clark Nexsen.


Note: I2SL did not edit or revise abstract or biography text. Abstracts and biographies are displayed as submitted by the author(s).