Hi Neil,

Such a presentation was made at RubyConf.

http://www.zenspider.com/Languages/Ruby/RubyConf2005.html
See "Brent Roman: Embedding Ruby into a Robotic Marine Laboratory" in 
the Saturday section.

Audio and video of the presentation:
http://rubyconf.blowmage.com/
http://69.10.142.222:7000/

Checkout SciRuby, too:
http://sciruby.codeforpeople.com/sr.cgi/

Devin

Neil Benn wrote:

> Hello,
>
>         I am guest editing a scientific journal (The Journal of the 
> Association for Laboratory Automation - 
> http://labautomation.org/journal.php) of which is concerned with the 
> use of various programming languages (covered so far Java, .NET, C++, 
> Python, Perl) in the field of laboratory automation (typically in the 
> biotech/pharma scientific academia industry).  I am looking for 
> examples of ruby being used in this field - does anyone know of any 
> applications which have been constructed.  Even better if you are 
> available to write an article for the issue (language is English) 
> discussing the language and also a specific application that would be 
> fantastic, please contact me directly at my e-mail address listed in 
> the e-mail header.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Neil
>