Abdellatif: Robotic Systems for Oil & Gas Applications

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in-person: B19, Hall 1; virtual participation: Zoom

Robotic Systems for Oil & Gas Applications


Robotic systems have been gaining increased traction in the oil and gas industry over the last few years. They are especially popular in applications that involve performing tasks that are repetitive, hazardous or laborious. Robotic systems spanning the land, sea and air domains have been proven useful in oil and gas applications including underwater robots, unmanned aerial vehicles, magnetic crawlers and legged robots. Applications cover routine rounds, inspection jobs, light maintenance, exploration, and surveillance. Such systems reduce cost and improve safety and operational efficiency.


Fadl Abdellatif is a research engineer at Saudi Aramco's Research & Development Center since 2012 where he has worked on development of multiple robots to assist in field operations including a magnetic crawler (SAIR), an underwater robot (SWIM-R), and a tank volume calibration robot. He has 25+ granted patents and 35+ other filed patents and he has been awarded multiple awards including two Aramco CEO Excellence Awards and the IFIA Industrial Glory Medal. Fadl completed his B.Sc. in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Jordan with distinction in 2009 and his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from KAUST with distinction in 2011 and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree. His research focus areas include robotics, UAVs, automation, design, and control.

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