The workshop is organized by Saudi Aramco and sponsored by Pioneers Technical Systems.The field of robotic systems has grown tremendously in the last decade. Robots are gradually gaining popularity and replacing humans in performing tasks that are repetitive, hazardous or laborious. Advancements in 3D printing and rapid prototyping technologies, along with easier accessibility to embedded systems, have made robot development more approachable than ever.
This workshop will be held across five days for three hours each morning. Teams of three to six people will collaborate on each project where individual members will focus on different areas including mechanical design, electronics design and embedded programming.
The requirements for each specialization are listed below. The first bullet in each specialization is mandatory, while the second bullet is recommended and will be considered in selecting attendees. Experience gained from academic courses, hobbies and work experience can fulfill these requirements.
- Basic knowledge of mechanical design concepts
- Knowledge and experience with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks, CATIA, ProEngineer)
- Basic knowledge of electronics (primitive components, DC circuits)
- Experience with E-CAD software (Altium, Proteus, Eagle)
- Basic programming skills (C, C++, MATLAB)
- Basic knowledge of microcontroller programming
Ali Outa is a Mechanical Engineer in R&D, Robotics, Mechatronics, Product Design in Aramco. He has five years of experience in Oil & Gas particularly in Research & Development, Asset Integrity and Inspection. Primary focus is in Mechanical Product Design, Robotics, Rapid Prototyping and Intelligent Systems. Ali holds a master of science from KAUST.
Brian is a Research Scientist with Saudi Aramco, where he's worked since 2012. He is working on the Intelligent Systems team, which has graduated four robotics-related projects since being formed in 2012. Brian has a BSc ‘10 in Biology, during which he conducted research on an EMG-controlled upper-body, robotic exoskeleton. He also has a MSc, '11, from KAUST in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has been granted 7 patents by the USPTO and is the author of 4 journal articles in addition to receiving multiple awards for his work on the Intelligent Systems team in Aramco.
Fadl Abdel Latif
Fadl Abdel Latif joined Aramco's R&D Center in 2012 where he develops robotic systems for Oil & Gas applications. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering with distinction from University of Jordan in 2009. He completed his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from KAUST in 2011. His research focus areas include robotics, automation, systems modeling and control and received many awards including the IFIA Industrial Glory Medal and KAUST Provost Award.
Hassane Trigui is a Research Engineer working in Saudi Aramco R&D Center at KAUST since 2012. He is leading the Intelligent Systems team; designing cutting-edge, business driven robotics solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Control and Instrumentation from KFUPM and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from KAUST. His research focuses on robotics, control, circuit design, and embedded programming. He has been rewarded with the CEO Excellence Recognition Award twice during his career in Saudi Aramco.
Sahejad Patel, a 2011 KAUST master’s degree graduate, works on SWIM-R, or Shallow Water Inspection and Monitoring Robot, in the Aramco lab on the KAUST campus.
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