Enabling Automated Oil and Gas Processes Using Unmanned Mobile Robots

The main objective of this project is to explore, develop, and demonstrate a robot prototype system for an unmanned process, or process section, to improve safety and increase reliability and to be operated in remote and harsh environments. The presence of toxic gasses (such as H2S) and very high outdoor temperatures in the Middle East region poses great risks to staff on the site of oil and gas facilities, so the clear benefits of using robotic technology for the relevant tasks such as inspection, operations and maintenance of oil and gas facilities are reliability, robustness and flexibility. Such a system will have to perform a number of different tasks, some of which are guided by a remotely located operator or operation team, and some of which are performed automatically by the robot without human intervention.


  • Qi Han (Faculty)
  • Dr. John Steele (Collaborator from Mechanical Engineering)
  • Adewole Ayoade (Master’s student in EE)


  • Adewole Adekola Ayoade, Marshall Sweatt, John Steele, Qi Han, Khaled Al-Wahedi, Hamad Karki, Laser-Based Gap Finding Approach to Mobile Robot Navigation, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Banff, Alberta, Canada, July 12-15, 2016
  • Adewole Ayoade, Marshall Sweatt,   John Steele, Qi Han, Khaled Al-Wahedi, and Hamad Karki, William Yearsley, Real-time Sensor Fusion for Mobile Robot Localization in an Oil and Gas Refinery, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mechanization, Automation and Industrial Robotics (ICMAIR), London, United Kingkom, May 23-24, 2016
  • Marshall Sweatt, Adewole Ayoade, Qi Han, John Steele, Khaled Al-Wahedi, and Hamad Karki, WiFi Based Communication and Localization of an Autonomous Mobile Robot for Refinery Inspection, International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015
  • John P.H. Steele, Qi Han, Hamad Karki, Khaled Al-Wahedi, Adewole A Ayoade, W Alex Yearsley, Marshall R Sweatt, and Daniel P Albert, Development of an Oil and Gas Refinery Inspection Robot, Proceedings of the 14th ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ICONE14), November 14-20, 2014, Montreal, Canada


This project is supported by Petroleum Industries in United Arab Empires.