Speaker | Dr. Robello Samuel, Technology Fellow, Halliburton

Dr. Robello Samuel is a Halliburton Technology Fellow. He holds concurrent adjunct faculty positions at the University of Houston and University of Southern California. He is the recipient of SPE awards and recognitions, including the International Drilling Engineering award, Gulf Coast Section Drilling Engineering award, Distinguished Lecturer, and Distinguished member. He serves on the SPE JPT Editorial Committee. Dr. Samuel has published over 270 technical papers/articles/patents and 13 books. He holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Madurai, and an MS degree and PhD in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.   

Speaker | Dr. Zhengchun (Michael) Liu, Senior Technologist, Halliburton

Dr. Zhengchun (Michael) Liu works for Halliburton as a Senior Technologist in the Well Construction, Production, and Economics group at Landmark. He has an MS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Houston and a PhD in engineering from Louisiana Tech University. His research interests include downhole drilling automation; drilling simulation and optimization; and wellbore thermal flow simulation of drilling, completion, and production operations. He also holds a B. Engr. degree in materials science from North University of China.


  • Learn the basics of drilling automation
  • Learn how wellbore trajectory control is realized
  • Better understand drilling uncertainty
  • Discover how earth models and bit-wear models can be integrated with a drilling path control workflow ​


  • E&P managers and VPs
  • Drilling engineers
  • Field engineers
  • Well design engineers
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