Call for papers


The PRASA-RobMech International Conference


The 27th Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA)
The 9th Conference of Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech)

Stellenbosch, South Africa on 1 and 2 December 2016

The 27th annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA) will be held in conjunction with the 9th Conference of Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech) on 1-2 December 2016 at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University ( The main conference will be preceded by a day of workshops/tutorials on 30 November 2016.

[Download PDF of second call for papers.]

Important dates and deadlines

Latest news:

  • The deadline for the submission of papers has been extended by a week to 7 September.
  • Prof Sethu Vijayakumar, Professor of Robotics at the University of Edinburgh and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, will be a keynote speaker.


For the PRASA Track, we invite you to submit original papers in any area related to pattern recognition, including but not limited to:

  • Classifiers and related topics
  • Speech processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Computer vision and image processing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Signal processing
  • Remote sensing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Computational analytics
  • End-user applications and systems

For the RobMech Track, any and all robotics and mechatronics topics will be considered, including but not limited to:

  • FMS Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge Based Systems
  • Information Technology Applied to Manufacturing
  • Computer-Aided Engineering Education
  • Sensors and Applications
  • Robots and Automation
  • Lean Manufacturing Logistics
  • Modelling and Simulation Scheduling
  • Rapid Prototype
  • Management of Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Education and Training using robotics
  • Agile Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Distributed Control Systems
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing Neural Networks
  • Mobile robotics
  • Mining robotics


Submitted papers must follow the IEEE conference proceedings (templates available here) and be submitted in PDF format. The following formats are invited in English, the official conference language:

  1. Full papers reporting on original
    and unpublished research.
  2. Work-in-progress papers
    reporting on on-going research
    or innovative ideas for future
    research, presented in order to
    generate feedback.

Both contributions are limited to a
minimum of four pages and a
maximum of six pages, and only full
papers will be published in the final

Please note

  • All papers will be submitted to a blind, peer-review process.
  • The length of a presentation is 15-20 minutes, including questions and feedback.
  • Detailed submission requirements will be made available on the conference website.

[Download original PDF version of Call for Papers]