RobMech 2014 - November 2014

    2014 10 update

    Information Update:

    Thank you to all those that submitted to the joint RobMech/PRASA/AfLaT conference. We had over 100 submissions for the two days, an overwhelming response. The review process took a little longer to complete then anticipated, and thus closing registration will be delayed until the 5th November 2014.


    Please note:


    1. Registration closes midnight 5th November 2014. (link on LHS of the web page)
    2. Space at the conference is limited to 160 delegates due to the venue size.
    3. Presenting authors get preference. But unregistered presenters will be removed from the program.
    4. All Authors that submitted are eligible for the registration discount. Not only those that were accepted.
    5. print ready papers are due 12 November 2014.
    Check out http://www.prasa.org/ and http://www.aflat.org/ the joint conference page for more information.
    an AGM is planned for the end of day 2. A full agenda will be available closer to the conference. All delegates are invited to attend. A major item up for discussion is the formalisation of the merging of RobMech, PRASA and AfLaT in the future as a single conference covering all the relevant topics. Please give it some thought.
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    Last Updated (29 October 2014)


    Call for Papers 2014



    For the Joint conference of the

    25th annual symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA)

    6th Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT)

    7th Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech) Conference of South Africa

    in Cape Town on

    27 and 28 November 2014

    The 25th annual symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA) will be held in conjunction with the 6th Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT) and the 7th conference of Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech) on 27 and 28 November 2014 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town (http://www.lagoonbeachhotel.co.za/).

    In addition to PRASA, AfLaT and RobMech, the 11th FASTAR workshop will take place on 24 and 25 November in Stellenbosch to make provision for interested parties to attend all four events. See http://www.fastar.org for more information on this workshop.

    1. Fees

    No fees are payable by delegates that attend and present.

    However, delegates attending, but not presenting, incur a cost of R1,000 per delegate (subject to change if additional funding is secured).

    Registration is limited to 150 delegates, and the conference dinner is limited to 100 on a first come first serve basis. Delegates are responsible for their own accommodation and transport.

    Registration will open in October, authors of accepted papers are registered first.

    2. Important dates and deadlines

    22 September 2014: The deadline for the submission of full papers/ abstracts for work-in-progress/posters. Use this link for submission: http://www.robmech.co.za/myreview/

    1 October 2014: Conference registration opens.

    21 October 2014: Notification of acceptance of papers and abstracts will be provided to authors via e-mail.

    1 November 2014: Deadline for registration.

    14 November 2014: Final date for submission of camera ready papers.

    3. Topics

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

    · Classifiers and related topics

    · Speech processing

    · Speech recognition

    · Text to speech systems

    · Natural language processing

    · Computer vision and image processing

    · Bio-pattern recognition

    · Bioinformatics

    · Signal processing

    · Remote sensing

    · Artificial intelligence

    · Machine learning

    · En-user applications and systems

    For the AfLaT workshop, we invite submissions on any topic related to language and speech technology, specifically for African languages, including, but not limited to, the following:

    · Corpora and corpus annotation

    · Machine readable lexicons

    · Morphological analysers

    · Spelling checkers

    · Part of speech taggers and parsers

    · Applications such as machine translation, information extraction, information retrieval, computer-assisted language learning and question answering

    · The role of language technologies in economic development, education, healthcare, and emergency and public services

    · Documentation of endangered languages and the use of language technologies to enhance language vitality

    · The combination of language and speech technology with mobile phone technology.

    For RobMech, any and all Robotics and Mechatronics topics will be considered, topics will include but are 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

    · Agile Manufacturing

    · Mechatronics

    · Distributed Control Systems

    · Energy and

    · Manufacturing Neural Networks

    · Mobile robotics

    · Mining robotics

    4. Format

    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:

    · Papers: original and unpublished research contributions, incomplete research, on-going research or ideas for future research in order to generate feedback limited to a minimum of four (4) pages and a maximum of six (6) pages; and

    · Poster and demonstration session: on-going research and demonstration of software, applications, hardware, and other technology. Only abstracts are required for this session.


    All papers will be submitted to a blind, peer-review process.

    The length of a presentation is 15-20 minutes, including questions and feedback

    Students are encouraged to submit papers, posters and demonstrations.

    Detailed submission requirements are available on the relevant websites.

    5. Contact detail

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    Conference websites: www.prasa.org, www.robmech.co.za, www.aflat.org



    RobMech 2014 is a go!.

    The 27th and 28th November 2014 will see the combination of PRASA, AfLaT and RobMech for the first time.

    Call for papers will be available here soon.

    Venue is Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town.


    Keep visiting this page to find out more...


    Pages under construction - during this time content will be mixed between 2013 and 2014 and some links may be BrOkEn.


    The papers and Proceedings of RobMech 2014 will be published and available on IEEEXplore with the appropriate ISBN!




    The IEEE Robotics and Mechatronics Conference, in association with IEEE RAS and SAIEE, provides a platform to showcase and gauge the current state of advanced robotics and mechatronics research in South Africa. Research facilities in southern Africa and beyond are invited to present and share their work. The symposium is open to all industries, research institutions and hobbyists. The symposium brings together researchers, academicians, application engineers, users and policy makers of CAD/CAM, robotics and factory automation.



    Topics include but are not limited to:


    Agile Manufacturing
    Design (CAD)
    Manufacturing (CAM)
    Engineering (CAE)
    Engineering Education (CAEE)
    Process Planning (CAPP)
    Production Management (CAPM)
    Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
    Cellular Manufacturing
    Concurrent Engineering (CE)
    Design for Manufacture and Assembly
    Distributed Control Systems
    Education and Training
    Flexible Manufacturing Systems
    FMS Artificial Intelligence
    Information Technology-Based

    Knowledge-Based Systems
    Manufacturing Logistics
    Machine Vision
    Mining robotics
    Mobile robotics
    Modeling and Simulation Scheduling
    Neural Networks in Manufacturing
    Operations Management
    Rapid Prototyping
    Robots and Automation
    SCADA Systems
    Sensor development
    Sensors and Applications
    Socio-Economic Issues
    Technology Management
    Total Quality Management



    As an author, you can submit an abstract for a paper that you intend to submit, using the abstract submission interface. The system will provide you with an id and a password. You can then access the paper submission interface to upload the file of your complete paper


    Kindly click on the link below to view/download the RobMech2013 Registration form.

    RobMech2013 Registration Form




    Last Updated (21 August 2014)

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