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2015 PRASA-RobMech International Conference





Three Day Programme Summary

Venue 1: NMMU North Campus Conference Centre (Building 235)
Venue 2: New Engineering Building  (Building 276)


08h30 – 17h00 eMobility Workshop
New Engineering Building 276  (Venue 2)
13h00 - 17h00 Dynamic Motion Planning for Robot Manipulators with ROS MoveIt! (Aachen University) Building 261, Room No M022 (Ground Floor)
13h00 - 17h00 Vision and Signal Processing (National Instruments)  Building 203, Room No B018 (Ground Floor)
13h00 - 17h00 Totally Integrated Automation Portal (Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre) Building 205, Room E017 (Ground Floor)
13h00 - 17h00 Ultra-High Precision Manufacturing (National Research Laboratories Taiwan, UCT, NMMU) Building 204, Room C252 (2nd Floor)
17h00 Welcome and Registration Cocktail
New Engineering Building 276 (Venue 2)
  Note: Opportunity to upload power point presentations for conference.  


07h30 – 08h30 Registration and Coffee Venue 1
  Note: Opportunity to upload power point presentations for conference.  
08h30 – 09h00 Opening and Welcome Venue 1
09h00 – 09h45 Keynote Address: Chris Williams Venue 1
10h00 – 11h00 Session 1A: Machine Learning Venue 1
10h00 – 11h00 Session 1B: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Venue 2
11h00 – 11h20 Coffee Break: Session 1A Venue 1
  Coffee Break: Session 1B Venue 2
11h20 – 13h00 Session 2A: Speech Venue 1
11h20 – 13h00 Session 2B: Bio-inspired and Medical Venue 2
13h00 – 13h50 Lunch Break - All sessions: NMMU North Campus Conference Centre Restaurant (Venue 1) Venue 1
13h50 – 15h10 Session 3A: Vision 1 Venue 1
13h50 – 15h10 Session 3B: Manufacturing Venue 2
15h10 – 15h30 Coffee Break: Session 3A Venue 1
  Coffee Break: Session 3B Venue 2
15h30 – 16h30 Poster and Demo Session Venue 1: Room 2
18h30 for 19h00 GALA DINNER: “WERK_”, Baakens Valley, Alabaster Street,  South End, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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DAY 2 – 27 NOVEMBER 2015
07h45 – 08h15 Registration and Coffee Venue 1
08h15 – 09h00 Keynote Address: Prof Jan Peters Venue 1
09h20 – 11h00 Session 4A: NLP & TTS  
09h20 – 11h00 Session 4B: Navigation and Vehicles  
11h00 – 11h20 Coffee Break: Session 4A Venue 1
  Coffee Break: Session 4B Venue 2
11h20 – 13h00 Session 5A: Vision 2  
11h20 – 13h00 Session 5B: Education, Electronics and Control  
13h00 – 13h50 Lunch Break Venue 1
14h00 – 15h00 Annual General Meeting and Closing Venue 1


The PRASA-RobMech International Conference, in association with IEEE RAS, SAIEE and SAIMechE, provides a platform to showcase and gauge the current state of pattern recognition methods and applications, advanced robotics and mechatronics research in South Africa. Research facilities in southern Africa and beyond are invited to submit their work for presentation. The symposium is open to all industries, research institutions and hobbyists. The symposium brings together researchers, academics, application engineers, users and policy makers of CAD/CAM/Pattern recognition, robotics and factory automation.


Welcome to the PRASA-RobMech International Conference


The 26th Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa


The 8th Robotics and Mechatronics (Robmech) Conference of South Africa

26-27 November 2015, Port Elizabeth


The conference is organised by the Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC), at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's North Campus in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  

This website will provide you with all the information you need for this year's conference, which will take place on 26 and 27 November 2015 at the  North Campus Conference Centre of the NMMU.

This symposium is the 26th organised annual event of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA).  PRASA is affiliated with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and with the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).  

 Detailed submission requirements are available on the relevant sections of this website and in the Call for Papers section.

This is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded scientists in the interdisciplinary fields of pattern recognition, robotics and mechatronics.


Keynote Speakers

Prof Jan Peters                              Prof Chris Williams
Technische University Darmstadt                 
University of Edinburgh

Important Dates:

  1. Closing date for submission of papers : 31 August 2015
  2. Paper updates allowed untill 7 Sept  (Note, updates to submitted papers only) 
  3. Notification of paper acceptance: 30 September 2015
  4. Conference registration opens: 01 August 2015
  5. Final date for submission of print ready papers: 24 October 2015 (Important: Submission instructions under News)
  6. Deadline for registration: 02 November 2015.




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