2023 Conference and Exhibition

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa
proudly announces its
24th Annual International Conference
30 October – 02 November 2023
At the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa

It is with great pleasure that we announce that RAPDASA will be joined for its 24th Annual International Conference by the 16th Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech), the 34th Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA) and the 4th Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI) conferences.

Following the success of the 2022 RAPDASA-RobMech-PRASA-AMI Conference hosted by Stellenbosch University in November 2022, we are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the 2023 RAPDASA-RobMech-PRASA-AMI Conference to be held on 30 October to 2 November 2023 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.

This conference will bring together experts from industry, R&D institutions, academia and students in additive manufacturing, materials engineering, rapid product development, pattern recognition, robotics and mechatronics to present research, network and expand the fraternity that has been built by the previous conferences.

The theme of the 2023 conference:

Advanced Manufacturing Beyond Borders

is a call to everyone involved with advanced manufacturing in its various forms. Our collective aim is to accelerate Africa’s manufacturing industry for inclusive economic growth, increase the competitiveness of its economies and improve the livelihoods of its people.

The conference will offer opportunities for participants from industry, R&D institutions, academia and government, to connect and collaborate to grow the next generation of advanced manufacturing enterprises across the African continent.

Conference papers on the following topics are welcomed:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Computer-aided Design
  • Product Engineering
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Design, Simulation and Modelling
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Process Modelling
  • Structural Analysis
  • Materials Selection for Design
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Processing
  • Tooling Design and Development
  • 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
  • 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
  • Management of Technology
  • Operations Management
  • Education and Training using Robotics
  • Agile Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Distributed Control Systems
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing Neural Networks
  • Mobile robotics
  • Mining robotics

Who should attend?

The Organizing Committee, on behalf of RAPDASA, RobMech, PRASA and AMI, invites product designers, toolmakers, production staff, technical directors and managers from industry involved in design, development and manufacturing of products and components to participate or simply attend the conference. In addition, participants from international product development and materials engineering communities, academia and R&D institutions are also invited to attend and participate in the conference. Furthermore, additive manufacturing, robotics and pattern recognition, are becoming important for general managers and CEOs and the world of finance and investment. Ample opportunities will be available to meet with experts in the field.

Important dates deadlines

• Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 April 2023
• Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 06 May 2023
• Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 June 2023
• Feedback on paper reviews: 01 September 2023
• Submission deadline for final revised papers: 30 September 2023
• Submission deadline for poster designs: 30 September 2023

Please see Conference abstract & paper submission for instructions on how to submit an abstract to the conference.

Publication of papers

Abstracts must first be accepted before submission of a full paper can proceed. All papers submitted for the conference will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process, which will be led by the Technical Committee. Papers accepted after peer review will be published in the conference proceedings in MATEC Web of Conferences. Selected papers that comply with the scope of the journal and are of high quality, will be submitted for publication in the ISI accredited The South African Journal of Industrial Engineering (SAJIE).


Industry presentations

As an alternative to the above publication of peer-reviewed papers, industry participants can present their applied research in a non-peer-reviewed format. Only an extended abstract must be submitted for such industry presentations. Industry presentations are not included in the conference proceedings.

The deadline for industry abstracts is 30 June 2023.

Companies or organisations that wish to be a sponsor of the conference proceedings may contact Rynette Coetzer at info@rapdasa.org

Conference Fees

Early Bird Student:  R3500.00 (including VAT) on or before 31 August 2023

Student:  R4200.00 (including VAT)

Early Bird Delegate: R5500.00 (including VAT) on or before 31 August 2023

Delegate:  R6600.00 (including VAT)

Gala dinner accompanying person:  R1200.00 (including VAT)

Single day attendance:  R1500.00 (including VAT) excludes social events.

Pre-Conference Attendance:  R700.00 (including VAT)

Student Pre-Conference:  Free (Proof must be uploaded)

Industry Workshop R1200.00 (including VAT)

If a delegate has registered to attend the full conference, the fee for the industry day is R700.00 (including VAT)


Please email info@rapdasa.org for inquiries on the exhibition.