Conference and Exhibition

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa
proudly announces its
25th Annual International Conference
28-31 October 2024
At the Boardwalk Hotel and Conference Venue in Gqeberha, South Africa

It is with great pleasure that we announce that RAPDASA will be joined for its 25th Annual International Conference by the 17th Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech), the 35th Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA) and the 5th Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI) conferences.

Following the success of the 2023 RAPDASA Conference, joined by RobMech, PRASA and AMI, hosted at the CSIR in November 2023, we are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the 2024 RAPDASA international conference to be held on 28 – 31 October 2024 at the Boardwalk Hotel and Conference Venue in Gqeberha, South Africa. RAPDASA is again joined by Robotics and Mechatronics (RobMech), the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA) and the South African Advanced Materials Initiative (AMI).

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 2024 conference is:

Unlocking Advanced Manufacturing

This is a call to everyone involved with advanced manufacturing in its various forms. Our collective aim is to support and advance the manufacturing industry for inclusive economic growth, academic collaboration, increasing competitiveness and improving the livelihoods of people.

The conference will offer opportunities for local and international 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 and globally.

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, engineers, 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 paper abstracts: 30 April 2024
  • Notification of acceptance of papers abstracts: 6 May 2024
  • Deadline for submission of poster abstracts: 31 May 2024
  • Notification of acceptance of  poster abstracts: 6 June 2024
  • Deadline for submission of full papers: 30 June 2024
  • Feedback on paper reviews: 2 September 2024
  • Submission deadline for final revised papers: 30 September 2024
  • Submission deadline for poster designs: 30 September 2024

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 28 June 2024.

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