Final Call for Papers

7-8 December 2017
South Africa

Submission deadline:
2 May 2017

Acceptance notification:
31 July 2017

Registration opens:
31 July 2017

Final papers due:
31 August 2017


The Control Conference Africa (CCA 2017), is a conference hosted by the South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC). CCA 2017 promotes the exchange of ideas and developments in control engineering in Africa and builds on previous South African events in control engineering. The CCA 2017 conference specifically addresses control engineers from African countries, African control engineers based abroad who wish to reconnect to their roots, and all control engineers who want to connect with Africa. Both academic and industrial control engineering practitioners have the opportunity to present their work and exchange research ideas with colleagues from across the globe.

The event is co-sponsored by the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), of which SACAC is the National Member Organisation for South Africa.


  • Automotive systems

  • Aerospace systems

  • Control engineering education

  • Energy systems

  • Modeling and system identification

  • Novel control theory and techniques

  • Process control

  • Robotic systems

Keynote speakers

David Limebeer (University of Oxford, UK)

David J. N. Limebeer took up the University Chair in Control Engineering, in the Department of Engineering Science, at the University of Oxford, UK in 2009. He is a Professorial Fellow in New College, Oxford. His research interests include robust and optimal control, the modelling and control of mechanical systems including air and road vehicles, and large civil engineering structures. Prior to moving to Oxford, he was head of the Control Group at Imperial College (1995 – 1999), and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1999 – 2009. He was chairman of the Imperial College Engineering Faculty Research Committee between 2002 and 2005. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1992, Fellow of the IEE in 1994, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1997 and Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 2002.

Babatunde Ogunnaike (University of Delaware, US)

Babatunde Ogunnaike is the William L. Friend Chaired Professor of chemical engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author or co-author of four books including a widely used textbook, Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control, and Random Phenomena: Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers. His awards include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award, the 2007 ISA Eckman Award, and the 2008 AACC Control Engineering Practice award. He was named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015; he was also elected to fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and elected to the US National Academy of Engineering both in 2012. 

Guanrong Chen, (University of Hong Kong, China)

Professor Chen has been a Chair Professor and the Director of the Centre for Chaos and Complex Networks at the City University of Hong Kong since 2000, prior to that he was a tenured Full Professor at the University of Houston, Texas, USA. He was awarded the 2011 Euler Gold Medal, Russia, and conferred Honorary Doctorates by the Saint Petersburg State University, Russia in 2011 and by the University of Le Havre, France in 2014. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (1997), a Member of the Academy of Europe (2014), and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (2015). He is a Highly Cited Researcher in Engineering as well as in Mathematics according to Thomson Reuters.

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan, (University of Kansas, US)

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan received the Ph.D. and D.Sc. (Habilitation) degrees from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland in 1978 and 1986, respectively. She is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas (KU), a Courtesy Professor of both EECS & AE, and an ITTC Investigator, a Chancellors Club Teaching Professor, and a member of the KU Women’s Hall of Fame.  She is a fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, and recipient of both the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the IEEE CSS Distinguished Member Award. first chair of IEEE CSS Standing Committee on Women in Control, founder and faculty advisor of Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter at KU, founder and coordinator of the MAM/ Outreach Program at KU, and founder and chair of Stochastic Adaptive Control Seminar at KU. Her research interests are in stochastic systems, stochastic adaptive control, and STEM education.

Thokozani Majozi (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Thokozani Majozi is a full professor in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits University where he holds the NRF/DST Chair in Sustainable Process Engineering. His main research interest is batch chemical process integration, where he has made significant scientific and industrial contributions recognized internationally. The early years of his professional career as a chemical engineer was spent working for Unilever, Dow AgroSciences and Sasol Technology. He is a member of Academy of Sciences of South Africa and a Fellow for the African Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards for his research including the Burianec Memorial Award (Italy), S2A3 British Association Medal (Silver) and the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers Bill Neal-May Gold Medal. He is also twice a recipient of the NSTF Award and twice the recipient of the NRF President’s Award. 

Tianyou Chai (Northeastern University, China)

Tianyou Chai has been with the Center of Automation at Northeastern University since 1985, where he became a chair professor in 2004. He serves as a director of The National Engineering and Technology Research Center of Metallurgical Automation since 1997; director of Key Laboratory of Integrated Automation of Process Industry, Ministry of Education since 2003; director of Department of Information and Science of National Natural Science Foundation of China since 2010; chair of Expert Advisory Committee of National Natural Science Foundation of China since 2011;  director of The State Key Laboratory of Synthetical Automation for Process Industries since 2011; Chair of Academic committee of Northeastern University since 2011. In 2003, he was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering.  His main research interests are in modeling, control, optimization and integrated automation of complex industrial processes. He has served extensively as a consultant to industry and government. 


Johannesburg in South Africa is the second largest city in Africa, with more than 3 million people calling this bustling metropolis home. Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it, offers visitors an experience as unique and diverse as the city itself. The city is home to the conference venue, Liliesleaf Farm, which is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Rivionia.

Once a nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honoured. The conference location is easily accessible from the city’s major highways and accommodation is in close proximity. The social programme includes a tour of the historical Liliesleaf Farm, a welcome reception, and a banquet at the eclectic and lavish Katy’s Palace Bar.