28 – 30 August 2019


South Africa

 1st Call for Papers 

Contact: info@ifacmmm2019.org

Submission opens: 1 October 2018

Submission deadline: 25 January 2019

Acceptance notification: 26 April 2019

Registration opens: 29 April 2019

Final papers due: 24 May 2019

Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing 2019

The 18th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing, MMM 2019 for short, is a conference hosted by the South African Council for Automation and Control (SACAC). MMM 2019 promotes the exchange of ideas and developments in control engineering in the MMM field.

 The symposium will provide a forum for professionals, researchers, and experts in control, mining, mineral and metal processing to review state-of-the-art control, optimization, and automation technologies in the field. 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.


Processing areas covered will include:

  • Underground mining, including the use of autonomous mining equipment
  • Surface operations, mineral processing and beneficiation
  • Casting, hot/cold rolling, forming, forging, heat treatment, annealing
  • Metal recycling processes, waste treatment

Technologies discussed will include:

  • Process modelling
  • Machine learning and computer vision systems
  • Fault detection
  • Control algorithms
  • The Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, big data and analytics

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers with specialised knowledge in diverse areas will be invited to give the plenary lectures.  Four such plenaries are planned, so watch this space.


Stellenbosch in South Africa is a university town situated in the winelands region of the Western Cape, 40 km from Cape Town. The region boasts internationally acclaimed wine farms as well as a myriad of other tourist attractions. Technopark, just outside Stellenbosch, hosts a large number of technology companies, from innovative start-ups to established corporates.

The conference will take place at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies) conference centre, in the heart of historical Stellenbosch.