Theme and Topics

The theme for this year’s Conference is “Service Delivery for a Smarter Africa”. On the basis of this theme, the following is an indicative list of topics for presentation. It is by no means restrictive and any additional topics that participants may wish to add will be considered for inclusion.

  • Smart Grids
  • Smart Cities
  • Safe Cities
  • Building intelligence into utilities other than electricity, e.g. transport, water, sewerage etc.
  • Smart metering
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • The Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Business cases for Smart Grids, Smart Cities and IoT
  • Telecommunication solutions for Smart Grids and Smart Cities
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Renewable energy resources in relation to Smart Grids and Smart Cities
  • The Smart Home and Smart Appliances
  • Asset Management
  • Emergency preparedness and Disaster Recovery
  • Cybersecurity and its impact on the Smart World
  • Buildings of the future
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Situational awareness and visualization – how to control Smart Grids and Smart Cities
  • Standards and Interoperability
  • The Energy Cloud
  • Geo-spatial science and systems within Smart Grids

Submission Guidelines

Participants from industry and the academia are invited to submit full papers for review. Submitted papers must not be longer than six A4-sized pages, including figures, tables and references. The Conference has adopted the standard IEEE conference paper format, with the file format being either .docx, .pdf or Latex PDF. Document templates can be downloaded here. Sample template can be downloaded here.

Documents can be submitted online here, or can be sent via email to Owing to the double blind peer review process that is going to be used, submitted papers must not include author details, company or university affiliation or country information. Author information should be submitted using the Paper Submission Form online, or by means of a covering letter should the submission be made via email.

Review Process

Each paper will be reviewed by at least two independent reviewers using a double blind peer review process. Selection criteria will include relevance to the theme and topics of the Conference, the papers novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretical impact, and presentation.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Delegates registered with ECSA will receive 3 CPD credits for attending the Conference.

Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: 15th May 2017

Notification of acceptance: 30th June 2017

Final manuscript submission: 31st July 2017

Conference dates: 19th – 21st September 2017

Registration Fees

Successful speakers will be registered to attend the full Conference at no cost.

Contact Information

For enquiries please contact the following:

Technical Chairman                Raj Naidoo       

Conference Chairman            George Debbo  

Registration                             Tamlynne Wilton