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 15th Annual Systems Engineering Conference

Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: 02 May 2021

“When the unthinkable happens....engineering in a new normal” 

Join us for the 15th Annual INCOSE SA Conference, the premier conference of systems engineering and related disciplines in Africa. The conference allows industry, organizations, educators, researchers, and government to showcase cutting edge practice and research.

Please submit papers, presentations and panels that fall within the practice of systems engineering and associated disciplines. The conference's theme, “When the unthinkable happens....engineering in a new normal,” focuses on applying systems thinking and systems engineering principles and processes within a disrupted and constraint environment.

The conference provides the opportunity to network with professionals, share ideas, knowledge and practices, and learn more about the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and issues in Systems Engineering from many South African domains. Accepted papers will be presented and published in the conference proceedings and the INCOSE Paper and Presentation Library, earning publication credits. Delegates will also earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for attending the conference.

We appreciate all submissions on Systems Engineering, with particular emphasis on the following domains:

Emphasis Areas include but are not limited to:

We encourage authors to submit high quality, close-to-final draft papers addressing systems engineering focused around the key themes above. Ideally, a draft paper should cover the full scope of the issue. Academic papers should cover from theory to theory validation, although papers presenting research proposals coupled with initial results, will also be considered. Practice-focused papers should include problem space and systems engineering approach implementation. Papers that provide insight into critical applications of systems engineering also align well with the conference theme. Papers must be original work that has not previously been published. Joint authors must nominate a single point of contact.

Submitters must use the Paper Template to prepare papers. Papers’ length should be between 8-15 pages (including graphics). Papers and presentations must be submitted in English, the official language of the Conference.

The close-to-final papers need to be submitted using the EasyChair submission site for paper submissions available under the "Downloads" section.  Papers that do not conform to the Paper Preparation Guidelines and Paper Template may be rejected without review.

Each draft paper will be double-blind reviewed by at least 3 members of the INCOSE SA review team, and judged on a range of parameters, specified in the Evaluation Criteria available under the "Downloads" section. All authors shall sign an IP release form also available under the "Downloads" section.

Accepted papers will be presented at the conference before publication in the proceedings of the conference and the INCOSE Paper and Presentation Library. The conference proceedings will be made available to each delegate. An ISBN will be assigned to the proceedings.

The Technical Chair may contact successful authors with further comments, intended to fit them with the other accepted papers and presentations into the program session and track themes.

For the INCOSE SA conference, the term “panel” broadly refers to a session of more than two individuals that is not accompanied by a formal paper. This may take the form of a traditional panel, a roundtable discussion, an open forum, or a debate.

Proposals for panels need to be submitted using the EasyChair submission site for panel and roundatable submissions available under the "Downloads" section.

For accepted panels, the point of contact is required to provide the information needed for the Panel Preparation Guidelines. Note that the moderator is responsible for ensuring that the panel's content stays relevant and professional for all panel sessions.

Each submittal will be reviewed by at least 3 members of the INCOSE SA review team. The evaluation criteria for panel proposals can be found under the "Downloads" section.

Paperless presentations (or just “presentations”) provide the opportunity for practitioners to share their work, novel approaches, or interesting problems addressed without writing a formal paper. Sessions are 40 minutes: 30 minutes for presentation with 10 minutes for Q&A.

Submissions for presentations consist of an extended abstract of no more than 1000 words (less than two pages) and should:

  • Provide an overview of the topic.

  • Clearly identify specific related industries.

  • Provide the benefits the audience will take away from the presentation.

  • Provide background on the presenter and his/her qualifications to provide the talk.

Each submittal will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the INCOSE SA review team. ThePaperless Presentation Preparation Guidelines and the Evaluation Criteria for Paperless Presentation abstracts can be found under the "Downloads" section. The presentations must be also be submitted using the EasyChair submission site for paperless presentation submissions available under the "Downloads" section.

Please note that accepted presentations are not included in the conference's proceedings. However, presentations will be posted on the INCOSE Paper and Presentation Library.

02 May 2021: Paper/Presentation/Panel submission

11 June 2021: Notification of acceptance

06 August 2021: Final submission

15-17 September 2021: Conference

Submission information



IP release form


Panel preparation guidelines


Paper preparation guidelines 


Paper template


Paperless presentation guidelines


Submission links

Paper submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/submissions?a=25803006 

Panel and roundatable submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/submissions?a=25864100

Paperless presentation submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/submissions?a=25864105 

Evaluation criteria



Paper evaluation criteria


Panel evalutation criteria


Paperless presentation evaluation criteria


Presentation template



Conference presentation template