Terramechanics Events Updates

ISTVS holds a number of international conferences.

Call for Papers: 12th European ISTVS Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, Sept 2012

Conference venue:
Gerotek Test Facilities, South Africa

The 12th European Regional Conference of the ISTVS will be hosted in Pretoria, South Africa from 24 to 28 September 2012. Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, was founded in 1855. It is a large African city with around 3.2 million people and spans 3200 square kilometers in area.

The University of Pretoria, founded in 1908, is the biggest residential university in South Africa with around 50 000 students and 9 faculties.

The conference venue is the Gerotek Test Facilities, 25km west of Pretoria. Gerotek is an all-encompassing test facility, with a wide variety of test tracks and terrains, at which vehicle development and evaluation tests can be performed in a typical South African environment. Hosting the conference at this facility creates exciting opportunities for some hands-on vehicle experience.

ESTEQ is hosting the conference website and handle the registration and paper submission process:

Conference site
Call for papers

Conference themes include the following:

  • Soil and terrain modeling and characterisation
  • Planetary rovers and mobile robotics
  • Tires, wheels and tracks modeling
  • Agricultural and earth moving equipment
  • Operation on snow and ice
  • Vehicle dynamics, mobility and safety
  • Terramechanics
  • Test and measurement

All papers will be peer-reviewed, and those accepted will be included in the conference proceedings. We strongly encourage all authors to submit full papers, but will also accept oral presentations and posters, for which only an abstract needs to be submitted. To facilitate the communication and the exchange of ideas at the conference, all authors are also strongly encouraged to prepare a poster for each paper they present.

Abstract submissions are open now and abstracts will be accepted until 18 May [deadline extended].

Full papers, based on accepted abstracts will be accepted up to 2 July.

The Conference Chair is Schalk Els, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Contact information:

Professor Schalk Els
Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Private Bag X20

Phone: (+27-12) 420-2045
Fax: (+27-12) 362-5087

Email: schalk.els(at)up.ac.za