Abstract and Papers

We invite the submission of abstracts of works-in-progress or manuscripts of completed research for peer review to the Free State Industry 4.0 Summit (FS4IR 2019), which will be held November 28-29, 2019 in Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa. Each paper will be subjected to a blind-peer review process by a carefully selected panel of experts working within the 4IR domain and other closely related fields. Upon the successful review of these submissions by the scientific committee, authors of accepted papers will be invited to present at the summit. Accepted papers are to be presented during the two-day event starting on 28th November 2019. Extended versions of the papers will be submitted to a special issue of the JNGS and the Journal of Construction Project Management and Innovation, both of which are DHET accredited Journals. These versions will be subjected to another round of blind-peer review process and published afterwards in Special Issue upon acceptance.  


Researchers are requested to submit papers detailing excerpts from either on-going research or completed research projects on the impact of 4IR technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Robotics and Automation, 3D printing, Sensor Networks, etc on the following areas:

  • Future of Mining, 
  • Agriculture and Agro-Allied Enterprises,  
  • Tourism and Hospitality, 
  • Healthcare,  
  • Manufacturing,
  • Waste Management,
  • Construction and Infrastructure Procurement
  • Education and Skills Development, 
  • Technology and Human Enhancement, 
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
  • Smart Cities,  
  • Security, etc


  • 31st October 2019: Deadline for abstracts submission.
  • 4th November 2019: Notification for full papers/abstracts submission.
  • 15th November 2019: Deadline for full paper/extended abstracts submission.


4IR Abstract Template (docx)


4IR Final Paper Template (docx)


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