The tenth annual conference will be held in
Perth, Western Australia
December 10-12 2003
At that time of year, Perth will
be enjoying early summer -
it will make an enjoyable getaway for freezing Europeans!
A more detailed announcement
and call for papers will appear here on Monday -
please click 'refresh' when you revisit the page.
In the meantime the details of the ninth conference have been left on the site so that you can see what to expect.
Some fascinating photographs were taken at the Chiang Mai conference
- I am waiting for Wong to send me the links.
If you were there and have photographs you would like to share, please either email them or send the URL where they can be seen.
To all delegates (especially presenters)
We would like to arrange for you to be met
at Chiang Mai airport. Please fill in the details on the new form
on the registration page (click here for the link) and select the 'Send arrival details' button.
This will cause your browser to send us an email.
Useful information on visual aids and power points is here.
On a sartorial note - the weather will be warm and humid - between
25C and 30C (77-85F).
I do not intend to bring a suit! For formal wear, a light summer jacket should be sufficient.
You can find a weather forecast here.
Bring shorts for the elephant outing.
Please fill in the details on the form (click
here for the link) and select the 'Make Registration' button.
This will cause your browser to send us an email.
If your browser is not set up for email, you can select and copy the text to a normal email.
We will be sure to reply within 48 hours (except Sunday!) so email again if you do not receive a reply.
Be sure that your email 'reply' address is correct.
You can also enter your partner's details.
We will probably not see any registration messages sent after Thursday 5th.
Please send them anyway, to enable us to complete our a records,
but be sure also to use the 'arrival time' message to Wong in Thailand.
If you copy and paste your registration details into that pane, we might have time over the weekend to print your name badge etc!
The HTML version is linked here.
A .pdf version is here - over 600k of download!
Some exciting evening activities have heen arranged - linked
There will also be a lively partners' programme for the daytime.
Scope of the conference
'Mechatronics' has become accepted for what it
is, the blending of mechanics,
electronics and computer control into an integrated design. Degree courses in
mechatronics are now widespread. That does not mean that mechatronics has lost its
It continues to be the basis of an ever
growing list of products and techniques of great
technical and commercial value. Mechatronic design can result in products which are
much simpler than their intricate and costly predecessors and can make commonplace
the miracles of yesterday.
Machine-vision has emerged from the laboratory
to find real applications in areas
which include vehicle guidance, robot control and agriculture. Low-cost cameras have
been developed for multimedia applications - but with their ease of interfacing they
offer a whole new field of low-cost vision-based control.
Like its eight predecessors, M2VIP 2002
will provide a forum for international experts
and researchers to present and review advances in mechatronics and machine vision
which have culminated in practical applications, or which promise practical
implementation in the very near future.
Presentations are encouraged to include video material of experimental systems.
Please click here to
load the form
|The Basic Registration Fee is US$300, which includes
the banquet and all social functions
Full time students (with proof of full-time study) US$200.
Partners not attending the conference US$50, to cover
the banquet and social functions.
There will be a reduction of US$100 for all Thai-based attendees.
A late registration fee of an additional US$50 will apply to all registrations after 31st August 2002.
An author must register before 31st August for each paper to be included in the conference proceedings.
A registration form is linked from here.
There are also forms for accommodation reservation and partner details.
From the first fifty papers received in final, amended form, a selection
has been made for inclusion in a hard-back book, to be published by Research
Studies Press and made available before the conference.
(The material of the 2000 version can be seen here)
All presented papers will be written on a CD-ROM, given to delegates as the conference proceedings.
A deadline of August 10th will apply to papers which will appear on the conference CD of proceedings, to allow more time for improvement and inclusion of results. The required format for this is a .pdf file (unlike the .doc requirements for the associated book).
view the detailed instructions and download the template here.
Most overseas delegates will fly to Bangkok International airport
and change there for a flight to Chiang Mai, about an hour's flight to
the north. (It is still a long way from the border, so there need
be no concerns there!)
There are a dozen flights each day. The one-way air fare from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is under US$60.
(See www.thaiairways.com and www.bangkokair.com)
A few additional international flights fly direct to Chiang Mai Airport:.
- SilkAir, from Singapore: www.silkair.com.sg
- Air Mandaley, from Yangon, Myanma: www.air-mandalay.com
- Mandarin Airline, from Taipei: www.mandarin-airlines.com
- Bangkok Airways, from Xian, China: www.bangkokair.com
- Thai Airways, from Kunming : www.thaiairways.com
If we know when you are arriving, we can arrange to pick you up from
the airport - though it is not far from town.
Entrance VISA information
From many countries you can enter for tourist purposes for thirty
days without a visa.
The list of countries from which you can obtain a visa on arrival seems unusual.
To be on the safe side you should look at the official data at
where you can download any application forms you might need.
Click here to link to last year's (2001) Hong Kong home page
For more information, contact: John
Billingsley or Robin Bradbeer
You will find some more hotel information at
- click the 'sort by price' button and you will see that most are very reasonable.
21 October July 2002