Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Welcome to Stellenbosch University

Dr Willie Smit

​​Senior Lecturer in the Division for Design and Mechatronics

 Mechatronics: Unmanned aerial vehicles; Image processing; Pattern recognition


Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Electronical Engineering) in 2008, University of Pretoria
  • MIng (Mechanical) with honours in 2000, University of Pretoria
  • BIng (Mechanical) with honours in 1998, University of Pretoria


Professional Experience

January 2012 – present:Stellenbosch University
Senior Lecturer – Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
January 2007 – January 2012:NWU
Senior Lecturer – Department of Mechanical Engineering
January 2005 - December 2006TUT
Part-time lecturer
July 2004 – December 2004:UP
Part-time lecturer

Publications, Presentations and Patents

​Journals Articles

1. Snyman, J. & Smit, W. The Optimal Design of a Planar Parallel Platform for Prescribed Machining Tasks, Multibody System Dynamics, Springer Netherlands, 2002, 8, 103-115

2. Smit, W. & Barnard, E. Continuous speech recognition with sparse coding, Computer Speech & Language, 2009, 23, 200-219


Conference proceedings

1. Le Roux, M.; Campbell, Q.P. & Smit, W. Large scale design and testing of an improved ne coal dewatering system, The South African Institude of Mining and Metallurgy, Fines beni cation, dewatering and agglomeration, 16-17 November 2010, Muldersdrift, South Africa
2. Van Niekerk, W.; Mentz, E. & Smit, W. Co-Operative Learning in Thermodynamics: Solving Problems in Pairs, Proceedings of the First Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education, 10-12 August 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa

3. SMIT WJ. Sparse Coding of Single Spoken Digits. Proceedings of the twenty-fourth annual symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa (PRASA), University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, PRASA 2013 2013: 99-106.

4. AGENBAG W, SMIT WJ, NIESLER TR. Automatic segmentation and clustering of speech using sparse coding. Proceedings of the 2014 PRASA, RobMech and AfLaT International Joint Symposium, Cape Town, South Africa, PRASA 2014: 142-147.

5. GROBLER A, GAUCHÉ P, SMIT WJ. Gaussian mixture models as flux prediction method for central receivers. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 160007, 8 pages.

6. LOCK JC, SMIT WJ, TREURNICHT J. An investigation into multi-dimensional prediction models to estimate the pose error of a quadcopter in a CSP plant setting. AIP Conference, SolarPaces 2015, Cape Town, South Africa, AIP Publishers 2016: 130012, 8 pages.

7. SWANEPOEL MC, BOOYSEN MJ, SMIT WJ. A structural-locking bicycle docking mechanism to enable safe and convenient bicycle usage in urban environments. In: Kruger JH (ed.) 10thh South African conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics, Potchefstroom, South Africa, SACAM 2016: 1-6.