Activity and Trends in MMS from IFToMM Community

  • Marco Ceccarelli
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 1)


Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) has been the core of mechanical engineering, and indeed of industrial engineering, since the beginning of engineering practice and particularly in modern times. A short survey is presented to outline the main characteristics of mechanisms and their evolution with the aim to identify challenges and the role of MMS in future developments of Technology for the benefit of Society. The significance of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of MMS, is also stressed as the worldwide community that in the past 40 years has contributed the most to aggregate common views and developments with an important role for future improvements yet to come. Modern systems specifically with mechatronic design and operation still need careful attention from mechanism design viewpoints to properly achieve the goals of forwarding technological developments for supporting or replacing human operators in their activity.


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The author wishes to thank Prof. Adalberto Vinciguerra from ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome, who with his mentoring guide has transmitted his interest and enthusiasm for international collaboration and particularly for IFToMM. Among many other IFToMM officers, the author is also very grateful to the past IFToMM Presidents Prof. Bernard Roth, late Prof. Adam Morecki, and Prof. Jorge Angeles, who with their advice and encouragement helped him to reach a maturity both in engineering science and in IFToMM business. Finally the author wishes to thank Prof. Carlos Lopez-Cajùn, current IFToMM Secretary General, and Dr. Joseph Rooney, current Treasurer, for their friendship and strong support with discussions and advice during these years of IFToMM Presidency. Dr. Rooney is also acknowledged for revision and comment of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics, DIMSATUniversity of CassinoCassinoItaly

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