Development of Computational Kinematics Within the IFToMM Community

  • Doina Pisla
  • Manfred L. Husty
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 1)


With the advent of symbolic computation and the development of new methods and algorithms in numerical mathematics the classical field of kinematics has undergone a renaissance. But it was not only the new methods that caused this renaissance. Where classical kinematics studied mainly mechanisms and one-parameter motions, the emergence of robotics changed the focus of kinematics to multi-parameter motions and new topics such as workspace computations, direct and inverse kinematics and singularities of sophisticated robots and machines. Therefore it is not surprising that researchers of the IFToMM community entered the new field of robot kinematics. Consequentially the TC Computational Kinematics was established within IFToMM. In this paper we introduce the basic topics and the research methods that define Computational Kinematics and report the short history, aims and activities of the IFToMM TC Computational Kinematics.


Humanoid Robot Sequential Quadratic Programming Inverse Kinematic Technical Committee Kinematic Chain 
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The authors thank Bahram Ravani for his input on the early history of the TC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanics and Computer ProgrammingTechnical University of Cluj-NapocaCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Institute of Basic Science in EngineeringUniversity Innsbruck, Unit Geometry and CADInnsbruckAustria

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