ENCLOSURE n.1b - Biographical notes of members of the PC for History of MMS

prof. Marco Ceccarelli

Chairman of Commission for History of MMS

e-mail: ceccarelli@ing.unicas.it

Marco Ceccarelli was born in Rome in 1958. He received the degree of mechanical engineer with laude in 1982 at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. At the same University he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics in 1988. In 1987 he was visiting scholar at Stanford University, U.S.A., and in 1990 he received a CNR-NATO annual grant as visiting professor at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. Since 1990 he teaches the courses "Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms" and "Mechanics of Robots" at the School of Engineering of University of Cassino. Since 1996 he is Director of the Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics of DiMSAT, the Department of Mechanics, Structures, Environment and Territory at the University of Cassino. Since 2001 he is appointed as Full Professor of Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms at the University of Cassino.

He is member of ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers), AIMETA (Italian Society for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics), SIRI (Italian Association of Robotics and Automation), IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), FeIbIM (Iberoamerican Federation for Mechanical Engineering).

He is Chairman of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. He is also member of the IFToMM Commission of Robots and Manipulators and Commission of Computational Kinematics. He is member of scientific Committees for several conferences; he is associate editor for Transactions of CSME (the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers), and he has served as reviewer for several international conferences and journals. He has given several invited lectures in many countries. He has been Scientific Editor for the Proceedings of HMM04, International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms and Chairman for RADD97 International Workshop on Robotics in Alpe-Adria Danube Region.

His research interests cover aspects of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (TMM) and Mechanics of Robots. Specific subjects of his interest are analysis and synthesis of Workspace and Manipulation; Mechanical Design of Manipulators and Grippers; Mechanics of Grasp; History of TMM; Mechanism Design.

He is author or co-author of several papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals.

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Prof. Juan Ignacio Cuadrado Iglesias

(Vice Chairman for Europe)

e-mail: jcuadrad@mcm.upv.es

Juan Ignacio Cuadrado was born in Valencia (Spain) in 1953. He received the degree of mechanical engineer in 1978 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. At the same University he completed a Ph.D. in Robotics in 1983. Since 1986 to 1996 he was Assistant Professor and since 1996 Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Valencia. Since 1986 to 1990 he was Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials at the same University. Since 1978 he teaches courses in Mechanism and Machine Theory and Robotics at the School of Industrial Engineering of Polytechnic University of Valencia. He was Responsible Investigator of diverse international and national research projects, fundamentally in Robotics. Assessor in the National Agency of Evaluation and Prospective.

Since 1991 he was Assistant Director of R+D at AIMME (Metal-mechanic Technological Institute. Association of more than 600 industrial companies). He is International Technological Auditor in industrial companies. He is member of AER (Spanish Association of Robotics). At present he is Assessor of National Plan of Quality Evaluation at Universities in Spain.

He is Vice Chairman for Europe of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. He is member of scientific Committees for several conferences; he has served as reviewer for several international and national conferences.

His research interests cover aspects of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (TMM) and Mechanics of Robots. Specific subjects of his interest are Dynamic of Robots; Calibration of Robots; Path Planning in Robotics; History of TMM.

He is author or co-author of several papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals.



Prof. Clement M. Gosselin

(Vice Chairman for America)

email: gosselin@gmc.ulaval.ca

Dr Jean Pierre Merlet

(Vice Chairman for Web page)

e-mail: jean-pierre.merlet@inria.fr

prof. Teun Koetsier

(Vice Chairman for IFToMM Archive)

e-mail: teun@cs.vu.nl

Teun Koetsier was born on June 8, 1946 in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. He studied civil engineering and mathematics at the Technological University of Delft. He received the degree of mathematical engineer (cum laude) at that university in 1969. In 1970 he worked as a research assistant in kinematics of mechanisms at Stanford University and Columbia University. From 1972 until 1980 he worked at a teacher training institute in Tilburg, The Netherlands and he studied philosophy at the University of Nijmegen (diploma in 1980, cum laude). In 1980 he was appointed at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where he did a Ph. D. in the philosophy of mathematics in 1989. Right now he is professor in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Faculty of Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He is also a member of the Centre for History and Social Aspects of Science at the Vrije Universiteit. His research concerns the history and philosophy of mathematics. He is Chairman of the Dutch Research Association for the History and Social Aspects of Mathematics. He is former Chairman of IFToMM’s Permanent Commission for History. He published a book on the philosophy of mathematics of Imre Lakatos (Elsevier Science Publishers, 1990) and he wrote a considerable number of papers.


prof. Zhen Lu

(Vice Chairman for Asia)

e-mail: zhen_luh@ yahoo.com

Zhen Lu has received the Bachelor degree of engineering at Beijing Polytechnic University in 1966, Master degree of Science at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1987. From 1967 to 1978 he was the engineer of Beijing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation. He was appointed as Associate Professor of BPU in 1988, and as Full Professor of BUAA in 1993. From 1994 to 1998 he was Chairman of the Dept. of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of BUAA. Since 1982 he has taught: "Theory of Machine and Mechanisms", "Robotics", "The Dynamics of Mechanical Systems" and "Advanced Robotics", and others at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of BPU and BUAA respectively. He is a senior member of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society and Chinese Aeronautics Society, the member of Commission of Chinese Intelligent Robotics(Member of Chinese Artificial Intelligent Society), the member of IFToMM Permanent Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science, the member of IFToMM Technical Committee for Robots and Manipulators. His research field covers aspects of theory of machines and mechanisms (TMM) and robotics. Specific subjects of his interest are analysis and synthesis of linkages, kinematically redundant robots and under-actuated manipulators, the dynamics of flexible manipulators, mechanics of grasp with multi-fingered robotic hands, history of science and technology. He is author or co-author of about 80 papers, which have been presented at important conferences or published in national and international key journals. He has published two technical books on advanced mechanisms.

He has supervised 12 doctorial candidates and 14 master graduate students, and some post-doctor research associates. He enjoys the Governmental Special Bonus for his outstanding contribution in education and research. He is the honorary professor of Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications and Jiangnan University.
Now, he is the professor of College of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


prof. Hong-Sen Yan

(Vice Chairman for Relations)

e-mail: hsyan@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Hong-Sen Yan was born in Changhua (Taiwan) in 1951. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 1980. He previously served as a mechanical engineer at China Technical Consultants Co. Ltd. (Taipei), an Associate Professor at National Cheng Kung University (Tainan), a Sr. Research Engineer at General Motor Research Laboratories (Michigan), and an Associate Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Book (New York). Currently, he is a Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (Tainan, TAIWAN), the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ancient Chinese Machinery Cultural Foundation (Tainan) and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mechanism and Machine Theory. Dr. Yan’s areas of interests are creative machine design and ancient Chinese machinery. He publishes more than 250 papers, holds 36 patents, and is the author of 4 books. Dr. Yan received many honors and academic awards inside and outside Taiwan, and he has a hobby of collecting ancient Chinese Locks.


prof. Mario Acevedo

e-mail: macevedo@mixcoac.upmx.mx

prof. Jorge A. C. Ambrosio (observer)

e-mail: jorge@dem.ist.utl.pt


Prof. Marcelo H. Ang Jr

e-mail: mpeangh@nus.edu.sg

Dr. Marcelo H. Ang, Jr. received the B.S. degrees (Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management Engineering from the De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, in 1981; the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1985; and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, in 1986 and 1988, respectively. His work experience include heading the Technical Training Division of Intel's Assembly and Test Facility in the Philippines, research positions at the East West Center in Hawaii and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester, New York. In 1989, Dr. Ang joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the National University of Singapore, where he is currently an Associate Professor. In addition to academic and research activities, he is actively involved in the Singapore Robotic Games as its founding chairman. His research interests span the areas of robotics, automation, computer control, and computational intelligence applications.


Dr. Jian S. Dai

E-mail : jian.dai@kcl.ac.uk

Jian S Dai was born in Shanghai, PR China. He graduated in 1982 with a first class honour BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in China and received his MSc in 1984 in Machine System Control at the same university. He was appointed lecturer in mechanical engineering in 1985 and came to the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. From 1989, he took the research work at Salford University in the UK and received his PhD in 1993 at the same university. He then continued his research at the same institution as post-doctoral research fellow. From 1996, he was a leading member of an international project at Unilever Research Division as a project manager/senior industrial research fellow and subsequently spent three months in Makino Robotics Laboratory at Yamanashi University in Japan. Jian was appointed in 1997 senior lecturer in robotics and machine systems at the University of Sunderland and joined the King's College, University of London in 1999 where he leads research into mechanics of robotics, kinematics and mechanism including the multi-fingered hand for cartons/origami manipulation. Jian Dai is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in the UK and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and an European Engineer awarded by FEDR. He is adjunct professor of several universities including Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA). Jian Dai is a member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science and is also a member of the machinery technical advisory committee of the IMechE. He has served as reviewer for a number of international journals and conferences and to several Canadian research programmes. He organised several workshops including the 1999 WMC workshop in "off-line robot manipulator and devices simulation" and has given invited lectures in robot mechanics, kinematics and mechanisms to many countries including Italy, Japan and China and has given tutorials to several conferences including the 2002 IROS conference.Jian Dai was the recipient of the ASME mechanism committee 1998 ‘Best Paper Award’ in the 25th ASME Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in which he proposed the ‘metamorphic mechanism’. His paper on the ‘design of a six-element force transducer based on the Stewart platform’ is used as the sample article of the IMechE Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. His paper on the ‘correlation between constraint forces and freedom twists’ is published in the Royal Society proceedings. Over 70 refereed papers were published in international journals and conferences. His teaching covers mechanics, robotics, mechatronics, instrumentation, mechanism synthesis, and computer-aided-manufacturing. His research interests cover aspects of mechanics of advanced machinery and mechanisms, kinematics and robotics. Specific subjects of his interests are manipulation and grasping, object and material handling, underactuated manipulators, parallel manipulators with passive joints and a central strut, multifingered robot hand, metamorphic mechanisms, robotics in rehabilitation engineering, and robotics in material handling and in industrial packaging.


prof G. Reg Dunlop (observer)

Email: r.dunlop@canterbury.ac.nz

Reg Dunlop was born in New Zealand in 1946. He completed a BSc in Physics at the Victoria University of Wellington, and trained as a high school teacher. After this he completed a BE (first class honors in electrical engineering) and a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. A period in industry followed with the last three years as Chief Engineer for a company now known as PulseData Ltd. . Reg’s work with production systems lead to an interest in robotics and NC machinery, and in 1980 he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Canterbury where he is now a reader. He is in charge of the robotics, control and applied mechanics laboratories, and is also the Director of Mechanical Postgraduate studies. Reg is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IEE, a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a Fellow of IPENZ (the Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand). He serves as a reviewer for a dozen or so journals and conferences. He is an observer on the IFToMM commission of Robots and Manipulators, and also the commission for the History of Machine and Mechanism Science. He has supervised some 20 PhD and ME research theses at Canterbury, and currently has 5 nearing completion plus 6 diplome research projects with French and German students. He has authored or co-authored about 100 refereed papers for journals and conferences.


prof. Elisabeth Filemon

e-mail: efilemon@mm.bme.hu

Dr.habil. Elisabeth Filemon Ph.D, DSc. is Professor of Technical Mechanics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (former Technical University of Budapest). She holds a number of offices at national level in her subject of mechanical engineering. In addition she was Secretary-General of IFToMM and president of the Robotics Working Group of the Union of International Technical Assotiations (UITA). Former she was Chair of the IFToMM Permanent Commission for History. Presently she is member of the Technical Committee for Robotics and the Permanent Commission for History of MMS. Professor Filemon’s work includes her being program co-ordinator and lecturer of the postgraduate courses on Robotics offered by the UNESCO in Budapest, for seven years. Elisabeth Filemon was born in Budapest (Hungary, 09. 07. 1932.). She has received "Honorary Degree of Mechanical Engineer" in 1954 at the Technical University of Budapest. Since 1954 she has served at the Technical Mechanics Department (now "Applied Mechanics Department"), of the same University. She used to be member of different Educational and Scientific Committees of the Faculty of Engineering. Right now she is Distinguished Professor there. She was one of the teaching-staf for the "Theory of Machines and Mechanisms", but she used to teach other mechanics courses, as "Statics", "Kinematics", and "Dynamics", as well. Since 1978 she has been responsible for the course "Mechanisms", and in 1986 she initiated and since this time she has tought the courses "Robotmechanisms", and "Mechanisms, Robotmechanisms". She has supervised graduate and post graduate research activity, and has been reviewer of M.S. Diploma-, and Ph.D. Thesises. She received degrees "Dr.Techn." (1974), "Ph.D." (1994), and "Dr.habil." (1995) from the Technical University of Budapest. She has scientific degrees from the Hungarian Akademy of Sciences: the "Candidate of Technical Sciences" (1974), and she is the "Doktor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences" (2000). She used to be Reviewer of the Journal: "Applied Mechanics Reviews", and member of the Editorial Boards of "Masinostroenie" and "Engineering and Automation, International Journal of Cooperation in the Engineering Industry". Her reseach interest cover aspects of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms. Specific subjects of her interest are the kinematic synthesis of linkages, and the Burmester’s Theory. Papers, she wrote, had been widely refered internationally. She was leader of research programs the results of which are used in industry, including different linkages for furniture and machine automat for making and filling sacks. In addition to academic and research activities she is actively involved in the Hungarian Engineering Society (1983-2002), and she was Vice Secretary General of it (1998-2002). Since 1973 she took part of the activity of the Machine Design Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her activity in the frame of IFToMM had been started in 1966 and she took part of the World Congress and the Statutory General Assembly in Zakopane (1969). She was member of the Permanent Commission for "Education" and the Technical Committee for "Linkages and Cams". She regularly attended the RoManSy- and SyRoM Symposias. She visited a great many Universities, Research Institutes and Conferences in Europe, USA, Japan and China-Beijing. Up to the present, she attended the each IFToMM World Congress as Member or as Cheef Delegate of the Hungarian Delegation. She has been Member of the Hungarian Member Committee of IFToMM since 1974 and since 1996 Elisabeth Filemon is the Chair of the Hungarian Member Committee of IFToMM.


prof John A. Gal

e-mail: ja.gal@uws.edu.au

prof. Alexander Alexandrovich Golovin

E-mail: irina@mx.bmstu.ru; aalgol@mail.ru

Alexander Golovin has received the degree of mechanical engineer with laude in 1962 at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU). In 1971 he has received the degree of Candidate of Technical Science (stamping technology and applied theory of plasticity), in 1993 – the degree of DSc (Theory of Mechanisms and Machines, Stamping Machines). Since 1969 he teaches the course "Theory of Mechanisms and Machines" at the Department of TMM in BMSTU. Since 1977 he is Assistance Professor and since 1993 he is full Professor of TMM BMSTU. He teaches the special courses of mechanisms for Departments "Technology and Machines for Forging and Stamping Proccesses" and "Renovation". He is Activity Member of Russian Academy of Problems of Quality, member of Russian National Committee on TMM, member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machines and Mechanisms Science. His research interests cover aspects of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms and Mechanisms of Presses. Specific subjects of his interest are Multyvariant Design of Linkages, Mechanical Analogues of Biological Systems, Teaching and History Problems of TMM. He is author or co-author of 2 monographs and about 100 papers, which have been presented at national and international Conferences and journals.


prof. Stefan Havlik

e-mail: Havlik@bb.sanet.sk

Štefan Havlík was born in 1948 in Rožňava, Czechoslovakia. He graduated and received the Dipl. Eng. degree in mechanical engineering and contemporary in control engineering from Czech Technical University of Mechanical and Textile engineering in Liberec, Czechoslovakia. In 1982 he received the Ph.D. degree from the Slovak Academy of Sciences for the dissertation in the field of automation and control. In 1994 he finished state doctor thesis and received the highest scientific degree Dr.Sc. (Prof.). During the period 1973-75 he has been employed as the research designer at the organization of the Energy Industry solving problems of design, modeling, simulation and automatic control of heat energy distribution system. In 1976 he was accepted at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Technical Cybernetics on the post of member of research staff for the new established branch in Banská Bystrica. Now it is a part of the Institute of Informatics in Bratislava. He is actually head of the research department. Within years 1991 and 1992 he has been appointed as invited professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL -DMT/IMT) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He spent more short time study or lecture stays at technical universities (i.e.: Torino, Milano, Naples, Barcelona, Prague) and several research institutions / companies. His research activities diverge from solving theoretical problems of robotics and automation including mechanics and control to applications. His main contributions are oriented to the following topics: - Problems of accuracy, compliance / stiffness, passive and active techniques of accommodation. - Tactile – force and torque sensors and sensor based information – control systems. - Application of robotic systems in technological processes as well as in non-manufacturing tasks, actually in mine cleaning operations. He is author more then 100 scientific papers in books, international or national scientific journals and conference proceedings. He was leading several research projects, some of them with practical realizations of advanced robotic systems in manufacturing (arc welding, assembly) or in humanitarian demining. He actively participated at the organization of national or international conferences under IMECO, IFAC or IFToMM, several times as the chair or member of program-organizing committees.


prof. Manfred Husty

e-mail: manfred.husty@uibk.ac.at

prof. Hanfried Kerle

e-mail: H.Kerle@tu-bs.de

Hanfried Kerle was born 1941 in Kiel, in the northern part of Germany. He received the degree of mechanical engineer after a specialization in mechanics and material science in 1967 from the Technical University of Braunschweig. Thereafter he became scientific collaborator at the Institute of Mechanism Theory and Machine Dynamics in Braunschweig and got his Ph.D degree in mechanical engineering 1973 with a thesis about cam mechanisms. From 1973 to 1982 he worked as chief engineer at the institute named before which changed its name (and activities) 1988 into Institute of Production Automation and Handling Technology. From that time to 1999 he was deputy director of the institute. In 1999 there was a merger of his institute with the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology in Braunschweig where he now leads as Academic Director the Department of Production Automation and Machine Tools of the new institute. This department consists of two working groups: machines and controls as well as handling technology and assembly including also microassembly. From 1977 to 1994 he was chairman of the commission "Planar Cam Mechanisms" of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and member of its council "Mechanism Theory", from 1989 to 1994 also deputy chairman of this council. Now he is still member of the VDI council and of the commission "Mechanisms in Handling Technology". Besides he is coordinator of the students´ exchange programs of the Mechanical Engineering Department of his university with Italian and Romanian universities. He is author or co-author of 69 publications including three books. Since 1992 he works intensively in the field of parallel structures for robots and machine tools.


prof. Yaroslav T. Kinitsky

e-mail: silin@mailhub.tup.km.ua; elena@sovamua.com

Yaroslav T. Kinitsky graduated the mechanical faculty of the Ukrainian Polygraphic institute in 1961 and received the degree of mechanical engineer. Since 1963 he has been working as a university teacher at Technological University of Podillia where he teaches the theory of mechanisms and machines. In 1972 he received the degree of candidate of science, and in 1994 he received the degree of doctor of science. In 1991 he was appointed as a professor of the Machine Designing department of the Technological University of Podillia (now it is a department of Machines and Mechanisms). The main science trends are analysis and synthesis of the linkage mechanisms and especially directing mechanisms and mechanisms, which are capable to make stopping of the output link during continuous rotating of an input link. He is the author or co-author of more then 100 papers, 4 textbooks, 3 manuals, 1 monograph, 4 patents on inventions. Since 1982 he has been a chief of the Machines and Mechanisms department of the Technological University of Podillia.

prof. Franz Otto Kopp

e-mail ifg@ifg.uni-hannover.de


prof. Bohdan Kopey

e-mail: public@ifdtung.if.ua / kopeyb@ifdtung.if.ua

Kopey Bogdan Volodymyrovych was born 30.08.1945 in Lviv region, Ukrainian. He speaks 4 foreign languages (French,English,Russian,Polish). He graduated from Institute of Oil and Gas in 1971 and he received the Diploma in Ph. D.(candidate of science) in 1979. He is Professor of Petroleum Equipment Department and Academician of Ukrainian Academy of Oil and Gas. He has been invited professor at National Institute of Oil and Gas - Boumerdes, Algeria. His current __ scientific research interests are in the fields of: - development of computer diagnostic systems and database pumping units control; - researches on glass, carbon and basault fiber plastics for oil-well equipment. He has been author or coauthor for 12 books and brochures, 140 articles, 40 conference abstracts, 3 patents.



prof. Marek Kujath

e-mail: marek.kujath@dal.ca

prof. Carlos S. Lopez Cajùn

e-mail: cajun@sunserver.uaq.mx

Carlos S. López-Cajún was born in Campeche, Camp. México in 1948. He received the degrees of mechanical engineer and master in engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1969 and 1977, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. From 1969 to 1975, he worked at the oil and automotive industry and, from 1982 to 1985, as Associated Professor at UNAM. He was a Visiting Professor at McGill University in 1986-1987 and was engaged in projects related to robotics and mechanisms design. From 1988 to 1996 he worked at the Mexican Institute for Research in Transportation in projects related to simulation, mechanisms design, conservation energy, among others. Since 1996 is a Faculty member at the School of Engineering of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, (UAQ, Querétaro, Qro. México), where he teaches courses on Robotics, Machine Design and Mechanical Vibrations.

He is a member of the (mexican) Academy of Engineering, Mexican Society of Mechanical Engineers (SOMIM), Chairman of the IFToMM-Mexican Commission and a member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. He is a member of the editorial board of the (forthcoming) SOMIM journal and he has served and serves as reviewer for several international conferences and journals. He has given lectures related to robotics and cam optimization in several countries.

His research interests are on robotics, simulation, mechanisms design, and materials.

He is author or co-author of two books and about 40 papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals.


prof. Constantinos Mavroidis

e-mail: mavro@jove.rutgers.edu

prof João Carlos Mendes Carvalho

e-mail: jcmendes@mecanica.ufu.br


Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos

e-mail: egpapado@central.ntua.gr

Evangelos Papadopoulos was born in Athens in 1957. He received a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, (NTUA), Greece, in 1981, and subsequently a M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1985 to 1987 he was a researcher with the Greek Navy Research and Technology Office, where he developed integrated windowing and graphics software. Prior to this he was a research assistant at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) at MIT. He then continued his graduate studies at MIT and received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, in 1990. In 1991 he was appointed a Lecturer at MIT. Subsequently he joined McGill University, Montreal, Canada as an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and aa a member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM). At McGill, he taught courses in Robotics, Systems, and Mechanisms. After being tenured in 1997, he joined the NTUA, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McGill. He teaches courses in Circuits and Systems, Electromechanical Systems, Robotics, Controls, and Mechatronics. Dr. Papadopoulos is a senior member of the IEEE and of the AIAA and a member of ASME, New York Academy of Sciences, and of the Technical Chamber of Greece. He has been elected a member of the Sigma Xi, and of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Theory of Machines and Mechanisms. Currently, he is a member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Athens, Greece, and serves as a consultant to industry. He has given invited lectures in both academia and industry.Dr. Papadopoulos conducts research in the areas of robotics, modeling and control of dynamic systems, haptic devices and simulators, design, and control theory. He is author or co-author of about 90 papers, which have been presented in International Conferences or published in International Journals. He is also the author of two books in Greek, namely, "Electrical Circuits and Systems," and "Electromechanical Systems".

Prof. Ian Parkin

e-mail: ian@cs.usyd.edu.au

Iulian Popescu

e-mail: ipopescu@mecanica.ucv.ro

Iulian Popescu has received the degree of mechanical engineer in 1961 at Technical University of Cluj, and Ph.D. in 1970 at the University ² Politehnica² of Bucharest. He has worked 7 years like mechanical engineer at ² Electroputere² Craiova, beginning with 1968 he is teacher at University of Craiova and beginning with 1980 he is professor. His teaching activity is focused on "Mechanisms and Machines Theory" and "Cutting metals". Beginning with 2000 he lectures a History of Technique course. He is member of Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. His research interests cover aspects of Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (TMM) and Biological Robots. Specific subjects of his interest are analysis, synthesis and Optimization planar and spatial Mechanisms, History of Technique. He is unique author or first author of 46 books and 260 scientific papers. He was adviser for 15 Ph.D. students and now he advises other 8 Ph.D. students.


prof. Jammi S. Rao

e-mail: jsrao@mech.iitd.ernet.in

Prof. Alberto Rovetta

Email alberto.rovetta@polimi.it

prof Moon Hwo Seo

e-mail: mhseo@kkucc.konkuk.ac.kr

prof. Moshe Shoham

e-mail: shoham@tx.technion.ac.il

prof. Jae-Kyung Shim

e-mail: jkshim@korea.ac.kr

Dr Yuri Soliterman

e-mail: yuri@inmash.bas-net.by

Prof Atsuo Takanishi

e-mail: takanisi@mn.waseda.ac.jp

Atsuo TAKANISHI is a Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Waseda University and a concurrent Professor and one of the core members of the HRI (Humanoid Robotics Institute), Waseda University. He received the B.S.E. degree in 1980, the M.S.E. degree in 1982 and the Ph.D. degree in 1988, all in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University. His current are of research are related to Humanoid Robots and Cyborgs, such as the bipedal walking robots WL(Waseda Leg) series and a biped humanoid robot WABIAN(Waseda Bipedal humANoid) having 43 degrees of freedom, the mastication robots WJ(Waseda Jaw) series which mechanically simulate human mastication for clarifying hypotheses in dentistry and jaw opening trainer robots WY(Waseda Yamanashi) series for patients having difficulties in jaw opening, the flute playing robots WF(Waseda Flutist) series to quantitatively analyze human flute playing by collaborating with a professional flutist, anthropomorphic robots heads WE(Waseda Eye) series which emotionally behave like a human based upon the Equations of Emotion, the anthropomorphic talking robot head WT(Waseda Talker) which mechanically speaks Japanese vowels and consonant sounds with a special mechanism designed based on the human anatomy of the vocal cords and the articulators, and the other themes related to his research area. He is a member of Robotics Society of Japan (a board member in 1992 and 1993), Japanese Society of Biomechanisms, Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers, Japanese Society of Instrument and Control Engineers and Society of Mastication Systems (a board member from 1996 to current), IEEE and other medicine and dentistry related societies in Japan.


Rymmantas Tadas Tolocka

e-mail: tadtol@mf.ktu.lt

Rymantas Tadas Toločka graduated from Kaunas University of Technology with honours in 1967 and received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1977 from the same university. Since 1967 he has been working in Kaunas University of Technology as an Assistant Professor, Post Graduate Student, and Research Fellow. Presently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Mechanics. He teaches the following courses: Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Mechanism Synthesis, Adaptive Mechanics, Operation Research and Fundamentals of Mechanics. He is supervising the International MSc Programme of Industrial Engineering and Management. Research interests include adaptive mechanical systems and active materials application, dynamics of mechanical systems, and mechanism synthesis. He is author and co-author of about 110 papers, 3 monographs, and a textbook on Theory of Machines and Mechanisms.


prof. Ching-Huan Tseng

e-mail: chtseng@cc.nctu.edu.tw



Janusz Wawrzecki

e-mail jwaw@ck-sg.p.lodz.pl

Janusz Wawrzecki has received Master degree of mechanical engineering in 1964 and doctored in 1973 at the Technical University of Lodz. He is a specialist of Machine Dynamics, a member of Polish TMM Committee at the Committee for Mechanical Engineering at Polish Academy of Science since 1985. During the years of 1991 – 1993 he was representing Poland at Technical Committee for Rotor Dynamics IFToMM. He is an author or co-author of many books, scripts for students and papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals. Right now he is still working at The Technical University of Lodz. Artificial intelligence, robots, hiking, political and Science Fiction Literature are his hobby.



prof. Teresa Zielinska

e-mail in Poland: teresaz@meil.pw.edu.pl

Teresa Zielinska has got M.Eng. degree in automatic control from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Ph.D. in robotics from WUT, D.Sc in biocybernetics and biomedical engineering from Polish Academy of Sciences. She manages Robotics Laboratory at the Institute of Aircraft Engineering and Applied Mechanics - WUT. She is a nominated member of Mechatronics Section of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Teresa Zielinska is an author of over 120 publications in books, journals and conference proceedings. She was the manager of the National Committee of Scientific Research grant on co-operation of mobile robots, and for several years co-ordinates international joint projects between Poland and Germany, as well as Poland and France. She participated in many Polish and international research projects - i.e. National Science Foundation (NSF) Polish-American project and Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) research grant in Great Britain. In the years 1989-92 she was the secretary of the Experts Committee for Robotics and Automation in the Polish Ministry of Education. He gained experience as a visiting professor at Torino University of Technology (1991), a visiting researcher at Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom (1992), and as a senior research fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1998-2001)

prof. Lihua Zhou

e-mail: lhzhou@public1.tpt.tj.cn

Lihua Zhou was born in China in 1968. She received the Ph.D degree in mechanical engineering at Tianjin University in 1996. She taught the courses "Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering"(in English) and "Die and mould design" for about five years in Tianjin University as lecturer, and later on Associate Professor. She was visiting scientist in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA for a year. She is the senior member of CSME (the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineering), and member of the IFToMM Commission for History of Machine and Mechanism Science. Her research interests cover mechanism analysis and synthesis, parallel kinematic machine, and CAD/CAE.She is author or co-author of about 15 papers, which have been presented at international Conferences or published in national journals.



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Prof. Ben Fathi Ouezdou

e-mail: ouezdou@robot.uvsq.fr

Fathi Ben Ouezdou has received his Ingenier Diploma in 198- from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and his PhD at 1990 from the University of paris 6 (pierre et marie Curie). Since 1991 he teachs the "CAD of
Mechanisms and Robots" and "Multibody Dynamics " at the University of Versailles. He is director of "Modeling and Biomechanics" group which belongs to the Laboratoire d'Instrumentation et de Relation Individu / système" (CNRS/University of Versailles). His resarch interests covers Design and Simulation of Mechanisms, Higly realistic simulation of bio-mechanicl systems, Legged Locomotion and Biped Robots. He is author or co-author of about 80 papers which have been presented at inernational Journals and Conferences.

prof. Agamenon R.E. Oliveira

e-mail: agamenon@rionet.com.br

Prof. Sergey Jatsun

e-mail: jatsun@kursknet.ru

Yatsun Sergey was born at 16 May 1953 in Liepaja, Latvia. He received his degree of mechanical engineer at the Dnepropetrovsk Mining University, Ukraine, in 1975. In 1976-1979 he received PhD-degree in Applied Mechanics at Mishkolc Technical University, Hungary. Since 1980 he started working in Kursk State Technical University in Theoretical mechanic department. In 1990 he visited the Riga Technical University, there he became a Doctor of technical science in a field of dynamic of machines devices and apparatus. Since 1989 he is the Head of Theoretical Mechanics, professor in Kursk State Technical University. Since 1994 he is a general-director of the Scientific and industrial enterprise "Automotive mobile equipment". Since 2000 he is appointed as Dean of Faculty of Fundamental knowledge at the Kursk State Technical University. He is a member of IISV (International Institute of Sound and Vibration) . He is Vice-chairman of International conference Vibrating Machines and Technology. His research interests cover aspects of Dynamics of machines, mechatronics, history of TMM, vibration problems, mathematical methods of dynamical analysis, synthesis and design of vibrating equipment, technologies, robots. He is leader of series of research programs the results of which are used in industry, including special vibrating equipment for realization technology of transportation, drying, separation, and condensation of granular materials. He is author or co-author of about 170 papers, which have been presented at Conferences or published in national and international journals.

Prof. Thomas G. Chondros


Mechanical Engineer 1977, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering 1982. 1977-1990occupied in Industry. Assistant Professor to the echanical Engineering and Aeronautics Dept of the University of Patras since 1990. Teaching thecourses: Kinematics of Machines and echanisms, Dynamics of Machines and Mechanisms, Vehicle Dynamics, and the History of Technology. Taught the courses -318 Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms and Machines, ME-404 Introduction to Mechanical Design at Washington University in St Louis as a visiting scholar on sabbatical leave from the University of Patras (1994-95). Research activities include dynamic analysis of machines and mechanisms, automotive design, and history of technology. 18 Publications in Journals and 28 in Conferences refer to dynamics of machines and mechanisms, vibration analysis for non-destructive testing of structures for cracks and flaws, automotive design, electric cars, and history of technology. From 1978 to 1990 he was employed in major Greek enterprises (B.P. of Greece Ltd, Piraiki-Patraiki Cotton Manufacturing Co S.A., FRIGOREX ABEE, E.G.L. Western Greece Paper Mills S.A., Last position was that of the Managing Director of EGL Western Greece Paper Mills S.A. from 1989 to 1990) and the public sector, Ministry of Transportation, Division of Patras. Last position, Technical Director. 1984-88. General Director of the Association of Motor Vehicles Importers â€" Representatives (1999-2000). Member, Technical Chamber of Greece, Greek Society of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, International Society of Automotive Engineers, International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanisms and Machine Science, Society for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology.


Cassino, June 2002