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Machines 2019, 7(3), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines7030053

Editorial
Celebrations for the 50-Year Anniversary of IFToMM
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00133 Rome, Italy
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
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Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, 00-665 Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada
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Department of Robotics and Machine, University of Science and Technology AGH, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 20 August 2019 / Accepted: 20 August 2019 / Published: 22 August 2019

Abstract

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In this paper celebrations of the fifty-years anniversary of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, is reported with main aspects of the event that has been organized on 30 June 2019 during a special session at the IFToMM World Congress in Krakow, Poland. Memories of the celebration are illustrated with photos and historical data.
Keywords:
history of IFToMM; IFToMM MMS; 50-years anniversary
During the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) in Krakow, Poland from 30 June to 4 July 2019, a special opening session was organized to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of IFToMM with the unveiling of a bronze commemorative plaque, Figure 1.
In the 15th World Congress, 637 participants from 66 countries and regions registered 437 papers presented in a dense program with 17 topic sections in the wide domain of MMS and those most relevant to the IFToMM Technical Committees. The Springer Nature in Series Mechanism and Machine Science published proceedings of the 15th World Congress proceedings in five volumes [1].
IFToMM was founded in 1969 during the Second World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science in Zakopane, Poland with an act, Figure 2, that was signed on 29 September 1969 by the IFToMM founding fathers (see Appendix A) during a special meeting establishing also the first Executive Council, Figure 3, [2,3].
A celebration session was planned with the following speeches by the living Past IFToMM Presidents to outline the scientific and social aspects of the history of IFToMM:
  • “IFToMM: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” by Prof. Marco Ceccarelli
  • “The Forming of International and Personal Connections Through IFToMM in Spite of a Turbulent World” by Prof. Bernard Roth.
  • “The Existential Question of IFToMM in the 21st Century” by Prof. Jorge Angeles.
  • “Intersections Between My Career and IFToMM” by Prof. Kenneth Waldron
  • “Let Me Think About the Gap Between IFToMM Globalism and Economic Globalism” by Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura.
In addition, a special set of posters on IFToMM history was exhibited in the Congress Hall during the 2019 World Congress near the bronze commemorative plaque, Appendix B.
At the end of the celebration session the current IFToMM President, Marco Ceccarelli, and the chair of the 2019 World Congress, Tadeusz Uhl, revealed the commemorative plaque, Figure 4, among the enthusiastic applause of the congress attendees.
In Figure 5, the living Past IFToMM Presidents share their appreciation for the celebration. Figure 6 shows the Executive Council members serving in the years 2016–2019 surrounding the just-unveiled plaque with satisfaction for the celebrations that were coordinated with the Congress organizers since the early days of 2016, with many discussions among World Congress 2019 organizers and the IFToMM Executive Council members.
Figure 7 is the group photo of the attendees at the end of the celebration session from more than 600 participants at the congress coming from 66 countries and regions.
The celebration finished with a wine toast in a familiar frame and will live in the memory of all attendees through the specially designed celebratory congress gift to the attendees, Figure 8.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Appendix A. Poster on the Founding Fathers of IFToMM at the 2019 World Congress

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Appendix B. List of Posters Exhibited during the IFToMM 2019 World Congress in Krakow, Poland

  • Iftomm officers (from IFToMM webpage)
  • What is IFToMM? (from IFToMM webpage)
  • IFToMM History (from IFToMM webpage)
  • IFToMM Founding Fathers
  • IFToMM Sponsored Conferences
  • IFToMM Awards and Honors
  • Activity of IFToMM Executive Council
  • SIOMMS IFToMM Student Olympiad
  • All WCs
  • WC 1987 in Seville
  • WC 1995 in Milan
  • WC 2004 in Tianjin
  • WC 2007 in Besancon
  • WC 2011 in Guanajuato
  • WC 2015 in Taipei
  • IFToMM Flyer

References

  1. Uhl, T. (Ed.) Advances in Mechanism and Machine Science—Proceedings of the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science; Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Cham, Switzerland, 2019. [Google Scholar]
  2. Ceccarelli, M. A short account of History of IFToMM and its role in MMS. Mech. Mach. Theory 2015, 89, 75–91. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  3. Angeles, J.; Bianchi, G.; Bessonov, A.P.; Maunder, L.; Morecki, A.; Roth, B. A History of IFToMM, Chapter 2 in Proceedings of HMM2004—The Second IFToMM International Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms; Kluwer: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2004; pp. 25–125. [Google Scholar]
Figure 1. The bronze commemorative plaque for the 50-year anniversary of IFToMM.
Figure 1. The bronze commemorative plaque for the 50-year anniversary of IFToMM.
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Figure 2. The founding act of IFToMM.
Figure 2. The founding act of IFToMM.
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Figure 3. Announcement of the foundation of IFToMM on 29 September 1969, (courtesy of IFToMM Archive) in which one can recognize: 1—Prof. Ivan Ivanovic Artobolevskii (USSR); 2—Prof. Adam Morecki (Poland); 3—Prof Kurt Luck (Germany); 4—Prof. Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria); 5—Prof. Nicolae I. Manolescu (Romania); 6—Prof. Erskine F. Crossley (USA); 7—Prof. Giovanni Bianchi (Italy); 8—Prof. Aron E. Kobrinskii (USSR); 9—Prof. Werner Thomas (Germany); 10—Prof. Jan Oderfeld (Poland).
Figure 3. Announcement of the foundation of IFToMM on 29 September 1969, (courtesy of IFToMM Archive) in which one can recognize: 1—Prof. Ivan Ivanovic Artobolevskii (USSR); 2—Prof. Adam Morecki (Poland); 3—Prof Kurt Luck (Germany); 4—Prof. Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria); 5—Prof. Nicolae I. Manolescu (Romania); 6—Prof. Erskine F. Crossley (USA); 7—Prof. Giovanni Bianchi (Italy); 8—Prof. Aron E. Kobrinskii (USSR); 9—Prof. Werner Thomas (Germany); 10—Prof. Jan Oderfeld (Poland).
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Figure 4. The revealing act of the bronze commemorative plaque.
Figure 4. The revealing act of the bronze commemorative plaque.
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Figure 5. The living Past IFToMM Presidents with the commemorative plaque in exhibition. (from left to right): Prof. Jorge Angeles, Prof. Kenneth Waldron, Prof. Bernard Roth, Prof. Marco Ceccarelli, and Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura.
Figure 5. The living Past IFToMM Presidents with the commemorative plaque in exhibition. (from left to right): Prof. Jorge Angeles, Prof. Kenneth Waldron, Prof. Bernard Roth, Prof. Marco Ceccarelli, and Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura.
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Figure 6. The members of the current IFToMM Executive Council with the commemorative plaque in exhibition (from left to right): Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, Prof. Can Dede, Prof. Tian Huang, Prof. Ashitava Ghosal, Dr. Jean-Pierre Merlet, Prof. Teresa Zielinska, Prof Burkard Corves, Prof. Fernando Viadero, Prof. Juan Antonio Carretero, and Prof. Marco Ceccarelli.
Figure 6. The members of the current IFToMM Executive Council with the commemorative plaque in exhibition (from left to right): Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura, Prof. Can Dede, Prof. Tian Huang, Prof. Ashitava Ghosal, Dr. Jean-Pierre Merlet, Prof. Teresa Zielinska, Prof Burkard Corves, Prof. Fernando Viadero, Prof. Juan Antonio Carretero, and Prof. Marco Ceccarelli.
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Figure 7. Group photo of the attendees at the celebration of the IFToMM 50-year anniversary.
Figure 7. Group photo of the attendees at the celebration of the IFToMM 50-year anniversary.
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Figure 8. Gifts at the 2019 IFToMM World Congress as memories of the IFToMM anniversary.
Figure 8. Gifts at the 2019 IFToMM World Congress as memories of the IFToMM anniversary.
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