Last Updated: December 2001
Maintained by: Professor Leila Notash, Editor

President's Column

The IFToMM community is mourning the passing of our former President, Professor Adam Morecki. Professor Morecki passed away on May 20th, 2001. In addition to serving IFToMM as President, he served as Secretary General, Chair of the Technical Committee on Robots and Manipulators, and long-time co-chair of the RoManSy Organizing Committee. The Executive Council passed a memorial resolution honoring Professor Morecki at their meeting in Milan on July 6th, 2001. The text of the resolution may be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

The Executive Council approved sponsorship of the journal Problems of Applied Mechanics published by the International Federation of Machines and Mechanisms of Georgia, Tbilisi. This international scientific journal is edited by Professor Nodar Davitashvili, (nodav@hotmail.com) who is also the Georgian chief delegate to IFToMM. The publication languages are Russian and English.

At its meeting, the Executive Council approved the chairs of the Technical Committees and Permanent Commissions for the four years starting January 1st, 2002. An important discussion took place on the Permanent Commission for Publications. Until relatively recently, the only publication sponsored by IFToMM was the journal Mechanism and Machine Theory. As the editor of this journal, Dean Terry Shoup was also chair of the Permanent Council. Since IFToMM is now sponsoring Problems of Applied Mechanics and the electronic Journal on Computational Kinematics, it was felt to be time to separate the role of editor from chairmanship of the Permanent Commission. It was pointed out, that Dean Shoup had exceeded the normal limit of two consecutive terms in that position. Although the Executive Council does have the ability to waive that limit in special circumstances. Dean Shoup graciously agreed to step aside, and to assist me in appointing a new chair. Subsequently, Professor Vincenzo Parenti-Castelli (vincenzo.parenticastelli@mail.ing.unibo.it ), of the University of Bologna agreed to step in as Chair of the Permanent Commission. His appointment was confirmed by an email vote of the Executive Council. On behalf of IFToMM I thank Dean Shoup for his long-term service as Chair of the Permanent Commission, and, of course, for his continuing service as Editor-in-Chief of Mechanism and Machine Theory.

Last year I reported that the updates to the IFToMM Constitution discussed at the World Congress in Oulu had received final approval. An important change was the creation of a Permanent Commission on Communications, replacing the formerly separate functions of the Permanent Commission on Conferences, the Newsletter Editor, and the maintenance of the IFToMM web site, which was not formally accommodated in the IFToMM structure. Professor Dinos Mavroidis (mavro@jove.rutgers.edu) of Rutgers University, assumed the Chair of the new Permanent Commission, with assistance from Professor William Goodwine, of Notre Dame University on conferences, and Professor Leila Notash of Queen's University, Ontario as the Newsletter Editor. I am very pleased to report that this new organization is functioning excellently. This newsletter is one product. To an increasing extent, our web site: http://www.caip.rutgers.edu/IFTOMM/, is becoming a vital means of communication. We owe special thanks to Professor Jorge Angeles, and Professor Gabor Stepan, for designing the new Permanent Commission and writing the necessary constitutional amendments.



Editor's Message

Dear readers:

It is a pleasure for me to take over the position of Editor of the IFToMM Newsletter from my dear colleague Professor Jorge Angeles who was the first Editor of the Newsletter and has served in this position for the past 10 years. I would like to thank Professor Angeles for all his efforts on and contributions to the Newsletter.

This issue of the Newsletter is the first issue published by the IFToMM Permanent Commission on Communications. Similar to the previous issues, we will publish entries in any of the four IFToMM official languages, English, French, German, and Russian. Contributions submitted in other official languages than English are expected to be accompanied by an English abstract.

I will look forward to receiving your contributions for the 2002 issue of the Newsletter. Please submit your entries as a WORD document or in PDF format, if possible.


Message From the Secretary General

Highlights of the 34th IFToMM Executive Council Meeting

The 34th IFToMM Executive Council Meeting was held on July 6-7, 2001 in Milan, Italy. In the meeting the following items were handled:

The former President of IFToMM Professor Adam Morecki passed away on May 20, 2001. IFToMM EC adopted the resolution in recognition of our late colleague.

Secretary General Dr. Tatu Leinonen reported from the period June 2000 to May 2001 as follows:

  • The Minutes of 33rd EC Meeting were written and distributed to the members of EC, Chairmen of PC and TC, and IFToMM Member Committees.
  • SG Tatu Leinonen has visited three member committees in America and Europe. In June he visited in Kaunas, Lithuania, in July in Warsaw, Poland and in August in Montreal, Canada.

 

The reports of Chairs of Permanent Commissions and Technical Committees were presented in the meeting.

The Chairs of IFToMM PCs and TCs were elected for the Period 2002-2005 as follows:

Permanent Commission for

Communications Professor C. Mavroidis
Education Professor K. Waldron
History of MMS Professor M. Ceccarelli
Publications Professor V. Parenti-Castelli*
Standardization of Terminology Dr. T. Ionescu

Technical Committee for

Computational Kinematics Professor J.-P. Merlet
Gearing Professor V. Goldfarb
Human-Machine Systems Professor V.P. Tregoubov
Linkages and Cams Dr. V. Vaclavik
Mechatronics Professor H. van Brussel
Micromachines Professor Alberto Rovetta**
Nonlinear Oscillations Professor G. Stepan
Reliability Professor O.V. Berestnev
Robotics Professor J.-C. Guinot
Rotor dynamics Dr. N. Rieger
Transportation Machinery Professor B. Ravani

*Election in November by E-mail

**For one year period in 2002

For the strategic planning in IFToMM it was decided to set up a committee chaired by Vice President Professor J.-C. Guinot. The Committee will give a report to EC in the next meeting in 2002.

Professor, Dr.Sc. Tatu Leinonen


In Memorial of Professor Adam Morecki

Whereas our colleague Professor Adam Morecki passed away on May 20th, 2001.

Whereas he was a founder of the organization now known as IFToMM, The International Federation for the Promotion of Research and Development Activities in Machines and Mechanisms Science.

Whereas he served said organization as Secretary General from 1984 to 1987, and as President from 1992 to 1995.

Whereas he was a founder of the biennial CISM-IFToMM Symposium on Robotics, and served as a member or co-chair of the organizing committee from the inception of the conference in 1973 up until the present.

Whereas was teacher and mentor to a large number of diplomate and doctoral students in the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, and a friend and professional colleague to all of us.

Whereas his many and exceptional contributions to his profession were recognized by membership in the Engineering Academy in Poland, by the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Mining and Metallurgy, by the Joseph F. Engelberger Award of the Robotics Industries Association, by the National Education Medal of Poland, and by the Commander's and Knight's Crosses of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland.

The Executive Council of IFToMM has adopted this resolution in recognition of our late colleague, and directed that it be recorded in the minutes of the 34th meeting of the Executive Council this 6th day of July 2001. It is further directed that a copy of this resolution be delivered to Professor Zofia Morecka as an expression of the sympathy of this body on the occasion of her loss.


IFToMM PC on Constitution

As Chair of the Constitution Committee, it is my duty to request input on Constitutional matters, which will be discussed by the Constitution Committee. The Committee will then submit its recommendations on amendments to the General Assembly via the Secretary General.

I am herewith requesting input from all Member Committees. To this end, individuals should send their opinion to the Chair of their Member Committee, who will then forward these opinions to me.

For your information, the members of the Constitution Committee are listed below, along with their addresses.

I look forward to your input.

MEMBERS OF THE CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

CHAIR:

Prof. Jorge Angeles
McGill University
Mechanical Engineering Dept.
817 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2K6
Tel. 514 398-6315
Fax: 514 398-7348
angeles@cim.mcgill.ca

MEMBERS:

1.Prof. A. P. Bessonov (RUSSIA)
Mechanical Engineering Research Inst.
Griboedova Street 4
101830 Moscow Centre
Russia
Tel. 7 95 92 30 234, 92 48 870
Fax: 7 95 20 04 239

2.Prof. Giovanni Bianchi (ITALY)
Chair of the Constitution Committee
Politecnico di Milano
Piazza L. Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
Tel. 39 2 29 20 01
Fax 39 2 70 63 83 77
Giovanni_Bianchi@rcm.inet.it

3. Prof. Kurt Luck (GERMANY)
Technische Universitat Dresden
Institut fur Festkorpermechanik
Lehrstuhl Getriebetechnik
Mommsenstrasse 13
D 01069 Dresden
Germany
Tel. 49 351 463 4474
Fax: 49 351 471 0294

4. Prof. J. N. Fawcett (U.K.)
Institute of Mechanical Engineering
1 Birdcage Walk
SW1 H9JJ London
United Kingdom
Tel. 44 71 222 7899
Fax 44 71 222 4557

5. Prof. Huirong Meng (CHINA-BEIJING)
Mechanical and Electronic Engineering Dept.
China University of Mining and Technology
D11 Xue Yuan Road
Beijing
100083 P. R. China
Tel. 8610 62331377 & 62313279
Fax: 8610 62331398
cyy@mail.cumth.edu.cn

6. Prof. Ladislav Pust (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Institute of Thermomechanics
Dolejeskova 5
182 00 Praha 8
CZECH REPUBLIC
Tel. (+42 2) 66 41 51 57
Fax: (+42 2) 85 84 965
pust@it.cas.cz

7. Dr. Rao, J. S. (INDIA)
BHEL Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology
New Delhi 110016
India
Tel. 91 11 686 7485
Fax: 91 11 686 2037, 91 11 686 2325 (h)
Jsrao@mech.iitd.ernet.in

8. Prof. Terry Shoup (U.S.A.)
Santa Clara University
Dean of Engineering
Santa Clara, CA 95053
USA
Tel. 1 408 554-4600
Fax 1 408 554-5474
tshoup@scuacc.scu.edu

Professor Jorge Angeles

IFToMM Permanent Commission on "Standardization of Terminology" – THIRTY BEAUTIFUL YEARS

Theodor IONESCU

CFR Romanian State Passenger Railways

 

 

Abstract: On 18 September 2001 the IFToMM Permanent Commission on "Standardization of Terminology", also known as IFToMM Commission A, will celebrate thirty years of existence.

Motto: "The Permanent Commission for the Standardization of Terminology: To write a standard terminology (with definitions) for mechanism and machine science, including terms pertaining to the realization of motion in machines and its control, associated problems in dynamics and kinematics, and in machine components; to cooperate with other international and national bodies concerned with terminology and related matters." (IFToMM Constitution and By – Laws, 1999)

1. THE BIRTH OF THE COMMISSION

The constituent meeting of the commission for "Standardization of Terminology" was held on 18 September 1971, during the works of the 3rd World Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms in Kupari, Yugoslavia. There were five participants: Professors Baticle (France), Bazjanac (Yugoslavia), Bögelsack (Democratic Germany), Davies (United Kingdom) and Keller (Federal Germany).

As Professors D. Muster (USA) and N. I. Levitskyi, prenominated by the Executive Council as chairman, respectively vice-chairman of the Commission did not attend the Congress, the foundation meeting was chaired by Prof. T. Davies.

Initial lists of terms were already submitted by United Kingdom and Democratic Germany during the meeting and a provisional program with responsibilities and set of rules were established. [1]

2. ON THE HISTORY OF THE COMMISSION

As a rule, Commission working meetings have been organized, with very rare exceptions, every two years:

1971 Kupari / YU 1980 Miskolc / HU 1990 Oulu / SF 2000 Kaunas / LT
1973 Nieborów / PL 1982 Cambridge / GB 1992 Poitiers / FR
1975 Warszawa / PL 1984 Brasov / RO 1994 Delft / NL
1976 Oberhof / DDR 1986 Siegen / DE 1996 Warszawa / PL
1978 Genova / IT 1988 Niš / YU 1998 Brno / SK
1989 Smolenice / ČSSR

The next meeting is scheduled for 2002 in Mezötur, Hungary. Additional brief meetings were held during:

SYROM Conferences: 1977, 1981, 1985, 1997 Bucuresti / RO

and World Congresses: 1987 Seville / ES, 1991 Praha / ČSSR, 1995 Milan / IT, 1999 Oulu / FI

Acting chairmen were D. Muster (1972 / 1976), G. Bögelsack (1976 / 1986), J. Prentis (1986 / 1990), T. Leinonen (1990 / 1998), T. Ionescu (since 1998).

Initially a master version in English was set up and published in the IFToMM Journal, Mechanism and Machine Theory Vol. 18, No. 6 (1983) by a team chaired by Prof. G. Bögelsack. [2] Useful comments were received and incorporated into the subsequent draft. A four – language glossary in English, French, German and Russian was eventually published in the same journal Vol. 26, No. 5 (1991) by a team chaired by Prof. T. Leinonen. [3] Containing 763 terms and their definitions it was classified into following chapters and subchapters:

  • Structure of Machines and Mechanisms (Components, Sub-assemblies; Mechanisms)
  • Kinematics (General; Motion; Kinematic Geometry)
  • Dynamics (General; Force and Moment; Momentum, Energy, Work and Power, Principles; Structural Behaviour and Characteristics; Structural Concepts; Dynamical Concepts; Dynamical Systems and Characteristics; Vibrations)
  • Machine Control and Measurements (Signals and Functions; Accuracy and Errors; Devices and Components)
  • Robotics (Systems; Components; Motion; Control; Miscellaneous)
  • Appendix (General Terms Used in TMM).

As a continuation, a standard set of "Abbreviations / Symbols for Terms in TMM" and "Graphical Symbols for the Representation of Mechanisms" were finalized and published in MMT Journal Vol. 32, No. 6 (1997). [4]

More than 50 scientists from 23 different countries were directly involved in the work of the Commission up to year 2001. Besides them many others worked on national level. In some countries the IFToMM Terminology was translated into their national languages e.g. in Japan, China, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland.

3. PRESENT STATE AND ACTIVITY

The activity on the enhancement of TMM terminology continued in the years 1998 – 2001 with the intention of paving the way for publishing a new edition in early 2000. Following a declaration of intentions and two invitations made to the IFToMM community at large for contributing to the forthcoming issue, the Commission acted in two directions of work: updating and enriching present chapters as well as adding new specialized sections which express related/connected fields (as non – linear oscillations, biomechanisms, mechatronics, rotor dynamics, gearing, reliability, transportation machineries, computational kinematics, human – machine systems, micromechanisms, tribology, compliant mechanisms, experimental methods) in pace with the foreseen science and technology developments. The entire activity is aimed at:

  • facilitating the adoption of new terms and their insertion among the existing ones, with the least reworking of numbering and indexes;
  • permitting independent, modular enhancement of any section/chapter of terminology;
  • increasing reader accessibility to terms and definitions;
  • making our terminology more friendly and usable for extensive application.

Beginning with the 18th Commission meeting (Brno, 1998) the work on terminology expanded, some working principles and new tasks were agreed on and the bases of the first cooperation with the TC on "Nonlinear Oscillations" were established. By re–organization, seven new subcommissions activate today: "Structure and Kinematics", "Dynamics", "Robotics, Machine Control and Measurements", "Biomechanisms", "Mechatronics", "Gearing", "New Ordering System". We decided also upon the premises of adopting a new, more flexible and reliable ordering system of terms.

Important decisions have been taken at the 19th Commission meeting (Kaunas, 2000) in relation with: the new edition of TMM terminology, the basic character of our terminology, the necessity of a proper working instrument, the voluntary character of our activity and its (individual) real costs, the personnel politics considering the meetings participation, effective interest in activity and the new related scientific fields, as well as the aspects of cooperation with IFToMM TCs and PCs.

For the new edition of TMM terminology, revised, updated and enlarged, revealing the past ten year's work of the Commission, two subsequent stages have been decided:

  • first, a printed version to be published in MMT Journal as soon as possible (2002), having at its bases the 1990 edition and following mostly its structure and order. Whether or not to introduce in this printed version the "Abbreviations/Symbols for Terms in TMM" and "Graphical Symbols for the Representation of Mechanisms", published previously in MMT Journal in 1997, remained to be discussed. Solutions were found for the introduction and nesting of the new terms in the existing systematized chapters.

We are now in the final stage of preparing the documentation to be presented to the IFToMM EC. Mainly, this documentation is characterized by:

    • corrections, modifications, updating of existing terms and definitions (all four languages),
    • enriching the basic core chapters (all four languages) with new terms & definitions (Dynamics, Robotics, System & Model) as well as with terms recommended by EC officers,
    • introducing new terms & definitions to existing and new chapters. The newly set up chapters, with terms and definitions in English only, in alphabetical order (Dynamics – New Terms, Rotordynamics & Measurement, Vibrations & Nonlinear Oscillations, Stability, Biomechanics, Gearing, Miscellanea) were considered in succession for a "Supplement" added at the end.
    • partly rearranging the existing divisions of the terminology.

Eventually, with EC approval, the final draft will be prepared according to Publications PC recommendations and set to print.

  • second, a computer assisted TMM Terminology, built up on "data base" principles and alphabetically arranged (in English), with indexes for correlating the terms in the IFToMM official languages and indexes for relating the terms to the domains/fields/chapters of our science will be put into circulation, after setting up all adjacent problems, in years 2004, 2005. The alphabetical order, solving all problems related to insertion and nesting of (new) terms will prove itself most adequate for this version which will bear no more any resemblance with the teaching courses. This version will be mainly housed on a CD and possibly on IFToMM Internet site.

As far as the basic character of our terminology is concerned, we have to choose between a large-use general version and a strictly limited specific one. Although recently some very qualified professionals were, more or less critical about the present (and future) development of our terminology, which takes over terms from other sciences and technical fields, the criterion of utility must be obeyed. It is my belief that most professionals related to and working in TMM discipline do need a proper reference documentation covering, in terms and definitions, every notion and conceptual category in use. But, being against omitting (old or new) used terms and definitions from our terminology and aware at the same time of the objective "borrowing" process from other sciences I think that a formal differentiation, between own and borrowed terms by some means or other, could be worthwhile in the new edition.

The necessity of a proper working instrument means that the Commission must be able to conceive and develop its activity in a continuous and efficient way and with good results. This implies organizational and structural measures promoting creative work, an activity plan with tasks for each component subcommission and for every member, responsibilities, time terms, cooperation, etc. The reality is that having a voluntary character, our activity is entirely based on member's goodwill and commitment and moreover this activity costs the members time and money. Obviously, the consequences are affecting the Commission power and outcomes.

It is true that the last years were marked by a slight decline in the "personnel" domain, as a result of political and institutional macro changes on international and national levels, natural causes, retirement and lack of interest. In the same time, by different means we tried to counteract this phenomenon and realized to involve in the Commission activities valorous professionals from and outside IFToMM (Prof. L. Pust, Prof. J. S. Rao, Prof. J. Davidson, Prof. Peisach, Dr. P. Goldman). New members were proposed and nominated (Prof. C. Stammers, Prof. D. Levitskiy, Prof. T. Tolocka, Prof. S. Segl'a, Prof. I. Biro, Prof. V. Starzhinsky).

As the TMM terminology must express globally our federation concerns and keep in touch with the latest developments and achievements in science and technology (see also the discussions on TMM 21 topic), it seems evident, on one hand, to ask for a full cooperation with the IFToMM TCs and PCs (which dealing with specific problems are using and developing specific terminologies). On the other hand a timing to the actual circumstances and an enlargement process of our Commission is inevitable in order to cope with the present and future terminological tasks. In this view I think that delegated representatives of IFToMM TCs / PCs are most welcome in our Commission. Featuring this, now having closed the successful experience of terminological cooperation with the "Nonlinear Oscillations" TC, a new cooperation with the "Gearing" TC (Prof. V. Goldfarb, Prof. V. Starzhinsky) is already launched.

The members of our Commission are nowadays: Prof. P. Antonescu (RO), Prof. I. Biro (HU), Prof. G. Bögelsack (DE) – German language editor, Prof. J. Herve (FR), Dr. T. Ionescu (RO) – chair, Prof. A. J. Klein Breteler (NL) – subcommission chair, Prof. J. P. Lallemand (FR) – French language editor and subcommission chair, Prof. T. Leinonen (FI), Prof. D. N. Levitsky (RU), Prof. J. Novotny (CZ), Dr. V. Oravsky (SK), Prof. V. Plakhtin (RU) – Russian language editor, Prof. A. Rossi (IT), Prof. I. Salyi (HU), Prof. Y. L. Sarkissyan (AM), Prof. S. Segl'a (SK) – subcommission chair, Prof. T. E. Shoup (US), Dr. H. Socha (DE), Prof. C. W. Stammers (GB) – English language editor and subcommission chair, Prof. V. E. Starzhinsky (BY) – subcommission chair, Prof. R. T. Tolocka (LT) – subcommission chair, Prof. H. L. Yin (CN), Prof. L. Zhaohui (CN), Prof. H. S. Yan (ROC), Prof. J. Y. Lin (ROC), Prof. Z. Zivkovic (YU). The beloved Prof. A. Morecki, Prof. G. Kunad, Prof. N. I. Manolescu left us and joined the eternity.

4. THE FUTURE

The future of the Commission is related and even conditioned by the past and the present. Some important directions in the future activity would be:

  • enhancement, enrichment, updating of the TMM terminology;
  • elaboration of an alphabetical ordered, data based and computer aided terminology;
  • consideration of CD – ROM and IFToMM Internet site as preferred media for the future edition of terminology;
  • continuation of exchanges and cooperation on terminological problems with IFToMM Technical Committees and Permanent Commission and with other qualified institutions;
  • attracting of new active members and quantitative and qualitative growth of Commission capacity and work.

5. CONCLUSIONS

The TMM terminology has a historical character, like the TMM science itself; it reflects a certain stage of existence and technical & scientific development. But terminology must be also viewed as a science, "La terminologie est la science des terms: elle etudie leurs caracteristiques, notamment les lois linguistiques et socio – psychologiques de leur naissance et de leur evolution", with a marked historical pattern. [5] However, a stable equilibrium of Past, Present and Future on the evolution spire will characterize all worthwhile terminological activities.

Wishing to pay homage to all those professionals involved, mind and heart, in TMM terminology, I express here my firm belief that IFToMM PC on "Standardization of Terminology" (also known as Commission A) will continue its praised activity addressing to and serving the engineering and scientific world audience. [6]

Acknowledgement: The author expresses his thanks to Prof. G. Bögelsack for his support in realizing this paper.

REFERENCES

  1. Bögelsack, G. Twenty – five Years IFToMM Commission A "Standardization of Terminology" – History, Methodology, Results and Future Work, Machanisms and Machine Theory, Vol. 33, No. 1/2, pp. 1 – 5, 1998.
  2. IFToMM Commission A, Terminology for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 379 – 407, 1983.
  3. IFToMM Commission A, Terminology for Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 26, No. 5, pp. 435 – 539, 1991.
  4. IFToMM Commission A, Abbreviations / Symbols for Terms in TMM, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 32, No. 6, pp. 641 – 666, 1997.
  5. Hermans, A., La Definition des Terms Scientifiques, Centre de Terminologie de Bruxelles, Meta XXXIV, 3, 1989.
  6. Ionescu, T., Past, Present and Future in TMM Terminology, Proceedings of the Scientific Seminar of 19th Meeting of IFToMM PC on "Standardization of Terminology", pp. 7 – 12, Kaunas, 2000.

International Scientific Journal The Problems of Applied Mechanics

I would like to inform you that the Georgian Committee of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms has established the reviewed and reported International Scientific Journal The Problems of Applied Mechanics on June 23, 2000. The journal is a periodical, manuscripts are submitted in Russian and English (languages of IFToMM) and are considered as scientific works of International level. It was conferred International members of serial edition ISSN1512-0740. The first copy of the scientific journal (No: 1, 2000) was issued in January 2001, the second copy No: 1(2), 2001 was issued in May 2001. The third copy No: 2(3), 2001 has been projected to be issued at the end of June, etc.

The periodical journal is published four times a year. The journal is included in International ebb and flow, takes synopsis in Moscow (VINITI) and has web page in the Internet: http://www.pam.edu.ge/

Subscription of one-year complete set of the journal (4 issues per year) is available for $120 USD.

Georgian Committee of IFToMM addressed by plead to the Chairman of Publication Professor Terry E. Shoup to give the status of IFToMM to the journal Problems of Applied Mechanics .

For further information you can apply to the following address:
Professor Nodar Davitashvili
Georgian Technical University
77, M. Kostava street
380075 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel.: +995 32 305597.
Fax: +995 32 536186; +995 32 923206.
E-mail: nodav@hotmail.com

 

Professor Nodar Davitashvili
Editor-in-Chief of the journal

Announcement of the IFToMM Archives

The IFToMM Archive has been re-established and is ready to accept material concerning with IFToMM and IFToMM History at the following address:

Dr. Paola Agnola
CISM - International Centre for Mechanical Sciences
IFToMM Archives at CISM
Palazzo del Torso, Piazza Garibaldi 18
33100 UDINE, Italy
Phone +39 432 248511 (6 lines) Fax +39 432 248550
e-mail: cism@cism.it
http://www.cism.it

Interested people are kindly suggested to contact the responsible for the IFToMM Archives before to send to IFToMM Archives at CISM material. The submitted material will be selected by the Sub-Commission for the IFToMM Archives of the PC for History of MMS.

Responsible for the IFToMM Archives:

prof. Marco Ceccarelli (Chairman of PC for History of MMS)
Laboratorio di Robotica e Meccatronica
Dipartimento di Meccanica, Strutture, Ambiente e Territorio
Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (Fr), Italy
Phone +39-0776-299663/652 Fax +39-0776-299711
email: ceccarelli@ing.unicas.it

prof. Teun Koetsier (Vice Chairman for IFToMM Archive)
Dept. of Mathematics and Computers Sciences
De Boelelaan, Vrije University of Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081, NL-1081HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel +31-20-4447684; fax +31-20-6427705
e-mail: teun@cs.vu.nl