Celebrations for the 50-year anniversary of IFToMM
25 November 2019
Marco Ceccarelli (IFToMM President)1, Tian Huang (IFToMM Vice-President acting)2, Teresa Zielinska (IFToMM Secretary General)3, Juan Antonio Carretero (IFToMM Treasurer)4, Tadeusz Uhl (Chair of 2019 IFToMM World Congress)5
1Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy,
2School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, email: email@example.com
4Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5Department of Robotics and Machine, University of Science and Technology AGH, Kraków, Poland, email: email@example.com
During the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science (MMS) in Krakow, Poland, on 30 June–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 (Fig. 1).
In the 15th World Congress, 637 participants from 66 countries and regions were registered and 437 papers were presented in a dense program which included 17 topic sections within the wide domain of MMS that are most relevant to the IFToMM Technical Committees. Springer Nature published the proceedings of the 15th World Congress in five volumes in its Series Mechanisms and Machine Science .
IFToMM was founded in 1969 during the Second World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science in Zakopane, Poland, with an act (Fig. 2) that was signed on 29 September 1969 by the IFToMM founding fathers (see Appendix 1) during a special meeting also establishing the first Executive Council (Fig.3).
A celebration session was planned with the following speeches from 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 IFToMM Globalism And The Economic Globalism by Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura
In addition, a special set of posters on IFToMM history was exhibited in the Congress hall near the bronze commemorative plaque during the 2019 World Congress (Appendix 2).
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 (Fig.4) to the enthusiastic applause of the congress attendees.
In Fig. 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, which were coordinated with the Congress organizers since the early days of 2016 through much discussion 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, with more than 600 participants at the congress coming from 66 countries and regions.
The celebration was brought to a close with a familiar wine toast and will live in the memory of all attendees through the specially designed celebratory congress gift to the attendees (Fig. 8).
Appendix 2. 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
 Uhl T. (Editor), Advances in Mechanism and Machine Science - Proceedings of the 15th IFToMM World Congress on Mechanism and Machine Science, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, 2019.
 Ceccarelli M., A short account of History of IFToMM and its role in MMS, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 89, 2015, pp.75-91, 10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2014.09.007.
 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 Intern. Symposium on History of Machines and Mechanisms, Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2004, pp. 25-125.