As one of the first in-person post-pandemic international technical conference sponsored by IFToMM, the US Member Organization (USCToMM), in collaboration with the Canadian Member Organization (CCToMM), is hosting the 2022 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (2022 USCToMM MSR Symposium) Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, 2022, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The symposium is designed to foster meaningful interactions and collaborations: single track, peer-reviewed papers, 20-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for Q & A allowing for substantial discussions, and a social program that fosters networking and collaborations among attendees including a Friday evening conference dinner at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Papers are due December 15th.

More details can be found in 2022 USCToMM MSR Symposium.

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The seventh edition of the International Workshop on New Trends in Medical and Service Robots (MESROB 2021) was realized in a virtual manner on June 07 – 09 2021, organized by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel in collaboration with ETH Zurich. Together, the city of Basel and the canton Basel Countryside host this oldest University of Switzerland. Therefore, Basel has a long history related to medicine. 

The MESROB 2021 is an established conference of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM). MESROB 2021 has provided exclusive insights in research on the MIRACLE project (Minimal Invasive Robot-Assisted Computer-guided LaserosteotoME) at the University of Basel. Also, participants were able to experience the spirit of the CYBATHLON, a competition and platform to drive forward research and development of assistance systems for everyday use. MESROB 2021 also hosted a special session on “Standards and best practices in medical robotics” organized by IISART (the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology).

The MESROB 2021 was embedded in the first edition of the Medical Robotics Week (MRW) 2021. Besides MESROB 2021, the fifteenth edition of the Interdisciplinary Symposium Automation in Medical Engineering (AUTOMED 2021), took place on June 08 – 09 2021 virtually. It was complemented by virtual Conference Workshops on June 10 – 11 2021.

The organizers invited also to join the virtual AUTOMED 2021 as well as the virtual Conference Workshops. 

Altogether, a big success for the pushing forward of tomorrow’s robotics!

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Recently, the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM) initiated a new Cross Disciplinary Group, entitled IFToMM for Sustainable Development Goals (I4SDG). It focuses on securing the Future Environment – Air, Water and Energy.

To initiate common activities in these topics, I4SDG announces the workshop I4SDG 2021 addressing research proposals and results within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), as defined by the United Nations (

The aims of the workshop is to present IFToMM as an active world organization that contributes to the United Nation 2030 Development Agenda. The organizers invite to present and highlight all research activities realized in the IFToMM community that can contribute to targets within the SDG. Furthermore, the awareness related to SDG in the IFToMM scientific community should be increased and networks of active researchers – explicitly including both technologists and humanists – need to be established.

Accepted full papers will be included in the conference proceedings, published by Springer and indexed by Scopus. A selection of presented papers will be invited for an extended version for a special issue in the International Journal of Mechanics and Control ( Best Paper awards will be given for the categories of Research, Application, and Student Work.

I4SDG 2021 will be free of charge.

More details can be found on

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