The spread of COVID-19 has brought a huge impact on the whole world and on our normal life. PCR testing is currently the “gold standard” for diagnosing COVID-19 cases and one of the most important means of preventing and controlling the COVID-19 epidemic. However, swab sampling before PCR testing currently mainly relies on medical staff and manual operation, often facing serious problems such as insufficient personnel capacity and high-intensity work. In addition, medical staff needs to collect probes at close range during the collection process. In order to prevent cross-infection, a full set of protective equipment must be worn. The increase of labor intensity also affects the standardization of the operation, so that the overall sampling efficiency and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

To solve the above problems, the Advanced Mechanism and Roboticized Equipment Lab from Tsinghua University and Yantai Tsingke+ Robotics Joint Research Institute Co., Ltd. jointly developed a throat swab sampling robot that is aimed at automatic swab sampling for large-scale 10-in-1 and 20-in-1 mixed PCR screening. Taking place of medical staff to complete throat swab sampling, virus collection tube recovery, virus disinfection and other functions, the sampling efficiency is as high as 42 seconds per person, and the sampling efficiency is 100%, providing a strong guarantee for scientifically and effectively responding to the risk of the spread of the COVID epidemic. It is worth noting that the robotic arm used in the swab sampling robot was designed and developed by Tsinghua University and Yantai Tsingke+ Institute with 22 patents filed.

We at IFToMM are starting through this blog a communication channel for coordinating Ukraine help initiatives from the IFToMM organs (Member Organizations, Permanent Commissions, Technical Committees, Cross Disciplinary Groups). This may involve financial aids or channels for hosting students and researchers searching for a place in peace to move forward on research and education. Currently, the IFToMM EC and also the Member Organization Turkey have started financial support for the Member Organization Poland to bolster the gigantic and unselfish efforts Polish people are doing to receive millions of refugees escaping from unjustified and traumatizing despair due to a cruel and needless war.  

In case you wish to share an initiative within IFToMM, please contact the responsible member of the IFToMM Executive Council for Coordination of Ukrainian Support:

Prof. John Michael McCarthy,

We thank everyone who is approaching us with initiatives to help the Ukraine people and those helping them.


Andres Kecskemethy
IFToMM President
In the name of the whole IFToMM Executive Council
and the whole IFToMM Community

The organizing committee of the 16th World Congress of the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science, the IFToMM World Congress 2023, is very pleased to welcome you in Tokyo. The IFToMM World Congress is held every 4 years and is the largest congress on mechanism and machine science. It provides an opportunity for researchers, scholars and students with interests in the theory and practice of mechanisms and machines for sharing new ideas, experiences, and discussing future developments.

Mark on the calendar the important dates below!

Paper Submission Due: April 29th, 2023

Notification of Acceptance: July 18th, 2023

Final Paper Submission: July 31st, 2023

World Congress 2023: November 5-10th, 2023

The above dates are all strict deadlines for your contribution to be included in the IFToMM World Congress 2023 proceedings. No deadline extension is possible.

Start counting days and get enthralled over this unforgettable experience in a world full of solutions, friendly colleagues and people holding together across borders.

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The Springer Outstanding PhD Thesis Prize, also denominated Lagrange Award to the best PhD research on Multibody Dynamics, was established in 2017 by Springer and the IFToMM Technical Committee for Multibody Dynamics with the aim of recognizing the outstanding achievements of a young researcher (under 35 years old) at the early stage of their scientific career.

The Lagrange Award will be given annually to recognize the most successful PhD thesis on Multibody Dynamics over the prior year as judged by the evaluation committee. The winner will receive a certificate and Springer books to the value of € 500. The decision will be announced during a Multibody Dynamics conference supported by IFToMM.

Every researcher who has presented a PhD thesis related to the Multibody Dynamics field and got it approved at a University or Research Organization during 2021 qualifies for the award and can submit an application.

The applications must be sent by e-mail to the award coordinator, Dr. Francisco J. González Varela (

Applicants must include

- a copy of their PhD thesis (in English),
- a curriculum vitae, and
- a maximum of three publications related to the thesis content.

Closing date for applications: April 30th, 2022
Decision on the winner: July 15th, 2022

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.

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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