History

1st World Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms
September 27–30, 1965

Varna, Bulgaria
Chair: M.S. Konstantinov
64 papers
14 participating countries

First Issue of “Journal of Mechanisms”
1966

First issue and first editorial board of “Journal of Mechanisms” come into life.

1st Editor in Chief of “Journal of Mechanisms”
1966

Founding member of IFToMM Prof. Erskine Crossley assumes the role of first Editor in Chief of “Journal of Mechanisms”.

2nd World Congress on the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms
September 23–27, 1969

Zakopane, Poland
Chair: Jan Oderfel
66 papers
12 participating countries

Foundation of IFToMM
29.09.1969

Founding of IFToMM by 13 Member Organizations as the International Federation for the Theory of Mechanisms and Machines in Zakopane, Poland on September 29, 1969 during the Second World Congress on TMM (Theory of Mechanisms and Machines). The aim and spirit of the Federation is to unite, under the impression of the cold war, collaborations between both sides of the border for a better society – with strong historic and modern developments on both sides.

IFToMM Executive Council 1969-1971

President: Ivan I. Artobolevskii (USSR)
Past President: –
Vice-President: F.R. Erskine Crossley (USA)
Secretary General: Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria)
Treasurer: Werner Thomas (GFR)
Member: K.H. Hunt (Australia)
Member: B.M. Belgaumkar (India)
Member: Jan Oderfeld (Poland)

3rd World Congress
September 1971

Kupari, Yugoslavia
Chair: Prof. Todor Pantelic
198 papers
22 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1971-1974

President: Ivan I. Artobolevskii (USSR)
Past President: –
Vice-President: F.R. Erskine Crossley (USA)
Secretary General: Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria) and E. Stanchev (Bulgaria)
Treasurer: Werner Thomas (GFR)
Member: Jack Phillips (Australia)
Member Giovanni Binachi (Italy):
Member: Leonard Maunder (UK)
Member: Jan Oderfeld (Poland)
Member: Todor Pantelić (Yugoslavia)

Mechanism and Machine Theory
1972

Renaming of “Journal of Mechanism” to “Mechanism and Machine Theory” (now Elsevier) and beginning of the tight link between IFToMM and the journal, with “Mechanism and Machine Theory” becoming its official voice.

2nd Editor in Chief of “Mechanism and Machine Theory”
1973

Prof. John J. Uicker is appointed as Editor in Chief of Mechanism and Machine Theory.

4th World Congress
September 8–12, 1975

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Chair: Professor Leonard Maunder
230 papers
5 keynote lectures
25 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1975-1979

President: Leonard Maunder (UK)
Past President: Ivan I. Artobolevskii (USSR)
Vice-President: Christian Pelecudi (Romania)
Secretary General: Adam Morecki (Poland)
Treasurer: H. Rankers (Netherlands)
Member: Jack Phillips (Australia)
Member: Kurt Luck (GDR):
Member: Giovanni Binachi (Italy)
Member: Bernard Roth (USA)
Member: Arcady P. Bessonov (USSR)
Member: Todor Pantelić (Yugoslavia)

3rd Editor in Chief of “Mechanism and Machine Theory”
1977

Prof. Terry Shoup is appointed as Editor in Chief of Mechanism and Machine Theory.

5th World Congress
July 8–13, 1979

Montreal, Canada
Chair: Professor Mohammed Osman
362 papers
6 keynote lectures
34 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1980-1983

President: Bernard Roth (USA)
Past President: Leonard Maunder (UK)
Vice-President: Arcady P. Bessonov (USSR)
Secretary General: Adam Morecki (Poland)
Treasurer: H. Rankers (Netherlands)
Member: Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria)
Member: M.O.M. Osman (Canada):
Member: Kurt Luck (GDR)
Member: Elizabeth Filemon (Hungary)
Member: J.M. Prentis (UK)
Member: Života Živković (Yugoslavia)

6th World Congress
December 15–20, 1983

New Delhi, India
Chair: Professor Jammi S. Rao
333 papers
5 keynote lectures
35 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1984-1987

President: Giovanni Bianchi (Italy)
Past President: Bernard Roth (USA)
Vice-President: Michael S. Konstantinov (Bulgaria)
Secretary General: Elizabeth Filemon (Hungary)
Treasurer: J.M. Prentis (UK)
Member: Jean Vertut (France)
Member: Gerhard Bögelsack (GDR):
Member: Jammi S. Rao (India)
Member: Teru Hayashi (Japan)
Member: Ali Seireg (USA)
Member: Konstantin V. Frolov (USSR)

7th World Congress
September 17–22, 1987

Seville, Spain
Chair: Emilio Bautista, Javier Garcia-Lomas, Alfredo Navarro, Jaime Dominguez, Justo Nieto
417 papers
4 keynote lectures
38 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1988-1991

President: Giovanni Bianchi (Italy)
Past President: Bernard Roth (USA)
Vice-President: Gerhard Bogelsack (GDR)
Secretary General: Ladislav Pust (Czech Republic)
Treasurer: J.N. Faweett (UK)
Member: Günter Dittrich (GFR)
Member: Jammi S. Rao (India):
Member: Teru Hayashi (Japan)
Member: Justo Nieto (Spain)
Member: Ali Seireg (USA)
Member: Konstantin V. Frolov (USSR)

8th World Congress
August 26–31, 1991

Prague, Czech Republic
Chair: Professor Cyril Hoeschl
359 papers
4 keynote lectures
40 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1992-1995

President: Adam Morecki (Poland)
Past President: Giovanni Binachi (Italy)
Vice-President: Terry Shoup (USA)
Secretary General: Ladislav Pust (Czech Republic)
Treasurer: J.N. Faweett (UK)
Member: Yuri L. Sarkisyan (Armenia)
Member: Jorge Angeles (Canada)
Member: Y. Chen (China-Beijing)
Member: Günter Dittrich (Germany)
Member: Yuko Hori (Japan)
Member: Justo Nieto (Spain)

9th World Congress
1995

Milan, Italy
Chair: Professor Alberto Rovetta
665 papers
10 keynote lectures
51 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 1996-1999

President: Jorge Angeles (Canada)
Past President: Adam Morecki (Poland)
Vice-President: Yuko Hori (Japan)
Secretary General: Tatu Leinonen (Finland)
Treasurer: Robert Bicker (UK)
Member: Karl Wohlhart (Austria)
Member: Jean-Claude Guinot (France)
Member:Gabor Stefan (Hungary)
Member: Alberto Rovetta (Italy)
Member: Arcady Bessonov (Russia)
Member: J.K. Davidson (USA)

10th World Congress
June 20–24, 1999

Oulu, Finland
Chair: Professor Tatu Leinonen
624 papers
4 keynote lectures
50 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2000-2003

President: Kenneth Waldron (USA)
Past President: Jorge Angeles (Canada)
Vice-President: Jean-Claude Guinot (France)
Secretary General: Tatu Leinonen (Finland)
Treasurer: Robert Bicker (UK)
Member: Tian Huang (China-Beijing)
Member: Manfred Hiller (Germany)
Member: Gabor Stepan (Hungary)
Member: Alberto Rovetta (Italy)
Member: Hirofumi Miura (Japan)
Member: Krzysztof Kedzior (Poland)

11th World Congress
April 1–4, 2004

Tianjin, China
Chair: Professor Tian Huang
491 papers
4 keynote lectures
43 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2004-2007

President: Kenneth Waldron (USA)
Past President: Jorge Angeles (Canada)
Vice-President: Tian Huang (China-Beijing)
Secretary General: Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
Treasurer: Joseph Rooney (UK)
Member: James Trevelyan (Australia)
Member: Manfred Hiller (Germany)
Member: Hirofumi Miura (Japan)
Member: Carlos Lopez-Cajun (Mexico)
Member: Krzysztof Kedzior (Poland)
Member: Theodor Ionescu (Romania)

4th Editor in Chief of “Mechanism and Machine Theory”
2004

Prof. Andres Kecskemethy is appointed as Editor in Chief of Mechanism and Machine Theory.

2nd edition Mechanism and Machine Theory
2004

12th World Congress
June 17–20, 2007

Besançon, France
Chair: Dr. Jean-Pierre Merlet, Dr. Marc Dahan
444 papers
91 poster presentations
4 keynote lectures
52 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2008-2011

President: Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
Past President: Kenneth Waldron (USA)
Vice-President: Yoshihiko Nakamura (Japan)
Secretary General: Carlos Lopez-Cajun (Mexico)
Treasurer: Joseph Rooney (UK)
Member: James Trevelyan (Australia)
Member: Qin Datong (China-Beijing)
Member: Miroslav Vaclavik (Czech Republic)
Member: Theodor Ionescu (Romania)
Member: Veniamin Goldfarb (Russia)
Member: Bahram Ravani (USA)

13th World Congress
June 19–25, 2011

Guanajuato, Mexico
Chair: Professor Ricardo Chicurel
309 papers
4 keynote lectures
43 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2012-2015

President: Yoshihiko Nakamura (Japan)
Past President: Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
Vice-President: Veniamin Goldfarb (Russia)
Secretary General: Teresa Zielinska (Poland)
Treasurer: Just Herder (The Netherlands)
Member: Shuo Hung Chang (China-Taipei)
Member: Jean-Pierre Merlet (France)
Member: Burkhard Corves (Germany)
Member: Juan Antonio Carretero (Canada)
Member: Vijay Kumar (USA)
Member: Datong Qin (China-Beijing)

14th World Congress
October 25-30, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan
Chair: Professor Cheng-Kuo Sung
559 papers
6 keynote lectures
47 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2016-2019

President: Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
Past President: Yoshihiko Nakamura (Japan)
Vice-President: Shuo Hung Chang (China-Taipei), resigned in 2018
Secretary General: Teresa Zielinska (Poland)
Treasurer: Juan Antonio Carretero (Canada)
Member: Jean-Pierre Merlet (France)
Member: Burkhard Corves (Germany)
Member: Tian Huang (China-Beijing), acting Vice-President since 2018
Member: Can Dede (Turkey)
Member: Fernando Viadero (Spain)
Member: Ashitava Ghosal (India)

5th Editor in Chief of “Mechanism and Machine Theory”
2016

Prof. Paulo Flores is appointed as Editor in Chief of Mechanism and Machine Theory.

3rd edition Mechanism and Machine Theory
2016

15th World Congress
June 30 – July 4, 2019

Krakow, Poland
Chair: Professor Tadeusz Uhl 
407 papers
4 keynote lectures
6 tutorials
54 poster presentations
66 participating countries

IFToMM Executive Council 2020-2023

President: Andres Kecskemethy (Germany)
Past President: Marco Ceccarelli (Italy)
Vice-President: Fernando Viadero (Spain)
Secretary General: Erwin Lovasz (Romania)
Treasurer: Andreas Müller (Austria)
Member: Mehmet Ismet Can Dede (Turkey)
Member: Ashitava Ghosal (India)
Member: Juan Carlos Jáuregui Correa (México)
Member: John Michael McCarthy (USA)
Member: Yukio Takeda (Japan)
Member: Xianmin Zhang (China)

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