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Robot Mechanisms and Design

You've reached the homepage of the Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design, part of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The TC seeks to bring together researchers with interest in innovative mechanical hardware in robotic systems in order to share knowledge, standardize practices/procedures, and raise the profile of the exciting new work being done in robot mechanisms and design. Additionally, we seek to establish strong ties to the robotics and robotic components industries to facilitate technology transfer, educate researchers on new available technologies, approaches, and standards, and help anchor research approaches to commercial needs and market viability. Please go to the About and Contact pages for more information about the TC and its leadership.

One of the major roles of the TC is to foster the community through events and activities. As such, check out the Events page for a list of upcoming and past activities sponsored by or related to the TC, and consider sponsoring your own! Contact the TC Co-Chairs if you would like the TC to sponsor a workshop, tutorial, organized session, or special issue, and we would be happy to work with you and write a letter of support. We are also interested in publicizing other activities that would be of interest to the TC membership through the webpage and listserv or otherwise encouraging and engaging members of the TC in its leadership.


Relevant topics for the TC include, but are not limited to:
- Compliant and variable-stiffness mechanisms
- Design of hardware for open-source dissemination
- Design of robot systems incorporating novel mechanisms
- Materials and fabrication technologies as they relate to novel design and mechanism paradigms
- Mechanism synthesis
- Novel actuator technologies
- Novel transmission technologies
- Parallel mechanisms
- Parameter Selection and Sizing of Actuators
- Underactuated mechanisms

Recent News

Aug. 8 - The TC is sponsoring a Special Issue on Design and Control of Hydraulic Robots in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, due Oct. 1. Visit the Events page for details.

May 28 - The TC is holding a Social Event and Industry Mixer at ICRA 2015 in Seattle. Meet us at the Tap House Grill (1 block away from the convention center, at 1506 6th Ave) at 7pm on Thursday, May 28.

March 19 - The TC is co-sponsoring a workshop on Compliance Control in Legged Robots at ICAR2015. Visit the Events page for details.

Jan. 15 - Three workshops/tutorials that are sponsored by the TC will be held at ICRA 2015. Visit the Events page for details.

Sept. 2 - A kickoff meeting of the TC will be held at IROS 2014 in Chicago. Stay tuned for details.

Aug. 1 - The deadline for the Special Issue on Novel Robot Fabrication Techniques in the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics has been extended to Aug. 15

June 7 - The Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design has been formally approved!

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