[robotics-worldwide] Call for Participation in the Second ASME/IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012) - 9-11 July 2012

Dai, Jian jian.dai at kcl.ac.uk
Tue Jun 26 13:43:17 PDT 2012

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing to thank you for your support and to welcome you to join the Second ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots to be held on 9-11 July (www.remar2012.com). With your support and the sponsorship of ASME, IEEE, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Tianjin University, the Second International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012) is in the final stage of preparation.

The conference is to provide an international forum for presenting and discussing new mechanisms and robots emerged in the 1990s with topologically adaptable mechanisms or robots and for discussing their uses in domestic, hazardous, out-space and manufacturing environments. The main areas of this conference include the following subjects:

1  Reconfigurable Mechanisms                                    7   Bio-reconfiguration Engineering
2  Reconfigurable Robots                                            8    Metamorphic Mechanisms
3  Reconfigurable Manufacturing                                9    Biological Self-Assembly Mechanisms
4  Kinematics & Dynamics of Reconfiguration            10   Metamorphic Robotics
5  Variable Topology Modelling                                   11   Modular Devices
6  Bio-metamorphic Robotics                                      12   Reconfigurable Structures

The conference venue is in Tianjin, China, which is one of four metropolis cities and 29 minutes away from Beijing by a high-speed-train link. Ten experts in the field of mechanisms and robotics are invited to give the keynote lectures on various topics including reconfigurable mechanisms, complain mechanisms, self-diagnosis robots as follows:

Professor Larry Howell, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City: Metamorphic and Reconfigurable Compliant Mechanisms;    
Professor Kenneth J Waldron, University of Technology, Sydney: A Personal History of Reconfigurable Mechanisms;    
Professor Gregory S. Chirikjian, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: Robotic Self-Diagnosis, Self-Repair, and Self-Replication;   
Professor Darwin Caldwell, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova: Stiffness-Variable Mechanisms for Humanoid Robots;       
Professor Hong-Sen Yan, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan: Development of the Methodology for Conceptual Design of Mechanisms;       
Professor Brian Davies, Imperial College, London: Surgical mechanisms and robots: past, present and future; a personal view;         
Professor Tingli Yang, China Petroleum Co. Ltd., Nanjing: General Theory and Approach for Topological Structure Design of Parallel Mechanisms Based on Position and Orientation Characteristic Set;    
Professor Just Herder, Delft University, Delft: Design for Specified Stiffness: Focus on Forces;    
Professor Nak Young Chong, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: Distributed and Cooperative Networked Robotics;  
Professor Kaspar Althoefer, King's College London, London: MR Compatible Optical Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensors for Robotic Surgery based on Parallel Mechanisms

We received over 110 papers from the international community and after the rigorous review progress with three reviewers per paper, 78 papers were accepted for presentation and to appear in a Springer book entitled Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots I (ISBN 978-1-4471-4140-2) and are to be indexed by EI Compendex. I need to thank all of our symposium chairs and reviewers for their dedicated work during the Christmas period. This book can be found in the website http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4471-4141-9#section=1083159&page=4&locus=83

The conference starts with a drink reception to be held at the Princely Palace of Qing Dynasty on Sunday night, 8 July and the opening session will start on Monday 9 July in a two and half a day conference period with several main sessions and parallel sessions of talks and presentations. The social event will include a banquet on Monday evening, the award luncheon on Tuesday mid-day, the river cruising on Tuesday night.

For the visa application and hotel booking, please check the conference website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/informatics/research/robotics/conferences/ReMAR2012/index.aspx .

If you have any further queries, please contact the conference secretaries indicated in the website. As the conference is approaching and we are writing to remind you who are interested in the topic and intend to participate in the conference to start preparing your journey.

The registration can be completed in the registration form at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/engineering/research/robotics/conferences/ReMAR2012/Registration.aspx but you can also do the on-site registration or daily registration. In the end of this message, we warmly welcome you to participate in the Second ASME/IFToMM International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012). Please let Dr Guowu Wei at guowu.wei at kcl.ac.uk or Xinsheng Zhang  at  tjuzxs at yahoo.com.cn  know your scheduled arrival time and we are looking forward to meeting you in Tianjin, China.

Yours Faithfully,

Jian S Dai

Professor Jian S Dai, ASME Fellow, IMechE Fellow, PhD, PE, CEng,

Chair of Mechanisms and Robotics,
Chairman of ASME UK & Ireland Section,

School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, King's College London, University of London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, UK

Conference Chair of 2nd ASME/IFToMM Int Conf on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (9-11 July 2012):

Conference Chair of 36th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics International Conference (12-15 August 2012):


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