21st Century Kinematics

21st Century Kinematics

The NSF Workshop on 21st Century Kinematics at the 2012 ASME IDETC Conference in Chicago, IL on August 11-12, 2012 consisted of a series of presentations and a book of supporting material prepared by the workshop contributors.

The book is now available at 21st Century Kinematics–The 2012 NSF Workshop.

And here are the seven primary presentations given at the workshop.

  1. Computer-Aided Invention of Mechanisms and Robots. J. Michael McCarthy, Professor, University of California, Irvine.
  2. Mechanism Synthesis for Modeling Human Movement. Vincenzo Parenti-Castelli, Professor, University of Bologna.
  3. Algebraic Geometry and Kinematic Synthesis. Manfred Husty, Professor, University of Innsbruck.
  4. Kinematic Synthesis of Compliant Mechanisms. Larry Howell, Professor, Brigham Young University.
  5. Kinematics and Numerical Algebraic Geometry. Charles Wampler, Technical Fellow, General Motors Research and Development.
  6. Kinematic Analysis of Cable Robotic Systems. Vijay Kumar, Professor, University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Protein Kinematics. Kazem Kazerounian, Professor, University of Connecticut.

Colleagues joined in with two additional presentations:

Many thanks to the contributors and the attendees for an outstanding workshop.

Update: The presentation links have been fixed.

Colorado Videos

Mechanisms videos at Colorado State

Prof. David Alciatore has a large number of videos illustrating machines, physics principles and billiards, including high speed videos.  Video demonstrations of mechanisms can be found at the following site as well as links to much more:

Spherical Deployment

Spherical deployable linkage assembly

This assembly of spherical rhombus linkages expands to enclose a volume.  It was designed by Jerome Choe to explore the construction of complex articulated systems. (UCI Robotics and Automation Lab)

Chris Sangwin

C. J. Sangwin’s linkage movies

Chris Sangwin has a nice collection of linkage movies at How round is your circle?.

Particularly nice are the straight line mechanisms such as Hart’s second straight-line mechanism.

His example of the Sarrus linkage is also found on YouTube: