Commission Canadienne pour la Théorie des Machines et des Mécanismes
Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms
A message from our Chair:
It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Ronald Podhorodeski. Ron received his MSc degree from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and his PhD degree from the University of Toronto in 1990. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria where he stayed his entire career. Ron was an award winning professor who was adored by his students.
I had the distinct pleasure of being taught by Ron at the undergraduate level as well as being supervised by him for both my MASc and PhD degrees. Ron was without a doubt one of the best professors I have had the privilege of learning from. I could not have asked for a better teacher, wonderful mentor, and a good friend.
Ron made numerous contributions to the field of advanced robot kinematics, including in the areas of redundant manipulators and parallel mechanisms. His easy going personality and friendliness made him numerous friends in the mechanisms and robotics community from around the world. Ron was one of the founding members of the revamped Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (CCToMM). Ron was a strong supporter of CCToMM having served many roles within CCToMM including as its Treasurer as well as its President.
Ron’s distinguished career was tragically cut short due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which he had been living with since his early twenties. He is predeceased by his wife Marilyn Kowlachuk and survived by their daughter Anna.
He will be deeply missed.
- Scott Nokleby
Bienvenue à la Page web de la CCToMM
La Commission Canadienne pour la Théorie des Machines et des Mécanismes(CCToMM) a été reconnue officiellement comme un comité national appartenant à la Fédération Internationale sur la Théorie des Machines et des Mécanismes (IFToMM) pendant le Troisième Congrès Mondial sur la Théorie des Machines et des Mécanismes, qui a eu lieu à Dubrovnik en 1971. La CCToMM, comme commission appartenant à l'IFToMM, partage les objectifs de cette dernière, plus précisément, la promotion du développement dans le domaine des machines et des mécanismes par la recherche théorique et expérimentale et leurs applications pratiques. (Art. 2.1 de la Constitution de l'IFToMM)
Ce domaine d'intérêt étant si vaste, il est nécessaire de rappeler les divers sous-domaines d'un intérêt spécial pour l'IFToMM, plus précisément:
- Méthodes de Conception Assistée par Ordinateur
- Dynamique des Machines
- Engrenages et Transmissions
- Robots et Manipulateurs
La CCToMM publie un bulletin, avec l'intention de diriger la communication entre le Conseil exécutif et les membres de la CCToMM, et pour servir comme forum pour ceux intéressés dans le domaine. Ceci permet le réseautage parmi tous les membres de la CCToMM au Canada et dans la communauté mondiale en donnant accès à l'information sur les questions techniques aux personnes avec les intérêts semblables.
Welcome to the CCToMM Homepage
The Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (CCToMM) was formally recognized as a national committee member of the International Federation for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (IFToMM) at the Third World Congress on Theory of Machines and Mechanisms, held in Dubrovnik in 1971. CCToMM, as a national committee member of IFToMM, shares the objectives of the latter, namely, the promotion of the development in the field of machines and mechanisms by theoretical and experimental research and its applications to practice. (Art. 2.1 of the IFToMM Constitution)
The field of interest to CCToMM being so broad, including various subfields of special interest to IFToMM, namely:
- Computer-Aided Design Methods
- Dynamics of Machine Systems
- Gears and Power Transmissions
- Robots and Manipulators
CCToMM produces a Newsletter, which is intended as a channel of communication between the Executive Council and the CCToMM members, in addition to serving as a forum for all those interested in the field. The main advantage of a CCToMM membership is networking, that is enabled through access to information on technical issues and, most important, through access to other persons with the same technical interests.