407Symbolical and Geometric Methods in Multibody Kinematics and Dynamics


18 September 2000 – 21 September 2000


Graz, Austria


Prof. A. Kecskeméthy,
Technical University of Graz,
Institute of Mechanics and Mechanisms,
Kopernikusgasse 24, A-8010, Graz, Austria
E-mail: euromech407@mechanik.tu-graz.ac.at

The objective of the Colloquium is to bring together experts from the fields of symbolical and geometric methods in computational kinematics and dynamics of multibody systems. Such methods are of high interest for industry, because
(a) they render very efficient computer models that can be employed in complex-task controllers and
(b) they shed insight into the structure of the underlying equations, allowing the designer to obtain structural information that is not evident when applying purely numerical methods.
Examples are the number of configurations of a parallel platform or the singularity space of a robot. Currently, there is intense research in symbolical analysis and geometric methods in robotics and mechanism dynamics, but this research is performed widely independently of each other. One of the main intentions of the Colloquium is to provide a common platform upon which an amalgamation of these methods or at least a mutual inspiration of the corresponding research groups may take place. Another import goal of the Colloquium is to include industrial and current research examples of systems for which symbolic and/or geometric modelling are required in order to illustrate the need for such methods in the forthcoming years. This implies also mechatronic system analysis and design tools.