Every other year USCToMM organizes a symposium to bring together researchers from the US, Canada & Mexico, and from around the globe to share their latest research results, exchange new ideas, and to foster new collaborations.

The USCToMM symposia bring together researchers in all areas of mechanisms, machines, mechanical systems, and robotics for an engaging and focused academic experience that features extended single-track presentations and ample networking and social time for meaningful discussions among attendees.

See below for additional information about the 2022 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (MSR 2022) and click here for a pdf version of the Call for Papers.


The 2022 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics will be held May 19 - 21 in Rapid City South Dakota on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


2nd Symposium on Mechanical Systems & Robotics

May 19-21, 2022

Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Call for Papers

The 2022 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (2022 USCToMM MSR Symposium) will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 19-21, 2022, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The 2022 USCToMM Annual General Meeting will be held during the Symposium. Financial support is available through the IFToMM Young Delegates Program to assist early career and student researchers wishing to present their work at the symposium (for more information see below).

The symposium is designed to foster meaningful interactions and collaborations: single track, peer-reviewed papers, 20-minute presentations plus 10 minutes for Q & A allowing for substantial discussions, and a social program that fosters networking and collaborations among attendees including a Friday evening conference dinner at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Papers should be submitted online through the paper management platform as PDF unsecured files formatted according to the Author Guidelines.

Paper Topics

The USCToMM MSR Symposium welcomes submissions that address: Specialized Robotic Systems; Soft, Wearable & Origami Robotic Systems; Applications to Walking, Flying, Climbing, Ground, Underground, Swimming, & Space Systems; Human Rehabilitation & Performance Augmentation; Design and Analysis of Mechanisms & Machines, Human-Robot Collaborative Systems; Service Robotics; Mechanical Systems & Robotics Education; Commercialization of Mechanical Systems & Robotics; and related topics.


The proceedings of MSR 2022 will be published by Springer in the Mechanism and Machine Science book series. All accepted papers will be indexed in Scopus, Ei Compendex and Web of Science. The proceedings from MSR 2020 can be found here on the Springer website.

Journal Special Issue

Select papers from the proceedings of MSR 2022 will be invited to be expanded and submitted for review for inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems.

Author Guidelines

Full papers should be submitted as an unsecured PDF file formatted according to the USCToMM LaTeX class and template (available for download here). Alternatively, a Word template is also available (download here). Full papers should be at least 8 pages long and not exceed 10 pages. The maximum number of paper submissions for a single paid registrant is two. All communications with the corresponding authors of each paper will be conducted by email. Each author will be requested to produce at least two reviews per paper submitted and at least one author is expected to register, attend, and present the paper at the symposium. Click here to go to our EasyChair paper submission website.

Young Delegates Programs

Young Delegates Program (YDP) : Financial assistance to young scientists and engineers may available through the IFToMM Young Delegates Program. The instructions and application form for the YDP are available here. Send the completed application form to MSR 2022 Co-Chair Pierre Larochelle.

Host Organizations

- South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

- USCToMM: U.S. Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms

- IFToMM – International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science

Symposium Patronage and Cosponsor

- MSR 2022 is organized under the patronage of IFToMM and its Technical Committee on Robotics and Mechatronics. MSR 2022 is cosponsored by the Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (CCToMM) and Dr. Scott Nokleby serves as the CCToMM representative to MSR 2022.

Symposium Co-Chairs

- Pierre Larochelle, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

- J. Michael McCarthy, University of California, Irvine

Questions and Contact Information

If you have any questions about MSR 2022 please contact Co-Chair Pierre Larochelle at or +1 605 - 394 - 2401.

Important Dates

Extended to December 24, 2021. Submission of full papers. Click here to submit your paper.

January 15, 2022. Submission of reviews

January 22, 2022. Notice of decision

February 21, 2022. Submission of final papers

April 15, 2022. Early registration deadline


The symposium will be held in the Larry & Linda Pearson Alumni and Conference Center on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701, USA.


The registration fees for MSR 2022 are listed below in US dollars.

Registration fees are due on or before April 15 2022. Fees for all payments made after April 15 2022 are shown inside ()'s:

  • USCToMM or CCToMM Member: $395 ($495)

  • USCToMM or CCToMM Student Member: $300 ($400)

  • Regular $445 ($545)

  • Student $300 ($400)

Click this link to pay your registration fee. Please use the pull-down menu to select your registration option and submit your fee payment via PayPal using a major credit card or PayPal account.


Hotel: The official hotel for MSR 2022 is the Hotel Alex Johnson. Free shuttle service for the 3 minute drive (15 minute walk) between the Hotel Alex Johnson to/from MSR 2022 will be provided each day of the conference. About the Hotel Alex Johnson- located in downtown Rapid City in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the hotel is a member of the coveted Curio Collection by Hilton. Since opening its doors on July 1, 1928, the hotel has played host to several presidents, countless celebrities, and a few spirits of its own. The handcrafted décor and Germanic Tudor inspired architecture will leave you feeling that every step you take is a step back in time, while the amenities and services immerse you with modern comfort and luxury. Whether honeymooning, traveling corporately, exploring the history and nature of the surrounding region, or traveling as part of a large group, you’ll revel in the stunning and mysterious allure of the Hotel Alex Johnson. Click here to reserve your room.

Dormitory: For the more frugal travelers we are making arrangements to have on campus student dormitory rooms available to MSR 2022 attendees. Click here for additional information and fill out this form to reserve your dorm room.

Airport Shuttle

Free Rapid City airport pickup and drop off service to/from the Hotel Alex Johnson or MSR 2022 will be provided by the organizers of MSR 2022. To schedule your pick-up and drop-off please email your arrival and departure information to Co-Chair Pierre Larochelle at by May 11, 2022.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday May 19th: Evening welcome reception at the Hotel Alex Johnson.

Friday May 20th: Morning presentations, lunch, afternoon presentations, and social program. Travel by bus to Mount Rushmore for tour and conference dinner.

Saturday May 21st: Morning presentations, lunch, afternoon presentations and USCToMM meeting.

Scientific Committee

- Sunil Agrawal, Columbia University

- David Cappelleri, Purdue University

- Mary Frecker, Penn State University

- Bill Goodwine, Notre Dame University

- Larry Howell, Brigham Young University

- Andrew Murray, University of Dayton

- Carl Nelson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

- Alba Pérez Gracia, Idaho State University

- Madhu Raghavan, General Motors

- Bahram Ravani, University of California, Davis

- Nina Robson, California State University Fullerton

- Bernie Roth, Stanford University

- Vladimir Vantsevich, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Larry & Linda Pearson Alumni and Conference Center

Mount Rushmore National Memorial