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 2020 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (MSR 2020) and click here for a pdf version of the Call for Papers.

The 2020 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics will be held May 14 - 16 in Rapid City South Dakota on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


1st Symposium on Mechanical Systems & Robotics

May 14-16, 2020

Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

Call for Papers

The 2020 USCToMM Symposium on Mechanical Systems and Robotics (2020 USCToMM MSR Symposium) will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16, 2020, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The 2020 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 2020 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.

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). Full papers should not exceed 10 pages. All communications with the corresponding authors of each paper will be conducted by email or through the online submission system. Each corresponding author submitting a full paper will be requested to produce at least two reviews per paper submitted and at least one author is expected to register and present the paper at the symposium.

Young Delegates Programs

Young Delegates Program (YDP) : Financial assistance to young scientists and engineers is 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 2020 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 2020 is organized under the patronage of IFToMM and is cosponsored by the Canadian Committee for the Theory of Machines and Mechanisms (CCToMM).

Symposium Co-Chairs

- J. Michael McCarthy, University of California, Irvine

- Pierre Larochelle, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Important Dates

January 15, 2020_____Submission of full papers Click here to submit your paper for review

February 12, 2020_____Submission of reviews

February 19, 2020_____Notice of decision

March 1, 2020_____Submission of final papers

April 15, 2020_____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.

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