On behalf of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), I am glad to host you at the 2001 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM '01). The purpose of this biennial conference, following the footsteps of the previous two editions in Tokyo, Japan (1997) and Atlanta, Georgia, USA (1999), is to promote activities in various areas of mechatronics by providing a forum for exchange of ideas, presentation of technical achievements, and discussion of future directions. The theme of the Conference is Synergy in Mechatronics—The Next Step of Information Technology.
This year, a record number of 280 papers have been submitted from 32 different countries with an overall breakdown for the three greater geographical areas of about: 1/2 for Europe and Africa, 1/4 for Asia and Oceania, and 1/4 for America. The resulting paper classification is: 206 regular papers, 55 invited-session papers, and 19 industry-oriented papers (a novelty for this Conference). The technical program includes the presentation of 4 videos and 224 papers organized into 48 sessions. The review process has been conducted by the 3 Program Co-Chairs, the Invited Session Chair and the Industry-Oriented Chair, as well as by the Video Session Chair. The process has been aided by the requirement that all papers and videos be submitted in electronic form, thereby allowing each contribution to receive 3 independent reviews! Besides thanking all the Chairs and Committee Members, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous effort invested by the E-Media Chair and his Co-Chair to ensure a prompt and efficient handling of the submission and review process.
The Proceedings are provided in both printed and CD-ROM version, thanks to the work of the Publication Chair. In addition, this Program booklet contains the abstracts of the papers which have been made available on the web http://www.AIM01.unina.it prior to the Conference as well.
The Technical Program begins on Sunday 8 July in the afternoon with a Workshop and a Tutorial promoted by the devoted Chair, which are followed by the Video Session. Paper Sessions are held in four parallel tracks from Monday to Wednesday. A strategic choice has been to invite four Plenary Speakers all from industry: Bruno Murari, Stephen Hung, Masakazu Ejiri and Jan Van Eijk. Also, an Exhibition has been organized by the devoted Chair. The intensive Social Program for the Conference Attendees and their Accompanying Persons includes: a boat tour sightseeing along the lake shores, then docking at Villa Olmo for the Welcome Cocktail on Monday; the Banquet in the historical halls of Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Tuesday; and the Farewell Wine Tasting at Teatro Sociale on Wednesday. Finally, Thursday 12 July is dedicated to visit local industries.
A special word of appreciation goes to the General Co-Chair for his precious advise on the management of the Conference, as well as to the Local Arrangement Chair for his tireless support to the organization of the event.
Last but not least, I wish to thank the professional staff of Centro “A. Volta” who have fulfilled their secretarial duties as effectively as smoothly. Of course, we must remember and express our greatest recognition to all the Authors. Without their valuable contributions, there would be no conference at all.
On behalf of the whole AIM ′01 Team, welcome to Italy: it is my great pleasure to meet you in Como!
Como is on a lake in Lombardia region (Northern Italy), located about 40 Km from Milan in a wealthy industrial area. Only a few minutes away from the Swiss border, it can be reached by train or car in about 40 minutes from the hub Milan Malpensa 2000 International Airport. It is also in an ideal position to travel in Europe and reach famous destinations such as Venice, Portofino and Cinque Terre (three hours), Florence and Tuscany (four hours). Attending an opera performance at either of the famous theaters: "La Scala" in Milan and "Arena" in Verona (past Lake Garda) is worthy an extension of the journey to Northern Italy. Just half an hour from bustling Milan, Lake Como is a jewel-like oasis of tranquillity, a magical combination of lush Mediterranean foliage and snowy alpine peaks. It is the third largest Italian lake. It is made up of three branches, joined in a charming central lake, but separated by different styles and cultures; the Colico's branch is savage and pure; the Lecco’s branch is a natural jewel and the Como’s one is refined and elegant. The conference is held in the fascinating site of Teatro Sociale, a neo-classical building of early 19th century located in the heart of the city next to the cathedral. The Conference Secretariat is pleased to assist attendees and accompanying persons for local tourist information.
Sponsors and Supporters
IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD)
In cooperation with
Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ)
Institute of Systems, Control, and Information Engineers (ISCIE)
International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
Japan Society of Precision Engineers (JSPE)
Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ)
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)