TU Delft
Dr. Willem F. Bronsvoort

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Email: W.F.Bronsvoort_at_tudelft.nl


Curriculum vitae

Dr. Willem Frederik (Wim) Bronsvoort was born on June 16, 1952 in Bathmen, the Netherlands. He studied mathematics with specialization computer science at the University of Groningen from 1971 to 1978, and worked as systems programmer/engineer at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Voorburg from 1979 to 1981.

Wim started working at Delft University of Technology as assistant professor in 1981, and was appointed associate professor CAD/CAM in 1985. His initial research was on the boundary area of computer graphics and solid modeling, and in 1990 he got his PhD from Delft University of Technology on a thesis entitled "Direct display algorithms for solid modelling".

In the nineties, he switched to feature modeling. Major topics were multiple-view feature modeling, in which several application views on a product model are simultaneously maintained with feature conversion, and semantic feature modeling, in which the validity of feature models is maintained during the whole modeling process with constraint checking and solving. Other topics were assembly feature modeling, collaborative feature modeling, freeform feature modeling, families of objects, and mesh generation from feature models.

He has (co-)supervised 12 PhD students, has published numerous papers in journals, books and conference proceedings, was co-founder of the Solid Modeling Association, and has served as member of the editorial board of several journals, in particular Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Design and Applications, Graphical Models and International Journal of Product Development, and as co-chair and member of many program committees of conferences, for example Solid Modeling Symposia and CAD Conferences.

Currently, Wim is on leave from the university, prior to his retirement, but still scientifically active in the area of CAD/CAM, for example as member of the editorial board of Computer-Aided Design and paper chair of CAD'17.

25 major journal publications

Bronsvoort WF, van Wijk JJ, and Jansen FW (1984) Two methods for improving the efficiency of ray casting in solid modelling. Computer-Aided Design 16(1):51-55.

Bronsvoort WF, and Klok F (1985) Ray tracing generalized cylinders. ACM Transactions on Graphics 4(4):291-303.

Bronsvoort WF (1986) Techniques for reducing Boolean evaluation time in CSG scan-line algorithms. Computer-Aided Design 18(10):533-538.

Bronsvoort WF (1992) A surface-scanning algorithm for displaying generalized cylinders. The Visual Computer 8(3):162-170.

Bronsvoort WF, and Jansen FW (1993) Feature modelling and conversion - Key concepts to concurrent engineering. Computers in Industry 21(1):61-86.

Boender E, Bronsvoort WF, and Post FH (1994) Finite-element mesh generation from constructive-solid-geometry models. Computer-Aided Design 26(5):379-392.

Bidarra R, de Kraker KJ, and Bronsvoort WF (1998) Representation and management of feature information in a cellular model. Computer-Aided Design 30(4):301-313.

Bidarra R, and Bronsvoort WF (2000) Semantic feature modelling. Computer-Aided Design 32(3):201-225.

van Holland W, and Bronsvoort WF (2000) Assembly features in modeling and planning. Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing 16(4):277-294.

van den Berg E, Bronsvoort WF, and Vergeest JSM (2002) Freefrom feature modelling: concepts and prospects. Computers in Industry 49(2):217-233.

Bidarra R, van den Berg E, and Bronsvoort WF (2002) A collaborative feature modeling system. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 2(3):192-198.

Bidarra R, Kranendonk N, Noort A, and Bronsvoort WF (2002) A collaborative framework for integrated part and assembly modeling. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 2(4):256-264.

Bronsvoort WF, and Noort A (2004) Multiple-view feature modelling for integral product development. Computer-Aided Design 36(10):929-946.

Bidarra R, Madeira J, Neels WJ, and Bronsvoort WF (2005) Efficiency of boundary evaluation for a cellular model. Computer-Aided Design 37(12):1266-1284.

van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2006) A constructive approach to calculate parameter ranges for systems of geometric constraints. Computer-Aided Design 38(4):275-283.

Bronsvoort WF, Bidarra R, and Nyirenda PJ (2006) Developments in feature modelling. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 3(5):655-664.

Sypkens Smit M, and Bronsvoort WF (2007) The difference between two feature models. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 4(6):843-851.

van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2007) Solving topological constraints for declarative families of objects. Computer-Aided Design 39(8):652-662.

Nyirenda PJ, and Bronsvoort WF (2008) Numeric and curve parameters for freeform surface feature models. Computer-Aided Design 40(8):839-851.

Nyirenda PJ, and Bronsvoort WF (2009) A framework for extendable freefrom surface feature modelling. Computers in Industry 60(1):35-47.

Sypkens Smit M, and Bronsvoort WF (2009) Integration of design and analysis models. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 6(6):795-808.

Sypkens Smit M, and Bronsvoort WF (2009) Efficient tetrahedral remeshing of feature models for finite element analysis. Engineering with Computers 25(4):327-344.

van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2010) A non-rigid cluster rewriting approach to solve systems of 3D geometric constraints. Computer-Aided Design 42(1):36-49.

van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2010) Tracking topological changes in parametric models. Computer Aided Geometric Design 27(3):281-293.

van den Berg E, and Bronsvoort WF (2010) Validity maintenance for freeform feature modeling. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 10(1):011006/1-14.


A complete list of all publications in journals, books and conference proceedings can be downloaded here.

Current professional activities

Member Editorial Board Computer-Aided Design.

Member Editorial Board Computer-Aided Design and Applications.

Paper Chair CAD'17, International CAD Conference and Exhibition, Okayama, Japan, 10-12 August 2017.

Member Program Committee SPM 2017, Symposium on Solid and Physical Modeling, Berkeley, USA, 19-21 June 2017.