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 has been associate professor CAD/CAM within the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, until April 2011. Currently he is on leave from the university, but still scientifically active in the area of CAD/CAM.

He was born on 16th June 1952 in Bathmen, the Netherlands. After secondary school, he studied mathematics with specialisation computer science at the University of Groningen from 1971 to 1978. He worked at the Central Bureau of Statistics in Voorburg from 1979 to 1981 as systems programmer/engineer.

In 1981 he became a staff member at Delft University of Technology, first as assistant professor Technical Applications of Informatics, and from 1985 as associate professor CAD/CAM. In 1990 he got his PhD from Delft University of Technology on a thesis entitled "Direct display algorithms for solid modelling".

His main research interests are in feature modeling: semantic feature modeling, multiple-view feature modeling, freeform feature modeling, and mesh generation from feature models. He has published numerous papers in international journals, books and conference proceedings, is on the editorial board of several journals, and has served, and is still serving, as co-chair and member of many program committees of conferences.

Recent journal publications

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

de Voogt E, van der Helm A, and Bronsvoort WF (2000) Ray tracing deformed generalized cylinders. The Visual Computer 16(3-4): 197-207.

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

Noort A, and Bronsvoort WF (2001) Enforcing model validity by automatic adjustment. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 1(4): 311-319.

Noort A, Hoek GFM, and Bronsvoort WF (2002) Integrating part and assembly modelling. Computer-Aided Design 34(12): 899-912.

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

Gansca I, Bronsvoort WF, Coman G, and Tambulea L (2002) Self-intersection avoidance and integral properties of generalized cylinders. Computer Aided Geometric Design 19(9): 695-707.

Bronsvoort WF, Bidarra R, and Noort A (2002) Feature model visualization. Computer Graphics Forum 21(4): 661-673.

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.

Song Y, Vergeest JSM, and Bronsvoort WF (2005) Fitting and manipulating freeform shapes using templates. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 5(2): 86-94.

Nyirenda PJ, Bronsvoort WF, Langerak TR, Song Y, and Vergeest JSM (2005) A generic taxonomy for defining freeform feature classes. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 2(1-4): 497-506.

Bidarra R, Nyirenda PJ, and Bronsvoort WF (2005) A feature-based solution to the persistent naming problem. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 2(1-4): 517-526.

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 (2005) An efficient method to determine the intended solution for a system of geometric constraints. International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications 15(3): 279-298.

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.

Nyirenda PJ, Mulbagal M, and Bronsvoort WF (2006) Definition of freeform surface feature classes. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 3(5): 665-674.

van den Berg E, and Bronsvoort WF (2007) Parameterised, constraint-based wrapping of freeform shapes. Computers & Graphics 31(1): 89-99.

Nyirenda PJ, Bidarra R, and Bronsvoort WF (2007) A semantic blend feature definition. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 4(6): 795-806.

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.

Sypkens Smit M, and Bronsvoort WF (2008) Variational tetrahedral meshing of mechanical models for finite element analysis. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 5(1-4): 228-240.

de Regt R, van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2008) A workbench for geometric constraint solving. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 5(1-4): 471-482.

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.

van der Meiden HA, and Bronsvoort WF (2009) Modeling families of objects: review and research directions. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 6(3): 291-306.

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.

Bronsvoort WF, Bidarra R, van der Meiden HA, and Tutenel T (2010) The increasing role of semantics in object modeling. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 7(3): 431-440.

Bahlen TM, Spence AD, and Bronsvoort WF (2010) Extraction and visualization of dimensions from a geometric model. Computer-Aided Design and Applications 7(4): 579-589.


A complete list of publications can be downloaded here.

Professional activities

Member Editorial Board Computer-Aided Design.

Member Editorial Board Computer-Aided Design and Applications.

Associate Editor Graphical Models.

Member Editorial Board International Journal of Product Development.


Lead Paper Chair CAD'13, International CAD Conference and Exhibition, Bergamo, Italy, 17-20 June 2013.

Lead Paper Chair CAD'14, International CAD Conference and Exhibition, Hong Kong, China, 23-26 June 2014.


Member Program Committee GD/SPM13, SIAM Conference on Geometric and Physical Modeling, Denver, USA, 11-14 November 2013.