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James R. Rinderle

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director


  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
  • M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982

Research Interests:

Conceptual and configurational design are focuses of Professor Rinderle's current research. Approaches and methods which facilitate rational engineering selection among configurations and the systematic reticulation and generation of alternatives are central themes which couple a variety of approaches and application areas. Methods are being developed which enable functional and economic consequences of engineering physics to be explicated early in the design process. The methods include algebraic reasoning with constraints, design abstraction via transformation and sub-structure identification, formal grammatical approaches to design configuration generation, and design reasoning based on the causal structure of devices. Specific techniques based on these general methods are being integrated with existing CAD tools. They are being used in a variety of engineering applications ranging from the design of complex electromechanical assemblies to the selection of molded product configurations.

Research Labs:

Research Sponsors:

  • ARPA (Advanced Research Project Agency), DOD
  • National Science Foundation

Selected Publications:

  • M.D. Goodrich and J.R. Rinderle, "An Objective Approach to Design Configuration Selection," Proceedings of the ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Sacramento, CA. , September, 1997.
  • J.R. Rinderle, "Using Attribute Grammars to Bridge Conceptual and Parametric Design," Fourth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design, Grammatical Design Workshop, June 1996.
  • J.R. Rinderle, "Grammatical Approaches to Engineering Design, Part II: Melding Configuration and Parametric Design Using Attribute Grammars," Research in Engineering Design, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 137-146, 1990.
  • S.P. Hoover and J.R. Rinderle, "Abstractions, Design Views and Focusing," Proceedings of the Sixth ASME Design Theory and Methodology Conference, Minneapolis, September, 1994 (Also accepted for publication in Journal of Mechanical Design).

Thesis Topics:

  • Evaluation of Molded Product Configurations Models and Abstractions in Mechanical Design
  • An Objective Approach to Design Configuration Selection
  • An Attribute Grammar Approach to the Design of Extruded Sections
  • A Transformational Approach to Mechanical Design Using a Bond Graph Grammar Interval Based Approaches to Design Refinement
  • Abstractions, Design Views and Focusing
  • Identifying Reformulations of Mechanical Parametric Design Constraints
  • Automated Bond Graph Modeling and Simplification to Support Design

Contact Information:

James Rinderle
MIE Department
220 ELAB
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-5901
(413) 545-1027


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