• De Groene Loper 6, Vertigo, VRT 9.D18

    5600MB Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513

    5600MB Eindhoven


  • Eindhoven


  • 42 Citations
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Personal profile

Academic background

Sjonnie Boonstra obtained his MSc degree in Structural Design in April 2016 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since May 2016 he is Doctoral Candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of the Built Environment, in the group of Applied Mechanics and Design. He published two journal articles and six conference papers and received the EG-ICE 2016 best paper award. He supervises several MSc students, he has been an assessor for the TU/e Honors Academy, and he has been a reviewer for an international conference. Finally, he is a member of the graduate school Engineering Mechanics.

Research profile

Sjonnie Boonstra is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He focuses on the optimisation of building spatial designs by researching methods that can efficiently optimise building designs for multi-disciplinary objectives (structural- and thermal design). For his research he is interested in Structural Design Optimisation, Applied Mechanics and Computer Aided Design. The project that Sjonnie Boonstra works on is titled “Excellent Buildings via Forefront MDO, Lowest Energy Use, Optimal Spatial and Structural Performance”. His research is funded by NWO-TTW (project number 13596) and is conducted in close cooperation with Associate Professor Hèrm Hofmeyer of Eindhoven University of Technology and Associate Professor Michael T.M. Emmerich and Doctoral Candidate Koen van der Blom who both are from Leiden University.


Optimisation, design, and automation are three very distinct fields, however—if applied well—they can become one

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Shape optimization Engineering & Materials Science
Evolutionary algorithms Engineering & Materials Science
Timber Engineering & Materials Science
Tuning Engineering & Materials Science
Design optimization Engineering & Materials Science
Data structures Engineering & Materials Science
Scalability Engineering & Materials Science
Concrete buildings Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 42 Citations
  • 9 Conference contribution
  • 4 Poster
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter

Analysing optimisation data for multicriteria building spatial design

van der Blom, K., Boonstra, S., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 2019, Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 10th International Conference, EMO 2019, East Lansing, MI, USA, March 10-13, 2019, Proceedings. Deb, K., Goodman, E., Coello, C. A., Klamroth, K., Miettinen, K., Mostaghim, S. & Reed, P. (eds.). Springer, p. 671-682 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 11411)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Mechanical engineering
Multiobjective optimization
Data mining
Hot Temperature

Effects of 3D zoning of spatial designs on the performance of structure systems

Hofmeyer, H., Claessens, D. P. H., Boonstra, S. & de Vries, B., 2019, Intelligent & Informed, Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2019), Volume 1. Haeusler, M. H., Schnabel, M. A. & Fukuda, T. (eds.). Hong Kong: The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), p. 205-214 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Evaluating memetic building spatial design optimisation using hypervolume indicator gradient ascent

van der Blom, K., Boonstra, S., Wang, H., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 2019, Numerical and Evolutionary Optimization – NEO 2017. Trujillo, L., Schütze, O., Maldonado, Y. & Valle, P. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 62-82 (Studies in Computational Intelligence; vol. 785)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Gradient methods
Multiobjective optimization
Design optimization

Building structural design generation

Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H. & Emmerich, M. T. M., Oct 2018 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Coupling between a building spatial design optimisation toolbox and BouwConnect BIM

Boonstra, S., van der Blom, K., Hofmeyer, H., van den Buijs, J. & Emmerich, M. T. M., 4 Oct 2018, Advances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering: Proceedings of the 35th CIB W78 2018 Conference: IT in Design, Construction, and Management. Mutis, I. & Hartman, T. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 95-102 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Data transfer
Design optimization


EG ICE 2016 Best Paper Award

Sjonnie Boonstra (Recipient), 29 Jun 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Publication peer-review

2018 International Workshop on Global Optimization (LeGO 2018) (Event)

Sjonnie Boonstra (Peer reviewer)
18 Sep 201821 Sep 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Student theses

Influence of spatial zoning on structural topology performance

Author: Claessens, D., Oct 2018

Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), Boonstra, S. (Supervisor 2) & de Vries, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Multi-disciplinary building optimisation

Author: Boonstra, S., 30 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Hofmeyer, H. (Supervisor 1), de Vries, B. (Supervisor 2), Suiker, A. (Supervisor 2) & van Schijndel, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master