Associate Professor Carl Reidsema

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
c.reidsema@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53596

Overview

A/Prof Carl Reidsema’s research interests are in: Computational Design Tools, Knowledge Based Engineering, Design for Sustainability, Design Thinking, Innovation in Industry, Engineering Education.

Associate Professor Carl Reidsema is a mechanical design engineer with over 12 years industry experience in heavy engineering, mining and defence transport design and manufacturing. His research interests are centred around understanding how we think about design as a basis for the development of more effective computational tools, educational programs and collaborative organisational models to improve our national innovative capacity.

Research Interests

  • Learning Analytics

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Publications

  • Kavanagh, Lydia, Reidsema, Carl, McCredden, Julie and Smith, Neville (2017). Design considerations. In Carl Reidsema, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft and Neville Smith (Ed.), The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education 1st ed. (pp. 15-35) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8

  • The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education. Edited by Carl Reidsema, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft and Neville Smith Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8

  • McCredden, Julie E., O'Shea, Peter, Terrill, Philip and Reidsema, Carl (2016). Don’t blame the student, it’s in their mind: helping engineering students to grasp complex concepts. In: AAEE2016 Conference. 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 4-7 December 2016.

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Supervision

  • (2017) Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • An important and exciting new research area is that of intelligent computer systems. These systems can provide the ability to solve far more complex design problems than at present in much less time. The development and integration of product and process models using Artificial Intelligence techniques will lead to more cost effective designs and design plans. The development of intelligent tools and techniques for Australian design conditions will require in the first instance, a survey of Australian design-build companies to ascertain their level of technology and suitability as a modelling environment for the project. A performance analysis of the selected candidates design processes will help to establish the critical parameters in selecting one design option over another in comparison to models of best practice.

  • In the search for smarter more human-like computer tools, there is a need to develop computational solutions that can support creativity in engineering design. This necessitates a more in depth understanding of computational algorithms and their application to this aspect of the design function. This project seeks to explore the issues surrounding multi-objective optimisation problems which are a significant bottleneck in automating the design of components that have subjective and/or uncertain criteria and multiple objectives.

  • Feature Recognition (FR) is a technology used to identify the characteristics, or features, of a product model produced by Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. The extraction of design features from a geometric CAD model in order to obtain manufacturing and analysis information about a product can provide improvements in design lead-time through integration of downstream manufacturing feedback into the early decision points in the design process. This project will extend the current research utilising kernel technology to develop hybrid FR techniques for a broad range of engineering design componentry.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Kavanagh, Lydia, Reidsema, Carl, McCredden, Julie and Smith, Neville (2017). Design considerations. In Carl Reidsema, Lydia Kavanagh, Roger Hadgraft and Neville Smith (Ed.), The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education 1st ed. (pp. 15-35) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8

  • Efatmaneshnik, Mahmoud and Reidsema, Carl (2009). IMMUNE: A collaborating environment for complex system design. In Christine L. Mumford and Lakhmi C. Jain (Ed.), Computational intelligence : Collaboration, fusion and emergence (pp. 275-320) Berlin & Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

  • Yang, Quangang and Reidsema, Carl (2007). Integrated design system : An information processing approach for knowledge-based product development. In Angappa Gunasekaran (Ed.), Techniques and Tools for the Design and Implementation of Enterprise Information Systems (pp. 86-121) Hershey, PA, U.S.A.: IGI Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • McCredden, Julie E., O'Shea, Peter, Terrill, Philip and Reidsema, Carl (2016). Don’t blame the student, it’s in their mind: helping engineering students to grasp complex concepts. In: AAEE2016 Conference. 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 4-7 December 2016.

  • Reidsema, Carl A., Kavanagh, Lydia, Ollila, Emmi, Otte, Stephanie and McCredden, Julie E. (2016). Exploring the quality and effectiveness of online, focused peer discussions using the MOOCchat tool. In: AAEE2016 Conference. 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 4-7 December 2016.

  • Reidsema, Carl A., Kavanagh, Lydia and McCredden, Julie Ellen (2016). Project design and scaffolding for realising practitioner learning in a large first year flipped classroom course. In: AAEE2016 Conference. 27th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, (). 4-7 December 2016.

  • Chen, Shaun, Kavanagh, Lydia, Reidsema, Carl and Gollagher, Susan (2015). Using a contextualised English support programme to assist international engineering students. In: Aman Oo, Arun Patel, Tim Hilditch and Siva Chandran, Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. 26th Conference of the Australasian Associate for Engineering Education, Geelong, VIC Australia, (). 6-9 December 2015.

  • Reidsema, Carl A., Kavanagh, Lydia and Jolly, Lesley (2014). Flipping the classroom at scale to achieve integration of theory and practice in a first year engineering design and build course. In: The ASEE 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition 360 Degrees of Engineering Education: proceedings. 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education, Indianapolis, IN United States, (). 15-18 June 2014.

  • Quental, Diogo, Reidsema, Carl and Kavanagh, Lydia (2014). Fostering ownership of learning in engineering education. In: Andrew Bainbridge-Smith, Proceedings of the AAEE2014 Conference. AAEE2014: 2014 Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, (1-9). 8-10 December, 2014.

  • Kavanagh, Lydia and Reidsema, Carl (2014). The importance of narrative: helping students make sense of what they're learning. In: Andrew Bainbridge-Smith, Ziming Tom Qi and Gourab Sen Gupta, 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : Engineering the Knowledge Economy: Collaboration, Engagement & Employability. 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Wellington, New Zealand, (779-787). 8-10 December 2014.

  • Reidsema, Carl, Kavanagh, Lydia, Fink, Esther, Long, Phil and Smith, Neville (2014). The learning pathway: online navigational support for students within the structured flipped classroom. In: Andrew Bainbridge-Smith, Ziming Tom Qi and Gourab Sen Gupta, 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : Engineering the Knowledge Economy: Collaboration, Engagement & Employability. 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Wellington, New Zealand, (788-795). 8-10 December 2014.

  • Papinczak, Tracey, Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Reidsema, Carl and Crosthwaite, Caroline (2013). Do as I say, not as I do: professional development of academics lacks contextualisation and sensitivity to discipline. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (). 8-11 December 2013.

  • Herbert, Jeremy, Smith, Elliot, Reidsema, Carl and Lydia Kavanagh (2013). Helping students find answers: algorithmic interpretation of student questions. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1-6). 8-11 December, 2013.

  • Reidsema, Carl, Kavanagh, Lydia, Jolly, Lesley, Long, Phil and Adams, Robin (2013). Reimagining the dissemination of engineering education practices through a global learning partnership. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1-9). 8-11 December, 2013.

  • Smith, Elliot, Herbert, Jeremy, Kavanagh, Lydia and Reidsema, Carl (2013). The effects of gamification on student learning through the use of reputation and rewards within community moderated discussion boards. In: Charles Lemckert, Graham Jenkins and Susan Lang-Lemckert, Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: AAEE2013 Proceedings. AAEE 2013: 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1-9). 8-11 December, 2013.

  • Groll, Lorie, Reed, Teri, Imbrie, P. K., Kavanagh, Lydia and Reidsema, Carl (2013). The elephant in the room: First-year engineering students discuss diversity. In: 2013 Frontiers in Education Conference: Energizing the Future, FIE 2013 - Proceedings. 43rd IEEE Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2013, Oklahoma City, OK, (574-576). 23 - 26 October 2013. doi:10.1109/FIE.2013.6684888

  • Kavanagh, Lydia, O'Moore, Liza, Papinczak, Tracey, Reidsema, Carl and Crosthwaite, Caroline (2012). The Teaching and Learning Development Program: an opportunity to excel?. In: Llewellyn Mann and Scott Daniel, AAEE 2012 Conference Proceedings. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2012), Melbourne, Australia, (591-599). 3 - 5 December 2012.

  • Cameron, Ian, Reidsema, Carl and Hadgraft, Roger (2011). Australian engineering academe: A snapshot of demographics and attitudes. In: Yasir M. Al-Abdeli and Euan Lindsay, Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference. 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Fremantle, WA, Australia, (107-113). 5-7 December 2011.

  • Reidsema, Carl, Hadgraft, Roger, Cameron, Ian and King, Robin (2011). Change strategies for educational transformation. In: Yasir M. Al-Abdeli and Euan Lindsay, Proceedings of the 2011 AAEE Conference. 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), Fremantle, WA, United States, (344-350). 5-7 December 2011.

  • Goldsmith, Rosalie, Reidsema, Carl and Campbell, Duncan (2010). Best practice or business as usual? Whose interests are served by the Engineering Science paradigm?. In: Anne Gardner and Lesley Jolly, 21st annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education & 2010 Fall CDIO Collabortators' Meeting: Program & Abstracts. 21st annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education & 2010 Fall CDIO Collabortators' Meeting, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (15-15). 5-8 December 2010.

  • Reidsema, Carl, Goldsmith, Rosalie and Mort, Pam (2010). Enabling the reflective practitioner in engineering design courses. In: Graham Forsyth, Proceedings of ConnectED2010 International Conference on Design Education. 2nd International Conference on Design Education (ConnectED2010), Sydney, Australia, (). 28 June - 1 July 2010.

  • Kelly, D., Reidsema, C. and Lee, M. (2010). On load paths and load bearing topology from finite element analysis. In: N. Khalili, S. Valliappan, Q. Li and A. Russell, 9th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 4th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM/APCOM 2010), Sydney, Australia, (). 19–23 July 2010. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/10/1/012192

  • Goldsmith, Rosalie, Reidsema, Carl, Beck, Hilary and Campbell, Duncan (2010). Perspectives on teaching and learning in engineering design across four universities. In: Graham Forsyth, Proceedings of ConnectED2010 International Conference on Design Education. 2nd International Conference on Design Education (ConnectED2010), Sydney, Australia, (). 28 June - 1 July 2010.

  • Tama, Ishardita P. and Reidsema, Carl (2010). Product knowledge identification and modeling for virtual collaboration environment. In: Dundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson and Tugrul U. Daim, Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology proceedings: Technology management for global economic growth. Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET ’10), Phuket, Thailand, (1029-1037). 18-22 July 2010.

  • Campbell, Duncan, Dawes, Les, Bech, Hilary, Wallace, Sam, Reidsema, Carl and Dansie, Brenton (2009). An extended CDIO Syllabus framework with preparatory engineering proficiencies. In: Proceedings of the 5th International CDIO Conference. 5th International CDIO Conference, Singapore, (). 7 - 10 June 2009.

  • Reidsema, Carl and Mort, Pam (2009). Assessing reflective writing: Analysis of reflective writing in an engineering design course. In: David Rowland, Special Issue: Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning. Ninth Biennial Conference of the Association for Academic Language and Learning, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, (A-117-A-129). 26 - 27 November 2009.

  • Campbell, Duncan, Dawes, Les, Beck, Hilary, Wallace, Sam, Boman, Marian and Reidsema, Carl (2009). Graduate attribute mapping with the extended CDIO framework. In: Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference. 20th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference, Adelaide, Australia, (599-604). 6-9 December 2009.

  • Efatmaneshnik, Mahmoud and Reidsema, Carl (2008). Exploiting non-dominance in multi agent systems: An artificial immune algorithm for distributed and complex Problem solving environments. In: Suzanne Sadedin, Greg Paperin and Tania Leishman, Proceedings of the 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems. 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems, Melbourne, Australia, (106-115). 8-9 December 2008.

  • Efatmaneshnik, Mahmoud and Reidsema, Carl (2008). Integration schemes and decomposition modes in complex problem solving. In: SETE 2008 Proceedings. SETE 2008 for the Enterprise: Enhanced Capabilities Through Integration. SETE 2008: Systems Engineering/Test and Evaluation Conference 2008. A Conference of The Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and The Southern Cross Chapter of The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) and INCOSE Region VI, Canberra, Australia, (). 22-24 September 2008.

  • Carulli, Marina and Reidsema, Carl (2007). Implications for design education from an experimental study of collective learning for multidisciplinary design. In: Robert Zehner and Carl Reidsema, Proceedings of ConnectED2007 International Conference on Design Education. International Conference on Design Education (ConnectED2007), Sydney, Australia, (). 9 - 12 July 2007.

  • McAlpine, Iain and Reidsema, Carl (2007). The Role of student peer review and assessment in an introductory project-based engineering design course. In: CONNECTED 2007. ConnectED 2007 - International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Austalia, (). 9-12 July 2007.

  • McAlpine, I., Reidsema, C. and Allen, B. (2006). Educational design and online support for an innovative project-based course in engineering design. In: Markauskaite, L., Reimann, P. and Goodyear, P., Who's Learning? Whose Technology?. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Sydney, Australia, (497-507). 3- 6 December 2006.

  • Reidsema, Carl (2005). Fostering creative problem solving and collaborative skills through impromptu design in engineering design courses. In: David Radcliffe and Josh Humphries, Proceedings of the 4th Global Colloquium on Engineering Education. 4th ASEE/AaeE Global Colloquim of Engineering Education (GCEE 2005), Sydney, Australia, (). 26-29 September 2005.

  • Jones, T.J., Reidsema, C and Smith, A (2005). Supporting design for manufacture through neutral files and feature recognition. In: Knowledge-based intelligent information and engineering systems : 9th international conference, KES 2005 : Proceedings. 9th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, KES 2005, Melbourne, Australia, (496-502). 14-16 September 2005.

  • Zhou, Mingwei, Nemes, Laszlo, Reidsema, Carl, Ahmed, Ammar and Kayis, Berman (2005). Tools and methods for risk management in multi-site engineering projects. In: Eiji Arai, Jan Goossenaerts, Fumibiko Kimura and Keiichi Shirase, Knowledge and skill chains in engineering and manufacturing : information infrastructure in the era of global communications : Proceedings of the IFIP TC5/WG5.3, WG5.7, WG5.12 Fifth International Working Conference of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing 2002 (DIIDM2002). Ththe IFIP TC5/WG5.3, WG5.7, WG5.12 Fifth International Working Conference of Information Infrastructure Systems for Manufacturing 2002 (DIIDM2002), Osaka, Japan, (217-224). 18-20 November 2002. doi:10.1007/b102979

  • Reidsema, C. and Szszerbicki, E. (1999). Modelling design planning in concurrent engineering. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference onIntelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials, 1999. International Conference on Intelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials, Honolulu, Hawaii, (1055-1060). 10 - 15 July 1999. doi:10.1109/IPMM.1999.791526

  • Szszerbicki, E. and Reidsema, C. (1999). Modelling support in concurrent engineering environment. In: S. Nahavandi and M. Saadat, Proceedings of the second World Manufacturing Congress : WMC 1999 : International Symposia on Manufacturing Systems, ISMS'99, Manufacturing Technology, ISMT'99, Manufacturing Management, ISMM'99. 2nd World Manufacturing Congress (WMC '99), University of Durham, UK, (289-294). 27-30 September 1999.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

  • (2017) Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • An important and exciting new research area is that of intelligent computer systems. These systems can provide the ability to solve far more complex design problems than at present in much less time. The development and integration of product and process models using Artificial Intelligence techniques will lead to more cost effective designs and design plans. The development of intelligent tools and techniques for Australian design conditions will require in the first instance, a survey of Australian design-build companies to ascertain their level of technology and suitability as a modelling environment for the project. A performance analysis of the selected candidates design processes will help to establish the critical parameters in selecting one design option over another in comparison to models of best practice.

  • In the search for smarter more human-like computer tools, there is a need to develop computational solutions that can support creativity in engineering design. This necessitates a more in depth understanding of computational algorithms and their application to this aspect of the design function. This project seeks to explore the issues surrounding multi-objective optimisation problems which are a significant bottleneck in automating the design of components that have subjective and/or uncertain criteria and multiple objectives.

  • Feature Recognition (FR) is a technology used to identify the characteristics, or features, of a product model produced by Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. The extraction of design features from a geometric CAD model in order to obtain manufacturing and analysis information about a product can provide improvements in design lead-time through integration of downstream manufacturing feedback into the early decision points in the design process. This project will extend the current research utilising kernel technology to develop hybrid FR techniques for a broad range of engineering design componentry.

  • An important and exciting new research area is that of intelligent computer systems. These systems can provide the ability to solve far more complex design problems than at present in much less time. Intelligent Design Advisors (IDAs) are tools which provide knowledge and decision support to the design engineer as the component is being designed. The development and simulation of typical strategies for different design scenarios are required to support further research into IDAs.

  • The least defined and potentially the most lucrative aspect of product development is the conceptual design phase. It is where designers talk of the “art of design” rather than the “science” of the design process. However, during this phase many of the critical features of the design are defined. Once the goals of the design, the configuration of the design and the manufacturing process have been fixed, then up to 80% of the final cost of the product and many of the salient features that will affect the operational history of the product, have also been established. The aim of this project is to develop intelligent tools that play an active and “a priori” role as the design evolves in order utilise the early interpretation of vague design archetypes as they are developed through connections/relationships to previous cases and decision support knowledge bases. Such a tool would interpret the intent of the design, recommend alternate ideas and solutions thus significantly expanding the design space that is explored. This will enable greater innovation in design than is achievable with current CAD tools which are passive in the sense that they are initiated by the user to aid the information gathering, modelling and analysis process.

  • Planning the design process consists of doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. This project will investigate the use of Design Coordination Concepts in developing a framework for collaborative planning in real time within a product design environment. The development and integration of knowledge models using Artificial Intelligence techniques will lead to more cost effective designs and design plans.

  • The development of computer aided tools that are effective in supporting designers relies heavily on the way in which knowledge is utilised throughout the design process. A promising way forward in the advancement of research to develop new computer tools is given by the recognition that the act of design is inextricably linked to the act of learning This project seeks to utilise the current model of learning in design with the view of extending the formalisms so far developed by conducting empirical studies of design problem solving within several leading Australian design companies.

  • This research will investigate means of assisting the design engineer by automatically generating feasible design solutions. Structural design solutions can be viewed as the geometry that will satisfy the design goal of providing pathways to support a given load set. Load paths are an intuitively useful concept that describes these pathways. The aim of this project will be to extend current research that utilises the concept of load paths as a means of identifying existing, as well as generating new, feasible structural solutions. The primary aim will be to develop further understanding on how load paths can be used by the designer.

  • This research will investigate Knowledge Based Engineering methodologies for rapidly estimating the approximate preliminary costs of engineering products and parts through the development of algorithms that interact with commercial CAD software systems such as CATIAV5. The estimated cost includes the costs of materials, processing and through life costs. The methodology would involve identifying both manufacturing and design specific features that are attributed to cost in the early phases of design where decisions are more easily made.

  • The goals of this research project are to develop software tools that will automate the engineering designer’ activities that are required to transform (IGES) product/component model geometry data into an idealised form for Finite Element Analysis. Idealisation methodologies and the associated techniques necessary to develop a geometrically integrated design to analysis framework offer significant cost savings in the Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Engineering (CAD/CAE) industry.

  • The proposed research project will identify critical curriculum design parameters that are needed to support the transformation of current traditional Australian engineering educational programs towards design project oriented curriculum frameworks. The project is currently funded by the Australian Teaching and Learning Council and involves collaboration with four major Australian Universities.