Keith Green


Keith Green

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Biographical Statement:

Keith Evan Green is Professor of Design + Environmental Analysis and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Green investigates how the built environment can behave more like living things in response to human needs and opportunities. Employing digital technologies and particularly robotics, Green's trans-disciplinary ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB develops, prototypes, and evaluates cyber-physical environments and their components supporting and augmenting an increasingly digital society.

Widely published in IEEE and ACM journals and proceedings, Green is the author of a new book for MIT Press, Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology (2016). With frequent support of the U.S. National Science Foundation, Green strives to realize the kinds of cyber-physical systems that cultivate interactions across people and their surroundings that define places of social, cultural and psychological significance. Green earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Arch. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a licensed architect and a senior member of IEEE.

Keith Evan Green's webpage.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

My teaching focus lies at the interface of Computing, Design, and Cognitive Science. I have degrees in two of these areas, and I teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in all three. My interdisciplinary teaching is the subject of benchmark papers for ACSA (architecture) and both ICRA and IEEE RAS (robotics). I aim to develop and deliver courses in Human-Computer Interaction and Design, or related foci such as Interactive and Intelligent Environments, User Experience, and Interaction Design.

Underrepresented faculty and students flourish under my guidance. At University of Auckland (New Zealand) where I was first tenured, 100% of the students I taught were from outside the USA.  At Clemson, where I earned tenure for a second time, students I supervised came from Rio de Janeiro, from Cairo, and from many cities within Iran, China and India. 

Irrespective of the origins of my students, I invite all of them to find their own voices in my classroom so that the course means something for them, and hopefully in the future, for society and our planet, as these designers come to design us a promising future.

Link to my webpages on current and regular teaching.

Current Professional Activities:

I am an award-winning, licensed architect (NCARB, SC) as well as a senior member of IEEE.

Current Research Activities:

My research webpages offers links to my many publications (many downloadable), organized by research project, many of these NSF sponsored. Most recently, I am PI for home+ sypported by an award from NSF SCH (Smart and Connected Health; (NSF IIS-1601983, $593,218); my ARCHITECTURAL ROBOTICS LAB at Cornell University will collaborate with Co-PIs Ian Walker and Johnell Brooks at Clemson University to design, prototype, and test a suite of robotic furnishings supporting aging in place.

Current Public Engagement Activities:

As I strive to impact the wellbeing and capacity of members of society through my research, my public outreach activities are many and wide-ranging. My lab members and I invite people of all ages and capabilities to visit our lab and participate in workshops conducted inside our lab and outside our lab in our research test-beds and in other public venues.

For a sampling of what offer in a calendar year, during this past year:

We ran workshop on creating electronic butterflies for local elementary school children.

We co-hosted the “Celebration of Stories” festival at the largest public library in South Carolina, Richland Library. “Celebration of Stories” featured the Newbery award-winning children’s author Grace Lin who used the LIT ROOM for a special, highly visible library event that involved a reading from her newest book accompanied by evocative effects, programmed by local teens, using our LIT ROOM.

We hosted in our lab a group of third-grade elementary students from the Lego League of Newberry Elementary School, a Title I school located in Newberry, SC (population of approximately 10k). 

Notably, The Huffington Post picked up the story of our LIT ROOM to suggest what the future of libraries holds. My research team also played a small part in the Richland County Library being recognized as among 30 finalists for a National Medal Award.   

For more information on these events, visit my LIT ROOM and LIT KIT webpages. If you or a group you know has an interest in visiting our lab, please email me.


B.A. Psychology w/ honors, University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Archecture, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
M.Arch., University of Illinois at Chicago.

Courses Taught:

At Cornell I am teaching Human Centered Design Methods (Fall) and Interactive Environments studio (Spring). Previous to joining the Cornell faculty, I have taught undergraduate and graduate (M.Arch., M.S. and Ph.D.) courses in architectural design, theory, and technology and supervised scores of graduate students. For more on my current and regular teaching at Cornell, inclduing syllabi and course materials, visit my academics webpage.

Related Websites:

My lab website and link to my personal webpage is available at

Administrative Responsibilities:

Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, I served as founding director of Clemson University’s Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems & Environments (CU-iMSE) and founding director of Clemson University’s Digital Ecologies graduate certificate program. For two years, early in my career, I also directed Clemson University’s off-campus, design program in Barcelona, Spain.

Selected Publications:

My webpage offers links to my many publications (many downloadable), organized by research project, many of these NSF sponsored. Key publications include:

Green, K. E. Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016.

Soleimani, A., Herro, D., Green, K. E., and Walker, I. D. “A Tangible, Story-Construction Process Employing Spatial, Computational-Thinking." Proceedings of IDC 2016: the 12th International ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children, June 21-24, Manchester, UK, pp. 157-166.

Houayek, H, Green, K. E., Gugerty, L. Walker, I. D. and Witte, J. "AWE: An Animated Work Environment for Working with Physical and Digital Tools and Artifacts." In Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing [JPUC], June 2014, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp. 1227–1241.

Threatt, A. L., Merino, J., Green, K. E., Walker, I. D. Brooks, J. O. and Healy, S. “An Assistive Robotic Table for Older and Post-Stroke Adults: Results from Participatory Design and Evaluation Activities with Clinical Staff.” In Proceedings of CHI 2014: the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, pp. 673–682.

Schafer. G, Green, K. E., Walker, I. D., Fullerton, S. K., and Lewis, E., “An Interactive, Cyber-Physical Read-Aloud Environment: Results and Lessons from an Evaluation Activity with Children and their Teachers.” In Proceedings of DIS 2014, the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Vancouver, B.C., pp. 865–874.

Kapadia, A., Walker, I. D., Green, K. E., Manganelli, J., Houayek, H., James, A., Kanuri, V., Mokhtar, T., Siles I., and Yanik, P. "A Novel Approach to Rethinking the Machines In Which We Live: A Multidisciplinary Course in Architectural Robotics." IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine [RAS], 21(3) (September 2014): 143-150.

Yanik, P.M., Merino, J., Threatt, A.L., Manganelli, J., Brooks, J.O., Green, K.E. and Walker, I.D. “A Gesture Learning Interface for Simulated Robot Path Shaping with a Human Teacher.” IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, 44(1): 41–54, 2014.

Walker, I. D. and Green, K. E. “Continuum Robots.” The Encyclopedia of Complexity and Systems Science. New York: Springer, 2009, pp. 1475-1485.

Selected Keywords:
Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Robot Interaction, Robotics, Architecture, Design Thinking, Human-Centered Design Methods, Human Factors Psychology

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.