Design + Environmental Analysis

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Keith Evan Green is a full professor at Cornell University in both the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA) and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). Green is also Graduate Field member in the Department of Information Science (IS) and supervises PhD and Master’s students in all three of his affiliations: DEA, MAE and IS.  

Green's Architectural Robotics Lab (ARL) investigates a new frontier in human-machine interaction: meticulously designed, increasingly intelligent, cyber-physical environments that support and augment us at work, school and home, as we roam, interconnect and age. In architectural robotics, computation is embedded in the physical fabric of our living environments, manifested mostly as robotic devices, furniture and rooms. With support from NSF as Principal Investigator, Green and his ARL teams have generated new vocabularies of design and new understanding of human-machine interaction in the spatial realm. In addition to numerous ACM and IEEE publications, Green’s book Architectural Robotics: Ecosystems of Bits, Bytes and Biology (MIT Press) defines this emerging field at the interface of design, robotics and psychology. A registered architect and Senior Member of IEEE, Green earned B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Keith Evan Green's webpage.





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

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

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

Schafer. G, Green, K. E., Walker, I. D., Fullerton, S. K. In Press. Words Become Worlds: The LIT ROOM, a Literacy Support Tool at Room-Scale. In Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 511-522. DOI: BEST PAPER. [videoshowing school kids in the LIT ROOM]; [time-lapsed video showing its assembly]

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. [video clip from IEEE that was on IEEE's homepage as a featured project]

Soleimani, A., Herro, D., Green, K. E., and Walker, I. D.2019. CyberPLAYce – A Tangible, Interactive Learning Tool Fostering Children’s Computational Thinking through Storytelling." International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Elsevier, 20C, pp. 9-23. [video clip]

Threatt, A. L., Merino, J., Green, K. E. & Walker, I. D.  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.
[30-second "Video Preview for this paper]; [ART's robotic surface - video]

Kocher, D. Crandall, C. Yuan, C. and, Green, K. E. GROWBOT: A Robotic System to Help Children Grow PlantsInteraction Design and Children. (IDC ’20 Extended Abstracts), June 21–24, 2020, London, United Kingdom. ACM 978-1-4503-8020-1/20/06. BEST DEMO PAPER. [video].

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 TeacherIEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, 44(1): 41-54, 2014.

Z. Hawks, C. Frazelle, K. E. Green and I. D. Walker. Motion Planning for a Continuum Mobile Lamp: Defining and Navigating the Configuration Space2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Macau, China, 2019, pp. 2559-2566, doi: 10.1109/IROS40897.2019.8967841.

I am an award-winning, licensed architect (Registered in SC and WA).

I am Senior Member of IEEE.

I am Member of ACM SIGCHI. 

As my lab members and I strive to impact the wellbeing and capacity of members of society through my research, my public outreach activities are many and wide-ranging. We 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. 

In New York State, we are currently collaboarting with the Tompkins County Public Library, the History Center in Tompkins County, the Science Center, and Dryden Central School District. 




My teaching focus lies at the interface of Design, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Psychology. I teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in all four of these foci. My interdisciplinary teaching is the subject of benchmark papers for ACSA (Architecture), for IEEE ICRA and RAS (robotics), and for ACM interactions (Human-Computer-Interaction). My courses, DEA 2730, 5210, and 6210, focus on human-centered design methods, interaction design studio, and architectural robotics.

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 in my career, students I supervised came from Rio de Janeiro, from Cairo, and from within Iran, China and India. I have since mentored more under-represented students in my lab than otherwise. 

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

Link to my webpages on current and regular teaching

At Cornell I teach: 

DEA 2730 Human Centered Design Methods (Fall semesters)

DEA 6210 Architectural Robotics (Fall semesters)

DEA 5210 Interaction Design Studio (Spring semesters)

Previous to joining the Cornell faculty, I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Architecture (architectural design, theory, and technology), in the interdisciplinary PhD Program in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment, and in Electrical & Computer Engineering. I supervise Ph.D. and Master's students in my three affiliations at Cornell: DEA, MAE, and IS. For more on my current and regular teaching at Cornell, including syllabi and course materials, visit my academics webpage.

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.

In Spring 2021, I am serving as Interim Chair of Design + Environmental Analysis (DEA).

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.

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

 Twitter: @Arch_Robotics


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