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Keith Green

Keith greenProfessor of Architecture and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. - 1998, University of Pennsylvania Architecture 
M.S. -
 1993, University of Pennsylvania Architecture  
M.Arch. - 1993, University of Illinois at Chicago Architecture 
1993 - University of Pennsylvania Psychology

Contact Information:
Office: 165 Lee Daniel
Office Phone: 864.656.3887

Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems & Environments (iMSE)

Dr. Green’s research focus - on interactive and adaptive buildings - began with his Masters thesis, the results of which won the Schiff Prize in Architecture of the Art Institute of Chicago. Following several years in professional architectural practice, Dr. Green’s doctoral research focused on how architecture might behave more like living things in response to human needs and opportunities. Before arriving at Clemson in 1999, Dr. Green was a tenured faculty member at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Since arriving at Clemson, Dr. Green has been engaged in collaborative, cross-College research and teaching that is well-published, awarded national and international prizes, and supported by major federal grants. Dr. Green serves as founding Director of "Intelligent Materials and Systems for Architecture" [IMSA], a Clemson research unit partnering the School Architecture, the Department of Electrical & Computing Engineering, and the School of Materials Science & Engineering. In addition to graduate teaching and thesis supervision, Dr. Green delivers with Dr. Ian Walker the novel, cross-listed course, ECE/ARCH 868 “Architectural Robotics: Intelligent and Adaptable Built Environments.” Green is a regular peer-reviewer and program committee member for ACM/IEEE conferences (including HRI, ACM Creativity & Cognition, and Design of Interactive Systems), and co-hosts, with Mark Gross of Carnegie Mellon University, ARCHIBOTS, a workshop on “Architectural Robotics” last offered at Ubicomp. Dr. Green is also a practicing, award-winning architect.

Research Interests
Dr. Green’s research explores how the built environment, at scales ranging from small domestic objects to buildings to urban infrastructure, might behave more like living things in response to human needs and opportunities in an increasingly digital society. Supported by NSF, Dr. Green’s research pursuits are, more specifically, aimed at designing, prototyping and evaluating “intelligent environments” with embedded robotics. The contexts for these projects include computer-supported collaborative work, aging in place, and learning environments cultivating STEM interest and creativity in children:

The Animated Work Environment [AWE]
AWE is a user-programmable, robotic work environment that dynamically shapes and supports the working life of collaborating workers working with digital and analog materials and tools. AWE is composed of eight hinged panels and three mobile, horizontal work surfaces which change the spatial characteristics of the work environment, affording work and play activities such as collaborating, composing, presenting, viewing, lounging, and gaming.

Intelligent, Robot-Embedded Domestic Environments for Aging in Place
comforTABLE is a living environment that “ages in-place” with its inhabitants, adapting to their changing needs and capabilities. The project is developed and tested in the home+ lab specifically created for this research within the Greenville Hospital System.

Intelligent Learning Environments
Learning environments, like our Robot-Room, consist of architectural-robotic installations situated outside the formal classroom, and manipulated digitally and physically by teams of children and adults to cultivate creativity and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).