Rob Woodbury

Rob Woodbury
Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Professor Robert Woodbury holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University where he was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal in Architecture in 1981. He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a faculty member in Architecture and the Engineering Design Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University from 1982 to 1993, at Adelaide University in South Australia from 1993 to 2001, at the Technical University of British Columbia from 2001 to 2002 and is now at Simon Fraser University. He was founding Chair of the Graduate Program in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU. Currently he is Scientific Director of the Canadian Design Research Network, the national association of design researchers in Canada and a member of the program committee for a new Master of Digital Media program offered by SFU, UBC, Emily Carr and BCIT.

Dr Woodbury’s research is in computational design. From his research group have come many of the implementations of generative design systems, including the Genesis system, which was further developed and deployed at Boeing. His current work in generative systems is on subsumption-based design space explorers—an alternative to the long-standing and dominant rule mechanism. Since 1995, he has used the Internet as a means to enhance student learning. His particular emphases have been on peer-to-peer learning and the enhancement of competence and confidence through learning games. Recent projects include an online architecture gallery—A•VI•RE, the GeometryWare system for teaching the mathematics of computer graphics and Learning Object for Design, a collection of multimedia resources for design learning.

Dr Woodbury has won numerous national competitive and private foundation grants for both research and teaching. He has over 100 technical publications. In 1999 he was awarded a national citation for curriculum development from the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture. In 2000 he won the Stephen Cole the Elder Prize as one of two top teachers at Adelaide University. In 1980 he was a member of the Canadian Olympic Sailing Team.