Research Scientist at MIT Mobile Experience Laboratory, Comparative Media Studies and Changing Places, Media Laboratory
Sotirios Kotsopoulos focuses on techniques and practices of design driven innovation, involving research in the use of quantitative techniques as a means to determine design factors. He is also interested in applications of networked technologies in sustainable architecture, at a building and at an urban scale.
Since 2005, he has been engaged as an Associate Researcher in the academic / entrepreneurial environment of the MIT Design Lab. In this context, he had the chance to work with diverse specialists and entrepreneurs in research projects unconstrained by the traditional boundaries between the various branches of engineering.
Sotirios is concerned with the design of individual products, buildings, and urban areas but also with the impact of these in wider urban, regional, and global networks, and in the lives of people. In 2009 he became the Project Architect of the Connected Sustainable Home project that was supported by the Green Home Alliance between the MEL Design Laboratory of MIT, and the Fondazione Bruno Kessler of N. Italy. This effort culminated into the implementation of a full-scale, responsive prototype house in Trento, N. Italy that renews many aesthetic and performative aspects of residential architecture, by integrating a variety of actuated materials and Artificial Intelligence methods of building control. In 2013 as a member of the Changing Places Laboratory of the MIT Media Lab, Sotirios explored how data-driven analysis of economic activity, human behavior, mobility patterns, and resources can inform and improve the efficiency and livability of cities.
Sotirios holds a Ph.D. in Design & Computation from MIT (2005), an S.M. Arch in Design Technology from MIT (2000), an M. Arch from SCI-Arc (1994), under a Fulbright scholarship, and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1992). He has numerous academic publications and awards, and since 2005 is actively involved in cross-disciplinary courses and workshopson design driven innovation, at MIT.