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Researchers Solve LED Packing Problem @LESA

LESA Center Director Robert Karlicek proposed a challenge: Find a way to produce large sheets of precisely oriented unpackaged LEDs without having to pick up and place each one at a time.  […]

Horticultural Lighting Gets Big @LESA

LESA and Cornell have received a prestigious INFEWS award from the National Science Foundation for $2.4M to fund a program in advanced urban farming.  This program focuses applied plant growth research on water use efficiency, transpiration and nutritional value optimization using engineered solutions for vertical farming. […]

ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @LESA

The LESA team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico in collaboration with industry partner ABB was recently selected to receive a $2.375M award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program.  […]

Bacteria Detection in Floodwaters @LESA

LESA Professors Shayla Sawyer (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and Valencia Koomson (Tufts University) have been awarded an NSF EAGER award from the Division of Biological Infrastructure for $297,451 for their proposal titled, “Ultrasensitive frequency domain spectrometer for high throughput bacteria detection in floodwater”. […]


Dr. Tessa Pocock’s LESA Research on Horticulture Lighting Featured in Novus Light Article

To read the Feb. 19, 2018 article online, click here.

Dr. Tessa Pocock Highlighted in LEDs Magazine for Conference Closing Plenary

To read the article in the Feb. 2018 issue of LEDs Magazine, click here.

LESA Featured on IES Homepage for Lighting Workshop Report

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LESA Horticulture Lighting Initiative Receives Placement on ERC Site

To view the national ERC ‘Center News’ click here.

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Light Education: The State of Smart Lighting

Bob Karlicek, Director of LESA discusses the State of Smart Lighting in the November 2016 issue of Illuminations section of Residential Lighting.com.

Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications: A Vision Way Beyond Seeing

LESA: A Vision Way Beyond Seeing, an article which appeared in the May 17, 2016 online edition of West Coast Lighting Insider, highlights the work of the ERC.  In the future, personalized lighting will interact with our presence, our environment and our activities. Lighting will change color, brightness and directionality, all the while transmitting data to our cellphones and wearable tech, networked with the Internet of Things (IoT). Implementing this vision is the purpose of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, newly rebranded as the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Engineering Research Center (LESA ERC).

Unlocking the World of Digitized Illumination

Watch this webinar and learn about  “Unlocking the World of Digitized Illumination” as presented by Smart Lighting ERC Director Robert Karlicek at the Philip’s Educational Webinar Series.  Future lighting systems will be informative, sensory, and integrated into everything!

A Smart Lighting Revolution

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center is developing the systems that will transform the way we live, work, and communicate.
Read the full article that appeared in the Rensselaer Alumni Magazine, Fall 2015.  Rensselaer Alumni Magazine-SmartLight Fall2015

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