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May 15, 2016

LESA RPI faculty, Prof Partha Dutta in collaboration with Ram Krishna Dharmath Foundation University (RKDF), in Bhopal India, have developed a device that can surpass 1400 Celsius from insolation to produce electricity.  This project was sponsored from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.

 

February 17, 2016

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has fabricated triangular-nanostripe core–shell semi-polar III–nitride light-emitting diodes (TLEDs) on c-plane sapphire [Ashwin K. Rishinaramangalam et al, Appl. Phys. Express, vol9, p032101, 2016]. The performance results are described as “preliminary”.  By using triangular nanostripes with semi-polar sidewalls, the UNM researchers hope to access the advantages for light-emission without the non-commercial costs of free-standing substrates and at a lower cost, which could accelerate commercial adoption.

February 1, 2016

We’ve changed our name! As you read through our website, you will notice gradual changes from “Smart Lighting” to “Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications”.

Our new identity satisfies the existing expectations of our original work, while simultaneously moving forward to acknowledge the maturity, functionality and diversity of our center and the new lighting landscape. This new name more accurately represents what we are doing today – creating “Lighting Systems that Think™” – and captures the broad range of our research in areas such as horticulture and human-centric lighting.

We are excited about this change and hope that it will help not only to differentiate the center, but to demonstrate our growth potential and not be limited by a name that doesn’t quite fit any longer.

January 15, 2016

Rensselaer Installs First of Its Kind Smart Lighting Testbed in Hospital Inpatient Setting
In an effort to study the effects of lighting on human health and diseases, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) recently installed a novel hospital inpatient lighting test bed for the study of automated lighting at the University of New Mexico Health Center (UNMHC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Accolades

May 9, 2016

Brian Frey, LESA graduate student of Prof Lin in Physics has been awarded the Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65 Graduate Prize in Physics.  This prize, established by the generosity of Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65, recognizes the need for technically educated people who will serve the betterment of mankind through the “application of science to the common purposes of life”. The fund shall be used to financially support a prize for an outstanding graduate student enrolled in the Department of Physics.

Frey is studying orders-of-magnitude absorption enhancement in simple cubic metal-oxide photonic crystals for mesoscale light-trapping applications.  He expects to graduate in the Fall 2016.

May 3, 2016

Two RPI LESA faculty members, Profs. Kenneth Connor and Agung Julius, are recipients of the 2016 RPI School of Engineering Faculty Award. The School of Engineering honors those faculty who continue to enlist a variety of activities in both research and education to engage and encourage curiosity and learning among their students. […]

April 22, 2016

RPI Students Win First Place at NYSP2I R&D Competition.  Undergraduates Hayleigh Sanders and Timothy Castiglia won first place at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s 5th Annual R & D Student Competition, hosted at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY on April 22, 2016.  Their poster and demonstration, Automated Power Conservation and Color Temperature Control is a novel approach to LED lighting systems with the intention of power conservation to reduce the pollution generated by electricity production. […]

January 2016

RPI Undergrad attends KAUST WEP.  Kyle Altman, a senior biomedical engineering undergraduate student at RPI was among the 40 poster abstracts chosen out of 700 poster submissions to attend and present his poster at the annual King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Winter Enrichment Program International Poster Competition held at the university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia from January 9-22, 2016.  He is an undergraduate researcher working with two center faculty members, John Wen and Agung Julius at RPI.  His Poster was entitled, “Estimation of Circadian Rhythm Based on Adaptive Notch Filter and Its Application to Locomotor Activity.”

Upcoming Events

Spectra

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).

Postdoc Position Open for Plant Physiologist

LESA’s Horticultural Lighting Research area is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to perform advanced plant physiological and plant stress research.  All inquiries should be directed to Diane Veros at verosd@rpi.edu.

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

Center Stats

Through 3/31/2016
167 – Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
174 – Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings
49 – Doctoral Degrees Granted
84 – Patent Applications Filed
7 – Patents Awarded

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