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November 17, 2016

We are pleased to introduce the newest members of the LESA ERC – Delos, a world leader in providing standards and solutions for interior environments that can enhance the health, well-being and productivity of occupants; Lighting Science Group, manufacturer of breakthrough LED lighting solutions that  work in sync with nature, originally created in collaboration with NASA to help regulate the circadian rhythms of astronauts on the International Space Station; and Rambus, creator of cutting-edge semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory and interfaces to security, smart sensors and lighting.

LESA member companies have access to leading research in systems, devices and materials that are driving the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications industry. ERC members receive monthly research updates, have access to member only events, attend and participate in Annual Industry-Academia Days, LESA Speaker Series and the NSF Site Visit Review, recruitment of well-rounded and diverse students for internships and permanent positions in addition to the many collaboration opportunities available with our world-class researchers and faculty.  Please see our membership page for more information.

November 8, 2016

The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) was recently awarded an additional $2.68 million from the National Science Foundation under its Engineering Research Centers program.  The total dollars received from the NSF to over $30.7 million to date.  LESA is recognized as the global leader for its innovation in applying engineering to the science of lighting.  The LESA ERC is  extremely proud of its accomplishments in research, education and innovation over the last 8 years.

October 5, 2016

Inventors from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were recently awarded a U.S. Patent entitled, “Light Emitting Diodes and a Method of Packaging the Same“.  The patent (US 9,245,875) describes how magnets can be used to arrange arrays of LED dies in a desired pattern and connect them to their substrate.  According to Professor Robert Karlicek, the Director of LESA, “Assisted LED self-assembly technology has the potential to radically reduce the cost of manufacturing large LED assemblies.”

September 21, 2016

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from LESA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University were recently awarded a US Patent #9,363,859 entitled, “Sensory Lighting System and Method for Characterizing an Illumination Space.” The patent describes how the LED lighting system in a space can detect occupants’ presence, location and pose without the use of cameras, thereby preserving the privacy of the room’s occupants.

September 15, 2016

As the demand for mobile wireless services continues to grow, and the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies expands, Visible Light Communication (VLC) is emerging as a potential broadband transmission technology that will offer virtually unlimited spectrum for high quality wireless services.  The LESA Center recently achieved the world’s first high-speed visible light transmission link with a fully integrated microchip receiver.

Accolades

November 7, 2016

Dr. Yacob Astatke from Morgan State University, a LESA educational outreach partner school, was awarded the 2016 Award for More Diversity in Engineering Education from Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council.  The Award ceremony took place during the GEDC and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 2016.  The Award […]

September 7, 2016

The Group Meeting Re-imagined: Designing Intelligent Rooms.  Team of LESA Faculty and Industrial Partners Among Recipients of National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity Award

June 1, 2016

Indrani Bhattacharya , a LESA RPI graduate student in ECSE was among the top 5 posters selected by the C3E Poster Symposium Competition to provide a presentation and to receive an honorarium.  The C3E  (Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment Awards) solicited posters showcasing the work of women in clean energy.  This Poster Competition is an opportunity for early- and pre-career researchers to participate in networking and share their research at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, and the Precourt Institute. Bhattacharya submitted her abstract and poster, “Lighting Systems that Think” in addition to a required one minute video pitching her work.

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. […]

Upcoming Events

8th Annual Industry-Academia Days                February 8-9, 2017

Spectra

Lighting & Health Workshop (for workshop partipants only)

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

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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