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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. […]

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

January 12, 2017

Sensing and Signaling Networks in Plants.  What’s Light Got to Do with It? will the Dr. Tessa Pocock’s presentation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the 2017 Phosphor Global Summit to be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.  Recent advances in lighting technology are enabling the development of ‘designer’ crops. The use of light by plants is rapid and complex. Light is the primary energy source required for crop growth and development but it also contains signals that shape the plant down to sub-cellular levels. Two sensing and signaling networks exist in plants however their regulation is crop specific. The assessment of lighting and spectral distributions on photosynthesis, growth and phytochemical value will be presented.

January 5, 2017

LESA congratulates two of its graduate students who were selected to present at the Department of Energy’s Annual SSL R&D Workshop Student Poster Competition for 2017.  Indrani Bhattacharya (RPI), and Jinyuan Zhao (BU) will receive free registration to the workshop and will be able to network, interact and exchange ideas with the best and brightest researchers to help accelerate the science and technology of Solid State Lighting.

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.

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

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2017 DOE SSL R&D Workshop @ Hyatt Regency Long Beach
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Dr. Tessa Pocock to Present at 2017 Phosphor Global Summit @ San Diego Marriott La Jolla
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Sensing and Signaling Networks in Plants. What’s Light Got to Do with it?

Recent advances in solid state lighting technology are enabling the development of ‘designer’ crops. The use of light by plants is rapid and complex. Light is the primary energy source required for crop growth and development but it also contains signals that shape the plant down to sub-cellular levels. Two sensing and signaling networks exist in plants however their regulation is crop specific. The assessment of lighting and spectral distributions on photosynthesis, growth and phytochemical value will be presented.

Spectra

Lighting & Health Workshop (for workshop partipants only)

Immediate Opening for Plant Physiologist Postdoc

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will perform advanced plant physiological and plant stress research. The laboratory is conducting research on the effects of static and dynamic narrow-band light on plant and algal growth, development and biochemistry.

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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