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LESA Center Cited in Horticulture Daily for Advanced Research Modules

Lighting research consortium brings the CEA community industry-ready technologies. Without light, plants can’t grow. The continued advance of controlled environment agriculture means that sunlight is often supplemented and in some cases completely replaced by artificial lighting. It works well, but there’s one caveat: artificial lighting can take a lot of energy. Reason enough for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to kickstart the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium with $5 million in funding in 2017.

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LESA Center Cited in Horticulture Daily for Advanced Research Modules 2019-09-19T10:52:59+00:00

LESA Faculty Researcher Honored at IEEE Workshop

John Wen, the head of Rensselaer’s Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, was recently honored at an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) workshop on advances in the fields of control and smart automation, an area in which Wen has made significant contributions. Wen also leads the Human Centric Lighting verticle at LESA.

LESA Faculty Researcher Honored at IEEE Workshop 2019-09-03T14:00:09+00:00

Solutions to the Camera Conundrum in Healthcare Using ‘Indoor LIDAR’ for Improved Patient Safety and Protection

— A small network of low cost non-imaging sensors enhances critical patient monitoring without the invasiveness of cameras. —

(Troy, New York) Health and wellness care facilities often struggle to balance trade-offs between affordable, necessary patient monitoring and patient privacy.  Camera surveillance, though useful in many situations, is not always the best option for monitoring occupants in a facility where preserving privacy is also an important function.  Researchers at LESA (the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) are solving the camera conundrum in healthcare settings by demonstrating how a small network of low cost time-of-flight sensors use the speed of light to measure distances.  (more…)

Solutions to the Camera Conundrum in Healthcare Using ‘Indoor LIDAR’ for Improved Patient Safety and Protection 2019-11-15T09:44:45+00:00

LESA Faculty Researcher Selected To Receive 2019 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from ASME

Sandipan Mishra, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected for the 2019 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD).

LESA Faculty Researcher Selected To Receive 2019 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from ASME 2019-08-29T11:03:02+00:00

New Horticulture Light Modules Developed at LESA Accelerate Indoor Plant-Growth Research

New lighting modules being developed at the LESA Center in collaboration with the Greenhouse Lighting & Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium, shows real promise for advanced control over the spectral distribution of color-mixing lights for horticulture research. The Tunable Irradiance Growth Efficacy Research (TIGER) Light can be used to dynamically adjust spectrum and intensity in order to evoke specific physiological responses from the plants. The six-wavelength modular fixture design can be “daisy-chained” to flexibly cover a wide range of growth area dimensions.

As light is a source of both information and energy for plants, creating spectrally uniform precise ‘light algorithms’ by controlling the timing and spectral power distribution is critical for optimizing controlled environment agriculture (CEA) plant growth. The TIGER Light will help to determine how the dynamic use of specific wavelengths can augment plant growth rates and improve nutritional value while controlling other plant qualities for improved CEA outcomes.

New Horticulture Light Modules Developed at LESA Accelerate Indoor Plant-Growth Research 2019-05-07T14:23:34+00:00

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