Former GE Global Research Sr. Scientist Peter Bonitatibus Newest LESA Faculty Researcher

Bonitatibus’ work in nanoparticle engineering will support LESA’s research in high refractive index materials as part of the Center’s fundamental research.

(Troy, New York) The LESA Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is proud to announce the addition of Rensselaer Professor Peter Bonitatibus from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as its newest faculty researcher.

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Former GE Global Research Sr. Scientist Peter Bonitatibus Newest LESA Faculty Researcher 2019-04-04T17:14:20+00:00

Creating Healthier Spaces with ‘Smarter’ Disinfecting LEDs

–The convergence of continuous disinfection and IoT/Connected Technologies to be focus of  presentation at 2019 Strategies in Light 20th Anniversary Conference–

Troy, NY (February 25, 2019) – Imagine the lighting in a food processing facility detecting the presence of E. coli, or lighting in a gym detecting MRSA, or lighting in a kitchen detecting salmonella. Then imagine that lighting system safely and effectively targeting and killing those deadly germs. The promising new frontier of smart technologies optimizing the antibacterial capacity of LEDs will be the focus of a presentation by two experts in the field

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Creating Healthier Spaces with ‘Smarter’ Disinfecting LEDs 2019-02-25T10:36:53+00:00

LESA Researcher First to Receive DOE Manufacturing Innovator Challenge Award

(Troy, New York) Rensselaer doctoral graduate and LESA researcher Michael Deagen (’18) is the winner of the 2019 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Manufacturing Innovator Challenge competition for crowdsourced solid-state lighting (SSL) manufacturing concepts. The Manufacturing Innovator Challenge competition is a new contest launched by the DOE last October and Deagen is the first recipient for his submission entitled, “Layer-by-Layer Stamping for Developing Next-Generation Optical Waveguides.”
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LESA Researcher First to Receive DOE Manufacturing Innovator Challenge Award 2019-01-25T16:47:25+00:00

LESA’s Pod Sensors Enable Powerful Time of Flight Tracking

Time of Flight (ToF) sensing uses the speed of light to measure distance. It plays an essential role in technologies ranging from safe, autonomous self-driving cars to smart phones with facial recognition capabilities. The LESA Center has pioneered and patented (US9,363,859) the use of lighting-based ToF for privacy preserving indoor occupant position measurement. LESA’s precise pattern recognition methodology led to the development of extremely robust and proprietary algorithms that enable its ToF sensors to detect and respond to changes in occupancy instantly.
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LESA’s Pod Sensors Enable Powerful Time of Flight Tracking 2019-04-16T10:26:39+00:00

LESA Participates in Panel at the New York State Capitol


Representatives from RPI’s Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) Center  participated in a recent panel discussion held by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York or CICU at the State Capitol  to inform legislators on the importance of on-going State sponsored funding for higher education in New York. (more…)

LESA Participates in Panel at the New York State Capitol 2018-12-06T15:05:01+00:00

3MT® Competition Winner Doctoral Candidate @LESA


LESA doctoral candidate Prachi Sharma (’18) who placed first in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition held as part of RPI’s 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium in 2017, has gone on to place 2nd at the Northeastern Association Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) regional 3MT® -automatically qualifying her for inclusion in the national competition in Washington, D.C., to be held in December.

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3MT® Competition Winner Doctoral Candidate @LESA 2018-12-06T15:23:23+00:00

Greenhouse Lighting Research Helps Shape Future Farming @LESA

LESA senior researcher and plant physiologist Tessa Pocock was asked to participate as an expert on greenhouse lighting in a recent panel discussion for agricultural business owners and local farmers hosted by New York Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.  The ‘Ag-Tech Roundtable’ was part of a larger initiative aimed at creating an open dialog of finding solutions to modern agriculture problems affecting crop production, efficient and sustainable farming methods, best-practices and industry insights.

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Greenhouse Lighting Research Helps Shape Future Farming @LESA 2018-12-06T15:18:33+00:00

Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing Through Lighting @LESA

 LESA and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) sponsored a workshop in 2016 to explore pathways to define and promote the adoption of lighting systems specifically for healthcare environments. The aim was to initiate an important dialog among stakeholders on the changes in modern healthcare interior lighting applications, and subsequent  white paper detailing the outcomes and contributions of the workshop participants.
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Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing Through Lighting @LESA 2018-12-06T15:17:14+00:00

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.  (more…)

ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @LESA 2018-07-18T09:32:09+00:00

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