2018 News Archive 2018-12-04T11:59:21+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 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 Sr. Researcher Participates in IES Podcast on Plant Science

Dr. Tessa Pocock shares insights on plant science possibilities with light in a recent podcast from the Illuminating Engineering Society.  To listen, click here.

LESA Research on Circadian Function Featured in Physiology & Behavior Journal

Dr. Hanifin from Thomas Jefferson University published for his work on randomized trial of polychromatic blue-enriched light for circadian phase shifting, melatonin suppression, and alerting responses. To learn more, click here.

LESA Researchers Publish Work on Growth Dynamics in Red Lettuce

Dr. Tessa Pocock and Dr. Matthew Urschel published in agronomy 2018 special issue ‘Sensing and Automated Systems for Improved Crop Management’ with an article entitled, “Remote Detection of Growth Dynamics in Red Lettuce Using a Novel Chlorophyll a Fluorometer”. To learn more, click here.

Better Building Management with LESA Solar Heat Gain Sensors


(TROY, NY) LESA researchers have found that by simply measuring reflected light in a building, it is possible to estimate solar heat gain from daylight. […]

Illuminating Engineering Society Explores Lighting and IOT with LESA

LESA Director Dr. Robert Karlicek featured in Ian Ashdown article, “The Science of Near-Infrared Lighting: Fact or Fiction” published by IES. To read the article, click here.

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. […]

LESA Center cited in Indoor AgTech article

To read the article, click here.

LESA Director Interviewed on The Health Hub Program

Dr. Robert Karlicek discusses the role lighting can play in improving health outcomes on Radio Maria Canada. To listen to the broadcast, click here. To review the Health & Wellbeing white paper referenced, click here.

Dr. Tessa Pocock’s research featured in Photonics Media

To read the piece, ‘The McCree Demystified’, click here

LESA Doctoral Candidate Prachi Sharma Featured on ERC Website

To view placement, click here.

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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Researchers Solve LED Packing Problem @LESA


LESA Center Director Robert Karlicek proposed a challenge: Find a way to produce large sheets of precisely oriented unpackaged LEDs without having to pick up and place each one at a time.  […]

LESA Health & Wellness Initiative Received Recognition from Haptic R&D Consulting

To view the placement, click here.

Dr. Tessa Pocock’s LESA Research on Horticulture Lighting Featured in Novus Light Article

To read the Feb. 19, 2018 article online, click here.

Dr. Tessa Pocock Highlighted in LEDs Magazine for Conference Closing Plenary

To read the article in the Feb. 2018 issue of LEDs Magazine, click here.

LESA Featured on IES Homepage for Lighting Workshop Report

To view placement, click here.

LESA Horticulture Lighting Initiative Receives Placement on ERC Site

To view the national ERC ‘Center News’ click here.

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.  […]

Horticultural Lighting Gets Big @LESA

LESA and Cornell have received a prestigious INFEWS award from the National Science Foundation for $2.4M to fund a program in advanced urban farming.  This program focuses applied plant growth research on water use efficiency, transpiration and nutritional value optimization using engineered solutions for vertical farming. […]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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