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February 16, 2017

Industry Meets Academia: LESA has a Record-Setting Attendance at Annual Conference.  The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) held their 8th Annual Industry-Academia Days Conference on February 8-9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. This annual conference brought together LESA researchers and students to showcase innovations in research initiatives and educational activities to industry representatives. This year’s conference had over 100 industry attendees from approximately 64 distinct organizations and was the largest conference we have held to date.

March 1, 2017

Dr. Karlicek will present “SSL and IoT: Growing Pains and Future Outcomes” on March 1 at the 2017 Strategies in Light Conference held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA from February 28 – March 2, 2017.  His presentation will discuss the current market turmoil driven by the confluence of two disruptive technologies, LED lighting and ubiquitous sensing and control (Internet of Things) is opening new market opportunities for augmented lighting systems.  […]

January 23, 2017

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico (UNM) were recently awarded U. S. Patent 9,520,472 for “Growth of Cubic Crystalline Phase Structure on Silicon Substrates and Devices comprising the Cubic Crystalline Phase.”  This patent was issued on December 13, 2016 and included principal investigator Steven R. J. Brueck and inventors Sueng-Chang Lee (UNM), Christian Wetzel, Theeradetch Detchprohm (LESA/RPI), and Christoph Stark (LESA/RPI Graduate).  The universities are partners in the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. […]

February 8, 2017

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has signed a sponsored research agreement with Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., the leading North American supplier of LED-based lighting solutions.  As part of this project, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) will develop light protocols for specialized LED lighting with integrated feedback for efficient plant growth. […]

January 25, 2016

Dr. Tessa Pocock is an invited Panelist at the Plenary Session of the DOE SSL R&D Workshop to be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, CA.  This Panel, entitled “ENGINEERED LIGHT: ACTION SPECTRUM AND BEYOND” will explore the use of engineered light — light whose spectral intensities are tailored in time and space — to accommodate various applications and the action spectra associated with those applications. […]

January 12, 2017

Sensing and Signaling Networks in Plants.  What’s Light Got to Do with It? Is the title of Dr. Tessa Pocock’s presentation March 15, 2017 at the 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.  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. 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. The Poster Session will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:30pm.  Poster authors, locations and titles are: […]






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