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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 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 […]

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.

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

August 25, 2016

For the eighth summer in a row, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) sponsored undergraduates and teachers for an in-depth summer research experience.    25 undergraduates and 9 educators from as far west as New Mexico and as far south as Puerto Rico participated in an eight week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Undergraduate Research Program (URP), and a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) where they learned about advanced solid-state lighting technologies and developing new LED-based applications.  […]

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.

May 15, 2016

LESA RPI faculty, Prof Partha Dutta in collaboration with Ram Krishna Dharmath Foundation University (RKDF), in Bhopal India, have developed a device that can surpass 1400 Celsius from insolation to produce electricity.  This project was sponsored from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.  Varsity vice chancellor VK Sethi  and Professor Dutta developed the device.  The objective of this project was to achieve the greatest amount of energy from the sun to be used for the production of electricity, without the polluting effects of coal – the primary source of electricity right now.

May 9, 2016

Brian Frey, LESA graduate student of Prof Lin in Physics has been awarded the Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65 Graduate Prize in Physics.  This prize, established by the generosity of Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65, recognizes the need for technically educated people who will serve the betterment of mankind through the “application of science to the common purposes of life”. The fund shall be used to financially support a prize for an outstanding graduate student enrolled in the Department of Physics.

Frey is studying orders-of-magnitude absorption enhancement in simple cubic metal-oxide photonic crystals for mesoscale light-trapping applications.  He expects to graduate in the Fall 2016.

April 22, 2016

RPI Students Win First Place at NYSP2I R&D Competition.  Undergraduates Hayleigh Sanders and Timothy Castiglia won first place at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s 5th Annual R & D Student Competition, hosted at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY on April 22, 2016.  Their poster and demonstration, Automated Power Conservation and Color Temperature Control is a novel approach to LED lighting systems with the intention of power conservation to reduce the pollution generated by electricity production. […]

May 3, 2016

Two RPI LESA faculty members, Profs. Kenneth Connor and Agung Julius, are recipients of the 2016 RPI School of Engineering Faculty Award. The School of Engineering honors those faculty who continue to enlist a variety of activities in both research and education to engage and encourage curiosity and learning among their students. […]

January 2016

RPI Undergrad attends KAUST WEP.  Kyle Altman, a senior biomedical engineering undergraduate student at RPI was among the 40 poster abstracts chosen out of 700 poster submissions to attend and present his poster at the annual King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Winter Enrichment Program International Poster Competition held at the university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia from January 9-22, 2016.  He is an undergraduate researcher working with two center faculty members, John Wen and Agung Julius at RPI.  His Poster was entitled, “Estimation of Circadian Rhythm Based on Adaptive Notch Filter and Its Application to Locomotor Activity.”

February 17, 2016

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has fabricated triangular-nanostripe core–shell semi-polar III–nitride light-emitting diodes (TLEDs) on c-plane sapphire [Ashwin K. Rishinaramangalam et al, Appl. Phys. Express, vol9, p032101, 2016]. The performance results are described as “preliminary”.  By using triangular nanostripes with semi-polar sidewalls, the UNM researchers hope to access the advantages for light-emission without the non-commercial costs of free-standing substrates and at a lower cost, which could accelerate commercial adoption.

January 15, 2016

Rensselaer Installs First of Its Kind Smart Lighting Testbed in Hospital Inpatient Setting
In an effort to study the effects of lighting on human health and diseases, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) recently installed a novel hospital inpatient lighting test bed for the study of automated lighting at the University of New Mexico Health Center (UNMHC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

February 1, 2016

We’ve changed our name! As you read through our website, you will notice gradual changes from “Smart Lighting” to “Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications”.

Our new identity satisfies the existing expectations of our original work, while simultaneously moving forward to acknowledge the maturity, functionality and diversity of our center and the new lighting landscape. This new name more accurately represents what we are doing today – creating “Lighting Systems that Think™” – and captures the broad range of our research in areas such as horticulture and human-centric lighting.

We are excited about this change and hope that it will help not only to differentiate the center, but to demonstrate our growth potential and not be limited by a name that doesn’t quite fit any longer.






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