Annual Member Industry-Academia Days 2020-01-23T14:04:22+00:00

11th Annual Industry-Academia Days
April 1-2, 2020
“How do we get to SMART Cities?”
Hilton Garden Inn
Troy, NY

Industry-Academia Days is a two-day event that brings together our Center members, industry experts, and Rensselaer faculty experts to take part in an on-going dialogue on the challenges and opportunities in the connected environment. Each year, we offer a robust program building on the success of previous IADays to ensure participants find real value.

2020 Speakers

Robert Boyajieff, Sr. Account Executive Building Performance & Sustainability, Siemens
Agung Julius, LESA Faculty Researchers, & Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Mark Lien, Industry Relations Manager, Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
Dennis Sheldon, Associate Professor & Director Digital Building Lab, Georgia Tech
Arunas Tuzikas, Sr. Research Engineer, LESA
And others – TBA

The full 2020 program will be available soon
Session topics will include
The Built Environment
Occupancy Centric Control
SMART Connected Communities
Healthy Environments (circadian function & human centric lighting)
Industry expert panel

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Full Program Agenda (coming soon!)

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Special thanks to all our 2019 speakers.
Indrani Bhattacharya, LESA Center
Colleen Costello, Vital Vio
Adam Drobot, IEEE, OpenTechWorks
Ed Harwood, AeroFarms
Deborah McGuinness, RPI
Sandipan Mishra, LESA Center
Martin Moore-Ede, Circadian
Michael Myer, PNNL
Stacy Patterson, RPI
Rich Radke, LESA Center and RAVE Lab
Alexandros Tsamis, CASE Center
Andrew Turk, LESA Center and Bambu Global

Past keynote speakers:
2019 Technologist Adam Drobot, OpenTech Works and IEEE
2018 IBM Research Scientist Levente Klein from the T.J. Watson Research Center

Past Themes: 
2019 Beyond Illumination
2018 The Next Generation of LESA

“It was a very well organized meeting and I really enjoyed the technical content. The breadth of research presented in one day was amazing and there was a serious drive toward real-world applications. I enjoyed interacting with the students and learning about their work in vertical agriculture and sensor development. It was definitely a great opportunity to meet very interesting people and learn about new research fields.– Levente Klein, T. J. Watson Research Center 

“I see progress each year.” – Steve Paolini, Telelumen

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