Annual Member Industry-Academia Days

Annual Member Industry-Academia Days

11th Annual Industry-Academia Days: TBD 2021

Due to the on-going COVID 19 (Conoravirus) situation and in accordance with Rensselaer’s guidelines regarding social distancing and in-person events, we are planning to host a virtual IADays during the spring of 2021.

LESA Center and Rensselaer operational activities are continuing as normal during this time. Please contact Leah Scott ( or 518-276-4010) with any additional questions or to be added to our mailing list. We want to thank you for your continued interest and support of the LESA Center, and we hope you will all join us this spring.

Industry-Academia Days is traditionally 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.

Check back for updates! 

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

If you would like information on membership, visit our Members Page.
Or contact: Leah Scott
Marketing and Outreach Manager
Phone: 518-276-4010