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LESA SEMINAR SERIES – Lighting Structures and Habitats Underwater for Sensing, Communications, and Robotics
Nov 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lighting Structures and Habitats Underwater for Sensing, Communications, and Robotics
David Fries
Interdisciplinary Senior Scientist
Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

David Fries’ technical interests include the development of microsystems and robotics/automation for sensing applications, advanced sensor development and mobile robotic systems for field applications. He is an entrepreneur, having founded the companies Spyglass Technologies and Micro Patterning, the non-profit SciFlies, and was an original member of the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology. He was the university’s inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence, and held simultaneous positions in the Colleges of Marine Science and Engineering and Arts. He has 35 patents issued, 12 technologies licensed, and over 60 publications in oceanography, analytical chemistry, ocean technology, biotechnology, chemistry, micro-technology, electronics and robotics. He has held a past appointment at Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin in the nuclear weapons program and defense aerospace and holds a BS in Chemistry (University of Pittsburgh) and a MS in Chemistry (University of South Florida).

Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
Institute for Human & Machine Cognition is a not-for-profit research institute of the State University System of Florida, with locations in Pensacola and Ocala, Florida. IHMC scientists and engineers investigate a broad range of topics related to building technological systems aimed at amplifying and extending human cognitive, physical and perceptual capacities. These include artificial intelligence, robotics, human-centered computing, agile and distributed computing and many related areas.

For series details contact: Dr. Silvia Mioc, Director of Industrial Collaborations,, 518-276-4010.

2017 DOE SSL R&D Workshop
Jan 31 – Feb 2 all-day

Stop by and learn more about innovative LESA research!

Dr. Karlicek to Present at 2017 Strategies in Light
Mar 1 @ 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

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. While much of what might be called Smart Lighting today is neither very good lighting or nor a very smart solution, there are indications of new areas and markets where the integration of advanced lighting capabilities uniquely enabled by LED (and perhaps laser) technology and embedded non-lighting systems (sensors and communications) will provide real value.  Most of these new areas will seek to integrate responsive illumination and environmental awareness to simultaneously maximize energy savings, lighting quality, and data generation for other intelligent systems.  Early applications will most likely be in the healthcare/eldercare fields, where value will be derived from quality of care improvements in order to compensate for the initial higher lighting system costs.  Retail/commercial applications (mostly involving indoor GPS related services and low bitrate data communications) and digitized light sensing is also emerging as an early market driver.  This talk will describe a taxonomy for describing advanced lighting systems, challenges and opportunities that remain for adoption, and other advanced SSL system developments coming down the road that will likely keep these disruptive technologies on the tip of its toes for the next several decades.