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Controls & Communications

This thrust works with the output of the Sources and Sensors thrusts to develop integrated engineered systems capable of achieving the center goals of delivering energy savings, health benefits and productivity improvements. The Controls Thrust is broken into three clusters:  Adaptive Control and Simulation, Human Factors, and Communications. ments.

Adaptive Controls and Simulation Projects


Fruit flies are used to model the impact of LED lighting on circadian rhythm.

This work focuses on lighting system controls for self-commissioning and adaptive control – key features of smart lighting systems that will impact smart building and smart grid interfaces.  Advances in Sources and Sensors require the development of new control methodologies.

  • Metrics for Lighting Quality Assessment and Optimization – Kenneth Connor, RPI
  • Human Smart Room Interaction – Janusz Konrad  and Prakash Ishwar, BU
  • Biometrically Optimized Plant Lighting – Tessa Pocock, RPI
  • Color Science Systems Level Applications – Michael Shur, RPI
  • Sparse, Time-of-Flight Image Analysis – Richard Radke, RPI
  • Pattern Recognition for Smart Lighting Control – Arthur Sanderson, RPI
  • Light Transport Analysis – Kim Boyer, RPI
  • Distributed Light Field Control Systems – Sandipan Mishra, RPI

Human Factors Projects

  • Circadian Control Models and Systems – Agung Julius and John Wen, RPI
  • Clinical Validation of Circadian Models – Meeko Oishi and Lee Brown, UNM
  • Lighting Impact on Traumatic Brain Injury – George Brainard, Thomas Jefferson University

Communications Projects

This work concentrates on embedding communications capabilities into lighting systems to enhance the immersive environment, otherwise known as Visible Light Communications (VLC). VLC allows for significant advantages over current wireless technologies in delivering data to humans at higher speeds, increased bandwidth, privacy, and the ability to localize data delivery.

  • Mobility and Networking with Directional Communications – Tom Little, BU and Mona Hella, RPI
  • Improving Building Energy Efficiency through VLC – Kofi Nyarko, Morgan State and Tom Little, BU
  • High Bandwidth Lighting Systems for Data Communications – Tom Little and Bobak Nazer, BU

Controls/Communications Publications

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