Headquarters:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
George M. Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Suite 7015
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180

LESA Center Vision

The LESA Center is dedicated to developing autonomous intelligent systems to address modern challenges in the connected environment. LESA research integrates basic science and applied engineering with societal needs transforming how people live and work.

Center Overview

The LESA Center is a graduated National Science Foundation (NSF)Engineering Research Center, with matching fund support from New York State Empire Development Corporation and Corporate Membership. LESA is an interdisciplinary, multi-university center developing “Systems that ThinkTM”.

The LESA Center joins academia, industry, and government in partnerships with the aim of producing transformational and advanced engineered systems and solutions in the areas of Efficient Buildings, Heathcare, Cognition, Plant Science, and VLC Communications. LESA research is concentrated around its its fundamentals of using adaptive, sources, sensors and controls for numerous and practical real-world applications for the advancement IOT, Edge Computing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented and Virtual Realities, Manufacturing, and Automation.

LESA faculty and senior research engineers work alongside engineering undergraduates and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy. LESA partners with Boston University, The University of New Mexico, and Thomas Jefferson University to achieve its objectives.

Why LESA? 

  • Accelerate Commercialization
  • Advanced Cutting-Edge Research
  • Comprehensive IP Program
  • Engineered Solutions
  • Expertise and Guidance


  • Conduct research leading to advanced systems with adaptive and controllable properties
  • Develop a culture of discovery and innovation
  • Engage industry members to help shape the Center’s research portfolio and commercialize the results
  • Provide educational opportunities to prepare a world-class workforce needed to create a future with autonomous, intelligent “Systems that Think™”

Visit our Members Page for a list of membership benefits.

Visit our Research Page for an overview of the research being conducted at the Center.

LESA has been working closely with Rensselaer’s Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) on a number of exciting new projects. This ongoing collaboration has been very beneficial and led to the launch of the new Rensselaer Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems (EBESS) recently announced by President Jackson regarding her involvement in President Biden’s Leadership Summit on Climate Action.

LESA Director Robert Karlicek and CASE Director Dennis Shelden will co-direct EBESS.

Contact Us

Robert F. Karlicek, Jr.
Robert F. Karlicek, Jr.Center Director & Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Richard Radke
Richard RadkeDeputy Director & Professor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Michelle Simkulet
Michelle SimkuletProgram Manager
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute