Media & News 2018-03-12T17:47:49+00:00

LESA Center cited in Indoor AgTech article

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LESA Director Dr. Robert Karlicek interviewed on The Health Hub ‘The Role Lighting can Play in Improving Health Outcomes’

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Dr. Tessa Pocock’s research featured in Photonics Media

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LESA Doctoral Candidate Prachi Sharma Featured on ERC Website

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3MT® Competition Winner Doctoral Candidate @LESA Copy


LESA doctoral candidate Prachi Sharma (’18) who placed first in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition held as part of RPI’s 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium in 2017, has gone on to place 2nd at the Northeastern Association Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) regional 3MT® -automatically qualifying her for inclusion in the national competition in Washington, D.C., to be held in December.

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3MT® Competition Winner Doctoral Candidate at LESA Center


LESA doctoral candidate Prachi Sharma (’18) who placed first in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition held as part of RPI’s 2nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium in 2017, has gone on to place 2nd at the Northeastern Association Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) regional 3MT® -automatically qualifying her for inclusion in the national competition in Washington, D.C., to be held in December.

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Dr. Tessa Pocock’s Work Highlighted in LEDs Magazine Editorial Digest

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Greenhouse Lighting Research Helps Shape Future Farming @LESA

LESA Senior Researcher and plant physiologist Tessa Pocock was asked to participate as an expert on greenhouse lighting in a recent panel discussion for agricultural business owners and local farmers hosted by New York Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.  The ‘Ag-Tech Roundtable’ was part of a larger initiative aimed at creating an open dialog of finding solutions to modern agriculture problems affecting crop production, efficient and sustainable farming methods, best-practices and industry insights.
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Greenhouse Lighting Research Helps Shape Future Farming @LESA

LESA Senior Researcher and plant physiologist Tessa Pocock was asked to participate as an expert on greenhouse lighting in a recent panel discussion for agricultural business owners and local farmers hosted by New York Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner.  The ‘Ag-Tech Roundtable’ was part of a larger initiative aimed at creating an open dialog of finding solutions to modern agriculture problems affecting crop production, efficient and sustainable farming methods, best-practices and industry insights.
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LESA Researchers Solve LED Packing Problem


LESA Center Director Robert Karlicek proposed a challenge: Find a way to produce large sheets of precisely oriented unpackaged LEDs without having to pick up and place each one at a time.  […]

Researchers Solve LED Packing Problem @LESA


LESA Center Director Robert Karlicek proposed a challenge: Find a way to produce large sheets of precisely oriented unpackaged LEDs without having to pick up and place each one at a time.  […]

LESA Health & Wellness Initiative Received Recognition from Haptic R&D Consulting

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Dr. Tessa Pocock’s LESA Research on Horticulture Lighting Featured in Novus Light Article

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LESA Director Dr. Robert Karlicek Featured in LEDs Magazine Video During Strategies in Light/LED Show

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Dr. Tessa Pocock Highlighted in LEDs Magazine for Conference Closing Plenary

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LESA Featured on IES Homepage for Lighting Workshop Report

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Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing Through Lighting @LESA

Transforming Patient Health Care and Well-Being Through Lighting

LESA and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) sponsored a workshop in 2016 to explore pathways to define and promote the adoption of lighting systems specifically for healthcare environments. The aim was to initiate an important dialog among stakeholders on the changes in modern healthcare interior lighting applications, and subsequent  white paper detailing the outcomes and contributions of the workshop participants.

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Industry-Academia Days Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn

Block Name: RPI LESA Industry Day
Nightly Rate: $129
Block Deadline: March 12th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first
Address: 235 Hoosick St, Troy, NY 12180
Phone Number: (518) 272-1700
Web Link: http://bit.ly/2Bex5me

Best Western Plus Franklin Square Inn

Block Name: LESA Industry Day
Nightly Rate: $134
Block Deadline: March 21st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first
Address: 1 4th St, Troy, NY 12180
Phone Number: (518) 274-8800
Web Link: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/customer-service.html#Reservations

If you experience difficulties booking your accommodations at either location, please contact the hotel property directly and provide them with the block name.

Please note that the event venue is the Hilton Garden Inn. The Best Western Plus at Franklin is conveniently located to both the the event venue (and the RPI campus), however, a shuttle will not be provided between the two hotel properties.

LESA Horticulture Lighting Initiative Receives Placement on ERC Site

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ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @LESA

The LESA team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico in collaboration with industry partner ABB was recently selected to receive a $2.375M award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program.  […]

Horticultural Lighting Gets Big @LESA

LESA and Cornell have received a prestigious INFEWS award from the National Science Foundation for $2.4M to fund a program in advanced urban farming.  This program focuses applied plant growth research on water use efficiency, transpiration and nutritional value optimization using engineered solutions for vertical farming. […]

ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @ LESA

The LESA team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico in collaboration with industry partner ABB was recently selected to receive a $2.375M award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program.  […]

Extreme Light Trapping

A silicon solar cell harvests the energy of the sun as light travels down through light-absorbent silicon. To reduce weight and cost, solar cells are thin, and while silicon absorbs visible light well, it captures less than half of the light in the near-infrared spectrum, which makes up one-third of the sun’s energy. Read more.

Circadian, Sleep and Neurobehavioral Performance Engineering @ LESA

Human circadian rhythm regulation is linked to many physiological processes, including sleep. Circadian disruption is known to have negative impacts on health and may lead to lower human performance and higher risk of failure during critical tasks.  By understanding the relationships between human circadian processes, sleep processes, and cognitive performance, improved management of lighting and task scheduling can be developed to favorably impact overall human health and performance. […]

Tessa Pocock featured at US Horticultural Lighting Conference

LESA’s Dr. Tessa Pocock is the Closing Plenary speaker at the 2017 US Horticultural Lighting Conference on October 17 in Denver Colorado, her talk is entitled “Fast-forwarding the Future of Food”.

Circadian, Sleep and Neurobehavioral Performance Engineering @LESA

Human circadian rhythm regulation is linked to many physiological processes, including sleep. Circadian disruption is known to have negative impacts on health and may lead to lower human performance and higher risk of failure during critical tasks.  By understanding the relationships between human circadian processes, sleep processes, and cognitive performance, improved management of lighting and task scheduling can be developed to favorably impact overall human health and performance. LESA’s Professors John Wen and Agung Julius were recently awarded a $450,000 / 3 year contract from the DoD’s Army Research Office (ARO) for advanced research in personalized task and sleep scheduling based on circadian rhythm regulation.  […]

LESA and Cornell to Collaborate on $1.92M Program for Advanced Urban Farming

LESA and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) team at Cornell University have been awarded a $1.92M research program under the NSF “Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water” (INFEWS) program. The awarded research project, Strategic FEW and Workforce Investments to Enhance Viability of Controlled Environment Agriculture in Metropolitan Areas, will develop a multi-dimensional toolkit to guide the development of metropolitan based CEA. The growth systems, operating guidelines and workforce development programs that will be developed in this research is part of a broad collaboration between LESA and Cornell University exploring the future of advanced CEA systems as part of advancing sustainable urban food supplies. This new INFEWS award augments the systems that will be developed by $5M GLASE consortium led by LESA and Cornell and funded by NYSERDA specifically for reducing the carbon footprint of modern greenhouse systems.

At LESA, this new project will be led by Dr. Tessa Pocock, a global expert on photobiology and relationships between lighting and plant physiology who will work on the effect of LED light programs on water use efficiency and nutrient content of crop plants. In parallel, Professor Marianne Nyman in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer will be developing new methods for assessing plant nutrient content to quantify CEA growth system performance. Together, they will work with the world class team of CEA experts led by Professor Neil Mattson at Cornell on CEA economic modeling, system design and workforce development that will advance the future of metropolitan food production.

LESA and Cornell to Collaborate on $2.42M Program for Advanced Urban Farming

LESA and the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) team at Cornell University have been awarded a $2.42M research program under the NSF “Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water” (INFEWS) program. The awarded research project, Strategic FEW and Workforce Investments to Enhance Viability of Controlled Environment Agriculture in Metropolitan Areas, will develop a multi-dimensional toolkit to guide the development of metropolitan based CEA. […]

LESA Featured in Light Matters Newscast

LESA was recently featured in the August 2017 edition of Light Matters, an online newscast at photonics.com.  The segments highlight LESA research in the Smart Conference Room Testbed and Plant Physiology Lab and features interviews with Center Director Robert Karlicek and graduate student Tianna-Kaye Woodstock.  Two segments are available to view, A ‘Smart’ Lighting Revolution and a bonus feature Light Matters Extra: Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications.

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LESA featured in Light Matters Newscast

LESA was recently featured in the August 2017 edition of Light Matters, an online newscast at photonics.com.  The segments highlight LESA research in the Smart Conference Room Testbed and Plant Physiology Lab and features interviews with Center Director Robert Karlicek and graduate student Tianna-Kaye Woodstock.  Two segments are available to view, A ‘Smart’ Lighting Revolution and a bonus feature Light Matters Extra: Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications.

L.E.D. A History of the Future of Light

The new book by veteran technology journalist Bob Johnstone entitled L.E.D. A History of the Future of Lighting is a detailed account of the radically changing lighting industry.  Chapter 15 Selling Darkness includes an overview of LESA and its research vision of lighting systems that think.  The book is published by CreateSpace and is available via Amazon.

July 14, 2017

Recent advances in solid state lighting technology are enabling the development of ‘designer’ crops, according to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plant physiology expert Dr. Tessa Pocock, who serves as a senior research scientist at the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA). The impact of lighting on plants is the core focus for Pocock, who conducts research in both academic and industry settings around the mechanism of photosynthesis on plant development and regulation by light for traditional greenhouse crops and the emerging field of medicinal plants. Recently, Pocock and her team received a $25,000 grant from Dr. William Beers, Black Belt/Senior Systems Engineer at Current, powered by GE, to support continued work on sensing and signaling in plants.

April 25, 2017

LESA graduate Jessica Morrison was chosen as one of ten innovators in Cohort Three of Cyclotron Road, an incubator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that aims to bridge the science-to-product gap by investing in energy entrepreneurs through its two-year fellowship program.  Dr. Jessica Morrison received her PhD in Physics from Boston University in 2016 and has since founded Helux Lighting as a spin-off of her work at LESA on beam-steering micro-mirrors.  Applicants must go through a rigorous four-month long selection process.  The ten innovators of Cohort Three represent eight universities across the US.  The Cyclotron program innovators will begin their journey in May, 2017.

LESA Researcher Dr Tessa Pocock is RPI Lead of $5M GLASE Consortium Project

Rensselaer, Cornell and NYSERDA create a consortium to reduce electricity use in greenhouses by up to 70%
Now, a newly formed public-private consortium called GLASE—The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering Consortium, led by researchers at Cornell University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)—is being launched to transform the way greenhouses operate in order to reduce electricity use by 70 percent.

The seven-year, $5 million project funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard that aims to have 50 percent of electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Plant physiology expert Tessa Pocock, who serves as a senior research scientist at the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA), will lead the work at Rensselaer.

Greenhouses to get greener through research project.

June 5, 2017

LESA, Cornell and NYSERDA announces the launch of a multidisciplinary consortium to reduce electricity use in greenhouses up to 70%. Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE), a seven-year $5 million project funded by NYSERDA, is being launched to transform the way greenhouses operate reducing both energy cost and carbon footprint.  Dr. Tessa Pocock, Senior Research Scientist at LESA will lead the work at Rensselear.

March 4, 2017

LESA Alum Dr. Jessica Morrison has formed a startup, Helux Lighting, Inc to bring dynamic optical control to the market through microtechnology developed at Boston University.  These micro-mirrors are an example of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) that can steer a beam of reflected light by applying a voltage.  The tiny mirrors steer light faster that the human eye can detect and facilitate rapid control over light position, brightness, and illumination area.  The competitive advantage of Helux technology is a tenfold reduction in size and lower cost when compared to existing mechanical systems for light control.

Dr. Tessa Pocock Awarded Robert W Langhams Visiting Scholar at Cornell University

Dr. Tessa Pocock was awarded the Robert W. Langhans Visiting Scholar at Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science.  Each year this Visiting Scholar Program brings a renowned scientist in greenhouse technology and management to lecture and interact with students over the course of several days to their Ithaca campus.  This year Dr. Pocock, LESA Plant Physiologist, will spend May 8-10 on their campus and will provide a lecture entitled “Light Matters:  Sensing and Signaling in Plants”.  Dr. Pocock, Senior Research Scientist at LESA, is a world-renowned speaker and researcher on plant photosynthesis and plant development and regulation by light for traditional greenhouse crops and the emerging field of medicinal plants.

Renowned LESA Researcher Awarded Visiting Scholar Designation at Cornell

May 8, 2017, Dr. Tessa Pocock was awarded the Robert W. Langhans Visiting Scholar at Cornell University, School of Integrative Plant Science. Each year this Visiting Scholar Program brings  a renowned scientist in greenhouse technology and management to lecture and interact with students over the course of several days to their Ithaca campus.  This year Dr. Pocock will spend May 8-10 on their campus and will provide a lecture entitled “Light Matters:  Sensing and Signaling in Plants”.  Dr. Pocock, Senior Research Scientist at LESA, is a world-renowned speaker and researcher on plant photosynthesis and plant development and regulation by light for traditional greenhouse crops and the emerging field of medicinal plants.

April 15, 2017

Chaitanya Ullal, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and a Faculty member of the ERC, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will use the five-year, $556,091 award to study the structure of hydrogels—jelly-like materials that have some of the properties of solids, but are largely composed of water. The CAREER Award is given to faculty members near the beginning of their academic careers and is one of the most competitive and prestigious awards given by the NSF to junior faculty.

March 20, 2017

Professor Connor Recognized as Innovator at 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference
On Monday, March 20, 2017, Professor Kenneth Connor (RPI) was presented with the “Innovative Program Award” at the 2017 ECEDHA Annual Conference in Miramar Beach, Florida.  Don Millard (NSF) summarized Ken’s contributions well, “Ken is loved by many and is a true innovator: he has the intellect and motivation to seek and see space that others don’t, he is not afraid to break from the norm, using past traditional wisdom.”  This award is given to individual(s) or department(s) […]

February 16, 2017

Industry Meets Academia: LESA has a Record-Setting Attendance at Annual Conference.  The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) held their 8th Annual Industry-Academia Days Conference on February 8-9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. This annual conference brought together LESA researchers and students to showcase innovations in research initiatives and educational activities to industry representatives. This year’s conference had over 100 industry attendees from approximately 64 distinct organizations and was the largest conference we have held to date.

Industry Meets Academia: LESA has a Record Setting Attendance at Annual Conference

The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) held their 8th Annual Industry-Academia Days Conference on February 8-9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. This annual conference brought together LESA researchers and students to showcase innovations in research initiatives and educational activities to industry representatives. This year’s conference had over 100 industry attendees from approximately 64 distinct organizations and was the largest conference we have held to date.

March 1, 2017

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.  […]

January 23, 2017

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico (UNM) were recently awarded U. S. Patent 9,520,472 for “Growth of Cubic Crystalline Phase Structure on Silicon Substrates and Devices comprising the Cubic Crystalline Phase.”  This patent was issued on December 13, 2016 and included principal investigator Steven R. J. Brueck and inventors Sueng-Chang Lee (UNM), Christian Wetzel, Theeradetch Detchprohm (LESA/RPI), and Christoph Stark (LESA/RPI Graduate).  The universities are partners in the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. […]

LESA Faculty and Graduate Students Awarded US Patent for Cubic GaN LED Materials Breakthrough

Cubic GaN LED Materials Breakthrough.  Opportunities for Higher Efficiency Full-Spectrum Lighting and Displays

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University of New Mexico (UNM) were recently awarded U. S. Patent 9,520,472 for “Growth of Cubic Crystalline Phase Structure on Silicon Substrates and Devices comprising the Cubic Crystalline Phase.”  This patent was issued on December 13, 2016 and included principal investigator Steven R. J. Brueck and inventors Sueng-Chang Lee (UNM), Christian Wetzel, Theeradetch Detchprohm (LESA/RPI), and Christoph Stark (LESA/RPI Graduate).  The universities are partners in the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. […]

February 8, 2017

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has signed a sponsored research agreement with Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., the leading North American supplier of LED-based lighting solutions.  As part of this project, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) will develop light protocols for specialized LED lighting with integrated feedback for efficient plant growth. […]

Acuity Brands and LESA Collaborate to Improve Plant Growth Through LED Lighting

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has signed a sponsored research agreement with Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., the leading North American supplier of LED-based lighting solutions.  As part of this project, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) will develop light protocols for specialized LED lighting with integrated feedback for efficient plant growth.

“Our program creates opportunities to study, develop and bring solutions to market that improve health, productivity and well-being for people, as well as plants and the food ecosystem,” said Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., Ph.D., Director of LESA, and professor of electrical, computer and systems engineering at Rensselaer. “Acuity Brands is the leading innovator in solid-state lighting technologies and applications, and we are excited to be working with them to develop LED solutions that will enhance and accelerate crop automation, while delivering greater energy savings.”

LESA Plant Scientist, Dr. Tessa Pocock Invited Panelist at DOE SSL R&D Workshop

Dr. Tessa Pocock is an invited Panelist at the Plenary Session of the DOE SSL R&D Workshop to be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, CA.  This Panel, entitled “ENGINEERED LIGHT: ACTION SPECTRUM AND BEYOND” will explore the use of engineered light — light whose spectral intensities are tailored in time and space — to accommodate various applications and the action spectra associated with those applications.  Solid-state lighting offers new levels of engineering control over light spectra, but we almost exclusively consider the photopic “action spectrum” associated with the standard human observer when developing products/solutions and specifying/defining the lumen content of light. In fact, as low-cost, engineered solid-state lighting becomes more and more available, different ways in which light will be used will require consideration of different action spectra: human melatonin response, museum-art degradation, cameras for machine vision, plants, animals, etc. Moreover, action spectra interact with other characteristics of light (intensity distribution in time and space) that may also be engineered. Dr. Pocock will bring her extensive knowledge of lighting and its impact on plant physiology, plant yield and nutrient quality.

January 25, 2016

Dr. Tessa Pocock is an invited Panelist at the Plenary Session of the DOE SSL R&D Workshop to be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 10:30 am at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, CA.  This Panel, entitled “ENGINEERED LIGHT: ACTION SPECTRUM AND BEYOND” will explore the use of engineered light — light whose spectral intensities are tailored in time and space — to accommodate various applications and the action spectra associated with those applications. […]

January 12, 2017

Sensing and Signaling Networks in Plants.  What’s Light Got to Do with It? Is the title of Dr. Tessa Pocock’s presentation March 15, 2017 at the Phosphor Global Summit to be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.  Recent advances in lighting technology are enabling the development of ‘designer’ crops.  Light is the primary energy source required for crop growth and development but it also contains signals that shape the plant down to sub-cellular levels. The assessment of lighting and spectral distributions on photosynthesis, growth and phytochemical value will be presented.

Dr. Tessa Pocock Invited Speaker at 2017 Phosphor Global Summit

Sensing and Signaling Networks in Plants.  What’s Light Got to Do with It? will be Dr. Tessa Pocock’s presentation on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the 2017 Phosphor Global Summit to be held at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.  Recent advances in lighting technology are enabling the development of ‘designer’ crops. The use of light by plants is rapid and complex. Light is the primary energy source required for crop growth and development but it also contains signals that shape the plant down to sub-cellular levels. Two sensing and signaling networks exist in plants however their regulation is crop specific. The assessment of lighting and spectral distributions on photosynthesis, growth and phytochemical value will be presented.

January 5, 2017

LESA congratulates two of its graduate students who were selected to present at the Department of Energy’s Annual SSL R&D Workshop Student Poster Competition for 2017.  Indrani Bhattacharya (RPI), and Jinyuan Zhao (BU) will receive free registration to the workshop and will be able to network, interact and exchange ideas with the best and brightest researchers to help accelerate the science and technology of Solid State Lighting. The Poster Session will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:30pm.  Poster authors, locations and titles are: […]

LESA Students Selected to Present at DOE SSL R&D Workshop Copy

LESA congratulates two of its graduate students who were selected to present at the Department of Energy’s Annual SSL R&D Workshop Student Poster Competition for 2017.  Indrani Bhattacharya from RPI, and Jinyuan Zhao LESA affiliate Boston University will both receive free registration to the workshop and will be able to network, interact and exchange ideas with the best and brightest researchers to accelerate the science and technology of Solid State Lighting.

LESA’s research continues to attract new industry members

LESA is pleased to introduce the newest members of the Engineering Research Center (ERC) – Delos, a world leader in providing standards and solutions for interior environments that can enhance the health, well-being and productivity of occupants; Lighting Science Group, manufacturer of breakthrough LED lighting solutions that  work in sync with nature, originally created in collaboration with NASA to help regulate the circadian rhythms of astronauts on the International Space Station; and Rambus, creator of cutting-edge semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory and interfaces to security, smart sensors and lighting.<--more-->

LESA member companies have access to leading research in systems, devices and materials that are driving the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications industry. ERC members receive monthly research updates, have access to member only events, attend and participate in Annual Industry-Academia Days, LESA Speaker Series and the NSF Site Visit Review, recruitment of well-rounded and diverse students for internships and permanent positions in addition to the many collaboration opportunities available with our world-class researchers and faculty.  Please see our membership page for more information.

November 17, 2016

We are pleased to introduce the newest members of the LESA ERC – Delos, a world leader in providing standards and solutions for interior environments that can enhance the health, well-being and productivity of occupants; Lighting Science Group, manufacturer of breakthrough LED lighting solutions that  work in sync with nature, originally created in collaboration with NASA to help regulate the circadian rhythms of astronauts on the International Space Station; and Rambus, creator of cutting-edge semiconductor and IP products, spanning memory and interfaces to security, smart sensors and lighting. […]

Light Education: The State of Smart Lighting

Bob Karlicek, Director of LESA discusses the State of Smart Lighting in the November 2016 issue of Illuminations section of Residential Lighting.com.

November 7, 2016

Dr. Yacob Astatke from Morgan State University, a LESA educational outreach partner school, was awarded the 2016 Award for More Diversity in Engineering Education from Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council.  The Award ceremony took place during the GEDC and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 2016.  The Award […]

November 8, 2016

The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) was recently awarded an additional $2.68 million from the National Science Foundation under its Engineering Research Centers program.  The total dollars received from the NSF to over $30.7 million to date.  LESA is recognized as the global leader for its innovation in applying engineering to the science of lighting.  The LESA ERC is  extremely proud of its accomplishments in research, education and innovation over the last 8 years.

LESA Awarded $2.68M from NSF

The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) was recently awarded an additional $2.68 million from the National Science Foundation under its Engineering Research Centers program.  The total dollars received from the NSF to over $30.7 million to date.  LESA is recognized as the global leader for its innovation in applying engineering to the science of lighting.  The LESA ERC is  extremely proud of its accomplishments in research, education and innovation over the last 8 years.  Visit https://lesa.rpi.edu/ to learn more about the center and its research.

LESA Researchers Awarded US Patent for High-Speed LED Assembly Process

Inventors from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were recently awarded a U.S. Patent entitled, “Light Emitting Diodes and a Method of Packaging the Same”.   The patent (US 9,245,875) describes how magnets can be used to arrange arrays of LED dies in a desired pattern and connect them to their substrate.  According to Professor Robert Karlicek, the Director of LESA, “Assisted LED self-assembly technology has the potential to radically reduce the cost of manufacturing large LED assemblies.”

October 5, 2016

Inventors from the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were recently awarded a U.S. Patent entitled, “Light Emitting Diodes and a Method of Packaging the Same“.  The patent (US 9,245,875) describes how magnets can be used to arrange arrays of LED dies in a desired pattern and connect them to their substrate.  According to Professor Robert Karlicek, the Director of LESA, “Assisted LED self-assembly technology has the potential to radically reduce the cost of manufacturing large LED assemblies.”

LESA Receives Patent to Detect Occupant’s Presence without Cameras

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from LESA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University were recently awarded a US Patent #9,363,859 entitled, “Sensory Lighting System and Method for Characterizing an Illumination Space.” The patent describes how the LED lighting system in a space can detect occupants’ presence, location and pose without the use of cameras, thereby preserving the privacy of the room’s occupants.

September 21, 2016

A team of LESA faculty and graduate students from LESA Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boston University were recently awarded a US Patent #9,363,859 entitled, “Sensory Lighting System and Method for Characterizing an Illumination Space.” The patent describes how the LED lighting system in a space can detect occupants’ presence, location and pose without the use of cameras, thereby preserving the privacy of the room’s occupants.

LESA Research Center Breakthrough Could Alleviate Bandwidth Shortage

As the demand for mobile wireless services continues to grow, and the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies expands, Visible Light Communication (VLC) is emerging as a potential broadband transmission technology that will offer virtually unlimited spectrum for high quality wireless services.  The LESA Center recently achieved the world’s first high-speed visible light transmission link with a fully integrated microchip receiver.

September 15, 2016

As the demand for mobile wireless services continues to grow, and the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies expands, Visible Light Communication (VLC) is emerging as a potential broadband transmission technology that will offer virtually unlimited spectrum for high quality wireless services.  The LESA Center recently achieved the world’s first high-speed visible light transmission link with a fully integrated microchip receiver.

September 7, 2016

The Group Meeting Re-imagined: Designing Intelligent Rooms.  Team of LESA Faculty and Industrial Partners Among Recipients of National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity Award

August 25, 2016

For the eighth summer in a row, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) sponsored undergraduates and teachers for an in-depth summer research experience.    25 undergraduates and 9 educators from as far west as New Mexico and as far south as Puerto Rico participated in an eight week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Undergraduate Research Program (URP), and a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) where they learned about advanced solid-state lighting technologies and developing new LED-based applications.  […]

LESA’s Summer Undergraduates and Teachers Shine as Researchers Developing Advanced Lighting Applications

For the eighth summer in a row, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) sponsored undergraduates and teachers for an in-depth summer research experience.  25 undergraduates and 9 educators from as far west as New Mexico and as far south as Puerto Rico participated in an eight week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Undergraduate Research Program (URP), and a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) where they learned about advanced solid-state lighting technologies and developing new LED-based applications.

LESA’s REU, URP and RET programs allow visiting students and teachers to work directly with LESA graduate students, staff and faculty on state-of-the-art projects with exciting lighting applications that incorporate advanced materials, devices and system integration concepts.   REU and URP students gain valuable insights on new technologies and approaches to performing advanced research.  RET participants develop new lighting and applications-based curriculum used in the pre-college courses they teach, expanding the overall impact of LESA’s STEM K-12 outreach program.

This year’s summer program theme was “Synthesizing Light for the Benefit of Humanity.” Teachers and students learned about innovative lighting, control systems, power, and sensor technologies and how they can be integrated into real world, sustainable, and well-engineered Smart Systems.

Under the guidance of LESA graduate students, faculty and staff, participants develop research plans, attend lectures and seminars from subject matter experts, and visit local high-tech companies to see science and engineering at work.

Projects that explore how lighting systems can address today’s social, environmental and sustainability challenges covered a wide range of topics, such as: developing advanced sensors for visible light communications, researching improved occupancy sensing using digitized lighting, exploring novel biofluorescence sensing for both optimized plant growth systems and bacterial contamination detection,  and new approaches to optical materials for higher efficiency color tunable lighting systems.

“We had a great turnout of some very bright and remarkable undergraduates, who will change the future of the world and lighting as we know it,” commented Elizabeth Herkenham, director of K-12 Education Outreach at Rensselaer.  Samantha Atchinson, an undergraduate from the College of St. Rose, in Albany, NY,  writes, “I have greatly benefitted from the LESA program at RPI…I learned valuable life skills that will be extremely applicable to graduate school, my future career and the world around me.”

“We have two key goals in this program: Recruit underserved minority undergraduates to become graduate students by engaging them in exciting research in advanced solid state lighting system applications, and expand our research by partnering with a very bright set of enthusiastic students and teachers looking to enrich their technical capabilities,” said Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., Ph.D., director of LESA, and professor in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering department at Rensselaer.

About the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA)

Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, LESA is an interdisciplinary, multi-university center developing “Smart Lighting Systems that See and ThinkTM”The Center engages faculty members, graduate students, research staff, and undergraduates to develop advanced smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties that will not only illuminate, but generate lighting enabled […]

June 1, 2016

Indrani Bhattacharya , a LESA RPI graduate student in ECSE was among the top 5 posters selected by the C3E Poster Symposium Competition to provide a presentation and to receive an honorarium.  The C3E  (Clean Energy, Education & Empowerment Awards) solicited posters showcasing the work of women in clean energy.  This Poster Competition is an opportunity for early- and pre-career researchers to participate in networking and share their research at the C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT Energy Initiative, and the Precourt Institute. Bhattacharya submitted her abstract and poster, “Lighting Systems that Think” in addition to a required one minute video pitching her work.

LESA Seminar Series on June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 22, 2016, 2:30 pm EST
JEC 3117

Ubiquitous Sensing Using Visible Light

Xia Zhou, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Abstract
The ability to sense what we do and how we behave is crucial to help detect diseases, diagnose early symptoms of health issues, and foster healthier lifestyles. Existing sensing technologies, however, have significant drawbacks. They either are intrusive — we have to constantly carry or wear sensing devices  (e.g., Apple Watch, Fitbit), or present serious privacy risks by capturing raw images, or are limited in sensing granularity.

In this talk, I will present a radically different approach to unobtrusive human sensing, which exploits the ubiquitous light around us as a sensing medium that senses and responds to what we do, without requiring any on-body devices nor any cameras. I will first present LiSense, the first-of-its-kind system that reconstructs a 3D human skeleton in real time (60 Hz) using purely the light around us.  Empowered by Visible Light Communication (VLC), LiSense uses shadows created by a human body from blocked light to reconstruct the 3D skeleton. I will then present our recent effort StarLight, which advances LiSense by addressing several practical issues and pushes light sensing closer to practice. I will conclude with our ongoing work and future directions.

Dr. Zhou Biography
Xia Zhou is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College. She received her PhD at UC Santa Barbara in 2013. Her research interests are in mobile systems and wireless networking. Her recent work on visible light communication systems has won the Best Paper Award at ACM VLCS 2014, Best Demo Award at MobiSys 2015, and Best Video Award at MobiCom 2015. Her work on spectrum distributions won Best Practical Paper Award at SIGMETRICS 2013, and Best Paper Award Finalist at MobiCom 2008. She also won other paper awards in UbiComp 2014 and 2015, HotWireless 2015. She is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2016 and Google Faculty Research Award in 2014.

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

Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications: A Vision Way Beyond Seeing

LESA: A Vision Way Beyond Seeing, an article which appeared in the May 17, 2016 online edition of West Coast Lighting Insider, highlights the work of the ERC.  In the future, personalized lighting will interact with our presence, our environment and our activities. Lighting will change color, brightness and directionality, all the while transmitting data to our cellphones and wearable tech, networked with the Internet of Things (IoT). Implementing this vision is the purpose of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, newly rebranded as the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Engineering Research Center (LESA ERC).

May 15, 2016

LESA RPI faculty, Prof Partha Dutta in collaboration with Ram Krishna Dharmath Foundation University (RKDF), in Bhopal India, have developed a device that can surpass 1400 Celsius from insolation to produce electricity.  This project was sponsored from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.  Varsity vice chancellor VK Sethi  and Professor Dutta developed the device.  The objective of this project was to achieve the greatest amount of energy from the sun to be used for the production of electricity, without the polluting effects of coal – the primary source of electricity right now.

May 9, 2016

Brian Frey, LESA graduate student of Prof Lin in Physics has been awarded the Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65 Graduate Prize in Physics.  This prize, established by the generosity of Dr. Paul S. Ho ’65, recognizes the need for technically educated people who will serve the betterment of mankind through the “application of science to the common purposes of life”. The fund shall be used to financially support a prize for an outstanding graduate student enrolled in the Department of Physics.

Frey is studying orders-of-magnitude absorption enhancement in simple cubic metal-oxide photonic crystals for mesoscale light-trapping applications.  He expects to graduate in the Fall 2016.

April 22, 2016

RPI Students Win First Place at NYSP2I R&D Competition.  Undergraduates Hayleigh Sanders and Timothy Castiglia won first place at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s 5th Annual R & D Student Competition, hosted at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY on April 22, 2016.  Their poster and demonstration, Automated Power Conservation and Color Temperature Control is a novel approach to LED lighting systems with the intention of power conservation to reduce the pollution generated by electricity production. […]

May 3, 2016

Two RPI LESA faculty members, Profs. Kenneth Connor and Agung Julius, are recipients of the 2016 RPI School of Engineering Faculty Award. The School of Engineering honors those faculty who continue to enlist a variety of activities in both research and education to engage and encourage curiosity and learning among their students. […]

January 2016

RPI Undergrad attends KAUST WEP.  Kyle Altman, a senior biomedical engineering undergraduate student at RPI was among the 40 poster abstracts chosen out of 700 poster submissions to attend and present his poster at the annual King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Winter Enrichment Program International Poster Competition held at the university in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia from January 9-22, 2016.  He is an undergraduate researcher working with two center faculty members, John Wen and Agung Julius at RPI.  His Poster was entitled, “Estimation of Circadian Rhythm Based on Adaptive Notch Filter and Its Application to Locomotor Activity.”

February 17, 2016

The University of New Mexico (UNM) has fabricated triangular-nanostripe core–shell semi-polar III–nitride light-emitting diodes (TLEDs) on c-plane sapphire [Ashwin K. Rishinaramangalam et al, Appl. Phys. Express, vol9, p032101, 2016]. The performance results are described as “preliminary”.  By using triangular nanostripes with semi-polar sidewalls, the UNM researchers hope to access the advantages for light-emission without the non-commercial costs of free-standing substrates and at a lower cost, which could accelerate commercial adoption.

Postdoc Position Open for Plant Physiologist

LESA’s Horticultural Lighting Research area is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Research Associate position to perform advanced plant physiological and plant stress research.  All inquiries should be directed to Diane Veros at verosd@rpi.edu.

February 17, 2016

Welcome LESA!  Smart Lighting ERC Gets a New Name – Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA)

The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) has been selected as the new name for the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC).  We are proud to announce the launch of a new name at our Annual Industry-Academia Days held this past Feb 9-10, 2016.

December 15, 2015

Graphene Van Gogh is the name of the image captured by Michael Deagen, Ph.D., research assistant at RPI.  This photo recently earne"Graphene Van Gogh"d first place in the Artistic Microscopy, Black & White category of the 2015 International Metallographic Contest sponsored by the International Metallographic Society.

February 1, 2016

We’ve changed our name! As you read through our website, you will notice gradual changes from “Smart Lighting” to “Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications”.

Our new identity satisfies the existing expectations of our original work, while simultaneously moving forward to acknowledge the maturity, functionality and diversity of our center and the new lighting landscape. This new name more accurately represents what we are doing today – creating “Lighting Systems that Think™” – and captures the broad range of our research in areas such as horticulture and human-centric lighting.

We are excited about this change and hope that it will help not only to differentiate the center, but to demonstrate our growth potential and not be limited by a name that doesn’t quite fit any longer.

December 15, 2015

Professor Steven R.J. Brueck of the University of New Mexico was elected as a 2015 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and will be inducted on April 15, 2016. Dr. Brueck is a distinguished professor & professor emeritus in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics & Astronomy and the former director of the UNM Center for High Technology Materials. Dr. Brueck’s research in nanotechnologies spans the fields of semiconductors, biotechnology, lighting, and materials science. His principal research focus has been on the process of nanolithography, creating patterns that approach molecular scales. He is a prolific innovator and inventor and holds approximately 49 patents (2013).

December 1, 2015

Smart Lighting ERC welcomes Richard Radke, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer as their newly appointed Deputy Director of the Smart Lighting ERC beginning September 1, 2015.  In his new role, Professor Radke will continue to oversee the Adaptive Control and Simulation Research Thrust.  As Deputy Director, Professor Radke will support the ERC’s research and vision, expand opportunities for new sponsored research and increase the visibility of the ERC through its innovative accomplishments and initiatives.

Unlocking the World of Digitized Illumination

Watch this webinar and learn about  “Unlocking the World of Digitized Illumination” as presented by Smart Lighting ERC Director Robert Karlicek at the Philip’s Educational Webinar Series.  Future lighting systems will be informative, sensory, and integrated into everything!

Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Researcher to Deliver Keynote at DOE Meeting

Pocock,Tessa2014Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Senior Research Scientist Tessa Pocock will give the keynote address at the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting Technology Development Workshop on November 17, 2015 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon.  Dr. Pocock’s talk, entitled “Tuning the Spectrum for Plant Growth” discusses how the ability to tune the spectrum of LED light sources has opened up new possibilities for horticultural lighting – to improve indoor plant production and associated energy use as well as plant nutrient and pharmaceutical value.

This talk will share findings from the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center’s work to examine what we know about the effects of different portions of the spectrum on plant growth, and where future research will focus.   Efforts around Dr. Pocock’s research include the fine tuning of light for urban and vertical farming opportunities.

“Thanks to recent advances in LED technologies, it is now possible to better elucidate the effects and functions of different portions of the spectrum to manipulate plants with unprecedented control and accuracy,,” said Dr. Pocock.  “The fine-tuning of light spectra and controlled regulation of plant attributes is adding new sophistication to plant production.”

Light and plants expert Tessa Pocock, Ph.D., joined the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) in 2013, leading the development of a new plant physiology lighting program. Her research focuses on plant photosynthesis, and plant development and regulation by light for traditional greenhouse crops and the emerging field of medicinal plants.

Prior to joining the Smart Lighting ERC, Dr. Pocock was director of research at Heliospectra, in Sweden, where she designed light-emitting diode (LED) regimes to reduce energy consumption, produce healthier plants, and improve the quality of greenhouse crops. For the last four years, she has been developing a biofeedback system in which the physiology of the plant regulates the spectrum and intensity of LED arrays, in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology, under a prestigious grant from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).

 

About the Smart Lighting ERC

Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the ERC is an interdisciplinary, multi-university center developing “Smart Lighting Systems that See and ThinkTM”The ERC is developing lighting systems that do everything from automatically maximizing light quality and minimizing energy use by sensing occupant needs to lights that carry data, complementing and enlarging the Wi-Fi network with Li-Fi (or visible light communications); and controlling LED lighting to enhance plant growth for farming and ‘pharming’ applications.

The Center engages faculty members, graduate students, research staff, and undergraduates to work on research leading to smart lighting systems with adaptive and controllable properties. It joins academia, industry, and government in partnership to produce transformational engineered systems, along with engineering graduates who are adept at innovation and primed for leadership in the global economy.  The Smart Lighting ERC is headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and partners with Boston University and The University of New Mexico to achieve its objectives.   Visit the ERC website at: http://smartlighting.rpi.edu/.

A Smart Lighting Revolution

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center is developing the systems that will transform the way we live, work, and communicate.
Read the full article that appeared in the Rensselaer Alumni Magazine, Fall 2015.  Rensselaer Alumni Magazine-SmartLight Fall2015

November 9, 2015

Astatke Head Shot 2015Professor Yacob Astatke of Morgan State University has been selected for the “2016 College-Level Promotion of Education Award” and will receive his award at the Black Education of the Year Awards Ceremony (BEYA) to be held in February 2016.   Prof. Astatke’s outreach activities are dedicated to spreading engineering and STEM education to underrepresented minorities and his work is definitely having an impact!

October 22, 2015

Smart Lighting ERC Director Robert Karlicek presented a seminar titled “Unlocking the World of Digitized Illumination” as part of Philips’ Educational Webinar Series.  Of attendees that completed the survey taken by Philips (n=81), 98% thought the webinar was relevant or partially relevant; 95% rated the quality as a 7-10/10 and 89% would recommend the webinar.

October 28, 2015

Indrani Bhattacharya, PhD student (Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering) and Michael Deagan, PhD student (Materials Science & Engineering) presented the Smart Lighting ERC’s research to members of congress, ERC directors, industry representatives and National Science Foundation (NSF) program managers at the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Engineering Research Centers Program held in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill.  Indrani and Mike explained their research in the context of societal needs and the broader impact of their success.  Pictured below is Congressman Paul Tonko, (who is a strong support of the Smart Lighting ERC and the ERC program), ERC Director Bob Karlicek, Mike Deagan and Indrani Bhattacharya.Tonko for Web […]

November 6, 2015

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Senior Research Scientist with the ERC served as a panelist for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Women in STEM Leadership:  Self-Empowerment and Other Keys to Professional Success that took place on Friday, November 6 at the Russell Sage Dining Hall Main Banquet Room from 5 to 8 p.m.

October 12, 2015

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Plant Physiologist in the ERC is invited to give a talk at the Portland, Oregon chapter of the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) on November 18, 2015.

November 17, 2015

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Plant Physiologist with the ERC presented the keynote talk at the annual Department of Energy’s Solid State Lighting Technology Development Workshop on November 17-18, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Pocock’s talk titled “Tuning the Spectrum for Plant Growth” discussed how the ability to tune the spectrum of LED light sources has opened up new possibilities for horticultural lighting — to improve indoor plant production and associated energy use as well as plant nutrient and pharmaceutical value. […]

June 29 – July 3, 2015

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Senior Research Scientist will give one of only 5 invited talks at the 2015 CIE (International Commission on Illumination) in Manchester England June 29-July 3.  Dr. Pocock’s talk titled, “Advanced Lighting Technology in Controlled Environment Agriculture” will be presented on the opening day of the conference, July 29.

August 2-5, 2015

Ray,Sagar wins IEEE best paper aug2015croppedSagar Ray, recent PhD graduate of the ERC (Rensselaer) was the first place winner in the student competition of the IEEE’s 58th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems for his paper titled, “A 10-Gb/s Inductorless AGC Amplifier with 45-dB Linear Variable Gain Control in 0.13-um CMOS”.  Sagar’s advisor is Dr. Mona Hella, professor in the ECSE department at Rensselaer.

August 4, 2015

Professor and ERC Director Bob Karlicek is quoted in an article that appeared in Electronics360 titled, “The Human Side of Lighting” that discusses light and human wellness.

May 26, 2015

The Senate of Vilnius University, Lithuania, unanimously voted ERC Professor Michael Shur, (RPI) as an honorable professor of Vilnius University. Collaborating professor Gintas Tamulaitis from Vilnius said “There was no doubt about it.  Nobody else made such a strong direct impact to research at our university as you.  Thank you once again.”

May 30, 2015

Anqing Liu, ERC PhD student (RPI) was chosen to be the recipient of the 2015 Hillard B. Huntington Award.  This award was established in 1976 by friends and former students of the late Hillard B. Huntington, professor emeritus of Physics.  It is awarded at Commencement to an outstanding graduate student in Physics.

May 16, 2015

Bob Karlicek, (Center Director) talks about how lighting can be improved by using the ‘Internet of Things’ in an article and video published by the Albany Times Union.  Robotic and sensor-enabled lighting systems will one day sense who is in a room and exactly how much light they need, depending on their specific activity. These lights could also be used to “see” or sense people who might be having medical emergencies using infrared technology without using cameras or invading privacy in places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

“We draw an analogy to the Google car,” Karlicek said. “Done properly, it will be safer, it will save fuel, and it will be better for people. And that’s what we want to do with lighting.”

Michael Deagen wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Deagen_Michael-SQ500First year ERC graduate student Michael Deagen (Material Science Engineering (MSE), RPI) is among the winners of the prestigious 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRFP) competition. The GRFP offers awards directly to graduate students selected through a national competition, and provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period.

Deagen, co-advised by Professors Chaitanya Ullal and Linda Schadler, works on advanced secondary optics for multi-color LED systems. The Department of energy estimates that by 2027 such LEDs could save the equivalent annual output of 44 large electric power plants. Michael hopes to understand at a fundamental level the propagation of visible light through 3-D mesoscopic periodic structures and how to efficiently fabricate these structures. Working at Rensselaer enables Michael to synergistically leverage the strengths of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center as well as the expertise of the Ullal and Schadler groups in the Materials Science Engineering Department.

From the Director, March 1, 2015

As you all know, here at the Smart Lighting ERC, we’ve pushed the vision that future lighting systems will be radically different: informative, immersive, sensory, integrated (to everything).  Industry is rapidly adopting our views, but most of it is just talk so far – we still have a lot of work to do (more on later that as we prepare for our ERC Annual Report and Annual NSF site visit in June).

One of the views we’ve kicked around for the past five years is the fusion of illumination and video technology.  As all lighting companies ponder the end of their lighting businesses as they knew them (some have coined the term “illumigeddon”), there are new opportunities in dynamic immersive lighting that tie together efficient illumination, data, and improved human health, cognition, productivity and wellbeing (the ERC vision).   Philips will be offering a webinar on Semantic Lighting featuring a talk by Zary Segall.   Zary first heard the Smart Lighting vision from me about 3 years ago – and we discussed then how sensory lighting systems would be needed to realize some of his vision for Semantic Lighting.  If you have a chance, you might want to register.  This concept is already driving some new video/illumination fusion business concepts.

One of the things that may drive this is the growing availability of blue, green and red lasers diodes that can be used for projection and/or illumination (or both).  Many of you know that some high end cars are now using a blue laser for automotive headlights, and now some (notably the blue LED 2015 Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura) are saying that lasers are the lighting source of the future (no droop – for you LED specialists).  The really interesting thing is that Semantic Lighting will really need lasers to be fully developed.

For the Smart Lighting ERC long range strategic planning, there is a lot exciting research, technology and new applications to ponder.  Because of the Smart Lighting ERC’s work –  the lighting industry and some of the IoT companies now getting into lighting based on our point of view.  The good news for the Smart Lighting ERC is that we are still at the beginning of the Smart Lighting story, because for lighting companies, it is still more talk than serious Smart Lighting solutions.

Bob

March 1, 2015

Center Director/Professor Bob Karlicek (RPI) attended Strategies in Light 2015 in Las Vegas and was an invited workshop panelist for “Human-Centric Lighting.” A blog post on Scientific Seen titled “Human-Centric Lighting: The Real Work Begins”, quotes Prof. Karlicek, cites the ERC work in this area, and provides a terrific synopsis of the panel discussion.

Richard Radke named “20 Under 40” most influential young engineering faculty

Radke_Rich-SQ250Rensselaer professor and ERC thrust leader Richard Radke is named as one of “20 Under 40” of the most influential young engineering faculty in the country by ASEE Prism Magazine.  Read the full article…

September 23, 2014

Rensselaer professor and ERC thrust leader Richard Radke is named as one of “20 Under 40″ of the most influential young engineering faculty in the country by ASEE Prism Magazine. Read the full article…

November 7, 2014

Two ERC students advised by Dr. Kofi Nyarko from Morgan State University showcase their work on Visible Light Communication at the White House’s first ever Maker Faire. Read more…

November 6-8, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek is the International Chairman of the 11th China International Forum on Solid State Lighting, and will be presenting an invited talk at the conference, to be held in Guangzhou, China on Nov. 6-8, 2014. The focus of the conference is the “Application of Lighting in the Internet Era.”

October 25, 2014

Two ERC graduate students, Mark Durniak and Sagar Ray were selected to be honored as Founders Award of Excellence recipients at Rensselaer’s 21st Annual Honors Convocation on October 25, 2014. The Founders Award is given to only 1% of RPI students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer.

October 2, 2014

Tessa Pocock, ERC Senior Research Scientist, gives an invited talk titled “Trip the Light Fantastic” for the Biology Department’s Research Seminar Program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

September 22-24, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC is a sponsor/exhibitor at the SSL Ecosystem 2014: Lighting in the Information Ageconference, September 22-24, 2014 in Cambridge Massachusetts. Boston University ERC Students will also give special demonstrations on “Visible Light Communications Using LED Luminaires”

September, 2014

University of New Mexico ERC student, Mottaleb Hossain was appointed as the Associate Vice President of the student membership by the IEEE Photonics Society for 2014-2015. Mottaleb will work with the Society to empower students to become effective leaders and active community members within the Society and the photonics community at large.

September 10, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC hosted a reception celebrating a generous donation of a cutting-edge oscilloscope from Keysight Technologies Inc. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Low Center for Industrial Innovation, Room 7003.

 

August 10, 2014

Smart Lighting director Bob Karlicek is quoted in NewScientist Magazine about the applications of advanced sensing systems in Street Lighting.

July 29-30, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Center Director Bob Karlicek gave an invited talk at the Design Lights Consortium Stakeholder Meeting In San Diego, CA and participated in a panel discussion about the future of Solid State Lighting.

July, 2014

Dr. Tessa Pocock, Sr. Research Scientist in the ERC was accepted as a member in the Illuminating Engineering Society and was asked to serve on the Photobiology Committee. Professor George Brainard of Thomas Jefferson University and a collaborating partner in the ERC also serves on the committee that is tasked with evaluating and interpreting data and other information on the biological effects of radiant energy and advises the Board on matters pertaining to photobiological projects.

May, 2014

Md Mottaleb Hossain, ERC Graduate Student from UNM was awarded a prestigious 2014 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship in the amount of $2000 for his contribution to the Optics and Photonics community. In 2014 SPIE awarded $353,000 in education and travel scholarships to 144 outstanding individuals from around the world, based on their potential contribution to optics and photonics, or a related discipline.

March 16, 2014

RPI graduate student Mark Durniak is one of three recipients of the 2013 Electronic Materials Conference Best Student Presentation Award for his presentation “Cubic GaN Templates for LED Applications”. The award, accompanied by a monetary prize of $500, will be presented at the 2014 EMC Meeting, which takes place at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA on June 25-27, 2014.

January 2014

“Going Green with Cubic GaN” is published in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Compound Semiconductor Magazine showcasing work by ERC student Mark Durniak and Prof. Christian Wetzel.

January 2014

Compound Semiconductor Magazine publishes an article in its Jan/Feb 2014 issue showcasing research of ERC student Zhongda Li, and Prof. Paul Chow titled, “Bringing the Inverter Onto the Chip”.

January 6-9, 2014

The Smart Lighting ERC hosts a booth at Eureka Park, CES Las Vegas, to present a prototype of wearable glasses that measure light exposure and biometric signals to provide personal health insights. Contact Silvia Mioc for more information.

December 15, 2013

The University of New Mexico will honor Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, Steve R.J. Brueck with the first UNM Presidential Award of Distinction this fall. Professor Brueck, currently the ERC’s Associated Director from UNM, will receive the inaugural award on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. UNM President Robert Frank established the award to recognize outstanding career achievement, scholarly excellence, leadership in a profession, noteworthy public service or humanitarian endeavor. The ERC congratulates Steve on this much-deserved award!

December 13, 2013

Hafez Raeisi Fard, ERC RPI doctoral candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at RPI is one of 10 winners ofRensselaer’s “Change the World Challenge” student innovation competition, for his project titled, “Enhanced Energy Efficiency Using Thermal Management in Electronic Devices.”

December 3, 2013

Majeed Hayat, ERC Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, has been named anIEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to the modeling of impact ionization and noise in avalanche-photodiode devices.

November 5, 2013

Dr. Chris Bohler, Director of Innovation at Eaton’s Cooper Lighting Division, presented at the Smart Lighting ERC Speaker Series: The New Lighting Industry: Evolution or Revolution?

October 18, 2013

Kirthana Bhat, RPI Student in Chemical Engineering ’16, blogs about her summer undergraduate research experience with the Smart Lighting Center on RPI’s Society of Women Engineers website.

October 15, 2013

Anton Tkachenko, ERC student in the Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering Department (ECSE) at RPI was awarded the Veera and Arjun Saxena Fellowship in Microelectronics. The $3,000 award is given each academic year to an outstanding PhD student in the ECSE Department. Students are selected based on grade point average, overall performance, and faculty recommendations. The ERC congratulates Anton!

October 8, 2013

ERC Director and Professor Bob Karlicek presents an overview of Smart Lighting at the general meeting of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in RPI’s Student Union, Room 3602 at 6:00 p.m.

September 26, 2013

The Smart Lighting ERC invites students interested in improving the efficiency of lighting across campus to join the Smart Lighting Sustainability Club. The kick-off meeting for the fall semester will be held at 7 pm in CII 7128. The club was established to increase campus awareness of the positive impact of solid state lighting, consistent with Rensselaer’s long term energy conservation plan.

September 24, 2013

Lessons Learned from Internships – ERC students share their internship experiences, presenting a brief discussion about the organization that sponsored the intern, their research topic and personal experiences, and the impact this endeavor had on their life.

September 1, 2013

ERC Director and Professor Bob Karlicek is welcomed as an Editor-in-Chief to the new, open access Journal of Solid State Lighting, published by Springer-Verlag GmbH, Berlin.

August 25, 2013

ERC Graduate Student Md. Mottaleb Hossain from the University of New Mexico is awarded a prestigious SPIE Student Travel Grant 2013 to present his work “Theoretical characteristics of 1.55 µm InN based quantum dot laser” at the SPIE Optics & Photonics Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, August 25-29, 2013.

July 21, 2013

Professor and Director Bob Karlicek is interviewed on Australia’s National Radio Program called “Future Tense”. Listen to the“The Light Bulb Goes Wi-FI” to learn more about smart lighting, color rendering, and other new lighting technologies.

July 1, 2013

ElectroIQ picks up the story of Professor Paul (Tat-sing) Chow’s paper on Monolithic Integration with an article titled LED TEchnology Breakthrough

May 20, 2013

Professor Partha Dutta was invited by the National Academy of Sciences to sit on a panel tasked with developing recommendations for a strategy to develop a sustainable, long-term collaborative program between the U.S. and China in the area of energy and environment based on fundamental materials research at the nanoscale. Work on this report will be on-going.

May 16, 2013

ERC students and professors Chow, Wetzel and Karlicek publish ground-breaking research titled “Monolithic integration of light-emitting diodes and power metal-oxide semiconductor channel high-electron-mobility transistors for light-emitting power integrated circuits in GaN on sapphire substrate,” in Applied Physics Letters. See the full paper at doi:10.1063/1.4807125

May 15, 2013

Prof. Robert Karlicek gives an invited talk titled, “Smart Lighting – Lighting Systems that Think at the Smart Lighting 2013Conference held in Frankfurt, Germany.

May 15, 2013

The University of New Mexico announces that Electrical and Computer Engineering and ERC faculty member Meeko Oishi has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Oishi’s work focuses on developing theoretical and computational techniques to make collaborative human-automation systems more reliable. This award will help to leverage Prof. Oishi’s ERC work in human factors of lighting and circadian rhythm.

May 10, 2013

Control systems expert and ERC faculty member Sandipan Mishra has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor Mishra will investigate and develop new sensing and controls paradigms to help push forward the field of additive manufacturing.

April 30, 2013

Silvia Mioc, ERC Innovation Director, presented an overview of the Smart Lighting Center at the meeting of the Springfiled, MA IEEE Section.

April 24, 2013

Smart Lighting ERC and Light Think University launch Ready to Step Into the Light during LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia, PA, USA

April 1, 2013

Prof. Detlef Hommel, from the University of Bremen, Germany, presents at the Smart Lighting ERC Speaker Series: “InGaN quantum dots – from LEDs to single photon sources”

February 2013

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek was appointed to and joined the Technical Advisory Board of the International SSL Alliance (ISA).

February 27-28, 2013

The ERC hosts the 4th Annual Industry-Academia Days More information

February 12-14, 2013

The ERC hosts a half-day workshop on Lighting and Human Performance at Strategies in Light in Santa Clara, California.

January 30, 2013

Smart Lighting Seminar Series: Students from the Sustainability Volunteer Club presented their experiences with the DCC Bulb Replacement project and the sustainability club. View Flyer

January 24, 2013

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek gave an invited talk titled “Possibilities for Smart Lighting and Smart Solar Integration” at the Electronics Materials and Applications Conference held by the American Ceramic Society, Orlando FL

January 10, 2013

Bytelight, a company started by former ERC Boston University students solves indoor GPS mapping and gets press in Wired Magazine.

October 30, 2014

ERC Professors Susan Sanderson and Ken Simons publish a new study of the LED lighting industry’s emergence that tells the story behind the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics and much more, revealing a half-century-long process involving many tens of thousand of researchers and technological and industrial twists and turns. Free download through December 5, or at Science Direct.

February 1, 2012

ERC’s Rensselaer professor and deputy director of the ERC, Partha Dutta, gives the opening keynote on the secon day of the Smart Lighting 2012 conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. He spoke about “Smart Lighting Systems Design and Applications”.

February 9, 2012

ERC’s Rensselaer professor Christian Wetzel received “Iluminating Ideas” award form DOE for “Significant Achievements In Solid State Lighting R&D 2011”. The award was given during the Department of Energy R&D Workshop in Atlanta, GA to a total of six collaborative contractors within the Department of Energy’s $114M/yr Solid State Lighting Program. RPI is the only university-based winner of the award.

February 13, 2012

“Innovating Smarter Lighting Systems and a Brighter Future at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”

U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko delivered the keynote address to help kick off the third annual “Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Industry-Academia Days.”

February 13, 2012

Several ERC students were part of the team from Boston University selected as finalists in a $50k New Venture Competition. They will present their business plan for start-up “NexGen Arrays” to develop next-generation microarray slides that provide increased sensitivity for fluorescent assays, and allow label-free mass density measurements. Three prizes will be awarded on April 4, 2012, with first place winning $50,000. (http://www.bu.edu/itec/events/50k-competition/)

February 14, 2012

As part of the “Smart Spaces: Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Industry-Academia Days”, ERC students competed in an elevator pitch competition. The winners of this competition were Brian Frey (RPI), Fangxu Dong (RPI), John Waldron (RPI), and Michael Rahaim(BU).

February 18, 2012

Exploring Engineering day for students in grades 3-6 and their parents.

February 21, 2012

Boston University ERC students, Margo Monroe, Alex Reddington, Jacob Trueb, and Joey Greenspun were named as 1 of 10 semi-finalists in the Prize for Primary Healthcare run by CIMIT and have been awarded $10,000 to use toward the final proposal deadline of June 3rd. First prize will be $150,000, with second and third place receiving $100,000, and $50,000 respectively. (http://www.cimit.org/grants-cimitprize.html).

March 19, 2012

The second edition of the ERC Student Newsletter SPAM (Smart Lighting Periodic Advisory Memo) is available.

April 21, 2012

Design Your Future Day: Eleventh grade high school girls with an interest and aptitude in math and science come to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) for an exciting day of hands-on exploration in engineering, science, and technology.

July 10, 2012

Professor Christian Wetzel (RPI) presented new work on higher efficiency lighting and power device technology at Semicon West in San Francisco: “Energy efficiency and green technology with wide bandgap GaN-based epitaxy”. Energy from currently used LED’s is lost to heat through the back of the LED and/or imparted to the phosphor needed to provide the color or shade of lighting desired. The ERC is working on developing technology that would lessen the dependency on phosphors, optimizing the wavelength of the light and improve the efficiency of the LED.

September 7, 2012

The Sky Factory SkyMobile is a gallery on wheels that transforms interior spaces with illusions of nature using digital cinema virtual windows. The Sky Factory products help us visualize the ERC’s goals of combining illumination, communication and adaptive controls with video displays.

September 13, 2012

Sajol Ghoshal, Director, OSL Business Unit of AMS-TAOS USA presented a talk titled: Sensor-Processing Systems: A New Wave Of Environmentally Aware Lighting 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in the JEC 3117.

September 19-20, 2012

Director/Professor Bob Karlicek gave an invited talk at the “Next Generation Nanotechnology for Solar Energy and Lighting Conference”, The top of Europe, Copenhagen and Malmo.

September 19, 2012

Smart Lighting Seminar Series: Nonpolar/Semipolar III-Nitrides for High-Efficiency Visible Optoelectronics

Prof. Daniel F. Feezell, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for High technology Materials, University of New Mexico.

October 10, 2012

“Smart Lighting ERC Speaker Series: Ultra-Efficient Solid-State Lighting” Presented by Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories and member of the ERC’s Scientific Advisory Board

October 16, 2012

ByteLight gets $1.25 Million in Funding for “GPS-like” Indoor Positioning System

According to ByteLight’s CEO, Aaron Ganick, “ByteLight’s technology was inspired, in part, by research on advanced LED lighting applications funded by Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Boston University. By exploring how LED lighting systems could simultaneously illuminate and transmit data, we realized there was an opportunity to create additional value added services when leveraging solid state lighting.”

Sustainability at Boston University

Boston University, a core partner in the Smart Lighting ERC, is also taking steps to install LED lighting across campus as part of sustainability initiatives. Visit http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-were-doing/energy/led-lighting-retrofits/ for more information.

October 2012

Rensselaer takes first steps toward delivering the right light, when and where you need it.
Phase I of the Smart Lighting Sustainability Club project is complete with the installation of 300 LED bulbs in the DCC 2nd floor and Great Hall saving 15,000 tons of carbon emissions! View DCC Bulb Replacement Project

October 17, 2012

Lessons Learned from Internships – Four ERC Students Present. Please join us for this seminar where ERC students will share their internship experiences. Each student will briefly discuss the company, their research and how it links with the ERC work, their biggest challenges and lessons learned.

October 30 & 31, 2012

The Smart Lighting ERC will sponsor an all-day session at the Advanced Energy 2012 Conference at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York City.

November 9, 2012

Congressman Paul Tonko tours the Smart Lighting Laboratories

Congressman Paul Tonko got a firsthand look at the leading-edge research and academic endeavors taking place in the Smart Lighting Laboratories. WMHT, the local public ratio station were so impressed they came back to the center to shoot a video featuring ERC labs and Dr. Karlicek.

November 16, 2012

Dr. Majeed Hayat, Associate Director of the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico and Smart Lighting ERC Faculty member has been elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). OSA recognized Dr. Hayat “for pioneering the dead-space formulation of impact ionization and noise in avalanche photodiodes and developing non-uniformity correction algorithms for infrared sensors.” The OSA Fellow is awarded to OSA Members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics. This honor is reserved to no more than 10% of the total membership.

November 16, 2012

Rensselaer ERC student Brian Frey (Physics), took second place in the “Perfect Pitch” competition, winning a $2,000 prize at the NSF 2012 ERC Annual Meeting.

November 29, 2012

Local public television station WMHT features Smart Lighting ERC Director, Bob Karlicek in a short, 2 minute video titled: Engineering Better Lighting

November 30, 2012

Rensselaer Professor Shawn-Yu Lin Named Fellow of the AAAS.
Nano-photonics expert Shawn Yu-Lin, professor of physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of the university’s Future Chips Constellation and Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

December 13, 2012

Smart Lighting Industrial Seminar Series: Dr. Ravi Bhatkal, VP Energy Technologies, APPHA, Cookson Performance Materials presents: Thermal and Electronic Interconnects in LED Packaging and Assembly.

February 8, 2011

Second Annual Smart Lighting ERC Industry – Academia Day

The second annual Industry-Academia Day for the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center was held at Boston University on February 8, 2011. Researchers and graduate students from three core partner institutions, Rensselaer, Boston University, and the University of New Mexico, gathered to discuss research and advances in smart lighting systems, sources, sensors, and controls. Presentations from invited speakers, a poster session and BU laboratory tours were also part of the agenda. A Strategic Planning Retreat followed the public day. The event was attended by representatives from 30 industrial organizations, including member companies. Together, about 130 people filled to capacity the 9th floor venue of BU’s Photonics Center.

February 25, 2011

Dr. Partha Dutta, Smart Lighting ERC Deputy Director, was a guest speaker at the Nitride Seminar Series at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spoke on “High Efficiency Phosphors for Full Spectrum Solid State Lighting Technologies”. Read More

March 1, 2011

Presentations from the Smart Lighting ERC’s Industry-Academia Day conference are now available for download.

March 7, 2011

Video of panel discussion “Taking A University Technology to Market” at core partner University of New Mexico is now online.

March 24, 2011

A seminar titled “The Four Pillars of Successful Startups – and Where to Go from There” in the Entrepreneurial Series was presented at core partner University of New Mexico.

Topic: The Four Pillars of Successful Startups – and Where to Go from There – What every entrepreneur needs to know about building a sustainable company”, Barbara Kline, The Breakthrough Center.

Abstract: There are four pillars upon which successful startups are based: passion, leadership, adequate funding and technical savvy. But startups have to grow – or die. Ms. Kline will discuss how these Four Pillars interact – in theory and with examples – to create a viable venture, as well as the steps necessary to make sure the company is well positioned to take the next step – 2nd Stage Growth.

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March 31, 2011

The first joint seminar with the Center for Future Energy Systems and the Lighting Research Center was held at Rensselaer. James Gaines from Philips Lighting talked about “Solid State Lighting – White Light for General Illumination”. Read More

April 26, 2011

Professor Partha Dutta, center deputy director, speaks about Scalable Manufacturing and Business Challenges in Nanotechnology at the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. He will also be part of an almost full-day special forum discussion on Thursday, April 28, that will close the conference. The topic of discussion will be: “How to start and grow a successful start-up company, a survival kit for entrepreneurs” Conference Information

April 28, 2011

The Smart Lighting ERC welcomes Epistar as the latest industrial member.

May 17, 2011

The National Associated Press published a story on LEDs and the Light Fair trade show held in Philadelphia, which quotes Bob Karlicek, director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. The story was featured in a variety of publications including Wall Street Journal, CBS, ABC, and NPR.

July 15, 2011

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center successfully passed its NSF third-year renewal site review!

July 25, 2011

ERC holds workshop at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference

Smart Lighting ERC Education Director Ken Connor held a Mobile Studio Workshop at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference in San Francisco, CA. Mobile Studio enables hands-on exploration of STEM education principles, devices, and systems utilizing a small, inexpensive ($150) mobile hardware and software platform. When connected to a PC, it provides functionality similar to standard lab equipment (oscilloscope, function generator, etc.). It can also be programmed to provide smart functionality (e.g., to control the states of digital outputs by monitoring analog signals). Additional information can be found here.

HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technical education where technical educators, counselors, industry professionals, and technicians can update their knowledge and skills. Charged with Educating America’s Technical Workforce, the event focuses on the preparation needed by the existing and future workforce for companies in the high-tech sectors that drive our nation’s economy.

July 31, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology played host to fellow members of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center on Thursday, as engineers from across the country joined to discuss the concept of smart lighting with local students.

September 14, 2011

Leo Schowalter, CTO, Crystal IS spoke about Improved Performance UV LEDs, in the kickoff event of the Industrial Speaker Series which is in its second year.

October 6, 2011

Robert Casper, Camille Dan Family Research Chair, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto and SAB member spoke about Shift Work: The Dark Side of Light, as part of the Industrial Speaker Series.

November 7, 2011

ERC’s Boston University professor Hatice Altug article on “Large-Scale Plasmonic Microarrays for Label-Free High-Throughput Screening”, was featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip. Publication

November 9, 2011

Suppression of Non-Radiative Auger Processes, Dr. Alexander L. Efros, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC. Flyer

November 16, 2011

The Bright Future of Smart Lighting, Presented by Dr. Francis Rubinstein, Lead, Lighting Research Group, Building Technology Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as part of the Industrial Tutorial Series. Flyer

January 4, 2010

Silvia Mioc joins the Smart Lighting ERC as the Director of Industrial Collaborations

Dr. Silvia Mioc received her PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Her professional experience spans displays, medical devices and optical technologies, in settings ranging from academia and national labs to startups, large companies and non-profits. In addition, she has been involved in working with state, local and regulatory agencies, and has lobbied federal legislators for sustained increased funding for R&D and Math and Science Education. She speaks 5 languages, and has done business in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Mioc comes to RPI after having been with Corning, Inc. since 2006 as a Business Development Manager in the Display Future’s Emerging Markets and Technologies group. In that role, she was a key player in bringing to the corporation the understanding of the latest developments in the display industry in order to feed and support early R&D projects in the pipeline. Among other responsibilities, she led the strategic external engagement with academia and industry. She also organized complex series of events targeted at increasing the visibility of Corning Display Futures group and establishing a dialogue with key thought leaders in the industry.

Prior to Corning, Dr.Mioc spent 8 years in the medical devices industry in both technical and business development roles. She worked in Colorado for the pulse oximetry division of Datex-Ohmeda, a Finnish company that became part of GE Healthcare in 2003.

In parallel, she has been involved with the Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the environment for optical technologies in Colorado. She has been active in the organization since 2001, being its president from 2003 to 2006. She spearheaded expanding program reach to strategically exploit synergies with biotech, medical devices, nanotech and defense/homeland security sectors, and formed numerous win-win partnerships with service providers to increase member benefits. Under Silvia’s leadership, CPIA steadily grew its impact, visibility, and reach at state level, nationally and internationally. Additionally, she led the transition of the association from an all-volunteer base to employing an executive director through funding secured via a grant from the state of Colorado.

January 4, 2010

Robert Karlicek is the new director of the Smart Lighting ERC

Dr. Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., a globally-known LED industry expert has joined RPI as Professor in the Electrical, Computer and System Engineering department and Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. Prior to joining RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions with corporations including AT&T Bell Labs, EMCORE, General Electric, Gore Photonics, Microsemi, Luminus Devices and SolidUV. His technical experience includes epitaxial growth of high performance LEDs and lasers, advanced device fabrication and high power LED packaging, thermal management, control systems design and applications in solid state lighting as well as other novel LED uses such as IR and UV LED applications.

Dr. Karlicek is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 40 published technical papers and 24 U.S. patents.

August 5, 2010

ERC graduate student Alp Altar from Boston University receives best student presentation award for the paper “Light tunneling in multi-layered plasmonic crystals” at SPIE Optics and Photonics conference in San Diego, CA.

August 19, 2010

SiC Systems, Inc and the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) awarded National Science Foundation Grant to develop Increased Efficiency Green LEDs

GOLDEN, COLORADO, and TROY, NY, August 19, 2010. The National Science Foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to SiC Systems, Inc. to partner with the Smart Lighting ERC in order to develop LEDs with increased efficiency.

SiC Systems’ unique ability to produce large area, 6″ Silicon Carbide substrates in different crystallographic orientations will be combined with the Smart Lighting ERC’s capability to develop advanced LEDs with higher performance than those routinely available today on sapphire substrates. While high power blue GaN LEDs are widely used now for solid state lighting applications, there are still significant barriers in developing efficient GaN LEDs at other wavelengths that will be needed to achieve high performance lighting systems with high color fidelity.

By combining advanced Silicon Carbide structures from SiC Systems with innovative LED growth and fabrication technology under development at RPI in Professor Wetzel’s group, this team will explore new approaches to driving GaN to higher levels of efficiency at a broader range of operating wavelengths than can be obtained today with conventional LED growth on sapphire substrates.

Additionally, this collaboration will train and engage graduate and undergraduate researchers in an area of great technological importance, both at SiC Systems and at the ERC. SicSystems Inc. anticipates as many as 25 new jobs will be created with the increased demand from this technological break through.

The awardees would like to acknowledge the SBIR/STTR and ERC programs for providing the funding.

September 15, 2010

Smart Lighting ERC Held the Inaugural Event for the Industrial Speaker Series

The Smart Lighting ERC Industrial Speaker Series at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a seminar series aiming to present an industry perspective on smart lighting technologies and markets. In addition, in line with the ERC mission to teach students about life in industry, each speaker will be sharing their personal story of how they came into industry and how their career path has influenced their life.

The events are open to all RPI faculty and students, not only participants in the ERC. In addition, presentations will be made available live via Adobe Connect to the core partner institutions Boston University and The University of New Mexico, outreach partner schools Howard University, Morgan State University and Rose Hulman Institute of Technnology, as well as to the industrial members.

The opening of the series took place on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Annette Finsterbusch, founder of Applied Ventures, the investing arm of industrial member Applied Materials, talked about “Investing in Solid State Lighting: the Past, the Present and the Future”. In front of a standing-room-only audience, Ms. Finsterbusch discussed the investment landscape of the lighting industry, focusing on the recent past and present opportunities. She also discussed how today’s early stage technology development fuels the future investment opportunity pipeline, and the key aspects of successful start-up companies that investors are looking for. The seminar ended in a lively questions and answers session with members of the audience. Graduate student Kayvan Rafiee from the Mechanical Engineering Department said “This was such a wonderful event and one of best talks at RPI I have ever been to!”

The next events in the series are presentations by the Industrial Advisory Board member Dr. Matt Stough from Osram Sylvania on October 13, 2010, and Scientific Advisory Board member Kevin Dowling, VP of Research and Development from MC10 on November 17, 2010.

October 13, 2010

Dr. Matthew A. Stough from Osram Sylvania talks about “Thinking Differently about LED Lighting”

Industrial Speaker SeriesThe second event in the Industrial Speaker Series filled again the room for Dr. Matthew Stough’s discussion of Osram’s view of the future of solid state lighting. Dr. Stough is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the center. The event was transmitted live to 9 remote sites.

Click here for the event flier that includes abstract.

November 13, 2014

Smart Lighting ERC Director Bob Karlicek presents “Lighting Systems that Think – Towards Autonomous Lighting Optimization and Control” at the 2014 Holst Symposium, organized by Philips Research and held at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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