2018 News Archive

2018 News Archive

LESA Graduate research work published in Soft Matter for nano-transfer Adhesion work.

Michael Deagen (’18) discusses the size effects in plasma-enhanced nano-transfer adhesion. His work explores a new process of combing plasma bonding and layer-by-layer transfer molding that drives both techniques to the nanoscale. To learn more, click here.

LESA Researcher Explores LEDs for Photons, Physiology and Food

Dr. George “Bud” Brainard with colleagues from Thomas Jefferson University explore how the color, intensity, and distribution of light can now be controlled with unprecedented precision, enabling light to be used both as a signal for specific physiological responses in humans and plants and as an efficient fuel for fresh food production in recent article in Nature Magazine. To learn more, click here.

LESA’s Pod Sensors Enable Powerful Time of Flight Tracking

Time of Flight (ToF) sensing uses the speed of light to measure distance. It plays an essential role in technologies ranging from safe, autonomous self-driving cars to smart phones with facial recognition capabilities. The LESA Center has pioneered and patented (US9,363,859) the use of lighting-based ToF for privacy preserving indoor occupant position measurement.

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LESA Sr. Researcher Participates in IES Podcast on Plant Science

Dr. Tessa Pocock shares insights on plant science possibilities with light in a recent podcast from the Illuminating Engineering Society.  To listen, click here.

LESA Research on Circadian Function Featured in Physiology & Behavior Journal

Dr. Hanifin from Thomas Jefferson University published for his work on randomized trial of polychromatic blue-enriched light for circadian phase shifting, melatonin suppression, and alerting responses. To learn more, click here.

LESA Researchers Publish Work on Growth Dynamics in Red Lettuce

Dr. Tessa Pocock and Dr. Matthew Urschel published in agronomy 2018 special issue ‘Sensing and Automated Systems for Improved Crop Management’ with an article entitled, “Remote Detection of Growth Dynamics in Red Lettuce Using a Novel Chlorophyll a Fluorometer”. To learn more, click here.

Illuminating Engineering Society Explores Lighting and IOT with LESA

LESA Director Dr. Robert Karlicek featured in Ian Ashdown article, “The Science of Near-Infrared Lighting: Fact or Fiction” published by IES. To read the article, click here.

LESA Center cited in Indoor AgTech article

To read the article, click here.

LESA Director Interviewed on The Health Hub Program

Dr. Robert Karlicek discusses the role lighting can play in improving health outcomes on Radio Maria Canada. To listen to the broadcast, click here. To review the Health & Wellbeing white paper referenced, click here.

Dr. Tessa Pocock’s research featured in Photonics Media

To read the piece, ‘The McCree Demystified’, click here

LESA Doctoral Candidate Prachi Sharma Featured on ERC Website

To view placement, click here.

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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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. Read more“Researchers Solve LED Packing Problem @LESA”

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

To view the placement, click here.

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

To read the Feb. 19, 2018 article online, click here.

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

To read the article in the Feb. 2018 issue of LEDs Magazine, click here.

LESA Featured on IES Homepage for Lighting Workshop Report

To view placement, click here.

Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing Through Lighting @LESA

 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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LESA Horticulture Lighting Initiative Receives Placement on ERC Site

To view the national ERC ‘Center News’ click here.

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.  Read more“ARPA-E Selects Plenoptic TOF Technology @LESA”

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.Read more“Horticultural Lighting Gets Big @LESA”