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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.

January 15, 2016

Rensselaer Installs First of Its Kind Smart Lighting Testbed in Hospital Inpatient Setting
In an effort to study the effects of lighting on human health and diseases, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) recently installed a novel hospital inpatient lighting test bed for the study of automated lighting at the University of New Mexico Health Center (UNMHC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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.

November 20, 2015

Going Green was the theme for this Cohoes High School students group as they toured the ERC labs as part of the School of Engineering Engineering Ambassadors STEM Days.  The students were welcomed and experienced presentations given by our Smart Lighting ERC Engineering Ambassadors on Smart Lighting & Wind Energy as well as tours of the ERC Smart Lighting Adaptive Controls Testbed, LED Characterization, Smart Plant Lighting and Control, and Healthy Lighting labs and Wind Energy.

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. […]


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).

November 28, 2015

Smart Lighting ERC Sr. Research Scientist Tessa Pocock was invited to speak at the 5th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting, May 22-27, 2016, at Shiran-Kaikan of Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

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!

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.

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.


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!

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

Summer Research Experience for Undergrads – registration now open!

Visit the REU page for more information and the application.

Upcoming Events

7th Annual Industry-Academia Days @ Hilton Garden Inn
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day

Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications

February 9-10, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn and RPI Campus, Troy, NY

REGISTER NOW – Early Bird Rates End Feb 2, 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7:30 am until 8:30 pm
Registration, Continental Breakfast begins at 7:30 am @ Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, NY

  • Cognitive Immersive Systems
  • Human-Smart Room Interaction
  • Sensor Fusion for Optimized Lighting
  • Lighting for Building Management Systems
  • Responsive Lighting for Health and Wellbeing
  • Clinical Insights of Healthy Lighting
  • The Smart Lighting Testbed at UNM Medical School
  • Lighting for Horticulture
  • Digitized Light for 5G High Speed Wireless Communications
  • Advanced Technologies:
    • Plenoptic Sensors for Smart Lighting Applications
    • High Speed Receivers
    • MEMS Devices for Beam Shaping, David Bishop, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., BU
  • Student Perfect Pitch Competition
  • Poster Session
  • Dinner at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Laboratory Tours @ Smart Lighting ERC, RPI Campus, Troy, NY

  • Autonomous Controls and Visible Light Communications Demos

 For special hotel rate of $124/night, please contact the Hilton Garden Inn directly or by calling 800.445.8667, use Group Code:  SMAR. Hotel reservations must be made by JANUARY 18, 2016

Additional hotel rooms are also available at the Franklin Square Inn in Troy, NY.  The rate is at $117/night and reservations can be made directly at the hotel by calling (518) 274-8800, use Group Code: RPI.  Hotel reservations must be made by JANUARY 25, 2016.





Center Stats

Through 3/31/2015
146 – Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
153 – Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings
37 – Doctoral Degrees Granted
84 – Patent Applications Filed
7 – Patents Awarded

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