Probe of a high effiency blue LED wafer

Controlling Every Aspect of Light

The ERC’s research strategic plan starts with the premise that lighting systems require not only the generation of light, but also the detection and control of light as expressed in this simple figure:


The ERC is building Smart Lighting Systems that will be a tightly knit interaction of lighting sources, light sensors, and controls that mediate system level performance and interface to smart building and smart grid platforms.

The research program of the ERC is therefore organized into three primary research thrusts with Test-Beds and Translational Projects: (click each thrust for more detail)


Fundamental research to address barriers (optical, thermal and electronic) in solid-state luminaire design.


To address the challenges in opto-electronics/nano-photonics integration, and overcome barriers (limited spectral resolution, low bandwidth responsivity, lack of dynamic range sensor arrays) that impede the use of sensors for future Smart Lighting Systems.


This thrust governs the interaction of light sources and sensors, and interfaces to external systems.


Combines sources, sensors and controls to demonstrate transformative engineered systems to create the immersive Smart Lighting environment.


Projects to enable commercialization are classified as Translational. The ERC also supports critical activities that focus on analyzing the rapidly changing dynamics of the solid state and Smart Lighting marketplace.