Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center

Jan 22, 2011 by jroot    No Comments    Posted under: All Profiles, Research Centers

The Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) was founded in 2008 by NSF as one of the first Generation 3 ERCs, where the role of industry is even more important than in Generation 2. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the lead institution, and core partners are Boston University and The University of New Mexico. Outreach partners are Howard University, Morgan State University, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.Core ERC research programs will overcome fundamental barriers to the design of smart lighting systems by developing LEDs with improved efficiency, polarization, color conversion, high-speed modulation, wavelength selectivity, and spatial distribution.  Networked light sensor subsystems will be developed to provide feedback to control these lighting parameters, providing just the right illumination required for these new applications.Advanced studies of lighting effects on circadian rhythm and health will lead to lighting control systems optimized to provide new light based therapies and illumination systems optimized for people at all stages of life.  Significant achievements were made during Year 2 in high efficiency phosphors, nano-column LED light extraction, plasmonic biosensors, visible light communications systems, and in understanding light/circadian control system interactions.  In Year 3, the Smart Lighting ERC will continue to address fundamental barriers in three core thrusts: Photonic Sources, Photonic Sensors, and Photonic Systems.  Vertical system integration occurs in the Testbeds Thrust, and in conjunction with industrial collaborators, the Translational Projects Thrust will identify barriers to new markets, help guide innovation, and build the talent pool needed to continue the evolution of Smart Lighting.View Better World Engineering Projects related to the ERC