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Troy, N.Y. -  6/21/2012

LS13: Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer To Host International Symposium

LS13 logoNext week, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host the 13th International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting (LS13)—where scientists and engineers from around the world can share the most recent research and development in the science and technology of light sources, lighting systems, and their key application fields. The event will take place from June 24-29 on the Rensselaer campus at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), a showcase work of architecture and a unique technological facility that boasts unrivaled presentation and production capabilities for art and science. The LRC is the world’s leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting.

One of the highlights of the symposium is the Chief Technical Officers (CTO) session Forecasting the Future of Lighting Technologies from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Monday. CTOs of several leading lighting companies including Cree, General Electric, OSRAM, Panasonic, Philips, and Toshiba will each provide their visions for how research and development will change the future of light source and system developments. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Mark S. Rea, director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer and LS13 co-chair. Speakers include:
  • Cree - Robert C. Glass, Vice President of Technology, Materials and Optoelectronics
  • General Electric - Zoltán Vamos, General Manager, Global Lighting Technology
  • OSRAM GmbH - Klaus Streubel, Senior Vice President and Head of Research & Development
  • Panasonic - Katsumasa Nakai, General Manager, Research & Development Center, Lighting Business Group
  • Philips - Marc Janssen, Vice President, Research & Development Manager, Light Sources & Electronics
  • Toshiba - Takeo Yasuda, General Manager of Technology Planning Department, Toshiba Lighting & Technology
The International Symposium on the Science and Technology of Lighting (LS) has been held regularly since 1973 and provides a unique opportunity for the worldwide community of technology leaders from the lighting industry, research organizations, and academia to meet, present, and discuss their recent work in lighting.   
“The conference will provide a stimulating and informed environment for scientists and engineers to discuss all aspects of fundamental and applied research on thermal, discharge, and plasma technologies, as well as SSL, specifically white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs),” Rea said.
LS13 is taking place at a time of rapid change in the science and technology of lighting. “The LRC and the conference organizers both have well-established, close connections with the light source manufacturing industry, and together we are working to ensure that attendees will gain a comprehensive overview of the current status of the lighting field, its challenges, and its opportunities,” said Rea.
The event will also include tours of the LRC, contributed papers, and poster sessions. Complete LS13 information is at

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.