Interaction Key Theme at LpS 2014 Symposium

A new holistic and interactive approach has been incorporated into the LED professional Symposium +Expo 2014 (LpS 2014). Multidisciplinary expert talks, hands on workshops and interactive group discussions will take place in Bregenz, Austria, from September 30th to October 2nd.

Integrated designs form the core of this year’s symposium program. All lectures, workshops and tech-panels are linked to this central theme. Experts from various disciplines come together to present, discuss, exchange and explore best practices and develop new lighting concepts and designs for optimized environments.

Theory meets Interaction

The first two days of the Symposium will include 58 inspiring lecture presentations about trends and visions for future LED lighting systems, materials and manufacturing, light sources, reliability and lifetime, engineering of LED optics, electronics and smart lighting as well as designs with LEDs and OLEDs. As a highlight of the event, Day One will debut the presentation of the LED professional Scientific Award. After attending the lectures, participants are invited to apply and correlate their knowledge in workshops and tech-panels on the third day. The aim of this day is to foster the exchange between the various industries and academia in order to create integrated system designs. Latest technologies, smart systems, new standards, advanced functionalities and new user behaviors will be analyzed and discussed.

Opening Keynote

Dr. Mehmet Arik, known as the “Edison of the 21st century”, will open the workshop series with his keynote about “Breakthrough Technologies and Strategies in SSL Developments – Thermal Management of LEDs”. He has written over 125 papers and four books and holds more than 40 patents.  Dr. Arik compares LED lighting systems with smart phones or tablets. “They are advanced systems and require a great team effort. Additionally, we have to make these systems affordable. Chips are already getting cheaper. Compact and low-cost reliable electronics, lightweight and compact thermal management will be key technology drivers for the next decade”.

Workshops and Tech Panels

This year, five workshops will run on parallel tracks. Topics like Visual Perception, Luminary Design, 3-D Printed Optics, LED driver designs for Smart Lighting and Zigbee for wireless lighting solutions will be discussed and demonstrated. Dominic Harris, named as “The Breakthrough Talent of the Year” at the design industry’s FX Design Awards, will be one of the presenters at the 3-D Printed Optics workshop held by LuXeXcel. He was awarded for his work in interactive design from the Bartlett School of Architecture.

LED technology offers new spectral and radiative features for lighting applications where conventional quality criteria and measures are not sufficient enough. At the same time knowledge about light impacts on human and human needs has increased significantly over the last two decades. The workshop “Visual Perception” deals with the most important features regarding visual and non-visual perception which has to be respected for LED applications, including spectral quality, color mixing, light directness and shadowiness as well as flicker and color shades. Bartenbach Research and Development will hold this workshop.

The lighting industry is facing a shift from wired towards wireless connectivity, driven by several trends. The way people control devices is changing. New value added functionalities in automation are becoming more common and enhancing the customer’s experiences.  Additionally, wireless technology is now available at low prices. Consequently a unified approach is required to enable system compatibility. Therefore the Connected Lighting Alliance (TCLA) has defined the ZigBee Light Link standard as the preferred common open standard for wireless controlled lighting, which will be introduced and discussed in detail at their workshop. NXP, Philipps, Lutron and the ZigBee Alliance will explain how to implement this standard.

Parallel to the five workshops there will be two open Tech-Panels. The first one is more general and will be about strategies and technologies for LED systems, related to the aims of the International Year of Light (IYL). Prof. Reine Karlsson, Director Lund Lighting Initiative at the TEM Foundation at Lund University, Dietmar Zembrot, President of Lighting Europe, Carlos Lee, Director General at EPIC and Henk Veldhuis, Chair of the Technical Advisory Working Group of The Connected Lighting Alliance, are taking part as panelists. The second Tech-Panel is more technical and deals with design and engineering for future LED lighting systems. The panelists in this discussion are be Dr. Martin Zachau, head of Osram’s research organization, Dr. Kevin Smet, Research Foundation Flanders, Dr. Mehmet Arik, Ozyegin University, Turkey and Dr. Norman Bardsley, President of Bardsley Consulting.

International Exhibition and Partners

Around 100 world-renowned exhibitors, such as Samsung, Cree, Infineon, Wago, Fischer, Bayer Material Science, Arrow and OEC will present their latest technologies, products and services. The event is sponsored by UL , Auer Lighting, Tridonic and Osram. Over 20 international media partners, 5 scientific partners and 9 industrial organizations are supporting the event. According to Dietmar Zembrot, President of LightingEurope and interview partner of the latest Tech Talk BREGENZ (LED professional Review, issue No. 45) “I think, this is one of the most important lighting events in the world”.

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