According to a recent post from LEDs Magazine, three universities will benefit from grants for the advancement and development of new LED “Smart Lighting.” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Boston University, and the University of New Mexico are expected to utilize nearly $50 million over the course of the next 10 years, funding largely coming from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Boston University plans to use a small portion of the grant to develop the next generation of wireless communications technology with low-power LEDs; in effect, creating Smart Lighting that’s faster and more secure than current network technology.
The bulk of the money, however, will enable Rensselaer to host a new research center, The Engineering Research Center for Smart Lighting. Fred Schubert, Wellfleet Senior Constellation Professor of Future Chips at Rensselaer, said the center will focus on developing novel materials, device technology, and systems applications to further the understanding and proliferation of Smart Lighting technologies.
The Smart Lighting ERC will be staffed with a combination of faculty, students, and researchers from all three universities.
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