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IEEE Smart Lighting

IEEE Smart Lighting

  • Description: This project consists on the seeding of a ‘Smart Lighting Initiative (SLI)’ that will be carried during the 3 to 5 next years
  • Vision: Smart Lighting fits perfectly with the IEEE mission for Advancing Technology for Humanity because artificial light generation is an inherent need of human beings and society. It consumes huge amounts of energy and resources, it impacts our performance, security, well-being and health, but also our environment and ecosystem. Lighting is a factor of sustainable development. The Lighting Industry and ICT Industry are now rapidly evolving and converging. IEEE should accompany this evolution. Cluster IEEE member’s expertise from various horizons and disciplines to advance in the science and technology of Smart Lighting Systems (SL) for contributing to its optimization. Understanding the interactions between the components of a complex SL system including the end-user behavior end evaluating the impacts on energy, environment and resources.
  • Fields of Interest: Smart Lighting systems Technology; Visual Light Communication and Protocols; Connected and Communicating Lighting Systems; Lighting systems for smart cities, smart buildings, smart transport; Smart Lighting Standards; Human-centric Lighting; Illumination impacts (human being, ecosystem, energy, environment, natural resources); Lighting systems for developing countries; Lighting Industry Development and consumer satisfaction; Train for Lighting and Illumination.


IEEE Future Directions Smart Lighting Workshop

The 1st IEEE Smart Lighting Workshop, held on 19 October 2021 is now available to view on-demand.
Access the workshop recording on-demand 


Q&A with IEEE Smart Lighting

Smart Streetlights Shine the Way to Safer, Greener Cities:
Georges Zissis and Larissa Paredes Muse of the IEEE Smart Lighting Project

Technology Roadmap - Street Lighting Sector

Source: Muse, 2020

Question: What makes smart lighting different from, and better than, traditional lighting?

Zissis: If you look online and in articles, you can’t really find a single definition, so I’ve created one, which Mark Lien at the Illuminating Engineering Society has presented to his colleagues. A smart lighting system produces, at any moment, the right light: where it is needed and when it is necessary.

It should adapt the quantity and quality of light to enhance visual performance in agreement with the type of executed tasks. It must guarantee the well-being, health and safety of the end users. It should not passively squander the resources of our planet. Instead, it should actively limit the effects of light pollution on the biotope or any other impacts on the environment.

Ideally, the system could offer additional services, such as geo-localization and data connectivity, to end users through Visual Light Communication (VLC), Wi-Fi or mobile.

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Project Chair

IEEE Smart Lighting Chair, Prof. Georges Zissis
Prof. George Zissis, IEEE Smart Lighting Chair

Prof. Georges ZISSIS, PhD, SMIEE, Vice-Rector Toulouse 3 University (2020-23). Born in Athens in 1964, has graduated in 1986 from Physics department of University of Crete in general physics. He got his MSc and PhD in Plasma Science in 1987 and 1990 from Toulouse 3 University (France). He is today Distinguish-class Professor in Toulouse 3 University (France). His primary area of work is in the field of Science and Technology Light Systems. He is especially interested in the physics light sources; system and metrology issues for solid-state lighting systems; smart lighting systems; normalization and quality issues for light sources; impact of lighting to energy, environment, quality of life, health and security; illumination and lighting. He is director of “Light & Matter” research group of LAPLACE that enrols 20 researchers. He has published more than 156 papers in peer-reviewed referenced scientific journals (Hisch index 22), more than 300 papers in international conferences. He has given more than 90 invited lectures at international and national events. He acted as advisor for 36 PhD students. He has coordinated more than 10 major European and international programs (global budget of more than 10 million euros). He won in December 2006 the 1st Award of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Centenary Challenge for his work on normalization for urban lighting systems (in conjunction with IEEE, IET and the Observer). In 2009, he won the Energy Globe Award for France and he got the Fresnel Medal from the French Illuminating Engineering Society. In 2011 has been awarded the title of Professor Honoris Causa of Saint Petersburg State University (Russian Federation) and he was President of the Power Electronics, Electronics, Optoelectronics and System section of the French National Council of Universities for the period 2014-19. He was President of IEEE Industrial Application Society for 2019-20. He is Chairman of the 4E-Solid State Lighting Annex of the International Energy Agency (2020-24) and IEEE Smart Cities Initiative (2021-23).


Steering Committee


IEEE Committee Members

NameIEEE Organizational UnitAffiliationLocation
Marco Dalla CostaIndustry Applications SocietyProfessor, University Federal Santa MariaBrazil (R9)
Guiseppe ParisSystems CouncilProfessor: Sapienza Universita di RomaItaly (R8)
Larissa Paredes MuseSmart CitiesUrbanist: Quanta TechnologyUSA
Toby CumberbatchSmart VillageThe Cooper UnionUSA
Abhay PhansikarVice Chair, Industry Relations on IEEE India Council
Director of Azilen TechnologiesIndia (R10)
Mark LienPower Energy SocietyIndustry Relations Manager: Illuminating Engineering SocietyUSA
Mazin YousifComputer SocietyGainwell TechnologiesGreater Detroit Metro, USA

External Committee Members

Christofer SilfveniusTechnical Adviser: Swedish Energy AgencySweden
Stuart MucklejohnPhD Senior Project Manager: CERAVISION LtdUnited Kingdom
Nelson SpodeProject Manager Lightning: ZagonelBrazil

Get Involved

Interested in participating in the IEEE Smart Lighting project?

Contact: Project Chair, Prof. Georges Zissis, PhD or Project Manager, Sin-Kuen Hawkins



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