New Simulation Tools for Lighting Research and Design

Presented November, 16, 2022

In-person seminar hosted by Dr. Bob Davis, Chief Lighting Research Engineer at PNNL and Affiliated Faculty in Architectural Engineering at TSU.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why traditional lighting software tools may not be adequate for lighting in the melanopic age.
  2. Evaluate how advanced simulation tools that consider both the intensity and spectrum of light can help assess new lighting recommendations and estimate energy implications.
  3. Comprehend the limitations of traditional approaches to research on discomfort glare and environmental perceptions.
  4. Review the results from recent studies to assess how new virtual reality tools might be used in future research on these topics.
  5. Learn about a recent initiative to establish improved lighting education at Tennessee State University.

Bob DavisBob Davis is Chief Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where his responsibilities include leading several laboratory and field lighting research and technology assessment efforts. He has been a faculty member in architecture at RPI’s Lighting Research Center and in engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His experience includes working in engineering and marketing at a lamp manufacturer and leading the product development and engineering teams at a luminaire manufacturer. Bob is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society and serves as Co-Director of CU Boulder’s Rocky Mountain Lighting Academy. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Architectural Engineering from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from CU Boulder, and holds affiliated faculty appointments in architectural engineering at CU Boulder, Penn State and Tennessee State.