Forums and Workshops (LpS 2017)

WORKSHOP | SEPT 26, 08.00 AM – 09.30 AM
by OLEDWorks

OLEDs – Bring Your Design to Light

OLEDs have done more than make previously unimagined technical solutions possible – since they appeared on the global lighting stage. They are adjustable, adaptable and as capable of making a spectacular appearance as of providing more restrained, barely perceptible lighting. Consumers can enjoy an entirely new form of light with OLEDs. No more redirecting, reflecting and manipulating point sources and linear sources. A beautiful light quality comes from the just millimeter-thin OLED panels. Just turn it on and the entire surface of the OLED delivers a pleasant, low-glare, broad spectrum light, which is unrivaled by other light sources and systems.

Just a glow. Too expensive. Not available in volume. These are just a few of the tags that cling to the reputation of OLED lighting. It is time to shake off these dusty labels and start seeing OLED lighting as the exciting innovative light engine it truly is. Let’s consider performance. OLEDs now enable beautiful light quality at truly functional light levels. One panel can provide e.g. 300 lumens. So yes, the performance is enticing. But aren’t they too expensive? More and more lighting designers are concluding “no”, that in fact the total cost is compelling. OLEDs are easy to integrate. The OLED itself offers numerous variations of a new light source, right out of the box. There is no need for complicated thermal management, optical wave guidance or diffusers. This results in less product development time and faster time to market. With performance and price opening greater market opportunities, are products available in volume?

The OLED Workshop shows how easy it is to work with OLEDs, esp. the integration of OLEDs within applications – projects and luminaires.

Moderation: Guido Olbertz, Business Development Manager at OLEDWorks

WORKSHOP | SEPT 26, 08.00 AM – 09.30 AM
by Silvair & Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth Mesh and IoT/Smart Control Panel Discussion

A workshop on Bluetooth mesh networking in professional lighting applications. Simon Slupik, chair of the Bluetooth SIG’s Mesh Working Group and CTO of Silvair, will present a range of dedicated tools for prototyping connected lighting networks employing Bluetooth mesh connectivity. Participants will be able to experience the basics of this new disruptive technology, learn what type of tools can be used to evaluate it, and see lighting products with Bluetooth mesh networking in action.

Right after the workshop, a discussion panel will be held during which different representatives of the lighting value chain will share their thoughts on the Bluetooth Mesh standard and its expected impact on the lighting industry. Can this new flavour of Bluetooth drive the connected lighting revolution in commercial spaces? Is it technically capable of enabling fully scalable smart lighting networks with wire-like reliability? What different stakeholders should do to ensure they won’t miss the opportunities that the Bluetooth Mesh standard is opening? These will be some of the questions we’ll try to answer.

Moderation: Simon Slupik, CTO at Silvair and Chair of the Bluetooth SIG’s Mesh Working Group

WORKSHOP | SEPT 26, 08.00 AM – 09.30 AM
by Photonics Austria & Fraunhofer

LiFi – Challenges and Opportunities of LiFi

The End-user workshop on visual light communication (LiFi) explains the technology and focusing on the chances to adapt LiFi technologies in real applications.

LiFi is a communication technology for free space communication similar to the better known WiFi. In contrast to WiFi, which is based on radio frequency communication, LiFi is an optical communication using wavelengths in the visible range. The main advantages of LiFi compared to WiFi are: Higher bandwidths and transmission rate; Higher security since it walls shield light; No license for data transmission frequency needed. LiFi requires light sources and such as LEDs which makes the communication technology to be interesting to be integrated in modern luminaires. Consequently LiFi could be a great opportunity for players in lighting to expand their business area into communications. However opportunities are also related to challenges and in case of LiFi those challenges are related to disadvantages LiFi has compared to WiFi: Shorter communication distance; External light sources can cause interfering problems; In many cases a line of sight between emitter and receiver is required. Due to the above mentioned disadvantages LiFi is only competitive to WiFi for a limited set of use cases. In particular areas which are sensitive to radio frequencies are considered to be well suited for a LiFi application. Moreover lamps with integrated LiFi functionality might serve as secure hotspots in public areas and future vehicles might communicate via head- and rear-lamps with other cars and/or traffic lights.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss challenges and opportunities of LiFi for lighting industry. In particular ideas and visions of new products and business models will be reflected in the frame of the workshop. Moreover concepts for joint projects are targeted to be developed.

Dr. Gerhard Peharz, Photonics Austria, Dr. Frank Deicke, Fraunhofer IPMS

WORKSHOP | SEPT 26, 08.00 AM – 09.30 AM
by Bartenbach

Visual Perception – Theory, Practical Demonstrations, Limitations

Lighting technology is in a time of groundbreaking changes. LEDs as a high efficient, digital light source offer new spectral and radiative features for lighting applications to fulfill special visual, biological and emotional requirements. But how can we exploit these new possibilities really for the benefit of the people, thus creating a sustainable social development rather than needless technology driven gimmicks?

Today’s standardized quality characteristics (metrics) are unsufficient to distinguish a poor illumination from a good one, and first bad experiences with LED illuminations (cold light with bad colour, glary) together with blue light hazard issues has raised some scepticism by the endusers.
In the workshop we want to address both, the opportunities and the risks of LED illuminations. The different approaches to illuminate a room (e.g. directed light versus diffuse light) and the most important quality characteristics of LED illuminations will be demonstrated in a lively and tangible way.

Dr. Wilfried Pohl, Bartenbach



FORUM | SEPT 27, 15.00 PM – 16.30 PM

Design meets Technology – Architectural Lighting Design, Who does What?

The aim of the round table is to underline the importance of team working when dealing with interior or exterior architectural projects. Team working means bringing together different competencies, so, more people to deal with and to agree with, more meetings and more costs for the client. Although when this happens the final results are highly successful. Joining competencies is still unusual, definitely for small projects or low budget projects. On one side is a good kept secret (some well-known architects would never accept leave the lighting un-designed on the other side the renaissance heritage in many European countries is still very strong: some professionals are nowadays still convinced they own all the competencies to cover all the aspects of a project so they do not like, if not feel “ashamed”, to involve another competent professional. As a result, certain aspects such as lighting, suffer from bad design and the lighting design field remains in the back scene. The correct design of every aspect of the build space and landscape is the only way to guaranty the full success of a project. Due to the lack of understanding of the need, in every project, of a professional lighting design scheme, very often the lighting designer fee is not included in the budget and as a result the lighting is designed by professionals that have only a limited knowledge about it, such as architects, electrical engineers, manufacturer’s or sales people working for luminaires stores. Despite the fact that light determines the way we see and perceive the environment, lighting is seldom designed. The round table want to hear from professionals what their point of view is and what is their experience with this topic.

Moderation: Architect & Lighting Designer Ms. Susanna Antico, President of APIL, The Italian Lighting Designer Organization

Dr. Eng. Inna Nissenbaum, Consultant Lighting Engineer, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Helena Gentili, Lighting Designer, Adjunct Professor
Architects, Lighting Designer, System Designer, Lighting Manufacturers



FORUM | SEPT 27, 17.00 PM – 18.00 PM
by Luger Research

Award Ceremony & Expert Panel Debate on the Future of Light

Award Ceremony: All great things deserve recognition. Therefore, this year the organizers have conceived the new TiL System Award and the LpS Technology Award, designed to celebrate excellence in light. The awards will give the winners the chance to showcase their work and put a spot light on their achievements. The awards are also the perfect opportunity to gain exposure, and to share the work with of some of Europe’s most influential leaders in light.

Expert Panel Debate on the Future of Light: International architects, leaders in technology, science and research, and the very best in light design will come together to debate what they believe will be the Future of Light. They will draw from all their experiences and share their different point of views on areas including technology developments, application needs, and user requirements. The discussion will cover the most important drivers, chances and challenges for the development and application of new lighting systems.

WORKSHOP | SEPT 28, 08.00 AM – 10.00 AM
by Luger Research & Scientific Partner Network

Science meets Application

Purpose of the Science meets Application workshop is to make new contacts between Scientific Partners and potential applicators. The Scientific Partners will focus on the following areas:

  • LEDs and OLEDs
  • Drivers, Thermal Management and Reliability
  • Optics and Light Quality
  • Smart Lighting and IoT

In the first part of the workshop the different areas will be outlined and the Scientific Partners will explain how they and their organizations deal with these areas and what kind of research they can provide. In the second part of the workshop the participants will get the chance to discuss these areas with the Scientific Partners in smaller groups. Participants are invited to bring their own questions and problems to start open discussions with the experts. Discussion rounds should be utilized to make new contacts.

Moderation: Dr. Günther Sejkora, R&I Manager @ Luger Research e.U.

Note: The Scientific Partnerships have been created to form an active network that will strengthen and build the connections between universities, research laboratories and industry. The Scientific Partnerships mission is to enable and secure the continued developments of innovation in light technology. Members are: EVATEG (Turkey), Joanneum Research (Austria), Steinbeis Transferzentrum (Germany), Holst Centre (The Netherlands), CSEM (Switzerland), Royal Institute of Technology KTH (Sweden), University of Edinburgh (UK) and the University of Padua (Italy).


WORKSHOP | SEPT 28, 09.30 AM – 01.00 PM

Miniaturization of Solid State Lighting Systems

With a special look at novel SSL systems in Automotive, Signalling, Wearables, Horticulture, Indoor/Outdoor and Construction.

The miniaturization of SSL light engines and systems allows for new types or revolutionary designs of luminaires and lamps with new form factors and expanding application fields, such as in automotive, signaling, wearables, horticulture and through the integration into building materials in the construction sector. The “EPIC Workshop on Miniaturization of SSL systems” will bring together high-level representatives from key organizations in the sector. Active discussions will cover the topics of improved cost/performance ratio,  energy efficiency and novel application fields of miniaturized SSL systems.

9.30 – 10.45 Session 1
9.30  9.50 High conductive foils enabling large area OLED lighting, Roland Steim, Project Manager, Sefar
9.50  10.10 Micro and sub-micro optics with freeform designs for miniaturized systems, Oscar Fernandez,  Senior R&D Engineer, CSEM
10.10  10.30 SSL-based wall grazing luminaires using freeform optics, Martin Djiango, Application Engineer, Light Tec
10.30  10.50 Miniaturized LED drivers enabling new design solutions, Mickey Madsen, Founder and CEO, Nordic Power Converters

10.50 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 Session 2

11.30  11.50 High performance directional light sources enable novel lighting applications, Harald Pier, CEO, cenogent SARL
11.50  12.10 PI-SCALE, the European Pilot Line for Flexible OLED Lighting Concepts, Erno Langendijk, Business Development & Program Manager, Holst Centre
12.10 – 12.30 How (miniaturized) Solid State Lighting source are revolutionizing the global lighting space, Pars Mukish, Business Unit Manager – Solide State Lighting and Display at Yole Développement
12.30 Conference Lunch


FORUM | SEPT 28, 13.00 PM – 14.00 PM
by PenTestPartners

Lighting Up the Dark Corners of the Internet of Things (IoT) – Live IoT Hacking Demonstration

SMART lighting and lighting systems can improve energy efficiency and allow remote access and management. However, those access and management functions can be subverted by hackers or even worms to take control of – or gain entry to – private and corporate networks. The risks are that you simply can’t turn your lights on or off, or that if a poorly configured and badly secured device is attached to your network it can let an attacker in. It is even reasonable to assume that if enough lighting systems can be co-opted into a botnet they could be used to cause DDoS attacks, or even a power-outage. As with so many SMART and IoT devices security is an afterthought. We’ll look at why that is, and also explore how developers and manufacturers can build better, more secure products.

Ken Munro, Partner @ Pen Test Partners