Invited Talk

Is Human-Centric Lighting merely a new phrase for old concepts, or does it encapsulate transformative ideas and technologies that have the potential to reframe lighting practice? This talk by Prof. Kevin Houser of the School of Civil & Construction Engineering at the Oregon State University will provide guidance about how one might approach human-centric lighting given both the credible potential and implausible hype. An invitation by Marilyne Andersen, EPFL Professor and Academic Director of the Smart Living Lab.

Learning outcomes

After this presentation, participants will:

  1. Appreciate ways in which thoughtful lighting design balances requirements for vision and health.
  2. Appreciate that Human-Centric Lighting is not a single idea with a well-defined meaning, but a spectrum of concepts that vary with user and intent.
  3. Be aware of lighting recommendations that are intended to support photobiological health for day-active people.
  4. Be empowered to immediately apply the core concepts to support your own photobiological and circadian health.

Human-Centric Lighting and Smart Living HBL0 21A | bluefactory Fribourg | 11:00-12:00



Kevin Houser obtained a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University in 1997, where he specialized in applied illuminating engineering. Today, he is a Professor at Oregon State University with a joint appointment at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is also editor-in-chief of LEUKOS, the journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) of North America and co-founder of Lyralux, Inc. He has published more than 125 publications about lighting in the built environment. His papers have been awarded the CIBSE Leon Gaster and Walsh Weston Awards and the IES Taylor Technical Talent Award three times. He is a Fellow of IES and a recipient of the IES Presidential Award. His work focuses on human perceptual and biological responses to light in a context that balances human needs with planetary health.