Robert Karlicek Jr is Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. Bob has been director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC) since January 2010. He worked for more than 25 years in research, development, and manufacturing of opto-electronic devices with industry leaders including AT&T Bell Labs, EMCORE, General Electric, Gore Photonics, and Microsemi. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 journal papers, and holds 24 U.S. patents for LED and lighting devices ranging from LED packaging designs to LEDs with novel LED interconnect architectures. He is a member of IEEE, the Optical Society of America (OSA), American Chemical Society (ACS), and Radtech.
Ching-Cherng Sun is Director of the Institute of Lighting and Display Science and Distinguished Professor at National Central University, Taiwan. Ching-Cherng received his BS in electrophysics from National Chiao Tung University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences, from National Central University, in Jan. 1993. In 1996, he joined the faculty of National Central University, Taiwan. He served as the chairman of the SPIE Taiwan Chapter in 2002 and 2003. He is currently a Fellow of The International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and a member of the Optical Engineering Society of Republic of China and OSA. His research interests are volume holographic optical elements, LED lighting optics, photorefractive devices, holography, holographic storage, optical information processing, optical metrology, micro-optics, fiber optics and optical engineering.
Dr Georges Zissis is Professor and Deputy Director of LaPlaCE (Laboratory of Plasma and Energy Conversion) at Toulouse University, France. Georges Zissis graduated in 1986 from the Physics Department of the University of Crete (Greece) in general physics. He got his MSc and PhD in Plasma Science in 1987 and 1990 from Toulouse III University, France. He is responsible for the “High Intensity Light Sources” research team. Prof Zissis won in December 2006 the 1st Award of the International Electrotechnics Committee (IEC) Centenary Challenge for his work on normalization for urban lighting systems. He is currently deputy director of “LaPlaCE,” a joint laboratory between Toulouse 3 University, National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse and CNRS (French National Council of Research). LaPlaCE represents a task force of 300 researchers. He is Chairman of the European Union COST-529 “efficient lighting for the 21st century” network, which regroups more than 80 academic and industrial institutions from 20 European countries; Chairman of the Lighting and Displays technical committee (LDC) of IEEE-IAS; President of the Regional Branch of the French Illuminating Society (AFE) and National Secretary of the same organisation.