Lin studied in the Department of Illuminating Engineering & Light Sources at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After getting her Bachelor's Degree majoring in light and lighting, she entered the direct Master-PhD program and was the fortunate recipient of the DAAD scholarship from Germany, in the lighting laboratory of TU-Darmstadt. She got her Doctorate of Science in January 2005, majoring in physical electronics, with research on human visual perception and visual performance affected by lighting.
Since then, she has worked in Fudan University's Illuminating Engineering & Light Sources department first as a lecturer and in 2006 she was promoted to Associate Professor, directing the research on human factors in lighting. She gives lectures to students on vision science, human factors in lighting, and colourimetry. She is also principal on research projects funded respectively by the National Nature Science Foundation of China, the Education Commission of Shanghai Government, the Shanghai Aircraft Design Insitute, and the lighting industry?. Her projects include the effect of headlamp lighting pattern on drivers' detection, the effect of cockpit lighting on safety of airplanes, visual perception of comfort and glare, and others.
DVN asked her a few questions:
DVN: The first IFAL is now past. What do you consider the main achievements about attendees, lectures and networking?
Yandan Lin: There were altogether 212 participants in the first IFAL, and 26 lectures have been given by automobile lighting experts from industrial, academic and research sectors. These included keynote Speeches from Marcin Gorzkowski (Chairman of GRE), Ad de Visser (Director of CIE Div4), Bart Terburg (vice chairman of GTB), Rainer Neumann (director of the Headlamps group of GTB), Jianzhong Jiao (SAE), Yuntang He (CATARC), etc. These lectures cover the automobile lighting standard, development strategy, evaluation method of automobile lighting, the applications of traditional light source and LED, and also many other topics about design and professional technique. Surely, all participants, especially product manufactures, technology suppliers and measurement centers have benefitted a lot from these lectures and the heated and effective discussion in the IFAL.