Parallel to the 2023 DVN Workshop in Paris, a new DVN Report will be published, the 177th monthly report in the big library we’ve been building for 15 years now. Hector Fratty asked me to make a report about one of the world’s leading spots in lighting research—the Technical University of Darmstadt, home and host of ISAL, and their Laboratory of Adaptive Lighting Systems and Visual Processing, known as the Darmstadt Lighting Institute (DLI).
Collecting information and building the report was, for me, a dive in my own history—I was one of the 51 persons to finish their diploma and studies in Darmstadt with a dissertation. And I am happy to present TUD to you in the documents; pictures, and interviews you’ll find in this newest DVN Report.
Since 2006, Professor Khanh is the head of the DLI, with an enormous record of more than 1,400 lectures and more than 600 students with lighting lectures in their curriculum. His research team counts 16 doctoral researchers and 6 external researchers. No wonder the DVN community includes members with such roots!
The most important event visible from outside is the biennial International Symposium on Automotive Lighting (ISAL). 14 of these internationally-attended conferences have taken place since the event was founded by Professor Khan’s predecessor, Dr. Schmidt-Clausen, in 1995 as PAL (Progress in Automotive Lighting).
I have tried to give readers an overview about all the relevant topics and history. As you will see, the research topics in Darmstadt today cover vehicle lighting with many subfields like front and rear lighting; interior lighting; autonomous vehicles, and VR simulation for all kinds of traffic situations. And it covers much more major lighting issues with research: smart lighting; human-centric lighting; integrative lighting quality; LED technology, and—a recent addition—plant photobiology. DVN Workshop attendees will find a printed version of the report in their goody-bag; everyone can access it online.
I hope you will enjoy reading my report band enjoy the workshop as well!