Lighting has come a long way since the invention of electrical light. In ever-shorter intervals, new standards are proposed: lm/W improvements have, by and large, lost their relevance, color rendering index values above 90 are becoming common practice, and digital dimming and controls is the next rage. Perhaps the most visible barrier for further progress is the risk for a Babylonian confusion in control protocols and interfaces, which is already today making life complicated for end-users and site-managers. We will discuss a set of fundamental principles on which the Internet of Light should be built to minimize this confusion, and illustrate this by a variety of applications that transcend the Operational Technology domain where Lighting has been positioned to date, showing a joint way forward of Lighting and Building- and Site- Management Systems.
Guido van Tartwijk, CEO, Tridonic
Dr. Guido van Tartwijk is Tridonic’s CEO. He has more than 20 years of international experience in the semiconductor/LED electronics and lighting industry. Before joining Tridonic in November 2016 he was CEO of the LED Electronics section at Philips Lighting and held various senior executive roles at Philips Lighting in China and the Netherlands. Guido van Tartwijk holds an MSc in Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology and a PhD in Physics from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
In his keynote address Michael Pawlyn will describe the emerging discipline of biomimicry with particular examples of how light is produced, gathered and distributed in nature. He will argue that biomimicry is one of the best sources of innovation to address key challenges of the future. Biomimicry involves learning from a source of ideas that has benefitted from a 3.8 billion year research and development period. That source is the vast array of species that inhabit the earth and represent evolutionary success stories. This presentation will highlight a number of projects for which light was one of the primary design drivers, including The Eden Project, The Biomimetic Office and The Sahara Forest Project. These will illustrate what can be achieved by using biological adaptations as a source of inspiration and point to new sources of innovation for lighting designers.
Michael Pawlyn established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. Previously he worked with Grimshaw and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project. He is a well-known keynote speaker on innovation and his TED talk has had over 1.7 million viewings. His book Biomimicry in Architecture has been the Royal Institute of British Architects Publications’ best-selling title. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project.
He gave the opening keynote at the IALD event in Berlin in 2014 and received very positive feedback. Since then he has written a second edition of Biomimicry in Architecture which includes a new chapter specifically on light and what we can learn from biological adaptations that do amazing things with light.