The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) is presenting a symposium on the role and effects of lighting on human behavior to be held in Cleveland, Ohio USA on April 6-8, 2014.



This international lighting research and application symposium will draw on the talents and expertise of both the researcher and the design professional to better understand how light influences and enhances human behavior, visually and non-visually, in three important areas of human life: Healthcare, Education and Urban Environments.


SUNDAY – APRIL 6, 2014 – The Renaissance Hotel

12:00PM – 6:00PM – Registration Desk Open

3:00PM – 5:00PM – Poster Set –Up

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Welcome Event: Creating an Emotion with Light – Paul Gregory, President, Focus Lighting & Robert Davis, Senior Staff Lighting Engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)


MONDAY – APRIL 7, 2014 – The Renaissance Hotel

7:00AM – 5:00PM Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 7:45PM Continental Breakfast

8:15AM – 11:15AM – Case Study #1: Education

8:15AM – 9:15AM – The Designers Perspective: Charles Thompson, President at ARCHILLUME LIGHTING DESIGN, INC

9:30AM – 10:15AM – Research Response #1: Visual – Professor Arnold Wilkins, Department of Psychology – University of Essex

10:30AM – 11:15AM – Research Response #2: Non-Visual – Mariana Figueiro, PhD , Program Director, Associate Professor , Lighting Research Center – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

11:30AM – 12:30AM – Speaker Q+A | Posters

12:30AM – 1:30PM – Lunch

8:15AM – 11:15AM – Case Study #2: Urban Environments

2:15PM – 3:00PM – The Designers Perspective: Randy Burkett, President, Randy Burkett Lighting Design and Nancy Clanton, President, Calnton & Associates

3:15PM – 4:00PM – Research Response #1: Visual – Steve Fotios, Professor of Lighting and Visual Perception, University of Shefield

4:15M – 5:00PM – Research Response #2: Non-Visual – Jack Nasar, Professor, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University

5:00 PM – 6:00PM – Reception |Speaker Q+A | Posters

7:00PM – Optional Evening Tour of Urban Environments in Cleveland Led by Randy Burkett and Nancy Clanton


TUESDAY – APRIL 8, 2014 – The Renaissance Hotel

7:00AM – 10:00AM – Registration Desk Open

7:00AM – 7:45AM – Continental Breakfast

8:15AM – 11:15AM – Case Study #3: Healthcare Facilities

8:15AM – 9:15AM – The Designers Perspective – John D’Angelo, Vice President Facilities Engineering and Operations New York Presbyterian Hospital

9:30AM – 10:15AM – Research Response #1: Visual – Speaker TBA

10:30AM – 11:15AM – Research Response #2: Non-Visual – Lone Mandrup Stidsen, Ph.D., Department of Civil Engineering Aalborg University

11:15AM – 11:45M – Break|Speaker Q+A | Posters

12:30AM – 1:30PM – Lunch

12:00AM – 12:45AM – Concluding Session – What Do We Know…What Don’t We Know…What Are We Going to Do? Peter Boyce, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Jennifer Veitch, Senior Research Officer, National Research council of Canada

12:45PM – 1:30PM – Box Lunch for Tour Participants

1:30PM – 3:30PM – Optional Tour of Cleveland Clinic Facilities



Researchers and designers actively involved in the study and practice of light and lighting are invited to submit posters describing their work and how human behavior, in its many forms, is affected as a result. An objective of this symposium is to explore human behavior beyond the usual vision and visual performance factors that involve light.

Topics of interest include:

Psychological aspects of light

Light and health

Studies of human behavior in controlled lighted conditions especially in healthcare, educational or outdoor environment.

Posters, whether focused on research or applications, will be an integral part of this symposium supplementing the case studies and research findings of the invited speakers. Of particular interest will be examples that help explain why certain designs are more successful than others or research that contradicts common practice. Ample time is being built into the program for poster viewing and the symposium attendance is limited to encourage attendee discussion and interaction with both authors and invited speakers. Authors of accepted posters will be invited to publish their posters in the IESNA Journal Leukos and all posters will be included in the Symposium Final Report which will be available as an electronic publication of the IESNA.



Poster abstracts must be submitted through the online submission site. Submission portal will be open Monday, October 28, 2013.



November 22, 2013: Title, author information and abstract deadline

December 16, 2013: Authors notified of acceptance

March 3, 2014: Deadline for completed posters (electronic submissions)

April 6-8, 2014: Symposium – Cleveland, Ohio


Additional information you can find on the symposium website.