About IEEE Smart Lighting


Smart Lighting aligns with IEEE mission for Advancing Technology for Humanity because artificial light generation is an inherent need of human beings and society. Lighting consumes huge amounts of energy and resources. It impacts not only our performance, security, well-being and health, but also our environment and ecosystem. Lighting is a factor of sustainable development.



The IEEE Smart Lighting project is a cross-disciplinary effort that unites and integrates IEEE expertise from various horizons to advance the science and technology of Smart Lighting System. IEEE Smart Lighting will help lead the convergence of the lighting industry and the ICT industry toward the path of the Lighting 4.0 era.


The way forward to Lighting 4.0 era

IEEE Smart Lighting seeks to understand not only the interactions between the components of a complex Smart Lighting system, but also the end user needs and behaviors and impacts on energy, environment, and resources. Lastly, IEEE Smart Lighting seeks to end light poverty by helping to stimulate development of affordable and accessible lighting solutions for all.



A smart lighting system’s principal function is to produce, at any moment, the right light, where it is needed and when it is necessary. It should adapt the quantity and quality of light to enhance visual performance in agreement with the type of executed tasks. It must guarantee well-being, health and safety of the end-users. It should not squander passively the resources of our planet and limit actively the effects of light pollution on the biotope, or any other impacts on the environment. Ideally, the system could offer additional services (e.g., geo-localisation, data connectivity) to the end-users through Visible Light Communication protocols.


IEEE Smart Lighting Steering Committee

Project Chair

Prof. George Zissis, IEEE Smart Lighting ChairProf. Georges ZISSIS, PhD, SMIEE, Vice-Rector Toulouse 3 University (2020-23). Born in Athens in 1964, has graduated in 1986 from Physics department of University of Crete in general physics. He got his MSc and PhD in Plasma Science in 1987 and 1990 from Toulouse 3 University (France). He is today Distinguish-class Professor in Toulouse 3 University (France). His primary area of work is in the field of Science and Technology Light Systems. He is especially interested in the physics light sources; system and metrology issues for solid-state lighting systems; smart lighting systems; normalization and quality issues for light sources; impact of lighting to energy, environment, quality of life, health and security; illumination and lighting. He is director of “Light & Matter” research group of LAPLACE that enrolls 20 researchers. He has published more than 156 papers in peer-reviewed referenced scientific journals (Hisch index 22), more than 300 papers in international conferences. He has given more than 90 invited lectures at international and national events. He acted as advisor for 36 PhD students. He has coordinated more than 10 major European and international programs (global budget of more than 10 million euros). He won in December 2006 the 1st Award of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Centenary Challenge for his work on normalization for urban lighting systems (in conjunction with IEEE, IET and the Observer). In 2009, he won the Energy Globe Award for France and he got the Fresnel Medal from the French Illuminating Engineering Society. In 2011 has been awarded the title of Professor Honoris Causa of Saint Petersburg State University (Russian Federation) and he was President of the Power Electronics, Electronics, Optoelectronics and System section of the French National Council of Universities for the period 2014-19. He was President of IEEE Industrial Application Society for 2019-20. He is Chairman of the 4E-Solid State Lighting Annex of the International Energy Agency (2020-24) and IEEE Smart Cities Initiative (2021-23).


IEEE Committee Members

Name IEEE Organizational Unit Affiliation Location
Marco Dalla Costa IEEE Industry Applications Society Professor, University Federal Santa Maria Brazil (R9)
Guiseppe Parise IEEE Systems Council Professor: Sapienza Universita di Roma Italy (R8)
Larissa Paredes Muse IEEE Smart Cities Urbanist: Quanta Technology USA
Toby Cumberbatch IEEE Smart Village The Cooper Union USA
Abhay Phansikar Vice Chair, Industry Relations on IEEE India Council Director of Azilen Technologies India (R10)
Mark Lien IEEE Power & Energy Society Industry Relations Manager: Illuminating Engineering Society USA
Mazin Yousif IEEE Computer Society Gainwell Technologies Greater Detroit Metro, USA

External Committee Members

Name Affiliation Location
Christofer Silfvenius Technical Adviser: Swedish Energy Agency Sweden
Stuart Mucklejohn PhD Senior Project Manager: CERAVISION Ltd United Kingdom
Nelson Spode Project Manager Lightning: Zagonel Brazil
Pascal Dupuis Senior Researcher: Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse II France


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