DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW ROAD LIGHTING CONCEPT

12 July 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Peter Hanselaer, tel.: +32 9 265 87 36, mail: peter.hanselaer@kuleuven.be.

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In this research project, the correlation between the human visual perception of an outdoor road and tunnel scene and its optical characteristics (a colorimetric or hyperspectral image) will be investigated in order to improve visibility and safety while keeping energy consumption minimal.

The Light&Lighting Laboratory is a research group embedded in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven and located on the Ghent Technology Campus. The main research topics are Indoor lighting, Optical design, Appearance & Perception and Metrology. Within each topic, PhD research activities, generating new knowledge, are combined with numerous development projects with lighting companies. The staff is involved in the regular educational program of the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven (both Ba and Ma students) but also in dedicated courses for industry and society. Finally, the vast measurement infrastructure of the Light&Lighting Laboratory offers a lot of possibilities for product characterization. The Light&Lighting Laboratory is an active member of IBE-BIV and CIE and cooperates with several universities and more than 70 companies, especially SME.

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Project

In this research project, the correlation between the human visual perception of an outdoor road and tunnel scene and its optical characteristics (a colorimetric or hyperspectral image) will be investigated in order to improve visibility and safety while keeping energy consumption minimal. A new illumination concept for road lighting, called "probeam", will be investigated. This research project is initiated and funded by Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, The Netherlands.

The following tasks are to be performed:


  • Characterization of the scenes (colorimetric or hyperspectral camera, luminance, illuminance,colour distribution)
  • Organizing and analyzing assessments by human observers (from several ages)
  • Statistical analysis of the data
  • Developing a physiological based model inspired by the human visual system to describe the data
  • Evaluating a new "pro-beam" lighting concept
  • Contacting authorities to organize meetings, pilot tests, . . .
  • Writing scientific papers in English and vulgarizing papers in Dutch.


The research will be guided by a multidisciplinary team consisting of Willem Zandvliet (RWS), Prof. Maurice Donners (TU/e and Signify), Prof. Maarten Kamermans (NIN), Prof. Kevin Smet (KU Leuven) and Prof. Peter Hanselaer (KULeuven).

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We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with the degree Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Master of Engineering Technology (or a similar degree) and with a strong interest in lighting, visual perception, optical measurements and image processing. In addition to a scientific research attitude, a hands-on attitude, strong managerial skills and well-developed written and oral communication skills in Dutch and English are required. The candidate should hold a car driving license to evaluate the test sites during the evening and the night.

Offer

We offer a position for at least 3 years. The research can lead to a PhD degree issued by KU Leuven or jointly by KU Leuven and TU/e on condition that an academic approval will be granted to the candidate.