How Tech is Changing Lighting Design Calculations

  • February 15, 2024
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lighting design is a complex profession, whose tools have struggled to keep up with the pace of design.  This talk will give a quick review of historical methods for calculations and move onto new paradigms for lighting analysis. The web, cloud computing, daylight, BIM, and artificial intelligence are shaping a new generation of design tools.  This talk will review how these advances are changing the practice of lighting design.


Daniel Glaser, PhD

Glaser is passionate about building tools for lighting design. He has interests in lighting science, technology, application; as well as in cognition, math at work, human-factors, and computer science.

After getting engineering degrees in Computer Science (BS Columbia, MEng Cornell), Glaser studied architectural lighting at UC Berkeley receiving a MS in Architecture and interdisciplinary PhD. Glaser’s research was funded by the California Institute of Energy Efficiency, University of California Energy Institute, and the IES Lucas Memorial Scholarship. He published in leading building science and computer science journals Building and Environment and ACM Human Computer Interaction, and others. While at Berkeley, Glaser’s personal path through the lighting industry started as a member of the IES in 2003, participating in the IES Golden Gate (San Francisco) Chapter. In addition, he learned advanced lighting simulation through collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and
their Radiance efforts.

Dan leads LightStanza’s R+D efforts, recognized by Innovation Grants by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Glaser is a frequent speaker at major industry venues including LightFair International, Greenbuild, and the DOE Radiance Workshop. Glaser has also taught classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Pacific Energy Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and others. For over a decade, Glaser has been an active member of different IES technical committees.

Glaser is a vegetarian, and doesn’t own a car because he has to save all his money to support his summer watermelon habit. He enjoys riding his fold-up bike between meetings and to and from airports.




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Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave S UNIT 110,, Seattle, Washington, 98144, United States