At ILI we are convinced that education needs to evolve alongside new research results and other insights. The organization of the educational activities within ILI are therefore by definition undergoing a continuous optimization process. We take this task very seriously to contribute our fair share towards educating the professionals and scientists of tomorrow.

Bachelor College

After the successful implementation of the bachelor college, the ILI education activities center around the two main streams “The Secret Life of Light” (USE trajectory) and “The liberation of light” (technical trajectory). The program creates a common basis for each of the trajectories in its exploration phase (Course Light & Experience) before branching off into the trajectories. The USE trajectory includes the courses “Advancing Light for Human Functioning” (Specialization) and “Secret Life of Light - USE project” (Application). The technical trajectory contains the courses “Physics of Light & Lighting Design” (Specialization) and “Liberation of Light – Technical Project” (Application).

Students can gain the ILI Certificate “Engineering intelligent Lighting” if they successfully complete both trajectories. Since this program was implemented, we have experienced an increasing number of participants indicating that the ILI courses suit the needs of bachelor students.

Master courses

The launch of the graduate school implements a new philosophy for the education at TU/e. Graduate students have more freedom of choice within their studies. As examples for this, students can choose specialization electives and other elective courses in addition to the core courses of their program.

In addition to aligning existing courses to the new requirements, the launch of the graduate school also provides the opportunity to create new courses to invite students from various disciplines to lighting education. Some of the new courses will be briefly introduced:

0HM200 Psychology of light & Time:

Light, darkness and color have a profound impact on biological and psychological processes, far beyond ergonomics and performance on visual tasks. Whereas aspects of visual performance and visual comfort may be addressed in courses on perception and lighting design respectively, this course centers on the biological and psychological impact of the light conditions we live, work and play in. Through lectures and interactive discussions on selected readings, students are introduced to the domain of chronobiology, and then learn about the image-forming and non-image forming pathways of light relevant to psychological functioning. Relevant application domains include health, wellbeing, cognitive performance, mood and (social) behavior change.

7S880 Lighting Technology:

Instead of adapting an existing course, the course lighting technology was completely re-designed to fit into the graduate school concept. The lecture stream provide a broad foundation of lighting-related knowledge ranging from the various radiometric and photometric quantities over colourimetry, daylight, quality aspects of lighting, lamps and luminaires, controls to calculation methods. An assignment on lighting simulation and one on field measurements complete the course with applied content. Although part of the core courses in the Building Physics and Services Master program, this course is also designed for students of different disciplines.

7S885 Capita Selecta Lighting Technology:

Next to the fundamental knowledge, there is a need for introducing specialized knowledge for lighting. The “selected chapters” offer such a specialized knowledge. The course content will remain dynamic in order to create the opportunity to introduce latest research findings into the education. Next to the lectures, students will also provide content by researching a topic and presenting/teaching it to their peers. The students learn to approach lighting tasks with a broader knowledge base and thus providing more sophisticated analyses, apply their knowledge in research or design projects, as well as research and understand a lighting topic and summarize it for others.