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Designing Interactive Lighting workshop at DIS 2012

June 11th 2012, Newcastle in conjunction with the Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference (


The Light Emitting Diode is a game changing technology. The rules for designing with light now have to be rewritten as this technology offers the designer radically new opportunities. LEDs can be applied in their thousands in luminaires or embedded in the architecture, and all could be controlled individually to obtain the perfect lighting design. These developments are certainly exciting but we need to understand how they will enhance people’s lives for the better. For this workshop, the aim is to explore new ways of interacting with light that suits our ideas for the future and exploits the possibilities of the LED.
The main goals of the workshop are:
Identify key design challenges for new forms of interactive lighting systems in a multi-user context.
Establish a link with existing interaction paradigms that can be (re-)used for control of future lighting systems.
Idea generation session on UI design for interactive lighting
Topics of interest include:
Interaction design for lighting systems
Adaptation of existing UI paradigms to lighting systems
User studies of interactions that are or can be applied to interactive lighting systems
Design of smart lighting systems
Evaluation methodologies relevant to multi-user interactive lighting systems

Results of the rapid prototyping session

Three different levels of interactive lighting were explored: personal, shared, and public

Personal light


Hospital lighting


Street lighting



Emile Aarts, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Norbert Streitz, Smart Future Initiative (Germany)
Bernt Meerbeek, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Jon Mason, Philips Research (The Netherlands)
Alexander Wiethoff, University of Munich, (Germany)
Harm van Essen, Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
Serge Offermans, Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands)
Andrés Lucero, Nokia Research Center (Finland)

Accepted Papers

Bert Bongers, Marianne van den Akker. Light Pointer, Eindhoven University of Technology  Download PDF
William Delamare, Céline Coutrix, Laurence Nigay. Pointing in the Physical World for Light Source Selection, Université Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble  Download PDF
Harm van Essen, Serge Offermans, Berry Eggen. Exploring the Role of Autonomous System Behavior in Lighting Control, Eindhoven University of Technology  Download PDF
Jaakko Hakulinen, Markku Turunen, Tomi Heimonen. Light Control Architecture for Multimodal Interaction in Physical and Augmented Environments, University of Tampere  Download PDF
Andrés Lucero. Mobile Devices to Interact With Lighting, Nokia Research  Download PDF
Astrid Mody. Ambiguous walls – Reflections on responsive luminous textile surfaces, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur and Philips Research  Download PDF
Heiko Müller, Jutta Fortmann, Martin Pielot, Tobias Hesselmann, Benjamin Poppinga, Wilko Heuten, Niels Henze and Susanne Boll.AmbiX: Designing Ambient Light Information Displays, OFFIS and University of Oldenburg  Download PDF
Henrika Pihlajaniemi, Toni Österlund, Anna Luusua, Tuulikki Tanska. LightStories: Designing and Evaluating Interactive and Participatory Urban Lighting, University of Oulu  Download PDF
Esther Rolinson. ‘Melt’ Installation Prototype, Rolinson Craig Ltd  Download PDF
Esben Skouboe Poulsen, Hans Jørgen Andersen, Ole B. Jensen. Full Scale Experiment with Interactive Urban Lighting, Aalborg University  Download PDF
Jurgen Westerhoff, Richard van de Sluis, Jon Mason, Dzmitry Aliakseyeu. M-Beam: A Tangible Atmosphere Creation Interface, Philips Research  Download PDF
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