UCSB’s International Year of Light Symposium

The State of Light

Light and its myriad uses and benefits were the focus of UCSB’s International Year of Light Symposium

The best and brightest in lighting and light-based research came together Thursday, October 8, for UC Santa Barbara’s International Year of Light symposium. The daylong event at UCSB’s Corwin Pavilion highlighted the science and engineering behind the technology that has come to dominate not only communications and energy efficiency, but also medicine and entertainment.

The event, hosted by the UCSB College of Engineering and the campus’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE), was part of the worldwide celebration of the International Year of Light designated by the United Nations. Featured speakers, all on the cutting edge of lighting and light-based technology, included three of UCSB’s Nobel laureates — Herbert Kroemer, Alan Heeger and Shuji Nakamura. Each lectured on his work, while other symposium speakers discussed the many other advances and aspects of light-based research.