Adaptive Urban Lighting

The aim of the “Adaptive Urban Lighting – Algorithm Aided Lighting Design” project is to research and develop the use of algorithmic design methods in designing adaptive urban lighting. The research process is supported by trace data collected in ongoing collaborative UBI Urban Informatics projects. Lighting is approached as an experiential element of public urban spaces in northern conditions. Adaptive lighting is seen in this project as an intelligent system, which reacts to user actions and changes in environmental conditions. The benefits of adaptive urban lighting are connected e.g. with energy savings, traffic safety and the feeling of security of pedestrians, and with the experiential value of an artificially lit environment. The project is mainly funded by the Academy of Finland and it will be carried out during 2011-2013 in the University of Oulu Department of Architecture.

In the project, the algorithmic methods and tools for designing artificial lighting solutions will be developed in use scenarios. The scenarios will be constructed and studied in virtual surroundings. Algorithms will be used to analyse, to optimise and to control the artificial lighting solutions. Based on the scenarios, living lab demos in real urban environments will be designed and built. The effects of intelligent lighting to the experiential and attractive nature of urban space in everyday situations will be studied.