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New International Lighting Non-Profit Founded In Canada

The All Things Lighting Association (ATLA) has been founded as a non-profit organization to advance, support, promote, and contribute to innovation, science, and engineering in all fields of lighting, including architecture, health, horticulture, and entertainment. ATLA was founded with three goals:

  1. To provide ATLA S001, Standard Format for the Electronic Transfer of Luminaire Optical Data, and ATLA S001-A, Amendment to Standard Format for the Electronic Transfer of Luminaire Optical Data, Including JSON Specification, as freely-available standards for lighting industry adoption. ATLA S001 has been published as ANSI/IES TM-33-18 and (in Italian) UNI 11733:2019, and ATLA S001-A is a work product of CIE Technical Committee 2-92. If approved, ATLA S001-A will likely become a joint CIE/ISO standard. It is also under consideration by the IES as a successor to TM-33-18.
  2. To curate blog articles and other resources (such as bibliographies) on lighting research issues. Lighting research has become increasingly cross-disciplinary over the past decade or so, and it can be difficult for both researchers and lighting professionals to understand the broader scope. The articles are intended to examine specific issues and provide references to the literature that both support the presented information and offer a guide for more in-depth study. The initial postings are my blog articles from the last eight years, but peer-reviewed contributions from other authors will be welcomed.
  3. SunTracker Technologies has employed eleven university students and graduates over the past four years for its lighting-related research projects, as well as providing annual scholarships. SunTracker Technologies Senior Scientist, Ian Ashdown, has also been mentoring graduate students in a number of disciplines from North America, Europe, Africa, and India. ATLA will provide a framework to coordinate this work, including documentation, research resources, discussion, and networking, for students and others involved in lighting-related research.

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