Project Lamp brings together a large team of scientists, engineers, extension agents and industry representatives from around the United States. Areas of expertise include agricultural economics, energy informatics, electrical and computer engineering, horticultural engineering, horticulture, impact evaluation, and photobiology. These areas of expertise represent both research and outreach. By combining these different areas of expertise, we can do things together that we would not be able to do by ourselves. Synergy amongst the participants is key to our success. To learn more about the people involved in this project, please check the team members from the different institutions below.
Dr. Joshua Craver's research focuses on enhancing vegetable and floriculture crop production in controlled environments. His work aims to evaluate whole-plant physiological and morphological responses to 1) optimize the timing and extent of production inputs; 2) improve the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources; and 3) increase the productivity and quality of crops produced in controlled environments. In Project LAMP, Dr. Craver will assess plant photobiology and lighting optimization for both greenhouse (supplemental lighting) and indoor (sole-source lighting) production of floriculture crops using light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Dr. Neil Mattson is director of Cornell’s Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) group. The CEA group has over 25 years of interdisciplinary research successfully integrating plant physiology, agricultural engineering, and computer science to improve efficiency of horticultural crop production systems. Current projects include determining the scalability of urban CEA (in light of its water use, carbon footprint, and economic impact) and determining response of tomatoes and strawberries to light and CO2 enrichment. In Project LAMP, Mattson is developing light intensity and quality strategies to improve quality and reduce crop time of flower and vegetable transplants. Dr. Mattson also leads the Outreach Team for the project.
Dr. A.J. Both is an agricultural engineer with research interests in environmental control for crop production systems and supplemental lighting, and systems engineering and renewable energy systems for controlled environment agriculture. He is a regular contributor for greenhouse publications such as Greenhouse Grower and Hort Americas. With Project LAMP, Dr. Both will focus on carbon footprint and life cycle assessment (LCA) of lighting systems, decision support system(s) for cost-effective lighting strategies, light distribution in tall plant canopies and lamp testing. He is also a member of our Outreach Team.
For more information, please see:
Rutgers' Faculty Page
Rutgers' Center for Controlled Environment Agriculture
Dr. Marc van Iersel oversees the UGA Horticulture Physiology Laboratory focused on photosynthesis and light use efficiency research. He also works on applied research in controlled agriculture environments. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including 2019 UGA Entrenpreneur of the Year and fellow of the American Society of Horticulture Science. He cofounded Candidus, Inc. with Erico Mattos where they transition greenhouse lighting technologies to products. For Project LAMP, van Iersel's research focuses on identifying the optimal light intensity and spectrum for the profitable production of crops in greenhouses and plant factories. Much of his work is based on developing a good understanding of plant physiological responses to light and to use that knowledge to develop optimized lighting strategies. Dr. van Iersel is the director of Project LAMP.
Dr. Maric Boudreau's research areas of interest include organizational change induced by information systems and technologies and energy informatics. With Project LAMP, Dr. Boudreau is working with Dr. Rick Watson to enhance Virtual Grower software to incorporate lighting optimizations via different scenarios leveraging historical solar energy and electricity rates for the major growing areas. From this data, they will assess large scale impacts for energy consumption. They will work with current users of Virtual Grower to investigate other ways the platform could help them reduce their lighting costs.
Dr. Ben Campbell’s research focuses mainly on the economics and marketing of greenhouse, nursery, and turf products. With respect to Project LAMP, Dr. Campbell will oversee the economic and consumer marketing components of the grant with a focus on understanding the feasibility of implementing lighting technologies in greenhouses and consumer reaction to these technologies. Campbell is a member of our Outreach Team.
Dr. Haidekker has a background in biomedical engineering and computer science. His research areas include biomedical imaging with a focus on optical and x-ray based tomographical imaging, and fluorescence sensing and imaging. For Project LAMP, he will develop sensors and instrumentation for single-plant and canopy-wide measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence and the plant's light use efficiency.
Dr. Kay Kelsey the director of the UGA Impact Evaluation Unit (IEU). IEU works with research teams to conduct project evaluations for broader impacts (BI) of a project. Dr. Kelsey has served as program evaluator, adult educator and qualitative research methodologist for over 25 years. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Scholar awards. For Project LAMP, Dr. Kelsey will direct impact evaluation services for the life of the project. She is also a member of our Outreach Team.
Dr. Tom Lawrence is former director and a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). His research interests are focused around energy and water efficiency in the built environment. For Project LAMP, he is working to investigate the impacts of the newer lighting systems on the indoor agricultural environments, such as thermal and air distribution effects. He is a also member of our Outreach team.
For more information, please see:
UGA Faculty page
UGA Engineering and Education Transformations Institute
Dr. WenZhan Song is the director of the UGA Center for Cyber-Physical Systems's and runs the UGA Sensorweb Research Laboratory. His research focuses on cyber-physical systems informatics and security and their applications in energy, health and the environment. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award. Song's Project LAMP work will focus on designing energy management algorithms, sensor networks and data analytics tools.
Dr. Javad Velni runs the UGA Complex Systems Control Laboratory (CSCL). CSCL is engaged in advancing several aspects of modeling and model-based control design for complex systems. His research interests involve multi-agent systems coordination, precision agriculture, secure control of cyber physical systems and modeling and model-based control of complex distribution systems. For Project LAMP, Dr. Velni and his group develop new model-based lighting control algorithms that take into account predictive information about the sunlight. His team will also implement and validate the to-be-developed control algorithms in inexpensive, yet powerful microcontrollers in greenhouses.
Dr. Rick Watson was for a decade the research director for the Advanced Practices Council of the Society for Information Management. His research interests include ecological sustainability, engery informatics and information systems strategy. He is a recipient of the Association for Information Systems' LEO Award for exceptional lifetime achievements in information systems. For Project LAMP, Dr. Watson will apply the principles of energy informatics to minimize the energy costs of supplemental lighting and will work with Dr. Maric Boudreau to enhance Virtual Grower.
Dr. Jennifer Boldt has over 25 years of experience in commercial greenhouse production, garden trial management and research. She and her ARS colleagues investigates production technologies, diseases, pests and abiotic stresses for greenhouse ornamental industries. Their goal is to transfer developed technologies to the industry through partnerships with state extension services and direct stakeholder activities. For Project LAMP, Dr. Boldt will update Virtual Grower software with the help of our research team. Virtual Grower allows greenhouse growers to estimate heating and lighting needs, predict crop growth, assist in scheduling, make real-time predictions of energy use, and assess supplemental lighting impacts on plant growth and development. Through Project LAMP, she will expand the lighting section of the software by integrating Project LAMP results to allow growers and our research teams to simulate specific lighting scenarios for different greenhouse operations to estimate the economics of supplemental lighting.
Dr. Kale Harbick recently joined USDA ARS as a research engineer. His research interests are in greenhouse engergy modeling and environmental controls. His expertise is in developing control algorithms to improve lighting and environmental parameters in greenhouses and plant factories. In Project LAMP, Dr. Harbick will work on energy modeling of CEA buildings using ASHRAE heat balance and other standard methodologies.
Dr. Bruce Bugbee is a crop physiologist who teaches graduate level courses in plant nutrition and plant physiology. He is well known for his work with NASA to determine potential crop yield in controlled environments and he is currently funded by NASA to study food production on Mars. Nine of his former students are now on the faculty at other Universities. In 2011, he received the Governor's Medal for Science from the State of Utah. Among his seminal achievements is a TED talk titled, “Turning Water into Food.” In 1996 he founded Apogee Instruments, a research-based company that develops and manufactures instrumentation for environmental monitoring. For Project LAMP, Dr. Bugbee will be working on crop growth and yield.