Professor and Associate Director Thomas D.C. Little to deliver
invited talk at the founding conference for Visible Light
Communication in China
August 19, 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY – Thomas D.C. Little, professor of Electrical and
Computer Engineering at Boston University and Associate Director of the Smart Lighting
Engineering Research Center is invited to speak at the inaugural China Visible Light
Communication (VLC) Industry Technology Innovation and Application Alliance Conference.
Sponsored by the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Science and Technology and
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the conference will be held August 27-28,
2014 at Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, Guangzhou, Guangdong,
Visible Light Communications (VLC) is a hot topic with growing interest worldwide. Based
on the current state of technology, VLC is poised for adoption and commercial growth. Dr.
Little’s talk will explore some of the dominant use cases and applications of VLC anticipated
to appear in the marketplace in the next few years. Dr. Little will discuss current research
efforts in VLC at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center.
Professor Little is the Associate Dean for Educational Initiatives in
the College of Engineering at BU, and is the Associate Director of
the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC),
headquartered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy,
NY. The ERC is funded by the National Science Foundation and is
a collaboration of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University
of New Mexico, and Boston University.
Prof. Little’s efforts include research in video sensor networks and
streaming in wireless settings, ubiquitous optical networking with
visible light, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and the application
of wireless sensors in health monitoring.
Dr. Little received his BS degree in biomedical engineering from RPI in 1983, his MS
degree in electrical engineering and PhD degree in computer engineering from Syracuse
University in 1989 and 1991. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE
Computer and Communications Societies and a member of the Association for Computing