The Illuminator is a sensor network based intelligent light control system for entertainment and media production, created in a collaboration between UCLA's Networked and Embedded Systems Laboratory (NESL) and UCLA REMAP.
Unlike most sensor network applications that focus on sensing alone, a distinctive aspect of Illuminator is that it closes the loop from light sensing to control of lights. To satisfy the high-performance light sensing requirements in entertainment and media production applications, the system uses Illumimote, which is a multi-modal and high fidelity light sensor module that is well suited to wireless sensor networks. The Illuminator system provides a toolset to characterize lights, to generate desired lighting effects for user constraints expressed in a formal language, and to help set up lights. Given light configuration, Illuminator computes at run-time optimal light settings using an optimization framework based on a genetic algorithm.
NESL (Networked and Embedded Systems Laboratory)