What If We Thought of a Lighting System as a Teammate?


Andrea Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Corey Fallon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Rachel Fitzgerald, Stantec

Location: Nassau

March 20, 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am EST

Credits 1.5 LU | Elective


Have you ever thought of your phone or watch as a teammate? What about a lighting system? Or are you more apt to think of lighting controls as a foe? This presentation will explore the interaction between humans and lighting systems through the lens of human-machine teaming. We propose that human-machine teaming research can serve as a useful guide for design and improved interaction with lighting systems. Join a human factors psychologist, lighting researcher and lighting designer to consider how thinking of a lighting system as a teammate may change the way we design now and in the future.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be able to explain human-machine teaming.
  • Attendees will understand how human-machine teaming can influence the lighting industry.
  • Attendees will be able to explore new ways of thinking about how we interact with technology and lighting systems.
  • Attendees will be able to apply action uncertainty principles when designing adaptive lighting systems.


Andrea Wilkerson
Andrea Wilkerson
Senior Lighting Research Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Andrea Wilkerson is a Senior Lighting Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, focusing on the evaluation of emerging lighting technology in support of the U.S. DOE SSL Program. She earned her doctorate from Penn State and her BS and MAE from the University of Nebraska in the respective architectural engineering programs. Andrea serves as an Associate Editor of LEUKOS, as President of the IALD Education Trust Board of Directors, on the NCQLP Exam committee and the Oregon State University School of Civil and Construction Engineering Industry Advisory Board.

Rachel Fitzgerald
Rachel Fitzgerald
Lighting Designer

Rachel Fitzgerald is a Principal and the Discipline Lead for Lighting Design at Stantec, with 20-years of experience providing exterior and interior lighting designs for hospitality, mixed-use, retail, corporate, civic/government, education, and recreation facilities. She is a leading expert on how lighting and daylighting drive health and wellbeing, and her commitment to designing highly sustainable and human-centric spaces has resulted in more than three dozen design awards. Rachel is an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado and serves on the Board of Directors of the IALD and the IALD Education Trust.

Corey Fallon
Corey Fallon
Human Factors Psychologist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Corey Fallon is a human factors psychologist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a MS in human factors psychology and a PhD in experimental psychology with applied experience working as a cognitive systems engineer. Fallon has studied a variety of constructs in human factors psychology throughout his career, including decision-making, emotion, situation awareness, personality, and stress. Fallon’s work at PNNL has focused on studying the human factors risks associated with the integration of new tools into existing workflows and developing training and design solution to mitigate these risks. His primary area of research focus is on human-machine teaming with a particular emphasis on improving interaction with artificial intelligence.

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