Bio

Since January 2012, I have been working at Philips Color Kinetics. I regularly speak at events focused on innovations in lighting and urbanism, for example, at Meeting of the Minds 2012 in San Francisco. I also lead innovation projects that allow us to explore new application spaces such as Street Seats. Read on for my official bio.

Susanne Seitinger, City Innovations Manager for Philips Color Kinetics, is responsible for leading the research and strategy around the impact of programmable LED lighting elements to create safe, inviting and responsive urban environments. Her combined background in architecture, urban planning and human-computer interaction is comprised of research and design projects like the Digital Mile in Zaragoza and Urban Pixels, wireless LED pixels for ad-hoc media façades. LightBridge, her most recent project in honor of MIT’s 150th anniversary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, used new configurations of low-resolution displays and sensor-activated urban screens to showcase the potential of responsive infrastructures in future urban lighting plans.

Seitinger comes to Philips Color Kinetics from MIT where she was a post-doc at the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her PhD dissertation there—Liberated Pixels: Alternative Narratives for Lighting Future Cities—explored the aesthetic and interactive potentials for future lighting and display infrastructures.

Seitinger received a BA from Princeton University as well as a PhD, MS and MCP from MIT.