Francis Rubinstein is a retired Staff Scientist within the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division. He led a team whose research focuses on digital lighting controls and energy-efficient buildings. He developed a low-cost building equipment control network (IBECS) that will allow lighting fixtures and other building equipment to be operated and controlled wirelessly from the Internet. He is an internationallyrecognized expert in advanced lighting controls research and has managed several major demonstrations of lighting control systems including the Philip Burton Federal Building for which he was awarded the Vice-Presidential National Performance Award. He was DOE’s lighting expert for the Greening of the White House Initiative under President Clinton in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and is current Chair of the IESNA Research Committee. Before joining LBNL in 1979, he spent two years as a photometric test engineer for Prescolite. He received a BA in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976.
2012 Taylor Technical Talent Award - October 10th 2012
A paper titled “Lighting Controls in Commercial Buildings” has received the 2012 Taylor Technical Talent Award of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. The award recognizes superior application papers. Its authors are Alison Williams, Barbara Atkinson, Karina Garbesi, Erik Page, and Francis Rubinstein. All authors are with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Environmental Energy Technologies Division except Erik Page of Erik Page & Associates Inc. Published in: Leukos Vol. 8 No. 3, Jan. 2012, pp. 161-80.
BuildSys 2011 Best Paper Award - November 1st 2011
For their paper, "Co-simulation Based Building Controls Implementation with Networked Sensors and Actuators".
Innovative Application of Commercial and Industrial Technology Award - April 16th 2008
For its innovation in the use of technology to substantially improve the performance of its commercial and industrial demand response programs. Members of the development team included Mary Ann Piette, Francis Rubinstein, Sila Kiliccote, and Rish Ghatikar. Read more at Today at Berkeley Lab
Sol Cohn Memorial Award, Illuminating Engineering Society - September 14th 1999
For Outstanding Contributions to the Fields of Lighting and Vision.
Paper of Distinction Award, Illuminating Engineering Society - February 2nd 1999
For paper: "Preliminary Results from an Advanced Lighting Controls Testbed".
Hammer Award - October 7th 1996
For San Francisco Federal Building testbed, 450 Golden Gate.
The Hammer Award is presented to teams of federal employees who have made significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles.
The Award is the Vice President's answer to yesterday's government and its $400 hammer. Fittingly, the award consists of a $6.00 hammer, a ribbon, and a note from Vice President Gore, all in an aluminum frame. More than 1,200 Hammer Awards have been presented to teams comprised of federal employees, state and local employees, and citizens who are working to build a better government.
First Prize Paper Award, The Production and Application of Light Committee, IEEE and the Industrial Applications Society - April 18th 1990
For co-authoring report: "50% Energy Savings with Automatic Lighting Controls".
Citation, <em>Progressive Architecture</em> Magazine - March 6th 1989
For Skylight Design Manual and software.