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Kevin Houser

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

kwh101@psu.edu

814-863-3555

Research Areas:

Building Illumination Systems, Interdisciplinary Building Systems

Interest Areas:

Lighting, illuminating engineering, light sources, color, daylighting, sustainability, building energy use, energy efficiency.

 
 

 

Education

Publications

Books

  • David L DiLaura, Kevin W Houser, Richard G Mistrick and Gary R Steffy, 2011, The lighting handbook

Journal Articles

  • Kevin W Houser, 2017, "Editorial. Rules versus Principles", LEUKOS, 13, (2), pp. 57-58
  • Kevin W Houser, 2016, "Editorial. The AMA’s Misguided Report on Human and Environmental Effects of LED Lighting", LEUKOS, 13, (1), pp. 1-2
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Aurelien David and Michael Krames, 2016, "Colour gamut size and shape influence colour preference", Lighting Research and Technology
  • Michael Royer, Andrea Wilkerson, Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser and Robert Davis, 2016, "Human perceptions of colour rendition vary with average fidelity, average gamut, and gamut shape", Lighting Research and Technology
  • Kevin W Houser, 2016, "Editorial. Lighting Research Priorities", LEUKOS, 12, (3), pp. 111-112
  • Minchen Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2016, "Systematic Changes in Gamut Size Affect Color Preference", LEUKOS, 13, (1), pp. 23-32
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Aurelien David and Michael R Krames, 2015, "Perceptual responses to LED illumination with colour rendering indices of 85 and 97", Lighting Research and Technology, 47, (7), pp. 18
  • Steve Fotios, Deniz Atli, Chris Cheal, Kevin W Houser and Ásta Logadóttir, 2015, "Lamp spectrum and spatial brightness at photopic levels: A basis for developing a metric", Lighting Research and Technology, 47, (1), pp. 80–102
  • Kevin W Houser, Michele Mossman, Kevin Smet and Lorne Whitehead, 2015, "Tutorial: color rendering and its applications in lighting", LEUKOS, 12, (1,2), pp. 7-26
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "International Year of Light", LEUKOS, 11, (2), pp. 47
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "Supplemental Material", LEUKOS, 11, (1), pp. 1–2
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "The LED Surprise", LEUKOS, 11, (3), pp. 107
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "Darkness", LEUKOS, 11, (4), pp. 173
  • I Ashdown, G Avile, L Bennett, R Burkett, A Choi, L Conway, M Deroos, J Druzik, P Gregory, K Houser and others, 2015, "Correspondence: In support of the IES method of evaluating light source colour rendition", Lighting Research and Technology, 47, (8), pp. 1029–1034
  • Aurelien David, Paul T Fini, Kevin W Houser, Yoshi Ohno, Michael P Royer, Kevin AG Smet, Minchen Wei and Lorne Whitehead, 2015, "Development of the IES method for evaluating the color rendition of light sources", Optics express, 23, (12), pp. 15888–15906
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "Introduction to the Special Issue on Color Rendition", LEUKOS, 12, (1-2), pp. 1–2
  • Minchen Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2015, "What is the cause of apparent preference for sources with chromaticity below the blackbody locus?", LEUKOS, 12, (1-2), pp. 95–99
  • Kevin W Houser, 2014, "Opinion on Proposed Rulemaking: CRI Should Not Become Law", LEUKOS, 10, (4), pp. 181–182
  • Kevin W Houser, 2014, "To Use or Not To Use TM-24?", LEUKOS, 10, (2), pp. 57–58
  • Kevin W Houser, Minchen Wei, Aurélien David and Michael R Krames, 2014, "Whiteness perception under LED illumination", Leukos, 10, (3), pp. 165–180
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Brian A Orland, Dean H Lang, Nilam Ram, Martin J Sliwinski and Mallika Bose, 2014, "Field study of office worker responses to fluorescent lighting of different CCT and lumen output", Journal of Environmental Psychology, 39, pp. 62–76
  • Brian A Orland, Nilam Ram, Teresa C Lang, Kevin W Houser, Nate Kling and Michael Coccia, 2014, "Saving Energy in an Office Environment: A Serious Game Intervention.", Energy and Buildings, 74, pp. 43-52
  • Kevin W Hou ander, , 2014, "Something Happened on the Way to a Target Illuminance", LEUKOS, 10, (1), pp. 2-Jan
  • Kevin W Houser, 2014, "Title and Abstract", LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 10, (3), pp. 117-118
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Gary R Allen and William W Beers, 2014, "Color preference under LEDs with diminished yellow emission", Leukos, 10, (3), pp. 119–131
  • A David, M R Krames and Kevin W Houser, 2013, "Whiteness metric for light sources of arbitrary color temperatures: proposal and application to light-emitting-diodes.", Optics express, 21, (14), pp. 16702-15
  • Kevin W Houser, M Wei, A David, M R Krames and X S Shen, 2013, "Review of measures for light-source color rendition and considerations for a two-measure system for characterizing color rendition.", Optics express, 21, (8), pp. 10393-411
  • KW Houser, SA Fotios and MP Royer, 2013, "A test of the S/P ratio as a correlate for brightness perception using rapid-sequential and side-by-side experimental protocols"
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Brian A Orland, Dean H Lang, Nilam Ram, Martin J Sliwinski and Mallika Bose, 2013, "Office worker response to fluorescent lamps of different CCT and lumen output", Proceedings of Architectural Engineering Institue, pp. 554–563
  • Steve A Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2013, "Using forced choice discrimination to measure the perceptual response to light of different characteristics", Leukos, 9, (4), pp. 245–259
  • Kevin W Houser, 2013, "If not CRI, then what?", LEUKOS, 9, (3), pp. 151–153
  • Kevin W Houser, 2013, "The Scholarly Archive of IES and the Future of LEUKOS", LEUKOS, 9, (4), pp. 221–222
  • Kevin W Houser, 2013, "Report: Nine for Thirteen", Architectural Lighting, 27, (1), pp. 26-30
  • Kevin W Houser, 2012, "History is Today", LEUKOS, 9, (2), pp. 77–78
  • Kevin W Houser, 2012, "LED Troffers: A Glaring Omission", LEUKOS, 9, (1), pp. 5–7
  • Kevin W Houser, 2012, "LLD for LEDs", LEUKOS, 8, (4), pp. 233–236
  • Kevin W Houser, 2012, "Public Policy, Lighting Quality, and the Incandescent Lamp", LEUKOS, 8, (3), pp. 159–160
  • Minchen Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2012, "Status of solid-state lighting based on entries to the 2010 US DOE Next Generation Luminaire competition", Leukos, 8, (4), pp. 237–259
  • MP Royer, KW Houser and AM Wilkerson, 2012, "Color discrimination capability under highly structured spectra", Color Research & Application, 37, (6), pp. 441–449
  • Michael Royer, Noel H Ballentine, Paul J Eslinger, Kevin W Houser, Richard G Mistrick, Richard A Behr and Kirk Rakos, 2012, "Light therapy for seniors in long term care", Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13, (2), pp. 100–102
  • Michael P Royer and Kevin W Houser, 2012, "Spatial brightness perception of trichromatic stimuli", Leukos, 9, (2), pp. 89–108
  • David L DiLaura, Rita M Harrold, Kevin W Houser, Richard G Mistrick and Gary R Steffy, 2011, "A procedure for determining target illuminances", Leukos, 7, (3), pp. 145–158
  • Kevin W Houser, Minchen Wei and Michael P Royer, 2011, "Illuminance Uniformity of Outdoor Sports Lighting", LEUKOS, 7, (4), pp. 221–235
  • Kevin W Houser, 2011, "Light, light, light", LEUKOS, 8, (1), pp. 5–7
  • Kevin W Houser, M. P. Royer and R. G. Mistrick, 2010, "Light Loss Factors for Sports Lighting", LEUKOS, 6, (3), pp. 183-201
  • Kevin W Houser, 2010, "Project CANDLE: A Virus that Cures", Lighting Design + Application, 40, (12), pp. 32-34
  • KW Houser, MP Royer and RG Mistrick, 2010, "Light loss factors for sports lighting", Leukos, 6, (3), pp. 183–201
  • SA Fotios and KW Houser, 2009, "Research methods to avoid bias in categorical ratings of brightness", Leukos, 5, (3), pp. 167–181
  • E. Donoff and Kevin W Houser, 2009, "Investing in Students and Helping to Guide Lighting Education?s Future", Architectural Lighting, 23, (7), pp. p. 56
  • SA Fotios, KW Houser and C Cheal, 2008, "Counterbalancing needed to avoid bias in side-by-side brightness matching tasks", Leukos, 4, (4), pp. 207–223
  • SA Fotios and KW Houser, 2007, "Research of lamp SPD effects on the perception of interior spaces: the current state of knowledge", 26th session of the CIE. Beijing 4 July–11 July 2007. Proceedings
  • Xin Hu, Kevin W Houser and Dale K Tiller, 2006, "Higher color temperature lamps may not appear brighter", Leukos, 3, (1), pp. 69–81
  • Xin Hu and Kevin W Houser, 2006, "Large-field color matching functions", Color Research & Application, 31, (1), pp. 18–29
  • J Brent Protzman and Kevin W Houser, 2006, "LEDs for general illumination: The state of the science", Leukos, 3, (2), pp. 121–142
  • Kevin W Houser, Dale K Tiller and Xin Hu, 2005, "Tuning the fluorescent spectrum for the trichromatic visual response: A pilot study", Leukos, 1, (1), pp. 7–23
  • J Brent Protzman and Kevin W Houser, 2005, "On the relationship between object modeling and the subjective response", LEUKOS, 2, (1), pp. 13–28
  • Xin Hu and Kevin W Houser, 2005, "Algebraic expression of the CIE Standard Observers and Stockman Cone Fundamentals", LEUKOS, 1, (4), pp. 81-90
  • Kevin W Houser, 2005, "A Proposal for a Standard File Format for the Electronic Transfer of Spectral Data and Related Information", Leukos, 1, (3), pp. 19–30
  • Kevin W Houser and Xin Hu, 2005, "The UNL trichromatic colorimeter", Color Research & Application, 30, (3), pp. 209–220
  • Xin Hu and Kevin W Houser, 2004, "Algebraic expression of the V(?) function", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 33, (1), pp. 30–33
  • Kevin W Houser and Xin Hu, 2004, "Visually matching daylight fluorescent lamplight with two primary sets", Color Research & Application, 29, (6), pp. 428–437
  • Xin Guo and Kevin W Houser, 2004, "A review of colour rendering indices and their application to commercial light sources", Lighting Research and Technology, 36, (3), pp. 183–197
  • Kevin W Houser and Dale K Tiller, 2003, "Measuring the subjective response to interior lighting: paired comparisons and semantic differential scaling", Lighting Research and Technology, 35, (3), pp. 183–195
  • Xin Hu and Kevin W Houser, 2003, "Spectral and electrical performance of screw-based dimmable compact fluorescent lamps", Lighting Research and Technology, 35, (4), pp. 331–342
  • Xin Hu and Kevin W Houser, 2003, "A versatile spectral lamp measurement system", Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on, 52, (3), pp. 832–838
  • KW Houser, DK Tiller, CA Bernecker and RG Mistrick, 2002, "The subjective response to linear fluorescent direct/indirect lighting systems", Lighting Research and Technology, 34, (3), pp. 243–260
  • Kevin W Houser and Ronald B Gibbons, 2000, "Composite CRI", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 29, (2), pp. 119–134
  • Kevin W Houser, Dale K Tiller and Ivaldo C Pasini, 1999, "Toward the accuracy of lighting simulations in physically based computer graphics software", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 28, (1), pp. 117–129
  • Brian W Tansley, Kevin W Houser and Ivan C Pasini, 1999, "The IQCam digital image photometer system: principles of operation and comparative performance", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 28, (1), pp. 182–200

Conference Proceedings

  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Aurelien David and Michael Krames, 2016, "Effect of gamut shape on colour preference", International Commission on Illumination, CIE x042:2016, pp. 32-41
  • Kevin W Houser and Michael Royer, 2015, "Evaluating light source color rendition using the IES TM-30-15 method", PLDC 5th Global Lighting Design Convention, VIA-Verlag, pp. 132-134
  • Minchen Wei, Kevin W Houser, Aurelien David and Michael Krames, 2014, "Blue-pumped White LEDs Fail to Render Whiteness", International Commission on Illumination, Vienna, Austria
  • Aurelien David, Michael Krames, Minchen Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2014, "Whiteness Metric for Light Sources", International Commission on Illumination, Vienna, Austria
  • Aurelien David, Michael R Krames, Minchen Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2013, "Whiteness enhancement by LED sources", IES Annual Conference 2013, pp. 26–29
  • M Wei and Kevin W Houser, 2012, "Colour discrimination of seniors with and without cataract surgery under illumination from two fluorescent lamp types", Proceedings of CIE, pp. 359–368
  • Kevin W Houser, M. P. Royer and R. G. Mistrick, 2009, "Empirical Light Loss Factors for Sports Lighting", Annual Conference of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
  • S. A. Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2009, "Tuning the spectrum of lighting to enhance spatial brightness: Investigations of research methods", Experiencing Light 2009, pp. 41-52
  • S. A. Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2009, "Tuning the Spectrum to Match Human Vision: An opportunity for LED arrays", CIE Light & Lighting Conference
  • Steve Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2008, "Measuring Lamp SPD Affect on the Perception of Interior Spaces: Frequently This is Misleading", Balkan Light, 10, pp. 69–78

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • Michael Royer and Kevin W Houser, 2016, "Color rednering: What do we want?", Lighting Design + Application, 46, (12), pp. 54-58
  • Kevin W Houser, 2015, "The case for TM-30", Lighting Design + Application, 45, (12), pp. 10-11

Technical Reports

  • Aurelien David, Randy Burkett, Paul Fini, Kevin W Houser, Yoshi Ohno, Michael Royer, Kees Teunissen and Minchen Wei, 2015, "IES TM-30-15 IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition"
  • S Fotios, U Engelke, P Hanselaer, Kevin W Houser, A Logadottir, B Nagy, K Niall, O da Pos, D Simmons, L Tassinary, J Vanrie, M Wei and M Withouk, 2014, "CIE 212:2014: Guidance towards best practice in psychophysical procedures used when measuring relative spatial brightness", pp. 67

Working Papers

Other

  • S. Fotios, D. Atli, C. Cheal, Kevin W Houser and A. Logadóttir, 2012, "A Review of Lamp Spectrum and Spatial Brightness"
  • S. A. Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2009, "Tuning Lamp Spectral Power to Improve the Perception of Interior Spaces", pp. 417-422
  • S. A. Fotios and Kevin W Houser, 2009, "Visual Effects of Lamp Spectrum: the Perception of Interior Spaces", pp. 13-16
  • Kevin W Houser, 2009, "IES PS-02-09 Integrated Building Design", pp. 2
  • Kevin W Houser, 2009, "CIE 185:2009 Reappraisal of Colour Matching and Grassmann's Laws", pp. 20
  • Kevin W Houser, 1997, "A Study of the Subjective Response to Linear Fluorescent Direct/indirect Lighting Systems"

Research Projects

  • August 2009 - December 2017, "Project CANDLE," (Sponsor: ).
  • January 2017 - May 2017, "Evaluating Adjustable Color Temperature for Surgical Lighting," (Sponsor: STERIS Corporation).

Honors and Awards

  • Taylor Technical Talent Award, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2013 - 2013
  • Fellow, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2013 - 2013
  • Taylor Technical Talent Award, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2011 - 2011
  • IES Presidential Award, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2011 - 2011
  • Lightfair Innovation Judge’s Citation Award, Lightfair International, 2011 - 2011
  • Leon Gaster Award, Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, 2005 - 2005
  • Taylor Technical Talent Award, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2005 - 2005
  • Holling Family Master Teacher Award, University of Nebraska College of Engineering, 2003 - 2003
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Nebraska College of Engineering, 2003 - 2003
  • Student Advisory Board Professor of the Month, University of Nebraska College of Engineering, February 2003 - February 2003
  • Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, University of Nebraska College of Engineering, 2002 - 2002
  • Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Nebraska, 2001 - 2001

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Member, Study Abroad Committee, August 2015 - August 2017
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, August 2015 - August 2017
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, August 2015 - August 2017
  • Chairperson, Faculty/Staff Honors & Awards Committee, August 2015 - August 2016
  • , Member, College of Engineering Global Leadership in Engineering Education (GLEE) Committee, August 2009 - August 2014
  • , AE Graduate Program Officer, August 2013 - August 2014
  • , Chair, AE Graduate Studies Committee, August 2013 - August 2014
  • , Member, AE Executive Committee, August 2013 - August 2014
  • , Member, AE Undergraduate Studies Committee, August 2009 - August 2014
  • , Member, Committee Review of Length of AE Program ("4 + 1 Committee"), January 2014 - August 2014
  • , Member, P&T Interim Review Committee for Michele Vigeant, March 2014 - April 2014
  • Reference letter writerWriting Reference Letters., for various organizations., January 2008

Service to External Organizations:

  • Advisor, International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Expert Symposium on Research Methods, July 2015 - August 2018
  • Advisor, Illuminating Engineering Society, Research Symposium Committee, January 2015 - April 2016
  • Member, International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Division 3 Lighting Research Advisory Task Group, May 2012
  • Advisor, July 2012
  • Board Member, Lux Pacifica, November 2010
  • Member, Illuminating Engineering Society, Visual Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution Committee, August 1999
  • Member, Illuminating Engineering Society, Color Metrics Task Group, August 2013
  • Member, Illuminating Engineering Society, Board Advisory Committee on Technical Documents, March 2014
  • Member, Illuminating Engineering Society, Whiteness Task Group, March 2014
 


 

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