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Alp Durmus

Alp Durmus

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
Portland, OR 97204
(971) 940-7141


Prior to joining PNNL, Alp worked as a researcher and lecturer in the University of Sydney, Australia. His research and teaching focused on photometry, colorimetry, and visual perception. His doctoral research investigated ways to reduce the energy consumed by lighting by optimizing the spectral power distribution of illumination for object reflectance. Using computational simulations and visual experiments, this research aims to enable the design of advanced lighting systems that detect object colors and project dynamic and customized light spectra.

Alp was a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee and the Australian representative of Division 8: Image Technology at the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). He has been awarded HJ Cowan Architectural Science Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).

Research Interests

  • Human factors in lighting and lighting quality
  • Lighting optimization
  • Visual perception
  • Colorimetry
  • Application of next-generation lighting technologies

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., in Electrical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University
  • M.S., in Architectural Lighting Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., in Architecture, University of Sydney
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas