CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Merced continues its path-breaking work in bringing computational innovation to bear on societal problems. Recent developments include forecasting for solar resources, new sensors for environmental monitoring and assessment, intelligent autonomous systems to assist humans in difficult scenarios such as first-response rescue operations, enhanced energy management and controls in buildings, domestic water resource monitoring, and new SmartGRID applications. The Robotics Lab, established in 2007 by Professor Stefano Carpin, investigates topics related to multi-robot systems and humanoid robots. The MESA Lab is pioneering new applications for UAVs, including University of California-wide policies and training for unmanned aerial systems. UC Merced also hosts the Computer Graphics Lab, established in 2006 to pursue novel multidisciplinary research topics in interactive immersive environments; computer animation and simulation; and humanoid robotics.