We are delighted to announce the CITRIS Seed Funding Program awards for 2017. This year, 45 highly competitive teams from the four CITRIS campuses at UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz submitted proposals for collaborative research projects within the University of California system.
Eleven teams will receive a one-time award, averaging about $56,000 each, for interdisciplinary work that can lead to larger research programs and extramural grant proposals. The winning proposals incorporate sensors, drones, data analytics and data visualization to advance climate change management, civic expression through gaming, geologic hazard assessment, and other timely applications in healthcare, energy, and agriculture. Of the successful proposals, 91% of lead investigators are receiving their first CITRIS Seed Grant and 73% of the projects include pre-tenured faculty members.
CITRIS has awarded annual seed grants to spur multi-campus, multidisciplinary collaborations among four University of California campuses since 2007. Numerous companies and centers have resulted from the program, including Cellscope, an imaging device that transforms ordinary cell phones into otoscopes for ear exams in the field; and the Center for Autonomous and Interactive Systems at UC Merced, which focuses on robotics, virtual characters, cognitive science, and human-computer interfaces.
Congratulations to faculty leaders of the 2017 CITRIS Seed Funding awards below.
Forest management approaches in the southern Sierra Nevada ecoregion: Developing a photographic mapping survey to communicate climate change
Digital Refuge: aggregating and visualizing asylum seeker and host community concerns
Democratizing civic expression video games
HealthHub: An in-home platform to integrate communications, health monitoring, and intervention for an aging population
To cath or not to cath: timely alerts for patients with spinal cord injury
Development of community-based gait monitors for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Predictive modeling of surgical site infections using electronic health record data with machine learning tools
Consequences-aware co-piloting system for human-in-the-loop drone operations
Bioinspired burrowing robot for natural and human-made geologic hazard assessment
Million Hands: prosthetic hands for children through an open source platform, 3D printers and sensors
A multispectral and thermal imaging sUAS system for monitoring crop water use and detecting water stress