CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Award $611,000 to eleven information technology projects

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

Principal investigators: Jeffrey Jenkins (UC Merced), Brett Milligan (UC Davis), Teenie Matlock (UC Merced), Anne Kelly (UC Merced)
Initiative: Connected Communities

Digital Refuge: aggregating and visualizing asylum seeker and host community concerns

Principal investigators: Katherina Linos (UC Berkeley) and Anupam Chander (UC Davis)
Initiative: Connected Communities

Digital Refuge: Aggregating and Visualizing Asylum Seeker and Host Community Concerns

Democratizing civic expression video games

Principal investigators: Michael Mateas and Noah Wardip-Fruin (UC Santa Cruz), Michael Neff (UC Davis)
Initiative: Connected Communities

HealthHub: An in-home platform to integrate communications, health monitoring, and intervention for an aging population

Principal investigators: and Sanjay Joshi (UC Davis) and Madan Dharmar (UC Davis Medical Center)
Initiative: Health

To cath or not to cath: timely alerts for patients with spinal cord injury

Principal investigators: Eric Kurzrock (UC Davis Medical Center), Soheil Ghiasi and Omeed Momeni (UC Davis)
Initiative: Health

Development of community-based gait monitors for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Principal investigators: Erik Henricson and Craig McDonald (UC Davis) and Ruzena Bajcsy (UC Berkeley)
Initiative: Health

Predictive modeling of surgical site infections using electronic health record data with machine learning tools

Principal investigators: Prabhu Shankar (UC Davis) and Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)
Initiative: Health

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

Principal investigators: Mark Mueller (UC Berkeley) and YangQuan Chen (UC Merced)
Initiative: People and Robots

Bioinspired burrowing robot for natural and human-made geologic hazard assessment

Principal investigators: Alejandro Martinez (UC Davis), Robert Full (UC Berkeley), and Jason DeJong and Daniel Wilson (UC Davis)
Initiative: People and Robots

Million Hands: prosthetic hands for children through an open source platform, 3D printers and sensors

Principal investigators: Grace O’Connell and Alice Agogino (UC Berkeley), Sanjay Joshi (UC Davis)
Initiative: People and Robots

 

A multispectral and thermal imaging sUAS system for monitoring crop water use and detecting water stress

Principal investigators: Yufang Jin (UC Davis), YangQuan Chen (UC Merced), Kenneth Schackel (UC Davis)
Initiative: Sustainable Infrastructures

A multispectral and thermal imaging sUAS system for monitoring crop water use and detecting water stress


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