Among CITRIS’s distinguishing features is the scale of cutting-edge facilities it offers faculty, students, and outside researchers from California and around the world. Each of the four CITRIS campuses boasts unique state-of-the-art labs, advanced computing capacity, and innovative teaching facilities.
Much of the innovative work developed by CITRIS researchers is supported by CITRIS’s world-class facilities. CITRIS headquarters is located in one of the newest buildings at UC Berkeley—Sutardja Dai Hall (SDH), which houses 141,000 square feet of space of laboratories for collaborative research, offices, the 149-seat Banatao Auditorium, conference rooms on every floor, and fully equipped classrooms. SDH is a living laboratory for energy research, equipped with hundreds of sensors and sophisticated systems for monitoring and controlling energy use. SDH also hosts the new Invention Lab, used by Foundry teams, manufacturing design classes, and others. It includes advanced fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and PCB mills.
The Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory (NanoLab) serves researchers from the four CITRIS campuses, UC San Francisco, and more than 90 Bay Area companies. The NanoLab occupies a two-story, 70,000-square-foot wing of SDH and is available to develop prototypes for new biosensors, photonics devices, and other MEMS/NEMS sensors that will further CITRIS’s mission. It played a key role in the recent $24.5M National Science Foundation award to establish a multi-institutional Science and Technology Center: the Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, led by researchers at CITRIS and partner universities, could eventually result in a million-fold reduction in the power consumption of electronics.
Davis Medical Center
The Center for Health and Technology and the Center for Virtual Care bring together under one roof innovative programs to improve the quality of healthcare through education, training and specialty care services. The 52,000-square-foot facility hosts classrooms with full high-definition AV capabilities, digital displays, four tele-health on-site learning exam rooms, an inpatient room, outpatient clinic, and technology showroom.
The Center for Virtual Care features a full-size emergency room trauma bay, operating room, inpatient unit, six-bay simulation area, standardized patient exam rooms, and student debrief rooms. The Media Production Suite showcases a full custom designed production studio, three HD studio cameras and full production control room. Collectively these advanced technology centers at the UCD School of Medicine connect our best hospitals and medical schools with clinics in remote areas all over the state of California.
The robotics lab at UC Merced, established in 2007 by Prof. Stefano Carpin, investigates topics related to multi-robot systems and humanoid robots. Examples of past and ongoing research include:
- Cooperative multi-robot systems for urban search and rescue
- Pursuit-evasion games and intruder detection
- Robotic search
- Robot performance evaluation and benchmarking
- Multi-robot map merging
- Cooperative manipulation
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.
Special resources at CITRIS @ Santa Cruz include the “Opti-Puter” (developed at Calit2, and shared with and partially funded by QB3 and the School of Engineering), a large tiled wall display that incorporates forty 30” HP monitors and an optical networking computational cluster. The optical networking cluster allows for large amounts of data to be distributed over multiple computing systems for dramatically accelerated processing. This technology is used to advance research in astronomy and astrophysics, as well as cancer genomics and other fields, as it provides the equipment necessary to analyzing high resolution stellar images and big data.
CITRIS @ Santa Cruz also provides high-tech experimental teaching rooms capable of high definition video conferencing, web- and telecasting, multiple high-definition display screens, recording capabilities, high-definition projectors, and assistive listening technologies to improve student experience in the classroom. The popular Network Management and Operations (NMO) Lab, sponsored by CITRIS, Cisco, and UCSC, is focused on addressing real-world problems in complex networks, in a variety of topics that include quality of service, customer support, and intelligent and automated management of network devices.