The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) provides a model for revolutionizing university research and expanding its impact on society.

We spark innovation by bringing together leading technology researchers from our four partner campuses to create unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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CITRIS creates information technology solutions for many of the most pressing environmental, social, and health care problems.

Together, CITRIS researchers and activities form an essential hub in the innovation ecosystem of California and the nation.

CITRIS research focuses on four main areas:

  • Health care

    Health care

    The CITRIS Health Care initiative—delivering “Quality Health Care Everywhere” for Californians—uses information technology to improve access and reduce disparities and costs in health care across the state by developing and integrating advances in telehealth, sensors, services and gaming.

  • energy

    energy

    The CITRIS Energy Initiative, i4Energy, focuses on two fundamental areas that offer great promise to produce stable and sustainable energy for California—sensors and system integration.

  • infrastructure

    infrastructure

    The Intelligent Infrastructures Initiative (Water, Transport, Cities) develops and deploys intelligent “cyber-physical” systems to better manage scarce resources and promote sustainability.

  • data & democracy

    data & democracy

    The Data and Democracy Initiative creates tools to foster public engagement for the people of California and around the world. Platforms for this engagement include interactive media, video applications, online education, and new media and creative expression.

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M
$70-80M

in outside research funding

Leverage & Metrics

With more than 1,600 affiliated researchers, faculty,and students across the four campuses, CITRIS produces results that are more than the sum of its parts.

An annual investment from the UС Office of the President of

$4-5M
$70-80M

in outside research funding

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return on investment

Leverage & Metrics

Seed grants
since 2008

$6.2M
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Leverage & Metrics

Seed grants
since 2008

$6.2M
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Subsequent
funding

$37M
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Leverage & Metrics

Seed grants
since 2008

$6.2M
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Subsequent
funding

$37M
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Return on
investment

600%

These grant awards not only support cutting-edge research but also represent investment in the long-term sustainability of the university.

Leverage & Metrics

Seed grants
since 2008

$6.2M
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Subsequent
funding

$37M
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Return on
investment

600%

These grant awards not only support cutting-edge research but also represent investment in the long-term sustainability of the university.

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Startup companies have been created.

Leverage & Metrics

Seed grants
since 2008

$6.2M
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Subsequent
funding

$37M
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Return on
investment

600%

These grant awards not only support cutting-edge research but also represent investment in the long-term sustainability of the university.

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Startup companies have been created.

Researchers come to CITRIS from , as well as from throughout California.
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Collaborations

Collaborative research is at the heart of the CITRIS enterprise.

The RAVEN Surgical Robotic System: Robot-Assisted Tele-Surgery for Tele-Health

A CITRIS meeting brought together researchers from the Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Davis campuses to create a pioneering technology for robotic surgery. Faculty members Jacob Rosen (UC Santa Cruz), Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley), and surgeon Doug Boyd (UC Davis Medical Center) were awarded a CITRIS seed-funding grant to develop their prototype, which resulted in a $3.5M award from the National Science Foundation.

Collaborations

We find that the greatest innovations appear at the intersection of disciplines.

Motion Interfaces for Physical Therapy

Real-time motion capture and immersive 3D computer-generated environments are emerging as a powerful approach to numerous challenges, including remote delivery of health care. Engineering professor Marcelo Kallmann (UC Merced) and Medical Director of the CITRIS Healthcare Initiative Dr. Jay Han (UC Davis) explore the potential for these technologies to contribute to physical and cognitive-behavior therapy, telemedicine, stroke rehabilitation, and pain management.

Collaborations

CITRIS was created to “shorten the pipeline” between university research and real-world implementation

MATTER

The MATTER Center (Maximizing Abilities Through Technology, Education and Research) comprises faculty members in Engineering, Psychology, Nursing, and Rehabilitation from UC Santa Cruz, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis. The Center covers a broad spectrum of research areas related to developing technologies to help persons with special needs in activities of daily living. Based at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, MATTER is supported by CITRIS and QB3 (the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences).

Collaborations

We accomplish this by bringing together experts from a range of disciplines to share expertise and creative insights

Measuring Water Systems in the Sierra Nevada

CITRIS faculty researchers Roger Bales (UC Merced) and Steven Glaser (UC Berkeley) were awarded a $2M grant from the National Science Foundation to support development of an integrated hydrologic observation system in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The system will transmit real-time observations over a wireless communications network to a central information management system that will be open for public access via the web. The system will focus on an ecosystem that supports the water needs of both California's Central Valley agribusiness empire and tens of millions of California residents.

CITRIS Projects

With our cutting-edge laboratories and renowned faculty experts, CITRIS serves as an incubator for translating new ideas into working prototypes. The combination—information technology research with state-of-the-art facilities creating products for the benefit of society—distinguishes us from other interdisciplinary research centers.

Our iterative process has four steps:

LEARN - We are committed to meeting UC’s educational mission and sparking the desire to learn among students and faculty alike.

BUILD - We offer unparalleled facilities to build prototypes and demonstration models for projects large and small.

LAUNCH - Once a proof of concept has been tested and refined, it is ready to launch to the broader community of experts, agencies, or the interested public.

CONNECT - The final step is to connect these innovations with the sector or group that will benefit and promote its adoption or implementation.

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CITRIS Projects

Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems

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The Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CenSEPS) focuses on the research, design, and implementation of innovative technologies in clean and sustainable energy. The goal of the Center is to promote renewable energy communities and transform social norms to make localized renewable energies an integrated and accepted element of daily life. CenSEPS, in collaboration with CITRIS, has installed a wind turbine on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf as part of the Green Wharf Project. The development of UC Santa Cruz’s Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED) Program has also emerged from CenSEPS to take a holistic approach to integrating the technical engineering, environmental, and social aspects of renewable energy initiatives. The project was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project with researchers and students in Denmark, including the California-Denmark Summer School on Renewable Energy.

CITRIS Projects

The Rashomon Project: Online Toolkit for Multi-Perspective Video Chronologies

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The Rashomon Project is developing an open-source, online toolkit that will facilitate rapid assembly and public review of "Multi-Perspective Chronologies" where videos are time-aligned and displayed simultaneously. Such a toolkit will benefit the public, citizen journalists, and courts or commissions charged with investigating disputed incidents. Our goal is to allow the public (potentially hundreds of thousands of viewers) to gain a better understanding of contested events from user-generated photos and video than is currently possible.

Funded in part by the Knight Foundation and NSF/Mozilla Ignite Challenge, this project is organized by the UC Berkeley CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative in collaboration with WITNESS, the Guardian Project, the Berkeley Human Rights Center, and the UC Santa Cruz Digital Arts & New Media Program.

CITRIS Projects

Connected Corridors

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Led by UC Berkeley Engineering Professors Alex Bayen and Roberto Horowitz, the Connected Corridors projects uses new technologies to help the California Department of Transportation gather and analyze traffic data to make real-time, whole-system traffic management recommendations. Connected Corridors is an outgrowth of two projects: Mobile Millennium, which employed data from mobile-phone-using volunteers to power a traffic-mapping application; and Tools for Operations Planning, which employs novel algorithms to model traffic.

Within the next three years the Connected Corridors project will implement a prototype traffic-advisory system for a major highway in California. The system will enable highway operators to evaluate traffic conditions in real-time, predict how they might develop, and support better decision-making to optimize highway performance to improve environmental sustainability, economic competitiveness, and livability.

CITRIS Projects

The Foundry

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The Foundry @ CITRIS was created in 2012 to help entrepreneurs build companies that make a significant impact on the world. A new economy is developing at the intersection of hardware, software and services. The Foundry provides access to design, manufacturing and business development tools, along with a community of entrepreneurs and experts, to transform entrepreneurial teams into founders.

CITRIS Facilities

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.

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Berkeley

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.


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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.


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Merced

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.


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Santa Cruz

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.

Our Partners

CITRIS relies on a range of public and private partners to implement the cutting-edge research conducted here. We are grateful for the support of government agencies, industry partners, private foundations, and individual donors.

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Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI)

From its inception in 2008 to the end of 2012, a total of 23 Danish researchers have been visiting scholars. The Danish scientists work with CITRIS professors on research of particular interest to Denmark, such as energy and healthcare. Recent projects include the LoCal project, which aims to investigate new approaches for managing energy resources.

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Cisco

At the Network Management and Operations lab at UC Santa Cruz, students work with faculty sponsors on challenges proposed by Cisco engineers and managers. Participants gain experience with real-world problems in these complex networked environments. More than 40 students from UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis have gone through this program (a student from UC Berkeley will participate in summer 2013), and 11 are currently employed by Cisco.

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Siemens

In 2009, UC Berkeley collaborated with Siemens to create a state-of-the-art testbed for new energy conservation strategies. Today, a variety of innovative Demand Response measures are being developed, including optimizing the Chilled Water Plant operation for to further savings in utility costs, and the student-created simple Monitoring and Actuation Profile (sMAP), which organizes siloed information from proprietary systems and makes it accessible and usable.

CITRIS Partners (supporting core operations or cross-cutting research)
  • University of California, Office of the President
  • UC Berkeley, Office of the Chancellor & Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Banatao Institute Advisory Board
  • Genentech
  • IBM
  • Philippine-California Advanced Research Institute (PCARI)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education)
Democracy
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Information Technology Innovation Foundation
  • UC Humanities Research Institute
  • WITNESS
Energy
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Air Resources Board
  • Department of Energy, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
  • National Science Foundation, Cyber Physical Systems
  • The Link Foundation
  • The Energy Foundation
  • Seeo
  • CPV Consortium
  • Korea Electronics Technology Institute
  • California Public Utility Commission, California Solar Initiative
  • Bosch, Energy Network Research Grant Program
Health Care
  • Intel
  • US Federal Trade Commission
  • CA Emerging Technologies Fund
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Water & Cities
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • El Dorado County Water Agency
  • San Juan Water District
  • Association of California Water Agencies
  • The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
  • Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA)
  • City of San Francisco
  • City of Paris

For more than 12 years, CITRIS has brought world-class research to bear on real-world problems. With continued support from the University of California, industrial partners, state agencies, and philanthropic organizations, we will make strides to improve the lives of Californians for the next generation and beyond.