Applying innovative technology to meet the needs of society is central to CITRIS's mission. In this newsletter, we focus on two areas of research that are both pushing the envelope technologically and, at the same time, are improving society here and far away. We do this out of a sense of idealism and also because, as the cliché goes, “A rising tide floats all boats.” By helping others, we can hope to improve ourselves as well.
Already CITRIS-sponsored projects like ICT4B and Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) are making a big difference in developing countries like India and Sri Lanka. In our first article, "High-Tech, Low-Cost," we bring you the latest news on the progress UC Berkeley faculty and students are making in their efforts to bring ground-breaking and communication technology to the world's poorest citizens.
CITRIS partner campus UC Davis has long been a world leader in environmental research, and in November they received an $8 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study the links between human health and air pollution. In our second feature, we examine the pioneering work they're doing in the field and how it will help us all breathe easier in the future.
Thank you again for your ongoing interest and support of CITRIS. We hope you feel, as we do, that our work here is making a big difference in the world. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Professor Shankar Sastry
Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society