The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.


In 2000, the California Governor’s office launched four visionary Institutes for Science and Innovation. The state of California, University of California, and hundreds of leading businesses joined together in an unprecedented partnership to lay the foundation for California’s future economic and social development.

CITRIS was created in 2001 as one of four interdisciplinary institutes for science and innovation at the University of California by the California state legislature to shorten the pipeline between world-class laboratory research and the development of applications, platforms, companies, and even new industries.

In 2016, the institute was renamed to CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, in recognition of Dado and Mary Banatao’s early commitment to CITRIS and their ongoing leadership.

CITRIS Campuses

Since its founding in 2001, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute have tackled the big questions, leveraging the research strengths of four University of California campuses — at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz — to create technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

UC Berkeley

As headquarters for the multi-campus CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, the UC Berkeley location holds many labs and facilities, including the Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, the Invention Lab, and the CITRIS Foundry. The seven-story Sutardja Dai Hall houses CITRIS researchers and staff and hosts many CITRIS-sponsored events.

UC Davis + UCD Health

UC Davis is renowned for cross-disciplinary research and teaching that draw upon 100 academic majors; 87 graduate programs; and professional schools in business, education, law, medicine, nursing, and veterinary medicine. The campus connects the greater Sacramento region with the Bay Area, the Delta and Sierra, and the Central Valley. CITRIS Davis brings expertise in engineering, nanoscience, law, and medicine to bear on complex challenges related to food, health, the environment, and society.

UC Merced

As the first American research university of the 21st century, UC Merced serves as a major base of advanced research, a model of sustainable design and construction, and an economic growth engine for the San Joaquin Valley. Home to the UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, UC Merced is a leader in UAV/UAS research. The CITRIS Aviation program at UC Merced specializes in gathering scientific data using UAVs, with the goal of developing practical solutions in the fields of agriculture and landscape ecology, as well as promoting the use and understanding of aerial data collection in the community. The program conducts mapping flights for various university research projects and builds upon campus facilities and resources by offering research partnerships to industry and providing UAS instruction to the campus, partners, and the public.

UC Santa Cruz + UCSC Silicon Valley campus

CITRIS Santa Cruz’s research themes in sustainable infrastructures include the design of microgrids and energy-management solutions, machine learning in monitoring and control of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and data analytics, and the application of control theory and formal methods in the design of CPS and new protocols for IoT.