Celebrating our Foundations, Looking to the Future

Celebrating our Foundations, Looking to the Future

Now in its 15th year, CITRIS has become a forerunner of information technology research and entrepreneurship in the interest of society.

On this occasion, we recognize the Banatao Institute as an integral part of our affiliated UC campuses. By extending the reach of our core initiatives and assets, the Banatao Institute’s programs will foster the exchange of best practices, create opportunities, and highlight successes in areas of global relevance. As the world grows smaller and more interconnected each day, the challenges of education, health, civic engagement, economic growth, and technology development in low-resource areas become more pressing. Great needs and opportunities exist in the development of sustainable systems to address intertwined issues of poverty and access to public resources such clean air, clean water, energy, and reliable cyberinfrastructure.

This widening sphere of influence is celebrated in our new name, “CITRIS and the Banatao Institute,” which debuts across the four campuses in Fall 2016. In alignment with the founding goals and values of Dado and Maria Banatao, the newly chartered Banatao Institute at CITRIS leverages University of California expertise and IT solutions for the benefit of developing regions in the U.S. and abroad.

This important occasion is marked with a new brand and a reinvigorated commitment to share California’s innovative spirit with the world. We invite you to watch this short video and explore projects below that celebrate the vision and potential of the Banatao Institute at CITRIS, together advancing information technology for social impact around the world.


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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