CITRIS Goes Virtual for Cal Week

CITRIS Goes Virtual for Cal Week

By: Edward Kang

Cal Day has now become Cal Week (April 18 – 24, 2020)

Cal Day, a free public UC Berkeley spring tradition that generally draws upwards of 45,000 to hundreds of events and activities on campus, has now become an all week (April 18 – 24) virtual event due to the coronavirus outbreak, and CITRIS is offering virtual exhibits from Sutardja Dai Hall. We welcome you to visit us online and see how we create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.

Home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute since 2009, Sutardja Dai Hall holds the CITRIS Invention Lab makerspace; the CITRIS Tech Museum; the CITRIS Foundry; and the Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory at CITRIS.

Tour the CITRIS Tech Museum

Featuring research projects, startup prototypes, 3D-printed design, and a “vizwall” to explore environments from ancient Egypt to far-off galaxies, the CITRIS Tech Museum provides hands-on and interactive displays and demos on smart devices, ecological conservation, energy efficiency, telehealth, emerging technologies, and exciting new applications. You can take a 360-degree virtual tour of the museum here.

For more information about the CITRIS Tech Museum, view here.

Explore the CITRIS Invention Lab

The CITRIS Invention Lab provides the knowledge, tools, and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems, and integrated mobile devices. The Invention Lab’s prototyping equipment includes 3D printers, a laser cutter, CAD stations, craft tools and more for rapid fabrication.

“Come for the laser cutter, stay for the community,” says Eric Paulos, Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab.

With lab staff support, student “Makers” have developed prototypes for projects such as cloud-based car diagnostic devices, smart hydration tracking cups, phone-controlled irrigation systems, and 3D printed ceramics designed for coral reef conservation.

For more information about the CITRIS Invention Lab, view here.

Berkeley Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory at CITRIS

The NanoLab’s 15,000 square feet of Class100 and Class1000 cleanrooms provide more than 100 principal investigators and over 500 academic and industrial researchers a complete set of micro- and nano-fabrication tools to explore new materials for advanced microelectronic devices. The NanoLab serves as a regional center for research, attracting start-up entrepreneurs to researchers from industry, including Silicon Valley firms such as Intel and HP.

For more information about the Berkeley Marvell NanoLab at CITRIS, view here.

Other Student Discovery Programs

CITRIS has several other research and entrepreneurial opportunities for student involvement:

The CITRIS Tech for Social Good program supports student-led learning and technology development that address pressing social challenges. The program provides funding support to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, groups, teams or organizations developing hardware, software, events, or programs. For more information on the Tech for Social Good Program at UC Berkeley, click here.

The CITRIS Foundry helps entrepreneurs build companies with significant impact on the world. 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. Click here to learn more.

The Cal Energy Corps engages top UC Berkeley undergraduate students in an undergraduate summer internship program for the design, development, and delivery of sustainable energy and climate solutions. Students gain full-time experience working with professionals on technical solutions for social issues. Click here to learn more.

Photo credit: Adriel Olmos

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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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