Connected Communities Initiative – Projects



MyPart empowers communities with access to accurate, personal, portable, airborne particle counting.  At less than $50, this small wearable sensor allows communities to measure and report air quality consistent with many professional air quality measurement devices.

Aesthetic Circuits

Aesthetic Circuits

Aesthetic Circuits brings together material informed circuit design tools with a creative visual design practice to enable broader participation in making, fabrication, and innovation across disciplines and within STEM education.

The CAFE System

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The Collaborative Assessment and Feedback Engine (CAFE) is an open source, e-participation platform that provides participants dynamic visual feedback about their position on key social issues, relative to other participants. The platform applies statistical models and collaborative filtering to rapidly discover emerging trends as data is collected. By fostering open-ended dialogue and facilitating a more nuanced assessment of public opinion about complex issues, CAFE enables more informed organizational decisions while increasing participant engagement in decision-making processes.

The Pacific Research Platform

CITRIS is co-leading development of the Pacific Research Platform (PRP), a science-driven, high-capacity and data-centric “freeway system” on a large regional-scale. Once complete, the PRP will give California’s education and research communities the ability to move data 1,000 times faster than today’s speeds. Faculty throughout the UC system are testing the platform with data-intensive applications such as gravitational wave detection, galaxy formation and evolution, cancer genomics, climate change and carbon sequestration with the goal of accelerating data-intensive research on a national and eventually global scale. More info at