Membership Program

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute represent a bold and exciting vision that engages one of the top university systems in the world to generate social and economic benefit. Together, we are thinking about technology in ways that cross traditional boundaries.

Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics are primary research themes in the new CITRIS People and Robots Initiative.

Robotics and automation are advancing rapidly due to innovations in sensors, devices, UAVs, networks, optimization, and machine learning, accelerated by corporate and private investment. These systems have enormous potential to reduce drudgery and improve human experience in healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, safety, and a broad range of other applications in the interests of society. Achieving this will require sensitivity to human issues, rigorous theory evaluated on standard benchmarks, and modular systems built on shared software toolkits.

The new multidisciplinary, multi-campus CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research initiative will address many of these challenges. The Initiative will catalyze new research by faculty and students from the four CITRIS and the Banatao Institute campuses, building on 40 years of research that has produced significant results, a network of alumni, and many active labs and projects. The Initiative will also catalyze new research with software, datasets, seminars and collaborations with industry, labs, and public outreach.

View the benefits of collaboration with CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and our Research Initiatives:


To discuss CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Partner and Affiliate opportunities, please contact:

Dr. Pushkar Apte
Director of Strategic Initiatives, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
(510) 664-4618

University of California, Berkeley
330 Sutardja Dai Hall, MC-1764
Berkeley, CA 94607-1764

Professor Ken Goldberg (for initiative-specific opportunities)
Faculty Director, CITRIS People and Robots Initiative
(510) 643-9565

University of California, Berkeley
425 Sutardja Dai Hall, MC-1764
Berkeley, CA 94607-1764