CITRIS @ UC Merced
May 5 2017 - 12:00pm
University of California Merced, COB2 - 140

Our Mission

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) creates information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental, and health care problems.


CITRIS facilitates partnerships and collaborations among more than 300 faculty members and thousands of students with industrial researchers from over 60 corporations.


The information technology research with state-of-the-art facilities creating products for the benefit of society—distinguishes us from other interdisciplinary research centers.


CITRIS has pioneered this model, providing an “invention infrastructure” that creates physical or online products along with the process to support continuous innovation.


As a university-based research center, we are committed to meeting UC’s educational mission and sparking the desire to Learn among students and faculty alike.

Real Results

The real opportunities lay not just in developing new and innovative technologies, but in applying them.

World Class Research

With our cutting-edge laboratories and renowned faculty experts, CITRIS serves as an incubator for translating new ideas into working prototypes.

CITRIS Mobile App Challenge

In 2011, UC Merced CITRIS started the Mobile App Challenge with the goal of creating an entrepreneurial competition to give students the experience of designing, implementing and presenting their idea for a mobile app. Since then the competition has grown and spread to our sister campuses in Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Davis.

The 5th Annual Mobile App Challenge  has ended! like our page on Facebook for updates.

This year's winner is Team Dryve, with their concept of a "Carpool made easy for college Students" to provide students a way to help each other get where they need to go, in a quick and easy way.

2016 winners

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