CITRIS works to find solutions to many of the concerns that face all of us today, from monitoring the environment and finding viable, sustainable energy alternatives to simplifying health care delivery and developing secure systems for electronic medical records and remote diagnosis, all of which will ultimately boost economic productivity.
This project is designed to develop smart infrastructure for affordable urban and rural housing communities. The project is a collaboration among UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced and Cabrillo Community College, focused on the Monterey Bay and Central Valley regions. Smart cities, grids and infrastructures are seen as a means of conserving resources and using them more efficiently. But this "smart" revolution bypasses many households in lower-income urban and rural areas.
Robotics is becoming more and more involved in our lives, from working alongside us in factories, to empowering us to remain independent as we age. Despite working around us, robots tend to be purely functional entities. They go about their tasks methodically, only minding humans when they need to coordinate with us to achieve some task; little is known about how to make robots relatable to humans, a topic at the core of the People and Robots Initiative.
The heritage site of Bodie is a popular California State Historic Park that encompasses 2,900-acre landscape of historic buildings, objects, California Natives archaeological remains, and landforms associated with mining-related activities. Bodie is at risk of being lost due to wildfires and lack of funding for conservation.
Having the capacity to call public attention to critical social issues and build constituencies, mobile apps and social media are a potential solution to this problem.
CITRIS facilitates partnerships and collaborations among more than 300 faculty members and thousands of students with industrial researchers from over 60 corporations.
The combination—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.
The real opportunities lay not just in developing new and innovative technologies, but in applying them.
With our cutting-edge laboratories and renowned faculty experts, CITRIS serves as an incubator for translating new ideas into working prototypes.
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.
In 2016 we will be having our 5th Annual Mobile App Challenge! We will be opening applications in early February, so stay tuned and like our page on Facebook for updates.
Last year's winner was Team Switch, with their concept of a "home operating system" to save energy by controlling applicances and electrical devices from a phone. They have moved on and are in the beginning stages of starting their own company, Sweep Energy. We are excited to see their progress as they move forward.
Whether you're looking to support our ongoing projects or become a sponsor of the 2016 Mobile App Challenge, we're always looking for your support. We accept contributions through the UC Merced Giving website. Tap the button below to continue.
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