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Professor Miriam Barlow was honored with a major award last month for her role in developing a method to restore the efficacy of antibiotics and help doctors deal with resistant bacteria.

Barlow, a biologist, worked with American University mathematician Kristina Crona on the Time Machine software to rewind the evolution of bacteria. For that project, Barlow and Crona were chosen from among five finalists in the Health and Medicine category of the annual World Technology Network awards .

“Professor Barlow’s research will help us better understand both how antibiotic resistance happens and how we might even be able to reverse it,” said Juan Meza, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and part of the research team behind Time Machine. “The unique approach combining biology and mathematics to help us understand antibiotic resistance attests to the power of multidisciplinary... Read More →

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 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.

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.

2015 Seed Grant Projects

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.

Mobile Remote-Sensing Platform for Precision Agriculture

Stefano Carpin

This project develops of a transformative measurement and analytical tool to empower crop managers with data to make critical decisions in the areas of water conservation and resources administration. In a time of unprecedented, persistent drought, the proposed system has the potential to provide decision makers with superior information to formulate sustainable management decisions.

Genome-linked Antibiotic Resistance Database

Miriam Barlow

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious threats facing humanity. In an effort to inform hospitals about the antibiotic resistance threats most likely to result in treatment failures, this project sequences genomes to determine which genetic components make them resistant to antibiotics and creates a network to disseminate this information to hospitals.

Climate Feedback - Crowdsourcing the evaluation of climate change information credibility

Teenie Matlock, Emmanuel Vincent

Climate Feedback (http://climatefeedback.org) brings the expertise of scientists to subject influential media articles about climate change to a process akin to peer-review. Scientists are able to provide their analyses layered directly onto original text, validating science-based content,  highlighting inaccuracies,  or adding context.

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.

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.