Welcome to CITRIS @ UC Merced


Who We Are

The Center of Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is a fully functioning organized research unit with the University of California Merced and is recognized as one of the CITRIS campuses – UC Merced, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz. CITRIS develops synergistic partnerships with academic institutions and corporate collaborators worldwide to collectively produce innovative solutions to challenges in four primary sectors:  Sustainable Infrastructure, People and Robots, Connected Communities, and Health.

CITRIS at UC Merced addresses California’s most pressing societal and environmental problems by leveraging cutting-edge technologies and incorporating a convergence of student-driven initiatives, seed grants & faculty research, and corporate partnerships.


CITRIS Initiatives

Sustainable Infrastructures

The CITRIS Sustainable Infrastructures Initiative pursues information technology research in energy, water, and transportation as parts of the cyber-infrastructure of a sustainable society.

Connected Communities

The CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative supports collaborative discovery, design, and governance through new technologies that enhance education, creative work, and public engagement.

People and Robots

The CITRIS People and Robots Initiative focuses on new theory, benchmarks, software, and approaches that address challenges the interest of society via Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics.


The CITRIS Health Initiative improves health outcomes and access to cost-effective care through the development and integration of innovative technology in telehealth, sensors, analytics and mobile devices.

CITRIS Mobile App Challenge


The Mobile App Challenge is a semester long competition in which interdisciplinary teams of students from the University of California, Merced develop mobile apps that have a positive impact on communities.


By the end of the Mobile App Challenge, teams will have gone through the design process to deliver a completed app and business plan. For teams that wish to continue developing or marketing their apps, CITRIS collaborates with the UC Merced Venture Lab to help the team grow their business.


CITRIS reaches out to industry leaders to sponsor and fund the prizes awarded for the Mobile App Challenge. Students are given the opportunity to network with sponsors at CITRIS hosted events, and are offered assistance with their mobile apps throughout the semester by CITRIS staff.

The 6th Annual Mobile App Challenge has ended! Like our page on Facebook for updates.

Brian (left) and David Hungerman (right), winners of the 2017 Mobile App Challenge

Recent News

An Exciting Future: At the Crossroads of People, Profit, Planet, and Petabytes of Data

Consequences of Groundwater Sustainability in California

In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to address impacts associated groundwater pumping.  This act mandates that areas that depend upon groundwater achieve sustainability by 2040.  To meet the requirements of this act there will need to be a net reduction in groundwater overdraft of more than 2 million acre-feet per year. 

Frontiers in Information Technology: A Robot Character for Every Home

Proof-of-Concept Funding Opportunity

The UC Merced Office of Business Development Proof-of-Concept Fund is an investment opportunity for UC Merced faculty-driven teams and incorporated companies. Applicants can receive up to $25,000 for technological development towards a market-ready product. 

For Better or Worse, Richer or Poorer: The Future of Tech for Good

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/778195429040690/

Donate to CITRIS

Whether you're looking to support our ongoing projects or become a sponsor of the 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.

Contact CITRIS (citris@ucmerced.edu) with comments or requests for clarification.

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