Featured 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.

The Solar Irradiance Mapping Initiative (SIMI): A CITRIS Center for Forecasting Solar Power Availability in California

Carlos Coimbra, Qinghua Guo, Jean-Pierre Deplanque

Having the ability to forecast solar availability is extremely important to utility companies and large-scale power generators in order to implement an effective policy for solar power connectivity.

Terrestrial Remote Sensing for Monitoring Atmospheric Particulates

Shawn Newsam

Using digital cameras, this research hopes to monitor the level of pollution in the Central Valley.

Robotic and Virtual Assistive Agents for Establishing the Center on Autonomous and Interactive Systems at UC Merced

Stefano Carpin, Marcelo Kallmann

Intelligent systems must achieve the ability to seamlessly cooperate with humans in order to be successfully integrated into society.

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.