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Innovate To Grow
May 13 2016 - 1:15pm
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We were happy to have Hoaithi Dang with us as one of our 2016 CITRIS Student Interns! Here is his story.

From Community Service to a Community Oriented Technology Geek

"Don’t stop dreaming." - Bill Clinton to the Clinton Global Initiative University Class of 2016.

It’s funny how fast dreams become a reality. If you had asked me three years ago when I thought I would have accomplished my dreams, I would have said "in my late 40s."

I grew up in a working class family on the outskirts of San Jose otherwise known as the Silicon Valley. When I was about eight years old, I tagged along with my family to a community food bank where a young volunteer with the biggest smile was in charge of distributing food. Their smile and presence at that distribution had made everyone around just a bit more happy (he had also given me an extra piece of candy so I was giddy, to say the least). I knew from that point on, I... Read More →

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2016 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.

Smart Tiny Home Power System

J. Elliott Campbell

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.

Enabling robots to express emotions based on human demonstrations

Marcelo Kallmann

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.

Digital Preservation in Historic Bodie

Nicola Lercari, Brandon Smith

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.

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.

Collaboration

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

Technology

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.

Innovation

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

Inspiration

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.

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.