What is CITRIS?

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) is a research organization, formed in 2001 with the goal of coordinating research between UC Merced, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz. Our focus is on applying new and innovative technologies to address social and environmental issues facing California.

To meet this goal, we focus our research on four core initiatives: Energy, Health Care, Intelligent Infrastructure, and Data and Democracy.

  • The i4Energy Initiative employs sensors and emerging technology to gather, manage, and utilize information about energy conservation and expenditure from the household-level to the grid.
  • The Health Care Initiative aims to improve access and reduce disparities and costs in health care across the state by developing and integrating technology advances in telehealth, sensors, services and gaming.
  • The Intelligent Infrastructure Initiative addresses the areas of water, cities, and transportation to develop and deploy intelligent “cyber-physical” systems to better manage scarce resources and promote sustainability.
  • The Data and Democracy Initiative creates tools to foster public engagement in critical social, political, and economic issues by exploring the dynamic relationships between digital media and democratic practices.


Since its founding in 2001, CITRIS has demonstrated an impressive return on investment by any measure. Through partnerships with industry, government agencies, and the private sector, CITRIS has led development of innovations in nanotechnology, computer science, engineering, manufacturing, social media and other fields. With an annual operating budget of $4M-$5M from the University of California, CITRIS researchers have generated more than $95M per year in research grants and contracts from outside organizations. Interdisciplinary programs and state-of-the-art facilities at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz produce cutting edge research and creative work. Faculty and students translate those innovations into real-world applications and contributions to California’s economy, including the launch of 41 start-up companies.


Our Campus

University of California’s newest campus. UC Merced continues to grow and serve a growing number of undergraduate and graduate students from the San Joaquin Valley, the state, the nation and the world.

At UC Merced, learning goes well beyond textbooks and classrooms. With a rapidly growing group of professors, researchers and postdoctoral students -- and even more rapidly growing student body -- UC Merced is poised to become a premier center for new knowledge and critical breakthroughs beyond the Central Valley. Faculty members have access to world-class equipment, resources and a dedicated team of staff members to help them find funding or conduct their work.


Feel free to contact us at citris@ucmerced.edu.

Our office is located on the third floor of the Classroom and Office Building 1. The full address is:

COB1 371, UC Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, California