Events Archive

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

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 11:00am

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. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

Frontiers in Information Technology: A Robot Character for Every Home

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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

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

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Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:00am

Mobile App Challenge 2018 Kickoff

Come join CITRIS to start this year's Mobile App Challenge. Learn about the program and the opportunities it offers students, enjoy free food and socialize as you form your teams, and start brainstorming innovate ideas that tackle complex social problems.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 5:30pm

Final Exams

Saturday, December 9, 2017 (All day) to Friday, December 15, 2017 (All day)

Fall Instruction Ends

Friday, December 8, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 9, 2017 (All day)

Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (All day) to Friday, November 24, 2017 (All day)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cyber Aware Day

The aim of Cyber Aware Day is to educate students from all backgrounds on the rapidly-developing world of cyber security. Industry experts will convene to discuss what cyber security is, what its challenges are, and the landscape of job opportunities that this space presents for students.

All majors are encouraged to attend. Sign up for your free lunch and get more information at

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Data Analytics in Energy

Ed Abbo is currently President and Chief Technical Officer of C3 Energy, which offers smart grid analytics SaaS solutions that enable utilities to realize the full promise of their investments in the smart grid

Mr. Abbo was formerly Senior Vice President at Oracle Corporation responsible for Oracle’s application and SaaS products including CRM, ERP, and Supply Chain products. Prior to joining Oracle in 2006, he was Senior Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Siebel Systems.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 12:00pm

CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series

Free and open to the public, the CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale technology challenges. Each one-hour seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Pacific time, and is hosted live in the Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. View it free online as it is streamed!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Fun Research in Computer Vision and Robots

In this research seminar, Professor Takeo Kanade from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will touch upon highlights of various research and development in which he was involved in the area of computer vision and robotics.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:00am

Yosemite Forum: "A Snow Hydrologist's Apology"

You are invited to the next Yosemite Forum, to be held at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium on Monday, September 18th, 3:30-4:30 pm (Note special date). This month's talk will be given by Dr. Thomas Painter, NASA. The title is "A snow hydrologist's apology: Demystifying Sierra snow and ice with the NASA Airborne Snow Observatory".

See the attached flier for more information!

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Women's Entrepreneurship Conference

Are you interested in increasing women's participation in entrepreneurial activities? Come to the Woman Entrepreneur conference on September 12, 2017, presented by the UC Merced Venture Lab.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Seminar Speaker Series: James Gosling

James Gosling is set to come to UC Merced to speak on his professional journey through various tech fields, and share how he landed on his current project: developing autonomous scientific aquatic drones in the Pacific ocean.

James Gosling received a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, Canada in 1977. He received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. The title of his thesis was "The Algebraic Manipulation of Constraints".

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

EECS | CITRIS Frontiers in Technology Seminar Speaker Series: David Merrill

Inventing in the Research Lab vs Startups

In this talk, David compares and contrasts research vs startup innovation, based on his experiences at Stanford, the MIT Media Lab and Bay Area startups. He discusses how the desired outcomes of each context encourages different kinds of risk and exploration, takeaways from my research experiences, and how we structure the early ideation process at Lemnos Labs where I am an Entrepreneur In Residence.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:00pm

CITRIS 2nd Annual Agricultural Technology Fair

CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, and University Extension are proud to invite you to the 2nd Annual CITRIS Agricultural Technology Fair on March 8, 2017. This event takes place during UC Merced’s Research Week, a celebration of the significant and innovative work being conducted at the university.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

2016 Mobile App Challenge Finals

Mobile App Challenge teams that move on from the semifinals will have their final presentations on May 13th at 1:15pm in COB 102, with the final award ceremony taking place at 2:45pm.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 1:15pm

Entrepreneurship and Climate Change with Sue Carter

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm

Windows to the Brain with Guillermo Aguilar

One of the recent research thrusts in my research group aims at developing a novel transparent cranial implant (“window”) that enables life-long, non-invasive delivery and/or collection of laser light into and from shallow and deep brain tissue on demand. Such an implant would allow for real-time and highly precise visualization and treatment of diverse brain pathologies, such as those resulting from traumatic brain injury  or brain tumors, without the need of highly-invasive craniotomies or trepanation procedures. The window could be permanently covered with native scalp that can be rendered temporarily transparent on demand in a minimally-invasive manner.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00pm

A tale of two lakes: the interaction of science, society, and the development of environmental policy

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:00pm

International Petition against Autonomous Weapons with Stuart Russell

Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans. LAWS might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate enemy combatants in a city, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics communities face an important ethical decision: whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

Paul Scerri & Sense Platypus

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

Mechanical Computing Redux for the Internet of Things

The proliferation of mobile electronic devices and the emergence of applications such as wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things have brought energy consumption to the fore of challenges for future information-processing devices.  The energy efficiency of a digital logic integrated circuit is fundamentally limited by non-zero transistor off-state leakage current.  Mechanical switches have zero leakage current and potentially can overcome this fundamental limit.  This seminar will describe recent progress toward realizing the promise of ultra-low-power mechanical computing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

The Future of Travel Demand with Susan Handy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

Dale Dougherty & MAKE

Dale Dougherty of Maker Media will be presenting a talk as part of our Frontiers in Information Technology speaker series.

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

Combating Cybercrime with Parisa Tabriz

Parisa Tabriz manages Google's information security engineering team at Google, which is responsible for improving Google's product security. This team of "hired hackers" conducts security design and code reviews, builds and enhances Google technology to make secure development possible and easy, conducts security engineering training, and does vulnerability response. Parisa received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was advised by Nikita Borisov.

This talk is co-sponsored by FEM Tech Berkeley.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:00pm

James Kuffner & Toyota Research Institute

Robotics is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation.  High-performance networking and cloud computing has radically transformed how individuals and businesses manage data, and is poised to disrupt the state-of-the-art in the development of intelligent machines.

This talk explores the long-term prospects for the future evolution of robot intelligence based on search, distributed computing, and big data.  Ongoing research on autonomous cars and humanoid robots will be discussed in the context of how cloud-connectivity will enable future robotic systems to be more capable and useful.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

CITRIS 1st Annual Agricultural Technology Fair

View our list of speakers and talks here:

During UC Merced’s 2016 Research Week, the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) will be hosting an Agricultural Technology Fair to showcase emerging technologies, cutting-edge research, and entrepreneurial innovation in the San Joaquin Valley.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Web of Systems with Florian Michahelles

Just imagine, every sensor, every machine has it's own IP adress. This opens formidable opportunities, for instance, in manufacturing, building technologies, energy management and healthcare. In order to realize this vision: machines have to speak the same language.

Florian Michahelles is the head of research group at Siemens Web of Things.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tackling Urban Challenges with Technology with Scott Mauvais

Free and open to the public.  The CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar Series is a weekly dialogue highlighting leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12pm Pacific time and is hosted live in the Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus (*unless otherwise noted). The complete schedule for the fall is at

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm

Satellite Observations of the Epic California Drought: Realities of 21st Century Water Sustainability

Chancellor Dorothy Leland of the University of California, Merced cordially invites you to the Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series presenting Jay Famiglietti, Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, “Satellite Observations of the Epic California Drought: Realities of 21st Century Water Sustainability”


Dr. Jay Famiglietti

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:15pm

Innovations in Earthquake Preparedness

No one likes to be reminded that there’s a 99.7% chance that California will experience a major earthquake in the next 30 years.  But a little preparedness can go a long way and a new mobile-friendly website called QuakeCAFE can help.

We invite you to join us for a public forum where we will discuss the data and lessons learned from QuakeCAFE followed by a panel discussion on new innovations for earthquake early warning, preparedness, and response. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

Connected Critical Care with Jason Adams

Jason Adams is a ‎physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UC Davis Health System. His research is focused on host-pathogen genomics and clinical informatics.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm

Towards an Inclusive and Participatory Design Process with Elizabeth Goodman

Elizabeth Goodman is a design researcher at 18F. She studies how people live to design and develop tools that support them. Over the course of a project, she might translate relevant scholarly work into action; break down large, complicated questions into smaller projects to prioritize them; map the cultural and social landscapes that new products and services will inhabit; and facilitate the participation of future users and other project constituencies in decision-making.

Elizabeth Goodman

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 4:45pm

Advances in Digital Medicine with George Savage

George Savage is a co-founder of Proteus Digital Health (formerly Proteus Biomedical). He is also a managing member of Spring Ridge Ventures. From 1994-1999, Savage co-founded FemRx and served as a director and senior vice president of research and development during which time FemRx completed an IPO and was subsequently acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Savage co-founded CardioRhythm and served as a director and vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs during which time CardioRhythm was acquired by Medtronic.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:00pm

IBM Research Africa

James Kuffner is an Engineering Director at Google and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. from the Stanford University Dept. of Computer Science Robotics Laboratory in 1999. He spent two years as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo working on software and planning algorithms for humanoid robots. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in 2002. He has published over 100 technical papers and received the Okawa Foundation Award for Young Researchers in 2007.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:00pm

Bringing AI Out of the Lab and Into People's Lives

Mark Palatucci is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Anki. He is passionate about creating products that truly surprise and excite people. Prior to Anki, Mark launched his own embedded systems and mobile software company as well as held engineering and research positions at Google and Intel. Mark earned a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Technology Tools for Data Mapping, Analysis, Visualization and Collaboration

Tyler Norris serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente. As a long time social entrepreneur, Tyler's mission is improving the health of people and the sustained vitality of built, natural, food, and social environments.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

Transforming Social Services with Data Science

Bayes Impact's is a non-profit whose mission is to use data science to do good on a large scale. Our work at the intersection of technology and policy has led us to work with governments and NGOs around the world in areas spanning health, social services, and international development. 

How did the real world change or confirm our views? I will talk about our experiences developing Bayes Impact, from the original motivation behind the project to the challenges we faced along the way, mistakes we made and successes we had, and how our vision has evolved in return. 

Paul Duan is the Founder and President of Bayes Impact.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bay Area Robotics Symposium

The 2015 Bay Area Robotics Symposium aims to bring together roboticists from the Bay Area.
The program will consist of a mix of faculty, student and industry presentations. Here are the schedule and the lineup of speakers.

Symposium Chairs: Pieter Abbeel (UC Berkeley) and Marco Pavone (Stanford University).
Local Arrangements Chairs: Pieter Abbeel and Igor Mordatch (UC Berkeley)

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 9:00am

CITRIS Day 2015: In the Interest of Society

CITRIS Day is the inaugural showcase of emerging research, leading-edge applications, collaboration opportunities and societal impact at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society.

Who Attends

Industrial partners and collaborators including Senior Managers and Technical Directors
Research and laboratory directors from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz
Faculty, postdocs, PhD candidates, and Masters candidates from the CITRIS research community
Startup founders from our invention ecosystem


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 8:30am

Innovations in Renewable Energy

Stuart Macmillan is a consulting professor at Stanford University and a chief scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been active in the development of several global open communities and was on the founding team of JavaSoft. Stuart holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

James Kuffner is an Engineering Director at Google and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. from the Stanford University Dept. of Computer Science Robotics Laboratory in 1999. He spent two years as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo working on software and planning algorithms for humanoid robots. He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in 2002. He has published over 100 technical papers and received the Okawa Foundation Award for Young Researchers in 2007.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Using Cutting-Edge Technology to Beat Back Invasive Species

UC Davis is hosting a one-day science symposium on Invasive Aquatic Vegetation in the delta. Experts will explore new developments in surveillance and monitoring of aquatic vegetation to facilitate management and control, advances in knowledge that could lead to better management and control practices, and advances in risk assessment and reduction.

Tentative Schedule:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 9:00am

The Third Annual Berkeley Entrepreneurs' Expo

Unifying innovation & entrepreneurship - the Berkeley Entrepreneurs' Expo opens the campus entrepreneurial ecosystem up to students, faculty and alumni to engage with campus incubators, accelerators, centers, departments and organizations. The Expo will also include a job fair for startups.

Register online at

Expo Host: BEE Partners

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Training to Learn in a Digital World

Tess Posner is the Managing Director of SamaUSA, a national non-profit social enterprise based in San Francisco that trains low-income Americans how to find and succeed in online work. Tess built and launched the first SamaUSA program in 2013, and now oversees current programs and leads geographic and programmatic expansion efforts. Prior to this role, Tess managed education and employment programs in the Bay Area and New York City.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Straight Story on UAVs in Agriculture

A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and a drone in every barn? UAVs have been promised to revolutionize agriculture and Daniel McKinnon from 3D Robotics looks forward to sharing what has and hasn't worked for drones in ag with the UC Berkeley community. Daniel looks forward to talking about optimizing fertilizer for row crops, selecting the finest grapes in vineyards, saving water for pistachio growers, and much more.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

Mobile App Challenge 2015 Finals

CITRIS @ UC Merced is proud to present the finalists for our 2015 Mobile App Challenge!

Seventeen teams competed in the semifinals on May 2nd, and seven have moved on to the finals on Friday, May 15th.

Click here for more information about the finals event.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 11:00am

Who Owns the Data?

CITRIS @ UC Berkeley will be hosting Who Owns the Data? An International Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy, and Public Benefit, on May 14, 2015. "Who Owns the Data" will bring together data scientists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of public agencies, advocacy organizations, and the private sector from the United States and Europe. 

CITRIS @ UC Merced's Dr. Stefano Foresti will be a panelist on the Privacy and Personal Data discussion. Dr. Foresti works with CITRIS and with the UC Merced School of Engineering as an academic administrator. His work with IBM and close collaboration with various startups allows for an interesting perspective on issues of privacy in the digital world.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Engineering and R&D at Topcon Positioning Systems

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:00pm

Q&A Session with the Founder of

Gary Kremen is the engineer and entrepreneur who invented online dating, founded the personals site, was the first registrant of, and founded Clean Power Finance. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Appropriate Technology for Sustainable Urban Development

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

Field Experimentation on the Demand Side of Electricity Markets

The demand-side of electricity markets has an important role to play in advancing our progress towards cleaner and more reliable electric power systems. Across the country, and across the world, governments areimplementing policies designed to improve demand-side energy efficiency and enable more efficient electricity demand-response. Measuring the impacts and relative effectiveness of these programs is complicated because it requires a credible “counterfactual” estimate of the energyconsumption patterns that would have manifest absent these policies.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Scientific Visualization and Big Data

Pat Hanrahan is a CANON USA Professor in the Computer Graphics Laboratory and Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments at Stanford University. His research focuses on rendering algorithms, graphics processing units, as well as scientific illustration and visualization.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 2:45pm

In the Interest of Society

How do you go from nanotechnology to an engaged and informed citizenry? How does one use technology to revolutionize health care, energy efficiency and critical infrastructure management? The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, now in its 14th year, is pursuing cutting edge, interdisciplinary research in all of these areas. In this talk, we will describe highlights of our current research and discuss the opportunities that lie ahead.

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Lessons Learned from Drinking Water Treatment, Fuel-Efficient Cookstoves, and Energy Efficient Lights

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

Health Care Price Transparency

Join us for a talk by Chris Whaley, Analytics Associate, Castlight Health. Chris is in the third year of his PhD in health economics at UC Berkeley. His main research interests are patient decision making and provider choice. Prior to Berkeley, he worked for the Health Economics group at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. He received his undergrad degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 2008.

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

Big Data for Better Medicine

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Innovations in Entrepreneurial Finance

Richard Swart is the Director for the Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Medicine: A Big Data Revolution Occurring in Our Midst

Human beings are big data. Analogous to computer code, human beings are uniquely defined by the information content held within the body and more specifically, how that information is interconnected. As medical data continues to explode and become increasingly digital, the vast amount of information that is able to be collected presents significant opportunities to improve the nature of medicine and care. In short, the influx of patient data and decoded genetics has turned modern medical issues into Big Data problems. In the future, the Hippocratic Oath will require doctors to take this genetic variability into account, which poses a number of ethical questions and concerns.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Economics of Energy

C.-Y. Cynthia Lin is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

Pragmatic Translational Informatics for Health Care

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

Partnership and Funding Opportunities in the EU Horizon 2020 Program

Errol G. Levy, Research and Innovation Counselor, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America, and Michael J. Kusiak, Policy Resource Coordinator, University of California Office of the President, will provide an introduction and strategic overview of Horizon 2020. They will discuss the principal goals of Horizon 2020, how U.S. researchers can participate, and strategies for developing international collaboration and submissions. Mr. Levy and Mr. Kusiak will be available immediately after the presentation for discussion with UC investigators.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

How We Got to Now

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Adaptation, Innovation and California’s Water Institutions

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

UrbanSim Model of Urban Development

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Technology of Access: Allowing People of Age to Vote for Themselves

Universal access is an important goal of technology. This talk examines several evolving voting technologies and their impact on persons with cognitive and physical disabilities. The research described will show how many of the accessibility opportunities for people of age could actually improve the performance of the voting population as a whole.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:00pm

Informing Responsible Developmental Approaches to Shale Resource Extraction

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 4:15pm

Wireless Sensor Networks for Flash Flood and Traffic Monitoring in Urban Environments

This talk describes a new architecture for distributed flash flood and traffic monitoring in cities using combined Eulerian and Lagrangian sensing. Unlike current traffic sensor networks, the architecture maintains user privacy by using a distributed computing approach.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:00pm

Hydrologic and Climate Information in Hydropower System Planning and Management

By David Rheinheimer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:15pm

Digital Agenda for Europe

The European Commission launched in March 2010 the Europe 2020 Strategy to exit the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the challenges of the next decade. Europe 2020 sets out a vision to achieve high levels of employment, a low carbon economy, productivity and social cohesion, to be implemented through concrete actions at EU and national levels. This battle for growth and jobs requires ownership at top political level and mobilisation from all actors across Europe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Transformation of Transportation: New Vehicles, Fuels, and Mobility Services

Passenger transportation was arguably the least innovative sector in our society over the past 80 years. Passenger travel has devolved into a monoculture where the single occupant vehicle dominates all other surface modes. We are now on the threshold of radical change. New mobility services such as Uber and Lyft, new propulsion technologies using electricity and hydrogen, and increasing vehicle automation could transform how we travel, with the potential for a much smaller resource and environmental footprint.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Fostering the Next Generation of Open Science in Ecology & Evolution


Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:00pm

Renewables Integration and Grid Management: The Role of Storage and Electric Vehicles

Carla Peterman, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, will speak about how California energy policy supports an ambitious transition from conventional fossil generation to renewable and other clean resources. Low-carbon, variable and distributed generation provide many benefits to the state, but also present new circumstances for our traditional energy integration and reliability tools to respond to. Some of the resources that California is pursuing to manage this ramp are demand response, generation diversity, fast response natural gas plants, and energy storage.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:00pm

In Drought and Deluge: How Applied Hydroinformatics are Becoming Standard Operating Data for All Californians

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:00pm

Enabling a Sustainable Energy Infrastructure

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

Games for Change

The Core of a Game: This talk discusses how games are crafted from the inside out, first focusing on a core and its core loop, and then expanding upon it with a feature set which makes the core stronger. Various example of design and development are offered along with a discussion on the current state of the game industry.


Brenda Romero is the Program Director for the UC Santa Cruz Master's in Games + Playable Media and the CEO and Co-Founder of Loot Drop, game studio focused on fun.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 12:00pm

OpenROV: Open Source Underwater Robots for Exploration and Education

OpenROV is a open-source underwater robot. But it's so much more. It's also a community of people who are working together to create more accessible, affordable, and awesome tools for underwater exploration.

The backbone of the project is the global community of DIY ocean explorers who are working, tinkering and improving the OpenROV design. The community ranges from professional ocean engineers to hobbyists, software developers to students. It's a welcoming community and everyone's feedback and input is valued.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

CITRIS @ UCMerced Open House

The UC Merced community is cordially invited to join the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society in a campus open house to celebrate Research Week. We will also welcome the new UC CITRIS Director Costas Spanos to our campus, as well as our esteemed Researh Week speaker Ted Selker. Please join us!

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 2:30pm

Excubate: How Crowd Collaboration Can Professionalize New Business Technology Development

To help increase the chances for successful innovation in the marketplace, this talk will expand beyond the problems typically discussed with open innovation and offer a new entrepreneurial investment model. The discussion reviews and critiques ten existing models of creating and turning innovations into new companies.

For instance, innovation cultures exist in self-funded and venture-funded entrepreneurial organizations, in universities, and in large research labs. What are the various strengths and weaknesses of the existing models for innovation development?


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 1:00pm

Innovations in Disaster Relief Work

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

Themes of California Water Plan Update: Integrate, Align and Invest

Presented by Kamyar Guivetchi

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

Crowdsourcing in Policy-Making: The Impact of Blended Expertise on Law-Making Process

This talk reports on a study about the impact of crowdsourcing on a law-making process in Finland. In the studied process, the off-road traffic law reform was opened for public participation in Finland by the Ministry of the Environment. The citizens were first asked to share their experiences and problems with off-road traffic and the regulating law on an online platform. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

Breaking the Habits of Economic Growth: an Imperative for a Low Carbon Transformation

In this lecture, I will argue that a century of lived experience in the political economy of expansive capitalism in the rich countries of the world has led to a habituation to not only high levels of materials and resources used in everyday practices, but to a habituation to expansion itself. Neither energy and climate change theorists nor policy makers have engaged with the culture of capitalism. Mainstream policy is putting all of its effort into making sustainability happen within an expansionist frame. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Mobile App Challenge 2014

UC Merced continues to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of our students through the 2014 UC Merced Mobile App Challenge. The challenge is for teams of UC Merced students to develop an innovative custom wireless application. Scholarships and other prizes will be awarded.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:45pm

Does Rebound Offset The Savings From Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 1:00pm

Cognitive Computing For Utilities

This talk focuses on a cognitive computing approach to handle common problems within utilities, concentrating on utility operations and exploring the concept of using cognitive models and the underlying technologies that support it. I will discuss such topics as big data, analytics, sensing and the Internet of Things (IoT), along with the cognitive modeling schema.In addition, I will present examples of business problems that could utilize cognitive computing capabilities, along with issues and challenges to this type of approach. Chris Couper is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with over thirty years of industry and IT experience. He currently works on IBM’s smarter planet opportunities related to risk analytics and mitigation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:00pm