World Class Labs,
Testbeds And Research Opportunities

CITRIS Labs and Programs include world-class labs, testbeds, and research opportunities across its four-member campuses.   UC Davis hosts multiple research labs including the CITRIS Aviation Lab in Academic Surge, Visual Thinking Lab in Bainer Hall, Environmental Robotics Laboratory at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), and the Center for Spaceflight Research in East Davis.


Dado Banatao, CITRIS advisory board and long term contributor.

Highlighted Programs @ UC Davis

Seed Funding

Principal Investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz campuses can apply for seed funding that furthers CITRIS and the Banatao Institute research thrusts, strengthens connections among UC campuses, and catalyzes early-stage research that can lead to external funding.

Tech for Social Good

Launched in 2016, The CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program at UC Berkeley supported student-led learning and technology development for healthy, sustainable, connected, and equitable livelihoods in the United States and abroad.

Highlighted CITRIS Labs @ UC Davis

Aviation Lab

CITRIS Aviation has expanded to UC Davis, which launched a Drone Training Academy for high school students in 2018. Designed by a 20-year veteran of the aviation industry, the Drone Academy aims to engage underrepresented youth with emerging STEM fields and wide-spread applications of UAVs for societal benefit.

Visual Thinking Lab

The CITRIS Visual Thinking Laboratory (VTL) in collaboration with the Engineering Student Startup center combines human imagination & computer processing with technology and wearable hardware.  Students and researchers utilize Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) equipment with high speed computer processing stations to explore, investigate, and solve challenges in education, medicine, game design and AI development.

Environmental Robotics Laboratory

The CITRIS Environmental Robotics Laboratory located at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is developing autonomous robotic and sensor technologies for exploring challenges in water quality and environmental health. Laboratory Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) “access the inaccessible” allowing CITRIS collaborators 
to study Antarctic ice shelf surveys, harmful algal bloom dynamics, turbulence measurements in ice covered lakes, and underwater measurements during storm events. 

Institute for Next Generation Food

The institude will research biological data and processes, addressing issues of molecular breeding to optimize traits for yield, crop quality, and pest/disease resistance; agricultural production, food processing and distribution, and nutrition.   Major emphasis is placed on inclusive education and minority outreach opportunities. 

Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration

The UC Davis-led NASA Space Technology Research HOME Institute (Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration) resides in East Davis adjacent to the UCD Mind Institute on Cousteau Drive. HOME is a seven-university research consortium tasked with researching the critical technologies NASA needs to design a semi-autonomous deep-space habitat for astronaut crews.. 

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CITRIS Cross-campus Initiatives

CITRIS is proud to be a multi-campus initiative and to sponsor dedicated projects focused in innovation at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis and UC Merced. Check below for a short description of the different spaces available for researchers and students interested in creating social impact using technology.

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