The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute create information technology solutions for society’s most pressing challenges.
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at UC Davis tries to achieve its mission by developing programs and facilities that engage diversified groups of students and faculty from numerous departments and facilitate partnerships and collaborations with other northern California UC campuses as well as industrial, public, and government partners.
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute make vital contributions to the University of California system and the California economy at large. Since the institute was established in 2001, we have supported the launch of more than 60 high-technology startup companies and currently leverage $4-5M from the UC Office of the President into $80-$95M in outside research funding. Our interdisciplinary work through our four main campuses at UC Davis, Merced, Santa Cruz and Berkeley attracts pioneering faculty, students, corporate partners, and civic institutions who collectively shape the future of technology for societal benefit.
The following guiding principles are developed to be followed for achieving the mission:
- Making CITRIS awareness and participation more organic within the broader UC Davis community
- Working on sustainability of CITRIS activities on campus
- Making a broader impact on students’ education and hands-on experience
- Promoting entrepreneurship
- Encouraging engagement of more women and diversified groups in CITRIS activities