“Aviation technology can help us address some of the grand challenges facing the world today,” says CITRIS Director Costas Spanos. “From deploying drones for environmental monitoring to reducing the impact of commercial air transportation, as well as creating opportunities for the next-generation workforce, CITRIS and the Aviation initiative intend to catalyze innovations and research.”
The 3rd annual CITRIS @UC Davis Drone Academy kicked off with students from 10 Sacramento Valley High Schools.
CITRIS People and Robots hosts a weekly seminar series every Monday afternoon jointly with UC Berkeley’s “Design of Robotics and Embedded systems, Analysis, and Modeling” Seminars (DREAMS).
Located on the Davis campus in the Academic Surge Building, and Lake Tahoe Incline Village, the multidisciplinary labs are available to students, staff, faculty, and industry members to prototype a wide range of new software, hardware, and environmental sensors.
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.
The Drone Training Academy is a program for high school students launched in 2018. Designed by a 20-year veteran of the aviation industry, it aims to engage underrepresented youth with emerging STEM fields and wide-spread applications of UAVs for societal benefit.
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, contemplating students in various interdisciplinary projects.
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is working towards the development of a fleet of Laboratory Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and sensor technologies for exploring challenges in water quality and environmental health.
CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has expanded research initiatives across UC Davis, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and Merced campuses creating IT solutions that generate social and economic benefits for everyone.
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