Vision 2025

Leading the new information technology landscape

Since its founding in 2001, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute have tackled the big questions, working with research scientists at four University of California campuses to develop novel technologies for the benefit of California and the larger society beyond.

As we enter a new age driven by powerful new technologies – machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), drones and UAVs, augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), genetic editing, and, powering it all, quantum leaps of data science – the needs and questions change. To lead us through this new landscape, CITRIS launches a new strategic plan, Vision 2025.

Research Thrusts

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute has expanded its research thrusts to address a new era of vast technological change. Our research thrusts are grouped into the subcategories of Core Technology and Technology and Society. The Thrusts are divided into two main groups: Core Technology and Technology & Society. Looking to encompass not only highly innovative projects but their potential to solve societal issues.

CITRIS by the numbers


CITRIS Foundry Startups

Accelerating Entrepreneurship

Funded start-ups designed projects for society’s most pressing challenges. 


Faculty Partners

Academic Certified

Research-driven with 442 faculty partners, 321 students, and 55 Postdocs.


Funded Projects

Seeding Novel Technologies

Since 2007, CITRIS has distributed over $9.5Million dollars to funded initiatives.

CITRIS Growing Reach

CITRIS is proud to be a multidisciplinary institution having ongoing initiatives across four of the ten campuses of the University of California. Our branches at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced.

Sutardja Dai Hall in Berkeley is our HQ. The magnificent building hosts the CITRIS Invention Lab, a rapid prototyping space used by UC entrepreneurs in our CITRIS Foundry startup accelerator program and the student maker community. 

CITRIS at UC Davis brings expertise in engineering, nanoscience, law, and medicine to bear on complex challenges related to food, health, the environment, and society.

CITRIS Santa Cruz explores the design of new systems for immersive video and augmented reality, intelligent media for social good, and exploring the intersection of computing approaches from artificial intelligence, computer graphics, and software engineering with art and design.

The University of California Merced is a leader in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the campus specializes in gathering scientific data using unmanned aerial vehicles, with the goal of developing practical solutions in the fields of agriculture and landscape ecology.

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