Research Centers and Labs

Agile Design of Efficient Processing Technologies (ADEPT)

The goal of the ADEPT lab is to dramatically improve computing capability by reducing the cost and risk of designing custom silicon for new application areas. Our integrated 5-year research mission cuts across applications, programming systems, architecture, and hardware design and verification methodologies.

Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR)

The Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab brings together UC Berkeley researchers across the areas of computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, planning, and robotics. BAIR includes over two dozen faculty and more than a hundred graduate students pursuing research on fundamental advances in the above areas as well as cross-cutting themes including multi-modal deep learning, human-compatible AI, and connecting AI with other scientific disciplines and the humanities.

Berkeley Audio-visual Signal processing and Communication Systems (BASiCS)

The main research interests of BASiCS are in the area of peer-to-peer networks, multimedia processing, information and coding theory and collaborative signal processing. The theme of this lab is to design highly robust large scale systems comprising of unreliable individual entities.

Berkeley Automation Sciences Lab

UC Berkeley's Automation Sciences Lab is a center for research in robotics and automation, with current projects in Cloud Robotics, Computer Assisted Surgery, Automated Manufacturing, and New Media Artforms.

Berkeley Center for Computational Imaging (BCCI)

The Berkeley Center for Computational Imaging (BCCI) brings together interdisciplinary researchers working on the end-to-end design of imaging systems, from sensor hardware to image reconstruction algorithms. This holistic imaging system design approach is impacting many facets of scientific research, clinical care and consumer products, from MRI to astronomy to virtual reality (VR). We are building a collaborative research nexus that will reach across campus and beyond.

Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM)

New media can transform how we perceive, learn, communicate, and experience the world. What is "new" is accelerating rapidly with emerging technologies, yet remains deeply rooted in powerful aesthetic, cultural, and political forces. Our mission is to understand what is new about each new media from cross-disciplinary and global perspectives that emphasize humanities and the public interest.

Berkeley Computer Animation & Modeling Group (B-CAM)

Berkeley Computer Animation & Modeling Group

Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS)

BEARS programs pursue research, graduate education, and technological innovation in the areas of power generation and the efficiency of buildings. Focused on information technology, sensors, solar energy technologies, engineering, and construction, the multi-disciplinary approach characteristic of BEARS also embraces research in economics, architecture, and human behavior.

Berkeley Emerging Technologies Research (BETR)

The Berkeley Emerging Technologies Research (BETR) Center is a hub of physical electronics research at the University of California, Berkeley. It serves as a nexus for interactions with companies for long-term research collaborations and knowledge transfer, as well as access to faculty and students who are building the technological foundation for future electronic devices and information systems.

Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI)

Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) is the coordinating hub for energy and climate research at UC Berkeley. BECI fosters collaboration between UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and other external partners. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary research by integrating science, technology, business and policy. BECI is dedicated to advancing research, innovation, and new educational programs to cultivate the next generation of energy innovators.

Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

Our initiatives are designed to bring together broad constituents of the data science community, including domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences and methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. While many of these individuals rarely cross professional paths, BIDS actively seeks new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across these different research fields.

Berkeley Institute for Performance Studies (BIPS)

The Berkeley Institute for Performance Studies (BIPS) is a joint Institute with LBNL and UC Berkeley with research activities in performance analysis, modeling, and tuning.

Berkeley Institute of Design (BID)

A new design discipline that spans computer science, architecture, industrial and mechanical engineering.

Berkeley Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering

UC Berkeley's Laboratory for Automation Science and Engineering, directed by Professor Ken Goldberg of IEOR and EECS, is a center for research in robotics and automation, with current projects in networked telerobotics, computer assisted surgery, automated manufacturing, and new media art forms.

Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences (BLISS)

The BLISS center focuses on the fundamentals. Each letter stands for multiple things. The "I" for both "Information" and "Inference", and each "S" for any combination of "Systems", "Signals", "Statistics", and "Science"

Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center (BQIC)

Quantum information processing investigates fascinating issues at the foundations of computer science and quantum mechanics. Quantum computers provide exponential speedups for computational tasks such as integer factorization, and properties of quantum bits can be used to achieve secure communication.

Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

Devoted to research on sensors and miniature moving mechanical elements or MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) that take advantage of integrated-circuit technology.

Berkeley Vision and Learning Center (BVLC)

BVLC center PIs conduct research at the intersection of computer vision and machine learning, driven by three core principles: rich and adaptive representations, large-scale semantics, and 3-D demonstration and interaction. The distance between these principal areas of investigation is closing fast, and a unified core of algorithms, data, and implementations will drive future advances in intelligent media and active interactive systems.

Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC)

This center's research focuses on highly-integrated CMOS implementations with the lowest possible energy consumption and advanced communication algorithms. Components are fabricated using state-of-the-art processes and evaluated in a realistic test environment

Biomimetic Millisystems Lab

The objective of the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab is to harness features of animal locomotion to enable high performance mobile millirobots.

California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE)

CIEE is a dedicated group of experts who define, conduct, and manage public-interest energy research. Based in the University of California, CIEE puts its experts and other leading researchers to work on energy challenges, yielding new ideas and technologies to meet California’s pace-setting energy goals. Dr. von Meier co-directs the Electric Grid Research group at CIEE with Dr. Merwin Brown.

Center for Augmented Cognition (CAC)

The Center for Augmented Cognition supports Berkeley faculty and students in their research on new computing paradigms and methodologies of human cognition modeling, human-computer interaction, and human-robot collaboration through augmented and virtual reality technologies.

Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics (Cal-MR)

UC Berkeley's Center for Automation and Learning for Medical Robotics (Cal-MR) advances research in automation and machine learning to improve robots and devices for medicine and surgery.

Center for Cell Control (CCC)

The Center for Cell Control is an NIH Nanomedicine Development center focusing on the use of systems control, with therapeutic intent, to determine the parameters for guiding the cell to a directed phenotype/genotype which will then be followed by in depth study, using nanoscale modalities, of the path by which this desired state is achieved.

Center for Computational Biology (CCB)

Advancing understanding of the deep interface between the computational and biological sciences through interdisciplinary research and education.

Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S)

This is an National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC) focusing on developing transformative science and technology that reduce energy consumption in electronic systems by orders of magnitude.

Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR)

The Center for Evidence-based Security Research is an ongoing collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, seeking to understand modern Internet threats and develop effective countermeasures using analysis rooted in empirical observation.

Center for Functional Imaging

The purpose of this research is to apply new technologies to the study of atherosclerosis, heart disease, aging, neurological and psychiatric diseases, and cancer.

Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHCAI)

The goal of CHCAI is to develop the conceptual and technical wherewithal to reorient the general thrust of AI research towards provably beneficial systems.

Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society was established to sponsor collaborative information technology research that will ultimately provide solutions to grand-challenge social and commercial problems affecting the quality of life of all Californians. The set of applications include energy efficiency, transportation, environmental monitoring, seismic safety, education, cultural research and health care.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)

The vision of CIAN is to create transformative technologies for optical access networks where virtually any application requiring any resource can be seamlessly and efficiently aggregated and interfaced with existing and future core networks in a cost-effective manner.

Center for Interdisciplinary Biological Inspiration in Education and Research (CIBER)

Research in integrative biomechanics and biological inspiration funded by NSF.

Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses (CNEP)

We integrate cutting-edge engineering with world class basic and clinical neurosciences to develop technology to restore sensory, motor, and cognitive function in patients suffering from disabling neurological conditions.

Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation (CREST)

CREST’s mission is to develop frameworks, tools, and new technology research projects aimed at overcoming the challenge of transforming the global energy system while creating sustainable opportunities for economic growth.

Center for X-Ray Optics (CXRO)

The Center for X-Ray Optics works to advance the science and technology of short-wave optical systems with applications using extreme ultraviolet light (EUV), soft x-ray radiation and nanostructure fabrication.


The new Berkeley project in Programming Systems will improve how software is designed, implemented, tested, and deployed. We will target problematic areas in software ranging from mobile apps to distributed Web systems and consumer robotics. We expect to accelerate development of phone apps, increase the reliability of distributed programs, enable development of high-performance GPU mobile apps, and facilitate robotics programming to end users.

CITRIS People and Robots (CPAR)

A major new multidisciplinary research initiative launched by CITRS in April 2015. This program supports efforts by faculty and students working on robotics from the four CITRIS campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz. Cloud Robotics, Deep Learning, Human-Centric Automation, and Bio-Inspired Robotics are among the primary research themes of this initiative that focuses on new theory, benchmarks, software, and approaches that address challenges in the interest of society.

Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CCIED)

The Collaborative Center for Internet Epidemiology and Defenses (CCIED, "SeaSide") is a joint effort between researchers at UCSD and the International Computer Science Institute. CCIED addresses the critical challenges posed by large-scale Internet-based pathogens, such as worms and viruses. CCIED efforts focus on analyzing the behavior and limitations of Internet pathogens, developing early-warning and forensic capabilities, and automated, real-time defenses.


We are at the forefront of research on deep automotive perception through the integration of two very important technologies: vision and vehicles. We seek to merge deep learning with automotive perception and bring computer vision technology to the forefront. The BDD Industry Consortium investigates state-of-the-art technologies in computer vision and machine learning for automotive applications. Our multi-disciplinary center is housed at U.C. Berkeley.

Donald O. Pederson Center for Design Automation (DOP)

The DOP Center focusses on research in all aspects of automated design, modeling and analysis, from nanoscale devices and electronic circuits to biosystems, automotive, cyber-physical, software, and educational systems. See the <a href="">DMA web page</a>.

Electronic Materials Program at LBNL (E-Mat)

The goal of the Electronic Materials Program at LBNL is to advance and expand the fundamental understanding of the materials science of semiconductors. The research focuses on the relationships between synthesis and processing conditions and the structure, properties, and stability of semiconductor materials systems. Progress in these areas is essential for the performance and reliability of a number of technologies that lie at the heart of the DOE mission.

Foundations Of Resilient CybEr-physical Systems (FORCES)

FORCES is designed to help protect the nation's critical infrastructure from attack and to ensure its robust, secure and efficient operation. Specifically, FORCES aims to increase the resilience of large-scale networked cyber-physical systems (CPS) in the key areas of energy delivery, transportation, and energy management in buildings.

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI)

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) at UC Berkeley is the nexus for campus-wide multidisciplinary neuroscience research and The Berkeley BRAIN Initiative. Using approaches from many disciplines (including biophysics, chemistry, cognitive sciences, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, and physiology), we seek to understand how the brain generates behavior and cognition, and to better understand, diagnose, and treat neurological diseases.

Hyperpolarized MRI Technology Resource Center

Hyperpolarized MRI using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) is a powerful new imaging technique which uses specialized instrumentation to provide signal enhancements of over 5-orders of magnitude for carbon-13 enriched compounds. The resulting hyperpolarized solution then can be injected in a MR scanner to detect not only the uptake of the targeted molecule but also its metabolic products in vivo using rapid 13C MR acquisitions.

Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems Center (iCyPhy)

iCyPhy is a research consortium formed to identify and develop new engineering techniques that will make it easier to successfully build products and services that combine complex software, hardware and mechanical components. iCyPhy is a partnership between UC Berkeley, Caltech, and member companies, which currently include the founding members, United Technologies and IBM.

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR)

In IEOR, we invent, analyze and teach tools and approaches for design, analysis, risk management, and decision-making in complex real-world systems like supply chains, energy systems, healthcare systems, and financial systems.

Integrated Modeling Process and Computation for Technology (IMPACT)

Our objective is to introduce innovative process steps, new sensors, and effective control strategies that will make IC manufacturing factories more efficient. IC production has experienced a dramatic improvement in productivity in the last 30 years, and the results have transformed society. This trend will end unless a systematic approach is used to enable the reliable reproducibility of the very small devices used in future IC products.

International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)

The International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) is a leading independent, nonprofit center for research in computer science. With its unique focus on international collaboration and through its established international programs, ICSI brings together scientists from all over the world and at all stages of their career to work with established staff researchers, UC Berkeley professors, and their networks of academic, government, and industrial partners.

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation (JIDI)

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for students, teachers and practitioners who love working at the intersection of design and technology. We empower you with a place to explore, a place to connect and a place to learn the way you learn best – by doing.

Marvell NanoLab

The Marvell NanoLab, located in the CITRIS headquarters building, Sutardja Dai Hall, includes more than 15,000 sq feet of Class100 and Class1000 cleanroom. The Marvell NanoLab is a shared research center providing more than 100 Principal Investigators and over 500 academic and industrial researchers a complete set of micro- and nano-fabrication tools.

Multiscale System Center (MuSyC)

Distributed Sense and Control System design.

Networked Systems Lab (NETSYS)

The Networked Systems Lab (NetSys) addresses a broad set of issues relating to networking and systems, ranging from traditional networking topics (e.g., congestion control and routing) to more systems-oriented topics (e.g., data analytics and disaggregated datacenters). Many of our current efforts focus on how to unify and extend recent developments in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH)

The objective is to develop the foundations for the widespread adoption of advanced technologies that will help improve the operation of California's surface transportation systems.

Quantum Architecture Research

Explores architectural structures and technologies to enable large-scale quantum computing. Our work here at Berkeley is done in collaboration with UC Davis, MIT, and University of Washington.

Real-Time Intelligent Secure Execution (RISELab)

RISELab represents the next chapter in the ongoing story of data-intensive systems at Berkeley; a proactive step to move beyond Big Data analytics into a more immersive world. Our mission in the RISELab is to develop technologies that enable applications to interact intelligently and securely with their environment in real time.

Robotics and Intelligent Machines Laboratory

The Robotics and Intelligent Machines research in EECS encompasses the work of a half dozen faculty members, and spans diverse topics from the microscopic to autonomous systems to human-robot interaction.

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing (SITC)

The Institute aims to promote fundamental research on the foundations of computer science, as well as to expand the horizons of the field by exploring other scientific disciplines through a computational lens.

Software Defined Buildings (SDB)

Software Defined Buildings (SDB) seeks to design, engineer, and evaluate the foundational information substrate for cyberphysical systems in a concrete, canonical form - creation of efficient, agile, model-driven, human-centered building systems.

Software Principles for Advanced Networking (SPAN)

We aim to make networks more amenable to innovation, i.e., we want to enable rapid deployment of new network features and provide tools to manage these features. Our work builds on software-defined networks for control and flexible software forwarding for building new network functionality. Eventually we hope to extend the benefits of these techniques to carrier networks.


The Swarm Lab seeks to foster the creation and distribution of exciting applications of large swarms of sensors and actuators through the adoption of an <b>open and universal platform</b>. The Swarm Lab builds on the strengths of Berkeley in integration and in building bridges between different fields. It is open to industry members and based on the Berkeley campus.

Synthetic Biology Institute (SBI)

The Synthetic Biology Institute at UC Berkeley (SBI) was established in 2010 to clear a path to the widespread production of new biological systems to benefit society. Through the combined effort of its researchers, partners and Industry Members, SBI is developing the standards and technologies needed to create transformative applications in energy, materials, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food products, security, and other industries that affect our daily lives.

Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST)

Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) TRUST is devoted to the development of a new science and technology that will radically transform the ability of organizations (software vendors, operators, local and federal agencies) to design, build, and operate trustworthy information systems for our critical infrastructure.


Tele-Immersion is an emerging technology that enables cooperative interaction between people and groups separated geographically while placing them in the same virtual environment. In this virtual space, people can emote and talk as if the other party is present locally.

Tsinghua-UC Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI)

Tsinghua-UC Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) starts with research centers in three areas: environment science and new energy technology; information technology and data science; precision medicine and healthcare. As a platform for innovative research and graduate-student education with parallel functionality on the two partner campuses, the institute will integrate research programs at both UC Berkeley and Tsinghua University to address societal needs and global challenges.

VeHICaL: Verified Human Interfaces, Control, and Learning for Semi-Autonomous Systems (VeHICaL)

VeHICaL is an NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Frontier project that is developing the foundations of verified co-design of interfaces and control for human cyber-physical systems (h-CPS) --- cyber-physical systems that operate in concert with human operators. VeHICaL aims to bring a formal approach to designing both interfaces and control for h-CPS, with provable guarantees.

Video and Image Processing Lab (VIP Lab)

Video and image processing lab is focused on theories, algorithms, and applications of signal, image, and video processing; recent activities include protocols and methods for wireless multimedia communication and networking, 3D processing and modeling, and applications to semiconductor manufacturing.

Visual Computing Lab (VCL)

Visual Computing Lab