Research Collaborations

UCSC and NASA: Allies in Innovation

The University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), a partnership between NASA and the University of California, is a 10-year, $330 million research con­tract managed by UC Santa Cruz. UC and NASA scientists work side by side on UARC research tasks in critical areas. Aerospace Systems teams are working to revolutionize aviation and improve the nation’s air-traffic-management systems. Earth Sciences researchers investigate how the Earth is changing and the con­sequences for life on Earth. Information Sciences emphasize cross-disciplinary in­vestigations in support of space exploration and aerospace missions. Biotechnology teams are developing biomedical and biological technologies to support human exploration of space. The Systems Teaching Institute provides student programs in support of NASA research.

The Advanced Studies Laboratories (ASL), a strategic partnership between UCSC and NASA Ames, fuels technologi­cal innovation in areas such as sustainable resources (energy and water), nanotechnology, astrobiology, and planetary exploration. With more than a dozen current participants, the ASL facility hosts laboratories and shared equipment and can support academic, nonprofit, and industrial partners. The ASL has established cooperative working space where ASL-affiliated researchers and students from various organizations can work together sharing resources and expertise. Academic researchers team with NASA scientists and engineers to develop innovative new materials for use in alternative energy systems, as well as in-flight instruments on satellites, space probes and extra-terrestrial rovers.

Partnerships with UCSC’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering

UCSC’s Baskin School of Engineering (BSoE) is collaborating with industry part­ners including Cisco Systems, General Motors, Google, Lockheed Martin, Yahoo, and others to create new opportunities in research and education for Silicon Valley. The school is known for interdisciplinary research and education, with programs designed to meet current and emerging global challenges in areas such as assistive and rehabilitative technology; bioengineering; information and communication infrastructure; mathematical and statistical modeling; games and playable media; robotics and control; software and services engineering; and system design. In addition, BSoE has entered into a new partnership with 10 Silicon Valley companies to support and collaborate with engineering students on their senior design projects.

Many BSoE research programs have strong ties with Silicon Valley industry.

The Storage Systems Research Center is working to improve the performance and profitability of the data storage industry through a strong focus on the software and systems aspects of data storage.

The Information Technology Institute conducts collaborative research in a wide range of areas related to the Internet, computer systems, and communication technologies.

The Network Management and Operations Lab, in collaboration with Cisco Systems, specializes in network engineering research and management of complex networked systems.

The Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering blends cutting-edge computational approaches with new research in biology, chemistry, and engineering and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser, a valued resource for biomedical and biotechnology research.

The Center for Games and Playable Media houses five games-related research labs, with projects ranging from work on artificial intelligence and interactive storytelling to natural language dialogue systems, cinematic communication, procedural content generation, and human-computer interaction.