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Robert M. Berdahl
Chancellor, UC Berkeley

"This project is about solving society's most challenging problems. By bringing together some of our most innovative and far-sighted scientists and scholars, CITRIS aims to put information technology to work improving the quality of people's lives."

M.R.C. Greenwood
Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz

"We need to develop information technology that addresses the critical needs of society, and CITRIS will do that. I anticipate tremendous synergy between CITRIS and the UC Santa Cruz engineering school and our proposed Silicon Valley Center, where we plan to create and test new models for delivering education and conducting research. I am particularly excited about the development by CITRIS of smart classrooms and related systems for enhanced education and training. These projects will work hand in hand with our efforts to meet the research and educational needs of California."

Carol Tomlinson-Keasey
Chancellor, UC Merced

"This institute provides an exciting opportunity for the University of California, Merced, to partner with three of our sister campuses and industry leaders on important technological research and development.

"UC Merced stands to benefit in many ways from its involvement, including recruitment of faculty and improved service to students. Top faculty will be attracted to the new campus by the prospect of participating in this innovative, collaborative research, and students all around the Central Valley will have access to a broad range of university courses using CITRIS technology."

Larry Vanderhoef
Chancellor, UC Davis

"The planned UC Davis contributions to the CITRIS institute have the sound of science fiction: an urban control center where managers use virtual reality to improve traffic flow or coordinate earthquake emergency responses; a transmission system that moves data as light, at record speeds; and sensor networks that monitor and help protect the state's air and water quality. With our UC partners, Davis scientists will be building the technologies of the future while they teach the visionaries of tomorrow."

Patrick Mantey
Dean, Baskin School of Engineering
Baskin Professor of Computer Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

"The information systems we envision will make our lives more livable by helping us respond to everyday problems, such as traffic congestion, and to more serious events caused by severe storms, fires, earthquakes or other environmental disasters.

"While most of the data in today's information system is text - usually keyed in by humans - the deployment of vast arrays of sensors, all connected to the Internet, will bring us a wealth of new information, and make it available to us immediately. The REINAS system is a small-scale version of this--a network of sensors with a Web interface that delivers data immediately via the Web. In this case it's environmental conditions in Monterey Bay, but it could just as well be traffic patterns or earthquake information."

Karen Merritt
Director of academic planning, UC Merced
"UC Merced will be a test ground for CITRIS research that will help us leverage technology to bring innovative, quality courses to UC Merced's centers in Fresno, Bakersfield and Modesto.

"The 'smart classrooms' will expand accessibility to otherwise impacted courses, such as those offered through UC Berkeley's computer science program, which is considered to be one of the best in the nation. We're excited about making such courses available to UC Merced students when the campus opens in 2004."



Senator Don Perata (D-Oakland)
"CITRIS will revolutionize information technology in ways that will benefit the entire state. It will improve our systems for disaster preparedness, help implement distance learning, modernize environmental monitoring, and introduce state-of-the art mechanisms for medical care. With CITRIS, the public sector is the primary driver - its applications won't be determined by market forces.

"UC Berkeley's CITRIS is not only exemplary for its strong commitment to the infrastructure of the state of California, but its ambitious, cutting-edge research agenda."

Assemblywoman Dion Aroner (D-Berkeley)
"As information technology becomes more powerful and pervasive, CITRIS will advance technology and improve our day-to-day lives. CITRIS will exploit the potential for technology to strengthen our public infrastructure, with a clear emphasis on addressing the many challenges our society faces and will face in the future.

I am excited by the possibilities of CITRIS and its commitment to improve the welfare of all Californians."

Raj Reddy
Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie-Mellon University
Co-chair, President's Information Technology Advisory Council (PITAC)

"CITRIS is a wonderful example of the kind of visionary, long-range research endeavor the country needs to realize the full potential benefits of information technology to all sectors of society. UCB is a leading center for innovation in IT with a distinguished faculty and is eminently suited to provide the leadership CITRIS needs," said Professor Raj Reddy, former dean of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University and co-chair of the President's Information Technology Advisory Council (PITAC). "I am very pleased to see this work go forward and am confident that this world-class group of companies and university collaborators will produce very exciting results in the years ahead."

Carol Whiteside
President, Great Valley Center, Modesto
Member of UC Merced's Foundation Board of Trustees
"The CITRIS research agenda addresses the high-priority needs in education, transportation, safety, health care, industry and several other areas crucial to the future of the state and its citizens. Developing technological solutions to these issues will help improve the quality of life, the economy and the overall success of California in the coming years.

"I also am pleased that the results of CITRIS research will be brought into the Central Valley and made available for valley uses."

[The mission of the Great Valley Center is to support activities and organizations that promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of California's Great Central Valley.]



Intel Corp.
"CITRIS provides a set of noble and inspirational challenges that will motivate research in computer science, electrical engineering and related disciplines," said David Tennenhouse, vice president and director of research at Intel. "It identifies a wide range of new technologies that must be explored in order to realize our shared vision of how ubiquitous and proactive computing will be used in the service of society - both in the public and private sectors. Sponsoring programs like CITRIS is one of the ways in which Intel extends the boundaries of its labs to longer-term research. Together with universities, we create disruptive technologies that will help shape the future of computing."

"Intel congratulates UC Berkeley for its technical leadership and innovative approach in engaging the technology industry with the CITRIS program," added Albert Yu, senior vice president at Intel.

Microsoft Corp.
"We are extremely pleased to support CITRIS and jointly seek solutions to social and commercial problems through information technology," said Dan Ling, vice president of Microsoft Research. "Over the years, Microsoft researchers have collaborated consistently with both academic institutions and corporate partners and look forward to conducting research with the stellar people at the University of California. As a company dedicated to simplifying and enhancing technology at work, home and school, Microsoft shares CITRIS Institute's commitment to produce useful technology that can strengthen the economy, improve quality of life, and ensure the success of California's society."

Nortel Networks Corp.
"Nortel Networks views the evolution of technology as a means of bringing about dramatic and positive social change," said Daniel Pitt, vice president of the Technology Center. "UC Berkeley's vision has always gone far beyond information technology to include people and society. Our attraction to CITRIS is its interdisciplinary nature, which has always been a long standing commitment of UC Berkeley's."

Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"Sun understands the integral role that universities play in shaping and preparing the workforce of tomorrow. It is this understanding that enables us to join with other industry partners to support the CITRIS initiative, which we believe will positively impact California's students and its economy for years to come," said Joerg Schwarz, business development group manager.


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