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Advanced Visualization and Interactive Systems Lab

Recent research at the Advanced Visualization and Interactive Systems Lab includes animal modeling and animation, environmental visualization, isosurfaces, d.v.r., hierarchies, irregular grids, massively parallel volume rendering through the net, uncertainty visualization, virtual reality in scientific visualization, nomadic collaborative visualization, tensor visualization, and flow visualization.

Applied and Nano-Optics

The research interests of the Applied and Nano-optics group cover a wide range with an emphasis on experimental nanoscale optics. We are developing new methods and devices for optical studies of single particles such as molecules, photons, or nanomagnets. To this end we are using a wide variety of optical and nanoscale characterization techniques such as time-correlated single photon counting, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, or scanning probe microscopy. Applications of our research include integrated biomedical sensors, high-density magnetic memory, or single-photon light sources and detectors.

Broadband Communications Research Group (UCBC)

Broadband communications research at the Baskin School of Engineering.

Computer Communication Research Group (CCRG)

The Computer Communication Research Group (CCRG) is dedicated to basic and applied research in computer communication. CCRG research focuses on new algorithms, protocols, and architectures for wireless networks based on packet switching (i.e., packet-radio networks), internetworking, multipoint communication, and the control of resources by multiple administrative authorities.

Computer Vision Lab

The  UCSC Computer Vision Lab explores several aspects of computer vision, image processing, and sensor signal processing, including mobile vision, assistive technology for persons with visual impairment, visual tracking, 3-D vision, computational photography, and surveillance.

Database Group

Database research, projects, and seminars at the Baskin School of Engineering.

Design and Verification Lab

Research in software and system design methods, embedded software design, software and system verification, game theory, formal methods.

Game User Interaction and Intelligence Lab

Game design, interactive arts, interactive media are a new emerging inter- and multi-disciplinary fields that combine different disciplines, including computer science, design, art, engineering, psychology, social science, science, and business. Members of the GUII Lab focus on this emerging areas with emphasis on contributions on understanding the user experience, expanding and applying new artificial intelligence algorithms, and engineering new engaging designs.

Geo-Spatial Visualization

We are creating a consistent 4-dimensional space-time visualization of geospatial data and intelligence associated with the environment. This task requires intelligent collection of data using various sensors including a variety of cameras, LIDAR data, and multispectral imagery in all kinds of frequency bands. The spatio-temporal GIS (Geographic Information System) visualization system will bring together several layers of information including terrain data, street maps, buildings, environment data, aerial images, and mobile objects data.

Group Researching Advances in Software Engineering (GRASE)

The GRASE laboratory performs research in the areas of software evolution and reengineering, and software configuration management. Current areas of research include identifying unstable areas of evolving software, automatic generation of software configuration management repositories, and development of Web-based versioning and configuration management infrastructure.

Hardware Systems Collective

The Hardware Systems Collective is a group of researchers from both the Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments dedicated to the study, design, and optimization of next-generation, high-performance computer systems.

Human Aware Robotics Exploration (HARE) Lab

HARE Lab was founded by Dr. Steve McGuire at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2021. Comprised of a diverse mix of graduate and undergraduate students this lab’s overarching mission is separated into two distinct categories: the study of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and the development of prototype autonomous systems for use in support of manual applications such as labor-intensive work (notably agriculture) and in mitigating danger to emergency personnel in search and rescue operations.

Hybrid Systems Laboratory

The Hybrid Systems Laboratory (HSL) focuses on the analysis of hybrid dynamical systems and the design of hybrid feedback control algorithms. The research approach is mainly theoretical with numerical validation via simulations (though experimental validations of findings at an on-site testbed are performed at times). Particular emphasis is given to dynamical systems with nonlinear hybrid dynamics, cyber-physical systems, and feedback systems with decision-making strategies emerging in the areas of robotics, aerospace, power systems, and biology.

Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management (IKRM)

The IRKM Lab is dedicated to basic and applied research in information retrieval and data mining. Current research projects include developing a proactive information retrieval, adaptive information filtering, and collaborative personalized search, recommendation and advertising.

Inter-Networking Research Group

The Internetwork Research Group ( i-NRG ) at UC Santa Cruz conducts research in the design, experimental evaluation, and implementation of network protocols for internetworks consisting of wired as well as wireless networks. Our research activities, span a number of areas in computer networks and distributed systems.

Micro Architecture at Santa Cruz

Research on computer architecture with special focus on are energy/performance trade-offs, thread level speculation, simulation tools, FPGAs, and design complexity.

Natural Language and Dialogue Systems

The NLDS lab at UCSC focuses on computational modeling of dialogue and user-generated content in social media such as weblogs.

Robotics and Control Lab

Research includes stochastic control, multi-robot systems, redundant systems, and air traffic optimization.

Systems Research Lab

The Systems Research Lab (SRL) is part of the Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC. The SRL is interested in a broad range of topics including programmable storage systems, big data storage and processing, scalable data management, distributed system performance management, and practical reproducible evaluation of computer systems. We are particularly interested in the intersection of these topics, and in their application to problems requiring inter-disciplinary collaboration. The SRL is composed of a broad range of students and collaborators from industry, government research labs, and other universities.

VLSI Design Automation

The VLSI Design Automation (VLSI-DA) group researches Integrated Circuit (IC) design and Computer-Aided Design of ICs. A specific emphasis is on the physical implementation and timing closure considering variability and reliability.