Cross-disciplinary research

UC Davis to Lead New Artificial Intelligence Institute for Next-Generation Food Systems

August 26, 2020
The University of California, Davis, has been awarded $20 million as part of a multi-institutional collaboration to establish an institute focused on enabling the next-generation food system through the integration of artificial intelligence, or AI, technologies. The award is part of a larger investment announced today (Aug. 26) by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, in partnership with several federal agencies — distributing a total of $140 million to fund seven complementary AI research institutes across the nation.

UC Davis engineers respond to COVID-19 challenges

March 26, 2020
Anticipating a scarcity of medical devices and a lack of treatment options for COVID-19, UC Davis College of Engineering researchers are investigating innovative technology to manufacture masks, ventilators and other critical equipment.

Chen-Nee Chuah: Improving healthcare with ‘smart’ tech

November 13, 2019
Technology under development by UC Davis electrical and computer engineering Professor Chen-Nee Chuah potentially can make a direct impact on patients by providing earlier detections, streamlined interventions and better prognoses for patients.

Space Engineering at UC Davis

October 30, 2019

If space is the final frontier, UC Davis is taking giant leaps to reach it. With expertise in human-machine cooperation, control systems and materials under extreme conditions, the university aims to make itself a rising star in space engineering and play a crucial role in the next generation of space exploration.

Can science save citrus?

August 27, 2019
California produces 80 percent of the nation’s fresh oranges, tangerines and lemons, most of it in small Central California communities like these. “This may be the last place in the world where you can still grow citrus,” says farmer Richard Bennett. “Citrus is so important to our health and economy, and it’s threatened by a devastating disease.”

UC Davis professors organize First International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics

June 12, 2019
The NSF-funded workshop, the product of a year and a half of planning by UC Davis civil and environmental engineering professors Alejandro Martinez and Jason DeJong, brought together 60 experts from engineering and science research, as well as industry, to foster dialogue and collaborations to better establish the field of bio-inspired geotechnics.

New institute eyes HOME in deep space

May 03, 2019
In a significant step toward human-crewed space missions to the moon or Mars, NASA has awarded a grant of up to $15 million over five years to a new research institute led by the University of California, Davis. The HOME (Habitats Optimized for Missions of Exploration) Space Technology Research Institute will develop enabling technology for spacecraft and deep-space bases of the future.

Computer Scientists Create Programmable Self-Assembling DNA

March 20, 2019
Computer scientists at the University of California, Davis, and the California Institute of Technology have created DNA molecules that can self-assemble into patterns essentially by running their own program. The work is published March 21 in the journal Nature.

At the Interface Between Robots and Humans

January 15, 2019
When Sarah O’Meara arrived at UC Davis she had little experience writing software and had never conducted an experiment involving human subjects. Now, the mechanical and aerospace engineering doctoral student has a passion for both and is on track for a career that combines them in her research on robots that could one day lend a hand to astronauts and others operating under challenging conditions.