UC Berkeley researchers are engaged in collaborative, data science efforts across across many academic disciplines. Listed below are some of the centers, institutes and programs that help to facilitate this research in different domain areas:

 

Astronomy and physics 

ATLAS at the Berkeley Lab
 

ATLAS at the Berkeley Lab

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The ATLAS detector is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate. Among the possible unknowns are the origin of mass, extra dimensions of space, unification of fundamental forces, and evidence for dark matter candidates in the Universe.

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP)
 

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP) 

The Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics is focused on understanding the origin and evolution of the universe through a series of programs to define the observations, experiments, concepts, and simulations needed to answer the fundamental questions in cosmology. Combining experimentation, computation, and theory, BCCP continues to develop the foundation of an accurate, reliable model of the cosmos. They compare the implications of this evolving model against observations — thus opening new horizons and expanding our knowledge of the universe.

Berkeley KamLand Group
 
 

Berkeley KamLand Group

The Berkeley KamLAND (Kamioka Liquid-scintillator Anti-Neutrino Detector) group consists of physicists from both the Berkeley Lab and the physics department at UC Berkeley. KamLand  has demonstrated convincingly that neutrinos are massive and undergo flavor oscillations - a profound discovery. Many questions of fundamental significance remain open; but with a new understanding of neutrino propagation, neutrino science is now poised to provide illuminating answers to some of society's most probing questions concerning the Earth, the Sun and fantastic astrophysical events such as supernovae.

BigBOSS
 

 

BigBOSS

The BigBOSS experiment is a proposed DOE-NSF Stage IV ground-based dark energy experiment to study baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) and the growth of structure with an allsky galaxy redshift survey. The project is designed to unlock the mystery of dark energy using existing ground-based facilities operated by National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).

Center for Time Domain Informatics (CTDI)
 

 

 

 

Center for Time Domain Informatics (CTDI)

The Center for Time Domain Informatics came from the newly emerging discipline – Time-Domain Astronomy and Informatics – which involves astronomers, statisticians, and computer scientists. At the most basic level, they are interested in extracting optimal (and novel) information from a finite dataset of time-series data in a computational-constrained environment. In other words, they aim to understand the huge landscape of variable stars and transient events in the Universe, using computers (and in particular, machine-learning) to do this more efficiently. 

Computational Cosmology Center (C3)
 

Computational Cosmology Center (C3)

The Computational Cosmology Center is a focused collaboration of astrophysicists and computational scientists whose goals are to develop the tools, techniques and technologies to meet the analysis challenges posed by present and future cosmological data sets. Members of C³ conduct research in a number of areas where high performance computing is needed to support theoretical and observational cosmology, or where massively parallel cosmology codes can help to drive computational science research and development.

Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL)
 

 

Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL)

The Radio Astronomy Laboratory was created in 1958 to foster research in radio astronomy, a discipline that naturally extends beyond the borders of traditional academic departments at Berkeley. Over the years, faculty and graduate students from the astronomy, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and computer science, and geology and geophysics departments have made use of the RAL's facilities.

Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)
 

Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

The Space Sciences Lab was initiated in 1958 by a committee of faculty members who recognized that emerging rocket and satellite technology opened up new investigative realms for the physical, biological, and engineering sciences. As a campus-wide multidisciplinary organization, SSL serves to integrate the space sciences on campus and stimulate new faculty-student research programs. Amongst other projects, SSL developed and maintains the SETI@home project which pioneered the application of distributed computing to the space sciences.

Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC)
 

Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC)

The Theoretical Astrophysics Center includes faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and students working on a wide variety of problems in theoretical astrophysics. Their specialties include cosmology, planetary dynamics, the interstellar medium, star and planet formation, and compact objects.

 

Chemistry and Materials Science 

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI)
 

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI)

The Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute is the umbrella organization for expanding and coordinating Berkeley research and educational activities in nanoscale science and engineering. BNNI aims to serve as a catalyst for greater interdisciplinary collaboration between Berkeley faculty and students in disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology and engineering as well as deepen and expand collaborations with industry, national labs, and government agencies.

Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)
 

Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)

The Energy Frontier Research Center for gas separations relevant to clean air technologies at UC Berkeley focuses on the energy costs associated with the separation of CO2 from gas mixtures. The long-term goal of this EFRC is to develop the science and materials that will contribute to the reduction of the parasitic energy costs of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS).

Molecular Foundry
 

Molecular Foundry

The Molecular Foundry is a nanoscience user facility located at the Berkeley Lab. It is a critical part of the DOE’s National Nanotechnology Initiative, a multi-agency framework designed to improve human health, economic well-being and national security through leadership in nanotechnology. The Foundry supports broad nanoscience research efforts in both "hard" nanomaterials (nanocrystals, tubes and lithographically patterned structures) and "soft" nanomaterials (polymers, dendrimers, DNA, proteins and whole cells), as well as in the design, fabrication and study of multi-component, complex, functional assemblies of such materials.

 

Climate Science 

Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (BASC)
 
 

Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (BASC)

The Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center is a multi-college unit at UC Berkeley, with the goal to broaden the atmospheric sciences beyond its traditional boundaries to embrace the biogeochemical frontier and the human dimension. The Center facilitates communication and integration across these traditional boundaries. In doing so, they aim to define a new paradigm for investigating changes in the atmosphere by integrating the microscopic mechanisms of chemical, physical, and biological processes with large-scale ecological and geological interactions between the geosphere, biosphere, and oceans, and how these interactions alter atmospheric composition.

 

Computational  Bioscience 

Center for Computational Biology
 

Center for Computational Biology

The Center for Computational Biology (CCB) was established in 2003 through the Chancellor’s New Ideas Initiative, an outgrowth of the 2002 Strategic Academic Plan, to expand the research base at the University and produce the next generation of leaders in the fundamental and applied biological sciences. Administratively housed in the Berkeley component of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), the mission of CCB is to support interdisciplinary research on the broad array of subjects that cover the interface between computation and biology, and to foster graduate and undergraduate education in the field.
Computational Genomics Resource Laboratory (CGRL)
 

 

Computational Genomics Resource Laboratory (CGRL)

The Computational Genomics Resource Laboratory (CGRL) at UC Berkeley’s QB3 aims to facilitate research programs employing computational biology with computational infrastructure for data analysis, training in analytical tools for next-generation sequence data, and project-specific consultation on experiment design and analysis.

Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase)
 

Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase)

The Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase) is an emerging software and data environment designed to enable researchers to collaboratively generate, test and share new hypotheses about gene and protein functions, perform large-scale analyses on a scalable computing infrastructure, and model interactions in microbes, plants, and their communities. KBase provides an open, extensible framework for secure sharing of data, tools, and scientific conclusions in predictive and systems biology.

Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)
 

Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)

The Joint BioEnergy Institute is one of three Bioenergy Research Centers created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2007 to advance the development of biofuels — liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in plant biomass that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. JBEI is a multi-institutional partnership that is led by the Berkeley Lab and includes the Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California (UC) campuses of Berkeley and Davis, the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
 

 

Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is to advance genomics in support of the DOE missions related to clean energy generation and environmental characterization and cleanup. Supported by the DOE Office of Science, the DOE JGI unites the expertise of five national laboratories— the Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Pacific Northwest—along with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. JGI is operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy and the facility provides integrated high-throughput sequencing and computational analysis that enable systems-based scientific approaches to these challenges.

QB3: California Institutes for Science and Innovation

 QB3: California Institutes for Science and Innovation

 The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is one of four Governor Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation established in 2000 to ensure the future of the California economy by promoting research and innovation. QB3 is a cooperative effort between the state of California, private industry, venture capital, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. QB3 harnesses the quantitative sciences of physics and engineering to unify our understanding of biological systems at all levels of complexity, from atoms and molecules to cells, tissues, and entire living organisms. QB3 scientists make discoveries that drive the development of technologies, products, and wholly new industries, ensuring that California remains competitive in the 21st century. 

Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SYNBERC)
 

 

Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SYNBERC)

In 2006, the NSF funded the first synthetic biology engineering research center – Synberc  – to develop engineered biological systems that will catalyze new technologies for processing information, producing energy, manufacturing chemicals and pharmaceuticals and fabricating materials. Synberc is a consortium of UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Harvard and MIT. These universities are located in the two “hubs” of synthetic biology - Boston and San Francisco’s Bay Area.

 

Digital Humanities

 Buddhist Translators Workbench - Mangalam Research
 
The vast scope of Buddhist literature makes collaboration in translation essential. Widely practiced in ancient times, collaboration has not characterized recent work. BTW will model and enhance ancient collaborative approaches using cutting-edge tools. As an open, cumulative, and modular system, BTW will let users select levels of access and input and join working groups based on their interest/expertise. This flexibility also allows aspects of BTW to be decoupled for use in other projects.
Berkeley Prosopography Services
 
Berkeley Prosopography Services (BPS) is an open-source prosopographical toolkit that generates interactive visualizations of the biological and social connections that link documented individuals, providing a dynamic and heuristic tool for researching historical communities documented in legal and administrative archives. We are currently exploring and developing a prototype application with a single target corpus, but will soon expand to support multiple corpora. The initial corpus is a set of Hellenistic Babylonian legal texts (cuneiform tablets).
WordSeer 
 
The increasing prevalence of digitized source material in the humanities has led to uncertainty about how this suddenly available information will change scholars’ research methods. What balance will scholars strike between in-depth examination of a few sources, and a more distant reading of a large number of them? As computer scientists and literary scholars, WordSeer sees this as an opportunity to tackle a shared challenge between human-computer interaction and the humanities. Their focus is specifically on text collections: comparing texts, getting a sense of style and theme similarities, and tracing patterns of language use. 
Townsend Center

Established in 1987, the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities encourages an interdisciplinary approach to scholarship, fostered innovation in research, and promoted intellectual conversation among individuals from the humanities and related academic disciplines. The Center offers an array of fellowship and grant programs designed to support research and scholarship at all levels of the university community. They also support more than 60 interdisciplinary working groups on a wide range of topics—ranging from Hip Hop Studies to Orientalism, from Latin American Colonial Studies to New Media—and co-sponsor a wide variety of lectures and conferences with other departments and units on campus. 

 

Ecoinformatics 

Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology (BiGCB)
 

Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology (BiGCB)

The Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology uses state-of-the-art tools and technologies to mobilize historic and modern biological data to understand how organisms and ecological systems have responded to past global change events. This work will improve the forecasting of biological system response to future global change.

Berkeley Mapper
 
 

Berkeley Mapper

Berkeley Mapper 2.0 is a mapping interface for Collections (or other) Databases built on top of Google Maps. Users can configure their mapping interface through a simple XML configuration script, mapping data from tab-delimited text files.

BioGeomancer (BG) Project
 

BioGeomancer (BG) Project
The BioGeomancer (BG) Project is a worldwide collaboration of natural history and geospatial data experts. The primary goal of the project is to maximize the quality and quantity of biodiversity data that can be mapped in support of scientific research, planning, conservation, and management. The project promotes discussion, manages geospatial data and data standards, and develops software tools in support of this mission.

Biological Science Collections (BiSciCol)
 

Biological Science Collections (BiSciCol)

The Biological Science Collections Tracker is a NSF funded collaborative project with the goal of building an infrastructure designed to tag and track scientific collections and all of their derivatives.

Cal-Adapt
 

Cal-Adapt

Cal-Adapt has been designed to provide access to the wealth of data and information that has been, and continues to be, produced by the State's scientific and research community. The data available on their website offers a view of how climate change might affect California at the local level. Their site allows the user to work with visualization tools, access data, and participate in community sharing. It has been developed by UC Berkeley's Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) with funding and advisory oversight by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, and advisory support from Google.org.

Calbug
 

Calbug

Calbug is a collaborative project among nine California museums with a goal to digitize and geographically reference over one million specimens. These specimen’s labels encode data denoting species, location, and date captured and are used to study biogeographic patterns, spread of invasive species, and responses to land use, climate, and other environmental changes.

Calphotos
 

Calphotos

CalPhotos has been on the web since 1995 and was one of the first online image databases specializing in natural history subjects. The database currently contains roughly 400,000 digital images of plants, animals, and other natural history subjects, along with descriptive information including scientific and common names, location and dates of photos, and other information provided by the person or organization that contributed the photos. As of early 2008, CalPhotos received more than 120,000 specific queries and served more than one million images per day.

Moorea Biocode Project
 

Moorea Biocode Project

The Moore Biocode Project aims to create the first comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life in a complex tropical ecosystem. From 2008-2010 the project sent researchers climbing up jagged peaks, trekking through lush forests and diving down to coral reefs to sample the French Polynesian island's animal and plant life. A library of genetic markers and physical identifiers for every species of plant, animal and fungi on the island is being constructed. This database will be publicly available as a resource for ecologists and evolutionary biologists around the world.

 

Energy and Smart Grid 

i4Energy Center
 

i4Energy Center

i4Energy is a vibrant community of researchers and innovators, rooted in its three founding institutions: the University of California’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). With partners in industry and government, this powerful research collaboration is focused on creating an integrated information infrastructure that will transform our energy grid into a cooperative, “aware” energy network that is both efficient and able to use sustainable energy sources.

LoCal
 

LoCal

LoCal is a network architecture for localized electrical energy reduction, generation and sharing. It investigates Information Age approaches for managing energy, society's most limited resource. Taking guidance from the design principles of the dominant triumph of the cyber age, the Internet, LoCal investigates how to design an essentially more scalable, flexible and resilient electric power infrastructure. One that encourages efficient use, integrates local generation, and manages demand through omnipresent awareness of energy availability and use over time. 

Simple Measurement and Actuation Profile (sMAP)
 

Simple Measurement and Actuation Profile (sMAP)

sMAP is a specification for a protocol which easily and quickly exposes and publishes time-series data from a wide variety of sensors simply and flexibly. An enormous amount of physical information; that is, information from and about the world is available today as the cost of communication and instrumentation has fallen. However, making use of that information is still challenging. The information is frequently siloed into proprietary systems, available only in batch, fragmentary, and disorganized. The sMAP project aims to change this by making available and usable a specification for transmitting physical data and describing its contents, a large set of free and open drivers with communicating with devices using native protocols and transforming it to the sMAP profile, and tools for building, organizing, and querying large repositories of physical data.

  

Neuroscience 

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI)
 

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI)

The Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI) is an active, collaborative research community that investigates fundamental questions about how the brain functions. Using approaches from many disciplines (including biophysics, chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, genetics, mathematics, molecular and cell biology, physics, and physiology), they seek to understand how the brain generates behavior and cognition, and how to better understand, diagnose and treat neurological disorders.

Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center (BIC)
 
 

Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center (BIC)

The Henry H. Wheeler, Jr. Brain Imaging Center is one of four technology centers established under the auspices of Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. It is a campus-wide resource that supports advance brain imaging technologies dedicated solely to basic brain research.

 

Seismological Research 

Berkeley Seismological Lab (BSL)
 

Berkeley Seismological Lab (BSL)

The Berkeley Seismological Lab supports fundamental research into all aspects of earthquakes, solid earth processes and their effects on society through the collection, archival and delivery of high quality geophysical data and through fostering a dynamic research environment that connects researchers across disciplines and to geophysical observations systems.

 

Social Sciences 

California Census Research Data Center (CCRDCs)

California Census Research Data Center (CCRDCs)

The California Census Research Data Centers (CCRDCs) at UCLA and UC Berkeley are two of nine Research Data Centers (RDCs) established by the Center for Economic Studies (CES) of the U.S. Bureau of the Census in order to provide secure physical locations for researchers to study non-public microdata collected by the Census Bureau.

Center for Causal Inference
 

Center for Causal Inference

The Center for Causal Inference and Program Evaluation seeks to further research on developing tools for making causal inferences in the social sciences. The study of causality has become increasing interdisciplinary, and the Center seeks to foster greater dialogue between the various disciplines that are contributing to the growing literature, including political science, economics, statistics, biostatistics, and computer science.

Computational Cognitive Science Lab
 

Computational Cognitive Science Lab

The Computational Cognitive Science Lab's research goal is to understand the computational and statistical foundations of human inductive inference, and using this understanding to develop better accounts of human behavior and better automated systems for solving the challenging computational problems that people solve effortlessly in everyday life. They pursue this goal by analyzing human cognition in terms of optimal or "rational" solutions to computational problems.

Data and Democracy Initiative (DDI)
 

Data and Democracy Initiative (DDI) 

Founded in 2011, the Data and Democracy Initiative brings creativity and innovation from computer science, electrical engineering, and social media to bear on issues of democracy building and civic participation. DDI collaborates with faculty members and research centers on UC campuses as well as with companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the United States and internationally. DDI seeks to enhance individual and collective awareness, understanding, and engagement for people of diverse backgrounds on critical social, political, and economic issues.

D-Lab (Social Sciences Data Laboratory)
 

D-Lab (Social Sciences Data Laboratory)

D-Lab helps Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students move forward with world-class research in data intensive social science. They offer a venue for methodological exchange from all corners of campus and across its bounds. D-Lab's signature focus is research design – intelligent, rigorous, and tuned to the transformative opportunities opened up by a data-rich world. They provide cross-disciplinary resources for in-depth consulting and advising, access to staff support, and training and provisioning for software and other infrastructure needs.

Experimental Social Science Laboratory (XLab)
 

Experimental Social Science Laboratory (XLab)

Founded in 2004, the XLab is a laboratory for conducting experiment-based investigations on issues of interest to social scientists. XLab enables researchers to explore the well-springs of human decision-making, especially where it involves decisions with monetary consequences. The XLab is thus an "economics wind-tunnel" whereby social scientists can test out various theories that help us understand economics and other forms of human behavior.