Research Centers

Center for Domain Specific Computing (CDSC)
CDSC will develop high-performance, energy efficient, customizable computing that could revolutionize the way computers are used in health care and other important applications. It is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Expeditions in Computing program.


Center for Encrypted Functionalities (CEF)
The Center for Encrypted Functionalities tackles the deep and far-reaching problem of general-purpose program obfuscation — which aims to make an arbitrary computer program “unintelligible” while preserving its functionality. It is supported through a National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace FRONTIER Award.

Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies (CEGN)
The Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies (CEGN) undertakes frontier research and development in the areas of nanotechnology in energy and nanoelectronics. It is funded through the Joint Centers of Excellence Program (JCEP) at King Abdualaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering (FAME)
FAME’s mission is to create and investigate new nonconventional atomic scale engineered materials and structures of multi-function oxides, metals and semiconductors to accelerate innovations in analog, logic and memory devices for revolutionary impact on the semiconductor and defense industries. It is a STARnet research center funded by the Semiconductor Research Corportation and DARPA.

Named Data Networking (NDN)
The Named Data Networking (NDN) project aims to develop a new Internet architecture that can capitalize on strengths — and address weaknesses — of the Internet’s current host-based, point-to-point communication architecture in order to naturally accommodate emerging patterns of communication. The NDN project is funded by the National Science Foundation under its Future Internet Architecture Program.

Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC)
The UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC is working on wireless/communications and sense-and-control to enable the Smart Electric Grid of the Future.  A Smart Grid allows optimum integration of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, greater efficiency, flexible electricity pricing, and consumer participation.  SMERC is working on Automated Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration (G2V and V2G), Microgrids, Distributed Renewable Integration, Storage Integration, Cybsersecurity, and, Consumer Behavior.

Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS)
The Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems works to engineer a revolution in miniature electromagnetic systems through development of a new class of nanoscale multiferroic materials. TANMS is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC)

Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN)
WIN’s mission is to explore and develop advanced research devices, circuits and nanosystems with performance beyond conventional scaled CMOS. WIN was established with Nanoelectronics Research Initiative grant funded by six major semiconductor companies — Intel, IBM, Texas Instruments, AMD, Freescale and MICRON, plus an addtional $12 million from Intel, and a UC Discovery Grant from the Industry-University Cooperative Research Program.

Wireless Health Institute (WHI)
The UCLA Wireless Health program is dedicated to improving the timeliness and reach of healthcare by development and application of wireless network-enabled technology solutions combining personal communication devices, wireless wearable sensors, and other technologies integrated with medical enterprise computing. The program includes an interdisciplinary group of experts and innovators from schools across UCLA, including Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Theater, Film, and Television.

These centers emphasize research that is multi-disciplinary in nature. They allow faculty from different departments, disciplines and even universities to work together on some of society’s most critical issues.


Center for Information and Computation Security (CICS)
CICS promotes all aspects of research and education in cryptography and computer security.

Center for Research in Engineering, Media, and Performance (REMAP)
REMAP is a joint effort between UCLA Engineering, and the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Its mission is to explore new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations enabled by the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.

Scalable Analytics Institute (ScAi)
The goal of ScAi is (i) to promote the development of new computer systems and algorithms for big data management and mining and (ii) to foster the deployment and utilization of these systems and algorithms in big-data science projects.

Water Technology Research Center (WaTeR)
The mission of the Water Technology Center is to advance technologies of water production in order to develop new and economical alternative sources of potable, irrigation, and consumptive water uses.

Center for Materials Research in Art and Archaeology (CMRAA)

CMRAA will study the material culture across space and time based on integrated multidisciplinary research and education operating as a nexus in the interface of science, archaeology, conservation and forensics. It is a collaborative effort at UCLA between the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Center for Cell Control (CCC)
CCC focused on a new approach that will enable engineering systems that can be applied towards the regulation of a spectrum of cellular functions, such as cancer eradication, controlling viral infection onset, and stem cell differentiation. The center was a National Institutes of Health Nanomedicine Development Center.

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS)Funded by the National Science Foundation, CENS focused on developing wireless sensing systems and applying this revolutionary technology to critical scientific and societal pursuits. Embedded Network Sensing (ENS) systems are massively distributed collections of smart sensors and actuators embedded in the physical world.

Center for Energy Science and Technology Advanced Research (CESTAR)
CESTAR is an interdepartmental research center whose mission is to provide a common focal point for collaboration and synergism among researchers at UCLA involved in energy related research.

Functional Engineered Nano Architectronics Center (FENA) 
FENA’s mission was discover new nanoelectronics materials and physical processes of devices, which enable extensible information processing systems with enhanced functionality and to create new applications for the semiconductor and defense industries. It was sponsored by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a consortium of the world’s leading technology

Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense (CNID)
CNID facilitated the rapid transition of research innovation in the nanosciences into applications for the defense sector. The center was sponsored by two federal agencies: the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and Defense MicroElectronics Activity (DMEA).