UCR Becomes Third Campus of Qualcomm Institute After UC San Diego and UC Irvine

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Feb 9, 2022


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The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, or Calit2, has added the University of California, Riverside (UCR) as its third campus.

The UC Office of the President has approved a plan for the University of California Riverside to join founding members UC San Diego and UC Irvine in the multidisciplinary research institute. California created Calit2 over 20 years ago to ensure the state remains on the leading edge of information technology, communications, and other 21st-century technologies.

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Calit2 is home to scientific, artistic, and technological innovators. 

“This expansion of Calit2 to include UC Riverside will allow us to leverage new opportunities and synergies in Southern California, bringing UC Riverside’s unique perspective and talent into an already dynamic multidisciplinary research enterprise,” said Khosla, who is also the principal investigator of Calit2. “We look forward to their contributions.”

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla

UCR: 22 Research Centers, 26K Students, and the School of Medicine

UCR is in the Inland Empire, a region projected to grow 44% by 2050.

The university has:

  • 22 research centers
  • 26,000 students
  • A school of medicine
  • Faculty with 26 members of the National Academies and two Nobel laureates

UCR’s Chancellor spoke about how the university’s focus areas in research complement that of the other two campuses of Calit2 (UC San Diego and UC Irvine):

“We have focused research areas that are complementary to existing research and faculty strengths at UC San Diego and UC Irvine. These areas are of critical importance to the future of all Californians, including clean transportation and infrastructure, clean energy and fuels, agriculture technology and food security, as well as natural resource management.”

Kim A. Wilcox | UC Riverside Chancellor

UCR is a Happening Place in the IE

Four Riverside Startups Shortlisted to Compete for $100K in the First Riverside Angel Summit;

GattaCo, Inc., SiLi-ion, FarmSense, Inc., and Pharm Robotics qualified as four finalist teams in this year’s Riverside Angel Summit, competing for prize money of $100K. UCR media team shared that “the program officially kicked off on Sept. 6 and culminated on Dec. 22, when investors will select at least one winning team to receive their investment“. In August this year, we shared the news of Riverside Angel Summit 2021 and the chance for startups to win a $100k seed investment. We wrote about the fund also.

Riverside Agtech Startup FarmSense Gets Big Press Coverage With TechCrunch:

Pests cause a 20-40% loss of agricultural production worldwide, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The organization estimates that “plant diseases cost the global economy around $220 billion, and invasive insects around US$70 billion“. Riverside, California-based Agtech startup FarmSense, founded in 2016, is tackling this problem of crop pest monitoring through its FlightSensor, which uses novel optical sensor technology to automate the process of real-time insect classification and counting.

UCR Scientists Get $1.5M Emergency Grant to Tackle Florida’s Citrus Greening Disease:

You’d hardly come across news regarding emergency funds being released for tackling a disease that impacts plants. However, this is exactly what happened when the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service provided $1.5 Million in emergency funding to UCR scientists to tackle Citrus Greening Disease — also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. The disease has threatened Florida’s citrus produce, the state that grows 80% of America’s fresh citrus.

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