Campus Labs and Departments


Working at the intersection of three massive trends—powerful machine learning, cloud computing, and crowdsourcing—the AMPLab is integrating algorithms, machines, and people to make sense of Big Data. They are creating a new generation of analytics tools to answer deep questions over dirty and heterogeneous data by extending and fusing machine learning, warehouse-scale computing, and human computation. They validate these ideas on real-world problems, including participatory sensing, urban planning, and personalized medicine with their application and industrial partners.

Archaeological Research Facility (ARF)

ARF encourages and carries out archaeological field and laboratory research conducted by UC Berkeley archaeologists and related specialists. As a field of research, archaeology is inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative; not only are there intimate research collaborations among natural scientists, social scientists, and/or humanities scholars, but archaeology is practiced by scholars who expectedly hold faculty and/or research positions in a variety of departments, ranging from classics to earth and planetary science.

Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center (BASC)

BASC 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.

Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP)

BCCP 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 Center for New Media (BCNM)

BCNM is a focal point for research and teaching about new media led by a highly trans-disciplinary community of 120 affiliated faculty, advisors, and scholars from 35 UC Berkeley departments. Their mission is to critically analyze and help shape developments in new media from cross-disciplinary and global perspectives that emphasize humanities and the public interest.

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 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.

Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI)

BNNI 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.

Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM)

The Berkeley Natural History Museums (BNHM) is a consortium of the six natural history collections at the University of California, Berkeley, both live and preserved. We represent the integration of traditional biological and cultural repositories with cutting-edge informatics and research. In addition to traditional activities of collecting, identifying, and preserving collections, BNHM researchers are engaged in primary research—most are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, and global in scope—focusing on big issues: understanding evolution, protecting biological diversity, forecasting how organisms and environments respond to climate change. 
Together, the museums and botanical garden curate more than 12 million voucher specimens in anthropology, botany, entomology, herpetology, mammalogy, ornithology, and paleontology and represent significant archival holdings stretching to the founding of the UC Berkeley campus. 
The BNHM and field stations are internationally recognized laboratories for analysis of the evolution of biological diversity in response to environmental change. They have grown out of a strong tradition of collection in paleontology (UC Museum of Paleontology), botany (University & Jepson Herbaria and UC Botanical Garden), entomology (Essig Museum), vertebrate zoology (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology), and anthropology (Hearst Museum of Anthropology), coupled with an emphasis in field research at diverse field sites, including AngeloSagehen CreekHastings, and Blue Oak Ranch Reserves in California and the Gump South Pacific Station in French Polynesia.

The BNHM are world leaders in biodiversity informatics, building data pipelines for data access, quality, and visualizations for use in research and education. Come talk to us about VertNet, the Berkeley Ecoinformatics Engine,  BerkeleyMapper,  AmphibiaWeb, and much more.

Berkeley Research Computing (BRC)

The BRC program supports research with a coordinated set of services for a range of computation and data-analysis needs. BRC includes consulting that ensures faculty are matched to the appropriate resources and that the computation and data resources meet their needs.