Campus Labs and Departments

Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization (SDAV)

SDAV provides comprehensive expertise in scientific data management, analysis, and visualization aimed at transferring state-of-the-art techniques into operational use by application scientists on leadership-class computing facilities. It is a collaboration tapping the expertise of researchers at six laboratories and and in seven universities.

School of Information (ISchool)

The School of Information is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields, such as information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy.

Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing facilitates collaborative research in theoretical computer science. Established in July 2012 with support from the Simons Foundation, its goal is to bring together the world's leading researchers in theoretical computer science and related fields, as well as the next generation of outstanding young scholars, to explore deep unsolved problems about the nature and limits of computation.

Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL)

SSL 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. Among other projects, SSL developed and maintains the SETI@home project, which pioneered the application of distributed computing to the space sciences.

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.

Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC)

TAC 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.

Townsend Center for the Humanities

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. 

Visualization Group

The Visualization Group aims to assist researchers in achieving their scientific goals—solving some of the world's most challenging problems in scientific data understanding—through visualization and analytics while simultaneously advancing the state of the art in visualization through their own research.