The Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC) was established in 2009 with the support of a $10 million grant from NSF's Expeditions in Computing program. The award focuses on the development of high-performance, energy-efficient, customizable computing that can revolutionize the way computers are used in health care and other important applications. Domain-specific computing uses customizable architectures and high-level computer languages tailored to particular application domains.
The Center, under the directorship of Professor Jason Cong, is a collaborative effort between UCLA's computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and radiological sciences departments, as well as the computer science and engineering departments of Rice University, UC Santa Barbara, and Ohio State University.
The Center for Embedded Network Sensing is an NSF science and technology center established in 2002 under the leadership of Professor Debra Estrin to develop embedded network sensing systems and to apply this revolutionary technology to critical scientific and social applications. Like the Internet, these large-scale distributed systems, composed of smart sensors and actuators embedded in the physical world, will infuse the entire world, but at a physical level rather than a "virtual" level.
Embedded networked sensing systems will form a critical infrastructure resource for society. They will monitor and collect information on such diverse subjects as plankton colonies, endangered species, soil and air contaminants, medical patients, and buildings, bridges and other man-made structures. Across this wide range of applications, these sensing systems promise to reveal previously unobservable phenomena.
The Center for Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems was established in 2001, under the leadership of Professor Mario Gerla, with six laboratories in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments of the UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Appplied Science.
The Center's mission is to serve as a forum for intelligent agent researchers and visionaries from academia, industry, and government, with an interdisciplinary focus on such fields as engineering, medicine, biology and the social sciences. Information and technology will be exchanged through symposia, seminars, short courses, and through collaboration in joint research projects sponsored by government and industry.
The Center for Information & Computation Security was founded in the fall of 2003 under the directorship of Professor Rafail Ostrovsky. In 2004 Professor Amit Sahai joined the leadership team to serve as associate director. Headquartered within the Computer Science Department, the Center's mission is to promote all aspects of research and education in cryptography and computer security. The Center explores novel techniques for securing both national and private-sector information infrastructures across various network-based and wireless platforms, as well as wide-area networks. The inherent challenge in this work is to provide guarantees of privacy and survivability under malicious and coordinated attacks.
A new research field and industry has formed at the convergence of personal mobile wireless devices, networked sensing, and new embedded computing systems; this new field is focused on advancing the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Multidisciplinary collaborations over the last ten years have established a leadership position for UCLA, with specific research objectives related to health and wellness, disease management, rehabilitation, and geriatric care. The WHI, under the leadership of Professor Majid Sarrafzadeh, is comprised of individuals from many fields of medicine, nursing, molecular and medical pharmacology, and public health, in addition to the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Anderson Graduate School of Management, College of Letters and Science, and Henry Samuel School of Engineering and Applied Science.