Research Centers

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The numerous research centers, initiatives, and institutes affiliated with UCSB Engineering are leading their fields in groundbreaking research and outreach work. Our research centers are interdisciplinary to the core, often led by College of Engineering faculty in collaboration with departments throughout UC Santa Barbara, and with institutions around the world.


AI Institute for Agent-based Cyber Threat Intelligence and Operation - ACTION
UCSB is the lead institute of the National Science Foundation's AI Institute for Agent-based Cyber Threat Intelligence and Operation (ACTION). The institute seeks to change the way mission-critical systems are protected against sophisticated, every-changing security threats by using complex knowledge representation, logic reasoning, and learning to identify flaws, detect attacks, perform attribution, and respond to breaches in a timely and scalable fashion.

American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics - AIM Photonics
UCSB is home of the west coast hub of AIM Photonics, a US federal manufacturing initiative in partnership with lead institution SUNY Polytechnic Institute. The goal of AIM Photonics is to create a national photonics- integrated circuit manufacturing infrastructure.

California NanoSystems Institute - CNSI

The CNSI is an integrated research facility with locations at UCSB and UCLA and center for nanoscale research in biotechnology tools and diagnostics, materials for energy production and storage, and information technology.

Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies - ICB

Army-sponsored University Affiliated Research Center and unique research alliance led by UCSB in collaboration with MIT, CalTech, and other partners. Research in the areas of biologically inspired technological innovations in systems and synthetic biology, control and dynamical systems, photonic and electronic materials, cellular structural materials, biotechnology tools, and cognitive neuroscience.

Institute for Energy Efficiency - IEE

IEE is dedicated to developing technologies that support an efficient and sustainable energy future. Areas of research are lighting, energy production and storage, buildings and design, energy efficient computing, electronics and photonics, and sustainability.

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics - KITP

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) is the first and foremost scientific research facility where theorists in physics and allied fields congregate, for sustained periods of time, to work together intensely on a broad range of questions arising from investigations at the leading edges of science.


BioPolymers, Automated Cellular Infrastructure, Flow, and Integrated Chemistry Materials Innovation Platform - BioPACIFIC MIP

Center for Bio-Image Informatics 

Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation - CCDC

Center for Converged TeraHertz Communications and Sensing - ComSenTer

Center for Information Technology and Society - CITS

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids - CIRF

Center for Materials for Water and Energy Systems -MWET

Center for Multifunctional Materials & Structures

Center for Multi-Modal and Big Data Science and Healthcare - BigDataHealth

Center for Polymers and Organic Solids - CPOS

Center for Responsible Machine Learning

Center for Scientific Computing

Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering

Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative

Complex Fluids Design Consortium

CyberSecurity Center - SECLAB

DOW Materials Institute

Institute for Multiscale Materials Studies

Interdisciplinary Center for Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors

Materials Research Laboratory - MRL

Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials - MC-CAM

Optoelectronics Technology Center

Terabit Optical Ethernet Center

UCSB Nanofabrication Facility - NanoTech Click here to watch new video on facility

Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center - SSLEEC 

UCSB National Science Foundation's Quantum Foundry 


Other UCSB Research Centers


Chemical Engineering Department, list of centers

Computer Science Department, list of centers

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, list of centers

Materials Department, list of centers

Mechanical Engineering, list of centers


Directory of UCSB Research Centers