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Calit2 Mission Statement 2010

Within the last decade, the Internet has transitioned from largely supporting personal computers to a highly mobile world of smart phones, with a growing web of wireless sensors, interacting with vast server farms tied together with ultra-bandwidth optical networks backbones. The increasing ubiquity and scale of the Internet have transformed it into an economic development force, the framework for modern scientific research, and the bedrock of our digital society.

Calit2's mission is to unite faculty, students, and research professionals at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine with private sector partners to explore how emerging information technologies and telecommunications can transform arenas vital to the state's economy and our citizens' quality of life. Calit2 explores the enabling technologies of wireless telecommunications, photonics, nanotechnology, and cyberspace systems, integrating them into living laboratories to study the emerging digital transformations of health, energy, the environment, and culture.

The Calit2 strategy for accomplishing this mission is to develop "institutional innovations," using our unique laboratories and space to house multidisciplinary collaborations, to continually facilitate the formation of novel teams, who can successfully compete for support from funding agencies and partner with industry.

From "The Path Forward" March 18, 2011