About Us

We live in an age of unprecedented interconnectivity. Our lives are mediated by technologies that connect us to one another, to information, and to objects in ways we have never before experienced. As we continue to move towards a future that integrates technology seamlessly with physical components, cyber-physical systems have risen to the forefront of modern research. Just as the Internet fundamentally changed the way we interact with information, so will cyber-physical systems transform the ways in which we interact with the physical world. By developing the resources we need to understand, design, manage and control these systems in a scalable, efficient and secure way, we are ensuring their safe usability in the future.

The mission of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center is to promote and facilitate collaborative research activities across the University of California, Santa Cruz, and with our academic and industry partners. Through novel foundational and applied research, our mission will support applications from smart cities to connected health; power grids to agriculture; manufacturing to transportation.

Three intertwined research areas provide the basis for our research: autonomous systems, human sensing, and interconnected things. We explore these areas with an interdisciplinary approach to address complex issues of system design and algorithm development of cyber-physical systems. The Center engages in synergistic and collaborative research among faculty at UC Santa Cruz, their students and postdocs, and industry partners at the forefront of applications of cyber-physical systems. We are excited to be part of this innovative research for the modern world.


Center Director
Ricardo Sanfelice     

Professor Ricardo Sanfelice is the Director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center. Having received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Sanfelice leads research on hybrid and cyber-physical systems, with more than 150 articles and a book published. His work has been funded by AFOSR, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Honeywell and others. Now an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Professor Sanfelice also leads the Hybrid Systems Lab.



Industry Partner Contact
Frank Howley

Frank Howley is the Center’s industry partner contact, leading the expansion of its interdisciplinary research and providing a direct line to industry professionals for collaborative activities. Howley serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Development for the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. He has extensive experience with industry, and has worked with leading companies such as Atheros Communications and DOCOMO Innovations.

Directions and Parking

If you are visiting the CPSRC at the Baskin School of Engineering, our administrative offices are in the Engineering 2 building in room 595A and our seminar series is routinely hosted in room 599.

When you arrive at the base of campus, stop at the parking kiosk just past the main entrance (see map below) - half-day and full-day passes are available for purchase between the hours of 7:00am–1:00pm. From 1:00pm to 5:00 pm staff will provide information, campus directions, and direct you to the nearby Sales Office to purchase your parking pass. If you are a guest speaker in the CPSRC seminar series, there will be a pre-paid parking pass in your name at the parking kiosk from 7:00am - 5:00pm.



Once you have your parking pass, drive up to the Core West Parking Structure and park. Be sure to hang your parking pass from your rear-view mirror. The Engineering 2 building is right across McLaughlin Drive, behind the main Engineering building. Elevators are in the central lobby of the building.