RISELab Kicks Off

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Berkeley’s computer science division has an ongoing tradition of 5-year collaborative research labs. In the fall of 2016 we closed out the most recent of the series: the AMPLab. We think it was a pretty big deal, and many agreed.

One great thing about Berkeley is the endless supply of energy and ideas that flows through the place — always bringing changes, building on what came before. In that spirit, we’re fired up to announce the Berkeley RISELab, where we will focus intensely for five years on systems that provide Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution.


RISELab represents the next chapter in the ongoing story of data-intensive systems at Berkeley; a proactive step to move beyond Big Data analytics into a more immersive world. The RISE agenda begins by recognizing that there are big changes afoot:

  1. Sensors are everywhere. We carry them in our pockets, we embed them in our homes, we pass them on the street. Our world will be quantified, in fine detail, in real time.
  2. AI is for real. Big data and cheap compute finally made some of the big ideas of AI a practical reality. There’s a ton more to be done, but learning and prediction are now practical tools in the computing toolbox.
  3. The world is programmable. Our vehicles, houses, workplaces and medical devices are increasingly networked and programmable. The effects of computation are extending to include our homes, cities, airspace, and bloodstreams.

In short, the loop between data generation, computation, and actuation is closing. And this is no longer a niche scenario: it’s going to be a standard mode of technology going forward.


Our mission in the RISELab is to develop technologies that enable applications to interact intelligently and securely with their environment in real time.

As in previous labs, we’re all in — working on everything from basic research to software development, all in the Berkeley tradition of open publication and open source software. We’ll use this space to lay out our ideas and progress as we go.


A final note: we’re extremely fortunate at Berkeley to be supported by — and working with — some of the world’s biggest and most innovative companies. The RISELab’s 11 founding sponsors are quite the crew: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft Research and VMWare. Thanks to all.


Ion, Joe, Joey, Raluca and team

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