The use of technology continutes to contribute in significant ways to enhancing research efforts and improving lives. In Social Ecology, we have found ways to use technology to better understand crime, plan urban spaces and pioneer a new field of science. Below are a few examples of our work happening in the reserach hub Technology and Human Potential. To learn more about our research hubs, click here.

Developing Groundbreaking Diagnostic Tools

How can we collect critical medical data from individuals and groups in a way that is both non-invasive and cost-effective to help alleviate suffering? The Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research pioneered a new field of science to do just that, benefiting thousands of people and animals in the process, and facilitating a broad range of research studies.

Understanding the Geography of Crime

The Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC) is dedicated to researching the social ecology of crime at all levels of analysis from street segments, blocks and neighborhoods to cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. The Laboratory generates high quality scientific research on the space-crime nexus to foster meaningful exchange between researchers and community partners.

Using Big Data to Understand SoCal Challenges

The Metropolitan Futures Initiative sifts through mountains of data to develop an improved understanding of communities and their potential for integrative and collaborative planning and action to ensure a bright future for Southern California. It brings together an interdisciplinary research team along with the insights and techniques of “big data” research to address interconnected processes in the region.