Leadership & Staff


Dr. Garcia-Luna-Aceves is a Disinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSC, holds the Jack Baskin Endowed Chair of Computer Engineering, is CITRIS Campus Director for UCSC, and is a Principal Scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC). JJ was elected a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 2013; and is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAS. He received the 2016 IEEE MILCOM Technical Achievement Award, the 2011 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, and the 2012 IEEE Communications Society Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Technical Committee (AHSN TC) Technical Recognition Award. He is the co-recipient of the 2017 George E. Pake Golden Oak Award from PARC and numerous Best Paper awards from IEEE and IFIP conferences.

Prior to joining UCSC, he was a Center Director at SRI International in Menlo Park, California, first joining as an SRI International Fellow in 1982. He was a Visiting Professor at Sun Labs in Menlo Park, California in 1999, and was a Principal of Protocol Design for NOKIA from 1999 to 2003. He is past Chair of the Computer Engineering Department at UCSC.

His current research interest is the analysis and design of algorithms and protocols for computer communication. At UCSC, he leads the Computer Communication Research Group (CCRG), which is home to many research projects that focus on internetworking, information-centric networks, wireless networks, the Internet of Things, and cyber-physical networks.



Michael Matkin is the Assistant Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz. He works with Director, J.J.  Garcia-Luna-Aceves, managing and developing programs at the UC Santa Cruz main campus and Silicon Valley extension. Prior to joining CITRIS he served as COO of an award-winning public relations agency in New York City that specialized in technology and healthcare clients.







Jamie Gorbatov helps manage center operations for CITRIS Santa Cruz, including event logistics, facilities management and support to center PIs. She previously worked as an elementary school educator and successfully wrote a grant that allowed her to bring a robotics curriculum to classes at her school.








Saloni Agrawal is a third year student at UC Santa Cruz. She is a Technology and Information Management major with a minor in Computer Science. At CITRIS, she assists with web management, research, data science projects as well as center operations.