Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES)

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Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES)


The Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) is a world-class international research program that strives to uncover fundamental principles and develop new methods and tools such that complex, highly integrated systems can be modeled, designed, and managed more effectively and sustainably.


CCES aims to seed a new generation of internationally experienced scholars and to excite and inspire a new generation of researchers and engineers to pursue complex systems as a research direction. In the spirit of cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration, one of the hallmarks of our research approach is to embrace intellectual risk, and to tackle issues that appear, at least in part, to be non-quantifiable, vague, overly complex or even unsolvable. Our scholars and researchers find creative solutions to previously intractable engineering systems problems by integrating approaches based on engineering, computation, and the social sciences, using new framing and modeling methodologies.


One of CCES’s overarching applied goals is to help position Saudi Arabia as a new leader in systems thinking and to assist it in tackling society’s challenges. Our research strikes a balance of facilitating the beneficial application of systems principles and properties, while ensuring that these solutions are sustainable in terms of social equity, economic development and environmental impact.


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Prof. Kamal Youcef-Toumi
Co-Director, MIT

Dr. Ahmad Alabdulkareem
Co-Director, KACST



Katherine Paras
Program Manager, CCES

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