Center of Complex Engineering Systems

CCES is one of the Joint Centers of Excellence Program established in 2011 in a partnership between the King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Who We Are?

The Center of 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 to develop new methods and tools such that complex, highly integrated systems can be modeled, designed, and managed more effectively than is possible today. CCES aims to seed a new generation of internationally experienced scholars and to excite and inspire a new generation of researchers and engineers in pursuing 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 attempt to tackle issues that appear, at least in part, to be non-quanti able, vague, overly complex or even unsolvable. Our scholars and researchers work diligently and creatively to solve previously intractable engineering systems problems by integrating approaches based on ingenerating, omputation, 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 its society’s challenges. Our research strikes the balance of facilitating the bene cial application of systems principles and properties, while ensuring that these solutions are sustainable in terms of social equity, economic development and environmental impact.

Featured Projects

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The Saudi eHealth Analytics (SeHA) Platform

The project aims to develop risk analysis models for advanced diagnostics in healthcare applications, and to design a decision support system (DSS) for healthcare resource allocation...

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Saudi Skill Space

In this project, we aim to develop the ‘Saudi Skill Space’ to help policy-makers at MLSD understand the dynamics of the Saudi labor market and the composition of its various jobs...

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Power Demand Forecasting for Saudi Arabia

The electric demand of Saudi Arabia has increased significantly in the last decade. This trend can be explained as a response to population growth...


Desalination network model driven decision support system: A case study of Saudi Arabia

This study aims to develop a network model driven platform that supports decision-makers to make well-informed decisions ...

City Scale Next Place Prediction from Sparse Data through Similar Strangers

Various methods predicting next locations of people have shown to be very successful under certain data conditions.

729 new measures of economic complexity to Improving the Economic

Recently we uploaded to the arxiv a paper entitled: Improving the Economic Complexity Index. There, we compared three metrics of the knowledge ...


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KACST and MIT Sign a Research Collaboration Agreement to ...

24 March 2018

In presence of the HRH Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during his visit to MIT, KACST has signed ..

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HRH Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Visits CCES Stand ...

24 March 2018

CCES was honored by the visit of the HRH Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to its stand ...

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CCES Participates in the Innovation to Impact Gallery ..

24 March 2018

CCES was pleased to participate in the Innovation to Impact Gallery Exhibit at MIT, where it demonstrated ...