The Center for Complex Adaptive Sociotechnological Systems (COMPASS) at Stevens Institute of Technology is a research center focusing on the study of complex sociotechnological (human-engineered) systems and organizations. The vision of COMPASS is to advance the state of knowledge in complex sociotechnological systems through contributions to the fundamental science of adaptive complexity and to emerge as one of the top centers nationally and internationally for complex systems research. The establishment of COMPASS at the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE) is a logical extension of the vision of the school to take its research activities in systems sciences to the next level. In addition to its research activities, the Center is involved in course development and community outreach related to its mission. As an interdisciplinary center brings together faculty with excelle us aspects of complex systems research and education and aims at exploring issues of critical interest to the nation and the world. Additionally, COMPASS faculty engage in extensive collaborations with complex systems scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Virginia Tech on a continuous basis.


Director:  Dr. Ali Mostashari
                Associate Professor
                School of Systems and Enterprises
                Stevens Institute of Technology
                [email protected]


Research Clusters:  There are four principal research clusters in COMPASS  

I)       Complex Infrastructure Systems Resiliency and Sustainability

a.       Resilient and Sustainable Critical Infrastructure Systems
b.       Local and Regional Energy Systems Design and Architecture
c.       Regional Transportation Networks and Architecture

II)     Risk-Based Systems Design and Management

a.       Flexible and Adaptive Engineering Systems Design
b.       Resilient Systems Design
c.        Decision-making under Uncertainty

III)   Complexity, Networks and Organizations

a.        Complex Hierarchical and Decentralized Social Networks Analysis
b.        Complex Information Dynamics in Social Networks
c.        Complex Adaptive Systems Fundamentals
d.        EDGE Organizations
e.        United Nations Systems Organizations as Complex Systems

IV)    Complexity and Sustainability

a.        Environmental Systems Design and Management
b.        Environmental Impact of Energy Technologies
c.        Sustainability Metrics for Systems Design
d.       Complex Systems Modeling for Sustainability
e.       Stakeholder-Assisted Modeling of Energy and Environmental Systems

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