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IIT Madras Launches Centre of Excellence for Critical Transitions in Complex Systems

11 Jun 2023

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IIT Madras has taken a significant step towards understanding and addressing critical transitions in complex systems with the establishment of the new Centre of Excellence (CoE-CTCS). Headed by Prof. R.I. Sujith from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, this pioneering center will focus on studying and predicting critical transitions in both natural and engineering systems.

The CoE-CTCS brings together researchers from various disciplines, including engineering and natural sciences, to explore the emergence of spatial and temporal ordered patterns that could potentially lead to catastrophic events. By gaining a deeper understanding of these transitions, the Centre aims to develop early warning technologies and implement intelligent control measures to mitigate their impacts. In addition to ensuring safety, the Centre also aims to foster the growth of product development and start-ups.

"This Centre of Excellence marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to create a safer and more sustainable world," said Prof. R.I. Sujith. "By examining critical transitions in complex systems, we hope to contribute to the well-being of society as a whole."

The establishment of the CoE-CTCS is a testament to IIT Madras' commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation. Through collaborative efforts, the Centre will pave the way for advancements in understanding the behavior of complex systems, thereby enabling the development of effective strategies to tackle potential crises.

"We are immensely grateful to the students, collaborators, colleagues, and sponsors who have supported us on this incredible journey," added Prof. R.I. Sujith.

To mark the official launch of the Centre, Dragonfly Films has produced a captivating video showcasing the significance and objectives of the CoE-CTCS. The video can be viewed at:

For more information about the Centre of Excellence for Critical Transitions in Complex Systems, please contact:

Prof. R.I. Sujith

Phone: +91 (44) 2257 5031


About IIT Madras:

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) is a premier engineering institute located in Chennai, India. Recognized for its excellence in education and research, IIT Madras has been at the forefront of technological advancements and societal development. With its state-of-the-art facilities and distinguished faculty, the institute continues to foster innovation and nurture bright minds.

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