The Complex Engineering Systems Institute (ISCI), located at the Universidad de Chile, brings together a team of distinguished researchers from eight different Chilean universities. Each member of the team was invited to join the Institute on the basis not only of their academic accomplishments but also their actual or potential synergies with other ISCI members. There are currently 57 researchers at the Institute from universities around the country including the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, the Universidad Diego Portales, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, the Universidad de los Andes, the Universidad de Talca and the Universidad de Concepción.

The establishment of the Institute in 2008 was inspired by two main goals. The first one was to define a solid set of engineering research areas that were not only mutually complementary but also reflected our general conviction that all types of infrastructure interact with human behavior. The second goal was to create an internationally recognized engineering research and education centre outside of the United States and Europe that would improve understanding of important real-world problems and encourage outstanding young researchers to join us in this interesting challenge.

Since its foundation, ISCI has achieved international recognition for the quality of its research. Much of its work is carried out in conjunction with investigators at various prestigious research centers in other countries through well-established formal collaboration networks. ISCI members place a high priority on local synergies, and the impact of their activities is felt nationwide thanks to the high esteem accorded the Institute’s contributions by key decision-makers in private industry as well as public institutions.