Our main CES collaborators are listed below, along with a brief description of projects & research areas currently pursued with the team's global partners. CES collaborations include student exchanges, faculty visits, online benchmarking exercises, online databases, code development & code optimization, and data exchange.  The CES Team frequently hosts visitors coming to KAUST, to give seminars, to work on collaborative projects, and to participate in international workshops.

International, current

  • ETH Zurich (Y. van Dinther, W. Imperatori)
  • University of Bristol (K. Goda)
  • University of Tokyo (H. Miyake)
  • University of Grenoble (G. Hillers)
  • Stanford University (E. Dunham)
  • Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • LMU Munich (A. Gabriel, S. Wollherr, H. Igel)
  • TUM Munich (M. Bader, C. Uphoff)
  • GFZ Potsdam (D. Schorlemmer, F. Cotton)
  • Caltech (J.-P. Ampuero)
  • USGS Menlo Park, USGS Pasadena (W. Mooney, W. Ellsworth, P. Spudich, J. Boatwright, M. Page)
  • INGV Rome/Milano (A. Cirella / M. Cocco)

International, previous

  • UT Austin (I. Babuska, D. McDougall)
  • UC Riverside (D. Oglesby)
  • USC Los Angeles (Y. Ben-Zion)
  • IBM Watson, with JDA KAUST-IBM for code optimization (K. Jordan and his team)
  • Argonne National Labs (G. Ely)


  • Prof. Khalid Al-Demagh, KACST
  • Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), Jeddah

Within KAUST

  • Prof. Sigurjon Jonsson (ErSE)
  • Prof. Gerald Schuster (ErSE)
  • Prof. I. Hoteit (ErSE)
  • Prof. D. Peter (ErSE)
  • Prof. Raul Tempone (AMCS)
  • Prof. M. Genton (AMCS)   
  • KAUST Supercomputing Labs (KSL)

The CES Team works with L. Dalguer, S. Song, Y. van Dinther, and T. Gerya in ETH Zurich on earthquake source physics. We also have close connection to the Swiss Seismological Service located at ETH Zurich.

The CES Team is collaborating with  E. Prudencio and I. Babuska at the University of Texas at Austin. Current projects, funded through AEA grants, are as follows: "Bayesian Earthquake Source Validation for Ground Motion Simulation" (since 06/2010; post-doc Hugo Cruz Jimenez); "Bayesian Near Real-Time Earthquake Source Inversion" (04/2012-05/2014; research scientist Olaf Zielke).

The CES Team is engaged in a project with E. Dunham from Stanford University, School of Earth Sciences ( The project is called "High-frequency ground motion: Earthquake source dynamics and seismic scattering", and is funded by an AEA cooperative grant (06/2012 to 05/2014). Post-doc Martin Galis is the primary researcher at KAUST side for this project. Initial results are expected by end of 2012.

Professor Martin Mai serves as a task-group leader for earthquake source inversion at the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC). He initiated and directs the Source Inversion Validation (SIV) project. More info at

The CES Team works with A. Gabriel and H. Igel, LMU Munich, and Martin Kaeser, Munich Re, on SeisSol, a Discontinuous Galerkin code for seismic wave-propagation and rupture dynamics in complex 3D Earth structure ( Current work focuses on code porting and code optimization for the IBM BlueGene/P and BlueGene/Q systems (in collaboration with IBM Watson and the KAUST Supercomputing Lab).  We are also actively engaged in the EU Framework 7 project " QUEST", a collaborative ITN (international training network) for seismic tomography, seismic wave propagation, and earthquakes source studies (‚Äč

D. Schorlemmer from GFZ Postdam collaborates with us in the SIV project. We also keep contact to H. Sudhaus (former PhD student at ETH Zurich) and other scientists at the GFZ.

The CES Team collaborates closely with J-P. Ampuero and his team at Caltech on a number of projects related to earthquake rupture dynamics and earthquake source inversions. Check our publication website for a range of joint publications since 2006.

The CES Team collaborates with several people at the USGS (Menlo Park/Pasadena). In the past, we worked closely with Paul Spudich and Jack Boatwright. Bill Ellsworth and Morgan Page are actively participating in the SIV project. Current work include Walter Mooney in planning a Saudi Arabia wide dense broadband seismic array (current working title: the SAGA project).

Martin Mai is actively working with D. Oglesby at UC Riverside on rupture dynamics on non-planar faults, i.e. focusing on earthquakes that occur on geometrically complex faults (parameterized in terms of several moderate-size deterministic fault segments). Our recent publication highlights the importance of this work in context of potential future earthquakes in the Marmara Sea (Turkey), and the potential seismic hazard for the 20+ million metropolis of Istanbul.

The CES Team collaborates with G.Ely at Argonne National Labs on the SORD code, its porting and optimization and efficient application on IBM BlueGene/P and BlueGene/Q systems. This work is imbedded in a collaborative project with IBM Watson and Kirk Jordan's team there.

Prof. Martin Mai collaborates with Prof. Khalid Al-Demagh at KACST in establishing Saudi Arabia Geophysical Array (SAGA).

The CES Team collaborates with G. Zonno and G. Mussaccio (INGV Milano) on innovative ground-motion simulation and seismic hazard assessment (see our 2012 paper in BEE),  and A. Cirella (INGV Rome) on earthquake source inversions (within the SIV project).

CES Researchers collaborate with K. Jordan and his team in IBM Watson within an JDA IBM-KAUST co-funded project that focus on code porting and code optimization for two advanced earthquake rupture dynamics solvers: SeisSol and SORD. The corresponding website are: for SORD ( and for SeisSol (

The CES Team collaborates with Saudi Geological Survey (SGS, located in Jeddah) on seismicity and seismic hazard in Saudi Arabia. We also use the modern broadband seismic data collected by the SGS to study Earth structure through receiver function analysis.

The CES Team collaborates with several other groups of the KAUST, including Professor Raul Tempone (MCS) within an AEA funded project on ground-motion simulation, Professor Sigurjon Jonsson (PSE) on earthquake processes, Professor Gerald Schuster (PSE) on global seismology, and Dr. Aron Ahmedia (Kaust Supercomputing Labs) on various computational projects.