• PO Box 513, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

    5600 MB Eindhoven


  • Groene Loper 5, MetaForum

    5612 AP Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Stochastic Operations Research (SOR) is concerned with complex systems that operate under randomness and uncertainty, and aims to develop mathematical models and techniques for the analysis and optimization of such systems.

Highlighted phrase

Making sense of randomness to improve network performance

Organisational profile

Methodologically, the SOR research program falls at the intersection of Applied Probability and Operations Research, and the SOR group in particular engages in cutting-edge research in the area of queueing theory and analysis of random walks and higher-dimensional Markov processes. A key aim is to develop analytic, probabilistic, algorithmic and asymptotic methods, with emphasis on asymptotic laws and scaling limits for large-scale critical systems. While fundamental and methodological in nature, the research is deeply inspired by applications in computer-communications, logistics and service operations, but also biological systems, particle interactions and social networks.  

The results provide insight in the design of resource management strategies and data-driven learning schemes to improve the performance of vital societal networks (internet, wireless networks, dimensioning of large-scale systems, energy, smart road traffic, healthcare). A strong emerging interest revolves around methods for exploiting the increasing availability of high-volume high-quality data to make better strategic, tactical and operational decisions. A further central theme is the relation between local and global network dynamics. While many networks themselves are too complex to describe in full detail, the local dynamics tend to provide a critical mathematical handle to understand global behavior of network processes.

Senior group members

Marko Boon, Sem Borst, Onno Boxma, Johan van Leeuwaarden, Stella Kapodistria, Jacques Resing, Maria Vlasiou, Bert Zwart


Academic: EE Department TU/e, IE&IS Department TU/e, Caltech, CWI, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, ISAE Supaero Toulouse, Leiden University, Macquarie University, ParisTech, Technion, University of Amsterdam, University of Haifa, University of Hong Kong, University of Lausanne, University of Wroclaw

Industrial: ASML, CQM, Hilti, Hotflo, LIME, Nokia Bell Labs, Philips Healthcare, Philips Lighting, Quintig, TNO, VDL/ETG, Verkeersonderneming

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    Research Output

    A compound Poisson EOQ model for perishable items with intermittent high and low demand periods

    Boxma, O., Perry, D., Stadje, W. & Zacks, S., 2020, In : Annals of Operations Research. 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    A fluid model of an electric vehicle charging network

    Aveklouris, A., Vlasiou, M. & Zwart, B., 12 Apr 2020, In : arXiv.org,e-Print Archive, Mathematics. 2020, 33 p., 2004.05637.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

    Open Access
  • Capacity analysis of sequential zone picking systems

    van der Gaast, J., de Koster, M. B. M., Adan, I. J. B. F. & Resing, J. A. C., 1 Jan 2020, In : Operations Research. 68, 1, p. 161-179 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)



    M.T. de Berg (Recipient), S.C. Borst (Recipient), O.J. Boxma (Recipient), R.W. van der Hofstad (Recipient), A.M.J. Koonen (Recipient), J.S.H. van Leeuwaarden (Recipient) & G. Woeginger (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: NWOGravitationScientific

  • Activities

    Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing

    Maria Vlasiou (Visiting researcher)
    30 Oct 201731 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Heavy-traffic approximations for a layered network with limited resources

    Maria Vlasiou (Speaker)
    11 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Lorenz Center (External organisation)

    Maria Vlasiou (Member)
    4 May 2017May 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

    Student theses

    Analysis of the occupation rate of the charging stations at the TU/e

    Author: Jansen, F. K., 11 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Zwart, B. (Supervisor 1) & Boon, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Analysis of the power consumption in large conveyor systems: research on simultaneous power consumption using stochastics, statistics and simulation

    Author: van Groesen, R., 24 Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Boon, M. (Supervisor 1) & van der Heijden, J. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Analyzing the dock performance in a Jumbo distribution center

    Author: Boef, A., 25 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Vlasiou, M. (Supervisor 1), Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 2) & van Helvoort, M. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master