Organization profile

Organisational profile

The STO section comprises two chairs:

Probability Theory and Statistics (KS)

The research program Probability studies random spatial structures and its applications in statistical physics and networking, with a focus on random networks, spin systems and self-interacting random processes. The main aim is to identify the scaling behavior for these systems, by applying methodology such as large deviations, combinatorial expansions and coupling techniques.

Stochastic Operations Research (SB)

The research program Stochastic Operations Research focuses on systems that operate in the presence of randomness. It aims at developing mathematical models and methods for the design, analysis, optimization and control of such systems. A large part of the research effort is devoted to queueing theory and the analysis of random walks related to it. Some of the queueing research is of a fundamental nature, and much of it is inspired by problems in production and logistics and in computer-communication systems.

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Research Output 1964 2019

Additional filtering of blood from a cell salvage device is not likely to show important additional benefits in outcome in cardiac surgery

de Vries, A. J., Vermeijden, W. J., van Pelt, L. J., van den Heuvel, E. R. & van Oeveren, W., Mar 2019, In : Transfusion. 59, 3, p. 989-994

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Thoracic Surgery
Blood Cells
Equipment and Supplies
Confidence Intervals
Blood Transfusion

Asymptotics for the long-time evolution of kurtosis of narrow-band ocean waves

Janssen, P. A. E. M. & Janssen, A. J. E. M., 25 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 859, p. 790-818 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Water waves
Nonlinear equations

Complete resource pooling of a load balancing policy for a network of battery swapping stations

Sloothaak, F., Cruise, J. R., Shneer, S., Vlasiou, M. & Zwart, B., 12 Feb 2019, In :,e-Print Archive, Mathematics. 60 p., 1902.04392

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access
Resource allocation
Queueing networks
Electric vehicles
Quality of service


Best paper award

Maria Vlasiou (Recipient), 18 Feb 2013

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Paper Award

Maria Vlasiou (Recipient), 2013

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Critical queues and reflected stochastic processes

Johan van Leeuwaarden (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: ERCStartingScientific

Heavy Traffic
Scaling Limit
Applied Probability
Stochastic Processes

Activities 2006 2018

Structured Markov Chains

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Speaker), J.S.H. van Leeuwaarden (Speaker)
22 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Queues on interacting networks

Maria Vlasiou (Speaker)

Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

IISE Transactions (Journal)

Maria Vlasiou (Editorial board member)
1 Feb 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Press / Media

NPCS Annual Conference

Nelly Litvak


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Science speaks up

Remco van der Hofstad


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

CWI researchers make power grid more reliable with mathematics

Bert Zwart & Tommaso Nesti


3 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Analysis of a sold candy time series with the envelope based approach and Box-Jenkins models

Author: van den Berkmortel, M. P., 7 Aug 2018

Supervisor: De Andrade Serra, P. (Supervisor 1) & Rijpkema, J. (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