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“Despite the arrival of big data analytics, rare events remain rare, and we still need advanced mathematical methods and techniques to understand and gain insights.” 

Research profile

Bert Zwart is a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Bert’s research expertise is in applied probability and stochastic networks, in particular rare event analysis and simulation, scaling limits, scheduling under uncertainty, dynamic pricing and applications in communication and energy networks. The outcome of Bert’s research makes it possible to analyze complex systems and procedures, in which traditional methods of analysis are unusable, due to the number of factors and variables involved.

The scope of his activities extends to mathematical models for computer and communication networks, call centers and production processes, which are all frequently highly dimensional

and, therefore, difficult to analyze. His research aims to reduce complexity of such models by focusing on their macroscopic behavior. In addition, a new application area for stochastic operations research is emerging - energy networks, especially electricity grids - which brings new and urgent research questions.

Academic background

Bert Zwart received a Masters in Econometrics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1997 and a PhD in Mathematics from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2001 (both with top honors). His previous positions include a professorship at VU University and a Coca-Cola chair at Georgia Tech. In addition to working at TU/e, he is also leader of the CWI stochastics group (Amsterdam). Bert has been involved in several editorial roles, in particular as Stochastic Models area editor for Operations Research - the flagship journal of his profession - since 2009. In addition, Bert was technical program chair of Performance in 2015, and member of the steering committee of the Stochastic Networks conference series, a conference he co-organized in 2014. Since 2015, Bert has been director of the Dutch mathematics cluster STAR. Bert is co-organizing a semester program on the mathematics of energy networks, to be held at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, spring 2019.

Affiliated with

  • TU/e Center for computational energy research
  • TU/e Data Science institute

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • ASML
  • DNV-GL
  • SIM-CI
  • Shell

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Research Output

Scaling limits via excursion theory : interplay between Crump-Mode-Jagers branching processes and processor-sharing queues

Lambert, A., Simatos, F. & Zwart, B., 2013, In : The Annals of Applied Probability. 23, 6, p. 2357-2381 25 p.

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    Simultaneously learning and optimizing using controlled variance pricing

    Boer, den, A. V. & Zwart, B., 2014, In : Management Science. 60, 3, p. 770-783 14 p.

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  • 43 Citations (Scopus)
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    Achievable performance of blind policies in heavy traffic

    Bansal, N., Kamphorst, B. & Zwart, B., 24 Dec 2015, In : arXiv. 22 p., 1512.07771.

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  • 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.

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  • A stochastic resource-sharing network for electric vehicle charging

    Aveklouris, A., Vlasiou, M. & Zwart, B., Sep 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems. 6, 3, p. 1050-1061 12 p., 8709819.

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    3 Citations (Scopus)

    Courses

    Stochastic decision theory

    1/09/15 → …

    Course

    Press / Media

    CWI researchers make power grid more reliable with mathematics

    A.P. Zwart

    22/06/1828/06/18

    3 items of Media coverage

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    New Model Shows Where to Improve Power Grids

    A.P. Zwart

    21/06/1826/06/18

    4 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Vici grants for TU/e research projects

    Luc Brunsveld & A.P. (Bert) Zwart

    16/02/15

    1 item of Media coverage

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    ACM sigmetrics 2015

    Sem C. Borst & A.P. (Bert) Zwart

    21/09/14

    1 item of Media coverage

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    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

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    Inluence of operating conditions on reliability of microgrids

    Author: Derks, M., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Zwart, A. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2), Papadopoulou, A. (External person) (External coach), Cremers, R. (External person) (External coach) & Schoot, W. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Mathematical modelling of networks on chips with best effort traffic

    Author: Beekhuizen, P., 30 Nov 2005

    Supervisor: Zwart, A. (Supervisor 1), Denteneer, T. (. (External person) (External coach) & Rietman, R. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Packet-level enhancements for integrated TCP performance modelling

    Author: de Haan, R., 31 Jan 2004

    Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1) & Zwart, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Predicting investments in renewable energy through a social learning model

    Author: van Hoek, S., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Zwart, A. (Supervisor 1) & Wissink, P. L. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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