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"Probabilistic intuition and understanding the effect of variability are indispensable tools in the design and control of manufacturing systems."

Research profile

Ivo Adan is a Full Professor in the sections Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control (department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences) and Dynamics and Control (department of Mechanical Engineering) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and holds the Manufacturing Networks chair. His expertise and tuition areas include probability theory / statistics, operations research, manufacturing networks, stochastic operations research and queueing models.

His current research interests are in the area of modeling, design and control of manufacturing systems, warehousing systems and transportation systems, and more specifically, in the mathematical analysis of multi-dimensional structured Markov processes and queueing models, providing an indispensable tool in the above mentioned area.

Academic background

Ivo Adan received his MSc and PhD in Mathematics from TU/e. Since 2011 he has been a Full Professor in Manufacturing Networks in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e,  and was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

In 2001-2002 he was visiting professor at the Operations Research Department of the University of North-Carolina.  In 2008-2011 he was also affiliated with the University of Amsterdam as (part-time) full professor in Stochastic Operations Research. He serves on the editorial boards of Queuing Systems   and Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences. Ivo Adan is a senior fellow of Eurandom and he is the research director of Beta, which is the national network of Operations Management and Logistics 

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Research Output 1987 2019

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., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Operations Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Queueing networks
Value engineering
Capacity analysis
4 Citations (Scopus)

Reversibility and further properties of FCFS infinite bipartite matching

Adan, I., Bušić, A., Mairesse, J. & Weiss, G., 1 May 2018, In : Mathematics of Operations Research. 43, 2, p. 598-621 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Bipartite Matching
Product Form
Stationary Distribution
Markov processes
69 Downloads (Pure)

A skill based parallel service system under FCFS-ALIS : steady state, overloads and abandonments

Adan, I. J. B. F. & Weiss, G., 2014, In : Stochastic Systems. 4, 1, p. 250-299

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
13 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Predicting cycle time distributions for integrated processing workstations : an aggregate modeling approach

Veeger, C. P. L., Etman, L. F. P., Lefeber, A. A. J., Adan, I. J. B. F., Herk, van, J. & Rooda, J. E., 2011, In : IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. 24, 2, p. 223-236

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Computer workstations
1 Citation (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Conveyor merges in zone picking systems: a tractable and accurate approximate model

van der Gaast, J. P., de Koster, M. B. M. & Adan, I. J. B. F., 10 Oct 2018, In : Transportation Science. 52, 6, p. 1428–1443

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Analytical models

Activities 2001 2018

  • 8 Editorial activity
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Hosting an academic visitor
  • 1 Keynote talk

Structured Markov Chains

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Speaker)
11 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


TOP (Journal)

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Editorial board member)
Dec 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Multi-class queueing Applications in Automated Warehousing Systems

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Speaker)
25 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Mean waiting times in multi-server queues with skill based service under FCFS-ALIS

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Yoav Kerner

Ivo J.B.F. Adan (Host)
Aug 2018Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitorScientific


Analysis of production systems

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Warehouse Operations Management

1/09/19 → …


Press / Media

ESCF-TIAS webinar: data-driven optimization

Ivo J.B.F. Adan


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A comparison of batch production on a flow line and job shop assembly in a semiconductor back-end

Author: van Rhee, E., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Adan, I. (Supervisor 1), Boon, M. (Supervisor 2) & Stokkermans, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


A control approach to supply chain engineering

Author: Hermans, R. M., 31 Oct 2000

Supervisor: van der Wal, J. (Supervisor 1) & Adan, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A matheuristic for scheduling automated guided vehicles in a multi-tenant setting

Author: Singh, N., 30 Aug 2019

Supervisor: Akcay, A. (Supervisor 1), Dang, Q. (Supervisor 2) & Adan, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Analyse van een productielijn met buffers

Author: Meyfroyt, P., 2010

Supervisor: Adan, I. (Supervisor 1) & Resing, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Analysis & optimization of inventory policies for global supply chain management at Ampleon: a case study in inventory management

Author: Raghubaid, A., 31 Oct 2019

Supervisor: Adan, I. (Supervisor 1) & de Kok, T. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master