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Research profile

Johan van Leeuwaarden is a Full Professor and Chair of Stochastic Networks in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on stochastic or probability theory, the mathematics of chance and uncertainty. His main research interests are in probability theory, stochastic networks, enumerative combinatorics, and complex and asymptotic analysis. Applications that motivate his research are congestion phenomena (queueing), resource allocation in communication networks, distributed control of complex networks, random graphs and the spread of epidemics over networks.

The challenge is to model, analyze and, where necessary, improve network behavior. This research is relevant to, for example, the Internet, wireless networks, traffic, energy and light networks, as well as networks of people or animals that spread viruses or information. Johan’s research group works closely together with researchers from other disciplines, as well as with experts working for companies or governments.

Academic background

Johan van Leeuwaarden obtained his PhD (with honors) from TU/e in 2005. Since 2011, he is also been the director of the Mathematics Graduate Program. He was a visiting professor at Columbia University and adjunct professor at New York University. Johan serves on the editorial board of three international journals, and is a council member of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society. He is also co-founder of the Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC / e), where he is committed to the development of a multidisciplinary research and education program. 

Johan is the recipient of an NWO Veni Grant (2006) and an ERC Starting Grant (2010), and winner of the INFORMS Telecommunication Dissertation Award (2008), Beta PhD Award (2008), and the 2012 Erlang Prize for his contributions to applied probability.

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Research Output 2002 2019

Counting cliques and cycles in scale-free inhomogeneous random graphs

Janssen, A. J. E. M., van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H. & Shneer, S., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Statistical Physics. 175, 1, p. 161-184 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Random Graphs

Hyper-scalable JSQ with sparse feedback

van der Boor, M., Borst, S. & van Leeuwaarden, J., 20 Jun 2019, SIGMETRICS Performance 2019 - Abstracts of the 2019 SIGMETRICS/Performance Joint International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 61-62 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Resource allocation

Networks with communities and clustering

Stegehuis, C., 31 Jan 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 347 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pollaczek contour integrals for the fixed-cycle traffic-light queue

Boon, M., Janssen, A. J. E. M., Leeuwaarden, J. S. H. V. & Timmerman, R. W., 1 Feb 2019, In : Queueing Systems. 91, 1-2, p. 89-111

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Telecommunication traffic

Scale-free network clustering in hyperbolic and other random graphs

Stegehuis, C., van der Hofstad, R. & van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H., 24 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 52, 29, 20 p., 295101

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Scale-free Networks
Complex networks
Random Graphs
variational principles


Critical queues and reflected stochastic processes

Johan van Leeuwaarden (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: ERCStartingScientific

Heavy Traffic
Scaling Limit
Applied Probability
Stochastic Processes


Mark de Berg (Recipient), Sem Borst (Recipient), Onno Boxma (Recipient), Remco van der Hofstad (Recipient), Ton Koonen (Recipient), Johan van Leeuwaarden (Recipient) & Gerhard Woeginger (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: NWOGravitationScientific

selection procedure
Ministry of Education

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

Structured Markov Chains

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

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


IAM Master Forum



Probability and Stochastics 1

1/09/15 → …


Stochastic networks

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Student theses

Analyse en benadering van wachtrijen voor verkeerslichten

Author: Gootzen, Y. & Timmerman, R., 27 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Boon, M. (Supervisor 1) & van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Credit portfolio management: a mark-to-market portfolio loss model

Author: van Jole, M., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1), van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 2) & Mesters, M. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Dimensioning large-scale service systems with returning patients

Author: Sloothaak, F., 31 Mar 2015

Supervisor: van den Heuvel, T. (External person) (External coach), van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 1) & Mathijsen, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Distributed control of light networks

Author: Mathijsen, B., 2011

Supervisor: van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 1), Borst, S. (Supervisor 2) & Denteneer, T. (. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Dutch house price derivatives: a new perspective on pricing and applications

Author: van den Dungen, E., 31 Mar 2010

Supervisor: Rietjens, K. (Supervisor 1), Winands, E. (Supervisor 2) & van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master