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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

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Counting cliques and cycles in scale-free inhomogeneous random graphs

Janssen, A. J. E. M., van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H. & Shneer, S., 15 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Statistical Physics. 175, 1, p. 161-184 24 p.

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Random Graphs
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Economies-of-scale in many-server queueing systems: tutorial and partial review of the Qed Halfin-Whitt heavy-traffic regime

van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H., Mathijsen, B. W. J. & Zwart, B., Sep 2019, In : SIAM Review. 61, 3, p. 403-440 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Heavy Traffic
Queueing System

Heavy-traffic analysis through uniform acceleration of queues with diminishing populations

Bet, G., van der Hofstad, R. & van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H., Aug 2019, In : Mathematics of Operations Research. 44, 3, p. 821-864 44 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Traffic Analysis
Heavy Traffic
Random processes

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.

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Resource allocation
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Job assignment in large-scale service systems with affinity relations

Cardinaels, E., Borst, S. C. & van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H., Dec 2019, In : Queueing Systems. 93, 3-4, p. 227-268 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Affine transformation
Load Balancing


Critical queues and reflected stochastic processes

J.S.H. van Leeuwaarden (Recipient), 2010

Prize: ERCStartingScientific

Heavy Traffic
Scaling Limit
Applied Probability
Stochastic Processes


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

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

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