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“I try to make exact statements about inherently random events.” 

Research profile

Onno Boxma is professor of Stochastic Operations Research in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in Eindhoven University of Technology. His main research interests are in applied probability and stochastic operations research, with a particular emphasis on insurance risk and, in particular, queuing theory and its applications to the performance analysis of computer, communication, production and traffic systems. He has published or edited five books in these areas, and 225 refereed papers. Current course topics include Stochastic Processes, Stochastics and Simulation for Finance, Stochastic Performance Modeling and Probability and Stochastics.  

Academic background

Onno Boxma received his PhD in Mathematics with honors (cum laude) from Utrecht University in 1977.  From 1974 to 1985 he worked at the Mathematical Institute of Utrecht University with a one-year interruption as postdoctoral fellow at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1978-1979). From August 1985 until August 1998 he was affiliated with CWI, as Head of the Performance Analysis group and later as Head of the Department of Operations Research, Statistics and Systems Theory – respectively the Department of Probability, Networks and Algorithms. From August 1987 to August 1998, Onno was Full Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Economics of Tilburg University. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of TU/e in 1998, and served as vice-dean from 2009 until 2013. 

He has also served on the editorial board of several journals. During 2004-2009 he was editor-in-Chief of Queueing Systems, and since 2011 he is one of the Coordinating Editors of the Applied Probability journals. From 2005 to 2011 he was scientific director of Eurandom. 

Affiliated with

  • ACM Sigmetrics
  • Beta Research School
  • Eurandom IFIP WG7.3 
  • Wiskunderaad (NWO)

Partners in (semi-)industry:

  • ARS (The Hague)
  • Philips Research (Eindhoven) 


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Research Output 1975 2020

118 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Workloads and waiting times in single-server systems with multiple customer classes

Boxma, O. J., 1989, In : Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications. 5, 1-3, p. 185-214 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Waiting time
82 Citations (Scopus)

On the discounted penalty function in a Markov-dependent risk model

Albrecher, H. & Boxma, O. J., 2005, In : Insurance: Mathematics and Economics. 37, 3, p. 650-672

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Penalty Function
Risk Theory
Compound Poisson
Poisson Model
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

The cyclic queue and the tandem queue

Boxma, O. J. & Daduna, H., 2014, In : Queueing Systems: Theory and Applications. 77, 3, p. 275-295

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Queueing networks
2 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

A compound Poisson EOQ model for perishable items with intermittent high and low demand periods

Boxma, O., Perry, D., Stadje, W. & Zacks, S., 2020, In : Annals of Operations Research. 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Compound Poisson
EOQ model
Perishable items

A single server queue with workload-dependent service speed and vacations

Sakuma, Y., Boxma, O. & Phung-Duc, T., 1 Jan 2019, Queueing Theory and Network Applications - 14th International Conference, QTNA 2019, Proceedings. Phung-Duc, T., Kasahara, S. & Wittevrongel, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 112-127 16 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11688 LNCS).

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

Single Server Queue
Chemical activation



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

Press / Media

Student theses

A finite-source feedback queueing network as a model for the IEEE 802.11 distributed coordination function

Author: Winands, E., 30 Jun 2003

Supervisor: Resing, J. (Supervisor 1), Denteneer, T. (. (External person) (External coach), Pronk, S. (External coach), Rietman, R. (External person) (External coach) & Boxma, O. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


ASIP : asymmetric simple inclusion process

Author: Suijkerbuijk, C., 2015

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor



Author: Houben, Y., 2011

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1) & Boon, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Cellular transport: a queueing systems analysis

Author: Jenneskens, T. C. W., 15 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1) & van der Schoot, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Condition-based maintenance and degradation models

Author: Pielage, K., 2015

Supervisor: Boxma, O. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor