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Research profile

Remco van der Hofstad is a full professor and chair of probability in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key areas of expertise are probability theory and statistics. Remco’s research currently focuses on probability questions that have applications in the area of (complex) networks, such as social media networks. Key topics include percolation, one of the paradigm models in statistical physics, random graphs and complex networks, self-interacting random processes, and applications of probability, particularly in electrical engineering, computer science and theoretical physics.

Academic background

Remco van der Hofstad obtained his PhD at the University of Utrecht in 1997. Since then, he has worked at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and Delft University of Technology. In addition to his work at TU/e Remco is also scientific director of EURANDOM, the Dutch centre focusing on statistics, probability theory and stochastic operations research. Together with Frank den Hollander, he is also responsible for the `Random Spatial Structures' Program at EURANDOM. He is also a co-applicant of the Gravitation program NETWORKS.

Remco is also acting spokesman for the Dutch Mathematics platform Platform Wiskunde Nederland and editor in chief of the Network Pages interactive networks community website.

He has been awarded the Prix Henri Poincare 2003 jointly with Gordon Slade, the Rollo Davidson Prize 2007, and is a laureate of the `Innovative Research VIDI Scheme' 2003 and `Innovative Research VICI Scheme' 2008.

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Research Output 1995 2018

Cluster tails for critical power-law inhomogeneous random graphs

van der Hofstad, R., Kliem, S. & van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H., 1 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Statistical Physics. 171, 1, p. 38-95 58 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Random Graphs
Power Law
Scaling Limit

Critical percolation on random networks with prescribed degrees

Dhara, S., 28 Aug 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 318 p.

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

Open Access

Lace expansion for dummies

Bolthausen, E., Van Der Hofstad, R. & Kozma, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : Annales de l'institut Henri Poincare (B) Probability and Statistics. 54, 1, p. 141-153 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Lace Expansion
Fixed-point Equation
Self-avoiding Walk
Banach algebra
Green's function

Mesoscopic scales in hierarchical configuration models

van der Hofstad, R., van Leeuwaarden, J. S. H. & Stegehuis, C., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Stochastic Processes and their Applications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Community Structure
Graph Model

Mixing times of random walks on dynamic configuration models

Avena, L., Güldaş, H., van der Hofstad, R. & den Hollander, F., 1 Aug 2018, In : Annals of Applied Probability. 28, 4, p. 1977-2002 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Mixing Time
Stopping Time
Random Graphs
Random walk



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


Probability theory

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Student theses

A branching process on a hypercubic lattice

Author: Beekenkamp, T., 2013

Supervisor: van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor


A stochastic application in modern decentralised crypto-currency

Author: Gündlach, R. C., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 1) & Koens, T. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Counting matroids

Author: van der Pol, J., 30 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Bansal, N. (Supervisor 1), van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 2) & Pendavingh, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Distances in power-law random graphs

Author: Dommers, S., 28 Feb 2009

Supervisor: van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Earthquake distribution: an elaboration on the tail

Author: Prikken, L. H., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: van der Hofstad, R. (Supervisor 1) & Hulshof, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor