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Stella Kapodistria is assistant professor in the section Stochastics of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in Eindhoven University of Technology. Her main research interests are in applied probability and stochastic operations research, with a particular interest on the modelling of processes and on the decision making under uncertainty of practices arising in energy and maintenance. The research topics that motivate her research tend to be real-life problems arising from practical situations, which can be analyzed using traditional and non-traditional tools from stochastic processes and optimization. 

Her approach to education can be summed up as ‘engaging students, ensuring they have a full grasp of theoretical material and its practical relevance, and making sure they understand how this is applied.”

Academic background

Stella received her BSc (2003), MSc (2006, Hons.), and PhD (2009, summa cum laude) in Mathematics from the University of Athens. She worked as a lecturer (2009-11) at the University of the Aegean. In 2011, she moved to the Netherlands and worked as a Postdoc at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, TU/e. Following this appointment, she held an assistant professor at Groningen University (2013-14). Since 2014, Stella is assistant professor at TU/e, in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in the Stochastic Operations Research group.Stella is a frequent guest speaker at events worldwide. She is on the editorial board of the Probability Engineering and Information Sciences journal and guest editor for the Annals of Operation Research journal. 


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Servers Engineering & Materials Science
Wind turbines Engineering & Materials Science
Queue Mathematics
Equilibrium Distribution Mathematics
Customers Mathematics
Residual Entropy Mathematics
Preventive maintenance Engineering & Materials Science
Condition-based Maintenance Mathematics

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Research Output 2008 2020

2 Citations (Scopus)
156 Downloads (Pure)

Hidden Markov Models for wind farm power output

Bhaumik, D., Crommelin, D., Kapodistria, S. & Zwart, B., 8 May 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. 10, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Hidden Markov models
Random processes
Solar energy

Short and long-term wind turbine power output prediction

Kolumbán, S., Kapodistria, S. & Nooraee, N., 23 Jun 2017, In : arXiv. 1707.06497.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademic

Open Access
Wind turbines
Preventive maintenance
7 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

The shorter queue polling model

Adan, I. J. B. F., Boxma, O. J., Kapodistria, S. & Kulkarni, V. G., Jun 2016, In : Annals of Operations Research. 241, p. 167-200

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Exponential distribution
Poisson process
1 Citation (Scopus)

Approximate performance analysis of generalized join the shortest queue routing

Selen, J., Adan, I. J. B. F. & Kapodistria, S., 2016, VALUETOOLS'15 Proceedings of the 9th EAI International Conference on Performance Evaluation Methodologies and Tools, Berlin, 14-16 December 2015. Knottenbelt, W., Wolter, K., Busic, A., Gribaudo, M. & Reinecke, P. (eds.). Brussels, Belgium: Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST), p. 103-110 8 p.

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

Open Access
Performance analysis
Simulation experiment
4 Citations (Scopus)
106 Downloads (Pure)

Matrix geometric approach for random walks: stability condition and equilibrium distribution

Kapodistria, S. & Palmowski, Z. B., 31 Aug 2017, In : Stochastic Models. 33, 4, p. 572-597

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Equilibrium Distribution
Geometric Approach
Stability Condition
Random walk
Infinite Matrices


Financial mathematics

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Student theses

Analyzing the dock performance in a Jumbo distribution center

Author: Boef, A., 25 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Vlasiou, M. (Supervisor 1), Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 2) & van Helvoort, M. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


An optimal replacement policy

Author: Hendriksen, D., 29 Jul 2019

Supervisor: Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor

Approximating the optimal policy for structural replacement of a machine with Brownian degradation increments

Author: Razenberg, M. C., 16 Jul 2019

Supervisor: Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Condition based prognostics and diagnostics for wind turbines

Author: Kenbeek, T. A., 2016

Supervisor: Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 1) & Di Bucchianico, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Determination of the optimal inspection interval for pressure relief valves based on the Rp ratio

Author: Guzik, S., 31 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Flapper, S. (Supervisor 1) & Kapodistria, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master