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Persoonlijk profiel


“Despite the arrival of big data analytics, rare events remain rare, and we still need advanced mathematical methods and techniques to understand and gain insights.” 

Research profile

Bert Zwart is a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Bert’s research expertise is in applied probability and stochastic networks, in particular rare event analysis and simulation, scaling limits, scheduling under uncertainty, dynamic pricing and applications in communication and energy networks. The outcome of Bert’s research makes it possible to analyze complex systems and procedures, in which traditional methods of analysis are unusable, due to the number of factors and variables involved.

The scope of his activities extends to mathematical models for computer and communication networks, call centers and production processes, which are all frequently highly dimensional

and, therefore, difficult to analyze. His research aims to reduce complexity of such models by focusing on their macroscopic behavior. In addition, a new application area for stochastic operations research is emerging - energy networks, especially electricity grids - which brings new and urgent research questions.

Academic background

Bert Zwart received a Masters in Econometrics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 1997 and a PhD in Mathematics from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2001 (both with top honors). His previous positions include a professorship at VU University and a Coca-Cola chair at Georgia Tech. In addition to working at TU/e, he is also leader of the CWI stochastics group (Amsterdam). Bert has been involved in several editorial roles, in particular as Stochastic Models area editor for Operations Research - the flagship journal of his profession - since 2009. In addition, Bert was technical program chair of Performance in 2015, and member of the steering committee of the Stochastic Networks conference series, a conference he co-organized in 2014. Since 2015, Bert has been director of the Dutch mathematics cluster STAR. Bert is co-organizing a semester program on the mathematics of energy networks, to be held at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, spring 2019.

Affiliated with

  • TU/e Center for computational energy research
  • TU/e Data Science institute

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • ASML
  • DNV-GL
  • SIM-CI
  • Shell

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Servers Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Heavy Traffic Rekenkunde
Fluids Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Approximation Rekenkunde
Bandwidth Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Fluid Limits Rekenkunde
Queue Rekenkunde
Perturbation Analysis Rekenkunde

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Onderzoeksoutput 1998 2019

11 Citaties (Scopus)

Scaling limits via excursion theory : interplay between Crump-Mode-Jagers branching processes and processor-sharing queues

Lambert, A., Simatos, F. & Zwart, B., 2013, In : The Annals of Applied Probability. 23, 6, blz. 2357-2381 25 blz.

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Open Access
Excursion Theory
Processor Sharing
Scaling Limit
Branching process
35 Citaties (Scopus)

Simultaneously learning and optimizing using controlled variance pricing

Boer, den, A. V. & Zwart, B., 2014, In : Management Science. 60, 3, blz. 770-783 14 blz.

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Pricing policy
Demand model
Statistical learning

Achievable performance of blind policies in heavy traffic

Bansal, N., Kamphorst, B. & Zwart, B., 24 dec 2015, In : arXiv. 22 blz., 1512.07771

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Open Access

Bounds and limit theorems for a layered queueing model in electric vehicle charging

Aveklouris, A., Vlasiou, M. & Zwart, B., 1 jan 2019, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) In : Queueing Systems.

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Open Access
Electric Vehicle
Queueing Model
Electric vehicles
Limit Theorems

Complete resource pooling of a load balancing policy for a network of battery swapping stations

Sloothaak, F., Cruise, J. R., Shneer, S., Vlasiou, M. & Zwart, B., 12 feb 2019, In :,e-Print Archive, Mathematics. 60 blz., 1902.04392

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Open Access
Resource allocation
Queueing networks
Electric vehicles
Quality of service


Stochastic decision theory

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CWI researchers make power grid more reliable with mathematics

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New Model Shows Where to Improve Power Grids

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Inluence of operating conditions on reliability of microgrids

Auteur: Derks, M., 31 aug 2018

Begeleider: Zwart, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Romijn, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Papadopoulou, A. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach), Cremers, R. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach) & Schoot, W. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Mathematical modelling of networks on chips with best effort traffic

Auteur: Beekhuizen, P., 30 nov 2005

Begeleider: Zwart, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Denteneer, T. (. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach) & Rietman, R. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Packet-level enhancements for integrated TCP performance modelling

Auteur: de Haan, R., 31 jan 2004

Begeleider: Boxma, O. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Zwart, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Predicting investments in renewable energy through a social learning model

Auteur: van Hoek, S., 31 aug 2018

Begeleider: Zwart, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Wissink, P. L. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


The use of queueing models to gain insight into the robustness of supply chains

Auteur: Bink, H., 31 okt 2015

Begeleider: Zwart, A. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van den Broek, M. (Externe coach) & van Doremalen, J. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master