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Persoonlijk profiel


“Stochastic networks are a tremendous source of mathematical challenges, and provide powerful paradigms for understanding and designing complex large-scale systems at the heart of society and technology.”

Research profile

Sem Borst has been a (part-time) Full Professor in Stochastic Operations Research in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 1998.  His main research interests are in the area of performance evaluation and resource allocation algorithms for large-scale stochastic networks.

A major theme in Sem’s research is to explore how local behavior and interactions affect the dynamics of large-scale stochastic networks on a macroscopic level.  This provides crucial insight for the design of low-complexity resource allocation algorithms, which operate in a distributed fashion, and yet achieve near-optimal performance on a global network scale.

Academic background

Sem Borst received his MSc degree in applied mathematics from the University of Twente in 1990, and his PhD degree from Tilburg University in 1994.  In 1994, he was a visiting scholar at the Statistical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, England.  In 1995, Sem joined the Mathematics of Networks and Systems research department of Bell Labs in Murray Hill, USA.  In addition to his position at TU/e, he maintains a (part-time) affiliation with Bell Labs.

Sem has published over 190 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and his H-index is 39.  He serves or has served on the editorial boards of several journals, such as ACM Transactions on Modeling and Performance Evaluation of Computing Systems, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Mathematical Methods of Operations Research and Queueing Systems, and served as program committee member of various conferences. 

Affiliated with

  • LNMB (Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research)
  • STAR (Stochastics – Theoretical and Applied Research)
  • IFIP WG 7.3 on Computer Performance Modeling and Analysis

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Nokia
  • Philips
  • TNO

Externe posities


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Onderzoeksoutput 1991 2019

17 Citaties (Scopus)

Nonconcave utility maximization in locally coupled systems, with applications to wireless and wireline networks

Borst, S. C., Markakis, M. G. & Saniee, I., 2014, In : IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. 22, 2, blz. 674-687 14 blz.

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Parallel algorithms
Video streaming
Resource allocation
Telecommunication networks
384 Citaties (Scopus)

Distributed caching algorithms for content distribution networks

Borst, S. C., Gupta, V. & Walid, A., 2010, Proceedings 29th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2010, San Diego CA, USA, March 15-19, 2010). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, blz. 1-9

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Electric power distribution
Parallel algorithms
Telecommunication traffic
162 Citaties (Scopus)

User-level performance of channel-aware scheduling algorithms in wireless data networks

Borst, S. C., 2005, In : IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. 13, 3, blz. 636-647

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Scheduling algorithms
Blocking probability
Code division multiple access
172 Citaties (Scopus)

Dimensioning large call centers

Borst, S. C., Mandelbaum, A. & Reiman, M. I., 2004, In : Operations Research. 52, 1, blz. 17-34

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Delta probing policies for redundancy

Raaijmakers, Y., Borst, S. C. & Boxma, O. J., 25 jan 2019, In : Performance Evaluation Review. 46, 3, blz. 72-73 2 blz.

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Probability distributions



Mark de Berg (Ontvanger), Sem Borst (Ontvanger), Onno Boxma (Ontvanger), Remco van der Hofstad (Ontvanger), Ton Koonen (Ontvanger), Johan van Leeuwaarden (Ontvanger) & Gerhard Woeginger (Ontvanger), 2014

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An extension of join-the-shortest-queue(d): a fluid limit approach

Auteur: Arts, J. J., 2 apr 2019

Begeleider: van der Boor, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Borst, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Capacity management for packet-switched networks with heterogeneous sources

Auteur: de Jonge, L., 31 aug 2009

Begeleider: Roijers, F. (Externe persoon) (Afstudeerdocent 1), Borst, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Löpker, A. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Distributed control of light networks

Auteur: Mathijsen, B., 2011

Begeleider: van Leeuwaarden, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Borst, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Denteneer, T. (. (Externe persoon) (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Efficient job assignment in cloud system

Auteur: Lassche, E., 2016

Begeleider: Borst, S. (Afstudeerdocent 1)

Scriptie/masterproef: Bachelor


Entropy of hidden Markov models

Auteur: van Wijk, A., 30 nov 2007

Begeleider: Verbitskiy, E. A. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach), Rietman, R. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach), van der Hofstad, R. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Borst, S. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master