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Stochastic Operations Research

The research program Stochastic Operations Research focuses on systems that operate in the presence of randomness. It aims at developing mathematical models and methods for the design, analysis, optimization, and control of such systems. Methodologically, the program belongs to applied probability and stochastic operations research. A large part of the research effort is devoted to the analysis of random walks and to queueing theory. Some of the queueing research is of a fundamental nature, and much of it is inspired by problems in computer and communication systems and in production and logistics.

The group teaches courses in stochastic and operations research for the own program, as well as for other disciplines.

Our group gives Post graduate instruction at the Stan Ackermans Institute, and at the Landelijk Netwerk Mathematische Besliskunde. Through the final projects of the program, there is a direct link between education and practice. Most final projects are done outside the university, at a company.

We participate in the research schools BETA and Stieltjes, and maintain strong ties with EURANDOM, e.g. in the form of a joint seminar every other week.


  • Markov processes
  • queueing theory
  • inventory control
  • production planning
  • performance analysis of computer communication networks
  • performance analysis of production systems
  • fluid flow models


For more information on consultancy in stochastic operations research, please contact prof.dr. Onno Boxma.
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