Leader of the group Stochastics: Bert Zwart.


Many natural and man-made systems and processes are driven by random phenomena. Examples can be found in areas such as communication, energy, information, logistics, and transportation systems. In order to model, describe, and improve such systems, our group develops and studies probabilistic, operational and statistical models. Our group’s analysis of these models relies on techniques from fundamental probability theory, queueing theory, stochastic scheduling, spatial stochastics and stochastic geometry. Our work with various companies in these areas, as well as with top researchers and universities across the globe, ensures our position at the forefront of every aspect of this research field.



Rubicon grants for David de Laat and Alessandro Zocca

Rubicon grants for David de Laat and Alessandro Zocca

CWI researchers David de Laat and Alessandro Zocca both received an NWO Rubicon grant. De Laat will study new techniques to compute optimal packings at MIT for one year, and Zocca will study renewables and uncertainty in future power systems at Caltech for two years. NWO granted these subsidies to 22 young, highly promising research talents to gain international research experience at foreign top institutes.

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CWI researcher makes higher turnover in hotel bookings possible

CWI researcher makes higher turnover in hotel bookings possible

With a new mathematical method, hotels can receive on average 5% more turnover in the long term when taking online reviews into account. Dirk Sierag, PhD student of CWI, analysed with historical data the behaviour of consumers booking rooms. Based on the results he designed mathematical models that can support hotels in determining optimal prices of hotel rooms. The research results can also be applied on movies, concerts, sporting events and, for example, Uber taxi rides.

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NWO Complexity grant for Stochastics researchers

NWO Complexity grant for Stochastics researchers

A consortium led by CWI researcher Rob van der Mei (Stochastics) has been awarded a grant within the Complexity in Transport & Logistics programme. Elenna Dugundji of CWI is one of the co-applicants an project manager of the research project. In total 15 proposals were submitted, of which 7 were granted. The available budget for this programme is a maximum of € 3.5 million and is provided by the NWO divisions of Social Sciences (MaGW) and Physical Sciences (EW) and the NWO governing board.

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Current events

PhD defence Martin van Buuren (ST)

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May 16 Wednesday

Start: 2018-05-16 09:45:00+02:00 End: 2018-05-16 13:00:00+02:00

Vrije Universiteit (Aula). De Boelelaan 1105 in Amsterdam

Everyone is very welcome to attend the public lecture of Martin van Buuren, of his thesis 'Efficient Planning of Ambulance Services - Theory and Practice'

Promotor: Prof.dr. R.M. van der Mei (VU and CWI) and prof.dr. S. Bhulai (VU)


  • 2018-05-07T00:00:00+02:00
  • 2018-05-07T23:59:59+02:00
May 7 Monday

Start: 2018-05-07 00:00:00+02:00 End: 2018-05-07 23:59:59+02:00

CWI, Science Park 123, Amsterdam

The 2018 edition of the Queueing Colloquium will take place at CWI on May 7.

Lunch is provided, and the day will be concluded with a reception. As usual, participation is free, but we kindly ask to register here, in order to arrange for lunch and drinks. Please do so by April 30 at the latest.

Date: Monday, May 7
Location: CWI, room TBA
Address: Science Park 123, Amsterdam

This edition roughly coincides with the 40-year anniversary of the first edition of the queueing colloquium organized in 1978. To commemorate this fact we have an excellent roster of speakers including:

- Rami Atar (Technion)
- Onno Boxma (TU/e)
- Mor Harchol-Balter (CMU)
- Tolga Tezcan (London Business School)

Times, titles and abstracts to follow. For further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes,

Bert Zwart and Peter van de Ven


Associated Members


Current projects with external funding

  • Adviseren en verrichten van onderzoek naar functionele en niet-functionele eigenschappen van een deel van ING\'s IT-infrastructuur
  • Impactstudie Noord/Zuidlijn Gemeente Amsterdam
  • Ontwikkeling van Data Analytics, Data Science en Crypto Analyse technieken
  • PPS met Cofely
  • Rare events: Asymptotics, Algorithms, Applications
  • Realibilty and Robustness of Power Grids with Uncertain Generation
  • Verbeteren en optimaliseren van software producten op het gebied van Dynamisch Verkeersmanagement
  • Verbeteren van de efficiency en prestatie van logistieke processen in de binnevaart
  • Two-dimensional models in queues and risk Module 1 (2QR)
  • Dynamic urban traffic flow management using floating-car, planning, and infrastructure data (Dynafloat)
  • Emergency Service Logistics: Network Design and Dynamic Dispatching (DYNAMERGE)
  • Real Time Verkeersdata voor Goederenvervoer (ITSLOG)
  • PPS ProRail (incidentenbestrijding) (PPS ProRail)

Related partners

  • CTVrede
  • De Verkeersonderneming
  • FOM
  • Gemeente Amsterdam
  • ING Bank
  • Prorail
  • Shell, Amsterdam
  • Trinite Automatisering
  • Stichting Sensor City
  • Cofely West Nederland
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam