Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Stochastic networks 2018

Jun 25, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Cruise, James Heriot-Watt University
Daly, Fraser Heriot-Watt University
Foss, Sergey Heriot-Watt University
Shneer, Seva Heriot-Watt University

The focus of this week-long conference will be analysis of stochastic networks and their applications, which includes modelling, stability analysis, control, performance analysis and design of stochastic networks. Such analysis requires the bringing together of ideas and methodologies from a range of mathematical disciplines, including applied probability, stochastic processes, operational research, combinatorics and graph theory. The meeting will cover a diverse range of application areas from those which have traditionally been studied using stochastic networks, for example telecommunications, call centres and  manufacturing networks, to more novel areas, for example power systems, social networks, neural networks.

The meeting will follow a workshop format, similar to previous meetings in the series, which will include approximately 20 hour-long talks from a diverse range of invited speakers and a session for contributed posters. In addition to the talks there will be plenty  of time for participates to interact with each other and exchange ideas and develop collaborations.

You can see the details of the "Stochastic Networks 2016" meeting here and for previous "Stochastic Networks" meetings here 

Programme committee
Sergey Foss, Heriot-Watt University
Seva Shneer, Heriot-Watt University
James Cruise, Heriot-Watt University
Peter Taylor, University of Melbourne
Haya Kaspi, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Ilze Ziedins, University of Auckland
François Baccelli, University of Texas, Austin and INRIA
Kavita Ramanan, Brown University
Philippe Robert, INRIA
R. Srikant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Provisional list of speakers:
Jose Blanchet, Stanford University
Charles Bordenave, Institut de Mathematiques de Toulouse
Sem Borst, Technical University of Eindhoven and Nokia Bell Labs
Jim Dai, Cornell University
Ken Duffy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Pablo Ferrari, Universidad de Buenos Aires
David Gamarnik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bruce Hajek, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Stella Kapodistria, Technical University of Eindhoven
Frank Kelly, University of Cambridge
James Martin,  University of Oxford
Andreea Minca, Cornell University
Peter Moerters, University of Bath
Amber Puha, California State University, San Marcos
Justin Salez, Université Paris Diderot
Sasha Stolyar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Tolga Tezcan, London Business School
Ngoc Tran, University of Texas, Austin  
Remco van der Hofstad, Technical University of Eindhoven
Ruth Williams, University of California, San Diego
Bert Zwart, CWI, Amsterdam


This workshop will begin with Registration at approximately 09.00 on Monday morning 25 June and close around lunchtime on Friday 29 June 2018. 



  • Invited Speakers and Organisers should expect a formal invitation email from ICMS in November/December 2017.   
  • We anticipate opening a Public Application form in early February 2018. 


A 130 GBP registration will be payable by all participants with the exception of Invited Speakers.  Further details will follow.

The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 


All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor. 


It is anticipated that there will be a poster session during the workshop.  Further details will follow.


If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:   audrey (dot) mccrorie@icms.org.uk


The Programme will be announced here in due course.


Presentation Details
Blanchet, Jose
Distributionally robust performance analysis for stochastic networks
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Duffy, Ken
DNA coded randomised programs
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Minca, Andreea C
Inhomogeneous financial networks and contagious links
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Puha, Amber
Asymptotic behavior of a critical fluid model for a processor sharing queue via relative entropy
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Salez, Justin
Mixing time and cutoff for the random walk on random digraphs
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Tezcan, Tolga
Yardstick competition to improve access and quality in health care systems
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Tran, Ngoc
Iterated Gilbert mosaics and Poisson tropical plane curves
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Zwart, Bert
A stochastic resource-sharing network for electric vehicle charging
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Name Institution
Baccelli, François University of Texas at Austin
Blanchet, Jose Columbia University & Stanford University
Borst, Sem Eindhoven University of Technology
Cruise, James Heriot-Watt University
Dai, Jim Cornell University
Daly, Fraser Heriot-Watt University
Duffy, Ken Maynooth University
Ferrari, Pablo Universidad de Buenos Aires
Foss, Sergey Heriot-Watt University
Gamarnik, David Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hajek, Bruce University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign
Kaspi, Haya Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Kelly, Frank University of Cambridge
Martin, James University of Oxford
Minca, Andreea C Cornell University
Moerters, Peter Universität zu Köln
Puha, Amber California State University San Marcos
Ramanan, Kavita Brown University
Robert, Philippe INRIA, Paris
Salez, Justin Université Paris Diderot
Shneer, Seva Heriot-Watt University
Stolyar, Alexander University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Taylor, Peter University of Melbourne
Tezcan, Tolga London Business School
Tran, Ngoc University of Texas at Austin
van der Hofstad, Remco Eindhoven University of Technology
Williams, Ruth University of California, San Diego
Ziedins, Ilze University of Auckland
Zwart, Bert CWI, Amsterdam