Stochastic networks 2018

25-29 June 2018

ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

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

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.

List of speakers:

Jose Blanchet, Stanford University
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, Koeln University
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

Early career researchers may also be interested in attending the Summer School on Random Structures and Processes which will be held in Edinburgh, UK on 18-22 June 2018. For further details see


Administrative enquiries regarding practical arrangements in Edinburgh should be emailed to:  audrey (dot)

Financial matters


A 130 GBP registration fee (100 GBP for Students) will be payable by all participants with the exception of Invited Speakers. This registration will contribute to the cost of lunches, the wine reception and workshop dinner. Further details will follow.


A limited amount of funding is available, in particular, from the U.S. National Science Foundation, to help in defraying the costs of US-based early career researchers, women, and underrepresented minorities, participating in this conference. Full details on how to apply are given on this separate webpage.


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. It 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 have received a formal invitation email from ICMS in November/December 2017.
  • All other participants should use this link to register

The workshop is open to all interested, subject to a registration fee of 130 GBP (100 GBP for PhD Students). The registration form will close when capacity is reached. You are asked to arrange and pay for your own accommodation and travel, however, limited funding may be available to assist attendance by PhD students.

We particularly invite PhD students and Postdocs to present their research as a poster. Details will be requested on the registration form. The deadline for submitting poster titles and abstracts is 30 April. We will notify you about acceptance of your poster by 14 May.

Please note that there is no automatic acknowledgement generated for receipt of your registration.


  • Invited Speakers and Organisers have already been contacted regarding accommodation.
  • All other participants are asked to arrange and pay for their own accommodation. Some suggestions are below.

Ibis Hotel on South Bridge (not Hunter Square)

Very close to ICMS.

Motel One Edinburgh (Please note that Motel One has two hotels in the city centre -Motel One Royal or Motel One Princes. Both are within easy walking distance of ICMS)

Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 
0800 028 7118 (UK only) - +44 (0)131 651 2189 -
University of Edinburgh accommodation. Pollock Halls is about a 20-25 minute walk.

Jurys Inn Edinburgh, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH +44 (0)131 200 3300
Only a 5 minute walk from ICMS.

Edinburgh City Hotel, 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ
+44 (0)131 622 7979

St Christophers Hostel, 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE (approx 25.00 or less depending on offers available)
+44 (0)20 7407 1856 -
This is Youth Hostel accommodation.


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.


We particularly invite PhD students and Postdocs to present their research as a poster. If you would like to present a poster, please indicate this in the "Poster" section of the application form. Further details about the Poster Session will follow at a later date.


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.


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.

Lothian buses charge £1.70 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 workshop programme will appear here in due course.