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Symposium on Stochastic Processes

Symposium on Stochastic Processes

Friday September 26th 2014, University of Twente on the occasion of the retirement of Erik van Doorn


Some additional information is now available: slides of the presentations, pictures of the symposium, and the program leaflet. Click here to see this.

This symposium is held in honor of Erik van Doorn, at the occasion of his formal retirement from an active academic life. In several ways Erik has made a significant impact on the stochastic processes community, both within the Netherlands as well as outside. His work on quasi-stationary distributions and birth-death processes, often based on analysis involving orthogonal polynomials, is well-known around the world, but also on other topics he has made substantial contributions. Currently MathSciNet contains 58 papers by Erik, who does not yet intend to leave it at that.

It is our great pleasure to organize this symposium in his honor. We are indebted to 3TU-AMI and the STAR cluster, whose financial support made it possible to invite several international speakers for this event. We thank the speakers for their immediate and enthusiastic responses to our invitation to present some of their work on this occasion, and to reflect on the relation to Erik and his work. Finally we like to thank Erik for the many years of his life he has devoted to excellent teaching and research, and for being the kind and wonderful person he has always been and will continue to be.

The organizers,

Werner Scheinhardt
Richard Boucherie
Onno Boxma


Please click here for the program.

Location and transport

The symposium is held in Room 2K in the Carré-building, with entrance via Hal B.

For a map of the campus of the University of Twente, click here. Hal B can be found as number 13 on the map.

The map also contains information on how to reach the university campus. Probably easiest is a train ride to Hengelo CS and then taking bus 15 to Universiteit Twente (leaving 9.42; get off at bus stop Hallenweg), or taking bus 9 to Enschede (also leaving 9.42; get off at bus stop Kennispark/UT and walk for 10 minutes). For more information see


We are indebted to the following institutions for financial support.


STAR cluster

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