Takács Thesis Award


Takács Award for outstanding PhD thesis on "Queueing Theory and its Applications"

The Takács Award is a bi-annual award presented to doctoral dissertations in recognition of outstanding contributions to queueing theory, including the development of theory, methodological advances, computational aspects and applications.
The award is accompanied by a certificate, a cash prize of 1000€, and an invitation (travel costs, accommodation, and registration fee covered) to deliver a plenary talk at the conference.

Eligibility: Open to candidates from all over the world for theses defended between 1/1/2016 and 31/12/2017. There are no restrictions neither on the nationality of the applicant nor on the location of the degree-awarding institution.

Deadline for applications: April 15, 2018.

Contact: TBA

Sponsorship: As for the 2016 edition, the financial support for the 2018 edition of the award is provided by the SMACS Research Group at Ghent University, Belgium (http://telin.ugent.be/smacs/ )

The winner of the 2018 Takács Award is

Binyamin Oz

for his thesis titled Strategic behavior in queues, supervised by Moshe Haviv from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His award citation reads:

"For his pioneering study of strategic behavior in queueing systems, using a combination of inspiring probabilistic techniques and economic ideas that are expected to have a significant impact on Queueing Theory."

  • Douglas Down (McMaster University, Canada)
  • Sabine Wittevrongel (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Antonis Economou (University of Athens, Greece) - Chair
  • Bara Kim (Korea University, Korea)
  • Jacques Resing (Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Bernardo D'Auria (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain).


By April 15, 2018, applicants must upload the following documents:

  1.  a three-page summary of the dissertation in English highlighting the significance, contribution, impact, and novelty of the dissertation; and
    For the three-page summary please respect the following formatting constraints: Times New Roman, Arial or similar, at least font size 11, margins (2.0cm side and 1.5cm top and bottom), single line spacing.
  2.  an electronic copy of the manuscript,

  as a single PDF file at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ecqt2018phdprize

Evaluation process:  The selection committee will be appointed by the steering committee of ECQT. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by May 25, 2018.

Prof. Lajos Takács (August 21, 1924 - December 4, 2015) was a pioneer in Queueing Theory, and in particular he was the first to introduce semi-Markov processes in queueing theory.  During his extensive career, he supervised over twenty PhD theses, and he authored over 200 mathematical publications, including five books on Stochastic Processes, Queueing Theory and Probability.

For more details on the life and the achievements of Prof. Takács, see: