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CanQueue 2018

CanQueue 2018 is going to take place in Edmonton on August 17 and 18. Presentations of research in queueing theory and related areas are invited. Presentations of ongoing research by graduate students are especially encouraged. Registration is free for graduate students. Please visit the conference web site at https://sites.google.com/view/canqueue2018/ or email the conference chair (Armann Ingolfsson, armann.ingolfsson@ualberta.ca) for further information.

Student paper prize information
June, 2018

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the seventh annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the upcoming joint CORS Conference in Saskatoon, 2019. Detailed information about the prize can be found at http://www.cors.ca/SIG/Queueing/ (under News/Current) (requirements, eligibility, and judging)

Conference wrap-up
June, 2018

The CORS Queueing Theory cluster at the CORS Conference in Halifax, from June 4 to 6, featured 5 queueing-themed sessions. Special thanks go out to all speakers and session chairs for their valuable contributions, and Dr. Opher Baron and Dr. David Stanford for organizing the cluster.

Student paper prize result
June, 2018

The winner of the Sixth CORS Queueing SIG Annual Student Paper Prize (2017) is Jalal Khamse- Ashari from Carleton University, co-supervised by Ioannis Lambadaris and Yiqiang Q. Zhao, with the winning paper titled “Constrained max-min fair scheduling of variable-length packet-flows to multiple servers” published in Annals of Telecommunications Journal in August 2017.

This paper contains original work of high quality, in which novel results on multi-server fair queuing in a heterogeneous environment have been developed. The paper targeted a challenging area of research with great applicability in computer and communications networks, such as cloud computing. The paper identifies important shortcomings in a well-known algorithm recently proposed by researchers from the Stanford University. To address this problem, a new multi-server fair queuing algorithm which extends the so-called Deficit Round Robin (DRR) algorithm is proposed to achieve max-min fairness in such a constrained multi-server queuing system. The paper presents a solid mathematical approach and provides a sound description of its collocation with respect to existing work.

Student paper prize information
August 22, 2017

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to announce the sixth annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the upcoming joint CORS Conference in Halifax, 2018.

Instructions: Students should submit a copy of their paper, plus a letter from their supervisor attesting to their pivotal role and contributions to the results.

Requirements: The competition is for the best student-led paper submitted to a refereed publication, either a journal or the proceedings of a conference. Papers entered in the competition must have already been submitted by December 31, 2017. Papers do not need to be published at the time of submission, however, a letter indicating acceptance or soliciting a revision may be submitted along with the paper, as supplementary evidence of its merit. Papers that have appeared in print prior to 2017 will not be considered. A student may submit only one paper for consideration in any year.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to: (i) full-time students (either at a Canadian institution or a Canadian studying outside of Canada) in good standing who do not yet hold their degree on the application deadline and (ii) students who are not previous recipients of a CORS Queueing SIG student prize.

Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Judging: Work will be judged by a three member committee chaired by Yiqiang Zhao. All applications and questions should be sent to zhao@math.carleton.ca.

CanQueue 2017 wrap-up
August 22, 2017

CanQueue 2017 took place in Windsor, Ontario, on August 18 and 19, 2017. There were 23 participants, including 14 students. The conference was featured by 15 presentations in queueing theory and applied probability. The conference was well attended by so many students and young professors, and the topics of presentations were versatile. Special thanks go out to Professor Myron Hlynka and his team for their excellent job in organizing the conference.

Professor Armann Ingolfsson will chair organize CanQueue 2018. While the exact location and time of the time are yet to be determined, the conference will be held in Alberta, Canada, in August, 2018.

Every year, our SIG presents a student paper prize to a student who is enrolled in a Canadian university (or a Canadian studying outside of Canada) and has submitted (or accepted/published in 2017) a paper in queueing theory. Detailed information about the prize can be found at http://www.cors.ca/SIG/Queueing/ (under News/Current) (requirements, eligibility, and judging). The sixth Student Paper Prize will be awarded in 2018. The submission deadline is January 31, 2018.

Conference wrap-up
July 24, 2017

The CORS Queueing Theory cluster, contained within the Simulation, Stochastic Programming and Modeling stream (chaired by Natashia Boland), at the IFORS/CORS Conference in Quebec City featured 4 queueing-themed sessions and 1 keynote talk delivered by David Stanford entitled "Key Performance Indicators and Their Optimal Performance". Special thanks go out to all speakers and session chairs for their valuable contributions.

The fifth annual Student Paper Prize was awarded at the business meeting in Quebec City. This year's winner is Vincent Maccio (McMaster University), for his paper "Exact analysis of energy-aware multiserver queueing systems with setup times" co-authored with Doug Down. The judging team of Yiqiang Zhao (Carleton University), Myron Hlynka (University of Windsor), and Doug Down (McMaster University) remarked on the high quality of the four submissions received this year.

Also, specific mention was made about CanQueue 2017, scheduled to take place on August 18 and 19 at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. The Conference Chair is Myron Hlynka (hlynka@uwindsor.ca) and further details concerning CanQueue 2017 can be found by visiting the conference website.

Finally, at this business meeting, results of the election for the next Queueing SIG President were formally announced. Two nominated candidates agreed to stand for election, namely Qi-Ming He (University of Waterloo) and Javad Tavakoli (University of British Columbia, Okanagan). An election was held and votes were cast (by e-mail) by Queueing SIG members during the period between April 24, 2017 and May 23, 2017. The votes were counted and the newly-elected Queueing SIG President, set to begin his two-year term, is Qi-Ming He.

CanQueue 2017 conference
February 14, 2017

This year's edition of CanQueue will take place on August 18 and 19 in Windsor, Ontario. Myron Hlynka is this year's organizer of the event. Details concerning the conference can be found by visiting the CanQueue 2017 website.

Student paper prize information
October 13, 2016

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group is pleased to announce the fifth annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the upcoming joint CORS/IFORS Conference in Quebec City.

Instructions: Students should submit a copy of their paper, plus a letter from their supervisor attesting to their pivotal role and contributions to the results.

Requirements: The competition is for the best student-led paper submitted to a refereed publication, either a journal or the proceedings of a conference. Papers entered in the competition must have already been submitted by December 31, 2016. Papers do not need to be published at the time of submission, however, a letter indicating acceptance or soliciting a revision may be submitted along with the paper, as supplementary evidence of its merit. Papers that have appeared in print prior to 2016 will not be considered. A student may submit only one paper for consideration in any year.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to: (i) full-time students (either at a Canadian institution or a Canadian studying outside of Canada) in good standing who do not yet hold their degree on the application deadline and (ii) students who are not previous recipients of a CORS Queueing SIG student prize.

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Judging: Work will be judged by a three member committee chaired by Yiqiang Zhao (Carleton University).

All applications and questions should be sent to Yiqiang Zhao.

Queueing theory stream
September 21, 2016

There will be a queueing theory stream at the 2017 CORS Conference (held jointly with IFORS 2017), which will take place in Quebec City from July 17 to July 21, 2017. If you are interested in organizing a session/giving a talk, please contact Steve Drekic. We look forward to your participation!

CanQueue 2016 wrap-up
September 15, 2016

CanQueue 2016, the 18th Annual Conference for Canadian Queueing Theorists and Practitioners, took place at McMaster University on August 22nd and 23rd, organized by Doug Down. It was attended by 27 queueing theorists from across Canada and the United States. The keynote speaker was Mor Harchol-Balter from Carnegie Mellon University, who gave a well received talk on replication in queueing systems. In addition, there were 15 technical talks by conference attendees (seven by students) on a range of topics, from theoretical topics such as mean field analysis, time varying queues, and discrete-time queues to applications in hospital emergency departments and data centre design.

Conference wrap-up
July 27, 2016

The Queueing Theory cluster, in conjunction with the Applied Probability and Stochastic Optimization cluster (chaired by Opher Baron), at the CORS Conference in Banff was a great success featuring 5 queueing-themed sessions and 2 tutorial talks. Special thanks go out to all speakers and session chairs for their valuable contributions.

The forth annual Student Paper Prize was awarded at the business meeting in Banff. This year's winner is Jianfu Wang (University of Toronto), for his paper "M/M/c queue with two priority classes" co-authored with Opher Baron and Alan Scheller-Wolf. The judging team of Sapna Isotupa (Wilfred Laurier University), Armann Ingolfsson (University of Alberta), and Myron Hlynka (University of Windsor) were pleased and impressed with the quality of the four submissions received this year.

Also at this business meeting, Queueing SIG member Doug Down spoke of the upcoming CanQueue 2016 Conference, which will take place on August 22nd and 23rd at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Professor Mor Harchol-Balter from Carnegie Mellon University will be the keynote speaker. More information can be found by visiting the conference website.

CanQueue 2016 conference
March 2, 2016

CanQueue 2016 will take place on August 22 and 23 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Details can be found at the CanQueue 2016 website.

Student paper prize information
November 9, 2015

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group is pleased to announce the fourth annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the upcoming joint CORS Conference in Banff.
Instructions: Students should submit a copy of their paper, plus a letter from their supervisor attesting to the fact that the student was the lead on the paper.
Requirements: The competition is for the best student-led paper, either accepted for publication or published in the calendar year 2015. Students must either be (or have been at the time the paper was written) a full-time student at a Canadian institution or a Canadian studying outside of Canada.
Application deadline: January 31, 2016
Judging: Work will be judged by a three member committee chaired by Sapna Isotupa (Wilfrid Laurier University). All applications and questions should be sent to Sapna Isotupa.

CanQueue 2015 wrap-up
October 19, 2015

CanQueue 2015, the 17th Annual Conference for Canadian Queueing Theorists and Practitioners, took place at Dalhousie University on September 3rd and 4th. It was attended by queueing theorists from across Canada as well as the United States and the Netherlands. The goal of the conference was to promote research and applications of queueing theory, providing a forum where scientists, engineers, executives, and students in the field can meet to discuss ongoing research. This year, there were eight presentations by scientists/engineers, two by executives, and four by students. A healthcare practice session also ran on September 4th and it was attended by over 80 healthcare practitioners. Peter VanBerkel (General Chair) and David Stanford (Program Chair) are to be congratulated for their efforts and putting on a successful conference.

Queueing theory cluster
September 17, 2015

There will be a queueing theory cluster at the 2016 CORS Conference in Banff, which is to take place May 30-June 1, 2016. If you are interested in organizing a session/giving a talk, please contact Steve Drekic. We look forward to your contributions!

Conference wrap-up
July 23, 2015

The queueing cluster program at the CORS/INFORMS meeting in Montreal was a great success with 20 regular talks split into 5 sessions. Special thanks to all speakers, session chairs, and the cluster program chair, Doug Down, for their contributions.

The third annual Student Paper Prize was awarded at the business meeting in Montreal. This year's winner is Yaofei Xiong (Western University), for his paper "Perfect sampling of a single server queue with periodic Poisson arrivals" co-authored with Duncan Murdoch and David Stanford (which appeared in Queueing Systems, June 2015, Vol. 80, Issue 1-2, pp. 15-33). The judging team of Sapna Isotupa (Wilfred Laurier University), Qi-Ming He (University of Waterloo), and Myron Hlynka (University of Windsor) were pleased and impressed with the quality of the four submissions.

Also at this business meeting, Queueing SIG members Peter Vanberkel and David Stanford spoke of the upcoming CanQueue 2015 Conference, which will take place on September 3rd and 4th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Professor Richard Boucherie from the Stochastic Operations Research group at the University of Twente in the Netherlands will be the keynote speaker.

Student paper prize information
January 13, 2015

The CORS Queueing Special Interest Group is pleased to announce the third annual student prize competition, to be awarded at the upcoming joint CORS/INFORMS Conference in Montreal.
Instructions: Students should submit a copy of their paper, plus a letter from their supervisor attesting to the fact that the student was the lead on the paper.
Requirements: The competition is for the best student-led paper, either accepted for publication or published in the calendar year 2014. Students must either be (or have been at the time the paper was written) a full-time student at a Canadian institution or a Canadian studying outside of Canada.
Application deadline: January 31, 2015
Judging: Work will be judged by a three member committee chaired by Sapna Isotupa (Wilfrid Laurier University). All applications and questions should be sent to Sapna Isotupa.

CanQueue conference
January 10, 2015

CanQueue 2015 will take place on September 3 and 4 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Details can be found at the CanQueue 2015 website.

Queueing cluster
November 1, 2014

There will be a queueing cluster at the CORS/INFORMS meeting in Montreal. If you are interested in organizing a session/giving a talk, please contact Doug Down. We look forward to your contributions!