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 or email the conference chair (Armann Ingolfsson, 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 (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

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 (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 ( 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.