Constructive Computation in Stochastic Models with Applications: The RG-Factorizations provides a unified,constructive and algorithmicframework for numerical computation of many practical stochasticsystems. It summarizes recent important advances incomputational studyof stochastic models from several crucial directions, suchasstationarycomputation, transientsolution, asymptotic analysis, reward processes, decision processes, sensitivity analysis as well as game theory. Graduatestudents, researchers, and practicing engineers in the field of operations research,management sciences, applied probability, computer networks, manufacturing systems, transportation systems, insurance and finance, risk management and biological sciences willfind this book valuable.
This book contains papers selected and presented at the 12th International Conference on Queueing Theory and Network Applications (QTNA 2017) held during August 21-23, 2017, in Qinhuangdao, China. The conference is organized by Yanshan University, China, and by the following sponsors: Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and Springer. The International Conference QTNA aims to promote the knowledge and the development of high-quality research on queueing theory and its applications in networks and other related fields. It brings together researchers, scientists, and practitioners from the world and offers an open forum to share the latest important research accomplishments and challenging problems in the area of queueing theory and network applications. The papers in this book presented disseminate the latest results covering up-to-date research fields such as performance modeling and analysis of telecommunication systems, retrial and vacation queueing models, optimization of queueing systems, modeling of social systems, and other application areas.
This book is dedicated to Jinhua Cao on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The title “Stochastic Models in Reliability, Network Security and System Safety” reflects the research interests and achievements of this outstanding scientist. We emphasize that one of Jinhua’s main contributions to China is that through offering many early classes and courses of reliability, he cultivated a lot of reliability talents who successfully fulfilled the urgent need of many practical areas in the process of China’s economic development, such as machinery, electronics, aerospace, weaponry, and so forth. For this book, we received 31 submissions from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and the USA, most of which were invited from famous research groups related to reliability, stochastic operations research, and artificial intelligence. Finally, 25 papers were accepted as full papers appearing in this CCIS proceedings published by Springer, 4 congratulatory messages within 2 pages were accepted as congratulations on Jinhua’s 80th birthday, and an appendix lists Jinhua’s past publications.