Postgraduate course on

Large Deviations with Applications to Telecommunications

Principal lecturers: John Lewis (DIAS, Dublin) and
Neil O'Connell (BRIMS, Hewlett-Packard)

During the autumn semester of 1999, the National Network in Applied Mathematics (NTM) will organise a postgraduate course on large deviation analysis with applications to queueing and telecommunication systems. The intended audience is students with an engineering degree and with an interest in mathematical analysis of telecommunication systems, and students with a degree in mathematics and/or statistics and with an interest in applications to telecommunications. The course will be open to students from the NTM graduate school, to students from other research networks such as Personal Computing and Communication, to other students from Nordic and Baltic countries and also to participants from industry.

Course schedule

The course will consist of a kick-off in Gothenburg 22-24 September, a theory period in October and November, an intensive week in Uppsala 22-26 November and a project.

During the kick-off John Lewis will lecture the basics of large deviations and its applications.

The theory period is devoted to the theory of large deviations, either through individual studies or study circles etc. at your university.

During the intensive week, held by Neil O'Connell, Raymond Russell and Fergal Toomey, telecommunication applications will be studied using analysis, numerical computations and simulations.

Course contents

The contents off the kick-off and theory period is available here.

The contents of the intensive week is available here.

Those who want to take the course for credits must complete the assignments for the theory part (see below) and must also do a small project (see below). The course gives 5 course credits in the PhD programme.


For the kick-off, John's lecture notes from Lausanne 1996 (updated since then), available at is appropriate reading. Lecture notes for the intensive week are available here and advice for further reading is available here.


Those who want to take the course for credits should make a number of assignments before the intensive week. These assignments are available here.


Those who want to take the course for credits must do a small project after the intensive week. This project is a further study of a selected application and amounts to about one week's work. The project should be documented in a written report; guidelines for this report are available here.

Here you can find a list of all projects that were done and all reports.

There is also a collection of further project ideas available here. These ideas are provided by Telia Research and may be used for PhD thesis work, masters' theses etc.


In Gothenburg, lectures will be held in room MD6 at Matematiskt Centrum (Centre for Mathematics), Chalmers University of Technology. The address is Eklandagatan 86. Click here for more information and directions.

In Uppsala, lectures will be held at the Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University, at the Centre for Mathematics and Information Technology, Polacksbacken, Uppsala. Click here for a map of central Uppsala, on which the campus area is numbered 46. Click here for a detailed campus map.

Social programme and other activities

In Gothenburg, a common dinner will be arranged on Thursday, September 23.

In Uppsala there will be an informal pub evening on Monday, November 22 and a common dinner will be arranged Wednesday, November 24 at Snerikes (Student) Nation at 19.00. Also on Wednesday, about 15.00-17.00, there will be presentations and discussions regarding research collaboration oppurtunities between NTM PhD students and researchers and industry researchers.


In Gothenburg, a recommended hotel is Lilton (address Föreningsgatan 9, phone +46-31-828808); the rate is about SEK 600 and it is located 20 minutes from the Matematiskt Centrum. Panorama Hotell (address Eklandagatan 51-53, phone +46-31-7677000) is only 5-10 minutes away from the Matematiskt Centrum, but is more expensive.

In Uppsala, many participating PhD students will stay at Internationella Kursgården, Övre Slottsgatan 5A (close to 27 on the map, rate SEK 475-550), or Hotell Muttern, S:t Johannesgatan 31C (close to 23 on the map, rate SEK 535). Participants who make their own hotel reservations could also try Hotell Muttern, S:t Johannesgatan 31C (phone +46-18-510414, rate SEK 595), or any other hotel such as Basic Hotel, Kungsgatan 27 (phone +46-18-4805000, approx rate SEK 700), Grand Hotel Hörnan, Bangårdsgatan 4 (phone +46-18-139380, approx rate SEK 700-800), Hotel Uplandia, Dragarbrunnsgatan 32 (phone +46-18-102160, approx rate SEK 1000-), or, in the immediate neighborhood of campus, Hotel Eklundshof, Eklundahofsvägen 1 (phone +46-18-550100, rate approx SEK 700-800).


For further information and inquiries, please contact Tobias Rydén (046-222 4778, e-mail or Ingemar Kaj (018-471 3287, e-mail Holger Rootzén (031-772 3578, e-mail will take care of local arrangement for the kick-off, including accomodation.

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