François Baccelli

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François Baccelli
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Alma mater University of Paris-Sud
Awards ACM Sigmetrics Achievement award, IEEE Rice Award, IEEE Abraham Award, Grand Prix France Telecom of the French Academy of Sciences.
Scientific career
Thesis Modèles Probabilistes de systèmes informatiques distribués (1983)
Doctoral advisor Erol Gelenbe

François Baccelli (born 1954) is the Simons Chair in Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and head of the Simons Center on Communication, Information and Network Mathematics.

His research is at the interface between mathematics (probability theory, stochastic geometry, dynamical systems) and communications (information theory, wireless networks, network science).

  • His work with P. Brémaud on the stationary-ergodic framework for queuing networks [1] [2] represents such networks as functionals of point processes on the real line. This led to mathematical tools which are now commonly used in applied probability and in the communication network literature.
  • Jointly with G. Cohen, J.P. Quadrat and G.J. Olsder [3], he contributed to the development of an algebraic theory for the dynamics of networks, the so-called (max,plus) algebra. This impacted several fields of engineering (network calculus) and mathematics (tropical geometry).
  • He is best known for contributions to stochastic geometry. His results on the Poisson-Voronoi model [4], the Poisson-Shannon model [5], and the Poisson-Voronoi-Shannon model [6] laid the foundations of the representation of communication networks as functional of point processes in the Euclidean space. This led to wireless stochastic geometry, initially developed with B. Blaszczyszyn [7][8], which is now commonly used in the communication network literature.
  • His current research interests are in stochastic geometry in high dimension [9], in the theory of stationary point processes, and in the mathematics of unimodular random graphs[10][11].

He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences.[12] He was inducted in 2005. He was awarded a Math+X chair by the Simons Foundation in 2012. He received a honorary doctorate of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, in 2016, the ACM Sigmetrics Achievement Award, in 2014, and the Grand Prix France Telecom, of the French Academy of Sciences in 2002. In 2014, he was awarded both the Stephen O. Rice Prize and the 2014 Leonard G. Abraham Prize by the IEEE Communications Society.


  1. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Brémaud, Pierre (1987). Palm Probabilities and Stationary Queues. Springer Verlag. 
  2. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Brémaud, Pierre (2003). Elements of Queueing Theory. Springer Verlag. 
  3. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Cohen, Guy; Quadrat, Jean-Pierre; Olsder, Geert-Jan (1992). Synchronization and Linearity, an Algebra for Discrete Event Systems (PDF). Wiley. 
  4. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Klein, Maurice; Lebourges, Marc; Zuyev, Sergey (1997). "Stochastic geometry and architecture of communication networks". Telecommunications Systems. 7. 
  5. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Blaszczyszyn, Bartlomiej (2001). "On a coverage process ranging from the Boolean model to the Poisson Voronoi tessellation". Advances in Appl.Prob. (SGSA). 33(2). 
  6. ^ Andrews, Jeffrey; Baccelli, Francois; Ganti, Radakrishna (2011). "A tractable approach to cellular network modeling". IEEE Transactions on Communications. 59(11). 
  7. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Blaszczyszyn, Bartlomiej (2009). Stochastic Geometry and Wireless Networks, Vol 1. NOW. 
  8. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Blaszczyszyn, Bartlomiej (2009). Stochastic Geometry and Wireless Networks, Vol 2. NOW. 
  9. ^ Anantharam, Venkat; Baccelli, Francois (2015). "Information theoretic capacity and error exponents of stationary point processes with additive displacement noise". Advances Applied Probability. 47(1). 
  10. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Haji-Mirsadeghi, Mir-Omid (2016). "Point-shift foliation of a point process". Submitted. 
  11. ^ Baccelli, Francois; Haji-Mirsadeghi, Mir-Omid; Khezeli, Ali (2016). "Eternal family trees and dynamics on unimodular random graphs". Submitted. 
  12. ^ "Membre de l'Académie des sciences: François BACCELLI". Institute de France Académie des sciences. Retrieved 29 May 2014.