Design and Analysis of Communication Systems

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Pieter-Tjerk de Boer

[picture of me] I'm an assistant professor (Dutch: "universitair docent") in the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems (DACS) group at the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science department of the University of Twente.
Before this, I studied physics (graduating in 1996), and obtained a PhD in computer science in 2000, both also at the University of Twente. In 2007, I had a two-month sabbatical at IRISA/INRIA in Rennes, France.


My research is in the broad area of computer and telecommunications systems.
One main topic (also the topic of my own PhD thesis) is rare-event simulation, motivated by the need to estimate small probabilities (of undesirable events such as packet loss and call blocking) in queueing models of telecommunication systems. Techniques from rare-event simulation also have broader applications.
On a broader scale, I'm interested in many aspects of communication systems and networks, in particular their mathematical aspects, such as performance and correctness. I also have an active interest in Software-Defined Radio technology.

A list of publications is available here.

I'm currently (co)advising the following PhD students:

Former (co)advised PhD students are:


In the 2016/2017 academic year, I'm responsible for the following TOM (Twente Education Model) modules and (parts of) courses:

Previous courses I've (co)taught include Telematics Networks, Network Security, Algebra and Security, Academic Skills; most of these have been phased-out with the introduction of the new TOM bachelor programs.

I'm the programme mentor for students following the Internet Science and Technology MSc study program (formerly Telematics), and chairman of the "examination board" (Dutch: examencommissie) for the computer science and internet science and technology programs.

In 2014, I was awarded the yearly "Onderwijsprijs" (teaching award) by the UT's computer science students.

Amateur radio

My main hobby is amateur radio. Information on some of my amateur-radio related projects, including several computer programs for Linux and other unix-like systems, is available at my amateur radio page. The university's amateur radio club ETGD has its own homepage (in Dutch). Perhaps the most visible result of my amateur radio activities is the WebSDR system, allowing many users to simultaneously use and tune a radio receiver via the internet.

Miscellaneous stuff

A couple of things I wrote about miscellaneous subjects, that perhaps might be of interest to someone.


Dr. ir. Pieter-Tjerk de Boer
University of Twente
Design and Analysis of Communication Systems
Faculty for Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands.

Phone: +31 53 4894327
Room: Zi-5102

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