Thomas Begin

I am an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences, HDR) at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, and a member of the LIP lab.

I am a member of the Dante team that is also an Inria project-team.

My research is in the area of performance evaluation, queueing theory, stochastic modeling as applied to networks and computer systems. I am particularly interested in applying stochastic modeling and queueing theory to practical problems in computer systems.

Together with Alexandre Brandwajn, we deployed a web application that produces the solution of certain queueing systems using our resaerch material (e.g., G/M/c-like, M/G/1-like, and M/G/c-like queues). Click here to access the tool.
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I have a Master internship proposal on Machine Learning for 802.11 (WiFi) networks. Contact me for more information.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, I was on research leave at DIVA lab - University of Ottawa (uOttawa) - Canada. This leave was funded through a CNRS grant.

Current and past collaborators with whom I was privileged to work with:

Contact information

UFR d'Informatique, Bat. Nautibus
43 Bd du 11 novembre 1918
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex - France
Office UCBL (Bât. Nautibus): Room 226 marker
Phone UCBL: +33(0)4 72 44 81 91
E-Mail Address:

Laboratoire de l'informatique du parallélisme (LIP) UMR 5668
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL)
46 allée d'Italie
69364 Lyon Cedex 07 - France
Office ENS: Building M7, Floor 1H, Room 26 marker
Phone ENS: +33 (0)4 26 23 38 03
Fax ENS: +33 (0)4 72 72 80 80
E-Mail Address:

Curriculum Vitae

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Enseignements (Teaching info, sorry available only in French francais )

Publication list (HAL List)
International Conferences
Member of Technical Program Committees
  • IEEE LCN 2018 - 43rd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks
  • IEEE LCN 2017 - 42nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks
  • IEEE LCN 2016 - 41st IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks
  • IEEE LCN 2015 - 40th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks
  • ACM MSWIM 2017 - 20th ACM Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems
  • PE-WASUN 2015 - ACM Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks
  • PE-WASUN 2014 - ACM Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks
  • PE-WASUN 2013 - ACM Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks
  • PE-WASUN 2012 - ACM Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Wireless Ad Hoc, Sensor, and Ubiquitous Networks
  • NOTERE / CFIP 2012 - Nouvelles Technologies de la Répartition - Colloque francophone sur l’ingénierie des protocoles
  • IEEE CIF 2014 - IEEE International Workshop on Complex Information Flows

Recommanded links (mostly in french)

Citations I like about Research
  • "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're different." - Albert Einstein
  • "As gold which he cannot spend will make no man rich, so knowledge which he cannot apply will make no man wise". - Samuel Johnson
  • "Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful." - George Box
  • "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
  • "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Albert Einstein
  • "Faire simple nous a pris beaucoup de temps." - Voltaire
  • "On passe la moitié de son temps à refaire ce que l'on n'a pas eu le temps de faire correctement". - Loi de Myers

Funny citations I like about Computer Science
  • "Sometimes it pays to stay in bed on Monday, rather than spending the rest of the week debugging Monday's code." - Christopher Thompson
  • "Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan
  • Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to build bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning." - Rick Cook
  • "I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone ." - Bjarne Stroustrup
  • "I think Microsoft named .Net so it wouldn’t show up in a Unix directory listing." - Oktal
  • "Fine, Java MIGHT be a good example of what a programming language should be like. But Java applications are good examples of what applications SHOULDN’T be like." - pixadel
  • "Perl – The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption." - Keith Bostic
  • "Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live." - Martin Golding
  • "There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies." - C.A.R. Hoare
  • "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one." - Bill Gates
  • "If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure." - Bill Gates
  • "Life is not fair; get used to it." - Bill Gates
  • "Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it." - Dan Ariely

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Last update on Aug. 20, 2018.