Bio


Kuang Xu was born in Suzhou, China. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (2009) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2014) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Microsoft Research-Inria Joint Center in Paris, France (2014-2015).

His research interests lie in the fields of applied probability theory, optimization, and operations research, seeking to understand fundamental properties and design principles of large-scale stochastic systems, with applications in queueing networks, healthcare, privacy and statistical learning theory. He has received several awards including a First Place in INFORMS George E. Nicholson Student Paper Competition, a Best Paper Award, as well as a Kenneth C. Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award from ACM SIGMETRICS.

Academic Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Operations, Information & Technology
  • Assistant Professor (By courtesy), Electrical Engineering

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2014)
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2011)
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Electrical Engineering (2009)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Delay-Predictability Trade-offs in Reaching a Secret Goal Operations Research Tsitsiklis, J. N., Xu, K. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1287/opre.2017.1682

  • On the Capacity of Information Processing Systems Operations Research Massoulié, L., Xu, K. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1287/opre.2017.1680

  • Flexible Queueing Architectures Operations Research Tsitsiklis, J. N., Xu, K. 2017; 65 (5)

    View details for DOI 10.1287/opre.2017.1620

  • Using Future Information to Reduce Waiting Times in the Emergency Department via Diversion M&SOM-MANUFACTURING & SERVICE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT Xu, K., Chan, C. W. 2016; 18 (3): 314-331
  • Necessity of Future Information in Admission Control OPERATIONS RESEARCH Xu, K. 2015; 63 (5): 1213-1226
  • Queuing with future information The Annals of Applied Probability Spencer, J., Sudan, M., Xu, K. 2014; 24 (5): 2091-2142

    View details for DOI 10.1214/13-AAP973

  • On the Power of (Even a Little) Resource Pooling Stochastic Systems Tsitsiklis, J. N., Xu, K. 2012; 2 (1): 1-66

    View details for DOI 10.1287/11-SSY033

  • On the capacity of information processing systems 29th Annual Conference on Learning Theory (COLT) Massoulié, L., Xu, K. : 1292–97
  • THE OPTIMAL ADMISSION THRESHOLD IN OBSERVABLE QUEUES WITH STATE DEPENDENT PRICING PROBABILITY IN THE ENGINEERING AND INFORMATIONAL SCIENCES Borgs, C., Chayes, J. T., Doroudi, S., Harchol-Balter, M., Xu, K. 2014; 28 (1): 101-119
  • Self-synchronizing properties of CSMA wireless multi-hop networks ACM Sigmetrics Xu, K., Dousse, O., Thiran, P. 2010

    View details for DOI 10.1145/1811039.1811048