Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1979 Industrial Engineering

4185 Etcheverry Hall(510) 642-4996E-mail: shanthikumar (at) 

"I work mainly on the design, analysis and control of stochastic systems such as communication andmanufacturing systems. However, a good part of my effort is directed towards developing methodologies tosimplify these tasks"


  • Production System Modelling & Analysis
  • Queueing Theory & Applications
  • Reliability & Probability Theory
  • Scheduling & Sequencing
  • Simulation Methodology
  • Stochastic Processes & Modelling


  • Stochastic Models of Manufacturing Systems, (with John. A. Buzacott), Prentice Hall, 1992
  • "Multiclass Queueing Systems: Polymatroid Structure and Optimal Scheduling Control" (with David D. Yao)Operations Research, 1992
  • Stochastic Orders and Their Applications, (with Moshe Shaked), Academic Press, 1993

Ph.D. Theses Supervised

  • "Optimization of Manufacturing Systems," R. L. Salstrom
  • "Contributions to the Theory and Applications of Stochastic Convexity," L. E. Meester
  • "Analysis of Discrete Queueing Network Model of Communication Systems," C. Wu