Prof.dr. Nelly Litvak

Applied probability, algorithms for complex networks


Eindhoven University of Technology

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
P.O. Box 513
5600 MB  Eindhoven
The Netherlands


Email: n.c.litvak at

Nelly Litvak received her MSc from the Lobachevsky University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1995 and her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2002. She joined the University of Twente as assistant professor in 2002, where she became full professor in 2018. She joined TU/e as a part-time full professor in 2017. She is also a visiting professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.


Nelly’s background is in applied probability and stochastic operations research. Currently her main research interest is in random graphs, complex networks, and  algorithms for complex networks, such as social networks, and the world wide web. Applications include web ranking, community detection, prediction of changes in the world wide web, and prediction of spreading of infections such as COVID-19. The main goal of this research is to explain structures and processes in real-world networks, using the mathematical theory of stochastic processes, random graphs, randomized algorithms, and, since recently, machine learning.


Nelly serves or has served on the editorial boards of Internet Mathematics, Queueing Systems, Stochastic Processes and their Applications.


Besides her research, Nelly is passionate about novel education, and popularization of mathematics. She wrote several non-fiction books for general public about mathematics and education.