Sandjai Bhulai is an associate professor in Applied Probability (Stochastic Operations Research) at VU University Amsterdam. He graduated in 1998 with an M.Sc. degree in both "Mathematics" and "Business Mathematics and Informatics" at VU University Amsterdam. He carried out his Ph.D. research on "Markov decision processes: the control of high-dimensional systems" at the same university. In the academic year 2002-2003, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories (USA) as NWO Talent Stipend fellow.
Sandjai's primary research interests are in the general area of stochastic modelling and optimization, in particular, the theory and applications of Markov decision processes. His favorite application areas include telecommunication networks and call centers. He is currently involved in the control of time-varying systems, partial information models, dynamic programming value functions, and reinforcement learning. His passion for research is also reflected in his teaching for which he received the "Excellence in Teaching Award" for best lecturer of both the faculty and the university in 2006/2007.