The Fourth International 
      "Organic Computing Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium"
 OC-DDC 2016

 June 2nd - 3rd 2016
 Duisburg, Germany

The 2016 edition of the Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium (DDC) is organised by the Special Interest Group on Organic Computing within the Gesellschaft für Informatik.

It will take place in Duisburg, Germany from Thursday, June 2nd to Friday, June 3rd.

Details on the event (and its predecessors) are available at:

We invite applications from PhD students at any stage of their doctoral studies on
Organic Computing, Autonomic Computing, self-organisation, runtime adaptive systems,
self-optimisation mechanisms, trustyworthy systems and related research topics.

Colloquium theme

The intent of the DDC is to bring together PhD students who have their research focus

within the broader Organic Computing community and will not have defended their thesis
before June 2016. The main goal of this colloquium is to foster excellence in OC-related
research by providing students feedback and advice that are particularly relevant to their
doctoral studies and career development. Each participant will take part in the colloquium
organisation and the review process for the other participants. Two keynote speakers will
present current research in the field. Speakers will be available during the OC-DDC and
participate in the feedback process for the PhD students. Details on the speaker will be
available as soon as possible (see website).

The schedule includes:
- Prepare an extended abstract or short paper of 6 pages (max.) reflecting your PhD

- Participate in the Review Process
- Participate in the (supervised) decision process (acceptance of submissions)
- Present your work to an audience consisting mainly of other PhD students from your

- Identify points of contact between your work and others
- Build your social research network
- Meet experts in your research domain and listen to their invited talks and expertise
- Enjoy the opportunity to get hints on the PhD process and related topics from these

PhD students are invited to participate by submitting an extended abstract of up to 6 pages
(written in English, in Springer's LNCS style). The colloquium will give participants the
opportunity to present their ongoing research in a friendly forum. They will obtain valuable
feedback from colloquium attendees in a constructively critical and informal atmosphere.

After the OC-DDC, each participants will be invited to prepare a book chapter for an edited
book. The book of the DDC's 2014 edition is available at:



      Organic Computing Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium 2016




Thursday, June 2nd 2016


13:00      Welcome                       Gregor Schiele / Torben Weis (Duisburg)

              Organisation                   Sven Tomforde (Kassel)

13:15       Keynote 1                     Rolf Würtz (Bochum)

14:00      "Evolutionary On-line Learning in Organic Computing Systems"

                                   Anthony Stein (Augsburg)

14:25      "Exploit the Potential of the Group: Putting Humans in the 
               Dedicated Collaborative Interactive Learning Loop"

                                  Adrian Calma (Kassel)

14:50      "Probabilistic Obsoleteness Detection for Gaussian Mixture
                                   Christian Gruhl (Kassel)    


15:15        Organisation of Working Groups


15:20        Coffee Break


15:45        Working Groups: Discussion

16:45         "Cooperative Intention Detection of Vulnerable Road Users"

                                 Maarten Bieshaar (Kassel)    

17:10        "Mutual Influences in Organic Computing Systems"

                                 Stefan Rudolph (Augsburg)

17:35        "Developing Robust Autonomous Open Distributed Systems using
                 Guided Self-Organisation"

                                  Jan Kantert (Hannover)    

18:00        End of Day 1

19:00        Dinner (+self-organised discussions)



Friday, June 3rd 2016


09:00         Keynote 2                      Jörg Hähner (Augsburg)

09:45         Working Groups: Results


10:00         "Towards Self-Tests in Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems"

                                      Henner Heck (Kassel)

10:25          "A Self-Organized Decentralized Reservation Algorithm for
                   Volunteer Computing"  

                                       Nils Kopal (Kassel)

10:50           Coffee Break

11:20          "Adaptive, Reconfigurable and Elastic Internet of Things
                                     Stephan Schmeißer (Duisburg)

11:45           "Adaptive Low Energy Elastic Hardware Configuration

                                      Alwyn Burger (Duisburg)

12:10           "Analysis of current networking approaches for low-power IoT
                                    Christopher Cichiwskyj (Duisburg)


12:35           Concluding Remarks / Next Steps        Sven Tomforde (Kassel)

13:00           End





Important dates

- Doctoral Dissertation Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 5, 2016
- Review Deadline: May 20, 2016
- Colloquium Dates: June 2 – 3, 2016


- Submission of 6 pages extended abstract (or short paper)
- Via EasyChair using the following link:

Colloquium Details

- Participation cost (includes lunch, drinks, etc.): 120 EUR
- Participants have to organise travel and accomodation themselves (hotel contingents will
  be available)

Invited Keynote Speakers

- Jörg Hähner (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
- Rolf Würtz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)


- Sven Tomforde (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
- Gregor Schiele (Universität Duisburg Essen, Germany)
- Bernhard Sick (Universität Kassel, Germany)
- Torben Weis (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany)