The Sixth International 
      "Organic Computing Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium"
 OC-DDC 2018

 June 21st - 22nd 2018
 Würzburg, Germany

The 2018 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 Würzburg, Germany from Thursday, June 21st to Friday, June 22nd.

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-adaptation and self-organisation, autonomous learning, self-* 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 2018. 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. 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 keynote 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 improve your PhD work, overcome stipulations and learn from the experts

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:


Important dates

- Doctoral Dissertation Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 24, 2018 (extended)
- Review Deadline: June 8, 2018
- Colloquium Dates: June 21 – 22, 2018


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

Colloquium Details

- Cost for publication and catering: 150 EUR
- Participants have to organise travel and accomodation themselves

Invited Keynote Speakers



- Sebastian von Mammen (Universität Würzburg, Germany)
- Sven Tomforde (Universität Kassel, Germany)

Advisory Committee

- Jörg Hähner (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
- Christian Müller-Schloer (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
- Bernhard Sick (Universität Kassel, Germany)
- Rolf Würtz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)