6th International Workshop on

"Self-Optimisation in Autonomic &
Organic Computing Systems"


Braunschweig, Germany, 09 April 2018


Call for Papers


(NEW) Keynote Announcement*

The Self, the Group, and the Holon:
A Position Analysis of Organic Computing

by Prof. Christian Müller-Schloer, Leibniz Universität Hannover


* Unfortunately, the keynote of Dr. Kirstie Bellman had to be cancelled. Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Christian Müller-Schloer for picking up the slack for her at such short notice.


Agenda (tentative)

The workshop takes place on Monday, 09 April 2018 from 12.00 PM to approximately 5.00 PM.

The presenting authors are asked to prepare a 15 or 20 minutes talk for discussing the work of their accepted short or full papers, respectively. After each presentation, a short discussion, where the participants can ask their questions, is scheduled.

The timeslots for the presentations and the succeeding Q&A round are given in the agenda below.

Session 1

Opening & Keynote

12:00 12:05 Anthony Stein (University of Augsburg)  
  Welcome and Organisation  
12:05 12:50 Prof. Dr. Christian Müller-Schloer (Leibniz Universität Hannover)  
      "The Self, the Group, and the Holon: A Position Analysis of Organic Computing"

Short Break (10 min.)

OC/AC Methodology

1:00 1:30 Ada Diaconescu (Telecom ParisTech)  
  "Self-integrating Organic Control Systems: from Crayfish to Smart Homes"
1:30 2:00 Andreas Margraf (Fraunhofer IGCV)  
  "Toward an Organic Computing Approach to Automated Design of Processing Pipelines"

Coffee Break (2:00 - 2:30 PM)

Session 2 

Applications of OC/AC Principles

2:30 3:00 Sven Tomforde (University of Passau)  
  "A Concept for Productivity Tracking based on Collaborative Interactive Learning Techniques"
3:00 3:20 Gilles Neyens (University of Luxembourg)  
  "A Rule-based Approach for Self-Optimisation in Autonomic eHealth Systems" (short paper)

Short Break (10 min.)

3:30 4:00 Sven Tomforde (University of Passau)  
  "Towards Proactive Health-enabling Living Environments: Simulation-based Study and Research Challenges"

Closing Discussion

4:00 5:00 Moderation by the attending organisers

“Current Challenges and Future Trends in Organic and Autonomic Computing Systems"

Scope of the Workshop

Initiatives such as Autonomic Computing (AC) and Organic Computing (OC), or the more general research field of self-adaptive and self-organising systems (SASO), are based on the insight that we are increasingly surrounded by large collections of autonomous systems, which are equipped with sensors and actuators, aware of their environment, communicating freely, and organising themselves in order to perform the required actions and services in an adequate and robust manner. The resulting presence of networks of intelligent systems in our daily environment opens fascinating application areas but, at the same time, bears the problem of their controllability.

Hence, different design concepts (such as the MAPE cycle and the Observer/Controller framework) have been developed to allow for a self-organised control process at runtime that relieves the designer from specifying all possibly occurring situations and configurations within the design process. Instead, the system itself takes over responsibility to find proper reactions to perceived changes in the environmental conditions. As designers are not able to foresee all possibly occurring situations and circumstances the system will face during its operation time, the self-organisation process of the system has to pursue a steadily self-optimising behaviour. Self-optimising behaviour can be triggered at various levels of the system’s design, ranging from basic control architectures over self-organised coordination/collaboration methods as well as from domain-specific optimisation techniques to the application of machine learning algorithms. Furthermore, related topics such as trust and security in collaborative systems provide necessary concepts to enable self-optimising behaviour in SASO systems. In this workshop, we will discuss current research efforts that endeavour the establishment of self-optimising system behaviour. Thereby, a special focus will be set on observable trends and upcoming challenges, resulting from well-known issues of adjacent domains such as evolutionary optimisation or machine learning.

Contributions are expected to focus on at least one of the following categories:

A.   Architectural concepts for enabling self-optimising system behaviour
B.   Applied machine learning and optimisation algorithms to achieve  
C.   Novel application scenarios for self-optimising systems
D.   Current trends/challenges in the field of self-optimising interconnected


Important Dates

Based on the currently available schedule for the ARCS conference, we expect the following schedule for SAOS:

Paper submission deadline:          12 Januar 2018

Decision notification:                 26 January 2018

Camera-ready version:               02 February 2018

Workshop day:                          09 April 2018

Papers will be published by VDE as done for previous events.




Workshop organisation


Programme committee