The Fifth International 
      "Organic Computing Doctoral Dissertation Colloquium"
 OC-DDC 2017

 June 29th - 30th 2017
 Bochum, Germany

The 2017 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 Bochum, Germany from Thursday, June 29th to Friday, June 30th.

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 2017. 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:


Important dates

- Doctoral Dissertation Abstract Submission Deadline:  May 24, 2017
- Review Deadline: June 8, 2017
- Colloquium Dates: June 29 – 30, 2017


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

Colloquium Details

- Participation cost (includes lunch, drinks, etc.): 125 EUR
- Participants have to organise travel and accomodation themselves

Invited Keynote Speakers



- Sven Tomforde (Universität Augsburg, Germany)
- Bernhard Sick (Universität Kassel, Germany)
- Rolf P. Würtz (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)