8th PhD Workshop "Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik)"

Call for papers

For the 8th time, the PhD workshop "Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik)" discusses the role of ICT and computer science in future energy systems. The energy transition (Energiewende) – a politically supervised and accelerated shift in direction from nuclear and fossil fuels to sustainable sources of energy – yields drastic changes in the operation of existing energy supply and demand systems and requires a paradigm shift in both their planning and operation.

The technological aspects as well as the involvement of consumers play a crucial role in the necessary transformation process. Hence, not only the development, evaluation and application of new technologies and methods, but also the complex interactions between them including their users have to be investigated. These challenges are not limited to the domain of electric power and have to be extended to integrate electricity, mobility, gas and heat supply systems.

The workshop "Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik) 2017" invites PhD students whose research focuses on the intersection of informatics, power engineering and energy economics. This workshop presents an opportunity for PhD students to discuss their current work – ranging from preliminary ideas to project/thesis results – with researchers from within the same community. Hence, long papers, project descriptions and progress reports in the form of short papers are welcome. Former participants of the workshop may be accepted for presentation of significant progress in their PhD project and should clearly state the progress compared to earlier submissions.

The aim of this workshop is to support PhD-students in their research and in creating a basis for a high quality submission to a signature conference or journal.

Relevant topics include, but are not restricted to:



  • Coordination of decentralized producers and consumers, e.g. Demand Response and Demand Side Management
  • Multi-agent systems, autonomous systems, distributed artificial intelligence, self-organization 
  • Multi-domain approaches in power system optimization (e.g. power-2-gas, hybrid networks, etc.)
  • Data analytics in energy data repositories 

 Software and system architectures

  • Information technology for the integration of distributed energy systems 
  • Standards, data and information models, reference architectures
  • Service architectures for energy data life cycles
  • Communication technologies

Economic aspects and sustainability

  • Energy market design for renewable energy
  • Grid investments, regulation and pricing
  • Valuation of demand side flexibility and storage capacities
  • Innovative business models and service design
  • Incentives and pricing mechanisms for demand side management

Dependability, safety and resilience

  • Collection and use of energy data
  • Security and privacy issues in energy management systems
  • Aspects of QoS in power supply (power quality issues, requirements engineering regarding resilience, robustness and real-time constraints)

Modeling, simulation and validation

  • Modeling of components and (sub-)systems of power and energy systems
  • (Co-)simulation approaches for the assessment of planning and control approaches
  • Advanced validation and testing approaches for smart grid systems and components
  • Development of system level validation procedures and benchmark criteria
  • Real-time simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) based assessment methods for smart grids

Specific applications

  • IT, control concepts and services for electric mobility / intermodal mobility systems / battery charging of electric vehicles
  • Automation Systems
  • Industrial Load Management
  • Energy management for industrial processes (Industry 4.0)
  • Multi-commodity / multi-modal control approaches in energy systems

Submission guidelines

English language papers describing the doctoral research topic are to be submitted in PDF format directly in the Easy Chair system. The submissions should detail the research questions and the methodology chosen for answering them. Long papers with a maximum of 12 pages and short papers with a maximum of 6 pages will be accepted. Contributions exceeding this limit will not be accepted. Entries must reflect the following structure:

  1. Motivation
  2. Research questions
  3. Status of the PhD-project (including a reference to former presentation at the workshop – if applicable)
  4. Related work (including own publications – if applicable)
  5. Methodology
  6. First results (only long paper)
  7. Conclusion and outlook

The template to be used (TeX) is available HERE.

Information about the format of the workshop

Numbers of authors: Single-authorship of PhD students is expected. A mention of the supervising professor(s) is needed to avoid conflicts in the reviewing process.

Shepherding process: An intensive and interactive reviewing process begins with the acceptance of a paper to the shepherding process. The process is designed to support the submitter in clearly defining her/his doctoral project. The accepted papers will be assigned to an individual member of the program committee called “shepherd” who supports the author ("shepherdee") in an iterative process sharpening the presentation of the project. By submitting a contribution to the doctoral workshop, the author agrees to participate in this process.

Language and length of presentation: English language contributions are mandatory, the language of the presentations and discussions of the work is also in English. This is to ensure that all invited domain experts (PhD students and committee members) are able to participate in constructive discussions. The time slot for presentation is 30 to 40 minutes for long papers and 20 min for short contributions followed by the same time for intensive discussions. Guidelines for the presentations will be provided. 

Conference proceeding: The aim of the workshop is to support participants in creating a quality submission. In the last years, best workshop submissions were compiled into a special issue of a high-ranked journal. This is intended for this year’s workshop as well. All contributions will be presented within a poster session at the conference 6th D-A-CH Energieinformatik (see below).

Cooperation with D-A-CH Energieinformatik: The PhD workshop is organized in cooperation with the 6th D-A-CH Energieinformatik conference in Lugano, Switzerland, which provides participants with the opportunity to present and discuss their PhD work with a broader audience in the context of a joint poster session.

Details on the schedule of submission and the workshop (extended important dates):

21. April 2017:                 Submission of papers (extended!)

12. May 2017: Decision of acceptance (assignment of shepherds)

12. May–25. August 2017: Incremental revision process (a.k.a. "shepherding")

08. September 2017:  Delivery of final (a.k.a. camera-ready) contributions

3.-4. October 2017: 8th PhD workshop "Energy Informatics"

5.-6. October 2017: 6th D-A-CH Energieinformatik

Organizing committee

This workshop is organized by the OFFIS – Institute of Computer Science in cooperation with the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera Italiana and supported by the German Informatics Society’s (Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)) Special Interest Group "Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik)" (EI/WI-EINS).

For further questions please contact us at: EnInf17@offis.de

Program committee

  • Robert Basmadjian, University of Passau, Germany
  • Vlad Coroama, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Clemens van Dinther, HS Reutlingen, Germany
  • Wilfried Elmenreich, AAU Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Dominik Engel, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Christoph Flath, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Reinhard German, FAU, Germany
  • Veit Hagenmeyer, KIT, Germany
  • Hans-Arno Jacobsen, TUM, Germany
  • Friederich Kupzog, AIT Vienna, Austria
  • Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS, Germany
  • Reinhard Mackensen, Fraunhofer IWES, Germany
  • Ingo Mauser, KIT, Germany
  • Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany
  • Astrid Nieße, OFFIS, Germany
  • Peter Palensky, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Renz, HAW Hamburg, Gernamy
  • Sebastian Rohjans, HAW Hamburg, Germany
  • Silvia Santini, USI, Switzerland
  • Hartmut Schmeck, KIT, Germany
  • Johannes Gärttner, KIT, Germany
  • Michael Sonnenschein, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Thomas Strasser, AIT Vienna, Austria
  • Jens Strueker, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Martin Tröschel, Particon GmbH, Germany
  • Clemens van Dinther, HS Reutlingen, Germany
  • Anke Weidlich, University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany
  • Christoph Weinhardt, KIT, Germany