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11th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics

October 27th/28th, Sion, Switzerland

Call for papers

For the 11th time, the doctoral workshop Energy Informatics 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 and with their users have to be investigated. These challenges are not limited to the domain of electric power and include electricity, mobility, gas, and heat supply systems.
The workshop Energy Informatics 2020 invites doctoral students whose research focuses on the intersection of informatics, power engineering, and energy economics. This workshop presents an opportunity for doctoral 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 doctoral project and should state clearly the progress compared to earlier submissions.


The aim of this workshop is to support doctoral 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 and optimisation 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
  • Collection and use of energy data
  • Information technology for the integration of distributed energy systems
  • Standards, data and information models, reference architectures
  • Service architectures for energy data and software life cycles
  • Communication technologies
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 (including results) with a maximum of 12 pages and short papers with a maximum of 6 pages, each time including references, will be accepted. Contributions exceeding this limit will not be accepted. Submissions must reflect the following structure:

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

The required template is the Springer “SVJour3 template in 2-column-layout.

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 required 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.
Publication format
The aim of the workshop is to support participants in their progress towards a doctoral degree and creating a quality submission. All accepted contributions will be presented within a poster session at the conference DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics (see below) and included in the conference proceedings published at the SpringerOpen Journal Energy Informatics as poster abstracts (no fee). A subsequent publication as a journal paper in the same journal is supported for best papers.
Cooperation with DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics
The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics. All presenters at the doctoral workshop are automatically registered for this conference. A joint poster session provides the opportunity to present and discuss the work with a broader audience.

Important Dates

May 29th, 2020 Submission of papers
July 6th, 2020 Decision of acceptance (assignment of shepherds)
August 7th, 2020 Delivery of abstracts for conference proceedings
October 27th–28th, 2019 11th PhD workshop "Energy Informatics"
October 29th–30th, 2019 9th DACH+ conference on Energy Informatics

Organizing committee

This workshop is organized by the Leibniz University of Hannover in cooperation with the HEVS, Switzerland and supported by the German Informatics Society’s (Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)) Special Interest Group “Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik)“ (GI WI-EINS).

For further questions please contact us at: phd-eninf20@offis.de

Program committee

  • 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, University of Erlangen – Nürnberg, Germany
  • Hans-Arno Jacobsen, TUM, Germany
  • Friederich Kupzog, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS, Germany
  • Bo Nørregaard Jørgensen, SDU, Denmark
  • Reinhard Mackensen, Fraunhofer IWES, Germany
  • Hermann de Meer, University of Passau, Germany
  • Astrid Nieße, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
  • Peter Palensky, TU Delft, Netherlands
  • Marco Pruckner, University of Erlangen – Nürnberg, Germany
  • Sebastian Rohjans, HAW Hamburg, Germany
  • Hartmut Schmeck, KIT, Germany
  • Alexander Schuller, FZI, Germany
  • René Schumann, HES, Switzerland
  • Michael Sonnenschein, University of Oldenburg, Germany
  • Thorsten Staake, University of Bamberg, Germany
  • Thomas Strasser, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Jens Strueker, Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Keshav Srinivasan, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Sven Tomforde, University of Kiel, Germany
  • Martin Tröschel, OFFIS, Germany
  • Anke Weidlich, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Christoph Weinhardt, KIT, Germany