15th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics 2024

October 9th, Mendrisio, Switzerland

Co-located with the 13th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics, the 15th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics discusses the role of ICT and computer science in future energy systems. The transformation of energy systems leads to 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 must be investigated. These challenges are not limited to the domain of electric power and include electricity, mobility, gas, and heat supply systems.

The Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics 2024 invites doctoral students whose research focuses on the intersection of informatics, energy 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, doctoral 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. For them, submitting a results paper might be the best fit (see below for details).

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. For doctoral students submitting a results paper, publication within the proceedings of the DACH+ Energy Informatics Conference will be possible after successfully finishing the shepherding process (see below).

The topics of interest are within the scope of the DACH+ conference on Energy Informatics.

English language papers describing the doctoral research topic are to be submitted in PDF format. Further information will be given here – please make sure not to submit to the main conference.

Submission types

Two types of submissions are welcome:

(1) Doctoral project proposals (typically submitted within the first year if a doctoral project, but not limited to this)

Submissions of this type should detail the research questions and the methodology chosen for answering them. Long papers (including results) with a maximum of 10 pages and short papers with a maximum of 6 pages will be accepted (References included). Contributions exceeding this limit will not be accepted. The required template is the ACM Primary Article Template (can be found here: acmtog) in a 2-column-layout. Submissions must reflect the following structure:

    1. Status of the doctoral project (including a reference to a 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

(2) Doctoral project results submissions

Submissions of this type should show results from doctoral projects. Long papers with a maximum of 10 pages and short papers with a maximum of 6 pages will be accepted (References included). Contributions exceeding this limit will not be accepted. The required template is the ACM Primary Article Template (can be found here: acmtog) in a 2-column-layout.

Please follow a typical conference submission structure, but add a first section depicting the status of the doctoral project (the same as for the 1st submission type, see above).

Information about the format of the workshop

Authorship: Single-authorship of doctoral students is typical, but supervisors might be involved in such a way that authorship is appropriate. A mention of the supervising professor(s) is required to avoid conflicts in the reviewing process – please do so in the first section of the submission.

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 in an iterative process sharpening the presentation of the project and ending up in a high-quality publication. 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 presentations and discussions of the work are also typically in English. The time slot for presentation is typically 30 minutes for long papers and 20 min for short contributions followed by 20 min 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 and included in the conference proceedings published at ACM Energy Informatics Review as poster abstracts (no fee). A subsequent publication as a journal paper in the same journal is highly appreciated and supported. For submissions of type 2 (results submissions), a successful shepherding process will end with the publication of the submission as part of the conference proceedings.

Cooperation with DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics: The workshop is organized in cooperation with the DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics (https://www.energy-informatics.eu).

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.

Details on the schedule of submission and the workshop (a.k.a. important dates):

Apr 29, 2024:             Submission of papers

June 14, 2024:            Decision acceptance (assignment of shepherds) / rejection

June – Aug:                Incremental revision process between author and shepherd

Aug 16, 2024:            Camera-ready deadline for poster abstracts for accepted contributions

Oct 9 2024:                15th  Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics

Oct 10-11, 2024:        13th  DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics

Organizing committee

    • Astrid Nieße, University of Oldenburg, Germany, astrid.niesse@uni-oldenburg.de
    • Emilie Frost, University of Oldenburg, Germany
    • Vasco Medici, SUPSI, Mendrisio, Switzerland
    • Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, SUPSI, Lugano, Switzerland

This workshop is organized by the German Informatics Society’s (Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)) Special Interest Group “Energy Informatics (Energieinformatik)“ (GI WI-EINS & GI TI-EI) in cooperation with OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

For further questions please contact us at: doct-ws-eninf@offis.de

Program committee

The workshop’s program committee is updated regularly based on active trends in energy informatics. It currently consists of about 30 experts and scientists from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, mainly overlapping with the main conference. The final list of scientists joining the program committee will be published on the workshop website.