Call for papers for the doctoral workshop

The 12th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics 2021 is co-hosted with the 10th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics.

You can download the pdf of the Call for Papers for the Doctoral Workshop here.

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12th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics 2021

September 14th / 15th, Freiburg, Germany

For the 12th 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 2021 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, 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.

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 optimization 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

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 and software 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
  • Incentivesandpricing mechanisms for demand side management

Dependability, safety and resilience

  • Security and privacy issues in energy management systems
  • Aspects of quality of service (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

English language papers describing the doctoral research topic are to be submitted in PDF format. Further information will be given at the workshop page at (please be sure not to submit to the main conference).

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 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 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

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

Information about the format of the workshop

Numbers of authors: Single-authorship of doctoral 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 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, depending on the audience. This is to ensure that all invited domain experts (authors and committee members) are able to participate in constructive discussions which are not open to the public. The time slot for presentation is 30 minutes for long papers and 15 min for short contributions followed by 30 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 (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 highly appreciated and supported.

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.

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

May 7th, 2021: Submission of papers

June 18th, 2021:  Decision acceptance (assignment of shepherds) / rejection

June 18th – August, 13th, 2021: Incremental revision process between author and shepherd

September 14th/15th, 2021: 12th  Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics

September 13th/17th, 2021: 10th  DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics

Organizing committee

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 INATECH, University of Freiburg.

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Program committee

Jörg Benze, T-Systems Multimedia Solutions GmbH (DE)
Wilfried Elmenreich, U Klagenfurt (AT)
Dominik Engel, FH Salzburg (AT)
Reinhard German, U Erlangen (DE)
Bo Noerregaard Joergensen, U Southern Denmark (DK)
Peter Palensky, TU Delft (NL)
Marco Pruckner, U Erlangen-Nuremberg (DE)
Wolfgang Kastner, TU Wien (AT)
Friederich Kupzog, AIT (AT)
Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS (DE)
Reinhard Mackensen, Fraunhofer IEE (DE)
Ingo Mauser, EnBW (DE)
Astrid Nieße, U Oldenburg (DE)
Andreas Reinhardt, TU Clausthal (DE)
Sebastian Rohjans, Jade HS (DE)
René Schumann, HES-SO (CH)
Michael Sonnenschein, U Oldenburg (DE)
Philipp Staudt, KIT (DE)
Thomas Strasser, AIT (AT)
Jens Strüker, U Bayreuth (DE)
Sven Tomforde, U Kiel (DE)
Anke Weidlich, U Freiburg (DE)
Christof Weinhardt, KIT (DE)