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PhD-EnInf 2020 : 11th Doctoral Workshop Energy Informatics


When Oct 27, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020
Where Sion, Switzerland
Submission Deadline May 15, 2020
Notification Due Jun 19, 2020
Final Version Due Aug 7, 2020
Categories    energy   computer science   smart grid

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:

- Algorithms
- Software and system architectures
- Economic aspects and sustainability
- Dependability, safety and resilience
- Modeling, simulation and validation
- Specific applications
- 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.

Organizing committee

Astrid Nieße, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Eric MSP Veith, OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology
Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology
René Schumann, HEVS, Switzerland

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(at)

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