SACS 2013

Workshop on Self-organising, adaptive, and context-sensitive distributed systems (SACS 2013) in conjunction with Networked Systems 2013


This workshop and the workshop on Self-organized Communication in Disaster Scenarios (SoCoDiS 2013) were merged. They will take place jointly on Friday, March 15, from 9:00 to 12:30.


Ubiquitous computing has been a strong vision of contemporary computer science for the last decade, initially with respect to its potential for innovative services, but then also considering technical challenges and social implications. From a technical point of view the management of highly complex, heterogeneous and distributed systems still rises many interesting questions. Self-organisation, autonomous behaviour, and adaptation are important keywords, and the numerous theoretical and prototypical approaches to these challenges still have to prove their value in everyday applications.

However, the conception and realisation of these autonomous, adaptive systems cannot be constrained to technical challenges only. Can we handle applications with an autonomous, adaptive behaviour – not only within our prototypes, but at our hands, in our real environment? Will they provide new chances for improving life quality in various societal environments? Do we have to put a special focus on societal and also legal implications when these system are deployed on a broad scale? How do we ensure trust in a complex system that is working outside of our direct influence?

This workshop, as its preceding SAKS workshops of the years 2006-2011, is intentionally directed at a multidisciplinary audience. It will shed light on the wide field of technical, societal, and legal considerations that need to be part of a comprehensive analysis of the state-of-the-art of information technology research in complex, autonomous systems.

Whereas the preceding SAKS workshops were mainly intended to provide a forum for German national research activities, we expect this workshop to play a significant part in linking together contributors on an international scale. We especially welcome research papers, reports, and discussion contributions from industrial environments.

The workshop program will consist of the selected peer reviewed contributions, an invited talk, and a discussion session.

Workshop Topics

The following list specifies the major fields of interest for this workshop; related topics are certainly welcome.

Self-organisation and adaptation from a technical view

  • Construction and evaluation of self-organising systems
  • Biologically inspired approaches
  • Architectures and frameworks for autonomous and ubiquitous systems
  • Self-organisation in service-oriented architectures
  • Adaptive applications and middleware
  • Context models and context processing
  • Design methodologies for personalised, context-sensitive services
  • Integration of users into the development process for complex autonomous systems
  • User-centric design, user interfaces, and usage patterns for adaptive, context-sensitive systems

Social and legal implications in a world of adaptive information technology

  • Trust and reliability for adaptive, context sensitive systems
  • Society-aware design of adaptive, context sensitive systems
  • Application domain-specific requirements
  • Responsibility and liability

Self-organisation and adaptation as enabling technologies

  • Industrial requirements and projects
  • Research prototypes and experience reports
  • New value chains, new business / service / provider models

Contributions submitted to the workshop will be peer-reviewed and selected according to their quality and suitability for the workshop scope and discussion potential. As we address an international audience, English will be the workshop language.

Workshop Organization

Klaus David, University of Kassel, 
Kurt Geihs, University of Kassel, 
Michael Zapf, Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg,

Program Committee

Markus Bick (ESCP Europe / Berlin) 
Volker Boehme-Neßler (HTW Berlin) 
Georg Borges (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) 
Lars Braubach (Universität Hamburg) 
Klaus David (University of Kassel) 
Kurt Geihs (University of Kassel) 
Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool) 
Thomas Hoeren (WWU Münster) 
Reinhold Kröger (Univ. of Applied Sciences RheinMain) 
Rico Kusber (University of Kassel) 
Winfried Lamersdorf (Universität Hamburg) 
Jan-Marco Leimeister (University of Kassel) 
Gero Mühl (University of Rostock) 
Christian Müller-Schloer (University of Hannover) 
Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London) 
Andreas Polze (Hasso-Plattner-Institut) 
Wolfgang Renz (Hamburg Univ. of Applied Sciences) 
Alexander Roßnagel (Univ. of Kassel) 
Jan Sudeikat (Hamburg Energie GmbH) 
Ante Vilenica (Universität Hamburg) 
Manfred Wojciechowski (Fraunhofer ISST) 
Franco Zambonelli (Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia) 
Michael Zapf (Univ. of Applied Sciences Nuremberg)

Submissions and important dates

deadline: Nov 23, 2012
submission site:
Notification of authors: Fri, Jan 11, 2013
Camera-ready copy: Fri, Feb 8, 2013

Publication via ECEASST (
Size of contributions: up to 12 pages
Paper format: to be added, will comply with common ECEASST format.