SAOS 2019

Organised by the
Special Interest Group
Organic Computing within the
Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI)


Intelligent Systems Workshop – 7th edition in the

Series on Autonomously Learning and Optimising Systems (SAOS)

co-located with 32nd GI/ITG ARCS 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark from May 20 to May 23, 2019

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Aims and Scope of SAOS

Complexity in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is still increasing, driven by the growing number of devices with vast amounts of computational resources. As a result, the administration of present and future systems becomes an impossibility for central human operators. To tackle this development, modern systems are increasingly equipped with techniques and algorithms that allow them to act `intelligently’. Such Intelligent Systems (IS) strongly leverage the recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in general and of Machine Learning (ML) in particular. With this workshop, we provide a forum for presenting and discussing novel concepts, techniques and algorithms for IS as well as for related aspects such as quantification approaches to peak into the black box often involved.

An IS is characterized by its autonomous learning behaviour, which includes mechanisms to relieve the human from non-trivial tasks such as hyperparameter optimisation, algorithm selection and continual monitoring in the pursuit of recognising changes, anomalies, etc. The degree of system autonomy shall be increased as far as possible by still complying with the necessary safety boundaries apparent in nearly any real-world application. As a result, the vision of initiatives such as Organic Computing and Autonomic Computing manifests itself: traditional design-time decisions are moved to run time and, thus, the systems themselves take over control.

In this workshop, we solicit research and position papers that encompass the application of novel and established ML techniques. Thereby, we explicitly emphasize the aspect of interpretability and explainability of the involved algorithms to provide a basis for system transparency already at the core of its mechanisms. Besides this self-explanation property of the targeted systems, another ingredient to reach a specific level of intelligence is self-awareness and the resulting, ongoing pursuit for self-optimisation. This particular tension between system learning, optimisation and evolution, as well as the need for system explainability, validation and exploration boundaries constitutes the main motivation and unique characteristic of this workshop. Submissions are expected to focus on at least one of the following main topics:

A. Autonomous Learning Behaviour in Technical Systems, e.g. Active Learning, Transfer Learning, Online Concept Drift/Shift and Novelty/Obsoleteness Detection, Reinforcement Learning from Feedback, Transductive Inference for Efficient Model Building, Self-Awareness, …

B. Self-Adaptaion@Runtime, e.g. Automated Algorithm Configuration & Selection, Evolutionary Computation as Mechanism to Change, Context-aware and Transient Interfaces, …

C. Metrics and Quantification, e.g. for System Validation, Guaranteeing, Understanding & Trust, …


Important Dates

Based on the currently available schedule for the ARCS conference, we expect the following schedule for SAOS:

Paper submission deadline 15 February 2019
Decision notification  15 March 2019
Camera-ready version  29 March 2019



Papers should be in English and formatted according to IEEE CIS template in “conference mode”

Papers should not exceed 8 pages (full paper) or 4 pages (short paper).

PDF submission via EasyChair

More details depend on the requirements given by the ARCS organisers and will be provided here as soon as possible.


Organisation & Technical Programme Committee

Organising Committee


Anthony Stein Universität Augsburg (DE) Official Website
Sven Tomforde Universität Kassel (DE) Official Website
Jean Botev University of Luxembourg (LU) Official Website
Peter Lewis Aston University (UK) Official Website


Advisory Board


Jörg Hähner Universität Augsburg (DE)
Christian Müller-Schloer Leibniz University Hannover (DE)
Bernhard Sick Universität Kassel (DE)


Programme Committee (tentative)


Kirstie Bellman Topcy House Consulting
Jean Botev University of Luxembourg
Uwe Brinkschulte University of Frankfurt
Ada Diaconescu Telecom ParisTech
Lukas Esterle Aston University
Jörg Hähner University of Augsburg
Heiko Hamann University of Luebeck
Martin Hoffmann Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
Christian Krupitzer University of Würzburg
Chris Landauer Topcy House Consulting
Peter Lewis Aston University
Erik Maehle University of Luebeck
Gero Mühl University of Rostock
Christian Müller-Schloer Leibniz University Hannover
Christian Renner University of Luebeck
Stefan Rudolph University of Augsburg
Hella Ponsar University of Augsburg
Wolfgang Reif University of Augsburg
Ingo Scholtes University of Zurich
Bernhard Sick Universität Kassel
Anthony Stein University of Augsburg
Claudio Juan Tessone University of Zurich
Sven Tomforde University of Kassel
Sebastian von Mammen University of Würzburg
Torben Weis University of Duisburg-Essen


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