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Next Generation Research Challenges for Computation IS Research in Energy, Mobility, and Sustainable Economy

Policy, Awareness, Sustainability and Systems

Information Systems and Technology (IS/IT) fundamentally changed and change many areas of life. IS researchers embrace technology as a vital component in interaction with our surrounding environment. Technology can also help tackle the most urgent problems of our time. As such, we seek to unveil ways in which IS and IT can help the shift towards sustainable behavior and consumption in the areas of energy and mobility.

The workshop on Policy, Awareness, Sustainability, and Systems (PASS) is an initiative of Workshop for Information Technology and Systems (WITS) to encourage research in terms of problem domains, technological and methodological scope and its potential impact. Information is key to organizing a sustainable environment for the planet, whether it is in terms of creating and managing food supply, energy, mobility, water or embedded devices that will provide new perceptive abilities to humans in the form of augmented reality and interactive decision environments. Building, testing, managing and controlling this new generation of technologies would require an understanding that current data and approaches may not adequately be able to deal with. Yet appropriate guidelines and policies must be developed to avoid exploitation of new technology for potentially destructive purposes.

The purpose of the PASS workshop is to invite researchers and scholars to discuss their research related to Information Systems and Technology and provide a forum for substantive discussion around a broad set of forward-looking topics. We especially seek new research on the paradigmal shifts of the energy and mobility domains. Consistent with WITS theme, the methodological focus we encourage is that of computational, simulation and algorithmic strain. The award ceremony of the 2020 Power TAC tournament (w​​) will take place during the workshop. Power TAC participants are particularly welcome to submit abstracts. Furthermore, we are planning an edited Springer book on 10 years of Power TAC and we invite chapter submissions.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 8 - 9, 3 PM - 6 PM (CET), virtually only. Interested presenters should submit an extended abstract (1 to 6 pages, excluding references) per e-mail to ketter(at), including all names and e-mail addresses. Please submit your presentation to Wolf by November 22nd.


Wednesday, December 8th 2020, 15:00 to 18:00
Welcome: Wolfgang Ketter and John Collins

  • Overview
  • Participants introduction 
  • Initial 2021 tournament analysis

  • System Design of VidyutVanika 2021
    Team VidyutVanika (Easwara Subramanian, Sanjay Chandlekar and Bala Suraj Pedasingu)
  • The strategy of TUC-TAC 2021 and lessons learned from Power TAC 2021
    Stavros Orfanoudakis, Stefanos Kontos, Charilaos Akasiadis, Georgios Chalkiadakis
  • Power TAC -- Experiment Scheduler
    Frederik Milkau, John Collins
Thursday, December 9th 2020, 15:00 to 18:00

  • PowerTAC: (un)planned impact on the research career
    Jurica Babic, Vedran Podobnik
  • Does strategy upgrading always work? The case of Agent Mertacor in Power TAC
    Labros Makrodhmhtrhs, Andreas Symeonidis
  • Designing Retail Electricity Tariff using Reinforcement Learning: the case of IS3 broker
    Janik Euskirchen, Nastaran Naseri, Saber Talari, Wolfgang Ketter, and John Collins
Award Ceremony 


Discussion: What’s next for Power TAC

Moderators: Wolfgang Ketter, John Collins



Workshop Co-Chairs