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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 2022 Power TAC tournament (w​​) will take place during the workshop. Power TAC participants are particularly welcome to submit abstracts.

The workshop will take place on November 16, 12:00 to 18:30 (CET), both in person at Pohligstr. 1 in Cologne and online (Zoom). Interested presenters may contact either Wolfgang Ketter (ketter(at) or John Collins (colli075(at) via e-mail.

Program - Thursday, November 16th 2023

Lunch - 12:00 to 13:00

Lunch catering for those who attend locally.

Presentations - 13:00 to 18:00

  • Naïve Diversification in AI-Advised Settings
    Anna Taudien, Sebastian Schiffels, Andreas Fügener, Alok Gupta, Wolfgang Ketter
  • Incorporating Social Values for Cooperation in Energy Trading and Balancing Research
    Laurens Rook, Sudip Bhattacharjee, Wolfgang Ketter
  • Flexibility - A crucial key component that requires Standardization
    Christian Derksen
  • A Novel Aggregation Framework for the Efficient Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in the Smart Grid
    Stavros Orfanoudakis, Georgios Chalkiadakis; Team TUC-TAC
  • Multi-armed Bandit Based Tariff Generation Strategy for Multi-Agent Smart Grid Systems
    Sanjay Chandlekar, Easwar Subramanian; Team VidyutVanika
  • Data-driven Planning of Large-Scale Electric Vehicle Charging Hubs using Deep Reinforcement Learning
    Karsten Schroer, Ramin Ahadi, Wolfgang Ketter, Thomas Y. Lee
  • Power TAC Experiment Manager: Support for Empirical Studies
    Frederik Milkau, John Collins, Wolfgang Ketter
Open Discussion: Future of Power TAC as an experimental platform

Moderators: Wolfgang Ketter, John Collins



Workshop Co-Chairs