GI Dagstuhl Seminar “Software Engineering for Intelligent and Autonomous Systems (SEfIAS)” (2018)

SEfIAS'18 is a GI-Dagstuhl seminar for early-career researchers working in the areas of software engineering, and intelligent and autonomous systems.

Schloss Dagstuhl, August 19 – 24, 2018, GI-Dagstuhl Seminar 18343
Seminar page at the Dagstuhl website:


Software systems are increasingly used in application domains characterised by uncertain environments, evolving requirements and unexpected failures. Sudden system malfunctioning raises serious issues of security, safety, loss of comfort or revenue. To tackle this challenge, researchers and practitioners investigate how to engineer intelligent and autonomous software systems capable of dynamically adapting themselves without any or with limited human involvement. Through using closed-loop control, typically realized with software, these systems can autonomously identify abnormal situations, analyse alternative adaptation options, and finally, self-adapt to a suitable new configuration.

Over the past years, several research communities have devoted significant efforts to devise methodologies, algorithms and frameworks for engineering autonomous computing systems. Some noteworthy examples include the SEAMS, ICAC/ICCAC, SASO, Self-Aware Computing and AAMAS communities. Irrespective of the incarnation and particular focus of each community, the main objective remains the same, that is, to make computing systems more intelligent and autonomous.

Despite the mutual interests, these communities typically participate in disjoint research forums such as workshops, conferences and journals. Hence, they rarely have the opportunity to meet in a common venue. The SEfIAS GI-Dagstuhl seminar aims to bridge the gap between these communities and make an initial step towards strengthening interaction and collaboration between these communities.

Seminar Objectives

The main goal of the SEfIAS GI-Dagstuhl seminar is to bring together early-career researchers from the SEAMS, ICAC/ICCAC, SASO, Self-Aware Computing and AAMAS communities working in the area of software engineering for intelligent and autonomous systems.
The seminar has the following specific objectives:

  • Enable researchers to present their research  and learn about the state-of-the-art approaches and methodologies from adjacent fields
  • Provide a forum for demonstrating the research activities conducted by the individual communities with the purpose of identifying commonalities and differences among these communities
  • Strengthen interaction among researchers by exchanging ideas, discussing research challenges and establishing collaborations towards joint research projects
  • Envision the future of engineering intelligent and autonomous systems


Ada Diaconescu (Télécom ParisTech, FR)
Simos Gerasimou (University of York, UK)
Thomas Vogel (HU Berlin, DE)


(last updated July 13, 2018)

Amel Bennaceur (Open University, UK)
Aimee Borda (Trinity College Dublin, IR)
Markus Borg (Lund University, SE)
Christian Cabrera (Trinity College Dublin, IR)
Mirko D'Angelo (Linnaeus University, SE)
Ada Diaconescu (Télécom ParisTech, FR)
Marios-Eleftherios Fokaefs (Polytechnique Montreal, CA)
Lukas Esterle (Aston University, UK)
Erik Fredericks (Oakland University, USA)
Sylvain Frey (DeepMind, UK)
Simos Gerasimou (University of York, UK)
Ilias Gerostathopoulos (Technical University Munich, DE)
Sona Ghahremani (Hasso Plattner Institute, DE)
Fatemeh Golpayegani (Trinity College Dublin, IR)
Sebastian Götz (University of Technology Dresden, DE)
Johannes Grohmann (University of Würzburg, DE)
Nico Hochgeschwender (Université du Luxembourg, LU)
Alessia Knauss (Veoneer, SE)
Christian Krupitzer (University of Mannheim, DE)
Ingrid Nunes (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, BR)
Alessandro Vittorio Papadopoulos (MDH, Västerås, SE)
Martin Pfannemüller  (University of Mannheim, DE)
Danilo Pianini (University of Bologna, IT)
Barry Porter (Lancaster University, UK)
Evangelos Pournaras  (ETH Zurich, CH)
Roberto Rodrigues Filho (Lancaster University, UK)
Romina Spalazzese (Malmö University, SE)
Sven Tomforde (University of Kassel, DE)
Thomas Vogel (HU Berlin, DE)

Travel Information

Travel information can be found on How to Get to Dagstuhl. Please check also the Upon your arrival / prepare your stay page.

To reach Schloss Dagstuhl from Frankfurt Main Station or Frankfurt Airport, you can take the regional train to Türkismühle (trains run every hour, alternating between a direct connection and a connection requiring a transfer in Mainz; check out for connections) and then for the last mile a taxi from Türkismühle to Dagstuhl (20 min. ride). Though it will be likely more expensive, you may also take a taxi directly from Frankfurt Airport.

Taxis should be booked at Taxi Martin (taxi company cooperating with Schloss Dagstuhl) as people booking for the same time and place will be grouped, which reduces the costs per person. When contacting Taxi Martin, you may also ask about the number of people who have already booked a taxi four your time and place. Prices for taxis are listed on the page linked above.

Seminar Schedule

Monday, Tuesday:
Individual presentations by participants (15 min talk + 5 min for discussion)

Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday morning:
Breakout groups with specific goals such as summarizing research in a specific area, identifying related research in different areas, gathering ideas for paper and project proposal submissions, exchange of ideas and initiation of research collaborations, preparing benchmarks.

The groups will be formed on demand and based on ideas discussed in the plenum.

Wednesday afternoon:
Social activities (e.g., hiking, wine tasting, volleyball, football)

  • Every day after dinner we will have the opportunity to gather for informal discussions, music, beer and wine drinking, cheese platter, table tennis, pool, etc.
  • The aim of the Monday and Tuesday talks is to build the foundation for the exchange of ideas and discussions for the days to follow. So please describe the big picture of your research and not one specific detailed contribution as it is done for a conference presentation. Please also try to identify on a slide potential connections to talks of other participants based on the shared title and abstracts.


We would like to thank the Gesellschaft for Informatik e.V. (GI, German Society for Informatics) and Schloss Dagstuhl for partially funding this seminar.

Should you want to get in touch, please contact the organisers.