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
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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, GB)
Thomas Vogel (HU Berlin, DE)


The list of participants is currently being formed. We expect around 30 participants.

Travel Information

Travel information can be found on How to Get to Dagstuhl, and further information for participants of GI Dagstuhl seminars on Information for participants in events not organized by Dagstuhl.
A discussion board has been set up to help with travelling plans of participants.


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.