Energy Informatics and Electro Mobility ICT


The energy transition with its goals for the conversion of the energy system to climate-friendly and sustainable energy resources by 2050 will lead to drastic changes in the today’s energy system (heat, mobility, and electricity). The associated digital transformation of the energy industry offers a wide spectrum, starting with the planning and analysis of energy supply structures, the system-technical implementation of accompanying ICT infrastructures, to modeling, simulation, transformation, and optimization of current and future energy systems. A significant economic benefit can be generated by expanding the historically grown power grid infrastructure into an ICT-managed intelligent network that uses the flexibility of loads and generators. Energy informatics and with it also business informatics deals with the interaction of distributed, heterogeneous and differently interested stakeholders in the energy industry with the help of ICT components, sensors, and actuators and on electronic markets. The main focus of this community workshop is on the software level and particularly includes extraction, generation, storage and consumption systems (heat, mobility and electricity). For example, tools and methods of distributed artificial intelligence or agent approaches are used in order to achieve a system-inherent optimization of the energy supply in terms of distribution network operation or local or regional energy management. Energy informatics also considers data models and algorithms for the organization, coordination and interaction of stakeholders in the minute to second range. Energy informatics is also heavily involved in standardization in order to ensure the interoperability of systems and IT from the technology to the business process level. However, not only technological aspects play an important role in this transformation process, but also the involvement of consumers and prosumers. Therefore, attention is not only focused on the development, evaluation, and application of new technologies, but also on the interaction with the users of these components. Relevant concepts and components in energy supply also require suitable incentives and marketplaces for investors, producers, consumers, and prosumers as well as an adjustment of the regulatory framework in order to fully exploit the potential of smart micro and macro grids. E.g., business informatics technology acceptance or consumer and prosumer use of relevant components are necessary and thereby form critical success factors. The challenges are not just limited to electricity. Rather, the need to address the energy supply for heat, mobility, and electricity in an integrated manner is increasing. Electro mobility ICT is of particular importance, in particular network-friendly charging and optimized charging infrastructures.


Submissions with a strong focus on business information technology and digital transformation are expected. Possible topics and research questions include:

• ICT-based coordination of decentralized electricity producers and consumers, e.g., “supply and demand matching” and “demand side management” including industrial load management

• Multi-agent systems, autonomous and autarkic systems, distributed artificial intelligence and self-organization processes

• Cross-energy approaches in ICT-based energy system optimization, e.g., power-to-heat, power-to-gas, power-to-liquid, hybrid networks, etc.

• Software and system architectures

• Decision support systems as well as forecasting and scenario analysis tools

• Information and communication technologies in smart micro and macro grids including interfaces and transition points

• Cost-efficiency evaluation of energy systems as well as economic aspects and sustainability (heat, mobility, and electricity)

• Concepts and ICT support of market mechanisms in the energy industry (central and decentralized) as well as regulatory aspects

• Business models and ICT services

• Technology acceptance and behavioral aspects of market participants with regard to components, incentive systems, tariff models and price mechanisms (supply and demand for heat, mobility, and electricity)

• ICT for electro mobility and intermodal mobility

• Industrial load management


Format of the workshop

Accepted “full paper” should receive a 30-minutes “slot” for the talk and discussion. 4 or 5 successive sessions with 3 speakers each are planned, preferably on one day, concluded by a panel discussion with the organizers and experts as guests. “Short paper” should be presented both in the general “slot” of the WI2021 and in the community workshop (max. one “slot” in total).



Prof. Dr. Michael H. Breitner, Hannover, (Koordination)

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff, Oldenburg,

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Astrid Nieße, Hannover,

Dr. Philipp Staudt, Karlsruhe,

Prof. Dr. Christof Weinhardt, Karlsruhe,

Oliver Werth, M.Sc./B.Sc., Hannover,


What do the participants have to consider here?

English and German submissions are welcome until November 30, 2020, either as “full paper” (up to 15 pages) or as “short paper” (up to 4 pages). Please use the same templates as for the central tracks and strictly follow the same instructions for authors. The community workshop “Energy Informatics and Electro Mobility ICT” in March 2021 forms a cycle with the renowned annual energy informatics conferences “ACM e-Energy” (June) and “DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics” (October). The focus chosen here on business informatics and digital transformation extends the community focus of the two above mentioned conferences, which traditionally are both highly technical.