This workshop and the workshop on Self-organising, adaptive, and context-sensitive distributed systems (SACS 2013) were merged. They will take place jointly on Friday, March 15, from 9:00 to 12:30.

Technical Program

9:00 Welcome
9:10 1st invited talk: Robust Exploration Strategies for a Robot exploring a Wireless Network
Christian Blum, Verena V. Hafner (HU Berlin, Germany)
9:30 Decentralized Coordination in Self-Organizing Systems based on Peer-to- Peer Coordination Spaces
Thomas Preisler, Ante Vilenica, Wolfgang Renz
10:00 Challenging the Need for Transparency, Controllability, and Consistency in Usable Adaptation
Romy Kniewel, Christoph Evers, Ludger Schmidt, Kurt Geihs
10:30 Keeping Pace with Changes - Towards Supporting Continuous Improvements and Extensive Updates in Production Automation Software
Christopher Haubeck, Ireneus Wior, Lars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr, Jan Ladiges, Alexander Fay, Winfried Lamersdorf
11:00 Break
11:10 2nd invited talk: Evaluation of self-organizing communication mechanisms within a communication platform for disaster management
Christian Erfurth (Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule Jena, Germany), Volkmar Schau (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany)
11:30 Overview of Hybrid MANET-DTN Networking and its Potential for Emergency Relief Operations
Christian Raffelsberger, Hermann Hellwagner
12:00 Reliable Multicast in Heterogeneous Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Peggy Begerow, Sebastian Schellenberg, Jochen Seitz, Thomas Finke, Juergen Schroeder
12:30 End


In disaster scenarios, such as natural disasters or terrorist strikes, it is very important for rescue teams to get an overview of the current situation. To get that overview as quickly as possible and to coordinate the rescue teams during their mission, it is essential that the teams are able to communicate with each other. However, as the disaster area is unknown and the previous communication infrastructure may be broken, the rescue teams ideally have to bring their own communication equipment to set up an independent infrastructure.

Such an infrastructure may be based on small, fast, and autonomously flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are able to fly over affected areas. These devices carry network equipment that creates an ad-hoc communication network infrastructure among all UAVs, dedicated for the rescue teams. Such a basic communication system can be used to coordinate the teams, to search for people that need help by scanning for isolated cell phones, or to offer new kinds of applications that assist the rescue teams during their work. In the second step, this temporary network can be extended by devices that have more capabilities than UAVs, for example cars or trucks that are able to carrying heavy base stations.

Having such a system would be very beneficial for rescue teams that enter large-scale disaster areas. However, as each disaster scenario is different and each deployment poses different challenges, it must be possible to adapt such a communication system to the specific needs of arbitrary disaster scenarios easily.

Requirements of such a system include:

  • Adaptation to arbitrary disaster scenarios, e. g. by defining missions in a dedicated language,
  • having a communication scheme among the nodes that copes with mobility,
  • offering basic services for common tasks, e. g. scanning for infrastructure remains, and
  • it has to incorporate self-organization algorithms, to follow missions autonomously.

This workshop will cover aspects of such communication architectures dedicated for disaster scenarios in a whole. It brings together researchers working on different layers of communication systems, as working on such an architecture benefits from knowledge regarding a broad set of aspects.

Workshop Topics

The workshop solicits contributions regarding novel and possibly preliminary research results related, but not limited to the following list of topics:

Autonomous operation of UAVs, to assist rescue teams

  • Hard- and software architectures for UAV systems
  • Mission planning languages
  • Autonomous execution of missions
  • Mobility-aware inter-UAV signaling protocols
  • Self-organized task allocation among UAVs
  • Energy management and flight scheduling
  • Cooperative swarms and formation flights

Communication in disaster scenarios

  • Robust TCP/IP communications in MANETs
  • Interworking between ad-hoc networks and the Internet, e.g. via satellite links
  • QoS support in MANETs for rescue teams
  • Middlewares
  • Services
  • Routing
  • Delay tolerant networks

Reconnaissance and repair

  • Detection of infrastructure, data collection
  • Data management, data fusion and refinement
  • Security and privacy aspects in disaster relieve networks
  • Interaction with infrastructures, e.g. WiFi, GSM, UMTS, LTE

Workshop Organization

Florian Evers (contact person)
Tobias Simon
Andreas Mitschele-Thiel
common address:
Ilmenau University of Technology
Institute of Computer Engineering
Integrated Communication Systems Group
International Graduate School on Mobile Communications
{florian.evers | tobias.simon | mitsch}

Program Committee

Jochen Seitz (TU Ilmenau, Germany)
Jochen Schiller (FU Berlin)
Oliver Waldhorst (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Verena Hafner (HU Berlin, Germany)
Volker Zerbe (FH Erfurt, Germany)
Christian Bettstetter (Universität Klagenfurt, Austria)
Hans Peter Geering (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
Christian Wietfeld (TU Dortmund, Germany)


Each submission will be reviewed by three members of the program committee. Papers will be selected according to their originality, quality, and relevance to the workshop topics.

Papers have be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair (see below). Contributions should present novel and possibly preliminary research results (up to 12 pages, 12 pt, a4, single-column IEEE format).


submission deadline: Fri, Nov 30, 2012
submission site:
author notification: Fri, Jan 11, 2013
camera-ready version: Fri, Feb 8, 2013

Publication via ECEASST (
Size of contributions: up to 12 pages
Paper format: to be added, will comply with common ECEASST format.