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Next Generation Research Challenges for Computation IS Research in Energy, Mobility, and Sustainable Economy

Policy, Awareness, Sustainability and Systems

During the past decade IS/IT research has moved beyond its earlier primary concern regarding the centrality of IS/IT construct to include the vitality of Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) constructs for a vast array of problem domains. MIS researchers led the business research in the use of computer networks of business processes, whether it was the use of novel mercantile mechanisms or the host of behavioral issues associated with anonymized behavior to nature of virtual office. Information technology fundamentally changed the problem characteristics, application environment and domain, incentives of participants, and above all technology provides new ways to measure and manipulate participants’ incentive. One of the roles of IS research is to pose new questions about old beliefs due to technological advances in IS/IT. We do that because MIS researchers are the first to embrace technology as a vital component in interaction with our surrounding environment.

The workshop on Policy, Awareness, Sustainability, and Systems (PASS) is an initiative of Workshop for Information Technology and Systems to encourage forward-looking 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 forward-looking 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 energy, mobility, and the circular economy. Consistent with WITS theme, the methodological focus we encourage is that of computational, simulation and algorithmic strain. The award ceremony of the 2019 Power TAC tournament ( will take place during the workshop. Power TAC participants are particularly welcome to submit abstracts. Furthermore, we are planning a special issue in the Journal of Information Technology around these themes.

The workshop will kick-off with a networking dinner on Thursday July 25. The main workshop will take place on Friday July 26, 2019 at the Energy Economics Institute of the University of Cologne, Germany. The participants will be provided accommodations for one night. There is no registration fee, however, the space is limited and will be provided on first come, first served basis. Interested presenters should send an extended abstract (Max. 5 pages) to Wolf Ketter and Haldun Aytug by April 15, 2019.


Thursday, July 25th
18.30 Dinner – Summer School and PASS participants in a brewhouse downtown Cologne (details soon)
Friday, July 26th
Time Agenda Title Authors Affiliation
9.00 - 9.30 Registration
9.30 - 11.00 Session A The impact of aggregation on pass-through cost of emissions Gloria Colmenares, Dominik Schober, and Andreas Löschel University of Münster
VidyutVanika: An Autonomous Broker Agent for Smart Grid Environment Susobhan Ghosh, Kritika Prakash, Sanjay Chandlekar, Easwar Subramanian, Sanjay P. Bhat, Sujit Gujar, and Praveen Paruchuri IIIT Hyderabad, TCS Innovation Lab
CrocodileAgent 2018: Smart Time-of-Use Tariffs to Reduce Peak-Demand Charges Demijan Grgić, Hrvoje Vdović, Jurica Babic, and Vedran Podobnik University of Zagreb
Optimal Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) Program Design in Constrained Electricity Systems
Using Time-Dependent Demand Response Functions and Reinforcement Learning
Marie-Louise Arlt, Gunther Gust, and Dirk Neumann University of Freiburg
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
11.30 - 13.00 Session B Environmental Price of Anarchy: Innovative Mechanisms for Sustainable Traffic Management Yixuan Liu and Andrew B. Whinston University of Texas
Joshua Paundra , Jan van Dalen , Laurens Rook , Clint Pennings, and Wolfgang Ketter Erasmus University, Delft University of Technology, University of Cologne
Utilizing Real-Time Competitor Information to Boost Profits for One-Way Transportation Karsten Schroer, Micha Kahlen, Thomas Lee, Wolfgang Ketter, and Alok Gupta University of Cologne, UC Berkeley, U of Minnesota
Quantifying the Impact of Places of Interest onto Charging Station Infrastructure Dario Pevec, Jurica Babic, Arthur Carvalho, Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Wolfgang Ketter, and Vedran Podobnik University of Zagreb, Miami University, Erasmus University, University of Cologne
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch      
14.00 - 15.30 Session C BATTERY WITH MARKET POWER IN ELECTRICITY MARKETS Nastaran Naseri, Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Wolfgang Ketter, and John Collins University of Cologne, Erasmus University, University of Minnesota
How Can Behavioral Demand Response Be Enggaing Silpa Sangeeth L.R., Saji K. Mathew, and Richard T. Watson
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, The University of Georgia
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee      
16.00 - 17.00 Session D Cross-subsidization in electricity tariff designs: the effects of renewables and metering Mohammad Ansarin, Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Wolfgang Ketter, and John Collins Erasmus University, University of Cologne, and U of Minnesota
A restification methodology for the PowerTAC framework Grigorios Christainas, Lampros Makrodimitris, and Andreas Symeonidis University of Thessaloniki
Natural Gas Demand Analysis: The Case of Egypt Markos Farag University of Cairo
Applying smart home in the field – results, unexpected findings and spillover effects Sascha Birk , Lukas Hilger , Tobias Rehm, and Thorsten Schneiders University of Applied Sciences, Cologne
DEVELOPING A MODEL FOR CONSUMER MANAGEMANT OF DECENTRALIZED OPTIONS Cordelia Frings and Broghan Helgeson Institute of Energy Economics, U of Cologne
17.00 - 17.15 Power TAC award ceremony
17.15 - 18.30 Drinks and Snacks