The senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a priority program (SPP) about "Organic Computing", which started its first phase July 1st, 2005. This call for proposals concerns the third and final phase of the priority program from July 1st, 2009 to June 30, 2011.

The mission of Organic Computing is to tame complexity in technical systems by providing appropriate degrees of freedom for self-organized behaviour adapting to changing requirements of the execution environment, in particular with respect to human needs. According to this vision an organic computer system should be aware of its own capabilities, the requirements of the environment, and it should be equipped with a number of "self-x" properties allowing for the anticipated adaptiveness and for a reduction in the complexity of system management. These self-x properties include self-organisation, self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, self-protection and self-explanation.
To achieve these ambitious goals new methods, new techniques, and new system architectures have to be developed. Their potential and relevance should be demonstrated with respect to demanding application scenarios.

The major objectives of this priority program are grouped into the following topical areas:
  • Controlled self-organisation in technical systems
    Insights about the behaviour of natural and artificial complex systems shall be used to open up the necessary degrees of freedom for self-organized behaviour of technical systems. This requires projects on the theory of complex technical systems, investigating the possibilities to establish goal-oriented emergent processes and, in particular, looking at the problems of security and stability of self-organized technical systems. Methods are needed that allow for self-organized behaviour while directing a system towards desired emergent behaviour, and to detect and prevent undesirable behavioural effects.

  • Technologies for Organic Computing
    New base technologies are needed to support the technical utilisation of the principles of self-organisation in the implementation of organic computer systems. Complete organic computer systems will need adequate (multi-level) system architectures. Therefore, an essential objective is to build up a versatile toolbox containing balanced concepts, methods, and tools for the design and implementation of organic computer systems. Furthermore, an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of organic computer systems will require new methods and metrics for an appropriate system analysis.
The third phase of the priority program will shift its emphasis from research on fundamental insights into the principles of self-organisation to the design and experimental investigation of generic concepts for architectures and tools for realizing organic computer systems. Research proposals must clearly identify the aspects of self-organisation. The priority program does not allow for explicit design of application systems. But it will be indispensable to evaluate the anticipated methods and technologies of OC with respect to relevant technical application areas. In particular, at the end of this priority program, the major achievements of the research projects with respect to the engineering of organic computer systems should be clearly visible.

Proposals (in English AND in compliance with the official guidelines and proposal preparation instructions of DFG [PDF] | [RTF]) for the third and final phase of the program must be available quintuplicate (attachments in triplicate, everything punched, but not stapled) with the keyword "SPP 1183 - Organic Computing" in the office of the DFG by November 21, 2008 !!! The deadline has been extended to December 5, 2008 !!!.

An additional copy of the proposal in PDF-format must be sent by email to the coordinator of the project, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck. The cover sheet (Template: [PDF] | [DOC]) has to be sent by email to in PDF-format.

Questions about Organic Computing are answered by the coordinator of the SPP:

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck
Institut AIFB
Universität Karlsruhe (TH)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
phone: +49 (721) 608 42 42.

For questions on setting up the proposal please contact:

Dr. Valentina Damerow
phone: +49 (228) 885 24 99.

Additional Information:
Previous Call for Proposals is available under: [Phase 1] [Phase 2].

For more information have a look at the web sites of the priority program: http://www.organic-computing.de/spp.
Last update on: 2013-01-21 PRINTPRINTTOP