1st International Workshop on Self-Organising Construction

Aims and Scope

The workshop on Self-organising Construction (SOCO) is one of the International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self-* Systems (FAS*W) held in the context of the IEEE International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising systems (SASO) and on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (ICCAC).

Our key theme is self-organising construction and we aim at cumulating, presenting, discussing and advancing new research results from theory and practice as well as novel scientific concepts and methodologies. Originally inspired by nest construction in social insects, the general concept relies on a large number of agents that coordinate their construction efforts by prompting and reacting to local stimuli. Very recently, with the wake of robotic swarms and novel material processing approaches, including for instance 3D printing techniques and innovative deployment of carbon fibres, self-organising construction is quickly gaining tremendous transformative significance in the context of various design and construction processes. These include also the construction, extension and renovation of architectural buildings, engineering design, industrial assembly and manufacture, and landscape architecture. Aligned with the host conference, we solicit for submissions that highlight the design and management of self-organising construction from a computational perspective.

The following aspects are of special interest:

  • Self-organising biologically inspired construction models
  • Analysis and design of coordinating construction algorithms
  • Agent-based simulation of building usage
  • Self-organising robot groups and swarms for construction
  • Computational metrics for evaluating complex structures, e.g. the complexity, energy efficiency, structural integrity of buildings
  • Parameterisation, evaluation, optimisation of artefact (e.g. building) utilisation and purpose
  • Decentralised supply chains of construction materials
  • Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for self-organised construction and maintenance
  • 3D printing technologies for self-organised construction
  • Applications in architectural design, building engineering, landscaping, industrial design, engineering and manufacture and swarm robotics
  • Interfaces for human inspection and control of self-organising construction systems
  • Modelling and simulation techniques, tools and platforms for self-organising construction


Submitted papers of up to six pages (submission deadline July 8) and Extended Abstracts of 2 pages (submission dealine July 15) will be evaluated in a single-blind reviewing process by the workshop committee members. Accepted papers will be published in the FAS* workshop proceedings through IEEE. All papers need to follow the IEEE DL format of the SASO conference and follow the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Please submit your paper through EasyChair.

We are looking for contributions that present novel theoretical or experimental results, novel design patterns, mechanisms, system architectures, frameworks or tools, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems and applications. We ask the authors to ensure that their submissions comply with the high standards in ingenuity and quality as expected by the SASO conference in general.


  • Sebastian von Mammen, University of Augsburg
  • Heiko Hamann, University of Paderborn
  • Ingo Mauser, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Important Deadlines

  • Submission deadline: July 4, 2016 July 8, 2016
  • Acceptance notification: July 17, 2016

Programme committee

  • Phil Ayres, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
  • Marco Dorigo, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Kasper Støy, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Guy Theraulaz, Université Paul Sabatier, France
  • Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton University, USA
  • Aleš Zamuda, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Peter Bentley, University College London, UK
  • Peter Dittrich, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
  • Justin Werfel, Harvard University, USA
  • Ilaria Mazzoleni, Southern California Institute of Architecture, USA
  • Kirstin Petersen, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany
  • René Doursat, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Christian Jacob, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Nils Napp, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
  • Joshua Taron, University of Calgary, Canada


The workshop is a satellite of the SASO and ICCAC conferences. It will take place in room 1005 T of the Physics Bldg. of the University of Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany on 16 September, 2016.

Programme of the SOCO Workshop (16 September, 2016)

9:00 Welcome by the organisers
9:15 Robotics for Self-Organised Construction
Victor Gerling, Sebastian von Mammen
10:00 Self-Organised Construction with Revit
Sarah Edenhofer, Simon Rädler, Manuel Hoß, Sebastian von Mammen
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Self-organized Linear and Helicoidal Ramps in Insect Nests
Lijie Guo, Guy Theraulaz, Christian Jost and Andrea Perna
11:45 Self-Organized Construction with Continuous Building Material: Higher Flexibility based on Braided Structures
Mary Katherine Heinrich, Mostafa Wahby, Mohammad Divband Soorati, Daniel Nicolas Hofstadler, Payam Zahadat, Phil Ayres, Kasper Støy and Heiko Hamann
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Self‐organised Embellishment of 3D Printed Scaffolds for the Production of Co‐occupied Architectural Boundaries
Asya Ilgun and Phil Ayres
14:30 Summary, Open Questions, Research Directions
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Panel Discussion on a SOCO Research Agenda