Workshop 18

Date: Nov 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:15am
Location: Lakeside Park, Building B04b, Level 1, Klagenfurt (Lakeside Labs)


  • W. Elmenreich (NES) and A. Kercek (Lakeside Labs): will introduce a new Horizon 2020 project: CPSwarm — Swarms of Cyberphysical Systems.

Workshop 17

Date: October 06, 2016 at 09:30 – 10:45 am.
Location: Lakeside Park, Building B04b, Level 1, Klagenfurt (Lakeside Labs)

Paul Schweinzer (Professor for Economics, Klagenfurt) will talk about:

Optimal Team Composition and the Apollo Syndrome

We model leadership, competition, and decision making in teams with heterogeneous membership composition. We show that if the choice of leadership in a team is imprecise or noisy — which is arguably the case if appointment decisions are made not only by experts but also by less well-informed executives — then it is not necessarily the case that the best individuals should be selected into a single team.  On the contrary, and in line with what has been called the “Apollo effect,” a team consisting of unambiguously higher performing individuals may perform worse in terms of team output than a group composed of lower performers.  We characterize the properties of the leadership selection process which lead to the Apollo effect and clarify when the opposite effect — in which supertalent teams perform better than comparatively less qualified groups — takes place.

Joint work with Alex Gershkov.


Workshop 12

Date: January 28, 2015
Time: 11:45 – 15:00
Location: Lakeside Labs GmbH, Lakeside B04b/1


  • Introducing the selforg blog
  • Food for thoughts with TED talk on slime molds
  • Glenda Garcia Santos: A STELLA primer

Workshop 11

Date: December 10, 2014
Time: 11:45 – 15:00
Location: Lakeside Labs GmbH, Lakeside B04b/1


  • Joint lunch „Food for thoughts“ with TED talks
  • Talk: Why are ants so successful? (Norbert Reichmann)
  • Talk: A probabilistic approach to binary consensus (Andreas Kercek)
  • Talk: A self-organizing model for cell differentiation (Manfred Rabl-Pöchacker)
  • Report from the coordinator and next workshop
  • Launch of Website

Second Retreat: NetLogo

The second retreat of the research cluster “self-organizing systems” took place on October 6 and 7, 2014, in Pörtschach.


The main goals were as follows:

  • Familiarize with the software tool NetLogo for modeling self-organizing systems
  • Review the work done so far in selforg.aau and discuss and plan future activities.


Christian Bettstetter, Wilfried Elmenreich, Kirsten von Elverfeldt, Glenda Garcia-Santon, Pasquale Grippa, Mihnea Hristea, Andreas Kercek, Norbert Reichmann, Peter Mandl, Martina Umlauft, Vladimir Vukadinovic, Friederike Wall.


Software developed in the group work


09:30 Opening and overview (Bettstetter)
09:45 NetLogo Tutorial, Part 1 (Umlauft)
11:00 Break and Checkin
11:15 NetLogo Tutorial, Part 2 (Umlauft)
12:30 Lunch
14:00 NetLogo Group Work: Topic collection (Bettstetter)
14:30 NetLogo Group Work
17:30 Break
19:00 Dinner
21:00 Leisure activity: Walk (optional)


09:00 NetLogo Group Presentations:

  • Consensus (Kercek, Bettstetter, Grippa, Vukadinovic)
  • Debris flows (Elmenreich, von Elverfeldt)
  • BZ reaction (Reichmann, Hristea,Umlauft)
10:30 Checkout and Break
11:00 NetLogo Group Presentation:

  • Pesticides drift (Garcia-Santon, Mandl)
11:30 Feedback round
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Review and outlook of selforg.aau,
Planning of next workshops (Bettstetter)
14:30 End