Statement on COVID-19

The OC-DDC Organizing Committee has been monitoring the situation surrounding COVID-19 and considering what impact this may have on events scheduled for later in the year, such as ours. We are aware of the restrictions and uncertainty that people are facing, and therefore want to take this opportunity to offer some certainty to the community.

We would first like to express our empathy and condolences with those affected by COVID-19 so far, and those who will have a difficult 2020. Our primary concern is that members of our community, and their families and friends, remain safe and well. Secondly, our aspiration is to enable our whole international community to have, as much as possible, a stimulating and equitable opportunity to share and discuss their work and ideas in the areas of autonomic and self-organizing computing systems.

At this point we would like to announce and confirm that:
* The OC-DDC will take place, and on its original dates in July.
* There will be an opportunity to present virtually, for anyone who cannot or chooses not to travel.
* All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, regardless of whether a physical or virtual presentation is given.
* Whether the conference becomes entirely virtual or a hybrid is a decision that we will make when we know more, and by the end of May/begin of June at the latest. This is to ensure people have ample time to make travel arrangements, in the case of physical attendance.

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, it is unclear what things will be like in the late summer. Therefore, we hope you find the above clarifications helpful, and we appreciate your understanding as we continue to monitor the situation carefully.