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April, 2013

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RSSE Hamburg Meeting, April 25th.-26th


We are hosting theA�Hamburg Meeting onA�Recommendation Systems in Software Engineering A�(RSSE Hamburg Meeting) on April 25th and 26th 2013.

During this closed event 25 top researchers from all over the world will present and discuss the state-of-the-art on Recommendation Systems in Software Engineering.A�

RecommendationA�systems support decision making by helping their users navigate through large information spaces. Many activities in software engineering require searching, understanding, and managing large amounts of highly-technical and inter-related information. With the growth of public and private data stores and the emergence of off-the-shelf data-mining technology, recommender systems have emerged that specifically target the unique challenges of navigating software engineering data. Martin P. Robillard, Walid Maalej, Robert J. Walker and Thomas Zimmermann have invited international experts that align with the theme of recommendations systems to contribute to an edited book to be published by Springer in 2013. This book will collect state-of-the-art knowledge on the basic techniques required to mine software engineering data to produce recommendations, on the effective ways to apply these techniques in various application domains, and on the approaches that can be employed to assess the value of recommendations in highly-technical domains.A�


Local chair

Please note that this is a closed event. Only invited researchers can participate.


Kickoff of M-Lab 2013 with 4 customers, 20 students, and 5 instructors

After intensive iOS and Android tutorials held for the students last week, we had today the kickoff of the lighthouse teaching project M-Lab 2013. In total 20 students, 4 companies, and 5 instructors are participating in this project. This year we have the following iOS and Android projects:

  • Capgemini Germany: Sales Support of High-End Financial Products
  • I.C.H.N. GmbH: Community Assessment of Telecommunication Service Quality
  • Presentec GmbH: Social and Sailing Navigation
  • Volkswagen AG: Remote Control for an in-car Infotainment System

After a short introduction to the course and teaching goals by the professor, the four customers presented their problem statements and expectations to the students. The students selected their preferred projects by filling an online survey. At the end we had a small get together party with drinks and pizza! Also 7 guests came to the kickoff today.

Now the students are ready to use techniques and methods of Software Engineering and Mobile Services and work together on their projects and deliver the products in 3 months.

Looking forward for great projects!

The detailed timetable for the seminars can be found on the website.


New Captains at the University of Hamburg

On April, 8th. 2013 Prof. Walid Maalej and Prof. Ulrike von Luxburg continued with a long tradition at the University Hamburg. The new professors introduced themselves in an open lecture, which took place at the Konrad Zuse HA�rsaal. While Ulrike talked about “Machine Learning Mysteries” Walid’s talk was about “Octoberfest Engineering: On the Socialness of Software” (see event details). About 100 people including other professors, scientific staff, students, and alumni attended the talks and came to the reception afterwards. The welcome present of the department was a captain’s cap as a symbol of the hamburg region (as shown on the photo).


5th International Workshop on Social Software Engineering

Prof. Maalej is co-chairing theA�5th International Workshop onA�Social Software Engineering (SSE’13).

The workshop will take place onA�August 18, 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and will be collocated with theA�9th joint meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2013)

Important Dates

  • May 26 2013 Submission deadline
  • June 28 2013 Camera-ready
  • August 18 2013 Workshop


The Workshop on Social Software Engineering (SSE) focuses on the socialness of software engineering and of developed software. On one hand, we consider social factors in software engineering activities, processes, and CASE tools to be useful to improve the quality of development processes and the software produced by them. Examples include the role of situational awareness and multi-cultural factors in collaborative software development. On the other hand, the dynamics of the social contexts in which software could operate (e.g., in a cloud environment) calls for engineering social adaptability as a production-time iterative activity. One example is to gather usersa�� feedback on software quality and use it to autonomously or semi-autonomously adapt the software. The SSE workshop brings together academic and industrial perspectives to provide models, methods, tools, and approaches to address these issues.

Do no miss this event! Submit papers and participate!