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May, 2014

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MUSES project presented to Hamburg’s First Mayor Scholz

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On May 15th. 2014 the State Premier & First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz visited the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg. Our group MOBIS was honored to be among the research groups, which were selected to present their work to him and the accompanying team of high-ranking officers and decision makers. We presented a  part of our european research project MUSES and our approach to deal with the challenges of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Our poster (in German) can be downloaded from this link. It shows our solution to distinguish automatically between private and professional usage of mobile devices by using machine learning techniques. The main application scenarios include the automatic reporting of extra working hours, the protection of users’ privacy when using corporate devices and the protection of company’s assets when using private devices. Scholz was highly interested in this topic and discussed with us possible use cases and legal implication.

At the end of the visit, the head of MOBIS Prof. Maalej handed over a voucher to Scholz which consists of gift to the State City of Hamburg for the development of an App as part of our lighthouse M-Lab projects.

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Talk by Prof. Maalej in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

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“My Smartphone is my Best Friend”. This was the title of Prof. Maalej’s talk on Mai 23rd in Albert-Schäfer-Saal, the largest event room of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer Hamburg).
Prof. Maalej discussed the potentials of usage data and sensor data collected by modern context aware apps as well as the risks and limitations. One part of this discussion was the research on: “how we face the challenges of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” that the EU project MUSES addresses. Prof. Maalej presented a research approach called “Situation Prediction” that automatically distinguishes between private and professional smartphone usage. After the talk there was a podium discussion with renowned people that offers new perspectives on security and privacy issues in the mobile era. About 200 listeners attended the informative event.

As the representative organisation of Hamburg’s enterprises, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the political lobbyist, mediator and advocate for the local business community of 159.000 enterprises. It’s the oldest Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

Impressions

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M-Lab: new semester, new projects, same challenges

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After the Ice Breaker and two intensive tutorial days for Android and iOS development, we have had the kickoff of M-Lab, our lighthouse teaching project for master students.
Onboard are 19 highly motivated students and four companies from the Hamburg area, each with a different problem. Overall four teams will develop 4 Apps and learn the ACBs of Software Engineering for Mobile Services – following our motto „Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.„
More information about the course and the projects can be found of the course website.
You can find the trailers resulting from previous M-Lab projects in our youtube channel.
The whole M-Lab concept is explained in this short video.

Interview with Head of MOBIS in the newspaper “Abendblatt”

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Recently an interview with Prof. Maalej with a portrait has appeared in the largest regional newspaper in Germany “Hamburger Abendblatt”. The interview was one part of the yearly spacial issue about the University of Hamburg. You can download a digital version of the whole article from this web site (Page 3, in German).