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Alexander Oeser has successfully presented his student project at Expo 2016

The annual EXPO of the Department of Informatics at University Hamburg is an exhibition of student projects including Study-, Bachelor- and Master theses. This year our student Alexander Oeser has successfully presented his student project “Enrich an API reference documentation with Software Development Screencasts” supervised by Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Mathias Ellmann. The research aimed to answer the question on whether a software development screencast can enrich an API reference documentation as the Java SDK 6. The project also aimed to study how to identify a software development screencast from other videos which are located on YouTube. Alexander Oeser has used different algorithms as the Jaccard, Cosine or LSI algorithm to identify those and to assign the screencasts to different categories (system set-up, code compilation or programming). Finally he made a similarity analysis that provide the best 20 API documents from all 9000 existing documents of the Java SDK 6. He will extend his study in his master thesis to get deeper insights of the overall research object which he will face soon.

Talk by Prof. Maalej in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

“My Smartphone is my Best Friend”. This was the title of Prof. Maalej’sA�talk on Mai 23rd in Albert-SchA�fer-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 ofA�BringA�YourA�OwnA�Device (BYOD)” that the EU project MUSESA�addresses.A�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.


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

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 a�� following our motto a�zTell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.a�z
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.

Prof. Maalej is a winner of the Microsoft Research SEIF Award

Prof. Walid Maalej, the head of MOBIS, is a winner of the “2014 Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award” by Microsoft Research.
The award is coupled with the project: STIMME- Systematic Analysis of User Reviews and Usage Data for Windows Mobile Apps.A�The SEIF award supports academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods.

The SEIF 2014 Award is granted by Microsoft Research Connections Computer Science, in conjunction with the Research in Software Engineering Group, the Sensing and Energy Research Group, and Global Foundation Services.

More info at Microsoft Research.

Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era

Prof. Maalej gives the keynote at the Annual German Meeting on Requirements Engineering (GI-Fachgruppen-Treffen Requirements Engineering). The talk is on “Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era” and is in German.A�
This year the meeting takes place in Ilmenau and the main focus is on a�zRequirements Engineering for Mobile Applicationsa�?. More info including the full program of the meeting can be foundA�here.

Pro exzellenzia* scholarship for MOBIS member

A�MOBISA�memberA�Rebecca TiarksA�receives aA�pro exzellenzia*A�scholarship starting from november 2013. Besides a financial support, this scholarship includes the participations in seminars and workshops for advanced training. The main objective of pro exzellenzia is to support selected female Ph.D. students on their way towards leadership positions in academia and industry. The program also includes coaching, mentoring, and networking elements.

MOBIS on YouTube

From now you can also find and follow MOBIS on YouTube. There you can watch videos of our research and teaching projects as well as other events. This includes the trailers of the M-Lab 2013 projects. Enjoy!

Welcome Nedaa Zirjawi


We welcome our new team member Nedaa Zirjawi.

Nedaa joined our group from September 2013 as a researcher and a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Walid Maalej.

She will be working on object recognition using mobile phone cameras. In particular she focuses on iris recognition. Nedaa is the recipient of a DAAD PhD scholarship.

We are looking forward to working with her.



Study about data privacy

We have conducted a studyA�in collaboration with Columbia UniversityA�to gather and understand privacy requirements of end users and developers.

Do you have any concerns about your privacy when developing or using online systems like Amazon and Facebook? A�We would like to ask you to spend 5 min. now to participate in this survey:

The resultsA�

Results of the study can be obtained upon request.A�A�

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).