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M-Lab App presented at the Press Conference of State

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Hamburg’s State Minister of Science, Research and Equality Katharina Fegebank presented together with Prof. Maalej and Daniel Martens from our research department the new science app “Metropole des Wissens” at the State Press conference. The app is dedicated to all citizens interested in science. The aim of the app is to stronger connect science within the city state of Hamburg and the interested public.

The app is a success story for knowledge and technology transfer at the University of Hamburg. The initial version of the app was developed with the lighthouse-teaching project M-Lab. Within this course students develop innovative mobile apps by using the latest technology. At the beginning of the three-month course practice partners from industry, public sector, and civil institutions present the students their problem statements. The ministry for science, research and equality took part in the M-Lab course in 2015. A team of four students (Minka Halilovic, Javad Malaquti, Paul Mazgajski, and Daniel Martens)  developed the initial version of the app, which aggregates content, such as news and events, of the scientific institutions within Hamburg. At the end of the project the students presented the app to the first and second major of the city of Hamburg within the town hall.

The app and its concept received great enthusiasm. It was further developed and tested, and is from now on available for free within the Apple AppStore. Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg’s State Minister of Science, Research and Equality: „With this app… citizen can dive in digitally with one click from anywhere in the Hamburg’s science“

Prof. Maalej concludes: “the students designed the app for the future and other institutions can easily integrate their content into the app — even Germany- wide” .

Follow the link to download the app within the Apple AppStore.

 

Press coverage:

Prof. Maalej selected as PC Co-Chair of IEEE RE’18

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Prof. Walid Maalej is program co-chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’18). Further, the conference chairs include Prof. Daniel Amyot (program co-chair) and Dr. Guenther Ruhe (general chair).

The RE’18 conference will be held from 20 to 24 August 2018 at the world famous Banff center in Alberta, Canada. The conference invites submissions in all areas of RE including elicitation, specification, modeling, analysis, verification, and evolution:

“The conference will offer an extensive program of interest to academia, government and industry. It will include several distinguished keynote speakers and three conference days full of papers, panels, posters and demos. A series of exciting tutorials to develop skills in and advance awareness of requirements engineering practices is of particular interest to industry. Two days of workshops as well as doctoral symposium offer forums for participants to present cutting-edge techniques and approaches in particular fields.”

 

To get an impression of the city of Banff and the Banff centre a short video on YouTube is available:

 

The call for papers includes the following categories of papers:

  • Research papers
  • RE@Next! papers
  • Data track papers
  • Industry papers

The RE’18 also welcomes submissions for:

  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Panels and interactive events
  • Posters and tool demos
  • Doctoral symposium

For more information visit the RE’18 website. Besides the RE’18 conference, Prof. Maalej has successfully organized more than 15 international scientific events and served in the PC of numerous conferences including ICSE, RE, OSS, and ESEC/FSE.

Get Ready for the Doctoral Camp 2017

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Today it’s time to leave the Informatikum for our yearly Doctoral Camp 2017. For three days the MAST research group (Prof. Maalej and his Ph.D. students) will stay in a Swedish house near a beautiful lake in Malente. Interesting talks with intensive discussions, fun-activities, BBQ, and even an original Italian pizza workshop are waiting for our Ph.D. students.

We will shortly provide an update and are looking forward to a great Doctoral Camp 2017!

WHAT IS INFORMATICS – A TRIAL WEEK

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Every year the department of informatics organizes one week trail study, called “Schnupperstudium”. Interested high school students from the 10th to 13th grade can join the event on their own initiative during the school holidays.

During this week students get to learn about basics of informatics and its applications. They also “try out” how a study of computer science at the University of Hamburg looks like. From the 17th to the 21st of October 2016 several small learning projects were offered to get practical insights into computer science.

The Applied Software Technology Group (MAST) participated in this event by offering a guest lecture by Prof. Maalej and a research demonstration titled “Intelligent participative apps”, in which two current research projects were presented.

Marlo Häring presented a project about Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists “SCAN-4”, funded by Google Computational Journalism Research Award, which is developed in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research.

The open source project “TamTam” was introduced by Daniel Martens. It is an innovative crowdsourcing app that aims to raise the awareness for noise pollution among citizens and enables them to record noise measurements using their smartphones anywhere and anytime.

The taster week is always a successful and very well visited event with interesting insights and curious students.

M-Lab Kickoff Event, 22.10.2016

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On Thursday, October 20th, we successfully ran the kickoff event of M-Lab with about 70 attendants. This year more than 40 students have applied for the M-Lab course with their first preference, of which 35 were admitted for the course (twice as much as in the previous M-Lab iteration).

This year, the students can choose from six highly interesting projects with practice partners from industry, society and public sector:

In their motivating speeches, the practice partners briefly introduced their organizations and the overall problem statements and project idea. In an informal part the students were able to give their impressions about the projects, ask clarification questions, and get in a first contact with “their customers”. The teams were then built one day later based on the students’ preferences and curricula.

The projects Civitas and Daimler will be globally conducted together with the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Overall 44 students participate in the M-Lab.

During the kickoff day a professional camera team of the Claussen-Simon Foundation accompanied us to create a professional trailer about M-Lab. The trailer will be shown during the award ceremony “Ausgezeichnet!” on December 2016.

New Semester, New Teaching and Learning Challenges

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We are proud to announce that the Applied Software Technology team will offer four courses in this winter semester (WS 2016/17), two among them are new.

Softwareentwicklung I (B.Sc. level): In this introductory lecture-course we explain fundamental methods and concepts of software development. We expect 600-700 students from different study majors.

Softwareentwicklung I Übung (B.Sc level): This is the lab course (practical part) of SE1. The students will solve software development tasks in pair-programming (basic programming concepts, object oriented programming, basic testing tasks, interfaces, collections etc.). This class will be supported by about 50 Teaching Assistants. It is thus a big logistic challenge in addition to the pedagogical challenge.

M-Lab & M-Lab Global (B.Sc. and M.Sc. level): In this project course students develop innovative Apps in small teams, under real conditions and tight project deadlines, for real customers from industry, society and the public sector. This winter term we introduce the first global instance of M-Lab, where students will have the chance to work together in globally distributed teams with students from the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Doctoral Seminar (Ph.D. level): In this advanced seminar, doctoral students will present and discuss topics from three pillars: Research content, research methodology, and state-of-the-art technologies. International guests  regularly join this seminar too.

Carina Volkmer Joins Our Team

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The Applied Software Technology Group welcomes our new team member Carina Volkmer.

Carina joined our group in October 2016 and will be the personal assistant of Prof. Maalej and also responsible for administration and communication matters. She will take over the role of Heidi Oskarsson, who will go in deserved retirement. Previously Carina Volkmer successfully studied languages and worked at several positions gaining a large experience in organization and event management.

Her room is D-203, where she will be available from Monday through Thursday, Friday only in exceptional cases. Welcome Carina Volkmer!

MINTernational Practice Award

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In February our M-Lab teaching project for master students won the MINTernational Practice competition.

On the 13th of October Prof. Walid Maalej and Daniel Martens were invited to the awards ceremony at the Umweltforum in Berlin. This ceremony was part of a conference organized by Stifterverband (Donors’ association for the promotion of humanities and sciences in Germany) on the internationalization of science and technology.

With M-Lab Global the University of Hamburg was officially awarded for the efforts in the internationalization of practical teaching. With the funding support of the MINTernational award we already established a first global collaboration with partners from the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). You can get an impression of the event in this video statement by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Daimler AG.

Interview with Daniel Martens in UHH Newsletter (German)

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Our research associate and doctoral candidate Daniel Martens was recently interviewed for the column “Was macht eigentlich …?” (English: “What is he or she doing actually…?”) of the newsletter of the University of Hamburg. The column appears monthly and gets accessed by thousands of readers. It typically includes a 1-2 interviews with professors and senior staff. Ph.D. students are interviewed only rarely.

Daniel Martens talked about his current research interests and activities, his favorite places and activities at the university, and a mobile application he is developing together with 6 universities and the Local Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (German: Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung, Short: BWFG).

The complete interview (in German) can be read here.

Doctoral Camp 2016

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Every year our research group organizes a doctoral camp. During 2-3 intensive days every doctoral candidate presents her current research activities and discusses the PhD. progress with the professor, the members of the group and 1-2 guests. As in every camp, there are also several side discussions and social events.

This year’s doctoral camp took place from 15th to 17th June 2016 in a Swedish house near a beautiful lake by Malente. Together with our guest Prof. Nicole Novielli, the MAST research group (Prof. Maalej and ten of his Ph.D. students) intensively discussed its ongoing projects on topics including Analytics, Software Documentation, Data-Driven Requirements Engineering, and Global and Collaborative Development. Besides the insightful discussions, our group has further grown together during socializing events such as BBQs, cooking, canoe trips as well as fun sessions and various sports activities. The following pictures give an impression of the three productive and rewarding days.

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