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Open Position: Full-Time Research Associate

You would like to pursue the challenge of doing a PhD in our Hamburg-based, internationally-recognized, highly-diverse team?

With immediate effect we recruit a research associate (for full details see PDF file). The contract is initially running for three years. The position is full-time. The selected candidate will be remunerated on the basis of the TV-L 13 salary scale. The desirable start is September 1st 2018. German language proficiency is required. 

 

Job description:

You will work in the intersection of the following fields:

  • Requirements engineering and management
  • Empirical software engineering and software analytics
  • Recommender systems, machine learning, and decision support technologies.

You will have multiple opportunities to interact with other researchers and projects at the research group lead by Prof. Maalej.

Tasks and duties:

  • Conduct your own research including conception, development, experimentation, and evaluation tasks
  • Involvement into teaching activities
  • Coordinate research activities, co-supervise students and junior researches
  • Publish and disseminate the research results

Job requirements:

  • Masters Degree
  • Excellent grades and academic record
  • Very high level of commitment, responsibility and self-initiative
  • Intercultural understanding and curiosity to work in new environments and on new topics
  • High knowledge and interest in research and teaching in at least two of the following topics:
    • Software engineering
    • Data science
    • Software applications
    • Empirical research
  • Good skills in the development of apps are of advantage
  • Good skills in modern software technologies, programming languages, and frameworks are preferred
  • Very good written and spoken German/English skills
  • Practical experience in software development and management
  • Experience in research projects, teaching (e.g., tutor-activities), as well as in scientific working and writing are of advantage

Application process:

Applications should include a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 page), the curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send your application as ONE PDF file (max 10 MB) to: ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@jelaam

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application open until August 5th 2018.

Additional information:

Further information can be found on our research group website.
The university website can be found here.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and has been recently found by The Economist as one of the top 10 cities to live in the world. Further information.

For further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej: tel. +4940428 83–2187; email: ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@jelaam

MAST @ ICSE 2018

Our research group was represented at this year’s ICSE, the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering. The conference took place from May 27 until June 03 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Davide Fucci published his work Sensing Developers’ Emotions: The Design of a Replicated Experiment at the 3rd International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering (SEmotion), co-authored with Daniela Girardi, Filippo Lanubile, and Nicole Novielli from University of Bari. 

Further, Dr. Davide Fucci presented a poster on The Effect of Noise on Requirements Comprehension, with Simone Romano, Giuseppe Scanniello, Natalia Juristo, and Burak Turhan.

Daniel Martens and Walid Maalej presented their work ReviewChain: Untampered Product Reviews on the Blockchain at the 1st International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain (WETSEB).

Yen Dieu Pham presented her work A First Implementation of a Design Thinking Workshop During a Mobile App Development Course Project at the 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials (SEEM), co-authored with Davide Fucci, and Walid Maalej.

More information about the conference and the schedule of the presentations can be found at the ICSE website.

M-Lab App presented at the Press Conference of State

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:

M-Lab App “Metropole des Wissens” auf der Landespressekonferenz vorgestellt

Heute stellten die Wissenschaftssenatorin Katharina Fegebank gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej und Daniel Martens von unserem Arbeitsbereich die neue Wissenschafts-App „Metropole des Wissens“ auf der Landespressekonferenz vor. Die App richtet sich alle an der Wissenschaft interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Ziel ist es, die Wissenschaft in Hamburg noch stärker miteinander und mit der interessierten Öffentlichkeit zu verknüpfen.

Die App ist ein Erfolgsbeispiel für den Wissens- und Technologietransfer an der Universität Hamburg. Sie ist ursprünglich aus dem Lehr- und Innovationsprojekt M-Lab hervorgegangen, in dem Studierende unter Verwendung neuester Technologien innovative Smartphone-Apps entwickeln. Zu Beginn des dreimonatigen Projekt präsentieren die Praxispartner aus Wirtschaft, öffentlicher Hand und zivilgesellschaftliche Institutionen den Studierenden ihre Problemstellung. Auch die Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung nahm an M-Lab teil. Ein vierköpfiges Studententeam (Minka Halilovic, Javad Malaquti, Paul Mazgajski, und Daniel Martens) entwickelte dort die initiale „Metropole des Wissens“ App. Diese aggregiert die Inhalte, z.B. Neuigkeiten und Veranstaltungen, der wissenschaftlichen Institutionen Hamburgs. Im Anschluss an das Projekt haben die Studierenden dem 1. Bürgermeister und der 2. Bürgermeisterin die App im Rathaus präsentiert.

Die App und dessen Konzept stießen auf große Begeisterung. Sie wurde weiterentwickelt und getestet und ist ab sofort im Apple AppStore kostenfrei verfügbar ist. Katharina Fegebank, Senatorin für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung: „Mit der heute vorgestellten App tragen wir die Wissenschaft noch stärker in die Stadt und informieren Bürgerinnen und Bürger noch besser darüber, was es alles in den wissenschaftlichen Institutionen Hamburgs zu entdecken gibt. Damit kann man jetzt auch digital von überall mit einem Klick in die Wissenschaft der Stadt eintauchen. Der digitale Wandel erfasst nahezu alle Lebensbereiche. Wir gestalten diesen Wandel, nutzen seine Chancen und stärken die Schlüssel-Disziplin der Digitalisierung: die Informatik.“

Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej fügt abschließend hinzu: „Wir haben aus technischer Sicht alle Vorbereitungen getroffen um Inhalte weiterer außeruniversitärer Forschungsinstitutionen in die App zu integrieren. Dazu haben wir die neuesten Technologien verwendet. Ich würde mich sehr freuen in Kürze weitere Inhalte der Hamburger Wissenslandschaft integriert zu sehen – und in Zukunft im besten Fall auch bundesweite Inhalte.“.

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

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

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�� A TRIAL WEEK

Every year the department of informatics organizes one week trail study, called a�?Schnupperstudiuma�?. 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 a�?Intelligent participative appsa�?, in which two current research projects were presented.

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

The open source project a�?TamTama�? 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

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:

New Semester, New Teaching and Learning Challenges

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

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.A�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

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.