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Doctoral Camp 2018!
The MAST Group annual Doctoral Camp was a great success! We took time to reflect on our research, presented our latest results and future PhD plans to our peers, and enjoyed some beautiful Northern-Germany sun. This four-day event provides the opportunity to think through research progress through research presentations given by each PhD researcher, connect with colleagues with shared meals and social events, and relax by absorbing the beautiful weather and landscape. The Doctoral Camp (DocCamp) was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, Germany.
The Doctoral Camp presents the MAST PhD researchers the opportunity to communicate their research to the group. Different people are at different stages of their PhD, so the presentations varied. However, a constant among all presentations was the clear progress from last year, and valuable feedback provided by the other MAST members.
Meals and Social Events
The purpose of the DocCamp is more than just a research event, it is also a chance for MAST colleagues to talk about life, hobbies, and anything else that comes to mind. This provides the opportunity to learn about each other beyond the daily work we collaborate on. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared by us as a group. We would then go outside and enjoy the meal together, discussing life and whatever else came to mind. Following a nice dinner, it was common to go on a walk through the beautiful landscape, talking about interesting side-projects we were working on, discussing future plans for our lives, and many other things. Between meetings and presentations, we played football and frisbee on the lawn. Additionally, we sat down in the evening to play our favourite board games.
Enjoying the Landscape
The DocCamp was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, in North Germany. We had a beautiful view of Denmark, just across the water. The beach, although narrow, provided a nice path to walk on for our nightly walks. Just behind our house was a nice open field, perfect for letting our minds think openly and enjoying outside games together. Thankfully, we were blessed with Sun Sun Sun! We definitely took advantage of the beautiful weather, and are thankful for the accessibility it provided to enjoy the landscape.
Overall, the DocCamp was a success, providing us all with a better understanding of our research, our colleagues, and the general direction of the MAST Group. Looking forward to next year!
Those that follow us already for a while know about our strong connection and contributions to the field of Requirements Engineering. With the received grant and responsibility in one of our current projects, OpenReq, and our chairholder Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej being the PC-Co Chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, we wanted to contribute to the RE community even more by running an RE symposium.
We are happy to report that the 1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium was a great success! Seven speakers from around the world discussed a wide range of topics with about ~40-50 participants, 10 from industry, 15 researchers, and the rest students.
On a sunny day, we welcomed all participants on our campus with snacks and drinks to be prepared for the presentations and discussions. The symposium began with introductions from Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Prof. Dr. Frank Steinicke. Between the two of them, we learned of the importance behind RE practices and research, and the history and prominence of the University of Hamburg.
Following the introductions, there were then presentations from top researchers in Requirements Engineering. Here is a photo recap of the presentations:
Günther Ruhe — Asymmetric release planning
Kelly Blincoe — Modern software development: the stress and social pressure
Liliana Pasquale — Topology Aware Adaptive Security
Martin Glinz — How much RE do we need?
Daniel Amyot — Evidence-Driven Evolution of Regulatory Requirements with Goal Models and Watson Analytics
Anna Perini — The SUPERSEDE project
Lloyd Montgomery — Conducting Research Industry Partnerships using Design Science: a Case Study with IBM
In an effort to encourage networking, an outdoor snack-and-chat venue was provided. This venue was met with plenty of good conversation, absorbed Hamburg sun, and in-depth discussions regarding the presentations that occurred.
The RE Symposium was concluded by going downtown to experience some Hamburg cuisine, and continue the discussions and networking.
Overall the RE Symposium was a success and an event that will likely be repeated in the future. Thank you to all who participated, and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event: