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Daniel Martens joins our team

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The Applied Software Technology Group welcomes our new team member Daniel Martens.

Daniel joined our group in June 2016 as a research associate and a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Prof. Walid Maalej. He holds a bachelor and master degree in computer science from the University of Hamburg and has a substantial industry experience in particular with developing iOS apps.

Daniel’s current research interests include the democratization of software development (crowdsourcing in RE) and the participatory elicitation of climate data using smart devices and smart sensors.

At MAST he will be responsible a.o. for the “globalization” of M-Lab (app development course) with our international partners. We are looking forward to working with him.

Best Research Paper at RE’15

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Our paper “Bug Report, Feature Request, or Simply Praise? On Automatically Classifying App Reviews” authored by Walid Maalej and Hadeer Nabil has been selected at the 23rd International IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference (RE15) as Best Research Paper.

The awarded paper was a.o the result of the research visit of Hadeer Nabil and her Master thesis supervised by Prof. Maalej.

RE is the primer research conference in the field of requirements engineering. It has an acceptance rate of ~15-25% and yearly attracts 250-400 researchers and experts in the field. This year the conference took place Ottowa Canada. More information.
The most influential paper went this year to Paolo Giorgini, Fabio Massacci, John Mylopoulos and Nicola Zannone and was awarded for the Paper “Modeling security requirements through ownership, permission and delegation”

You can download our awarded Paper here.

Google Research Award for MOBIS

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MOBIS has recently received the Google Computational Journalism Research Award. With the award, Google supports excellent researchers and their research projects in Europe. Together with our partners from the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute for media research we were selected for our proposal of “SCAN: a Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists”. This year, only three projects from Europe have been awarded. More on the Google Research blog.

Journalism is evolving fast in the digital age, and researchers across Europe are working on exciting projects to create innovative new tools and open source software that will support online journalism and benefit readers. As part of the wider Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), Google Research invited academic researchers across Europe to submit proposals for the Computational Journalism Research Awards.  

Our project aims at developing a framework for the systematic, semi-automated analysis of audience feedback on journalistic content to better reflect the voice of users, mitigate the analysis efforts, and help journalists generate new content from the user comments. More on this project can be found in September on our website.

Update: The kickoff meeting took place on the 7th September at the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute to discuss further proceedings.

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Maximilian Lazar wins the best student project at EXPO 2014

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The annual EXPO of the Department of Informatics at University Hamburg is an exhibition of student projects including Bachelor-, Master- and Diploma theses. This year our student Maximilian Lazar was honored for his Master thesis “Mobile Analytics: Collecting and Understanding App Usage Data” supervised by Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej. The research aimed to answer the question on how to collect raw mobile data and transform it into meaningful and useful information to improve mobile apps. The project also aimed to study how organizations and software vendors can use mobile analytics. Maximilian Lazar developed for his thesis a Mobile Analytics system called MARLA. MARLA tracks in-application usage data and provides on a reporting web server three Analytics scopes: Session Analytics, Feature Analytics, and Review Analytics.

 

FES Doctoral Scholarship for Timo Johann

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MOBIS member and doctoral student Timo Johann receives a Ph.D. scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Timo’s research interests include social software engineering, user involvement, and green computing.

Besides a financial support, the scholarship includes the participation in workshops, seminars, as well as an international network on scientific and political issues. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation is financially funded and subsidized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supports students with outstanding academical and political achievements. Its main goals are to promote political and societal education of people from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy and pluralism, to enable young people the opportunity to study and do research through grants, and to work toward international understanding and cooperation.

Prof. Maalej receives the Microsoft Award for Software Engineering Innovation

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Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej was honored with the Microsoft Award for Software Engineering Innovation. He received the award at the annual Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Day. The SEIF day brings together the SEIF winners, influential software engineering researchers, and researchers from Microsoft Research to present and discuss existing software engineering projects being pursued by the SEIF community, and future directions in software engineering research. 

The SEIF day takes place during the fifteenth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej met with leading academic researchers and educators as well as Microsoft researchers and engineers to explore future technology trends that will define the twenty-first century.

MOBIS presents 5 papers at the IEEE RE’14

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Our research group is strongly represented at this year’s RE, the 22nd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. MOBIS members will present the following 2 papers at the main conference:

Furthermore, MOBIS members will present the following 3 papers at the conference collocated workshops:

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

Prof. Maalej is Early Stage Scientist of the Year

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Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej, head of the MOBIS group at the University of Hamburg was honored as “The Early Stage Scientist of the Year” by academics and the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV). He was selected by the jury for his excellent research work as junior professor in the department of informatics and his engagement, in particular for supporting young talented people with a immigration background in Hamburg.

The prize is awarded for the seventh time and has a value of 5000 €. With the price, young scientists are honored for outstanding commitment, trendsetting ideas, or through exemplary dedication with a positive lasting impact on science, research and development. The price is aimed at young researcher up to an age of 35 from all scientific disciplines.

The prize was awarded on March 24th 2014 during the German Science Gala in Frankfurt with about 300 guests from academia, politics, and industry. At the same event the prizes for the Faculty of the Year, the University President of the Year, and the Science Minister of the Year have been awarded as well.

  • Read the entire Press Release about the German Science Gala (in German). 
  • See portrait video shown at the science gala about Prof. Maalej.
  • Read the entire Press Release about the award announcement here (in German).

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MOBIS says goodbye to 2013

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2013 – Year Nr. 1 in MOBIS life – is now over! We would like to thank the MOBIS team and everybody who helped us in making 2013 a very successful year. After the first release of our website in February 2013 we have had over 10.000 visits and about 5000 visitors from all over the world — far more that we expected. Thank you for your interest in our research and teaching activities! We have grown throughout the year and our very young research group now includes 14 members: 9 research assistants (and Ph.D. candidates), 3 students assistants, one admin, and the group head Prof. Maalej. Moreover, we had 5 visiting researchers from Canada, US, Egypt, and Germany. Overall, in 2013 we published 7 peer-reviewed papers at international conferences and journals and co-edited 2 books one on Requirements Knowledge and the other on Recommendation Systems in Software Engineering. We co-organized 3 international events where we brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss emerging topics on Mobile Services and Software Engineering. We also won two awards. Our group head Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej was honored as “The Early Stage Scientist of the Year” across all sciences in Germany and Rebecca Tiarks received the pro exellentia scholarship for women in technology and natural sciences. Last but not least, our team designed and taught 3 new courses, amongst others the 2 renowned M-Lab courses, where students worked together with real companies on real projects. Some success stories are captured in movies in our YouTube channel. 

Most importantly, we had a lot of fun! While working on tough problems, we had many vivid (sometime long) discussions. We also were on exciting trips where we met interesting people from all over the world.

Of course, we still have many tasks, which are still open and several challenges in research and teaching, which we plan to tackle in 2014. Just to mention two: the MOBIS team is currently working on 5 research proposals and developing 2 new lectures for master students. One thing is clear: 2014 will be as busy as 2013.

We wish all our team members, our students, our partners, collaborators, and colleagues ALL the best for 2014! Looking forward for new challenges, productive time, and lots of fun!

The MOBIS Team

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M-Lab Final: Client Acceptance Test

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The client acceptance test is the final and most exciting event of the lighthouse project course M-Lab. During this event the students will demonstrate their “ready-to-use” Apps to the customers, who will judge the results. The client acceptance tests will be a public event. Everyone interested is welcome to join. 

Time: Thursday 11th July 2013 at 16:00

Place: Seminar room C-221, building C, the Informatics Campus of the UHH in Hamburg-Stellingen.

 

Agenda:

  • 16:00 Opening remarks by Prof. Maalej and the instructor team
  • 16:10 “Social and Sailing Navigation” by the Presentec team
  • 16:30 “Remote Control for an in-car Infotainment System” by the Volkswagen team
  • 16:50 “Community Assessment of Telecommunication Service Quality” by the I.C.H.N. team
  • 17:10 “Sale-Support of Special Financial Products” by the Capgemini team
  • 17:30 Get together with snacks, drinks, and an exhibition of the apps

 

Natalia Mannov joins our team

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A warm welcome to Natalia Mannov, who joins our team as a researcher and a Ph.D. candidate from July 2013. We are looking forward to work together with her in particular in the area of Requirements Engineering and Human Computer Interaction.