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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.

Best Research Paper at RE’15


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.

MOBIS nominated by students for best teaching project in Hamburg


With the program “Unseren Hochschulen” the Claussen-Simon Foundation and the Hamburg Higher Education Authority aim at promoting excellent professors and innovative teaching activities as well as increasing the collaboration between students and professors. We have participated in this program with M-Lab (in German), our lighthouse teaching project for mobile app development. Out of 300 student recommendations for professors and teaching events we have been selected among the top 10 and nominated as a candidate to win the teaching price. The three winners will be announced in October 2015 and will receive a total award of 200.000 Euro to realize their teaching projects and concepts. We are very grateful for our students, who have nominated us for this competition and have voted for our project proposal.

Google Research Award for MOBIS


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.


Maximilian Lazar wins the best student project at EXPO 2014


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


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

SEIF Day (8)

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.

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. 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.

Prof. Maalej is Early Stage Scientist of the Year


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).