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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.

MAST @ ICSE 2017

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Our research group was represented at this year’s ICSE, the 39th International Conference  on Software Engineering.

Dr. Davide Fucci presented his work originally published in Transactions of Software Engineering (TSE):

Davide Fucci, Hakan Erdogmus, Burak Turhan, Markku Oivo, Natalia Juristo: A Dissection of Test-Driven Development: Does It Really Matter to Test-First or to Test-Last? 

Daniel Martens and Timo Johann presented their work at the Second International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering co-organized by Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej:

Daniel Martens and Timo Johann: On the Emotion of Users in App Reviews

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

Date the Science

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Prof. Maalej participated this year in the initiative Date the Science in Hamburg. He “dated” about 80 young and curious high-school students and talked with them about “Social Informatics”.

15 scientists from 5 different Universities in Hamburg offered for high school students insights into their research topics and daily work. The research topics were diverse focusing on Natural Sciences, Technology, and Engineering. This date should motivate young students to study Science and Engineering and help them pick up the right major.

This year the 5th date with scientists was organized at the Helmut-Schmidt-Univeristy.  The event is part of a larger initiative of all universities and the city of Hamburg since 2007 to get young students enthusiastic about Science, Technology and Engineering and increase the number of university students in these fields. The online portal for this initiative is called MINTSTUDIUM.HAMBURG.

More about the event can be found on the following links (in German)

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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.

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.  

Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era

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Prof. Maalej gives the keynote at the Annual German Meeting on Requirements Engineering (GI-Fachgruppen-Treffen Requirements Engineering). The talk is on “Crowdsourcing Requirements in the Mobile Era” and is in German. 
This year the meeting takes place in Ilmenau and the main focus is on „Requirements Engineering for Mobile Applications“. More info including the full program of the meeting can be found here.

User Feedback in the AppStore

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“User Feedback in the AppStore: An Empirical Study” is the title of the new paper by Prof. Maalej and Dennis Pagano which has been recently accepted for publication at the renowned conference “IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering” RE 2013.

This research will be presented by Prof. Maalej at RE 2013 in Rio De Janeiro. 

Authors

Dennis Pagano and Walid Maalej

Abstract

Application distribution platforms – or app stores – such as Google Play or Apple AppStore allow users to submit feedback in form of ratings and reviews to downloaded applications. In the last few years, these platforms have become very popular to both application developers and users. However, their real potential for and impact on requirements engineering processes are not yet well understood. This paper reports on an exploratory study, which analyzes over one million reviews from the Apple AppStore. We investigated how and when users provide feedback, inspected the feedback content, and analyzed its impact on the user community. We found that most of the feedback is provided shortly after new releases, with a quickly decreasing frequency over time. Reviews typically contain multiple topics, such as user experience, bug reports, and feature requests. The quality and constructiveness vary widely, from helpful advices and innovative ideas to insulting offenses. Feedback content has an impact on download numbers: positive messages usually lead to better ratings and vice versa. Negative feedback such as shortcomings is typically destructive and misses context details and user experience. We discuss our findings and their impact on software and requirements engineering teams.

More Information

You can download a pre-print of the paper under this link.
For more information on the conference and the talk, follow this link.