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New Project: Hamburg Open Online University

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We proudly announce that our group will contribute to the development of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) – an innovative higher-education initiative of Hamburg.

Initiated by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and its Senate Chancellery, the HOOU project is a cooperation between the federal state government, the authority of science and research (BWF), Multimedia Kontor Hamburg (MMKH), and the six public universities in our city-state. The overall goals are to foster the digitization of the higher education, to open-up knowledge sharing and educational resources, and to provide an innovative, scalable and usable online platform for teaching and learning across the universities. HOOU will target not only  university students but also everyone interested in education and knowledge. Within this project, MOBIS is researching and developing innovative approaches such as “Learning Analytics and Recommendation”, “Problem- and Project- based learning”, “Mobile Learning” and “Continuous Quality Assurance”.

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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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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.

Prof. Robillard visit

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From April 16th to April 26 Prof. Martin P. Robillard from McGill University (CA) is visiting our chair to continue our research collaboration on software documentation and recommendation systems, which has been highly productive so far. We are very glad to have him with us.

During his visit Martin will give 2 talks:

  • The first talk will be on Recommendation Systems for API Usage on  Monday, April 22, 2013, 17:15 as part of the UHH Informatik Kolloquium (open to public).
  • The second talk will be on Conducting Empirical Evaluation in Software Engineering Research on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 14:00 as part of MOBIS doctoral seminar (closed).

Martin Robillard is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at McGill University. He is the recipient of four ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards and currently holds an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award. He recently served as the Program Co-Chair for the 20th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering, and is currently serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and Empirical Software Engineering.