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Every year the department of informatics organizes one week trail study, called “Schnupperstudium”. Interested high school students from the 10th to 13th grade can join the event on their own initiative during the school holidays.
During this week students get to learn about basics of informatics and its applications. They also “try out” how a study of computer science at the University of Hamburg looks like. From the 17th to the 21st of October 2016 several small learning projects were offered to get practical insights into computer science.
The Applied Software Technology Group (MAST) participated in this event by offering a guest lecture by Prof. Maalej and a research demonstration titled “Intelligent participative apps”, in which two current research projects were presented.
Marlo Häring presented a project about Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists “SCAN-4”, funded by Google Computational Journalism Research Award, which is developed in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research.
The open source project “TamTam” was introduced by Daniel Martens. It is an innovative crowdsourcing app that aims to raise the awareness for noise pollution among citizens and enables them to record noise measurements using their smartphones anywhere and anytime.
The taster week is always a successful and very well visited event with interesting insights and curious students.
On Thursday, October 20th, we successfully ran the kickoff event of M-Lab with about 70 attendants. This year more than 40 students have applied for the M-Lab course with their first preference, of which 35 were admitted for the course (twice as much as in the previous M-Lab iteration).
This year, the students can choose from six highly interesting projects with practice partners from industry, society and public sector:
- Civitas / Hamburg Open Online University
- Hamburgische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gesundheitsförderung e. V.
- Transparenzportal Hamburg
In their motivating speeches, the practice partners briefly introduced their organizations and the overall problem statements and project idea. In an informal part the students were able to give their impressions about the projects, ask clarification questions, and get in a first contact with “their customers”. The teams were then built one day later based on the students’ preferences and curricula.
The projects Civitas and Daimler will be globally conducted together with the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Overall 44 students participate in the M-Lab.
During the kickoff day a professional camera team of the Claussen-Simon Foundation accompanied us to create a professional trailer about M-Lab. The trailer will be shown during the award ceremony “Ausgezeichnet!” on December 2016.
Every year our research group organizes a doctoral camp. During 2-3 intensive days every doctoral candidate presents her current research activities and discusses the PhD. progress with the professor, the members of the group and 1-2 guests. As in every camp, there are also several side discussions and social events.
This year’s doctoral camp took place from 15th to 17th June 2016 in a Swedish house near a beautiful lake by Malente. Together with our guest Prof. Nicole Novielli, the MAST research group (Prof. Maalej and ten of his Ph.D. students) intensively discussed its ongoing projects on topics including Analytics, Software Documentation, Data-Driven Requirements Engineering, and Global and Collaborative Development. Besides the insightful discussions, our group has further grown together during socializing events such as BBQs, cooking, canoe trips as well as fun sessions and various sports activities. The following pictures give an impression of the three productive and rewarding days.
On the upcoming Wednesday (08.06.) in Room G-021, we will host an information event about our teaching project M-Lab, offered for bachelor and master students. We are going to answer all your questions and show you project results of previous courses.
In this “lighthouse project”, student teams will develop real innovative Apps for real customers from industry, under real project conditions, and use the newest technology.
Please share this information with your colleagues!
Date: Wednesday (08.06.)
Time: 11:45 – 12:30
Where: Room G-021 / G-022
Prof. Nicole Novielli, Ph.D. is visiting our research group to enhance the research collaboration and give a talk on emotional awareness in software engineering. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Bari, Italy. Her expertise is in Affective Computing. Since 2006, her research is on human factors and emotions in natural language interaction. Prof. Novielli and Prof. Maalej are co-organizing a ICSE workshop this year on Emotional Awareness in Software Engineering.
We are glad to invite you to the talk of Prof. Novielli:
Title of talk:
The Challenges of Affect Detection in the Social Programmer Ecosystem
Date and Time: Monday, 25th January 2016 at 17:15 PM
Place: Informatikum, Room D-125 Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30, 22527 Hamburg
Software engineering involves a large amount of social interaction, as programmers often need to cooperate with others, whether directly or indirectly. However, we have become fully aware of the importance of social aspects in software engineering activities only over the last decade. In fact, it was not until the recent diffusion and massive adoption of social media that we could witness the rise of the “social programmer” and the surrounding ecosystem. Social media has deeply influenced the design of software development-oriented tools such as GitHub (i.e., a social coding site) and Stack Overflow (i.e., a community-based question answering site). Stack Overflow, in particular, is an example of an online community where social programmers do networking by reading and answering others’ questions, thus participating in the creation and diffusion of crowdsourced knowledge and software documentation.
One of the biggest drawbacks of computer-mediated communication is to appropriately convey sentiment through text. While display rules for emotions exist and are widely accepted for interaction in traditional face-to-face communication, web users are not necessarily prepared for effectively dealing with the social media barriers to non-verbal communication. Thus, the design of systems and mechanisms for the development of emotional awareness between communicators is an important technical and social challenge for research related to computer-supported collaboration and social computing.
As a consequence, a recent research trend has emerged to study the role of affect in the social programmer ecosystem, by applying sentiment analysis to the content available in sites such as GitHub and Stack Overflow, as well as in other asynchronous communication artifacts such as comments in issue tracking systems. This talk surveys the state-of-the-art in sentiment analysis tools and examines to what extent they are able to detect affective expressions in communication traces left by software developers. A discussion is offered about the advantages and limitations of choosing sentiment polarity and strength as an appropriate way to operationalize affective states in empirical studies. Finally, open challenges and opportunities of affective software engineering are discussed, with special focus on the need to combine cognitive emotion modeling with affective computing and natural language processing techniques to build large-scale, robust approaches for sentiment detection in software engineering.
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.
We are proud to announce that our lighthouse teaching course for mobile app development M-Lab (here in German) won this year’s competition for the best university teaching in Hamburg within the funding program “Unseren Hochschulen 2015”. With this program, 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 been selected among the top 3 out of 300 student recommendations for professors and their teaching events.
The award ceremony ‘Ausgezeichnet!’ (eng. outstanding) took place on the 7th December 2015, where the award winners were honored and the prize money for each of the 3 winning project was announced. Our project received the highest funding (69.000 EUR). Members of MOBIS and selected students from current and past M-Lab were invited to this special dinner event.
The funding will be use for hiring more teaching assistants, improve the quality of the tutorials and seminars collocated with the M-Lab projects (e.g. with podcasts) and to develop a sustainability concept for the teaching program.
Once again we would like to invite you to the Client Acceptance Test, the final event of our annual lighthouse project course M-Lab. The students have worked hard in this semester and their projects are now in the final stage. During this event the students will present they projects and their “ready-to-use” apps. The “clients” will give feedback and judge the results.
Time: Thursday 29th January 2015 at 16:00
Place: Building F on the ground floor, Room F-132, Department of Informatics in Hamburg-Stellingen,
- 16:00 Opening remarks by Prof. Maalej and the instructor team
- 16:10 Social Media Analytics App by the GfK team
- 16:35 Classical Music Gamification App by the SMP team
- 17:00 Hamburg Science App by the BWF team
- 17:25 Get together with snacks, drinks, and an exhibition of the apps
This is a public event within the university. Interested students, professors, and MOBIS partners, in particular from industry, are welcome to join. Note: this event will be in German.
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.
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:
- How Do Users Like this Feature? A Fine Grained Sentiment Analysis of App Reviews (Emitza Guzman, Walid Maalej)
- Capturing and Sharing Domain Knowledge with Business Rules: Lessons Learned from a Global Software Vendor (Walid Maalej, Smita Ghaisas)
Furthermore, MOBIS members will present the following 3 papers at the conference collocated workshops:
- On Lawful Disclosure of Personal User Data: What Should App Developers Do? (Yung Shin Van Der Sype, Walid Maalej) at the 7th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering and Law.
- What Stakeholders Need to Know About Requirements (Walid Maalej, Zijad Kurtanović, Alexander Felfernig) at the 4th Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering
- Liquid Democracy for a Sustainable and Scalable Participation in Requirements Engineering (Timo Johann and Walid Maalej) at the 3rd International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems
More information about the conference and the schedule of the presentations can be found at the RE website.