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Daniel Martens, Marlo Häring, and Christoph Stanik represented MAST, Forum 4.0, OpenDataStudio, and OpenReq at the Tag des Wissens—a public event at which researchers present and discuss their work with interested citizens. Under the theme “Technik und Digitale Welten” (Technology and Digital Worlds), the event took place on September 22nd at the Hamburg University of Technology TUHH. With about 4,500 visitors, the Tag des Wissens generated a lot of interest and a campus full of curious and knowledge seeking citizens. MAST held one presentation and data analytics and one interactive workshop for kids.
Talk – Data Analytics
The talk was about “Data Analytics” covering the basics of this field and its application in our research areas App Stores and Online Journalism. Besides an introduction to data analytics, machine learning, and big data, we showed and motivated the need for and the value within publicly available user comments. In our research, we automatically analyze user comments to e.g., identify bug reports and feature requests in app stores to first, give people a chance to be heard and second, to give app developers a chance to understand their users’ needs—a task difficult to do manually, as popular apps receive thousands of user comments each day. In the EU project OpenReq, this is one of the topics we address. In our analysis of user comments in news articles, which is part of the project Forum 4.0, we aim to systematically analyze, aggregate and visualize the content and quality of comments at runtime in order to enable constructive participation. Forum 4.0 combines research from social science and computer science.
Interactive Workshop – M-Lab Junior
Further, we had one interactive workshop with kids. In groups of six, the kids had to design a mobile app using pen and paper. The problem statement was: Imagine you go for a walk with your parents. You may find a leaf on the ground you have never seen before, how do you know to which tree it belongs to? Therefore, the goal was to design an innovative app to identify the tree the leaf belongs to but also to give further information on the tree.
Doctoral Camp 2018!
The MAST Group annual Doctoral Camp was a great success! We took time to reflect on our research, presented our latest results and future PhD plans to our peers, and enjoyed some beautiful Northern-Germany sun. This four-day event provides the opportunity to think through research progress through research presentations given by each PhD researcher, connect with colleagues with shared meals and social events, and relax by absorbing the beautiful weather and landscape. The Doctoral Camp (DocCamp) was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, Germany.
The Doctoral Camp presents the MAST PhD researchers the opportunity to communicate their research to the group. Different people are at different stages of their PhD, so the presentations varied. However, a constant among all presentations was the clear progress from last year, and valuable feedback provided by the other MAST members.
Meals and Social Events
The purpose of the DocCamp is more than just a research event, it is also a chance for MAST colleagues to talk about life, hobbies, and anything else that comes to mind. This provides the opportunity to learn about each other beyond the daily work we collaborate on. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared by us as a group. We would then go outside and enjoy the meal together, discussing life and whatever else came to mind. Following a nice dinner, it was common to go on a walk through the beautiful landscape, talking about interesting side-projects we were working on, discussing future plans for our lives, and many other things. Between meetings and presentations, we played football and frisbee on the lawn. Additionally, we sat down in the evening to play our favourite board games.
Enjoying the Landscape
The DocCamp was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, in North Germany. We had a beautiful view of Denmark, just across the water. The beach, although narrow, provided a nice path to walk on for our nightly walks. Just behind our house was a nice open field, perfect for letting our minds think openly and enjoying outside games together. Thankfully, we were blessed with Sun Sun Sun! We definitely took advantage of the beautiful weather, and are thankful for the accessibility it provided to enjoy the landscape.
Overall, the DocCamp was a success, providing us all with a better understanding of our research, our colleagues, and the general direction of the MAST Group. Looking forward to next year!
Our research group was represented at this year’s ICSE, the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering. The conference took place from May 27 until June 03 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dr. Davide Fucci published his work “Sensing Developers’ Emotions: The Design of a Replicated Experiment“ at the 3rd International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering (SEmotion), co-authored with Daniela Girardi, Filippo Lanubile, and Nicole Novielli from University of Bari.
Further, Dr. Davide Fucci presented a poster on “The Effect of Noise on Requirements Comprehension”, with Simone Romano, Giuseppe Scanniello, Natalia Juristo, and Burak Turhan.
Daniel Martens and Walid Maalej presented their work “ReviewChain: Untampered Product Reviews on the Blockchain“ at the 1st International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain (WETSEB).
Yen Dieu Pham presented her work “A First Implementation of a Design Thinking Workshop During a Mobile App Development Course Project“ at the 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials (SEEM), co-authored with Davide Fucci, and Walid Maalej.
More information about the conference and the schedule of the presentations can be found at the ICSE website.
Those that follow us already for a while know about our strong connection and contributions to the field of Requirements Engineering. With the received grant and responsibility in one of our current projects, OpenReq, and our chairholder Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej being the PC-Co Chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, we wanted to contribute to the RE community even more by running an RE symposium.
We are happy to report that the 1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium was a great success! Seven speakers from around the world discussed a wide range of topics with about ~40-50 participants, 10 from industry, 15 researchers, and the rest students.
On a sunny day, we welcomed all participants on our campus with snacks and drinks to be prepared for the presentations and discussions. The symposium began with introductions from Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Prof. Dr. Frank Steinicke. Between the two of them, we learned of the importance behind RE practices and research, and the history and prominence of the University of Hamburg.
Following the introductions, there were then presentations from top researchers in Requirements Engineering. Here is a photo recap of the presentations:
Günther Ruhe — Asymmetric release planning
Kelly Blincoe — Modern software development: the stress and social pressure
Liliana Pasquale — Topology Aware Adaptive Security
Martin Glinz — How much RE do we need?
Daniel Amyot — Evidence-Driven Evolution of Regulatory Requirements with Goal Models and Watson Analytics
Anna Perini — The SUPERSEDE project
Lloyd Montgomery — Conducting Research Industry Partnerships using Design Science: a Case Study with IBM
In an effort to encourage networking, an outdoor snack-and-chat venue was provided. This venue was met with plenty of good conversation, absorbed Hamburg sun, and in-depth discussions regarding the presentations that occurred.
The RE Symposium was concluded by going downtown to experience some Hamburg cuisine, and continue the discussions and networking.
Overall the RE Symposium was a success and an event that will likely be repeated in the future. Thank you to all who participated, and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event:
This year again MAST research group took part in Zukunftstag 2018 event, also called Girls’ Day, on our computer science campus. Yen Dieu Pham, Clara Marie Lüders, and Natalia Mannov organised the Girls’Day project M-Lab Junior (App Development).
Our young app developers started the day with the workshop to develop the idea of the coolest app for girls and boys with alias “Mobile Dresser”. Firstly they created 6 paper prototypes for the app. Afterwards our project participants developed and tested the first app prototype with thunkable.com on desktop computers and on their own smartphones. The youngest participants of the Girls’Day project were 10 years old.
We all enjoyed the day together by creating and developing a smartphone app prototype and visiting the “Roboter” demo.
Additionally our students presented their M-Lab Global 2018 projects by two demo sessions:
12:30 Nightrad App (iOS), UKE team, Patricia Häußer
13:15 History App (Android), HITeC team, Tim Pietz and Nikolai Elich
We thank our student assistants for their friendly and helpful support.
To get more additional information please use following references:
- Program of Girls Day 2018
- Additional information for ongoing MINT-Girls
- Tutorial “Share the App” for iOS
- Tutorial “Share the App” for Android
We are happy to announce, that our team organizes the 1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium here at the Informatikum. In this symposium, renowned speakers from around the world will discuss current and future challenges of the field of Requirements Engineering. The speakers will cover a wide range of topics, such as principal questions (How much RE do we need?), the human factor (Modern software development: the stress and social pressure), and how to use requirements in the industry (Asymmetric release planning). In small sessions, our seven speakers will present their topics and invite you to discussions.
The speakers are:
Part of this symposium is a social event that allows everyone to connect with each other. The organizers, Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Christoph Stanik, are happy to invite everyone interested in this topic. The participation of this event is open for everyone and free of charge.
The MAST team is proud to announce that its contribution “OpenDataStudio” is one of the awarded projects of the national competition “Hochschulwettbewerb” 2018 with the theme “Future Working World” in which universities from all over Germany competed with each other.
With “OpenDataStudio” Yen Dieu Pham, Christoph Stanik and Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej are inviting researchers, citizens, and public authorities to critically discuss and learn about risks, challenges and chances of open data especially provided by cities.
Open data is accessible for everyone, but many do not know the chances and consequences. Therefore, it is important to create an understanding of how such data is generated. This understanding is an essential part of the OpenDataStudio as well as learning how data can be used to improve, e.g., the quality and flow of the everyday life.
With the reward of 10,000 Euro “OpenDataStudio” will develop a concept to explain OpenData to non-technical people as well as to create ideas and prototypes with the participants based on OpenData. The participants will learn how to deal with OpenData and how to generate it. At the end of the project, the teams will present their experiences, ideas and the prototypes at a public event. Supporters and interested people are welcome to join us, starting from now on.
Yen Dieu Pham
+49 40 42883-2306
Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej
+49 40 428 83-2073
On Tuesday, September 19th, Chao REN, a renowned researcher in the field of Sustainable Urban Planning, will visit our group to extensively discuss the state and the general course of the MyKlima project, which deals with the effects of global warming, fast urbanization, and environmental stressors on the quality of life in modern cities.
Additionally, Dr. Benjamin Bechtel
Chao REN is an Associate Professor in School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design and Urban Climatic Application in Urban Planning, focusing primarily on examining the relationship between urban climate and urban morphological characteristics, developing an urban climatic mapping system, and analyzing urbanization-induced human thermal comfort and public health risk impacts for high-density/compact cities.
Global warming and fast urbanization are affecting the quality of life in modern cities. Air pollution, heat, noise, and other environmental stressors are constantly harming the health and well-being of the citizens. Detailed knowledge about the environmental impacts and public resources play a significant role in a socio-ecological and sustainable city development. Our goal is to investigate whether crowdsourcing-based approaches can be used to improve urban measurement networks regarding resolution, innovative applications, and cost-efficiency.
On June 22nd, 2017, we organize the “Hamburg Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Smart Sustainable Cities” together with Dr. Dirk Bade and Dr. Benjamin Bechtel. Students from the Department of Informatics and from the Institute of Geography will come together to present and to discuss their projects.
|9:30||Prof. Dr. W. Maalej, Dr. B. Bechtel||Opening|
|Prof. Dr. W. Maalej, Dr. B. Bechtel||Stadt-Wohl-Fühlen: Partizipative Erfassung und Bewertung der Stadtumwelt mit Smartgeräten|
|A. Beifuß||Actitrans Project|
|Y. D. Pham||Architektonische Beispiele im Umgang mit klimatischen Faktoren|
|10:05||Session I: Sensors|
|I. Friedrich||Kostengünstige, stadtklimatische Sensormessnetze: GIS-basierte Analyse von Qualität, Repräsentativität und Nutzbarkeit – Fallstudien aus Hamburg und Birmingham|
|T. Kraft||Ein low-cost Monitoring System zur Erfassung von Luftverschmutzung|
|M. Braun||Erfassung von Lärmbelastung durch Fahrradfahrer mittels Sensorplattformen|
|J. Honisch, M. Sheikholeslami||Noisera Project|
|11:00||Session II: Data Mining|
|D. Martens||On the Emotion of Users in App Reviews|
|Z. Kurtanovic||Mining User Rationale|
|M. Sheikholeslami||Adapting to User Preference Changes in Recommender Systems|
|11:25||Session III: Open Data|
|Dr. D. Bade, J. Kalinowski||Smart Data Spaces|
|J. Honisch||Aggregation and Analysis of Vounteered Geographic Information|
|Y. Büchau||Messungenauigkeiten im NETATMO-Netzwerk verstehen und korrigieren|
|M. Kastner||Ansätze zur Interpolation von meteorologischen raumzeitlichen Daten aus Crowdsourcing-Quellen|
We are looking forward to see many interesting talks in the research areas of Smart Resilient City and Crowdsensing. If you are interested, please contact us (ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@ssufieb).
When: June 22nd, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 AM
Every year the department of informatics organizes one week trail study, called a�?Schnupperstudiuma�?. 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 a�?Intelligent participative appsa�?, in which two current research projects were presented.
Marlo HA�ring presented a project about Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists a�?SCAN-4a�?, funded by Google Computational Journalism Research Award, which is developed in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research.
The open source project a�?TamTama�? 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.
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.