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Prof. Novielli visit and public talk

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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 inviteA�you to the talk of Prof. Novielli:

Title of talk:
The Challenges of Affect Detection in the Social Programmer Ecosystem

Date and Time:A�Monday, 25th January 2016 at 17:15A�PM

Place:A�Informatikum, Room D-125 Vogt-KA�lln-Str. 30, 22527 Hamburg

Abstract:
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 a�?social programmera�? 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 othersa�� 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.

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.A� 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 a�?Bug Report, Feature Request, or Simply Praise? On Automatically Classifying App Reviewsa�? 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 wins competition for best teaching project

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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 fundingA�program “Unseren Hochschulen 2015”.A�With this program, the Claussen-Simon FoundationA�andA�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.

M-Lab Client Acceptance Test

Invitation Poster for M-Lab Winterterm 2014/15 Client Acceptance test

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.

A�Time: Thursday 29th January 2015 at 16:00

Place: Building F on the ground floor, Room F-132, Department of Informatics in Hamburg-Stellingen,A�

Agenda:

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.

More information about the course and the projects can be found here. There is also a compilation of M-Lab project posters available for download.

Prof. Maalej receives the Microsoft Award for Software Engineering Innovation

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Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej was honored with theA�Microsoft Award for Software Engineering Innovation. He received the award at theA�annual Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Day. The SEIF dayA�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.A�

The SEIF day takes place during theA�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.A�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.A�A�

MUSES project presented to Hamburg’s First Mayor Scholz

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On May 15th. 2014A�the State Premier & First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz visited the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg. Our group MOBIS was honored to be among the research groups, which were selected to present their work to him and the accompanying team of high-ranking officers and decision makers. We presented a A�part of our european research project MUSESA�and our approach to deal with the challenges of theA�Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Our poster (in German) can be downloaded from this link.A�It shows our solution to distinguish automatically between private and professional usage of mobile devices by using machine learning techniques. The main application scenarios include the automatic reporting of extra working hours, the protection of users’ privacy when using corporate devices and the protection of company’s assets when using private devices. Scholz was highly interested in this topic and discussed with us possible use cases and legal implication.

At the end of the visit, the head of MOBIS Prof. Maalej handed over a voucher to Scholz which consists of gift toA�the State City of Hamburg for the development of an App as part of our lighthouse M-Lab projects.

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Talk by Prof. Maalej in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

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“My Smartphone is my Best Friend”. This was the title of Prof. Maalej’sA�talk on Mai 23rd in Albert-SchA�fer-Saal, the largest event room of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammer Hamburg).
Prof. Maalej discussed the potentials of usage data and sensor data collected by modern context aware apps as well as the risks and limitations. One part of this discussion was the research on: “how we face the challenges ofA�BringA�YourA�OwnA�Device (BYOD)” that the EU project MUSESA�addresses.A�Prof. Maalej presented a research approach called “Situation Prediction” that automatically distinguishes between private and professional smartphone usage. After the talk there was a podium discussion with renowned people that offers new perspectives on security and privacy issues in the mobile era. About 200 listeners attended the informative event.

As the representative organisation of Hamburg’s enterprises, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the political lobbyist, mediator and advocate for the local business community of 159.000 enterprises. It’s the oldest Chamber of Commerce in Germany.

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Girls’ Day 2014 @ MOBIS

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A�Zusammenfassung: MA�dchen ab der 9 Schulklasse kA�nnen Informatik spielerisch kennenlernen mit Angry Birds und der Elbphilharmonie!

Herzlich willkommen zumA�MOBIS Girls Day 2014, ein Teil der deutschlandweiten InitiativeA�Girl’s Day 2014, dem MA�dchen Zukunftstag,A�A�und dem Girl’s Day derA�UniversitA�t Hamburg!

Wir sind der Arbeitsbereich fA?r Apps und Software Entwicklung und wollen Euch in 3 Stunden die tolle Welt der Informatik spielerisch vorstellen.

Wollt Ihr schon immer Wissen was Informatik ist? Wer hat Informatik, die Computer und alles was mit Facebook und Google zu tun hat eigentlich erfunden? War es ein Hamburger, hier an der UniversitA�t Hamburg? Zu all diesen Fragen und werden wir Euch imA�ersten TeilA�unserer Veranstaltung Antworten geben.

Wollt Ihr schon immer mal Eure eigenes Computerprogramm schreiben und dachtet Ihr: Das ist doch zu kompliziert? Wir werden Euch imA�zweiten TeilA�dieser Veranstaltung das Gegenteil zeigen! Innerhalb von nur einer Stunde werden wir den bA�sen Schweinchen aus Angry Birds mit unseren Programmierwerkzeugen zeigen, dass wir uns nicht A�rgern lassen. Jedes Team versucht dabei durch kleine Programmbausteine das Angry Bird durch ein Labyrinth zu fA?hren, um das grA?ne Schweinchen zu vertreiben.

Und das ist noch nicht alles! Nachdem wir den Schweinchen gezeigt haben, wer der Chef ist, wartet eine neue Herausforderung auf uns: Hungrige Zombies. Bevor Sie uns fressen, mA?ssen wir Ihnen Schritt fA?r Schritt mehr Pflanzen zum Essen geben. Vielleicht schaffen wir es, Sie zu A?berzeugen, dass Pflanzen doch das bessere Hauptgericht sind.

Nun, Informatik ist viel mehr als Programmieren! Wie in der realen Welt, brauchen Informatiker auch Architekten, damit komplizierte Programme, was in der realen Welt mit einem Haus, vielleicht auch der Elbphilharmonie vergleichbar ist, nicht in sich zusammenbrechen. Wusstet Ihr das?

ImA�dritten TeilA�unserer Veranstaltung dA?rft Ihr Softwarearchitekten sein und lernt die andere Seiten kennen, mit der sich Informatiker, fernab des Programmierens tagtA�glich beschA�ftigen mA?ssen, damit am Ende ein windfestes, krisensicheres und zuverlA�ssiges Programm entsteht, und das tut was man von dem erwartet.

A?berzeugt das Euch alles nicht? Denkt Ihr noch: Informatik ist doch nichts fA?r mich! Da sind doch nur doofe Jungs! DenA�letzten TeilA�unserer Veranstaltung werdet Ihr mit Informatikerinnen verbringen, die Euch aus ihren Erlebnissen erzA�hlen und Eure Fragen ehrlich beantworten.

Wir freuen uns auf Euch.

VERANSTALTER

Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej, Rebecca Tiarks und Mathias Ellmann

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Ein Eindruck wie der Girl’s Day bei MOBIS in Aktion aussieht.

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WEITERE GIRLS’ DAY EVENTS

Wir mA�chten Euch auch auf weitere sehr spannende Girls’ Day Projekte hinweisen:

 

 

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.A�
This year the meeting takes place in Ilmenau and the main focus is on a�zRequirements Engineering for Mobile Applicationsa�?. More info including the full program of the meeting can be foundA�here.