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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.

 Time: Thursday 29th January 2015 at 16:00

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

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 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.  

MUSES project presented to Hamburg’s First Mayor Scholz

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On May 15th. 2014 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  part of our european research project MUSES and our approach to deal with the challenges of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. Our poster (in German) can be downloaded from this link. 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 to 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’s talk on Mai 23rd in Albert-Schäfer-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 of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” that the EU project MUSES addresses. 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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 Zusammenfassung: Mädchen ab der 9 Schulklasse können Informatik spielerisch kennenlernen mit Angry Birds und der Elbphilharmonie!

Herzlich willkommen zum MOBIS Girls Day 2014, ein Teil der deutschlandweiten Initiative Girl’s Day 2014, dem Mädchen Zukunftstag,  und dem Girl’s Day der Universität Hamburg!

Wir sind der Arbeitsbereich für 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 Universität Hamburg? Zu all diesen Fragen und werden wir Euch im ersten Teil unserer Veranstaltung Antworten geben.

Wollt Ihr schon immer mal Eure eigenes Computerprogramm schreiben und dachtet Ihr: Das ist doch zu kompliziert? Wir werden Euch im zweiten Teil dieser Veranstaltung das Gegenteil zeigen! Innerhalb von nur einer Stunde werden wir den bösen Schweinchen aus Angry Birds mit unseren Programmierwerkzeugen zeigen, dass wir uns nicht ärgern lassen. Jedes Team versucht dabei durch kleine Programmbausteine das Angry Bird durch ein Labyrinth zu führen, um das grüne 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, müssen wir Ihnen Schritt für Schritt mehr Pflanzen zum Essen geben. Vielleicht schaffen wir es, Sie zu überzeugen, 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?

Im dritten Teil unserer Veranstaltung dürft Ihr Softwarearchitekten sein und lernt die andere Seiten kennen, mit der sich Informatiker, fernab des Programmierens tagtäglich beschäftigen müssen, damit am Ende ein windfestes, krisensicheres und zuverlässiges Programm entsteht, und das tut was man von dem erwartet.

Überzeugt das Euch alles nicht? Denkt Ihr noch: Informatik ist doch nichts für mich! Da sind doch nur doofe Jungs! Den letzten Teil unserer Veranstaltung werdet Ihr mit Informatikerinnen verbringen, die Euch aus ihren Erlebnissen erzählen 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 möchten 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. 
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.

New Captains at the University of Hamburg

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On April, 8th. 2013 Prof. Walid Maalej and Prof. Ulrike von Luxburg continued with a long tradition at the University Hamburg. The new professors introduced themselves in an open lecture, which took place at the Konrad Zuse Hörsaal. While Ulrike talked about “Machine Learning Mysteries” Walid’s talk was about “Octoberfest Engineering: On the Socialness of Software” (see event details). About 100 people including other professors, scientific staff, students, and alumni attended the talks and came to the reception afterwards. The welcome present of the department was a captain’s cap as a symbol of the hamburg region (as shown on the photo).

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