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Radio interview about informatics and SCAn (in German)

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The Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) has interviewed Prof. Maalej and Marlo Häring in the context of the BredowCast series about software engineering, the impact of informatics on society, and interdisciplinary collaboration between informatics and other fields, such as our project SCAn (Systematic Content Analysis for Journalism).

After introducing our research area, we chatted about the status and plans of the SCAn project. Manual moderation of user comments in online journalism is time-consuming. Most of the research and automated tools currently focus on filtering “bad” comments. In SCAn we would like to identify high-quality comments. By interviewing moderators and editors of online news sites, we identified and analyzed the current problems in dealing with user comments. Based on the interviews we developed a prototype with a few core features that we now focus on in our research (e.g. identifying pro/contra arguments and quality of comments).

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.

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.

Impressions

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Prof. Maalej is a winner of the Microsoft Research SEIF Award

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Prof. Walid Maalej, the head of MOBIS, is a winner of the “2014 Software Engineering Innovation Foundation Award” by Microsoft Research.
The award is coupled with the project: STIMME- Systematic Analysis of User Reviews and Usage Data for Windows Mobile Apps. The SEIF award supports academic research in software engineering technologies, tools, practices, and teaching methods.

The SEIF 2014 Award is granted by Microsoft Research Connections Computer Science, in conjunction with the Research in Software Engineering Group, the Sensing and Energy Research Group, and Global Foundation Services.

More info at Microsoft Research.

MOBIS says goodbye to 2013

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2013 – Year Nr. 1 in MOBIS life – is now over! We would like to thank the MOBIS team and everybody who helped us in making 2013 a very successful year. After the first release of our website in February 2013 we have had over 10.000 visits and about 5000 visitors from all over the world — far more that we expected. Thank you for your interest in our research and teaching activities! We have grown throughout the year and our very young research group now includes 14 members: 9 research assistants (and Ph.D. candidates), 3 students assistants, one admin, and the group head Prof. Maalej. Moreover, we had 5 visiting researchers from Canada, US, Egypt, and Germany. Overall, in 2013 we published 7 peer-reviewed papers at international conferences and journals and co-edited 2 books one on Requirements Knowledge and the other on Recommendation Systems in Software Engineering. We co-organized 3 international events where we brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss emerging topics on Mobile Services and Software Engineering. We also won two awards. Our group head Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej was honored as “The Early Stage Scientist of the Year” across all sciences in Germany and Rebecca Tiarks received the pro exellentia scholarship for women in technology and natural sciences. Last but not least, our team designed and taught 3 new courses, amongst others the 2 renowned M-Lab courses, where students worked together with real companies on real projects. Some success stories are captured in movies in our YouTube channel. 

Most importantly, we had a lot of fun! While working on tough problems, we had many vivid (sometime long) discussions. We also were on exciting trips where we met interesting people from all over the world.

Of course, we still have many tasks, which are still open and several challenges in research and teaching, which we plan to tackle in 2014. Just to mention two: the MOBIS team is currently working on 5 research proposals and developing 2 new lectures for master students. One thing is clear: 2014 will be as busy as 2013.

We wish all our team members, our students, our partners, collaborators, and colleagues ALL the best for 2014! Looking forward for new challenges, productive time, and lots of fun!

The MOBIS Team

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M-Lab Final: Client Acceptance Test

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The client acceptance test is the final and most exciting event of the lighthouse project course M-Lab. During this event the students will demonstrate their “ready-to-use” Apps to the customers, who will judge the results. The client acceptance tests will be a public event. Everyone interested is welcome to join. 

Time: Thursday 11th July 2013 at 16:00

Place: Seminar room C-221, building C, the Informatics Campus of the UHH in Hamburg-Stellingen.

 

Agenda:

  • 16:00 Opening remarks by Prof. Maalej and the instructor team
  • 16:10 “Social and Sailing Navigation” by the Presentec team
  • 16:30 “Remote Control for an in-car Infotainment System” by the Volkswagen team
  • 16:50 “Community Assessment of Telecommunication Service Quality” by the I.C.H.N. team
  • 17:10 “Sale-Support of Special Financial Products” by the Capgemini team
  • 17:30 Get together with snacks, drinks, and an exhibition of the apps

 

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.