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Expert for Sustainable Urban Planning from Hong Kong visits MAST

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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.

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.

Welcome Dr. Davide Fucci, our new PostDoc

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MAST welcomes Dr. Davide Fucci, who joined our group as a postdoctoral researcher from the beginning of March.

Davide recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Oulu (Finland). He will be mainly working on the EU project OPENREQ, led by our group. Davide will also be involved in several teaching and research activities and co-supervising Master and PhD students.

We are looking forward to working with him.

Carina Volkmer Joins Our Team

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The Applied Software Technology Group welcomes our new team member Carina Volkmer.

Carina joined our group in October 2016 and will be the personal assistant of Prof. Maalej and also responsible for administration and communication matters. She will take over the role of Heidi Oskarsson, who will go in deserved retirement. Previously Carina Volkmer successfully studied languages and worked at several positions gaining a large experience in organization and event management.

Her room is D-203, where she will be available from Monday through Thursday, Friday only in exceptional cases. Welcome Carina Volkmer!

Interview with Daniel Martens in UHH Newsletter (German)

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Our research associate and doctoral candidate Daniel Martens was recently interviewed for the column “Was macht eigentlich …?” (English: “What is he or she doing actually…?”) of the newsletter of the University of Hamburg. The column appears monthly and gets accessed by thousands of readers. It typically includes a 1-2 interviews with professors and senior staff. Ph.D. students are interviewed only rarely.

Daniel Martens talked about his current research interests and activities, his favorite places and activities at the university, and a mobile application he is developing together with 6 universities and the Local Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (German: Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung, Short: BWFG).

The complete interview (in German) can be read here.

Daniel Martens joins our team

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The Applied Software Technology Group welcomes our new team member Daniel Martens.

Daniel joined our group in June 2016 as a research associate and a doctoral candidate under the supervision of Prof. Walid Maalej. He holds a bachelor and master degree in computer science from the University of Hamburg and has a substantial industry experience in particular with developing iOS apps.

Daniel’s current research interests include the democratization of software development (crowdsourcing in RE) and the participatory elicitation of climate data using smart devices and smart sensors.

At MAST he will be responsible a.o. for the “globalization” of M-Lab (app development course) with our international partners. We are looking forward to working with him.

María Gómez is visiting MOBIS

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María Gómez from the research center INRIA in France. is visiting our group for extended stay during 2016 (~ 4months). She is collaborating with us on a project, which aims at providing self-healing capabilities into mobile apps by using crowdsourcing approaches. We are very glad to have her with us.

María Gómez is a PhD student in computer science working with the SPIRALS team at INRIA Lille – Nord Europe research center. She is currently interested in self-healing in mobile computing. Her research focuses on the repair of mobile applications in the wild using crowdsourcing.

Prof. Robbes is visiting MOBIS

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Prof. Romain Robbes from the University of Chile is visiting our group during the winter of 2014. He is collaborating with us on a project, which aims at analyzing developers interactions and predicting their current tasks. We are very glad to have him with us.

Romain Robbes is assistant professor at the University of Chile, in the PLEIAD research lab, since January 2010. He earned his PhD in 2008 from the University of Lugano, Switzerland and received his Master’s degree from the University of Caen, France. His research interests lie in Empirical Software Engineering and Mining Software Repositories. He authored more than 30 papers on these topics at top software engineering venues (ICSE, ASE, EMSE). He was program co-chair of IWPSE- EVOL 2011, and the recipient of a Microsoft SEIF award 2011. 

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 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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Pro exzellenzia* scholarship for MOBIS member

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 MOBIS member Rebecca Tiarks receives a pro exzellenzia* scholarship starting from november 2013. Besides a financial support, this scholarship includes the participations in seminars and workshops for advanced training. The main objective of pro exzellenzia is to support selected female Ph.D. students on their way towards leadership positions in academia and industry. The program also includes coaching, mentoring, and networking elements.

Welcome Nedaa Zirjawi

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We welcome our new team member Nedaa Zirjawi.

Nedaa joined our group from September 2013 as a researcher and a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Walid Maalej.

She will be working on object recognition using mobile phone cameras. In particular she focuses on iris recognition. Nedaa is the recipient of a DAAD PhD scholarship.

We are looking forward to working with her.