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Open Position: Full-Time Research Associate

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You would like to pursue the challenge of doing a PhD in our Hamburg-based, internationally-recognized, highly-diverse team?

With immediate effect we recruit a research associate (for full details see PDF file). The contract is initially running for three years. The position is full-time. The selected candidate will be remunerated on the basis of the TV-L 13 salary scale. The desirable start is September 1st 2018. German language proficiency is required. 

 

Job description:

You will work in the intersection of the following fields:

  • Requirements engineering and management
  • Empirical software engineering and software analytics
  • Recommender systems, machine learning, and decision support technologies.

You will have multiple opportunities to interact with other researchers and projects at the research group lead by Prof. Maalej.

Tasks and duties:

  • Conduct your own research including conception, development, experimentation, and evaluation tasks
  • Involvement into teaching activities
  • Coordinate research activities, co-supervise students and junior researches
  • Publish and disseminate the research results

Job requirements:

  • Masters Degree
  • Excellent grades and academic record
  • Very high level of commitment, responsibility and self-initiative
  • Intercultural understanding and curiosity to work in new environments and on new topics
  • High knowledge and interest in research and teaching in at least two of the following topics:
    • Software engineering
    • Data science
    • Software applications
    • Empirical research
  • Good skills in the development of apps are of advantage
  • Good skills in modern software technologies, programming languages, and frameworks are preferred
  • Very good written and spoken German/English skills
  • Practical experience in software development and management
  • Experience in research projects, teaching (e.g., tutor-activities), as well as in scientific working and writing are of advantage

Application process:

Applications should include a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 page), the curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send your application as ONE PDF file (max 10 MB) to: ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@jelaam

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application open until August 5th 2018.

Additional information:

Further information can be found on our research group website.
The university website can be found here.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and has been recently found by The Economist as one of the top 10 cities to live in the world. Further information.

For further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej: tel. +4940428 83–2187; email: ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@jelaam

MAST-Team won 10,000 Euro at the national “Hochschulwettbewerb”

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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.

Contact:
Yen Dieu Pham
Universität Hamburg
Fachbereich Informatik
+49 40 42883-2306
ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@mahp

Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej
Universität Hamburg
Fachbereich Informatik
+49 40 428 83-2073
ed.grubmah-inu.kitamrofninull@jelaam

Forum 4.0: new project funded by ahoi.digital

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We are happy to announce that our project proposal Forum 4.0  just got positively evaluated and received a 625,000 Euro funding from the informatics platform ahoi.digital. With ahoi.digital, the Department of Computer Science of the University of Hamburg, the HAW, the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) and the HafenCity University are intensifying their cooperation in education, research, and technology transfer. An expert commission selected Forum 4.0 among the four accepted project application (15 in total).

Forum 4.0 starts on the 1st January 2018 and focuses on the systematic content analysis, aggregation, and visualization of user comments. This project builds on previous work with social scientists and strives for an informatics centered and interdisciplinary research partnership.

This project involves five research teams of three different institutions:

Universität Hamburg

HAW Informatik

Hans-Bredow-Institut

Summary of the project:

Online user comments, such as journalistic content or product features are associated with low quality, Hate speech or even excessive demands for moderation. Forum 4.0 will develop new methods based on text analysis, machine learning (with Human in the Loop) and Empirical Software Engineering to better exploit the constructive and deliberative potential of user comments. The aim is to systematically analyze, aggregate and visualize the content and quality of comments at runtime in order to enable constructive participation. The project builds on our previous work with social scientists and aims for an informatics-centered, interdisciplinary research network that combines the focal points “Information Governance Technologies” and “Data Science” of ahoi.digital. We foresee immense transfer potential for the media location of Hamburg.

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.

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.

Hamburg Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Smart Sustainable Cities

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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.

 

Time Presenter Topic/Title
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
10:50 Break
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
12:15 Discussion

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 
Where: D-220

SCAN knowledge base is online

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We are glad to release the knowledge and community site on “Journalism, Users and Technology” as one of the deliverables of our SCAN-4J project. On this site we collect texts, practices, projects, tools, events, and people that are concerned with online journalism, particularly (automatic) analysis of user comments to journalistic articles. If you are missing something or have any comment, please contact us.

SCAN-4J stands for systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists.  This project initiated our – in the meantime very intensive and productive – collaboration with the Hans-Bedrow-Institute for Media Research.

The release of the knowledge and community site corresponds to the end of the SCAN-4J, which was partly funded by Google. However, the timing shows our strong commitment in continuing the fruitful collaboration with the Bedrow-Institute on this current important and inherently multi-disciplinary topic. We consider it as a start than as an end. Expect more to come soon…

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WHAT IS INFORMATICS a�� A TRIAL WEEK

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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.

MINTernational Practice Award

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In February our M-Lab teaching project for master students won the MINTernational Practice competition.

On the 13th of October Prof. Walid Maalej and Daniel Martens were invited to the awards ceremony at the Umweltforum in Berlin. This ceremony was part of a conference organized by Stifterverband (Donors’ association for the promotion of humanities and sciences in Germany) on the internationalization of science and technology.

With M-Lab Global the University of Hamburg was officially awarded for the efforts in the internationalization of practical teaching. With the funding support of the MINTernational award we already established a first global collaboration with partners from the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). You can get an impression of the event in this video statement by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Daimler AG.

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.

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).

Master project M-Lab of Prof. Maalej wins teaching competitions twice in a row

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M-Lab, the teaching project for master students offered by the Applied Software Technology team (Prof. Maalej) won the competition MINTernational.

In this competition, the Federation of German NGOs (Stifterverband) honors universities, which support the internationalization of teaching through practical experience in the fields of Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences, and Technology (MINT).
Prof. Maalej and his team represented the University of Hamburg with the concept „M-Lab Global: the international learning and innovation lab for mobile apps“ and won the competition.

„The winners developed the best strategies to promote the internationalization in their universities through practical experience“ says the Stifterverband. (Press release in German)
The jury formed by representatives from academia and industry and head by the president of the Leibniz Society Prof. Kleiner selected 6 projects from more than 50 university applications. M-Lab Global is one of them.
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In M-Lab student teams develop real innovative apps for real „customers” from industry, under real project conditions and using the newest technology. Students learn the key concepts of software engineering and make valuable experiences in teamwork, project management, and communication with customer. This format will now be globalized through distributed projects and competitions with international university and industry partners.

This distinction comes only a few weeks after M-Lab has been honored in the program „For our universitiesof the Claussen Simon Foundation in corporation with the ministry of higher education of Hamburg.

In total there is 120.000 EUR from both prices given by the Claussen-Simon Foundation, the Stifterverband, the Daimler und Benz Foundation and the Daimler-Fonds.