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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.

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 and projects
  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 TRIAL WEEK

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Every year the department of informatics organizes one week trail study, called “Schnupperstudium”. 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 “Intelligent participative apps”, in which two current research projects were presented.

Marlo Häring presented a project about Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists “SCAN-4”, funded by Google Computational Journalism Research Award, which is developed in cooperation with the Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research.

The open source project “TamTam” 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.

OPENREQ: 4.6 Million Euro funded EU Research Project

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We are happy to announce that the OPENREQ project just received a 4.6 million Euro funding from the European Commission. OPENREQ focuses on Intelligent Recommendation Decision Technologies for Community-Driven Requirements Engineering. At an acceptance rate of  below 9%, the 9 partners are glad to start the 3-year research project in 2017. The project is coordinated by our research group MAST. Prof. Maalej is the coordinator and spokesperson. 

OPENREQ is an ambitious endeavour based on a cooperation of leading researchers in  the areas of recommender systems, context-aware technologies, and group decision making, requirements engineering and collaboration tools, vendors of RE and software engineering tools, large-size geographically distributed open source communities and SME’s specialised in open source solutions and dynamics of open source communities.

The overall vision of the project is to provide core-technologies for future requirements engineering environments that help to achieve the major goals of significantly increased development productivity, improved software quality, and reduced overall investments needed for software projects.

OPENREQ will develop novel context-aware requirements engineering approaches especially in large and distributed software projects, where the scale and complexity of alternatives outstrips the capability of stakeholders to survey them and make individual or group decisions. In such projects, the requirements from feedback of large user communities and stakeholders spread over different locations must be identified and taken into account in an intelligent fashion in order to be able to develop only relevant functionalities in a cost-efficient way and in the needed quality.

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 universities” of 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.

New Project: Hamburg Open Online University

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We proudly announce that our group will contribute to the development of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU) – an innovative higher-education initiative of Hamburg.

Initiated by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and its Senate Chancellery, the HOOU project is a cooperation between the federal state government, the authority of science and research (BWF), Multimedia Kontor Hamburg (MMKH), and the six public universities in our city-state. The overall goals are to foster the digitization of the higher education, to open-up knowledge sharing and educational resources, and to provide an innovative, scalable and usable online platform for teaching and learning across the universities. HOOU will target not only  university students but also everyone interested in education and knowledge. Within this project, MOBIS is researching and developing innovative approaches such as “Learning Analytics and Recommendation”, “Problem- and Project- based learning”, “Mobile Learning” and “Continuous Quality Assurance”.

Additional press releases and articles (German):

Google Research Award for MOBIS

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MOBIS has recently received the Google Computational Journalism Research Award. With the award, Google supports excellent researchers and their research projects in Europe. Together with our partners from the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute for media research we were selected for our proposal of “SCAN: a Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists”. This year, only three projects from Europe have been awarded. More on the Google Research blog.

Journalism is evolving fast in the digital age, and researchers across Europe are working on exciting projects to create innovative new tools and open source software that will support online journalism and benefit readers. As part of the wider Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), Google Research invited academic researchers across Europe to submit proposals for the Computational Journalism Research Awards.  

Our project aims at developing a framework for the systematic, semi-automated analysis of audience feedback on journalistic content to better reflect the voice of users, mitigate the analysis efforts, and help journalists generate new content from the user comments. More on this project can be found in September on our website.

Update: The kickoff meeting took place on the 7th September at the Hans-Bedrow-Insititute to discuss further proceedings.

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