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Open Position: Full-Time Research Associate

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”

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

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

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

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

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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Open Position: Research Associate

With immediate effect we recruit a research associate for our European Research Project OPENREQ.

The contract is initially running for one year, with an extension option for one additional year. The position is full- time. The selected candidate will be remunerated on the basis of the TV-L salary scale. The desirable start is January 1st 2018.

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.

This position is coupled with the recently accepted H2020 research project OPENREQ. The project involves 9 European institutions and is coordinated by us. The aim is to develop an innovative, open source recommendation & decision support platform that assist stakeholders during requirements engineering, release planning, and software evolution tasks.

The project is set in an international and multi-disciplinary environment, involving partners from software industry, telecommunication, transportation and the open source community.

You will also 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
  • Coordinate research activities, co-supervise students and junior researches
  • Publish and disseminate the research results

Job requirements:

  • Master Degree (MSc) in computer science, software engineering with focus on recommender systems
  • Excellent grades and academic record
  • Very high level of commitment, responsibility and self-initiative
  • Very good written and spoken English skills (Native Speakers preferred)
  • Practical experience in software development and management
  • Experience in research projects
  • Intercultural understanding and curiosity to work in new environments and on new topics
  • German language skills are of advantage

Application process:

Applications should include a brief letter of motivation (max. 1 page), the curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a list of at least three referees with full coordinates, one selected scientific paper with main contribution of the applicant, 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.

Applications received by November 24th 2017 will get priority.

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

WHAT IS INFORMATICS a�� A TRIAL WEEK

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.

OPENREQ: 4.6 Million Euro funded EU Research Project

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

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)

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.