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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.

M-Lab Kickoff Event, 22.10.2016

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On Thursday, October 20th, we successfully ran the kickoff event of M-Lab with about 70 attendants. This year more than 40 students have applied for the M-Lab course with their first preference, of which 35 were admitted for the course (twice as much as in the previous M-Lab iteration).

This year, the students can choose from six highly interesting projects with practice partners from industry, society and public sector:

In their motivating speeches, the practice partners briefly introduced their organizations and the overall problem statements and project idea. In an informal part the students were able to give their impressions about the projects, ask clarification questions, and get in a first contact with “their customers”. The teams were then built one day later based on the students’ preferences and curricula.

The projects Civitas and Daimler will be globally conducted together with the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Overall 44 students participate in the M-Lab.

During the kickoff day a professional camera team of the Claussen-Simon Foundation accompanied us to create a professional trailer about M-Lab. The trailer will be shown during the award ceremony “Ausgezeichnet!” on December 2016.

Alexander Oeser has successfully presented his student project at Expo 2016

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The annual EXPO of the Department of Informatics at University Hamburg is an exhibition of student projects including Study-, Bachelor- and Master theses. This year our student Alexander Oeser has successfully presented his student project “Enrich an API reference documentation with Software Development Screencasts” supervised by Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Mathias Ellmann. The research aimed to answer the question on whether a software development screencast can enrich an API reference documentation as the Java SDK 6. The project also aimed to study how to identify a software development screencast from other videos which are located on YouTube. Alexander Oeser has used different algorithms as the Jaccard, Cosine or LSI algorithm to identify those and to assign the screencasts to different categories (system set-up, code compilation or programming). Finally he made a similarity analysis that provide the best 20 API documents from all 9000 existing documents of the Java SDK 6. He will extend his study in his master thesis to get deeper insights of the overall research object which he will face soon.

New Semester, New Teaching and Learning Challenges

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We are proud to announce that the Applied Software Technology team will offer four courses in this winter semester (WS 2016/17), two among them are new.

Softwareentwicklung I (B.Sc. level): In this introductory lecture-course we explain fundamental methods and concepts of software development. We expect 600-700 students from different study majors.

Softwareentwicklung I Übung (B.Sc level): This is the lab course (practical part) of SE1. The students will solve software development tasks in pair-programming (basic programming concepts, object oriented programming, basic testing tasks, interfaces, collections etc.). This class will be supported by about 50 Teaching Assistants. It is thus a big logistic challenge in addition to the pedagogical challenge.

M-Lab & M-Lab Global (B.Sc. and M.Sc. level): In this project course students develop innovative Apps in small teams, under real conditions and tight project deadlines, for real customers from industry, society and the public sector. This winter term we introduce the first global instance of M-Lab, where students will have the chance to work together in globally distributed teams with students from the University of Bari (Italy) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA).

Doctoral Seminar (Ph.D. level): In this advanced seminar, doctoral students will present and discuss topics from three pillars: Research content, research methodology, and state-of-the-art technologies. International guests  regularly join this seminar too.

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.

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.

Information Event for Teaching Project: M-Lab

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On the upcoming Wednesday (08.06.) in Room G-021, we will host an information event about our teaching project M-Lab, offered for bachelor and master students. We are going to answer all your questions and show you project results of previous courses.

In this “lighthouse project”, student teams will develop real innovative Apps for real customers from industry, under real project conditions, and use the newest technology.

 

Please share this information with your colleagues!


What:   M-Lab information event
Date:    Wednesday (08.06.)
Time:   11:45 – 12:30
Where: Room G-021 / G-022

 

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.

Our students in the Audi App Challenge

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The car manufacturer Audi is organizing an App challenge for student teams of different universities across Europe. Each team should develop an app based on Android Auto or proprietary Audi interfaces in order to integrate the vehicle into the digital network of the user.

Within our teaching project M-Lab, one team consisting of 5 students participate in this app event. The student team will design, develop, and test an app idea within one semester based on the popular “Design Thinking” method. Thereby the teams have exclusive access to the vehicle data.

MOBIS wins competition for best teaching project

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We are proud to announce that our lighthouse teaching course for mobile app development M-Lab (here in German) won this year’s competition for the best university teaching in Hamburg within the funding program “Unseren Hochschulen 2015”. With this program, the Claussen-Simon Foundation and the Hamburg Higher Education Authority aim at promoting excellent professors and innovative teaching activities as well as increasing the collaboration between students and professors. We have been selected among the top 3 out of 300 student recommendations for professors and their teaching events.

The award ceremony ‘Ausgezeichnet!’ (eng. outstanding) took place on the 7th December 2015, where the award winners were honored and the prize money for each of the 3 winning project was announced. Our project received the highest funding (69.000 EUR). Members of MOBIS and selected students from current and past M-Lab were invited to this special dinner event.

The funding will be use for hiring more teaching assistants, improve the quality of the tutorials and seminars collocated with the M-Lab projects (e.g. with podcasts) and to develop a sustainability concept for the teaching program.

MOBIS nominated by students for best teaching project in Hamburg

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With the program “Unseren Hochschulen” the Claussen-Simon Foundation and the Hamburg Higher Education Authority aim at promoting excellent professors and innovative teaching activities as well as increasing the collaboration between students and professors. We have participated in this program with M-Lab (in German), our lighthouse teaching project for mobile app development. Out of 300 student recommendations for professors and teaching events we have been selected among the top 10 and nominated as a candidate to win the teaching price. The three winners will be announced in October 2015 and will receive a total award of 200.000 Euro to realize their teaching projects and concepts. We are very grateful for our students, who have nominated us for this competition and have voted for our project proposal.