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Clara-Marie Lüders and Yen Dieu Pham join our team

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We are happy to welcome two new researchers and PhD candidates in our group!

With a Master Degree in Mathematics, Clara Marie Lüders joined our team in September and will be working in the intersection of machine learning and software engineering. She received a competitive PhD scholarship by the University of Hamburg.

Yen Dieu Pham recently graduated in Architecture with distinction. She joined our team in November and will be working in the area of open innovation and smart cities.

With Clara and Yen our group will get smarter and more diverse. We are looking forward to work with them.

M-Lab App presented at the Press Conference of State

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Hamburg’s State Minister of Science, Research and Equality Katharina Fegebank presented together with Prof. Maalej and Daniel Martens from our research department the new science app “Metropole des Wissens” at the State Press conference. The app is dedicated to all citizens interested in science. The aim of the app is to stronger connect science within the city state of Hamburg and the interested public.

The app is a success story for knowledge and technology transfer at the University of Hamburg. The initial version of the app was developed with the lighthouse-teaching project M-Lab. Within this course students develop innovative mobile apps by using the latest technology. At the beginning of the three-month course practice partners from industry, public sector, and civil institutions present the students their problem statements. The ministry for science, research and equality took part in the M-Lab course in 2015. A team of four students (Minka Halilovic, Javad Malaquti, Paul Mazgajski, and Daniel Martens)  developed the initial version of the app, which aggregates content, such as news and events, of the scientific institutions within Hamburg. At the end of the project the students presented the app to the first and second major of the city of Hamburg within the town hall.

The app and its concept received great enthusiasm. It was further developed and tested, and is from now on available for free within the Apple AppStore. Katharina Fegebank, Hamburg’s State Minister of Science, Research and Equality: „With this app… citizen can dive in digitally with one click from anywhere in the Hamburg’s science“

Prof. Maalej concludes: “the students designed the app for the future and other institutions can easily integrate their content into the app — even Germany- wide” .

Follow the link to download the app within the Apple AppStore.

 

Press coverage:

Media event Hamburg’s chamber of commerce

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shutterstock_116101690On Tuesday, June 13th, several members of our group, including Prof. Dr. Maalej, will participate in a large media event that will take place in the Hamburg chamber of commerce (Handelskammer Hamburg).

Together with our partners from the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, we will present the SCAN project, and how software analytics can assist journalists in their everyday work. The software tool that we are currently researching and developing analyses and aggregates the audience comments, and helps journalists identify useful comments and derive new journalistic stories.

We are looking forward to our presentation, the panel discussion afterwards, and to all the other talks of this events (see invitation below).

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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.

Three top Canadian researchers visits us in March

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During this month we have the pleasure to host three researchers from Canada.

On March 2nd, LIoyd Montgomery – a young researcher supervised by Daniela Damian (University of Victoria)-  visited us for 2 days and give a talk about his current research interest on mining issue trackers, followed by a discussion with the members of our group. Lloyd work with Daniela can be found here: http://thesegalgroup.org

On March 6th Prof. Guenther Ruhe (University of Calgary) is visiting us as part of on-going research collaboration.  He will give a short talk about Decision Making and Crowdsourcing in RE. Guther Ruhe is Editor in Chief of the Journal Information and Software Technology.  He will also serve as General Chair for RE’18 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference, while Prof. Maalej and Prof. Daniel Amyot will serve as program chairs. For more info see Guenther Ruhe homepage.

On March 27th-28th Prof. Dan Berry (University of Waterloo) is visiting us to initiate a new collaboration. Dan will also give his “famous” talk on “How to finish that damm Ph.D.“ Dan will also be available for 2 days for open discussions. For more info, see prof. Berry homepage https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~dberry

 

 

Prof. Maalej in the “UHH Alumni”-Magazine

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A short presentation of Prof. Dr. Maalej and his work was recently published in the “Alumni UHH-Magazin”, Edition 2016. Here is an excerpt in German language…

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Eclipse Hackathon in Hamburg

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On Thursday the 21st of July at 17:30, the Eclipse Hackathon takes place in Hamburg (Rosenstraße 17). In this event, you can join the Eclipse community to help improving Eclipse. No previous Eclipse development knowledge is required. Attendees can hack away with the help of experienced Eclipse developers and can help to improve the Eclipse platform and its projects. In this event you can learn how to help Eclipse by:

– work on the Eclipse source code
– test new features in the Eclipse IDE
– validate or open new Eclipse bug reports

Everybody is invited to join and have some pizza and drinks. So, bring your laptop and be ready to see some code!

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.

Stellenausschreibung: Fremdsprachliche Teamassist/In

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Bewerbungsfrist: 22.06.2016.

 

 

Rebecca Tiarks successfully defended her Ph.D.

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We are glad to invite you to the defense of Rebecca Tiarks as a part of the doctoral procedure. Mrs Tiarks will be the first doctoral student of the MOBIS research group completing the PhD program.

Title of the doctoral thesis:
How-To Software Knowledge

Date and Time: Tuesday, 29th September 2015 at 10:00 AM

Place: Informatikum, Room D-220 Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30, 22527 Hamburg

 

 


 

Rebecca Tiarks has successfully passed her oral exam

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Abstract:

Software development is a knowledge-intensive task. Developers spent time exploring new technologies or unfamiliar source code. They have to decide which parts of these technologies or code are relevant to their current task, what kind of actions they want to take, and which information they need in their current context. During this process developers produce and consume different types of knowledge. One important type is the so called how-to knowledge that describes instructions and actions to perform a specific task or solve a specific problem. This dissertation empirically analyzes the role of how-to knowledge in software development, how it is represented, and how developers employ this kind of knowledge during the development process. Based on the results of the empirical studies we develop a model for how-to knowledge that captures the aspects of how-to knowledge and can be used to to describe, extract and externalize how-to knowledge. We further introduce our framework DELIAS for the extraction of how-to knowledge from developers’ interaction during the development process in a semi-automatic way. Our framework observes developer interactions and translates them to human readable instructions in form of how-to knowledge. We implemented the framework to show the applicability of our model. For evaluation purposes we conducted a second- ary data analyses and an interview to evaluate the effectiveness and applicability of our approach. Our approach provides an easy way to capture and externalize how-to knowledge during the development process. Our results show that DELIAS is able to extract the relevant steps for a tutorial and that there is need for tools that support the generation of tutorials.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej
Other members of the thesis committee: Prof. Dr. Tilo Böhmann, Prof. Romain Robbes, Ph.D.

MOBIS with 4 papers at the IEEE RE’15 in Canada

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Our research group was represented at this year’s RE, the 23nd IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference again. MOBIS members presented the following 2 papers at the main conference:

Furthermore, MOBIS members presented the following 2 papers at the conference collocated workshops:

More information about the conference and the schedule of the presentations can be found at the RE website.