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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.  

M-Lab Client Acceptance Test

Invitation Poster for M-Lab Winterterm 2014/15 Client Acceptance test

Once again we would like to invite you to the Client Acceptance Test, the final event of our annual lighthouse project course M-Lab. The students have worked hard in this semester and their projects are now in the final stage. During this event the students will present they projects and their “ready-to-use” apps. The “clients” will give feedback and judge the results.

 Time: Thursday 29th January 2015 at 16:00

Place: Building F on the ground floor, Room F-132, Department of Informatics in Hamburg-Stellingen

Agenda:

This is a public event within the university. Interested students, professors, and MOBIS partners, in particular from industry, are welcome to join. Note: this event will be in German.

More information about the course and the projects can be found here. There is also a compilation of M-Lab project posters available for download.

Interview with Head of MOBIS in the newspaper “Abendblatt”

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Recently an interview with Prof. Maalej with a portrait has appeared in the largest regional newspaper in Germany “Hamburger Abendblatt”. The interview was one part of the yearly spacial issue about the University of Hamburg. You can download a digital version of the whole article from this web site (Page 3, in German).

MOBIS says goodbye to 2013

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2013 – Year Nr. 1 in MOBIS life – is now over! We would like to thank the MOBIS team and everybody who helped us in making 2013 a very successful year. After the first release of our website in February 2013 we have had over 10.000 visits and about 5000 visitors from all over the world — far more that we expected. Thank you for your interest in our research and teaching activities! We have grown throughout the year and our very young research group now includes 14 members: 9 research assistants (and Ph.D. candidates), 3 students assistants, one admin, and the group head Prof. Maalej. Moreover, we had 5 visiting researchers from Canada, US, Egypt, and Germany. Overall, in 2013 we published 7 peer-reviewed papers at international conferences and journals and co-edited 2 books one on Requirements Knowledge and the other on Recommendation Systems in Software Engineering. We co-organized 3 international events where we brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss emerging topics on Mobile Services and Software Engineering. We also won two awards. Our group head Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej was honored as “The Early Stage Scientist of the Year” across all sciences in Germany and Rebecca Tiarks received the pro exellentia scholarship for women in technology and natural sciences. Last but not least, our team designed and taught 3 new courses, amongst others the 2 renowned M-Lab courses, where students worked together with real companies on real projects. Some success stories are captured in movies in our YouTube channel. 

Most importantly, we had a lot of fun! While working on tough problems, we had many vivid (sometime long) discussions. We also were on exciting trips where we met interesting people from all over the world.

Of course, we still have many tasks, which are still open and several challenges in research and teaching, which we plan to tackle in 2014. Just to mention two: the MOBIS team is currently working on 5 research proposals and developing 2 new lectures for master students. One thing is clear: 2014 will be as busy as 2013.

We wish all our team members, our students, our partners, collaborators, and colleagues ALL the best for 2014! Looking forward for new challenges, productive time, and lots of fun!

The MOBIS Team

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