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…
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.
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’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.
- Hamburg1: “Neue App für Hamburger Wissenschaft”
- Abendblatt: “Kostenlose App zu Themen aus der Wissenschaft”
- Welt.de: “Wissenschaft per App erleben”
- Hamburg.de: “Neue App für aktuelle Infos aus der Hamburger Wissenschaft”
Prof. Walid Maalej is program co-chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE’18). Further, the conference chairs include Prof. Daniel Amyot (program co-chair) and Dr. Guenther Ruhe (general chair).
The RE’18 conference will be held from 20 to 24 August 2018 at the world famous Banff center in Alberta, Canada. The conference invites submissions in all areas of RE including elicitation, specification, modeling, analysis, verification, and evolution:
“The conference will offer an extensive program of interest to academia, government and industry. It will include several distinguished keynote speakers and three conference days full of papers, panels, posters and demos. A series of exciting tutorials to develop skills in and advance awareness of requirements engineering practices is of particular interest to industry. Two days of workshops as well as doctoral symposium offer forums for participants to present cutting-edge techniques and approaches in particular fields.”
To get an impression of the city of Banff and the Banff centre a short video on YouTube is available:
The call for papers includes the following categories of papers:
- Research papers
- RE@Next! papers
- Data track papers
- Industry papers
The RE’18 also welcomes submissions for:
- Panels and interactive events
- Posters and tool demos
- Doctoral symposium
For more information visit the RE’18 website. Besides the RE’18 conference, Prof. Maalej has successfully organized more than 15 international scientific events and served in the PC of numerous conferences including ICSE, RE, OSS, and ESEC/FSE.
Today it’s time to leave the Informatikum for our yearly Doctoral Camp 2017. For three days the MAST research group (Prof. Maalej and his Ph.D. students) will stay in a Swedish house near a beautiful lake in Malente. Interesting talks with intensive discussions, fun-activities, BBQ, and even an original Italian pizza workshop are waiting for our Ph.D. students.
We will shortly provide an update and are looking forward to a great Doctoral Camp 2017!
On 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).
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.
|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|
|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|
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
Our research group was represented at this year’s ICSE, the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering.
Dr. Davide Fucci presented his work originally published in Transactions of Software Engineering (TSE):
Davide Fucci, Hakan Erdogmus, Burak Turhan, Markku Oivo, Natalia Juristo: A Dissection of Test-Driven Development: Does It Really Matter to Test-First or to Test-Last?
Daniel Martens and Timo Johann presented their work at the Second International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering co-organized by Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej:
Daniel Martens and Timo Johann: On the Emotion of Users in App Reviews
More information about the conference and the schedule of the presentations can be found at the ICSE website.
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.
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
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…