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SCAN knowledge base is online

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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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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 fundingA�program “Unseren Hochschulen 2015”.A�With this program, the Claussen-Simon FoundationA�andA�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.

Open Position: Full-Time Research Associate

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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

Doctoral Camp 2018

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Doctoral Camp 2018!

The MAST Group annual Doctoral Camp was a great success! We took time to reflect on our research, presented our latest results and future PhD plans to our peers, and enjoyed some beautiful Northern-Germany sun. This four-day event provides the opportunity to think through research progress through research presentations given by each PhD researcher, connect with colleagues with shared meals and social events, and relax by absorbing the beautiful weather and landscape. The Doctoral Camp (DocCamp) was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, Germany.


Research Presentations

The Doctoral Camp presents the MAST PhD researchers the opportunity to communicate their research to the group. Different people are at different stages of their PhD, so the presentations varied. However, a constant among all presentations was the clear progress from last year, and valuable feedback provided by the other MAST members.


Meals and Social Events

The purpose of the DocCamp is more than just a research event, it is also a chance for MAST colleagues to talk about life, hobbies, and anything else that comes to mind. This provides the opportunity to learn about each other beyond the daily work we collaborate on. Every breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared by us as a group. We would then go outside and enjoy the meal together, discussing life and whatever else came to mind. Following a nice dinner, it was common to go on a walk through the beautiful landscape, talking about interesting side-projects we were working on, discussing future plans for our lives, and many other things. Between meetings and presentations, we played football and frisbee on the lawn. Additionally, we sat down in the evening to play our favourite board games.


Enjoying the Landscape

The DocCamp was held at Fördeferien Bockholmwik, in North Germany. We had a beautiful view of Denmark, just across the water. The beach, although narrow, provided a nice path to walk on for our nightly walks. Just behind our house was a nice open field, perfect for letting our minds think openly and enjoying outside games together. Thankfully, we were blessed with Sun Sun Sun! We definitely took advantage of the beautiful weather, and are thankful for the accessibility it provided to enjoy the landscape.


Overall, the DocCamp was a success, providing us all with a better understanding of our research, our colleagues, and the general direction of the MAST Group. Looking forward to next year!

 

MAST @ ICSE 2018

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Our research group was represented at this year’s ICSE, the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering. The conference took place from May 27 until June 03 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Davide Fucci published his work Sensing Developers’ Emotions: The Design of a Replicated Experiment at the 3rd International Workshop on Emotion Awareness in Software Engineering (SEmotion), co-authored with Daniela Girardi, Filippo Lanubile, and Nicole Novielli from University of Bari. 

Further, Dr. Davide Fucci presented a poster on The Effect of Noise on Requirements Comprehension, with Simone Romano, Giuseppe Scanniello, Natalia Juristo, and Burak Turhan.

Daniel Martens and Walid Maalej presented their work ReviewChain: Untampered Product Reviews on the Blockchain at the 1st International Workshop on Emerging Trends in Software Engineering for Blockchain (WETSEB).

Yen Dieu Pham presented her work A First Implementation of a Design Thinking Workshop During a Mobile App Development Course Project at the 2nd International Workshop on Software Engineering Education for Millennials (SEEM), co-authored with Davide Fucci, and Walid Maalej.

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

1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium – Recap

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Those that follow us already for a while know about our strong connection and contributions to the field of Requirements Engineering. With the received grant and responsibility in one of our current projects, OpenReq, and our chairholder Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej being the PC-Co Chair of the 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, we wanted to contribute to the RE community even more by running an RE symposium.

We are happy to report that the 1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium was a great success! Seven speakers from around the world discussed a wide range of topics with about ~40-50 participants, 10 from industry, 15 researchers, and the rest students.

 

On a sunny day, we welcomed all participants on our campus with snacks and drinks to be prepared for the presentations and discussions. The symposium began with introductions from Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Prof. Dr. Frank Steinicke. Between the two of them, we learned of the importance behind RE practices and research, and the history and prominence of the University of Hamburg.

 

Following the introductions, there were then presentations from top researchers in Requirements Engineering. Here is a photo recap of the presentations:

 

Günther Ruhe — Asymmetric release planning
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Kelly Blincoe — Modern software development: the stress and social pressure
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Liliana Pasquale — Topology Aware Adaptive Security
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Martin Glinz — How much RE do we need?
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Daniel Amyot — Evidence-Driven Evolution of Regulatory Requirements with Goal Models and Watson Analytics
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Anna Perini — The SUPERSEDE project
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Lloyd Montgomery — Conducting Research Industry Partnerships using Design Science: a Case Study with IBM
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In an effort to encourage networking, an outdoor snack-and-chat venue was provided. This venue was met with plenty of good conversation, absorbed Hamburg sun, and in-depth discussions regarding the presentations that occurred.

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The RE Symposium was concluded by going downtown to experience some Hamburg cuisine, and continue the discussions and networking.

Overall the RE Symposium was a success and an event that will likely be repeated in the future. Thank you to all who participated, and a special thanks to the sponsors of the event:

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Girls Day 2018 and M-Lab Junior

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This year again MAST research group took part in Zukunftstag 2018 event, also called Girls’ Day, on our computer science campus. Yen Dieu Pham, Clara Marie Lüders, and Natalia Mannov organised the Girls’Day project M-Lab Junior (App Development).

Our young app developers started the day with the workshop to develop the idea of the coolest app for girls and boys with alias “Mobile Dresser”. Firstly they created 6 paper prototypes for the app. Afterwards our project participants developed and tested the first app prototype with thunkable.com on desktop computers and on their own smartphones. The youngest participants of the Girls’Day project were 10 years old.

We all enjoyed the day together by creating and developing a smartphone app prototype and visiting the “Roboter” demo.

Additionally our students presented their M-Lab Global 2018 projects by two demo sessions:
12:30 Nightrad App (iOS), UKE team, Patricia Häußer
13:15 History App (Android), HITeC team, Tim Pietz and Nikolai Elich

We thank our student assistants for their friendly and helpful support.

To get more additional information please use following references:

1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium

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We are happy to announce, that our team organizes the 1st Hamburg Requirements Engineering Symposium here at the Informatikum. In this symposium, renowned speakers from around the world will discuss current and future challenges of the field of Requirements Engineering. The speakers will cover a wide range of topics, such as principal questions (How much RE do we need?), the human factor (Modern software development: the stress and social pressure), and how to use requirements in the industry (Asymmetric release planning). In small sessions, our seven speakers will present their topics and invite you to discussions.

The speakers are:

Part of this symposium is a social event that allows everyone to connect with each other. The organizers, Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej and Christoph Stanik, are happy to invite everyone interested in this topic. The participation of this event is open for everyone and free of charge.

 

Event Information: 
Website: https://mast.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/hamburg-re-symposium-2018/ 
Date: 23.05.18 
Time: 13:00 – 17:00 
Location: Konrad Zuse Hörsaal 
Building B, Room 201 
 
University of Hamburg 
Department of Informatics 
Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30 
22527 Hamburg, Germany

MAST-Team won 10,000 Euro at the national “Hochschulwettbewerb”

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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

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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.

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.

Expert for Sustainable Urban Planning from Hong Kong visits MAST

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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.

MAST presents three papers and run one tutorial at RE17

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At this years’ 25th International Requirements Engineering Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, MAST is represented with three papers and a full-day tutorial.

We are going to present the following papers:

Further, in collaboration with Maleknaz Nayebi and Guenther Ruhe from the University of Calgary, we are going to run the following full-day tutorial:

We are looking forward to a great conference and hope to meet you there.