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 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.
Daniel Martens, Marlo Häring, and Christoph Stanik represented MAST, Forum 4.0, OpenDataStudio, and OpenReq at the Tag des Wissens—a public event at which researchers present and discuss their work with interested citizens. Under the theme “Technik und Digitale Welten” (Technology and Digital Worlds), the event took place on September 22nd at the Hamburg University of Technology TUHH. With about 4,500 visitors, the Tag des Wissens generated a lot of interest and a campus full of curious and knowledge seeking citizens. MAST held one presentation and data analytics and one interactive workshop for kids.
Talk – Data Analytics
The talk was about “Data Analytics” covering the basics of this field and its application in our research areas App Stores and Online Journalism. Besides an introduction to data analytics, machine learning, and big data, we showed and motivated the need for and the value within publicly available user comments. In our research, we automatically analyze user comments to e.g., identify bug reports and feature requests in app stores to first, give people a chance to be heard and second, to give app developers a chance to understand their users’ needs—a task difficult to do manually, as popular apps receive thousands of user comments each day. In the EU project OpenReq, this is one of the topics we address. In our analysis of user comments in news articles, which is part of the project Forum 4.0, we aim to systematically analyze, aggregate and visualize the content and quality of comments at runtime in order to enable constructive participation. Forum 4.0 combines research from social science and computer science.
Interactive Workshop – M-Lab Junior
Further, we had one interactive workshop with kids. In groups of six, the kids had to design a mobile app using pen and paper. The problem statement was: Imagine you go for a walk with your parents. You may find a leaf on the ground you have never seen before, how do you know to which tree it belongs to? Therefore, the goal was to design an innovative app to identify the tree the leaf belongs to but also to give further information on the tree.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
Kelly Blincoe — Modern software development: the stress and social pressure
Liliana Pasquale — Topology Aware Adaptive Security
Martin Glinz — How much RE do we need?
Daniel Amyot — Evidence-Driven Evolution of Regulatory Requirements with Goal Models and Watson Analytics
Anna Perini — The SUPERSEDE project
Lloyd Montgomery — Conducting Research Industry Partnerships using Design Science: a Case Study with IBM
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.
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:
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:
- Program of Girls Day 2018
- Additional information for ongoing MINT-Girls
- Tutorial “Share the App” for iOS
- Tutorial “Share the App” for Android
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.
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.
Yen Dieu Pham
+49 40 42883-2306
Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej
+49 40 428 83-2073
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.
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.