Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Softwaretechnik
Chair for Applied Software Engineering



MOOC training in Zambia, Africa

From November 5 to 9, 2018 Jan Knobloch, Ruth Demmel from the Chair for Applied Software Engineering and Andreas Jung from the Multimediagroup RBG at the Department of Computer Science, travelled to the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zambia in Lusaka in Zambia with the brand-new equipment to build up a full recording studio. The aim was to teach how to set up a mobile recording environment, record video lectures and slides for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with topics from Health Sciences in the context of the CYSTINET (https://www.cysti.net) project.

You can find more fotos and information at CYSTINET




Doctorate Seminar at Kreuzeck

Last week we all attended our Chair for Applied Software Engineering Doctorate Seminar at Kreuzeck. All of our researchers had the chance to present their current results, and we had productive discussions as to which direction the research should follow. In true alpine fashion, a few of us also went for a hike at the Osterfelderkopf.   

TUM Open House Day

On Saturday, October 13th, we took part of the TUM Open House Day (Tag der offenen Tür). There, Constantin Costescu, a master student's at our chair, presented his thesis project. In order to show the advances and possibilities in the autonomous driving sector, we had two different toy cars compete against each other. One driven by kids attending the event, and one in self-driving mode. The self-driving car was equipped with a Raspberry Pi, which used a camera and a neural network to detect the lanes, and steer the wheels in the correct direction. 

Happy World Emoji Day! - Siemens reports about SIEMojis on their research and innovation page.

To celebrate the World Emoji Day last Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Siemens published an article on the future of manufacturing and the use of emojis in the industrial world on its "Pictures of the Future" website. The article refers to the project, SIEMojis, which was implemented in the course of the iPraktikum in the winter semester 2018.

Jochen Nickles, the customer of the Siemens team, is quoted in the article: "Our prototype offers a highly promising means of bringing man and machine closer together."

We are pleased that the results of an iPraktikum have made it to the innovation pages of Siemens. We show that real problems are being worked on in the course of the iPraktikum and that innovations are being driven in the participating companies.

We would like to thank the whole SIEMojis team around project leader Andreas Seitz and coach Marija Jovanović. Thanks to Alina Usova, Anil Karatas, Dmitrii Petukhov, Florian Bodlée, Fridolin Koch and Mykola Vankovych.

Siemens iPraktikum Team IOT is among the 10 winners of the Siemens Global University Challenge

The Siemens IOT team has successfully won the worldwide Siemens Global University Challenge. With the idea of the IIoT Bazaar, the team around project leader Andreas Seitz and coach Phillip Diller was able to prevail against a multitude of other ideas. The prize is an invitation to a 1-week hackathon at Siemens in Nuremberg. Three of the 10 participants of the iPraktikum will be invited and get the chance to further develop the prototype and get expert feedback. Besides the invitation to Nuremberg, the Challenge is endowed with 1000€.

Details about the idea of the IIoT Bazaar can be found on the pages of the Global University Challenge.

We are delighted that Siemens is setting up such a challenge and opportunity and that we can present and refine our ideas there.

Thanks to the whole Siemens IOT team who made the application possible with a lot of effort and time. Thanks to Moritz Kellermann, Deeksha Sinha, Phuong Mai Mai, Illia Ovchynnikov, Maksym 'Max' Hrinenko, Tim Lewandowski, Ali Abbas Jaffri and Alina Turbina 

Teaching Award for Best Education in Summer 2017

Dr. Stephan Krusche received the Teaching Award for the Best Education in Summer 2017 for the course Project-Organization and Management. The award was granted on June 21, 2018 by the student council (Fachschaft MPI) at the summer party of the Informatics faculty for exceptional performances in education. 

The large course Project-Organization and Management is offered to more than 400 students and includes interactive elements such as quizzes, guided tutorials and programming and modeling exercises where students receive immediate feedback. Students apply the learned project management techniques in team exercises where they develop small mobile apps. The positive feedback of the students about the course and the Teaching Award show that including interactive learning is also possible in large lecture based courses.

Patterns in Software Engineering - Tutors wanted

We will teach the course patterns in software engineering in the winter semester 2018/19. The courses has a special emphasis on blended and experiential learning, mixing theory with exercises. We expect more than 500 students in the lecture and heavily rely on automated testing for the exercise conduction. Therefore, we are looking for motivated tutors who help us in the preparation and conduction of exercises. If you are interested, please fill out the application and we will get back to you shortly.

Best Paper Award (Industry Track) at ICSSP 2018

The paper Practitioners’ Eye on Continuous Software Engineering: An Interview Study (PDF) by Jan Ole Johanssen, Anja Kleebaum, Barbara Paech, and Bernd Bruegge was awarded the best paper award in the industry track of the ACM 2018 International Conference on Software and System Process (ICSSP 2018) in Gothenburg, Sweden. The definitive version of the paper is available in the ACM Digital Library.

In the paper, the authors present results from an interview study with 24 practitioners from 17 companies during 20 interviews, describing practitioners' definitions of CSE, most relevant elements for CSE, their experiences, and plans for future additions to their CSE process. The paper concludes with a model of CSE, the Eye of CSE.

iPraktikum Team Receives SmartHome Deutschland Award 2018

Following the outcome of 2017, the iHaus iPraktikum team of the winter term 2017/18 again received the first place in the category “best student achievement” (“Beste studentische Leistung”) at the SmartHome Deutschland Award 2018. Over the course of one semester, the eight students have developed the iHaus DNA system.

The current generation of smart homes comes with a great variety of sensors and actuators. Many of these devices interact with each other, creating a unique footprint of the occupants' routines and behavioral patterns. At the same time, there is a high effort for occupants in setting up rules for the automation of their regular activities. The iHaus DNA system tackles this problem by smartly detecting daily habits and suggesting their automatic execution to the occupants. Furthermore, the iHaus DNA system is able to identify anomalies and thereby contributes to its user's comfort, security, safety, and health.

As part of an all-day event in the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin on May 14, 2018, the students presented the project and thereafter received the award for the first place. The SmartHome Deutschland initiative represents a trade-spanning, interdisciplinary communication platform to enable information exchange between regional smart home organizations and representatives of research, development, industry, commerce, and craft.

Apply for the iPraktikum or its related courses for the summer semester!

We will offer the iPraktikum again in the coming summer semester! We are looking for participants in various roles. Would you like to learn about software engineering in an applied setting while developing a mobile application? Apply as a Developer for the practical course iPraktikum.

If you have already participated in a project at our chair, consider applying for the seminar/practical course Agile Project Management. In this course, you get to take on the role of a Coach and learn about agile project management in a real project.

Are you an experienced iOS developer? Apply to be a Tutor in our introductory courses and teach beginners how to develop in Swift as participant in the (pro)seminar Teaching iOS. You prepare an interactive tutorial and help students during the course. If you have any questions feel free to contact Dominic Henze or ios (at) in.tum.de.