State of Startupinformatik Talk and Discussion

Prof. Riehle will report about the state of the Startupinformatik initiative at START Nürnberg (FAU’s entrepreneur’s student club) on 2015-12-08 in Nuremberg. The talk and discussion will start at 18:30 Uhr at FAU’s WiSo, Lange Gasse 20, room 0.141.

Continental Corporation Trainee Program

Continental Corporation is a large automotive supplier company. They wrote to us to let us know about their two-year trainee program for computer science and information systems graduates to get started in the automotive industries.

ATE-Supported DATEV Praxistag 2015 zum Thema “User Experience Design”

Der ATE (Alumnivereinigung der TechFak) und die DATEV laden alle Studierenden zu einem Praxistag zum Thema “User Experience Design” ein:

Studierende der Informatik und Wirtschaftsinformatik besuchen die DATEV, eines der Fördermitglieder unseres Alumni-Netzwerks ATE, bekommen Eindrücke vor Ort und erleben die Praxis. Der Tag beginnt mit einer Einführung ins Thema Oberflächengestaltung und User Experience. Unter dem Titel User Experience, der Weg zur intuitiven Software für komplexe Anwendungen berichten danach Fachleute über thematische Herausforderungen. In einem Workshop werden von den Teilnehmern anschließend konkrete Anwendungsbeispiele erarbeitet. Beim gemeinsamen Mittagessen können Erfahrungen und Eindrücke ausgetauscht und weitere Informationen über die DATEV als Arbeitgeber eingeholt werden.

Wann: Mittwoch, 16.12.2015
Agenda und Informationen zur Anmeldung (bis 27.11.):

FLOSS Course Redesigned, Moved to SS 2016

I redesigned the FLOSS course. You can find the syllabus on the web, as usual. It is mostly an information systems (economics) course now, though it remains open to computer science students. It is planned to take place in SS 2016 next. PROD, the software product management course, has been moved to WS 2016/17 then.

First Prize at the 2015 Hochsprung-Awards

Our Startupinformatik concept for creating startups from (Master) student teams just won the first prize at the Hochsprung-Awards. We were represented by Mitarbeiter Hannes Dohrn and entrepreneurial student Matthias Lugert. Prof. Riehle could not participate, because he was giving a speech on open source in the Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus as part of the open IT summit. So he recorded a short video message for the Hochsprung-Award celebrations, which you can watch below.

Final Thesis: Collaboration Networks in Open Source Projects’ Issue Trackers

Abstract: Open source software nowadays is increasingly used outside its own ecosystem. It is used by governmental departments and companies, for commercial projects and as a part of critical infrastructure, like encryption libraries. This usually makes it necessary to increase the collaboration with open source communities but it is also required to asses new risks, which arise from using a software, maintained mainly by volunteers. In order to achieve this we need a better understanding of open source communities and about how they organize and structure themselves, whether they depend on key personality and whether they form subcommunities? How do such communities change their behavior over time, during growth and which is the most efficient form of structuring to handle reported issues? We collect issue tracker data and use it to create sequences of social networks for 6007 projects present on and for 120 projects from the Apache Software Foundation. Based on metrics to quantify the strength of subcommunities and centralization we study the general structure of open source communities and how they might correlate, but also their behavior over time. We compare the communities based on an efficiency metric to gain information about preferable structures. Our results show that most open source communities avoid to organize themselves in subcommunities while they are highly dependent on a few key personalities. The results of both metrics do indeed correlate, which means that if a community has strongly distinct groups it is unlikely to be highly centralized. But neither  the few in subcommunities organized projects nor any other organizational type show a significantly higher efficiency. Although projects grow over time, they show only little internal structural change. The stability of open source communities and the strong avoidance of subcommunities are unexpected results, since it highly contradicts recent related studies and therefore requires more research to better predict the development of projects. For the assessment of projects the dependency on strong key members for the stability may prove helpful when it comes to indicating and analyzing major changes.

Keywords: Open Source, Issue Tracker, Bug Tracker, Social Network Analysis

PDFs: Master Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Björn Meier. Collaboration Networks in Open Source Projects’ Issue Trackers. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2015.

Student Jobs at Siemens Healthcare

Siemens Healthcare is offering student jobs. There even is a posting in the FSI Forum so you can comment, if you like.

Recording of First Session of Nailing your Thesis

Nailing your Thesis (NYT) is our course on how to perform research. It is a comprehensive course, covering basics through methods to writing of final theses. Below, please find recordings of the first session from the winter semester 2015/16:

NYT #01A (first half before break), covers introduction to science, course structure and contents

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Einladung (zur Bewerbung) zu Senacor’s DevCon

Die Senacor Unternehmensberatung lädt Studierende der Informatik und verwandter Studienrichtungen ein, sich um eine kostenlose Teilnahme an ihrer jährlichen DevCon Tagung zu bewerben: Ein Programm steht noch nicht öffentlich fest, kann aber um studentische Beiträge angereicht werden. Weitere Information finden Sie in diesem Flyer.

OOP 2016 Seeking Student Volunteers

The OOP conference is one of the longest running practitioner conferences in Germany on the subject of modern practices of software engineering, including object-oriented programming, agile methods, and more recently, software architecture. OOP 2016 has a stellar program courtesy of Jutta Eckstein, Jens Coldewey, and their committee. Partly this is due to OOP celebrating its 25th birthday in 2016. For its operations, OOP 2016 is seeking student volunteers. This is a great opportunity to listen to industry leaders for free in return for a limited amount of work. We recommend you take a look.