Impressions from the 2014 AMOS Demo Day

On July 9th the 2014 AMOS Demo Day took place, with a total of 50 students and industry partners in attendance.

Five teams presented the results of their hard work, supported by industry partners and members of the OSR Group, managed by Prof. Dirk Riehle and his team. To the students the AMOS Demo Day was an experience they would never want ot miss, working, discussing and developing in groups with different cultures and backgrounds.

We would like to say thank you to all participants of this special day.

Below, please find some photo impressions from the proceedings:

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Email an FAU TechFak Professorinnen und Professoren

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

ich bin Professor in der Informatik an der FAU. Mit dieser Email möchte ich Ihnen anbieten:

  1. für Sie und mit Ihnen Software für Ihre Projekte zu entwickeln und
  2. mögliche resultierende studentische Softwareproduktstartups zu begleiten.

Lassen Sie mich mein Anliegen erläutern.

Softwareprojekte

Ich vermute, dass bei Ihnen wie überall viel Softwareentwicklungsbedarf besteht. Eine Möglichkeit, dem zu begegnen, sind studentische Projekte in der Lehre. Bei uns läuft es folgendermassen:

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Final Thesis: User Experience Design at Immowelt (Teaching Case)

Abstract: Human needs become increasingly more important and technology will be more and more pushed into the background in the future. Thus, User Experience (UX) and in this regard User Experience Design (UXD) become very common in today’s businesses. This also holds for the Immowelt platform. This thesis presents a Harvard Business case study, which casts light on the design of the “Note Taking” feature with respect to User Experience Design. Especially in the spotlight of this study is the balancing act between given stakeholder requirements and good user experience that influenced the design decisions for the “Note Taking” feature. Moreover, the thereby necessary iterations for gathering the user experience in various forms are displayed. The thesis further introduces concepts approached in the case study regarding the involvement of user experience design in the feature design iterations, which range from UXD methods in the development phases to testing forms before and after the launch. At last, a guideline for teaching the case in a student class is provided.

Keywords: User experience design

PDFs: Bachelor Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Rebecca Reuter. User Experience Design at Immowelt. Bachelor Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2014.

FAU Open For Guest Professors

The FAU including the computer science department welcomes guest professors. We looked into the details and here are key pieces of becoming a guest professor at our department for about 3-6 months. This is open for established professors at other universities looking to have a sabbatical at FAU (and hopefully our group ;-)

  • You will receive a salary on the level of W2 (associate professor level, EUR 4,5K+ per month) or W3 (full professor, EUR 5,4K+ per month) based on your home institution’s classification
  • You have no officially required obligations, but we naturally would like to see you engage in academic activities with us and the university. Ways of doing this are:
    • Teaching a course; can be condensed to 1 or 2 weeks, i.e. does not have to run for a full semester
    • Teaching can be done for Bachelor, Master, or even Ph.D. students—to be discussed
    • Research seminars (teaching to Ph.D. students) or research collaboration (co-supervising students)
  • You are expected to visit for at least three months; six months is appreciated (and only makes sense)

For our own memory, internal links:

  1. https://www.tf.fau.de/intranet/content/gastprofessuren
  2. http://www.uni-erlangen.de/einrichtungen/personalabteilung/handbuch-personal/gastprofessoren/
  3. https://www.fau.de/universitaet/stifter-foerderer/stiftungen/Schirmer-Stiftung/
  4. https://www.fau.de/universitaet/stifter-foerderer/stiftungen/Hofmann-Stiftung/

You’ll need FAU Intranet access to see these links.

Requirements for Successful Participation in the AMOS Projects

Students participating in the AMOS projects perform a weekly sprint retrospective, which includes giving feedback to the lecturers. One information systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) student unloads on us:

This whole thing seems to be some kind of bad joke of computer science people, which non-computer scientists seem not to get. It is absolutely ridiculous to use a code repository for planning documents, especially one like GitHub with its absolute horrible usability—or practical non-usability, needing half a dozen different programs to access it and hours to work out how to add a stupid PDF file which has nothing to do with the code. And to fail doing so because some of this half dozen git-tools may have had some tick mark set wrong, some parameter hidden in the endless amount of options which make no sense at all to a casual user or for whatever other reason this may not have worked out. Why the hell are we doing all that, just to learn how to commit PDF files to some awkward system nobody would use in real life anyway? I’m done with this git-thing, I’m done with the whole Scrum-nonsense and I’m especially done with Informatics people and their way of thinking, which seems to create more problems then the world would have had without. Never again.

We regret the bad experience this student is having, but we would like to remind future students to look at the course entry requirements which involve a minimum of technical expertise so that handling a configuration management system like git should not be a problem.

As to putting a PDF into git—we are managing requirements (product backlog, sprint backlog, etc.) using Google spreadsheets, of which we ask product owners take a weekly snapshot and track it on git. The reason why we are not using a dedicated tool is that students complain about having to learn too many tools. We may change this in the future.