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Upcoming Computer Science Colloquium on Requirements Monitoring in Systems of Systems by Paul Grünbacher

The computer science department by way of our research group is hosting a colloquium talk (free and open to the public):

  • by: Paul Grünbacher
  • about: Requirements Monitoring in Systems of Systems
  • on: July 26th, 2016, 16:15 Uhr
  • at: Room 01.150-128, Cauerstraße 11, 91058 Erlangen

Abstract: Many software systems today can be characterized as systems of systems (SoS) comprising interrelated and heterogeneous systems. Due to their scale, complexity, and heterogeneity engineers face significant challenges when determining the compliance of SoS with their requirements. Requirements monitoring approaches are a promising solution for checking system properties at runtime. This talk will describe a requirements monitoring approach for SoS providing the following characteristics: it uses a DSL-based approach for defining and monitoring requirements; it allows modeling the monitoring scopes of requirements with respect to the SoS architecture; it employs event models to abstract from different technologies and systems to be monitored; and it discovers violations of requirements at runtime across different levels and systems. The talk will also report experiences of applying the approach to a real-world SoS of an industrial partner in the domain of industrial automation.

Speaker: Paul Grünbacher is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Software Systems Engineering at Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria). He is the head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Monitoring and Evolution of Very-Large-Scale Software Systems, a 7-year research project co-funded by industrial partners. Paul’s research interests include software product lines, model-based development and evolution, requirements engineering, and value-based software engineering. He has published more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops. Paul is an Editorial Board Member of the Elsevier Journal on Information and Software Technology. He is regularly serving as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He is member of ACM, ACM SIGSOFT, the IEEE CS, the Austrian Computer Society, and Euromicro.

Invitation to the 2016 AMOS Projects Demo Day

On July 13th, 2016, this year’s AMOS Demo Day will take place. Student teams from The AMOS Project course will show-case the results of three months of hard software development work. The demo day will take place in “Nebenraum Cafeteria” (Room 00.136) in the main Cafeteria building at Erwin-Rommel-Straße 60, 91058 Erlangen. The demo day is open to the interested professional public. Please register so we can prepare properly.

Demo Day Schedule

Start Time Responsible Person Content
10:00 Uhr Industry partners Arrival of industry partners, public
10:15 Uhr Prof. Riehle Opening remarks
10:20 Uhr Student teams One-slide presentation on project
10:45 Uhr Everyone Demos and discussions in presentation booths, photo op
12:30 Uhr Everyone Official end of demos, leaving for lunch

If you are new to the AMOS project, please read The AMOS Project in a Nutshell.

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Upcoming Computer Science Colloquium on Deception and Estimation: How We Fool Ourselves by Linda Rising

The computer science department by way of our research group is hosting a colloquium talk (free and open to the public):

  • by: Linda Rising
  • about: Deception and Estimation: How We Fool Ourselves
  • on: May 17th, 2016, 14:00
  • at: Room 01.150-128, Cauerstraße 11, 91058 Erlangen

Abstract: Cognitive scientists tell us that we are hardwired for deception—overly optimistic about outcomes. In fact, we surely wouldn’t have survived without this trait. With this built-in bias as a starting point, it’s no wonder that software managers and teams almost always develop poor estimates. But that doesn’t mean all is lost. We must simply accept that our estimates are optimistic guesses and continually re-evaluate as we go. Linda Rising has been part of many development projects where sincere, honest people wanted to make the best estimates possible and used “scientific” approaches to make it happen—and all for naught. In many projects, because re-estimation was regarded as an admission of failure, the team spent too much time and endless meetings trying to “get it right.” Offering examples from ordinary life—especially from the way people eat and drink—Linda demonstrates how hard it is for us to see our poor estimating skills and offers practical advice on living and working with the self-deception that is hardwired in all of us.

Speaker: Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She has authored four books and numerous articles and she is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, influence strategies, agile development, and the change process. With a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the field of object-based design metrics, Linda’s background includes university teaching and software development in a number of different domains.

Upcoming Research Talk on Wikidata: Collaborative Modeling of Incomplete Knowledge and Disagreement

The computer science department by way of our research group is hosting a colloquium talk (free and open to the public):

  • by: Daniel Kinzler, Wikimedia Deutschland
  • about: Collaborative Modeling of Incomplete Knowledge and Disagreement
  • on: Monday, 18. April 2016, 16:15 Uhr
  • at: Cauerstr. 11, 91058 Erlangen, Room 01.150-128

Abstract: Wikidata is a knowledge base anyone can edit – a machine readable Wikipedia, so to say. Over the three years since we launched Wikidata, it has become the world’s largest general purpose knowledge base. To make this possible, we had to think about scalability on every level – not only for the technical systems that deliver content over the web, but also for the processes data structures needed for collaborative modeling of the world’s knowledge. One key idea that allows us to scale this process so well is the notion that we are not modeling reality, but knowledge about reality. “Knowledge” in this context means verifiable claims by authorities. As such, it’s not absolute: it my change, be contested, uncertain, or dependent on context. When designing the data model for Wikidata, we tried to strike a balance that allows us to model such uncertain knowledge, while still keeping the data model simple enough to be usable by casual contributors.

Speaker: Daniel Kinzler is the lead developer of the Wikidata project at Wikimedia Germany. He has been active on Wikipedia since 2004 and contributed to MediaWiki since 2005. He has a diploma in Informatics with a thesis about data extraction from Wikipedia.

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.

Impressions from the 2015 AMOS Demo Day

On July 15th, 2015, the AMOS Demo Day took place, with a total of 50 students and industry partners in attendance.

This year six 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 not want to have missed, working, discussing and developing in groups with different cultures and backgrounds.

This year AMOS Demo Day was organized as a fair. It was a very good experience!

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

Below, please find some photo impressions:




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Introdoyou Wins Prize at Innovation Check

Introdoyou, a startup that emerged from The AMOS Project as part of our Startupinformatik initiative, won a prize yesterday at FAU’s Innovation Check competition. Congratulations to the team of Matthias Lugert and Alexander Schmidt!

Impressions from Industry Talk on How to Fund a Startup Company by Heinz Raufer of Vertical Ventures

Today, as part of Startupinformatik, we listened to Heinz Raufer of Vertical Ventures (i.G.). Dr. Raufer spoke about how to fund a startup company. Thank you, Heinz, for teaching us! Students interested in the slides, please send email to Prof. Riehle. Below please find some photo impressions.

Invitation to the 2015 AMOS Project Demo Day

On July 15th, from 10:15 to 11:45 Uhr, this year’s AMOS Projects will be demoing their project results to the public. The location is Room 00.136, which is a room on the ground floor of the Mensa building (located in the back behind the Cafeteria). Please register using this form so that we can plan appropriately.


Time Content
10:15-10:20 Welcome by Prof. Riehle
10:20-10:30 By project, thank you to students and industry partners
10:30-11:45 Demos and posters, fair-style (wie eine Messe)

All projects welcome you at their booth for demos and questions and answers.

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