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    7. July 2017

    Announcement for project works & BA/MA theses

    Mobile crowd-sensing, smart city, digitalization of mobility

    These days, moving around can be highly mediated by the usage of smartphones and various
    location-based services. Further, the increasing digitalization and mobile sensing capacities have high
    potential for making cities smarter and to enable them to react more directly on its citizen’s travel
    needs. On behalf of such a smart city movement, we use mobile crowed-sensed travel data to
    enhance the understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

    Work setting:
    We provide students with an interesting working surrounding and the opportunity to build on
    previous work. This includes a mobile sensing app based on intel SDK and the Open.DASH framework
    (https://opendash.de/) for data visualization. The framework was originally developed to provide
    personal energy feedback but can be adapted to other contexts, like mobility. With this in mind, first
    widgets that account for individual mobility behavior have already been developed and can be used
    as examples in further work.

    Work description:
    On this basis and depending on individual interests, capabilities and workloads, there are a number
    of ways students can become involved in:
    • Developing single widgets that visualize particular issues of daily mobility;
    • designing incentives for data tracking and sensing by users or
    • doing fieldwork to explore information needs.
    • Other topics are possible and can be discussed considering personal interests.

    Target Group: Information Systems students (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik, BA/MA Informatik) and
    MA Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students

    Starting point: Now open for applications

    We highly encourage students to combine their project work with their BA/MA thesis.

    In case of questions and interest, contact:
    Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

    * The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.

    7. July 2017

    Announcement for a Student Job Offer (SHK/ WHB)

    With immediate effect, we are looking for Information Systems (BA/MA Wirtschaftsinformatik,
    BA/MA Informatik) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) students interested in supporting our
    research in the new GaNEsHA project located at the chair of Information Systems and New Media.

    The project aims to support cities in their (re-)organization of mobility infrastructures in accordance
    with the transportation needs of its citizens. To make cities smarter, mobile crowd-sensing travel
    data will be used to enhance our understanding of individual and collective mobility behavior.

    We offer interested students the opportunity to work in a research project with an interesting
    consortium and encourage them to enhance their development and design skills as well as their
    empirical working practices.

    Successful candidates will ideally display the following characteristics:
    • good study records;
    • enjoys working in a team;
    • programming skills/ or interest in JavaScript for web technologies;
    • experience /or interest in empirical work;
    • motivation for a longer lasting work-cooperation.

    In cases of questions and interest, please contact:
    Johanna Meurer [johanna.meurer(at)uni-siegen.de]

    * The announcement is in English due to the increasing internationalization of our study programs.

    2. January 2017

    Announcement for the student exchange program YALLAH – You All Are Hackers

    As part of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) program Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World the chair of Computer Science & New Media, together with Birzeit University in Palestine (West Bank), organize a joint student exchange program.

    In the course of this exchange, ten students of each university will have the chance to participate in two four-week exchange periods. In addition to a regular social and cultural program, the students will conduct projects in small, international teams under the theme of social innovation. The students are encouraged to identify local problems by themselves and find creative, innovative solutions. The means to achieve the project goals are not predetermined. A potential resource can be, e.g., the local Fab Lab in Siegen, which provides methods and tools for digital fabrication, tinkering with ideas and refining the solutions.

    The first exchange period – i.e. the trip to Palestine – will take place from end-February to end-March 2017. The second exchange period will probably happen in August. Applications from students of all fields of study can be sent via email to Sarah Rüller, as of now. In your application, please include a brief introduction of yourself, a short motivational letter and a CV (max. 2 pages, english). The documents will be shared among the participants to get to know each other. Application deadline is Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 11:59 pm.

    An information meeting will take place on Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 6 pm in room US-F 308. We will provide more detailled information on the project and have a Q&A session to answer your questions. Further information on the project and the application process will be provided soon at http://yallah.exchange.

    Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf


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