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Mobile Software Engineering - Characteristics and Challenges

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This talk highlights the characteristics of engineering software for mobile devices. The differences compared to traditional approaches for web or desktop software are discussed. A model for mobile software engineering is proposed and various best-practices together with case studies from real-world projects are presented. Essential software engineering techniques for mobile such as experience prototyping, in-context requirements gathering and testing, or UI/UIX design are explained using examples and tools.

This talk is based on the article “Why Software Engineering for Mobile Applications is Different” published at the 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing in 2010.


Dr Manfred Bortenschlager is engineering manager at the Samsung Electronics Research Institute in Staines, UK. As platform evangelist lead he coordinates the activities to position and promote Samsung’s new mobile phone platform and ecosystem bada within the relevant developer communities. These activities comprise R&D projects, creating training material such as demo code, tutorials, blog posts, videos or the recently published “Introduction to bada” book, and organising and presenting at events such as developer days. Before that, Dr Manfred Bortenschlager has been working in applied research of mobile and location based services at Salzburg Research, an Austrian research organisation for over 7 years. His main research was in the domain of Pervasive Computing where he focussed on Coordination in Pervasive Environments. He could successfully establish and run a scientific workshop related to that topic at the IEEE WETICE series. He was leading several national and international research projects. He was responsible site manager for Salzburg Research in the EU STREP research project WORKPAD , with a duration of 3 years and a consortium of 8 international partners. He published 40 scientific papers. Dr Bortenschlager holds a PhD in Computer Science and a MSc in Telecommunications Engineering.

Contact: Manfred Bortenschlager Samsung Electronics Research Institute 0758 763 1849

This talk is part of the Wednesday Seminars - Department of Computer Science and Technology series.

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