Meaningful Identifier Names Lead to a 20% Faster Detection of Defects

Researchers of the universities of Heidelberg and Passau showed in a controlled experiment that meaningful identifier names improve maintainability of source code in contrast to abbreviated or single letter identifiers.


Algorithm Watch

Algorithm Watch is an initiative of journalists, social scientists, and computer scientists who analyze the effects of algorithmic decision making on society.

In addition to private companies, it becomes apparent that also public authorities will employ methods for algorithmic decision making in the near future1.

While algorithmic decision methods can have a beneficial effect, they presumably introduce also substantial risks2.


Environmental Informatics Prize 2016 for Students

The Environmental Informatics Prize 2016 is awarded for students' works in the field of environmental informatics. Projects can be done either as part of a course or for a degree (excluding PhD) at an academic university or a university of applied sciences.

The projects must demonstrate the contribution of methods and technologies of informatics to the solution of environmental problems or dissemination of information supporting sustainable development in general.
There is a prize sum of 2000 Euro that will be divided among three winners.

Further information can be found here: http://www.enviroinfo.eu/de/system/files/Ausschreibung%20Umweltinformatikpreis%202016_0.pdf

Deadline for a suggestion will be the 15th of June.


4th workshop "Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change"

The German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)) is organizing the 46th INFORMATICS 2016 conference by the end of September. The motto of this year's conference is: "Computer Science: by humans, for humans". The conference will take place from 26th to 30th of September, 2016 in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Contributions for the "Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change" workshop should enclose max. 12 pages for a "long paper" and max. 6 pages for a "short paper". They can be written in German or English. Please use the LNI format style:https://www.gi.de/index.php?id=171

Important Dates:
  • Submission of contributions for the workshops: 2nd of May, 2016
  • Decision on the acceptance of contributions: 30th of May, 2016
  • Submission of the printable version: 15th of June, 2016