SIGMOBILE solidified its position as a healthy and vibrant technical organization focussed on issues relevant to its members, who share a common interest in researching, building, and using mobile networking and computing applications and services. The organization continued to grow in all its dimensions -- organizing and establishing its conferences as the most prestigious events in the field, improving the reputation of its publications with great reports and articles, and increasing the awareness of the research its members are carrying out, within the academic, industrial, and governmental agencies world-wide.
SIGMOBILE's annual conference, MobiCom, held in Seattle, Washington, was an resounding success. The conference was attended by over 500 people from 30 countries, a 100% increase over the previous year (which itself was a banner year). The conference was supported by 24 industrial sponsors, proving that SIGMOBILE has indeed fostered a strong relationship between industry and academic researchers. Although primarily a research conference, dozens of companies exhibited their products, and the conference, for the first time in its history, was covered both by mainstream media such as the Seattle Post-intelligencer and ABC.com news as well as by academic magazines.
SIGMOBILE's official publication, MC2R, continued to maintain its reputation as a high quality scientific journal. Due to a recently increased page budget, the journal was able to publish some of the largest and highest-quality issues to date. Particular highlights of the year included papers from SIGMOBILE Award winners, articles on current mobile computing standards from leaders of the standards boards; and reprinted seminal and classical papers in ubiquitous computing; as well as our regular features and peer-reviewed, highly selective technical papers.
Overall, 1998-99 was a great year for SIGMOBILE.
Sajal was invited because of his strong organizational and publicity skills, which he has demonstrated repeatedly over the last several years. In 1998, with SIGMOBILE's endorsement, he started a new ACM workshop on "Wireless Mobile Multimedia" which became one of the most successful workshops SIGMOBILE has ever sponsored. In addition, he is the founder of the annual IEEE workshop on "Distributed Interactive Simulation and Real-Time Applications" and has assisted in many IEEE Technical Committees. His enthusiasm for the job and the energy he will bring to it were a strong factor in his appointment.
We are very happy to have Sajal on our team and are looking forward to working with him as he strengthens an area of SIGMOBILE that has been slightly problematic, i.e -- worldwide name recognition.
MC2R has become a significant scientific journal. We have been uncompromising in maintaining the highest possible publication standards. Since our last report, five additional issues have been published, between July 1998 and August 1999. Each issue included journal-style and tutorial-style scientific papers that had received double-blind peer-reviews. Our acceptance rate for technical papers has lingered between 16 to 17% per issue. Only papers with exceptional reviews were accepted for publication. Most of these have been cited by other researchers in several other leading publications.
In addition to top-quality papers, we have continued to regularly publish meeting reports from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Wireless ATM Forum (WATM), IEEE and ACM conference and workshop reports, book reviews, and opinion columns and essays from established leaders in our field. Our page count per issue has gone up an average of 50% from last year, varying between 52 and 72 pages per issue. Despite the increase in the number of submitted and ultimately published papers, MC2R has managed to maintain a low average turnaround time of less than 6 months between submission and physical publication.
Since its inception in April 1997, we have successfully delivered 11 issues of MC2R to the SIGMOBILE members.
Some important initiatives undertaken during this past year include:
Indexing and abstracting is a service for our authors that we consider
extremely important for MC2R's health. Not only does it increase
the prestige of our journal, but it also encourages researchers to submit
their papers to MC2R, as it exposes their research to a much
larger community of researchers and practitioners worldwide.
Each of our Area Editors was asked to recommend his or her top 8 choices of what they
considered ground-breaking research papers in their area of expertise, and to recommend
their top 2 choices of tutorial papers that they considered to be a must-read. Our
objective is to publish this "list-of-recommendions" on MC2R's web page and
in one of the upcoming issues, for all who are interested in learning from the experts
about the best papers on a particular topic. Our motivation is to capitalize on
the expertise and experience of our editorial board to help younger researchers
and practitioners. Additionally and perhaps just
as important is the fact that this list will give credit to those who have made
Prof. James C. Lin, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, accepted our invitation to write this column as a regular feature of MC2R. James Lin is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and is a recognized authority in the field of health hazards in wireless communications. He has written more that 140 journal papers and is an author or editor of six books.
On a related note, as a gesture of good-will and healthy cooperation (no pun intended),
we agreed to a proposal by Dr. Roth Stone, Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Antennas
and Propagation Magazine, to co-publish Dr. Lin's column in his magazine.
We are convinced that the readership of the two publications has little overlap, and
thus providing greater exposure to Dr. Lin's articles, is the right thing to
do for the sake of both communities.
This journal focuses on the networking and user aspects of the expanding field of wireless and mobile networking. It provides a common and global forum for archival contributions documenting these fast growing areas of interest. The journal publishes refereed articles dealing with research, experience, and management of wireless networks. Its aim is to allow the reader to benefit from experience, problems, and solutions described. Regularly addressed issues include: Network architectures for Personal Communications Systems; wireless LAN's; radio, tactical, and other wireless networks; design and analysis of protocols; network management and network performance; network services and service integration; nomadic computing; internetworking with cable and other wireless networks; standardization and regulatory issues; specific system descriptions; applications and user interfaces; and enabling technologies for wireless networks.Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET)
MONET's technical scope reflects the emerging symbiosis of portable computers and wireless networks, addressing the convergence of mobility, computing, and information organization, its access and management. The journal publishes Special Issues in all areas of this field. In approving Special Issues, the journal places an equal emphasis on the various areas of nomadic computing, data management, related software and hardware technologies, and mobile user services, alongside more "classical" topics in wireless and mobile networking. The journal documents practical and theoretical results that make a fundamental contribution in these areas.
The Fourth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom'98) was held October 25-30, 1998, in Dallas, Texas. The conference sessions took place in the Omni Dallas Hotel Park West, located about 5 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
MobiCom'98 marked the fourth consecutive year of growth for this conference series. We received 147 research paper submissions from around the globe, a growth in number of submissions of about 45% over the previous year's conference. Of these, 27 papers were selected for presentation. Although the largest number of submissions, as was the case in 1997, came from the United States, a third of the accepted papers were from outside the United States.
Three workshops were held in parallel on the day following the conference (on October 1, 1997). Of these, the workshop on wireless multimedia was new (additional information about the workshops is provided in Section IV).
Overall, MobiCom'98 featured an excellent technical program on the cutting edge of mobile computing and networking. We also had an enjoyable social program, including welcoming reception, a dinner banquet, and a "Night on the Town".
The Fifth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom'99) was held August 15-20, 1999, in Seattle, Washington.
We believe that MobiCom'99 was by far the best MobiCom we have ever organized. The conference was held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center., a world-class conference facility located in the heart of downtown Seattle and on the waterfront. Three social events with sumptuous meals and liquor delighted the attendees. These events included (1) the Chairman's Welcome Reception, with an accompanying first-ever industry exhibition; (2) the Dinner Banquet at the world famous Space Needle; and (3) the Student, Faculty Dinner Cruise, which included a three-hour cruise of the Puget Sound, with food and spirits served.
We pushed the limit on every aspect of the conference -- from tutorials, to panels, to papers, to workshops, to social events, to facilities. Several highlights and noteworthy facts include:
The technical program consisted of eleven non-overlapping sessions, including a new, highly entertaining "MobiCom Challenges" session with five papers describing wild ideas and technical challenges facing our community in the next century.
Overall, we were very happy with way MobiCom'99 turned out. It was a remarkable success, and we hope to repeat this success in Boston, Massachusetts, the venue for MobiCom 2000
SIGMOBILE members can register for a meeting sponsored by SIGMOBILE at the lowest registration rate for their respective appropriate category (student/full-time, advance/on-site, etc.)
Instructions for soliciting "in-cooperation" status from ACM SIGMOBILE are provided at our web location ( http://www.acm.org/sigmobile/workshops/)
The following three workshops were sponsored by SIGMOBILE and were co-located with MobiCom'98 in Dallas, Texas, held in parallel on the day following the MobiCom'98 conference (October 30, 1998):
Due to lack of sufficient interest, the previously planned workshop on "Service Discovery in the Internet" was cancelled.
The following four workshops were sponsored by SIGMOBILE and were co-located with MobiCom'99 in Seattle, Washington, held in parallel on the day following the MobiCom'99 conference (August 20, 1999):
In addition, ACM SIGMOBILE "cooperated" with several international workshops this last year, including:
The principal nominator was Prof. David Goodman, Director of the Wireless Information Networking Laboratory (WINLAB) and a Professor at Rutgers University. The other nominators were: Dr. Andrew Viterbi from Qualcomm, Dr. Bob Hewes from Texas Instruments Laboratories, Dr. Alan McLaughlin from MIT Lincoln Labs, and Prof. Rajeev Jain from the University of California, Los Angeles. The award was presented to Prof. Brodersen by Dr. Victor Bahl, SIGMOBILE's Vice Chairman, during the opening session of MobiCom'98.
The 1998 Best Student Paper Award at MobiCom'98 went to Young-Bae Ko, a graduate student in the Computer Science Department at the Texas A&M University, for his paper titled, "Location-Aided Routing (LAR) in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks". The award plaque (along with an honorarium) was presented during the opening ceremonies of the conference in Dallas by the Technical Program Committee Chair Dr. Arvind Krishna.
The 1999 SIGMOBILE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research on Mobility of Systems, Users, Data and Computing was given to Dr. Mark D. Weiser, Chief Technology Officer of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Through his inspiring technical vision, effective evangelism and strong leadership, Dr. Weiser has inspired an entire generation of computer scientists to tackle the hardest problems of mobile computing and wireless networking. The award was given in recognition of Dr. Weiser's numerous contributions and visionary leadership in the field of Ubiquitous Computing.
The principal nominator was Prof. Randy Katz, Department Chairman of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley. The other nominators were: Dr. Victor Bahl from Microsoft Research, Dr. Roy Want from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Prof. Leonard Kleinrock from University of California Los Angeles, and Prof. David B. Johnson from Carnegie Mellon University. The award was presented to Dr. Weiser's daughter Nicole by Dr. Victor Bahl during the opening session of MobiCom'99
The 1999 Best Student Paper Award for MobiCom'99 went to Amiya Bhattacharya, a graduate student in the Computer Science Department at the University of North Texas, for his paper titled, "LeZi-Update: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Track Mobile Users in PCS Networks".
In response to our call for participation, we received 30 entries. The winner of this contest will be selected by a committee consisting of the ACM SIGMOBILE Executive Committee and other active members.
We are currently in the final stages of completing this contest and the winner will be announced soon.
MobiCom'98 was co-sponsored by SIGCOMM, and IEEE Communications Society. Financial support for the conference was provided by Microsoft Research, Lucent, Chromium Corporation, and Ericsson.
MobiCom'99 was Technically Co-Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, and SIGMOD; The USENIX Association; the IEICE; and the IEE. Financial support for the conference was provided by Intel, Microsoft Research, AT&T Cambridge, Compaq Research, IBM Research, Xerox, BBN Technologies/GTE BellSouth WD, CUE, Go America, InfoWave, MediaServ.Com, Nettech, Nextel, Symbol, Research In Motion / Blackbury, WAP Forum, Wireless Knowledge, American Mobile, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Intersil Corporation / Harris Semiconductors, Lucent, Metricom, and SmartServ Online.
Our membership has stayed steady for this past year. Although this was slightly disappointing for many of us in the Executive Committee, we were happy to note that while SIG memberships within ACM have in general been declining, SIGMOBILE's membership has remained solid. Our retention rate continues to be the highest among all SIGs. We are taking concrete steps to increase our visibility in the community and have appointed a Publicity Director to focus on our ability to attract new members. We have worked hard to improve our conferences and journals and hope to see the fruits of these efforts in the year ahead.
MobiCom 2000, our flagship conference, will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is one of most high-tech areas of the US, and also has one of the largest number of institutes of higher learning in the country. By holding MobiCom in Boston, we are hoping to attract a large number of attendees from the local industry and from universities. The General Chair for this conference is Raymond Pickholtz, from the George Washington University, and the Technical Program Committee Co-Chairs are Dr. Ramon Caceres, from AT&T Labs, and Prof. J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The URL for the conference is http://www.acm.org/sigmobile/confs/mobicom2000/.
MobiCom 2001 is being planned for Europe.
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