MobiCom 2012 / Istanbul, Turkey / August 22-26, 2012


 Hotel and Travel 


MobiCom 2012 will be held in August 22-26, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, August 22 and Sunday, August 26.

  Hotel Information

MobiCom 2012 will be held at the Hilton Istanbul. The Hilton Istanbul is located on the European side of Istanbul, within easy walking distance of Taksim and Nisantasi business and leisure districts and is just a 15-minute bus ride from the historic city center.

To book your room, please follow this link.

MobiCom has a room block with the Hilton Istanbul with special rates. The negotiated rate is 210 Euros per night including breakfast, all taxes and fees.

   Conference Banquet 

The conference banquet will be held on Friday August 24th, 2012 at REINA ( 

To book your seat or purchase additional tickets, please email to Gamze Yalciner [].

   Local Transportation Information 

You can find the detailed direction map from Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports to the conference venue, HILTON ISTANBUL, here:

To get to the conference venue from both airports (ATATURK or SABIHA GOKCEN), you can use:

  1. INCENTA: Mobicom 2012 Event Agency INCENTA provides transportation. You can contact Erkan Otag [] to make a reservation.
  2. TAXI: Taxi station is located in front of the main exit of both airports.
  3. HAVATAS Buses: From both airports to Taksim, HAVATAS buses provide transportation every 30 minutes. Hilton is 7 minutes walking distance to Taksim. More information can be found here.
  4. OTHER ALTERNATIVES: You can check here for alternatives.

   Social Tours and Excursions in Istanbul 

Extra city tours and excursions are available during the conference. For more information, please click here.

To book a tour, please follow this link.

   VISA Letter Requests 

All registered users who need a VISA letter should send their requests to Please include the conference name and your registration ID in the email.

   MobiCom Student Travel Grants 

The MobiCom 2012 Conference Organizing Committee will provide travel support to as many conference attendees as possible. Travel support is expected from different supporting organizations.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) ( continues the tradition of sponsoring a number of US-based graduate students. Please consider the following important information before applying:

  • The application process is the same for all attendees.
  • Priority will be given to under-represented and minority students.
  • The exact number and amount of awards will depend on the availability of funds and will be determined as funding amounts are finalized.
  • NSF funds may be used for travel-related expenses only and for students who are currently registering with US schools.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:   July 25, 2012
Notification: July 31, 2012

Where and How to Apply

A travel grant application must include the following:

  1. The applicant's resume.
  2. A short letter describing the applicant's research accomplishments, and how attendance at ACM MobiCom 2012 will be beneficial. You must indicate whether you have an accepted/submitted paper, poster, or demo at MobiCom 2012 or one of its workshops (no more than 1 page).
  3. A supporting letter from the applicant's advisor, stating that the student is in good academic standing (in the PhD program), how he/she may benefit from attending the conference and/or associated workshops, and whether the advisor is able to offer any cost sharing to help cover the travel expense. (We strongly encourage cost sharing as it allows us to award more travel scholarships to deserving applications.)

Applicants should email items 1 (CV) and 2 (application letter) above as a single PDF attachment. The advisor should email item 3 (supporting letter as PDF) with subject line: "MobiCom 2012: STG supporting letter for <student name>". The application and supporting letter should be emailed to: wwang #(@ &

The European Network of Excellence TREND - Towards Real Energy Efficient Network Design ( will support travel grants for students affiliated to TREND for the participation to ACM MobiCom 2012. All graduate students attending and presenting papers at ACM MobiCom 2012 and belonging to one of TREND's affiliated institutions will have the travel, accommodation and registration expenses fully reimbursed by TREND itself.

Interested TREND students may refer to their internal TREND contact point (available at TREND's web site) for the reimbursement procedure and additional information.

TREND is a Network of Excellence, coordinated by Politecnico di Torino, funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme. TREND aims to integrate the activities of major European players in networking, including manufacturers, operators, research centers, to quantitatively assess the energy demand of current and future telecom infrastructures, and to design energy-efficient, scalable and sustainable future networks.

Questions and email communication should be addressed to the Travel Grants Co-Chairs:
Dr. Wenye Wang (wwang #(@ &
Dr. Matteo Cesana (cesana #(@ &

   Information on Istanbul 

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey with a population of 13.5 million. The city is at the center of the second-largest metropolitan area in Europe and among the world's largest cities by population within city limits. Istanbul served as the capital of the Roman Empire (330–395), the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922).

Bosphorus Bridge
The Bosphorus Bridge, which connects two continents, Europe and Asia

A partial skylines of Istanbul
A partial skylines of Istanbul

The Old City of Istanbul
The Old City of Istanbul

Seven million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2010, when it was named a European Capital of Culture, making it the world's tenth-most popular tourist destination. The city's biggest draw remains its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but its cultural and entertainment hub has moved across the city's natural harbor, the Golden Horn, to the Beyoğlu district. Considered a global city, Istanbul hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets and accounts for more than a quarter of the country's gross domestic product. Hoping to capitalize on its revitalization and rapid expansion, Istanbul is currently bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The Galata Tower
The Galata Tower

The Grand Bazaar
The Grand Bazaar, oldest continuingly operating covered shopping center of the world

More information:

About the Conference Venue:
The Hilton Istanbul is located on the European side of Istanbul. It is 10 minutes walking distance to The Taksim Square, which is a major shopping and touristic neighborhood with its restaurants and shops. From the Taksim Square, you can go to the Old City by traditional trams.

The Hilton Istanbul
The Hilton Istanbul

The Taksim Square
The Taksim Square

Beyoglu with traditional trams
Beyoglu with traditional trams

Some recommendations:

Istanbul Metro Line:
The Map:

Old City (Sultanahmet):

Taksim-Beyoglu: Bosphorus Area: Princes’ Islands:
The Princes’ Islands are a combination of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara. Asian Side:
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Chora Church






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