SIGMOBILE FY'97 Annual Report
July 1996 - June 1997
Submitted by: Kazem Sohraby, SIGMOBILE Vice Chair
I. Publication Initiatives
Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R):
This quarterly newsletter has been established to serve
as the premier forum for addressing networks, systems,
algorithms and applications that support the symbiosis
of portable computers and wireless networks. MC2R
is a peer-reviewed publication which has been established
to help keep the mobile computing and networking community
abreast of all the happenings in this rapidly exploding
field. The fist issue was published April 1997.
Two successful journals prepared by SIGMOBILE
are: Wireless Networks Journal (WINET) and Mobile Networks
and Applications Journal (MONET).
WINET: This journal focuses on the networking and
user aspects of the expanding field of wireless and
mobile networking. It provides a single common and global
forum for archival value contributions documenting these
fast growing areas of interest. The journal publishes
refereed articles dealing with research, experience
and management issues 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 interface, and enabling
technologies for wireless networks.
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.
II. Special Projects Which Had Some Sort of Impact
on the Technical Community, Including Any Standards
MobiCom'97 conference is jointly sponsored by the IEEE
Communications Society as well as sister societies in
ACM. Interest of IEEE COMSOC to co-sponsor this conference
reflects the impact SIGMOBILE has been having on other
technical communities. The WINET, MONET, and MC2R reflect
up to date information on wireless, mobile computing
and networking standards and activities. Special columns
with responsible editors are assigned to provide latest
information on these activities.
III. Conference/Workshop Program Highlights
In November 1996 MobiCom'96 was held in New York. This
was a very successful conference with about 200 in attendance.
MobiCom'97 will be held September-October 1997 in Budapest
Hungary. About 30 papers have been accepted for MobiCom'97
conference. Alongside MobiCom'97 there will be two
- The Second International Workshop on Satellite-based
Information Services (WOSBIS 97), and:
- The first International Workshop on Discrete Algorithms
and Methods for Mobile Computing and Communications
IV. Awards Given Out (To Whom And Why)
There are two
categories of awards by this SIG:
SIGMOBILE 1996 OCA award was give to Professor Anthony
Ephremides of Dept. of Electrical Engineering University
of Maryland, College Park.
- Distinguished Service Award (DSA) -- DSA is awarded
on the basis of value and level of services to the
mobile networking and wireless communications community.
The award recognizes contributions to ACM SIGMOBILE,
its conferences, publications, or its local activities.
- Outstanding Contribution Award (OCA) - The Award
for Outstanding Contributions to Research on Mobility
of Systems, Users, Data and Computing is given by
ACM SIGMOBILE to recognize an individual who has made
a significant and lasting contribution to the research
on mobile communications and wireless networking.
The contribution can be a single event or a life-time
Professor Ephremides received this award for Outstanding
Contributions to Research on Mobility Of Systems, Users,
Data and Computing. In recognition of Professor Ephremides'
lasting contributions to a number of wireless networking
topics including distributed routing protocols, access
protocols for multi-media traffic and server scheduling
policies, the ACM SIGMOBILE award was given.
V. Educational Activities Or Initiatives
A highly valuable repository of research arcticles are
provided by WINET, MONET, and MC2R.
VI. International Initiatives
MobiCom'97 is to be held in Hungary. This initiative
has attracted many well-respected individual voluneers
from several European countries, several of whom are
serving as members of the MobiCom'97 executive committee
as well as its technical committee. MobiCom is jointly
sponsored by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, an internationally
respected scientific community in Europe.
VII. Collaborative Efforts With Other SIGs Or Sister
MobiCom'97 conference is co-sponsored by SIGCOMM, and
IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC).
VIII. Outstanding Volunteer Efforts
We would like to thank Professors Chris Rose of Rutgers
University and David B. Johnson of Carnegie Mellon University,
the technical program co-chairs for MobiCom'97 conference.
IX. Membership Activities And/Or Concerns In The Next
1-3 Years, Including Leadership Development
Since this SIG was created, an active process of members
attraction has begun. For example, all attendees of
MobiCom'96 who were already members of ACM were given
one year complimentary membership in SIGMOBILE. They
would receive a free copy of MC2R newsletter
and other SIGMOBILE membership benefits.
X. SIG Program Plan
It seems that there is a new
community, members of which are coming from different
professional societies, about equally divided between
industry and academia, many previously not affiliated
with ACM in any way. Secondly, there is a huge interest
and commercial investment in services and applications.
These rely almost exclusively on "software" solutions
-- the mainstay of ACM. We see therefore no reason for
encroaching on well established activities, while the
scope of SIGMOBILE is very wide as it is.
SIGMOBILE will address the above spectrum of issues,
through its journal publications, the newsletter (MC2R)
as well as its annual conference (Mobicom). The group's
technical scope will reflect the emerging symbiosis
of portable computers and wireless networks, addressing
the convergence of mobility, computing and information
organization, its access, services, management and applications.
XI. Listing of computer and other equipment purchases
There were no special equipment purchases in this reporting