SIGMOBILE FY'13 Annual Report
July 2012 – July 2013
Submitted by: Roy Want, SIGMOBILE Chair
SIGMOBILE is the ACM Special
Interest Group on the Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing. Engaging
with the mobile industry, academic, and government research communities, its
scope includes all aspects of mobile computing and communications, such as
mobile systems and applications, wireless networking protocols and algorithms,
and mobile information access and management. In 2013 mobile computing is a
fast moving, topical, and exciting area of computer science and engineering. Supporting
the mobile research community, SIGMOBILE sponsors many successful conferences
and workshops that are well attended by its members, and generating
high-quality and widely cited publications.
These are valuable services for SIGMOBILE’s
members and the community, resulting in a strong Special Interest Group, with about
700 members, and with positive income with a fund increase of 4.5% in the last
year. In the spring of 2013, SIGMOBILE held its leadership elections, resulting
in a new Executive Committee taking the helm on July 1st, 2013.
The new elected officers in SIGMOBILE’s Executive Committee (EC)
are listed below:
Chair: Prof. Suman Banerjee (University
Vice Chair: Prof. Lili Qiu (University of Texas at
Secretary: Dr. Alex Wolman (Microsoft Research, Redmond)
Prof. Marco Gruteser (Rutgers University)
SIGMOBILE’s bylaws, Roy Want (Google Inc.) remains on the Executive Committee
as Past Chair. We thank the out-going committee for their hard work and
valuable service to SIGMOBILE.
The previous officers and out-going elected Executive Committee
- Chair: Dr. Roy Want (Google
- Vice Chair: Prof. Robert Steele
(University of Sydney, Australia);
- Secretary: Prof. Ramesh Govindan
(University of Southern California, USA); and
- Treasurer: Prof. Lili Qiu
(University of Texas at Austin, USA).
The out-going Past Chair is Prof. David B. Johnson
(Rice University, USA). This marks the end of Dave’s continuous run of EC service
to SIGMOBILE (although we hope not the end of his unofficial service to
SIGMOBILE), holding SIGMOBILE executive committee positions for the last 16 years.
We thank him for his extensive contributions and source of sage advice for the
SIGMOBILE’s leadership has four committee appointed positions:
Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for SIGMOBILE's journal/newsletter for our
members (Mobile Computing and Communications Review or MC2R), Prof.
Suman Banerjee (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
Information Director: Dr. Sharad Agarwal (Microsoft Research) –
This is a New Appointment. The SIG thanks Prof. Robert
Steele (University of Sydney, Australia),
the out-going Information Director who served in this role for 8 years.
Digital Library Coordinator: Dr. Guanling Chen
(University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA),
Award Committee Chair: Edward W. Knightly (Rice University, USA)
Mobile Computing Research Fund (MCRC)
In January 2012 SIGMOBILE established the Mobile
Computing Research Community (MCRC) fund to support research projects and
activities that have wide benefit to the mobile research community. We solicit
proposals for these awards based on the guidelines presented below:
MCRC proposals will typically support the
following kinds of activity:
- Research data or
benchmark archive. e.g. CRAWDAD at Dartmouth
- New community
software: e.g. CAD, mobile research tools
- Maintenance of
software already used by the community
- Education support
for mobile computing
collaborative research project funding
Call for Proposals
Using the format described here, proposals
should be sent by email to the SIGMOBILE executive committee using the email
All proposals must have an a priori established SIGMOBILE Executive Committee
member who is prepared to champion the proposal during the selection process.
The committee endeavors to review a proposal, and either accept or reject a
proposal within 1 month of submission.
- The proposal must
be submitted by a SIGMOBILE member
- The project
proposal must be judged to be of high-quality by the SIGMOBILE Executive
- The project must
be relevant to, and provide value for, a wide cross-section of the
- An award should
not exceed $20k in a calendar year.
- A proposal must
be for a specified period of time, but not exceed 3 years.
- For proposals
longer than one year, a 2-page report must be generated each year
summarizing its achievements. Continued funding will be conditional on a positive
review of the annual report by the Executive Committee.
- The project must
disseminate its results to SIGMOBILE members through either the
sigmobile.org website, MC2R quarterly publication, or at one of SIGMOBILE’s
sponsored conferences or workshops.
- SIGMOBILE will
not pay for hosting organization overhead fees, only for items that
directly contribute to the project.
Proposals should include:
- Title: What is
the project to be called?
- Subject matter:
What is the purpose of this project?
- People: Who speaks
for, and takes responsibility for this project? Who else is on the team?
What are their qualifications, or track-record for carrying out this
- Requested Award:
The total amount requested
- Duration: Will
this project need on-going, continual funding? If so, how many years of
seed money are being sought, and what is the plan for continuing funding?
- Schedule: When
will it start and end?
- Prior work: What
work has already been done in this area and how will this project build on
- Relevance: What
SIGMOBILE membership is this project relevant to? Do they have similar
projects already underway? How will they be involved?
- Potential value:
What is the potential value of the proposed project to SIGMOBILE members?
What will be the outcome of the project?
- Delivery vehicle:
Who is the audience for this outcome? How will these people be informed of
the outcome? Where applicable, how will they get access to it?
funding: Have you considered other sources of funding? Will someone match
SIGMOBILE MCRC Funding?
- Dependency: What
other things does the successful completion of this project depend upon?
- End-game: How
will you know the project has succeeded?
- Proposals should
be 3 US-letter size pages typed in 10-pt Arial font. Additional supporting
material such as CVs, resumes, figures or papers may be included in an
Mobility Tech Pack
ACM Tech Packs are “innovative
learning packages by subject experts for serious computing professionals”,
basically an annotated reading list of the most useful papers for students or
professionals wanting to enter the field or refresh their knowledge about the
latest significant publications in the area. The Mobility Tech Pack was created
by the SIGMOBILE EC and has been available on the ACM website since the
beginning of 2012; it can be found at the link http://techpack.acm.org/mobility/.
SIGMOBILE is committed to keeping the Tech Pack up to date as the subject
evolves over time.
for the Mobile Computing Research Community
In 2012-13, SIGMOBILE has provided sponsorship in the form of financial
support for three programs in the mobile computing research community:
Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth (CRAWDAD) continues to be a thriving resource for the SIGMOBILE
community. At the end of June 2013 it contains 86 datasets, each
containing one or more traces about wireless networks or mobile users, and 24
tools, many of which are designed to help researchers work with such datasets.
There were 4 new datasets or tools released since the last report, and there
are currently 6 datasets in the pipeline for release. There are now over 5,200
users from 95 countries around the world -- 7 new countries since last year's report!
CRAWDAD continues to be popular, with more than 1,000 new users
registering within the past year. Although the primary archive is at Dartmouth,
the CRAWDAD site and data are mirrored on servers located in the UK and
Australia to guarantee uninterrupted service, and fast downloads to users all
around the world.
CRAWDAD data has supported over 879 papers in
the field, and continues to be the go-to place for authors wishing to share
data they've collected, or to obtain data they can use for testing their system
prototypes and algorithms. SIGMOBILE support makes it possible for the CRAWDAD
project to retain a technical staff person (part time) to maintain the site.
This year, we developed a new "self-serve" website that allows
contributors to provide all the metadata needed to release a dataset, which we
hope will streamline the process of releasing a new dataset, and will reduce
our dependence on technical staff. Furthermore, through the volunteer
efforts of Prof. Chris McDonald of the University of Western Australia, we have
completely rewritten the website, with a dramatically simpler underlying
framework that will make it more robust, easier to maintain, and easier to set
up mirror sites. Last year, SIGCOMM joined
SIGMOBILE by adding its financial support.
Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) is a
discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and
networking research fields. The main goal of N2 Women is to foster
connections among the under-represented women in computer networking and
related research fields. N2 Women allows women to connect with other
women who share the same research interests, who attend the same conferences,
who face the same career hurdles, and who experience the same obstacles. To
assist in their networking goals, N2 Women has an email list for the
group: N2Women@acm.org. There are currently 639 members of N2 Women
in July 2013.
N2 Women is an ACM SIGMOBILE program that has been
financially supported by SIGMOBILE, Microsoft Research, HP Labs, NSF, and CRA-W. In
the past year, funds from SIGMOBILE were used for two
purposes. First, SIGMOBILE funds were used to continue the successful N2
Women Student Fellowship program. A student applies
for a Fellowship and, if selected, N2 Women partially covers
the student's travel cost (up to $500) to a conference where an N2
Women event will be held. In exchange, the student must help organize the N2
Women meeting. The benefit of doing the organization, in addition to the travel
funds, is for the student to connect with the organizers of the conference who
are, typically, leaders in the research field. N2 Women arranges for
a senior member of N2 Women to assist/mentor the student in this
task. Since June 2012, there have been 13 N2 Women Student Fellows
who organized N2 Women events at the following conferences:
·Anna Zakrzewska, DTU
Technical University of Denmark (ICC 2013)
·Shuang Li, Ohio State
University (INFOCOM 2013)
University of Maine (SECON 2013)
·Yanyan Zhuang, University
of Victoria (INFOCOM 2012)
·Tavakolifard Mozhgan, Norvegian
Univ. of Science and Tech. (ICNC 2012)
·Xia Zhou, UCSB
University of South Carolina (MobiHoc 2012)
Virginia Tech (SECON 2012)
·Yujin Li, North Carolina
State University (ICC 2012)
·Shijia Pan, Carnegie
Mellon University (SenSys 2012)
Georgie Tech (MobiCom 2012)
University of California, Irvine (GlobeCom 2012)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Dyspan 2012)
Second, SIGMOBILE funds were used to partially fund the keynote speaker’s (Anna Scaglione,
Professor at University of California, Davis) travel expenses to the 3rd
Networking Women Workshop. The workshop was held in conjunction with INFOCOM on
April 19, 2013 in Torino, Italy and had 30 attendees (20 faculty/industrial
researchers and 10 students). The most recent N2 Women workshop attracted a
smaller audience than the previous two workshops (both of which had 65
attendees); we believe the smaller size is a consequence of holding the
workshop in Europe rather than North America (i.e., N2 Women has more than two
times fewer members in Europe than in North America).
In all N2 Women announcements, SIGMOBILE
(and other sponsors of N2 Women) are thanked. See http://committees.comsoc.org/n2women/
for further details about N2 Women.
ACM-W: In 2013, SIGMOBILE continues to sponsor ACM-W (ACM’s Women in
Computing organization). “ACM-W's
mission is to celebrate, inform and support women in computing, and work with
the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy
makers to improve working and learning environments for women.” This is an
organization that the Executive Committee (EC) whole-heartedly supports. Women in
CS education can request sponsorship for SIGMOBILE conferences, and for
eligible cases, the EC will provide sponsorship for travel and registration.
ACM’s New Learning Webinar Series
Last year SIGMOBILE helped to launch ACM’s new
Learning Webinar series, on January 26, 2012, when David B. Johnson,
SIGMOBILE’s Past Chair, served as the moderator for the pilot webinar in the
series. The webinar series continues to be a great success in 2013.
Conferences and Workshops
SIGMOBILE currently sponsors or co-sponsors five annual
conferences, all recognized as the premier conferences and focus areas within
- MobiCom: The Annual
International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, covers all
areas of mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking at the link
layer and above. MobiCom has been held every year since 1995.
- MobiHoc: The ACM
International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing,
addresses the challenges emerging from wireless ad hoc networking and
computing, with the focus being on issues at and above the MAC layer.
MobiHoc has been held every year since 2000.
- MobiSys: The
International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services,
addresses broad systems research issues in mobile computing and mobile
networking, particularly valuing the practical experience gained from
designing, building, and using mobile systems, applications, and services.
MobiSys has been held every year since 2003.
- SenSys: The ACM
Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, focuses on systems issues
in the emerging area of embedded, networked sensors, spanning multiple
disciplines, including wireless communication, networking, operating
systems, architecture, low-power circuits, distributed algorithms, data
processing, scheduling, sensors, energy harvesting, and signal processing.
SenSys has been held every year since 2003.
- Ubicomp: The
International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, addresses the interdisciplinary
field of ubiquitous computing, which utilizes and integrates pervasive,
wireless, embedded, wearable and/or mobile technologies to bridge the gap
between the digital and physical worlds. Ubicomp has been held every year since
1999, and SIGMOBILE began sponsoring it in 2009.
MobiCom 2012, the
18th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking,
was held at the Hilton Istanbul, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 22-16, 2012. The
General Chairs were Özgür B.
University, Turkey) and Eylem Ekici (The Ohio
State University, USA), and the Program Co-Chairs were Lili Qiu (University of Texas at Austin, USA) and Alex C. Snoeren (University of California, San Diego, USA).
The technical program featured
two plenary speakers: The first, Prof. Ian
F. Akyildiz (School of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) on NanoNetworks: A
New Frontier in Communications; and Three
Theories for Delays, Clocks and Security in Wireless Networks by Prof. P. R. Kumar (Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA).
The MobiCom 2012 program also included two days of workshops:
On Wednesday August 22nd:
- The 7thACM
International Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS 2012)
- The 7th
ACM International Workshop on Mobility in the Evolving Internet
Architecture (MobiArch 2012)
- The 7th ACM
International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental
evaluation and Characterization (WiNTECH 2012)
And on Sunday, August 26th:
- The 4th ACM
International Workshop on Wireless of the Students, by the Students, for
the Students (S3 2012) (CFP)
- The 1st ACM
International Workshop on Mission-Oriented Wireless Sensor Networking
(MiSeNet 2012) (CFP)
- The 1st ACM
International Workshop on Practical Issues and Applications in Next
Generation Wireless Networks (PINGEN 2012) (CFP)
MobiCom 2013 will be held September
30th – October 4th at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.
The General Chair is Sumi Helal (University of Florida, USA), and the Program
Co-Chairs are Ranveer Chandra (Microsoft, USA) and Robin Kravets (University of Illinois,
MobiHoc 2012 was covered in last year’s report. MobiHoc
2013, the 14th International Symposium on Mobile Ad
Hoc Networking, will be held at the LaLit Ashok hotel Bangalore, India, July 29th
to August 1st 2013. The General Chairs will be A. Chockalingam
(Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) and D. Manjunath (Indian Institute of
Technology, Bombay). The Technical Program Chairs will be Massimo Fanceschetti
(UC San Diego) and Leandros Tassiulas (University of Thessaly/CERTH).
Also, the MobiHoc 2014 conference is planned
to be held in August 2014 in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
MobiSys 2013, the
11th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services,
was held at the Sheraton Hotel, June 25th – 29th, 2013,
in Taipei, Taiwan, in-cooperation with SIGOPS. The General Co-chairs were Hao-Hua Chu
(National Taiwan University) and Polly Huang (National Taiwan University), and
the Technical Program Chairs were Romit Roy Choudhury (Duke University) and
Feng Zhao (Microsoft Research).
The MobiSys 2013 technical program began with a keynote talk by Prof.
Patrick Baudisch (Hasso Plattner Institute) on Natural
User Interface Hardware. On Day 2, a panel was held on Untold Stories of
with Moderator: Romit Roy Choudhury (Duke University) and panelists: Jane Liu (Academia Sinica), Ashu Sabharwal (Rice University), Mahadev Satyanarayanan (CMU), Lin Zhong (Rice
The MobiSys program also featured 3 workshops, a tutorial, and a
PhD Forum on Tuesday, June 25th.
W1: The 4th ACM Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing and
W2: VANET 2013: The 10th ACM International Workshop on
VehiculAr Inter-NETworking, Systems and Applications.
W3: 1st Workshop on Cellular Networks: Operations,
Challenges and Future Design (CellNet)
Mobile Location Sensing (MLS)
PhD Forum on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
MobiSys 2014 is being planned for June 16
– 19, 2014 at the Mount Washington Hotel
in Bretton Woods, New Hamshire. The General Co-Chairs will
be Andrew Campbell and David Kotz (Dartmouth College) and the Co-Program Chairs
will be Landon Cox (Duke University) and Morley Mao (University of Michigan)
SenSys 2012, the 10th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor
Systems, was held November 6-9th 2012, Toronto, Canada. The
General Chair was Rasit Eskicioglu (University of Manitoba) and the Program
Co-Chairs were Andrew T. Campbell (Dartmouth College) and Koen Langendoen
(Delft University of Technology). SenSys is co-sponsored by
SIGMOBILE and SIGCOMM (30% each); and SIGARCH, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, and SIGBED
(10% each) and the NSF.
The opening day began with a keynote presentation by Prof.
David E. Culler (Chair EECS Associate CIO,
College of Engineering, UC Berkeley, USA) titled, "Sustainable Energy Networks – a SenSys Grand Opportunity".
There were three workshops and a Doctoral Colloquium held
on November 6th, 2012.
- W1: BuildSys'12: The 4th ACM Workshop on
Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
- W2: PhoneSense’12: The 3rd International
Workshop on Sensing Applications on Mobile Phones
- W3: mHealthSys’12: International
Workshop on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services for Healthcare
- PhD (Doctoral) Colloquium 2011: a forum to
provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive atmosphere where PhD
students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion,
guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners.
- Doctoral Colloquium
(Chaired by Polly Huang)
In addition, the SenSys 2012 program included an N2
Women event on Wednesday, November 7th.
SenSys 2013 will be held November 11-15th,
2013, in Rome Italy. General Chair: Chiara
Petrioli (University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’) and Program Co-Chairs, Landon Cox
(Duke University) and Kamin Whitehouse (University of Virginia).
Ubicomp 2012, the 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing,
was held September 5-8th 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and
co-sponsored with SIGCHI. The General Chair was Anind K. Dey (Carnegie Mellon
University, USA), and the Program Co-Chairs were Hao-Hua Chu (National Taiwan
University) and Gillian Hayes (University of California,
A keynote launched the conference, presented by Steve Cousins
(Willow Garage) on “Personal Robots on the Horizon.”
Ubicomp workshops were held on Sunday, 18th
W1: Location-Based Social Networks (LBSN 2012)
W2: Situation, Activity, and Goal awareness (SAGAware 2012)
W3: Systems and Infrastructure for the Digital Home (HomeSys)
W4: Ubiquitous Mobile Instrumentation (UbiMI)
W5: Methodical approaches to prove the effects of subliminal
perception in Ubiquitous Computing Environments
W6: Digital Object Memories for the Internet of Things (DOMe-IoT)
W7: Context-Awareness for Self-Managing Systems (CASEMANS 2012)
W8: Computer Mediated Social Offline Interactions (SOFTec 2012)
W9: Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction
W10: Adaptable Service Delivery in Smart Environments
W11: Evaluating Off-the-Shelf Technologies for Personal Health
W12: Smart Gadgets Meet Ubiquitous and Social Robots on the Web
2013 ACM Ubicomp will merge with the long running independent Pervasive
computing conference and become Ubicomp 2013. The conference will be held 8th
– 12th September, 2013, in Zurich, Switzerland. The General Chairs
will be Friedemann Mattern (ETH Zurich, CH) and Silvia Santini (TU Darmstadt,
DE) and the Program Co-Chairs will be John F. Canny (UC Berkeley, USA), Marc
Langheinrich (University of Lugano, CH), and Jun Rekimoto (University of Tokyo,
In addition to the conferences and co-located
listed workshops above, SIGMOBILE also sponsors the HotMobile workshop (previously
WMCSA) as a stand-alone event, not co-located with a conference. The HotMobile
workshop series focuses on mobile applications, systems, and environments, as
well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies, in a small workshop
format that makes it ideal for presenting and discussing new directions or
controversial approaches. The Executive Committee encourages the MobiCom
Program Committee meeting be collocated with HotMobile to ensure that a
representative selection of senior researchers attend the event. This workshop
was previously sponsored each year by the IEEE Computer Society, but has been
sponsored only by ACM SIGMOBILE since HotMobile 2008.
HotMobile 2013, the 14th International Workshop on
Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, was held February 26-27th,
2013, in Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA. The General Chair was Sharad Agarwal
(Microsoft Research, USA), and the Program Chair, Alexander Varshavasky
(AT&T Labs, USA).
The conference opened with a keynote by Thad
Starner (Georgia Institute of Technology), titled “Wearable Computing:
Through the Looking Glass.”
HotMobile 2014 will be held February 26-27th, 2014, in Santa
Barbara, California, USA. The General Chair is Matt Welsh (Google Inc), and the
Program is Chair Stefan Sariou (Microsoft Reseach).
also sponsored the following high-value additional events over the last year.
These are annual decisions and sponsorship one year does not guarantee support
in a following year. If the standard remains high, SIGMOBILE is however likely
to continue with its support.
PerDis’2013: The 2nd
International Symposium on
Pervasive Displays, June 4-5th, 2013 at the Google campus in
Mountain View, California, USA.
WUWNet 2012: The 6th ACM
International Workshop on Underwater Networks, November 5-6th,
2012, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Each year, SIGMOBILE is also
"in-cooperation" with a number of events sponsored by other
organizations. Events offered "in-cooperation with" SIGMOBILE allow
its members to register at the same discounted rate as for members of other
sponsoring organizations for the event, providing a significant savings to
SIGMOBILE members. During this past year (July 2012 through June 2013),
SIGMOBILE was in-cooperation with the following events:
The 5th International Conference on COMmunication Systems and
NETworkS (COMSNETS 2013), Bangalore, India, 7-10 January, 2013
Wireless Health Conference (Wireless Health 2012), San Diego, CA, USA, 23-25 October, 2012
IEEE Symposium on New Frontiers in Dynamic Spectrum Access
Networks (DySPAN 2012), Bellevue, WA, USA, 16-19 October, 2012
The 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2012), San Francisco, USA, 21-24
SIGMOBILE continues to be fortunate to
receive strong support for its conferences and workshops in the period July
2012-2013, from leading-edge companies and organizations from around the world.
This last year, many organizations have contributed to SIGMOBILE conferences
and workshops, helping to ensure their success. This include the following:
Academia Sinica, AirTight, Avealabs, AT&T,
CDAC, CMU, COMSNETS Assoc., Dejan Research, Extreme Networks, facebook, Google,
HP, IBM, Intel-ISTC (Social, NTU, PC), KOC University, Mediatek, Microsoft
Research, Ministry of Economic Affaris, R.O.C, Motorola, National Taiwan
University, NSC, NSF, Sapienza (Univ. of Rome), Taipei City Government, TATA
Consultancy Services, Tejas Networks, Telifonica, TUBITAK, Qualcomm.
As always, SIGMOBILE is sincerely grateful
for all contributions.
In addition to the proceedings
for each of the conferences and workshops that SIGMOBILE sponsors, SIGMOBILE
also publishes a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal/newsletter for SIGMOBILE
members, Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R). Non-members
may also subscribe to MC2R, and the publication is also available in the ACM
The Editor-in-Chief for MC2R is Prof. Suman
Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA). The current Area Editors
for MC2R are Dr. Sharad Agarwal (Microsoft Research, USA), Prof.
Aditya Akella (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Prof. Christian
Bettstetter (University of Klagenfurt, Germany), Prof. Srdjan
Capkun (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland), Prof. Augustin Chaintreau
(Columbia University, USA), Prof. Eylem Ekici (Ohio State
University, USA), Dr. Michelle Gong (Google, USA) , Prof. Marco
Gruteser (Rutgers University, USA), Prof. Prashant Krishnamurthy
(University of Pittsburgh, USA), Prof. Panos Papadimitratos (EPFL,
Switzerland), Prof. Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University, USA),
Prof. Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan University of Science and
Technology, Egypt), and Prof. Lin Zhong (Rice University, USA).
MC2R publishes articles that provide a
balance between state-of-the-art research and practice, with a thorough
pre-publication review of every article by experts in the field. Beyond papers
reporting the latest research results in all areas related to SIGMOBILE's
scope, MC2R keeps the SIGMOBILE community apprised of relevant happenings in
the area, by providing regular features on the status of major international
mobile computing and communications standards, such as those from IETF, ITU,
ISO, and IEEE. The journal also provides a variety of additional resources,
such as bibliographies of recent publications in other journals, paper and book
reviews, workshop and conference reports, calls for papers, information on
research groups throughout the world, bibliographies and locations of technical
reports, and other general news in the field.
In addition, MC2R places a strong emphasis on
quick publication of interesting completed, or work-in-progress technical work;
the average turnaround time for papers published in MC2R is about 6 months.
Papers in MC2R are selected mainly from an ongoing open call for papers, plus
special sections based on conferences and workshops, occasional special topic
issues, and some invited papers. The acceptance rate for papers submitted
through the open call for papers is quite selective, remaining under about 20%.
In the recent issues, the following are some
example articles that were published in the different categories described
above: (i) interviews (expert testimonies) of leading researchers in our field
conducted by graduate students at various universities, (ii) a survey of the
ongoing efforts of standards groups, (iii) articles capturing experiences of
different research groups in building large-scale wireless test-beds, (iv)
report on different conferences and workshops, and (v) comments on approaches
to judge the quality of different publication venues, e.g., conferences,
workshops, and journals. In addition, for peer-reviewed articles that have been
published in these issues, the editorial team has introduced a mechanism by
which a summary of the reviews, and the author response to these reviews, are
published along with the final manuscript. This allows the publication to
capture more of the dialogue between the authors and reviewers in realizing the
final version of the paper.
All aspects of the journal's operation are
run entirely by volunteers, including final assembly of each issue.
SIGMOBILE also publishes a
monthly E-Mail Newsletter for its members. This electronic newsletter was started
in 2004 and is edited by SIGMOBILE's Information Director, Prof. Robert Steele (University
of, Sydney, Australia). The newsletter includes SIGMOBILE announcements,
pointers to relevant mainstream news articles of interest to SIGMOBILE members,
a calendar of upcoming events of interest to our members, and pointers to
developer news for active developers in the area of mobile computing and wireless
As an additional resource for our members and the community,
SIGMOBILE maintains an extensive web site at http://www.sigmobile.org,
including information about SIGMOBILE and its activities, information about our
journal/newsletter MC2R, and information about membership in SIGMOBILE. This
web site also contains archived copies of most SIGMOBILE conference web sites,
including all previous years of MobiCom, MobiHoc, and MobiSys.
SIGMOBILE Social Media
SIGMOBILE makes use of social media to support interactive
communication with its community. It has groups on LinkedIn and Facebook and
has a SIGMOBILE Twitter feed.
There are currently four Local Chapters of SIGMOBILE chartered
with ACM – one added this year:
Dublin Chapter: Mobile Computing Society Ireland (NEW 2013): This
is a University based Chapter organized by the RINCE
Institute, Dublin City University (DCU).
- Nanyang Technological University Student
This is a Student Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized within the Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) ACM club in Singapore.
- Sydney Professional Chapter: This is a
Professional Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized in Sydney, Australia.
- Taiwan Chapter: This
is a University based Chapter organized by the Institute
of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National I-lan University
Local Chapters provide a local
focus for activities related to the area of SIGMOBILE, including mobile
computing and wireless and mobile networking, and continue SIGMOBILE’s work
within their local regions.
We encourage interested groups around the
world to form a SIGMOBILE chapter in their local community, school, city, or
region. For details about the benefits and procedures for forming a Local
SIGMOBILE Chapter, see http://www.sigmobile.org/chapters/.
The SIG’s membership was 698 on June 30th 2013, down 4% from the previous
year. The membership has spanned the 698-800 range for last 6 years, and for
all time has been in the 437-872 range. SIGMOBILE provides substantial benefits
to our members, including:
quarterly journal, and newsletter "Mobile Computing and Communications
Review" (MC2R), which serves both as a newsletter keeping SIGMOBILE
members informed, and as a scientific journal publishing high-quality
peer-reviewed research papers on mobile computing and wireless and mobile
monthly e-mail SIGMOBILE newsletter, including SIGMOBILE announcements,
pointers to relevant mainstream news articles of interest to SIGMOBILE
members, a calendar of upcoming events of interest to our members, and
pointers to developer news for active developers in the area of mobile
computing and wireless networking.
via the moderated, members-only email distribution list, keeping you
informed of the latest happenings in our field, such as conference Calls
for the lowest registration rates at conferences and workshops sponsored
by SIGMOBILE, and for the many events that are "in cooperation"
with SIGMOBILE. SIGMOBILE sponsors five conferences each year (MobiCom,
MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, and Ubicomp).
to share ideas, learn of new results and practices, network with
colleagues, and be active in a vibrant community of colleagues in all
areas of mobility of systems, users, data, and computing.
the Member Value Plus program, automatically receive a CDROM after each of
SIGMOBILE's five conferences, containing the full conference Proceedings.
In addition, SIGMOBILE provides additional benefits to the broader
community served by SIGMOBILE:
- Organization and sponsorship of five
annual conferences (MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, and Ubicomp).
- Promotion of emerging new areas through
sponsorship of numerous workshops each year.
- An ACM Mobility Tech Pack edited by the
SIGMOBILE officers, providing an annotated reading list of the definitive
mobile research papers to date; thus enabling somebody new to the field to
rapidly come up to speed.
- The SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution
Award, given to recognize an individual who has made a significant and
lasting contribution to the research on mobile computing and
communications and wireless networking.
- The SIGMOBILE Distinguished Service
Award, given to recognize an individual who has made exceptional
contributions to ACM SIGMOBILE, its conferences, publications, or its
- The SIGMOBILE RockStar Award, recognizes
an individual who has made recent outstanding research, or product,
contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of
his, or her, career.
- Best paper awards are given at all five
of our sponsored conferences and presented each year.
- Support for students at SIGMOBILE
conferences and workshops, through reduced registration fees, student
travel awards for some conferences (with NSF support), and student poster
- The SIGMOBILE web site, including a
wealth of information for the community such as complete information on
SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops, a Ph.D. thesis collection, paper
formatting instructions for authors, reviewer guidelines, and a feedback
- SIGMOBILE also provides financial
support for mobile networking community programs such as CRAWDAD
(Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth) and N2 Women
(Networking Networking Women).
Outstanding Contribution Award 2012
The highly prestigious SIGMOBILE Outstand
Contributions Award (OCA) was presented to Professor P. R. Kumar (Texas A&M
University) for “Pioneering contributions to the foundations of asymptotic
performance analysis of large scale wireless networks”, at
MobiCom, September 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. P.R. Kumar is the 13th recipient of the OCA since the SIGMOBILE
was formed. The SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award is given for
significant and lasting contributions to research on mobile computing and
communications, and wireless networking.
The SIGMOBILE Best Paper Award
for each conference is given to the authors of the best paper from among all
papers submitted to the conference that year. Typically the conference Technical
Program Committee forms the Selection Committee for this award; additional
awards are at the discretion of the conference organizers.
MobiSys 2013, Best Paper Award
“Energy Characterization and Optimization of Image Sensing
Toward Continuous Mobile Vision” by
Robert LiKamWa (Rice University), Bodhi Priyantha, Matthai Philipose
(Microsoft Research Redmond), Lin Zhong (Rice University), Paramvir Bahl
(Microsoft Research Redmond)
MobiCom 2012, Best Paper
Users with Capacitive Touch Communication”, by Tam Vu (Rutgers University, USA), Akash Baid
(Rutgers University, USA), Simon Gao (Rutgers University, USA), Marco Gruteser
(Rutgers University, USA), Richard Howard (Rutgers University, USA), Janne
Lindqvist (Rutgers University, USA), Predag Spasojevic (Rutgers University,
USA) and Jeffrey Walling (Rutgers University, USA)
MobiHoc 2012, Best Paper Award
“Serendipity: Enabling Remote Computing among
Intermittently Connected Mobile Devices”, Cong
Shi, Vasileios Lakafosis, Mostafa Ammar, and Ellen Zegura (Georgia Institute of
SenSys 2012, Best Paper Award
“Energy-Efficient GPS Sensing with Cloud Offloading” by Jie
Liu (Microsoft Research), Bodhi Priyantha (Microsoft
Research), Ted Hart (Microsoft Research), Heitor Ramos (Federal
University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Antonio A F Loureiro (Federal
University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Qiang Wang (Harbin
Institute of Technology, China)
Ubicomp 2012, Best Paper Award
“An Ultra-Low-Power Human Body Motion Sensor Using Static
Electric Field Sensing Gabe” by Cohn (University of Washington and Microsoft Research consultant),
Sidhant Gupta (University of Washington and Microsoft Research consultant),
Tien-Jui Lee (University of Washington), Dan Morris (Microsoft Research and University
of Washington affiliate professor), Josh Smith (University of Washington), Matt
Reynolds (Duke University), Desney S. Tan (Microsoft Research, and University
of Washington affiliate professor), and Shwetak Patel (University of Washington)
ACM Student Research Competition
The SRC is an annual event
sponsored by Microsoft Research at the MobiCom conference. The most recent
event was in 2012, and had the following winners:
First Place: Peter
Dely, Karlstadt University
"CloudMAC - Torwards Software Defined
Second Place: Riccardo Crepaldi, University of Illinois Urbana
"LoadingZones: Leveraging Street Parking to
Enable Vehicular Internet Access"
Third Place: Michele Segata, University of Insbruk
"A Simulation Tool for Automated Platooning
in Mixed Highway Scenarios"
SIGMOBILE in the News
Throughout the year, some of the our
SIGMOBILE publications have been reported in popular technical news articles.
The list below captures some of the articles for MobiSys 2013 and MobiCom 2012,
but this list is not comprehensive. It does, however, give readers a sense of
the interest in SIGMOBILE research.
Camera Tweaks Should Boost Gadget Battery Life
MIT Technology Review | Rachel Metz | June 12, 2013
Researchers Tweak Camera Sensors to Boost Smartphone Battery Life
PetaPixel | Eric Calouro | Jun 15, 2013u
Camera sensor tweaks could improve smartphone battery life
CNET | Lexy Savvides | June 17, 2013
Microsoft Wants to Do Something about Your Mobile’s Power-Hungry
Gizmodo | Logan Booker | Jun 16, 2013
Mobile Ads Drain Battery Power
Information Week | Thomas Calburn | June 26th, 2013
Advertising Consumes 23% of Mobile Phone Battery Power
Business Wire | June 25th , 2013
Researchers Tweak Camera Sensors to Boost Smartphone Battery Life
PetaPixel | Eric Calouro | June 15th, 2013
Many iPhone Apps Ignore Apple’s Privacy Advice, Study Says
MIT Technology Review | Tom Simonite | June 25th, 2013
Flickering lights help smartphones keep time
New Scientist | Jacobe Aron | 26 July 2012
Fluorescent lights keep smartphones from ten-second drifts
phys.org | Nancy Owano | July 28, 2012
SIGMOBILE Business Meeting
& Executive Committee Planning
Each year SIGMOBILE holds its business meeting as part of the ACM
MobiCom conference program, usually at the end of the first day. In addition to
a general discussion about the status of the SIG, the following topics were
discussed in the open meeting.
One of the hot discussion-topics
in the ACM over the last year has been the extent to which the ACM should
enable open access to the ACM digital library. We discussed this topic
in the SIGMOBILE business meeting in order to understand the general position
of the mobile research community. The prevailing sentiment is that open access
is a good thing as long as it does not undermine the financial stability of the
ACM, which is considered to be a well-run, supportive organization. Most people
felt that they needed more information about the details of ACM’s finances in
order to make a well-informed recommendation. In the meantime, the ACM has
responded to the research community as a whole on this topic, and has taken the
first steps towards open access as a three-year experiment. These can be
Open Access option
o You can now pay to
have free access (forever) for your paper in the ACM DL
Free proceedings posting options
o Conference chairs can
make the papers in the proceedings open access from the conference
website for up to a month total before and after the conference, using an
authorizer link to the DL. Note: If a paper is made publicly available before
the conference, this must have been stated clearly in the CFP, and on the
conference website, to make authors aware of the up-coming disclosure date (e.g
for patent considerations)
License or Traditional Copyright option.
now have a choice whether to use the traditional exclusive ACM Copyright
transfer option, or a non-exclusive license option. The full details can be found at:
Mobile Computing Community
Research (MCRC) Fund
At the business meeting we
discussed the possibility of creating a SIGMOBILE fund to support projects that
benefit the SIGMOBILE research community. This was generally considered a good
thing to do by those attending the meeting. We briefly examined two other SIGS funds,
currently in use 1) The SIGCHI Development fund http://www.sigchi.org/about/policies/devfund,
and 2) The SIGCOMM Community Projects fund http://www.sigcomm.org/content/acm-sigcomm-community-projects.
In January 2013 SIGMOBILE announced its own MCRC fund, with full details on the
New Conferences for SIGMOBILE to
In 2011, we had considered sponsoring
the independent “Pervasive” conference through ACM SIGMOBILE due to its
commonality with Ubicomp. However, it merged with ACM Ubicomp through a grass
roots process in 2012, and thus has automatically become a SIGMOBILE event (the
combination using the “Ubicomp” name). Also, this year we sponsored a new
conference called “Pervasive Displays” (PerDis’13) which explores a new trend
for mobile devices and fixed infrastructure to work together in support of ad
hoc user interaction. PerDis is not part of our list of annual sponsored
conferences at this time, but if it continues to grow, would be a future
candidate for annual SIGMOBILE sponsorship.
Mobile computing is one of the
fastest growing fields within computer science and engineering, and as a result
SIGMOBILE continues to be a strong, successful, well-supported organization.
Membership is relatively stable at about 700, and the SIG’s conferences and
workshops are well attended, creating a wealth of publications for the ACM
digital library and the SIG’s members. This year we also added a 4th
SIGMOBLE local Chapter in Ireland. Furthermore, our financial situation has
strengthened in 2013 with a 4.5% increase (a positive trend for 5 years now) providing
the organization with fiscal flexibility, and the option to support additional high-value
research programs. To this end, we have established the MCRC fund to support
SIGMOBILE community projects and promote new activities that will benefit the