SIGMOBILE Vice Chair Candidate
Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies
Biographical Information

Nigel Davies holds a BSc and a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University, England. Having completed his studies he was a visiting researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science before returning to Lancaster in 1994 to help create the University's Mobile Computing group. He has since managed numerous projects at Lancaster. During 1999/2000 he spent a year as a visiting researcher at Sony's Distributed Systems Lab in San Jose working on integrating mobile devices with home AV networks. He was awarded a personal chair (Full Professorship) at Lancaster University in 2000. In March 2001 he took up an appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona. After spending three years dividing his time between Lancaster and Arizona he returned to Lancaster University full time in Spring 2004 maintaining an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of Arizona. He has participated actively in the mobile computing research community since its inception and has served on numerous program committees, including acting as program chair for WMCSA 2000 and Ubicomp 2004. He serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and is an Assistant Editor in Chief of IEEE Pervasive Magazine.

Candidate Statement

Mobility impacts on all areas of systems design, from low-level communications through to user interfaces and applications. If elected to the office of Vice Chair I will endeavor to build on the successes of the outgoing SIGMOBILE officers by working to strengthen and expand SIGMOBILE membership to include professionals working on all aspects of mobility. In particular I will look to bridge the gap between the activities of SIGMOBILE and those of the ubiquitous and pervasive computing communities. My membership of MobiCom, MobiSys, Ubicomp and Pervasive Program Committees together with membership of the editorial boards for both IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine demonstrates my commitment both to the community as a whole and to supporting mobile computing research in the broadest context - I believe strongly that SIGMOBILE can only benefit from an increase in the number and diversity of members and interests it supports. As a professional with experience of academic and commercial research in both Europe (Lancaster University, SICS) and the US (University of Arizona, Sony Electronics) I will strive to ensure that SIGMOBILE has a strong international focus and provides services that address the needs of its members. In particular, I will endeavor to work with members to introduce new services such as information exchanges for students looking to break into the field, help for those seeking solutions to common mobility problems and resources for those teaching and studying mobile computing courses. These services will be aimed at helping SIGMOBILE to act as the focal point for a close-knit global community of mobile computing professionals.