SIGMOBILE was formed in 1996 as an international ACM community of researchers and practitioners who:

  • Perform research in the theory and practice of all areas related to the mobility of systems, users, data, and computing;
  • Expand the evolution of portable computers and wireless networks;
  • Support the convergence of mobility, computing, and information organization; and
  • Improve access, services, management, and applications for mobile computing and communications.


As exemplified by the inaugural test-of-time awards, its members have pioneered:

  • medium access mechanisms that underpin Wi-Fi and IoT sensor communications;
  • positioning systems used in every smart phone and in factories;
  • file system caching techniques that inspired Dropbox; and
  • congestion control and mesh networking techniques for faster and more ubiquitous wireless broadband data access.


The world's mobile computing and communications community convenes every year at MobiCom, the International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking. SIGMOBILE also organizes and sponsors MobiHoc, the International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing; MobiSys, the International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services; SenSys, the International Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (jointly with ACM SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGMETRICS, and SIGOPS); and Ubicomp, the International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitious Computing (jointly with SIGCHI). In addition, SIGMOBILE each year sponsors and promotes several conferences, workshops and tutorials on timely and important topics.


SIGMOBILE's quarterly GetMobile magazine, formerly the Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R), is the leading community publication for researchers and practitioners in this rapidly evolving field. The proceedings of the aforementioned sponsored conferences summarize the year's most advanced and significant research.


SIGMOBILE recognizes achievements in mobile computing and communications through awards including the SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award, the SIGMOBILE Distinguished Service Award, the SIGMOBILE Dissertation Award, the SIGMOBILE Test of Time Award and conference best paper award.

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SIGMOBILE is a not-for-profit, international association of academic researchers, industry scientists and developers, government researchers, and educators. Check out the member benefits and how to join.