SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award

The RockStar Award is SIGMOBILE's early career award. The Award recognizes an individual who has made recent outstanding research or product contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of that person's career.

2021 Recipient

Aruna Balasubramanian

In recognition of her significant contributions in the areas of mobile systems and mobile Web performance, and her mentoring and leadership efforts in improving diversity in the SIGMOBILE community.

Past Recipients

Nic Lane

For contributions to the understanding of how resource-constrained mobile devices can robustly understand, reason and react to complex user behaviors and environments through new paradigms in learning algorithms and system design.

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Xia Zhou

In recognition of her research examining unconventional wireless spectrum frequencies to build next generation wireless systems and spearheading the field of "visible light sensing" which turns the ubiquitous light around us into a powerful medium that integrates data communication and human behavioral sensing.

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Kyle Jamieson

In recognition of his outstanding early-career contributions and impact in the field of wireless computer networks.

Shyam Gollakota

For contributions to the use of wireless signals in the context of novel applications, including battery-free communications, health monitoring, and gesture recognition.

Karthik Sundaresan

In recognition of significant contributions, early in his career, to wireless connectivity, with an emphasis on novel technologies for wide-area wireless access and smart antenna networking.

Romit Roy Choudhury

In recognition of significant contributions, early in his career, to mobile sensing and wireless networking, with an emphasis on location and cross-layer protocols.

Lin Zhong

For contributions to understanding mobile design tradeoffs, driven by novel platforms and large longitudinal studies of mobile users.

Suman Banerjee

For contributions to understanding wireless interference, and for service to the research community.

Award Criterion

The SIGMOBILE RockStar Award recognizes one or more recent technical contribution(s) made in the early part of a mobile computing researcher's career, resulting in notable influence on our field. Early career for an individual is defined as within 10 years of receiving their highest university degree or younger than 40 years of age at the time of the nomination.

Selection is based on the impact of the candidate's work in creating promising new ideas, paradigms, and tools, related to mobile computing. Depth, impact, and novelty of the individual's contributions will be key criteria upon which the RockStar Award Committee (RAC) will evaluate the nominees.

Deadline for Nomination: 15th February for award in that calendar year.

Nomination Process

Following an open call for nominations, nominations should be addressed to the Chair of the Rockstar Awards Committee (Prof. David Kotz ( The nominator should solicit recommendations from colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements. An individual may nominate, or endorse, multiple nominees; self nominations are not allowed. Per ACM policy, no members of the selection committee may serve as nominator or endorser.

Each nomination should consist of the following items:

  1. Name, phone number, organization, job title, and email address of the person making the nomination.
  2. Curriculum vitae of the nominee, including name, phone number and email address.
  3. A brief citation, no more than 50 words long. See examples from the Rockstar award page.
  4. A statement, no more than 500 words long (excluding references), on why the candidate deserves the award. The statement should confirm that the nominee meets the criterion: “within 10 years of receiving their highest university degree or younger than 40 years of age at the time of the nomination.”
  5. Minimum of three and maximum of five supporting statements from other individuals who endorse the nomination. The endorser should identify the rationale for the nomination and by what means they know of the nominee's work. Endorsement letters may be sent in the form of emails and should not be more than 400 words.

Selection Committee

  1. David Kotz (Chair) Email:
  2. Morley Mao (University of Michigan), term ending 2023
  3. Mary Baker (HP Labs), term ending 2022
  4. Tanzeem Choudhury (Cornell University), term ending 2021
  5. Karthik Sundaresan (NEC Labs), 2016 winner
  6. Shyam Gollakota (University of Washington), 2017 winner
  7. Kyle Jamieson (Princeton University), 2018 winner
  8. Xia Zhou (Dartmouth College), 2019 winner
  9. Nic Lane (Oxford University), 2020 winner

Retired from Selection Committee

  1. Edward Knightly (Chair, 2013 - 2019)
  2. Roy Want (SIGMOBILE EC)
  3. Marco Gruteser (SIGMOBILE EC)
  4. Alec Wolman (SIGMOBILE EC)
  5. Lili Qiu (SIGMOBILE EC)
  6. PR Kumar (Senior Research Community)
  7. Hari Balakrishnan (Senior Research Community)
  8. Anind Dey (Senior Research Community)
  9. Suman Banerjee (2013 winner)
  10. Lin Zhong (2014 winner)
  11. Romit Roy Choudhury (2015 winner)