SIGMOBILE Research Highlights

Papers of high quality and broad appeal will be selected from SIGMOBILE sponsored conferences by a committee including SIGMOBILE's major conferences representatives and elected officials. These papers will be recommended for consideration for the Communications of the ACM Research Highlights section, published in ACM GetMobile (if they did not already appear), and highlighted on the SIGMOBILE website.

Highlight Papers


SIGMOBILE research highlights are selected based on the following process.

Committee Members and SIGMOBILE Conferences (2-year term)

  • Chair: Lin Zhong, Yale University
  • Ex Chair: Heather Zheng, University of Chicago
  • SIGMOBILE EC Chair: Lili Qiu, UT Austin
  • HotMobile: Romit Roy Choudhury, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • MobiCom: Xia Zhou, Dartmouth College
  • MobiHoc: Theodoros Salonidis, IBM Research
  • MobiSys: Landon Cox, Microsoft Research
  • SenSys: Kay Römer, Graz University of Technology
  • UbiComp: Junehwa Song, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Industry Member: Ranveer Chandra, Microsoft Research

Nomination Process and Paper Eligibility

Nominations come from three sources:

  • The SIGMOBILE Research Highlights Committee, working closely with the program chairs from the conferences they represent, will review and nominate papers from the SIGMOBILE conferences for consideration by the full committee.
  • Best paper nominees are nominated by default.
  • Any SIGMOBILE member may nominate a paper appearing in a SIGMOBILE conference. Authors may not nominate their own papers.

Nominations can be made by emailing title, authors, conference and year of publication to sigmobile-highlights at All papers published in the covered conference within the previous half year will be considered by the committee. Papers published in conferences not in the above list are also eligible for consideration, but the committee does not take responsibility for proactively considering these venues. Community members may ask the committee to consider papers from such venues through the community nomination process, described below.

Community Candidates

Community members not on the committee may ask for papers to be considered by submitting to the committee chair a nominating proposal. Such a proposal must summarize the contribution of the paper and explain why the paper is suitable for inclusion in the SIGMOBILE Highlights series. Such a nominating proposal should be no more than a page in length. Periodic reminders of nominating deadlines will be sent to the SIGMOBILE mailing list.

Deadlines for Nomination

First Deadline: 31st August each year for papers published in HotMobile, Mobihoc, and Mobisys. Second Deadline: 28th February each year for papers published in Mobicom, Sensys, Ubicomp.

Committee Candidates

Each of the members of the committee covering a particular conference will be responsible for reviewing the papers for that it in consultation with others from that community. We anticipate that this committee member will at least contact the program chair for the relevant conference and ask the chair to suggest one or two papers for consideration. We encourage the program chair to solicit input from members of the program committee. The committee member will then bring potential papers to the committee for a discussion.

Best Paper Candidates

All best papers at conferences in that half year will automatically be considered candidates.

Selection Process

The full committee (minus people with conflicts of interest) will discuss via email the candidate papers, both those arising from the committee, best paper candidates and from any community candidates. The committee will meet electronically twice a year in early September and in early March. The committee may solicit input from outside experts on the merits of any candidate papers. The committee will select for nomination papers taking into consideration technical quality, the ability to summarize the results in an 8 page paper, and the likely interest from computer scientists in other areas. For each paper nominated, the committee will send to the CACM:

  • a copy of the paper
  • a description of why the paper merits publication in SIGMOBILE Highlights (1/2 page)
  • a list of possible people to write the Technical Perspective
  • consent to the nomination from the authors and prospective technical perspective writers

Conflicts of interest

Committee members may not nominate their own papers for consideration. Committee members may not participate in the discussion of whether one of their papers may be nominated to SIGMOBILE Highlights. Other conflicts of interest should be disclosed to the committee chair, who will decide how to handle such conflicts. A committee member may decide to recuse him or herself from the discussion of any paper for reasons of conflict of interest. Papers by committee members may be nominated by the community nomination process.

Contact: sigmobile-highlights at