MobiCom 2003, September 14-19, 2003, San Diego, California, USA, Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE
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Call for Papers

ACM MobiCom 2003, the Ninth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, is the ninth in a series of annual conferences sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE dedicated to addressing the challenges in the areas of mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking. The MobiCom conference series serves as the premier international forum addressing networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support the symbiosis of mobile computers and wireless networks. MobiCom is a highly selective, single-track conference focusing on all issues in mobile computing and networking at the link layer and above.


Authors are invited to submit full papers presenting new research related to the theory or practice of mobile computing and networking. All submissions must describe original research, not published or currently under review for another conference or journal. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications and computing services supporting mobile users
  • Architectures, protocols, and algorithms to cope with mobility, limited bandwidth, or intermittent connectivity
  • Database and data management issues in mobile computing
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing and networking
  • Distributed systems aspects of mobile computing
  • New mobile and wireless applications
  • Integration and interworking of wired and wireless networks
  • Performance of mobile and wireless networks and systems
  • Location-dependent applications and protocols
  • Security and privacy of mobile/wireless systems
  • Mobile ad hoc and sensor networks
  • Wireless multimedia systems
  • Algorithms and protocols for power management and control
  • Service creation and management environments for mobile/wireless systems
The program committee will referee all papers, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers of particular merit will be proposed for publication in the ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks (WINET) and Mobile Networks and Applications (MONET) journals.

 Challenges Papers

The conference also solicits short papers (maximum of 8 pages) that challenge the mobile computing community with revolutionary new technologies or visionary applications. Such papers should provide stimulating ideas or grand visions that may open up exciting avenues of far-reaching future research. Descriptions of new products or simple evolution of existing work are not appropriate as Challenges Papers. Challenges Papers will be reviewed and should be submitted using the normal submission procedure but must be clearly identified as intended as Challenges Papers.

 Submission Instructions

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare a Portable Document Format (PDF) or PostScript version of their full paper. Papers must meet the following restrictions:

  • No longer than 15 pages (8 pages for Challenges submissions), in font size no smaller than 10 points.
  • Fit properly on US "Letter"-sized paper (8.5 × 11 inches) with reasonable margins.
  • Portable Document Format (PDF), or PostScript version 2 or later.
  • Use only Computer Modern or standard Adobe printer fonts (i.e., Courier, Times Roman, or Helvetica).
  • Other fonts may be used but must be embedded in the PDF/PostScript file.
Authors should follow the detailed instructions when submitting a paper, particularly the instructions on formatting your submission.

All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality through double-blind reviewing, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. Authors' names must not appear in the paper or in the PDF or PostScript file. Submitted papers (or substantially similar papers) must not be currently under review for any other publication. Please direct any questions about the paper submission process to the Program Co-Chairs at mobicom_pcchairs!!@!!


Proposals for tutorials are solicited. Evaluation of tutorial proposals will be based on the expertise and experience of the instructors, and on the relevance of the subject matter to the conference. Potential instructors are requested to submit a tutorial proposal of at most 5 pages, including a biographical sketch, to the Tutorial Co-Chairs by April 7, 2003.


Panels are solicited that examine innovative, controversial, or otherwise provocative issues of interest. Panel proposals should not exceed 3 pages, including biographical sketches of the panelists. Potential panel organizers should contact the Panel Co-Chairs by April 21, 2003.

 Research Demonstrations and Exhibits

Informal proposals for research demos are solicited. Proposals should not exceed 3 pages and should include a description of the demo, the equipment to be used, the demo layout and space required to set up the demo, and possible interactions (interoperability) with other proposed demonstrations. Send proposals to the Research Demo Chair by July 26, 2003. Please see the Demos and Exhibis page for more information on MobiCom 2003 demos and submitting a demo proposal.

We are also planning an Expo at MobiCom 2003 featuring exhibits of the latest mobile computing products and services. If you are interested in exhibiting your product or service at MobiCom 2003, please see the Demos and Exhibis page for more information. Please also check our Corporate Supporters page for information on how to support the conference and receive a free Expo booth, web promotion, and complimentary registration for the conference.

 Best Student Paper Award

Papers with a student as a primary author will be considered for the Best Student Paper award, with a cash award of $1000 USD. Students must indicate with their submission that they would like their paper to be considered for this award.

 Student Poster Session

Student posters are also solicited that present recent and on-going research by students on mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking topics. Presenting a poster at MobiCom is a great chance for students to obtain interesting and valuable feedback on their on-going work from a knowledgeable crowd at the conference. See the Student Poster Sesion page for more details.

 Important Dates

All papers being submitted to MobiCom 2003 must be registered in EDAS by 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 5, 2003. The deadline for actually then submitting all registered papers is 11:59 PM PST (US Pacific timezone) March 12, 2003. These are firm deadlines.

Paper registration deadline:   March 5, 2003
Paper submission deadline:   March 12, 2003
Tutorial proposals due:   April 7, 2003
Panel proposals due:   April 21, 2003
Paper notification of acceptance:   June 16, 2003
Camera-ready papers due:   July 18, 2003
Demo proposals due:   July 25, 2003
Student poster submissions due:   July 31, 2003
Demo notification of acceptance:   August 5, 2003
Poster notification of acceptance:   August 18, 2003
Discounted registration deadline:   August 28, 2003
Hotel reservation deadline:   August 28, 2003
Tutorials:   September 14-15, 2003
Conference:   September 16-18, 2003
Workshops:   September 19, 2003

 For More Information

For questions about the paper submission and review process, please contact the Program Co-Chairs at mobicom_pcchairs!!@!! For other questions or comments about the conference or for more information, please send email to mobicom_info!!@!!

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