Call for Papers 


This Call for Papers is also available as a 1-page PDF file, as a 1-page Microsoft Word file and as a plain text file.

Authors are invited to submit full papers, challenges papers, student posters, and research demos and exhibits, presenting new research related to the theory or practice of mobile computing and/or wireless and mobile networking. This year, we especially encourage the submission of papers in the experimental systems area. This area has seen exciting developments in recent years and we hope to have it strongly represented at MobiCom 2008. 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:
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing and networking
  • Architectures, protocols, and algorithms to cope with mobility, limited bandwidth, limited power and/or intermittent connectivity
  • Fundamental understanding of mobile computing and wireless networking
  • Wireless and mobile techniques for delay tolerant, mobile ad hoc, and wireless sensor networks
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of mobile and wireless systems
  • Wireless access technologies (e.g. mesh systems, PANs)
  • Integration and interworking of wired and wireless networks
  • Protocols exploiting novel technologies such as UWB, MIMO, directional antennas, and software radios
  • Techniques for dynamic spectrum use
  • Architectures, algorithms and protocols for cognitive wireless networks and their integration in the Internet
  • Modeling, measurement and simulation of mobile networks
  • Experimental test-beds for mobile/wireless networks
  • Performance evaluation of mobile and wireless networks, protocols, and systems
  • Next generation (beyond 802.11) wireless technologies and related systems and protocols

The program committee will referee all papers, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. The program committee will evaluate each paper using metrics that are appropriate for the topic area. For example, an experimental paper in the protocol area will be evaluated based on the innovations in the protocol design, practical implementation, and realistic evaluation, whereas a more theoretical paper may be evaluated mostly based on innovation within the algorithm design. At the same time, the evaluation of wireless and mobile networking technologies is challenging because of the significant impact that the physical environment has on performance. For this reason, all papers must carefully describe and justify the evaluation methodology that is used and identify its strengths and weaknesses.

   Challenges Papers 

The conference strongly encourages the submission of short papers that challenge the research community with revolutionary new approaches, technologies, or applications in the field of mobile computing andwireless networking. These "challenge papers" should provide stimulating ideas or 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. While an exhaustive evaluation of the proposed ideas is not necessary for Challenges papers, insight and in-depth understanding of the issues are expected. Challenges Papers will be reviewed and should be submitted using the same submission procedure as full papers. The title of such papers must start with the word "Challenges," i.e., "Challenges: `rest of the title'."

   Submission Instructions 

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of their full paper. Papers must be no longer than 12 pages (8 pages for "Challenges" papers), in font size no smaller than 10 points, and must fit properly on US "Letter"-sized paper (8.5 W 11 inches). Margins must be of 1 inch on all edges (top, bottom, left, and right) of each page. The deadline for registering the title and the abstract of the paper with our electronic submission system is March 7, 2008, and the deadline for submitting the actual paper is March 14, 2008. All deadlines are 11:59PM PST.

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 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

Upon submission in EDAS, authors will be asked to indicate whether they wish an extended abstract (4 pages) of their paper to be invited to the poster session and considered for inclusion in the MobiCom Proceedings, in the event that the paper cannot be included in the main conference program.

Detailed instructions on how and where to submit your paper can be found here.


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. Potential instructors are requested to submit a tutorial proposal of at most 5 pages, including a biographical sketch, to the Tutorial Co-Chairs.


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

   Research Demos and Exhibits 

Proposals for research demos are solicited. Proposals should not exceed 3 pages and should include a description of the demo and equipment to be used. Send proposals to the Research Demo Chair.

   Student Poster Session 

Student posters are solicited that present recent and on-going research by students on mobile computing and mobile wireless networking. The poster submissions should include a 2-page description of the student's research. Accepted posters will be put on the conference web page; however, they will not be printed in the conference proceedings. Please send submissions to the Student Poster Chairs.

   ACM Student Research Competition 

MobiCom 2008 will host the ACM Student Research Competition(SRC). Students submitting to the MobiCom 2008 Poster Program can opt to have their posters considered also by the SRC committee. Selected competitors will receive up to $500 USD for their conference travel, depending on need, and will earn a chance to compete in the SRC Grand Finals. The winners will be recognized at the Annual ACM Awards Banquet. Competitors should be prepared to attend the poster session and, if selected for further competition, give a short talk about their research projects. Winners will be announced at the conference. The Student Research Competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students whose submissions are accepted by the SRCcommittee. To be considered, complete a submission to the Student Poster Program and indicate that you would like to participate in the SRC. Current ACM student membership and student status as of the submission deadline are required for the lead student.

   *NEW* Best Paper Award 

All papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award. The program committee will select a number of candidates for the award among accepted papers. The winner will be selected at the conference, considering both the paper and the presentation. The winner will receive a plaque and a cash award.

   Important Dates 

Abstracts submission due: March 7, 2008
Paper submissions due:March 14, 2008
Notification of acceptance:June 19, 2008
Camera-ready version due:July 7, 2008

   Important Note 

It is ACM policy ( not to allow double submissions, where the same paper is submitted to more than one conference/journal concurrently. Any double submissions detected will be immediately rejected from all conferences/journals involved.

   For More Information 

Please contact the General Chair or Program Co-Chairs for more information. For information on ACM SIGMOBILE and the MobiCom series of conferences, see or contact






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