MobiCom 2012 / Istanbul, Turkey / August 22-26, 2012


 Call for Papers 


The MobiCom 2012 Call for Papers is available as a one-page PDF file and Doc file.

Detailed submission instructions are available here.

For the Call for Workshop Proposals please click here.


Authors are invited to submit full papers presenting new research related to the theory and practice of mobile computing and wireless networking that pertain to layer two or above of the OSI protocol stack. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Architectures, protocols, and algorithms for various wireless and mobile networks, such as wireless LANs, wireless mesh networks, cellular data networks, delay-tolerant networks, mobile ad hoc networks, sensor networks, personal area networks, and vehicular networks
  • System design, implementation, and evaluation of wireless systems and mobile applications
  • Real-world measurements and characterization
  • Performance-oriented design and evaluation focused on networks and mobile applications
  • Testbed design and implementation
  • Cross-layer design for mobile and wireless networks ranging from the PHY layer to applications
  • Modeling, simulation, emulation and measurement of mobile systems
  • Networks involving novel technologies such as UWB, MIMO, directional antennas, software radios, visible light communications and underwater networking
  • Architectures, algorithms and protocols for dynamic spectrum usage, white spaces, and cognitive networks
  • Techniques that deal with low power and energy limitations
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing and networking
  • Security, privacy, and trustworthiness of mobile and wireless systems
  • Integration and interworking of wired and wireless networks
  • Emerging topics, e.g., robotic swarms, 60 GHz networking, social networking and novel applications enabled by mobile and wireless networking systems
  • Integration and interworking of wired and wireless networks
  • Foundational underpinnings of wireless networks

MobiCom 2012 will be a diverse conference, and we strongly encourage the submission of mobile systems, experimental and theoretical papers. The program committee will evaluate each paper using metrics that are appropriate for the topic area. For example, a systems or 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 design of the algorithm and its provable properties. 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.

The program committee will referee all papers, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

   Challenges Papers 

The conference also strongly encourages the submission of short papers in the field of mobile computing and wireless networking that present revolutionary new ideas or that challenge existing assumptions prevalent among the research community. These "challenges papers" should provide stimulating ideas or visions that may open up exciting avenues and/or influence the direction of future research. Descriptions of new products or evolution of existing work are not appropriate topics for papers in this category. While an exhaustive evaluation of the proposed ideas is not necessary, insight and in-depth understanding of the issues is expected. Challenges papers will be reviewed by the MobiCom program committee and will be part of the technical program and published in ACM MobiCom proceedings. They should be submitted using the same submission procedure adopted for the full papers. The title of these papers must start with the word "Challenge:" i.e., "Challenge: Rest of the Title."

   Submission Instructions 

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare a PDF version of their full paper. Papers must

  • be no longer than 12 pages (8 pages for "Challenges" papers),
  • be in font size no smaller than 10 points,
  • have pages in double column format with each column having dimensions 9.25 inches × 3.33 inches, a space of 0.33 inches between the two columns, and with no more than 55 lines of text per column, and
  • fit properly on US letter-sized paper (8.5 inches × 11 inches).
Detailed instructions on how and where to submit your paper can be found here.

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. Detailed instructions to authors on preparing a double-blind manuscript will be posted here shortly. Authors' names must not appear anywhere in the paper or in the PDF file. Submitted papers must be original work, and a paper with substantial similarity must neither be already published, nor be currently under review for publication in any other venue. Please direct any questions about the paper submission process to the Program Co-Chairs at

   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 2, 2012 (8:00 PM EST)
Paper submissions due: March 9, 2012 (8:00 PM EST)
Notification of acceptance: June 6, 2012
Camera-ready version due: July 2, 2012

   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 Co-Chairs 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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