Call for Papers

MobiSys 2017 will continue the tradition of publishing top-notch research papers dealing with all aspects of mobile systems. MobiSys seeks original papers that take a broad systems perspective rather than focus narrowly on low-level components. Of particular interest are technical contributions that enable new and compelling mobile scenarios and applications. The conference values results and insights obtained from working implementations more highly than those obtained solely from simulations.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience with mobile applications, networks and systems
  • Innovative mobile, mobile sensing, and mobile crowdsourcing apps
  • Tools for building and measuring mobile systems
  • Innovative wearable or mobile devices
  • Novel software architectures for mobile devices
  • Data management for mobile applications
  • Infrastructure support for node mobility
  • System-level energy management for mobile devices
  • Operating systems for mobile devices
  • Support for mobile social networking and mobile Web
  • Security and privacy in mobile systems
  • Systems for location and context sensing and awareness
  • Mobile computing support for pervasive computing
  • Vehicular and robotic wireless systems
  • User interfaces and usability for mobile applications and systems
  • Systems and networking support for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Applications of mobile systems in health, sustainability, and other domains
  • Non-traditional topics that bring new perspective to mobile computing

Papers on work that is currently under review, whether in shorter, longer, or the same form, must not be submitted to MobiSys. Submission of a longer version of a published, not just accepted, workshop paper is encouraged if it includes significant new contributions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since its inception in 2003 MobiSys has had a single-blind review policy where the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors but the reviewers know the names, affiliations and contact information of the authors. Beginning 2017, this policy is modified as follows: the identity of the reviews is not revealed to the authors and the reviewers will not know the identity of the authors during the initial review of the paper. Consequently, authors are instructed to not include their names, affiliations and contact information on the manuscript they submit for review. Furthermore, they are instructed to anonymize the content of their paper to hide their identity. Reviewers will not know the identity of the authors during the initial phase of the review process, however, anonymity will expire after the majority of the reviews have been submitted and preliminary outcomes decided. The identities of the authors will be revealed to the reviewers toward the end of the review process. This will enable the referees to ask appropriate questions, making it easier to compare the new results with the author(s) previously published work and to ensure that a true advance is being reported. Knowing rather than guessing the identities of authors will enable reviewers to raise potential conflicts of interests that may otherwise have gone unnoticed, and to ameliorate any other damage caused by false assumptions about a paper’s authorship.

We strongly encourage prospective authors to use past MobiSys proceedings as a guideline to assess the readiness of their work for submission. Due to high review load on PC members, low quality or premature work submitted to the conference is likely to receive a smaller number of reviews and the reviews may be brief.

ACM has been making an effort to support more open access to the proceedings of its sponsored conferences. As a result, the MobiSys 2017 proceedings may be publicly available through the conference website from two weeks before the conference to two weeks after it.

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission of previously published work, or plagiarism constitutes dishonesty or fraud. Papers meeting any of these criteria will be rejected. Authors uncertain whether their submission meets these guidelines should contact the program chairs. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be considered. Accepted submissions will be treated as confidential prior to publication; rejected submissions will be permanently treated as confidential.

As part of the submission process, authors of papers that describe experiments on human subjects, or that analyze nonpublic data derived from human subjects (even anonymized data), will be asked to certify that their work was vetted by an ethics review (e.g., IRB approval). We expect authors to follow the rules of their host institutions around data collection and experiments with human subjects.

Selected outstanding papers may be fast-tracked as a special section of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

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, and select one or more award papers prior to the conference.

Video Presentation

The authors of each accepted paper will submit a short 1-minute video to introduce the research presented in their paper to the general public. These videos will be placed on the conference website before the conference, and may be played during the conference. A selected set may be featured by the social media channels related to the conference.

Submission Guidelines

Detailed formatting guidelines and access to the submission server will be found in the Submission page.

Important Dates

- Abstract registration deadline: December 1, 2016, 11:59 PM EST (Dec 1, 2016, 04:59 AM UTC)
- Paper submission deadline: December 8, 2016, 11:59 PM EST (Dec 8, 2016, 04:59 AM UTC)
- Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2017
- Camera-ready due: May 1, 2017


If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Campbell ( and Deepak Ganesan (