MobiSys 2017: PhD Forum

Call for Submissions

Submissions should consist of the following:

  • An extended abstract of the student's dissertation research (up to 2 pages) including a brief discussion of motivation, challenges, related work, initial results, and references. Applicants should clearly identify their contributions to the field of mobile systems. Also, it is recommended to clearly identify the student's prior work(s) and cite them; this will help the reviewers and the panel to make better judgment of technical contributions and provide more useful suggestions for future efforts.
  • A short biographical sketch (1 page max) describing the applicants affiliations and research activities. This should include the date that the student expects to complete his/her dissertation.

The submission format should be used by the same format of MobiSys conference. Please visit their call for submissions page for more detail. Abstracts MUST be no more than two (2) pages. This length includes everything: figures, tables, references, appendices and so forth.

Submissions will be handled via email; please send your abstract in PDF form to If accepted, a student may be asked to provide explanations or clarification by the camera-ready deadline.

There may be some opportunities for travel grants from NSF and SIGMOBILE to attend the PhD Forum.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 12, 2017 extended to April 19th, 2017
Notification deadline: April 19, 2017 April 25th, 2017
Camera-ready deadline: April 26, 2017 April 30th, 2017
Forum Date: June 19, 2017


The forum will be a one-day event consisting of short student presentations, discussion, and a roundtable panel. Each speaker will have time allotted for a short presentation (approximately 10 minutes) as well as an in-depth and constructive discussion led by the panel and audience (5-10 minutes). In order to allow adequate time for each presentation, we will limit the number of accepted presenters to around 8-10 participants.

The event will conclude with a roundtable panel, in which panelists will have another opportunity to provide general suggestions and advice to the entire group and field related questions about post-PhD life.