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MobiSys 2003 Call for Papers

MobiSys 2003
The First International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services

May 5-8, 2003
Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel
San Francisco, California, USA

Jointly sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and The USENIX Association, In cooperation with ACM SIGOPS

Important Dates
Paper submissions due: October 7, 2002
Submission deadline extended to October 14.
Notification of acceptance: December 18, 2002
Camera-ready final papers due: March 4, 2003

Conference Organizers
General Chair:
Dan Siewiorek, CMU

Program Committee:
Co-chair: Mary Baker, Stanford University
Co-chair: Robert T. Morris, MIT
Gaetano Borriello, University of Washington and Intel Research Seattle
Claude Castelluccia, INRIA Rhone-Alpes
Hao Chu, DoCoMo USA Labs
David Culler, University of California, Berkeley, and Intel Research Berkeley
Nigel Davies, Lancaster University and University of Arizona
Maria Ebling, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Peter Honeyman, CITI, University of Michigan
Cristina Hristea, Stanford University
Tim Kindberg, HP Labs Palo Alto
David Kotz, Dartmouth College
Kevin Lai, University of California, Berkeley
Adrian Perrig, Carnegie Mellon University
Doug Terry, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
Marvin Theimer, Microsoft Research
Henry Tirri, University of Helsinki
Amin Vahdat, Duke University
Deborah A. Wallach, Google

Tutorial Chair:
Songwu Lu, UCLA

Research Demo Chair:
Tom Martin, Virginia Tech

Steering Committee Chair:
Victor Bahl, Microsoft Research

MobiSys 2003 seeks to present innovative, significant research in the area of mobile systems. This will be a 2.5-day conference, featuring refereed paper presentations, demos, poster sessions, and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions.

The conference addresses systems issues in mobile computing. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of mobile systems
  • Experience with mobile systems
  • Operating systems for small devices
  • System-level energy management for mobile devices
  • Middleware and service architectures for mobile applications
  • Systems for location awareness and determination
  • Data management for mobile applications
  • Personal-area networks and systems
  • Resource discovery of mobile services
  • Applications and services supporting the mobile user
  • Personal mobility
  • Disconnected and weakly connected operation
  • Security, privacy, authorization, and billing
  • Infrastructure support for mobility
  • Proxies and data adaptation
  • Wearable and handheld devices
  • Social and economic aspects of mobility
  • Mobile agents
  • User interfaces, programming interfaces, and applications for small devices

MobiSys is not an appropriate forum for research focused narrowly on the routing, link, or physical network layers, although papers describing larger mobile architectures that include work on these areas may be appropriate. Please feel free to contact the Program Chairs at to determine appropriateness.

Best Paper Award
An award will be given at the conference for the best paper overall.

What To Submit

The full paper deadline has been extended to Oct. 14th. If you intend to make use of this extension, submit the abstract of your paper by the original deadline of Oct. 7th so that we can begin to assign appropriate reviewers.
Submissions should be full papers, 12-14 single-spaced 8.5" x 11" pages, including figures, tables, and references, two-column format, using 10-point type on 12-point (single-spaced) leading. Submissions must be "blind", meaning authors must not be identified in the submissions, either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, interest, clarity, relevance, and correctness.

Submissions are due on October 7, 2002. Accepted papers may be shepherded through an editorial review process by a member of the program committee. Based on initial feedback from the program committee, authors of shepherded papers will submit an editorial revision of their paper to their program committee shepherd by February 4, 2003. The shepherd will review the paper and give the author additional comments. All authors (shepherded or not) will produce a final camera-ready paper by March 4, 2003, for the conference Proceedings.

MobiSys, like most conferences and journals, requires that papers must not be submitted simultaneously to any other conference or publication, that submissions must not be previously published, and that accepted papers must not be subsequently published elsewhere. Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions will be held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

How To Submit
Authors are required to submit full papers by October 7, 2002. All submissions to MobiSys 2003 must be electronic, in PDF or PostScript. Please use this Web submission form.

Authors will be notified of receipt of submission via e-mail. If you do not receive notification, contact the Program Chairs at

Poster Sessions
Do you have interesting work you would like to share, or a cool idea that is not ready to be published? Poster sessions are for you! Poster sessions, scheduled during the technical sessions, introduce new or ongoing work. The MobiSys audience provides valuable discussion and feedback. We are particularly interested in presentations of student work. To submit a poster, please send a proposal, one page or less, by February 1, 2003, to the poster session coordinator at

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BoFs) are very informal gatherings organized by attendees interested in a particular topic. BoFs will be held in the evenings. BoFs may be scheduled in advance by phoning the Conference Office at +1.510.528.8649 or via email to BoFs may also be scheduled at the conference.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in February 2003 on the conference Web site. The information will be in both HTML and a printable PDF file. If you would like to receive the program booklet in print, please email your request, including your postal address, to:

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