SIGMOBILE FY'05 Annual Report
July 2004 - June 2005
Submitted by: David B. Johnson, SIGMOBILE Treasurer
SIGMOBILE is a vibrant, healthy, and growing SIG,
and the year 2004-2005 has been a great year for SIGMOBILE.
The range of topics addressed by SIGMOBILE
share one common theme: mobility.
Our technical scope reflects the emerging
symbiosis of portable computers and wireless networks,
addressing the convergence of
mobility, computing, and information organization:
its access, services, management, and applications.
Members of SIGMOBILE are active in the development of new technologies
and techniques for mobile and wireless computing and communications.
SIGMOBILE has members from around the world,
from academic organizations, industry research and development,
government, and other interested individuals.
SIGMOBILE completed elections for new Executive Committee members.
Nine members stood on the ballot for the four elected positions.
The newly elected Executive Committee members are
Prof. David B. Johnson (Rice University), Chair;
Dr. Jason K. Redi (BBN Technologies), Vice Chair;
Prof. Tracy Camp (Colorado School of Mines), Treasurer; and
Prof. Chiara Petrioli (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), Secretary.
The new Executive Committee is a diverse group
(woman and men, from United States and non-US locations,
from both academia and industry)
that is fairly representative of SIGMOBILE's membership.
As we begin our terms in office,
we would like to thank the outgoing Executive Committee members,
particularly outgoing SIGMOBILE Chair Victor Bahl (Microsoft Research),
for their outstanding service and dedication to SIGMOBILE over the past years.
In other changes during this year,
we welcomed Prof. Mani Srivastava (University of California, Los Angeles)
as the new Editor-in-Chief for SIGMOBILE's journal
Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R),
replacing Prof. Nitin Vaidya, who decided to step down
so he can spend more time with his family;
we thank Nitin for a job well done in his term as Editor-in-Chief.
we welcomed Dr. Robert Steele (University of Technology, Sydney)
as SIGMOBILE's new Information Director,
taking on the responsibility of further improving our communication
with SIGMOBILE's members.
II. Conferences and Workshops
SIGMOBILE currently sponsors or co-sponsors four annual conferences
(MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, and SenSys),
which continue to attract at or near record numbers
of submissions and healthy attendance.
we sponsor a number of different co-located workshops
at these conferences.
SIGMOBILE is especially supportive of students at these conferences
for example through reduced registration fees,
student travel awards
for some conferences (with NSF support),
student poster sessions,
and the MobiCom Best Student Paper Award.
continue to make a substantial international impact.
For example, this year the MobiSys 2005 conference
generated media articles in the
technical and popular press from at least ten countries around the world.
Over 35 articles about MobiSys and the work presented there
appeared in news media stories from
This international press coverage of MobiSys 2005 is summarized at
MobiCom, our flagship conference,
is currently ranked by CiteSeer
(the widely used scientific literature digital library and search engine)
as the computer science venue with the fifth highest impact.
This impact ranking by CiteSeer is based on the average citation rate
of all articles published in that venue.
SIGMOBILE has been very successful in attracting donations from
leading edge companies and other organizations
around the world in support of these conferences.
Over the past year,
these corporate supporters have included
Carnegie Mellon University CyLab,
DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology North America,
IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine,
Indiana University Center of Applied Cybersecurity Research,
NEC Europe Network Labs,
NEC Laboratories America,
NTT DoCoMo USA Labs,
Storage Networking Industry Association,
Sys Admin magazine,
Toyota Technical Center USA, and
U.S. Army Research Office.
We thank them for their help in
offsetting the financial costs of these events and
contributing to their success.
the Tenth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing
was held September 26-October 1, 2004,
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Prof. Zygmunt J. Haas (Cornell University) served as General Chair, and
Prof. Samir R. Das (Stony Brook University, SUNY) and
Dr. Ravi Jain (DoCoMo USA Labs)
served as Program Co-Chairs.
The MobiCom conference covers all areas of mobile computing
and mobile and wireless networking at the link layer and above.
The MobiCom 2004 technical program featured
a keynote talk by Dr. Richard D. Gitlin
(Senior Research Vice President, retired,
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and
Vice President, Technology,
NEC Labs America, retired),
a second keynote talk by D. Raychaudhuri (WINLAB, Rutgers University),
an invited lunch talk
by Prof. Robert Gallager (Professor Emeritus, MIT)
by Dr. Masaki Yoshikawa
(Managing Director, Global Coordination Department,
NTT DoCoMo, Japan).
The conference included two days of tutorials
on September 26-27:
MobiCom 2004 also included five full-day workshops on October 1:
- Evolution of IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs:
QoS, Security, Mobility, and Emerging Standard Perspectives (full-day),
Prof. Sunghyun Choi (Seoul National University)
and Dr. Anand Balachandran (Intel Research).
- New Methods for Analyzing Wireless and Sensor Networks:
Capacity, Architecture, Information Theory, and Protocols (half-day),
Prof. P. R. Kumar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Power-Efficient Protocols for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks (full-day),
Prof. Marwan M. Krunz (University of Arizona) and
Dr. Sung-Ju Lee (Hewlett Packard Laboratories).
- Sensor Networks: Hardware, Software, and Applications (half-day),
Dr. Kris Pister (Founder and CTO, Dust Networks).
MobiCom 2005 will be held
August 28-September 2, 2005, in Cologne, Germany.
The conference will take place in cooperation with the two
German professional computer science organizations
GI (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.,
The Society for Computer Science) and
ITG (Informationstechnische Gesellschaft im VDE,
The Information Technology Society).
- DIALM-POMC 2004: The 2004 Joint Workshop on Foundations
of Mobile Computing.
- VANET 2004: The First ACM Workshop on Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks.
- WiSe 2004: The Third ACM International Workshop on Wireless Security.
- WMash 2004: The Second ACM International Workshop on Wireless
Mobile Applications and Services on WLAN Hotspots.
- MobiWac 2004: The ACM International Workshop on Mobility Management
and Wireless Access Protocols.
the Sixth ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc
Networking and Computing,
was held May 25-28, 2005, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA,
on campus at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Prof. P. R. Kumar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
served as General Chair, and
Prof. Andrew T. Campbell (Columbia University)
and Prof. Roger Wattenhofer (ETH Zurich)
served as Program Co-Chairs.
The MobiHoc conference addresses the
challenges emerging from wireless ad hoc networking and computing,
with the focus being on issues at and above the MAC layer.
The MobiHoc 2005 technical program featured
a keynote talk by Prof. David E. Culler
(University of California, Berkeley),
and included two half-day tutorials:
MobiHoc 2006 is being planned for
May 22-25, 2006, in Florence, Italy.
- Cross-Layer Design for Multi-hop Wireless Networks:
A Loose-Coupling Perspective (half-day),
Prof. Ness B. Shroff (Purdue University).
- Algorithm and Graph Issues in Wireless Ad-hoc
and Sensor Networks (half-day),
Prof. Xiang-Yang Li (Illinois Institute of Technology).
The Third International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications,
and Services, was held June 6-8, 2005, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Prof. Kang G. Shin (University of Michigan) served as General Chair,
and Prof. David Kotz (Dartmouth College)
and Prof. Brian Noble (University of Michigan)
served as Program Co-Chairs.
The MobiSys conference addresses broad systems research issues
in mobile computing and mobile networking,
particularly valuing the practical experience
gained from designing, building, and using mobile systems,
applications, and services.
MobiSys is jointly sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE and The USENIX Association,
with actual financial sponsorship and organization
alternating yearly between the two organizations;
USENIX provided sponsorship for MobiSys 2005,
and SIGMOBILE will sponsor MobiSys 2006.
The MobiSys 2005 technical program featured
a keynote talk by Dr. Rick Rashid
(Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research),
and another invited talk by
Dr. Alfred Spector (Vice President of Software, IBM Research).
The conference also included two full-day workshops
on June 5:
MobiSys 2006 is being planned for June 19-22, 2006,
in Uppsala, Sweden.
- EESR 2005:
Workshop on End-to-End, Sense-and-Respond Systems, Applications, and Services.
- WiTMeMo 2005:
International Workshop on Wireless Traffic Measurements and Modeling.
SenSys 2004, the Second ACM Conference on Embedded Networked
was held November 3-5, 2004, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Prof. John A. Stankovic (University of Virginia) served as General Chair,
and Prof. Anish Arora (Ohio State University) and
Prof. Ramesh Govindan (University of Southern California)
served as Program Co-Chairs.
The SenSys conference focuses on systems issues
in the emerging area of embedded, networked sensors,
spanning multiple disciplines,
including wireless communication, networking, operating systems,
architecture, low-power circuits, distributed algorithms,
data processing, scheduling, sensors, energy harvesting,
and signal processing.
SenSys is co-sponsored by SIGMOBILE together with
SIGCOMM, SIGARCH, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, and SIGBED.
The SenSys 2004 technical program featured two invited talks,
one by Prof. P. R. Kumar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
and another by Prof. Jim Kurose (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
Also this year,
working with others,
we finalized the Bylaws for the SenSys Steering Committee.
SenSys 2005 will be held November 2-4, 2005,
in San Diego, California, USA.
Beyond our own conferences and workshops,
SIGMOBILE was in-cooperation with 11 other conferences and workshops
during this past year (July 2004 through June 2005):
Several of the workshops started and sponsored by SIGMOBILE over the years
have gone on to become full-fledged conferences and symposiums.
the MobiHoc conference was first started as a workshop at MobiCom 2000.
Beginning in 2001, it became an annual two-day (now three-day)
symposium sponsored by SIGMOBILE
(the ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc
Networking and Computing).
WoWMoM, the ACM International Workshop on Wireless Mobile Multimedia,
was originally held as a workshop annually at MobiCom in 1998 through 2002.
Held next in June 2005,
WoWMoM become a three-day symposium
sponsored by IEEE Computer Society
(the IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless,
Mobile and Multimedia Networks).
MSWiM, the ACM International Workshop on Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation
of Wireless and Mobile Systems,
was originally held as a workshop annually at MobiCom in 1999 through 2003.
Held next in October 2004,
MSWiM became a three-day symposium
sponsored by ACM SIGSIM,
and for 2005, MSWiM is also co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society
(the ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis
and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems).
- The First Annual International Conference on Mobile
and Ubiquitous Systems: Networking and Services (MobiQuitous 2004),
Boston, Massachusetts, USA,
August 22-26, 2004.
- The First International Conference on Quality of Service
in Heterogeneous Wired/Wireless Networks (QShine 2004),
Dallas, Texas, USA,
October 18-20, 2004.
- The First Annual International Conference on
Broadband Networks (BroadNets 2004),
San Jose, California, USA,
October 25-29, 2004.
- The Third International Conference on Mobile
and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM2004),
College Park, Maryland, USA,
October 27-29, 2004.
- The Eighth IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC 2004),
Arlington, Virginia, USA,
October 31-November 3, 2004.
- The Third Asian International Mobile Computing Conference (AMOC 2004),
December 2-3, 2004.
- The Sixth IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems
and Applications (WMCSA 2004),
English Lake District, UK,
December 2-3, 2004.
- The 18th International Conference on Architecture
of Computing Systems (ARCS 2005),
March 14-17, 2005.
- The 2005 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium (WTS 2005),
Pomona, California, USA,
April 28-30, 2005.
- The Sixth International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM 2005),
Ayia Napa, Cyprus,
May 9-13, 2005.
- The 15th International Workshop on Network and Operating Systems
Support for Digital Audio and Video (NOSSDAV 2005),
Skamania, Washington, USA,
June 12-14, 2005.
SIGMOBILE produces a large number of publications
and is a major contributor of content to the ACM Digital Library.
include conference proceedings for MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, and SenSys;
proceedings for each of the workshops co-located with our conferences;
and Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R),
SIGMOBILE's journal for our members.
SIGMOBILE also maintains an extensive web site at
including information about SIGMOBILE and its activities,
and information about membership in SIGMOBILE.
MC2R serves both as a newsletter,
keeping SIGMOBILE members informed,
and as a scientific journal,
publishing high-quality peer-reviewed research papers on
mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking;
MC2R publishes articles that provide a balance between
state-of-the-art research and practice.
In addition to publishing original research papers,
MC2R provides regular features on the status of major international
standards in mobile computing and communications
(e.g., IETF, ITU, ISO, and IEEE),
articles on the health aspects of wireless communication,
bibliographies of recent publications in other journals
and technical reports,
paper and book reviews, workshop and conference reports,
calls for papers,
information on research groups from throughout the world,
and general news in the field.
In addition to Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Mani Srivastava (University of California, Los Angeles),
MC2R currently has two Associate Editors,
Dr. Sung-Ju Lee (Hewlett-Packard Laboratories) and
Prof. Raghupathy Sivakumar (Georgia Institute of Technology),
and a group of outstanding Area Editors who are all recognized
experts in the field.
MC2R achieves a fast turn-around time,
generally less than 6 months between submission and publication,
and all submissions and reviewing for MC2R are handled electronically.
MC2R is published quarterly and sent to SIGMOBILE members;
it is also available through ACM's Digital Library.
In addition, MC2R content is indexed in IEE INSPEC,
the leading English-language bibliographic information service
providing access to the world's scientific and technical literature
in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications,
control engineering, computers, computing, information technology,
manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering.
INSPEC contains over eight million references cataloged since 1969.
Indexing in INSPEC makes the content in MC2R more accessible
and increases the impact of SIGMOBILE's journal.
Over the past year,
MC2R published four quarterly issues
(volume 8 numbers 3-4, and volume 9 numbers 1-2),
with an average of 76 pages per issue.
These four issues included a total of 31 peer-reviewed research papers
from authors around the world,
together with a number of general articles and features.
Furthermore, this year,
we have started a monthly e-mail newsletter (E-News)
for SIGMOBILE members.
This electronic newsletter,
edited by our new Information Director Dr. Robert Steele
(University of Technology, Sydney),
includes SIGMOBILE announcements,
pointers to relevant mainstream news articles
of interest to SIGMOBILE members,
a calendar of upcoming events of interest to our members,
and pointers to developer news for active developers
in the area of mobile computing and wireless networking.
In March, SIGMOBILE started a new Local Chapters program.
SIGMOBILE Professional and Student Chapters continue the work of
SIGMOBILE within their local regions by bringing together individuals
with an interest in mobile systems, users, data, and computing.
The Chapters consist of students and professionals from
academia, industry, and government.
We currently have two Local Chapters fully approved and operating:
These two international Chapters extend the reach of SIGMOBILE and
further emphasize SIGMOBILE as a truly global organization.
- Nanyang Technological University Student Chapter:
This SIGMOBILE Student Chapter is organized in Singapore
within the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ACM club.
The Chair of this Chapter is Nikhil Khandelwal.
- Sydney Professional Chapter:
This SIGMOBILE Professional Chapter is organized in Sydney, Australia.
The Chair of this Chapter is Dr. Robert Steele.
We encourage interested groups
to form a SIGMOBILE chapter in their local
community, school, city, or region.
For details about the procedures and benefits for
forming a Local SIGMOBILE Chapter,
SIGMOBILE's membership continues to grow steadily,
and we enjoy very high retention rate among our current members.
Despite many challenges in the economy
causing some to be more selective with their SIG memberships,
and at a time when SIG memberships across ACM
have in general been declining,
SIGMOBILE has continued to grow and do well.
In the past few years,
we have tried to better define the benefits of SIGMOBILE membership
and to make those in our community aware of SIGMOBILE.
We believe this has been paying off,
and we continue to look for ways to enhance our member benefits,
such as our new e-mail E-News letter,
and to improve our publicity in the mobile computing and
mobile networking community.
The 2004 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award was presented
at MobiCom 2004 to Prof. Andy Hopper
(Professor of Computer Technology and Head of the Computer Laboratory,
the University of Cambridge),
"For pioneering new areas of research in wireless and mobile computing,
driven by a unique blend of innovative academic research and
recognition of its commercial potential".
The Outstanding Contribution Award is given by SIGMOBILE to
recognize an individual who has made a significant and lasting
contribution to the research on mobile computing and communications
and wireless networking;
the contribution can be a single event or a lifetime of achievement.
The MobiCom 2004 Best Student Paper Award was presented to
Ricardo A. Baratto, Shaya Potter, Gong Su, and Jason Nieh
for their paper "MobiDesk: Mobile Virtual Desktop Computing".
Each year, the MobiCom Technical Program Committee chooses the best
paper with a student as the primary author from among all papers
submitted to the conference that year.
Also at MobiCom 2004,
the Best Presentation Award was presented to
Thomas Moscibroda (ETH Zurich),
for his presentation of his paper
"Initializing Newly Deployed Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks".
The paper was coauthored
together with Fabian Kuhn and Roger Wattenhofer.
This was a new award this year initiated by the MobiCom 2004 Program Chairs.
The MobiSys 2005 Best Paper Award was presented to
and Mandayam Raghunath
(IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
for their paper "Reincarnating PCs with Portable SoulPads".
Each year, the MobiSys Technical Program Committee chooses the best
paper from among all papers submitted to the conference that year.
VII. Future Challenges
Our fund balance,
although it continues to grow,
is currently less than the minimum fund balance
that ACM requires for us.
SIGMOBILE's membership is strong and growing,
and our conferences are both technically and financially successful,
but we continue to work to overcome
the combination of two problems in this area.
First, we had a significant loss for MobiCom 2002,
the fund balance requirements for all SIGs are currently increasing.
we have been more conservative in budgeting our recent conferences
and are being careful with expenses.
The field of mobile computing and mobile networking
conferences and workshops has become increasingly crowded recently,
with many new events starting in the last year or two,
many of which technically compete directly with SIGMOBILE events.
We need to maintain the reputation of our conferences and workshops
as the premier events in this area.
we are concerned about the number of these other new events
requesting in-cooperation status with SIGMOBILE.
We want to be careful which events we lend our name
and reputation to in this way,
and we are continuing to very carefully consider each of these requests
on a case-by-case basis.
The acceptance rate for papers submitted to our own conferences
remains very low,
typically less than 10% in recent years of MobiCom and MobiHoc.
This low acceptance rate demonstrates that the reviewing is highly selective,
in general increasing the prestige of the conference,
but it creates problems by making it hard for authors to get papers published,
particularly discouraging students and new faculty members
who may feel more pressure to publish.
As an experiment this year, MobiHoc used a mostly double-track format,
accepting 40 papers rather than the 24 papers accepted last year.
The results from this experiment were mixed,
with some attendees saying they prefer the traditional single-track format.
We will continue to consider this and other ways to accept more papers without
affecting the quality of our conferences.
SIGMOBILE is in a strong position now and for the future.
We have been very successful in past years,
and we continue this year to be in an excellent position for future
success and growth.
Our conferences are strong and have substantial
impact and recognition in the community and in the
popular and technical press.
Our membership continues to grow,
and we have a very high retention rate among our current members.
We are truly an international organization,
holding our conferences in locations around the world,
attracting and retaining a worldwide membership,
and now with a further international presence in our Local Chapters program.
We have a newly elected Executive Committee that is
passionate about continuing and improving on the
successes of the past,
and we look forward with great excitement to further success
for SIGMOBILE in the future.