SIGMOBILE FY'12 Annual Report
July 2011 – July 2012
Submitted by: Roy Want, SIGMOBILE Chair
In 2012 mobile computing
continues to be one of the fastest growing and exciting areas of computer
science. Engaging with the mobile industry and mobile academic research
community, SIGMOBILE is the ACM Special Interest Group on the Mobility of
Systems, Users, Data, and Computing. Its scope includes all aspects of mobile
computing and communications, such as mobile systems and applications, wireless
networking protocols and algorithms, and mobile information access and
management. SIGMOBILE has healthy finances, is well respected, and supports successful
conferences, workshops, and publications. These are all valuable services for
its members and the community, resulting in a strong, vibrant SIG, with significant
membership. In Fall 2011, SIGMOBILE underwent its four-year viability review,
and passed successfully allowing it to continue for another 4 years.
The current elected officers in SIGMOBILE’s Executive Committee
- Chair: Dr. Roy Want (Google
- Vice Chair: Prof. Robert Steele
(University of Sydney, Australia);
- Secretary: Prof. Ramesh Govindan
(University of Southern California, USA); and
- Treasurer: Prof. Lili Qiu
(University of Texas at Austin, USA).
This is the third year the Executive Committee has served since
the 2009 elections, and includes the Past Chair, Prof. David B. Johnson
(Rice University, USA).
SIGMOBILE’s leadership has four committee appointed positions:
Editor-in-Chief (EIC) for SIGMOBILE's journal/newsletter for our
members (Mobile Computing and Communications Review or MC2R), Prof.
Suman Banerjee (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)
Information Director Prof. Robert Steele (University
of Sydney, Australia),
Digital Library Coordinator: Dr. Guanling Chen
(University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA),
Outstanding Contribution Award Committee Chair: Edward W. Knightly
(Rice University, USA)
Mobility Tech Pack: Released December 2011
In early 2011, at the request of
the ACM publishing group we started working on a Mobility Tech Pack with a view
to making it available by 2012. ACM Tech Packs are “innovative learning
packages by subject experts for serious computing professionals”, basically an
annotated reading list of the most useful papers for students or professionals
wanting to enter the field, or refresh their knowledge about the latest
significant publications in the area. We are pleased to announce that in
December 2011 the Mobility Tech Pack was released on the ACM website and can be
found at http://techpack.acm.org/mobility/. In January 2012, additional
supporting materials were added, providing a podcast interview, with
transcript, given by the SIGMOBILE Chair, and collateral materials such as notable
mobile websites, blogs, videos and other related mobile computing references.
New Learning Webinar Series
SIGMOBILE helped to launch ACM’s
new Learning Webinar series, when on January 26, 2012, David B. Johnson,
SIGMOBILE’s Past Chair, served as the moderator for the pilot webinar in the
series. This webinar, entitled “The Cloud in Your Hands: Marriage of Cloud
Computing with Smart Devices,” was presented by Arjmand Samuel and Danny Dalal
of Microsoft Research. Designed for IT managers and developers, this session
provided an introduction to the new world of cloud-enabled mobile computing. There
were more than 4700 registrations for this pilot webinar, 816 live attendees,
and over 956 on-demand attendees. The ACM Learning Webinars are provided as a
part of ACM’s Learning Center.
SIGMOBILE RockStar Award
The SIGMOBILE RockStar award recognizes an individual who has made
recent outstanding research or product contributions to the field of mobile
computing during the early part of his or her career.
Award Criterion: The SIGMOBILE
RockStar Award recognizes one or more recent technical contribution(s) made in
the early part of a mobile computing researcher's career, resulting
in notable influence on our field. Early career for an individual is defined as
within 10 years of receiving their highest university degree, while being
younger than 40 years of age at the time of the nomination.
Selection is based on the impact of the candidate's work in
creating promising new ideas, paradigms, and tools, related to mobile
computing. Depth, impact, and novelty of the individual's contributions
will be key criteria upon which the RockStar Award Committee (RAC) will
evaluate the nominees.
Nomination Process: Following
an open call for nominations, nominations should be addressed to the chair of the
RockStar Awards Committee. The nominator should solicit recommendations from
colleagues in the field who are most familiar with the nominee's achievements.
Each nomination should consist of the following items:
Name, phone number, and email address of the person making the
Curriculum vitae of the nominee, including name, phone number and
A brief citation, no more than 150 words long.
A statement, no more than 500 words long, on why the candidate
deserves the award.
Minimum of three and maximum of five supporting letters from
individuals who endorse the nomination. The recommender should identify the
rationale for the nomination and by what means they know of the nominee's work.
Endorsement letters may be sent in the form of emails and should not be more
than 400 words.
nominations will be reviewed by the RockStar selection committee:
Self-nominations will not be accepted.
The nominee need not be a member of SIGMOBILE, but the nominator
must be a member of SIGMOBILE
Officers of SIGMOBILE and members of the RAC are not eligible for
The nominator and endorsers may not serve on the selection
Nominations that did not result in an award can be resubmitted and
updated in later years.
Previous recipients are not eligible for future nominations.
Selection Committee: The RockStar Award Committee will
have 9 members, including winners from the past 5 years, a RAC Chair and three
senior community leaders appointed by the RAC Chair. The RAC Chair will be
appointed, or reappointed, by the ACM SIGMOBILE Chair as appropriate to maintain
a healthy functioning of the RockStar award process. In the first few
years of the award the SIGMOBILE Executive Committee will fill in the role of
past winners. On reaching steady state, each member will serve a 3-year
Recognition: The award
will be presented annually at one of SIGMOBILE’s conferences during the ensuing
year following selection of a winning nomination. The RAC reserves the right
not to make an award if a suitable candidate has not been found in that year.
An announcement including the citation and bio of the winner will be
distributed on SIGMOBILE’s mailing list. The winner will be invited to
deliver a presentation on the topic of his or her choice at a SIGMOBILE event,
where he or she will receive a custom-made trophy/plaque, a permanent
acknowledgement with citation on SIGMOBILE’s web page, a monetary award of
similar value to the OCA (funded by the strong SIGMOBILE fund balance, and will
be included in the annual budget planning), and well-deserved bragging rights.
for the Mobile Computing Research Community
In 2011-12, SIGMOBILE has provided sponsorship in the form of financial
support for three programs in the mobile computing research community:
Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth (CRAWDAD) continues to be a
thriving resource for the SIGMOBILE community. At the end of July 2012 it
contains 83 datasets, each containing one or more traces for wireless networks
or mobile users; and 23 tools, many of which are designed to help researchers
work with these datasets. There were 13 new datasets released since the last
report, and there are currently 4 datasets in pipeline for publication. There
are over 4,200 users from 88 countries around the world -- 11 new countries
since last year's report! CRAWDAD continues to be increasingly popular,
with more than 1,000 new users registering within the past year. Although the
primary archive is at Dartmouth, the CRAWDAD site and data are mirrored on
servers located in the UK and Australia, to guarantee uninterrupted service and
fast downloads to users all around the world.
CRAWDAD data has supported over 700 papers in the field, and continues to be
the go-to place for authors wishing to share data they've collected, or to
obtain data they can use for testing their system prototypes and algorithms.
SIGMOBILE funding makes it possible for the CRAWDAD project to retain a
technical staff person (part time) to add new data sets, maintain the site, and
develop new features.
This year, CRAWDAD's NSF support ended; SIGCOMM has joined SIGMOBILE in keeping
Networking Networking Women (N2 Women) is a
discipline-specific community for researchers in the communications and
networking research fields. The main goal of N2 Women is to foster connections among
the under-represented women in computer networking, and related research fields.
N2 Women allows women to connect with other women who share the same research interests,
who attend the same conferences, who face the same career hurdles, and who experience
the same obstacles. To assist in its networking goals, N2 Women has an email
list for the group: N2Women@acm.org; currently there are over 580 members.
is an ACM SIGMOBILE program that has been financially supported by SIGMOBILE Microsoft
Research, HP Labs, NSF, and CRA-W. In the past year, funds from SIGMOBILE were used
for the N2 Women Student Fellowship program. A student applies for a Fellowship
and, if selected, N2 Women partially covers the student's travel cost (up to
$500) to a conference where an N2 Women event will be held. In exchange, the
student must help organize the N2 Women meeting. The benefit of engaging in the
organization, in addition to the travel funds, is for the student to connect
with the organizers of the conference who are, typically, leaders in the
research field. The organization also arranges for a senior member of N2 Women
to assist/mentor the student in this task.
During the past year (July 1st 2011 to June 30th, 2012), there have been eight
N2 Women Student Fellowships with organized N2 Women events at the following
Ouldooz Baghban Karimi, Simon Fraser University, Canada (SIGCOMM
Mikie Han, UT Austin (MobiCom 2011)
Soudeh Ghorbani, UIUC (SenSys 2011)
Aakanksha Chowdhery, Stanford University (Globecom 2011)
Yanyang Zhuang, University of Victoria, Canada (Infocom 2012)
Sanorita Dey, University of South Carolina (MobiHoc 2012)
Zahra Ahmadian, Winnie Ye, Melike Erol-Kantarci, Yujin Li (ICC
Jingyao Zhang, Virginia Tech (SECON 2012)
to support from SIGMOBILE, N2 Women held the 2nd Networking Networking Women
Workshop on March 25, 2012 in conjunction with Infocom in Orlando, Florida. The
breakdown of the 65 female attendees was as follows: 47 students (72%), 13
faculty (20%), and 5 researchers from industrial/government labs (8%). Overall,
there were 40 institutions represented by the attendees. Participants came from
all over the US and from as far away as China, with the following countries
represented: United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, Pakistan,
In all N2 Women announcements, SIGMOBILE (and other sponsors of N2
Women) are thanked.
Further details of N2 Women are available at:
ACM-W: In 2012, SIGMOBILE continues to sponsor ACM-W (ACM’s Women in
Computing organization). “ACM-W's
mission is to celebrate, inform and support women in computing, and work with
the ACM-W community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy
makers to improve working and learning environments for women.” This is an
organization that the Executive Committee (EC) whole-heartedly supports. Women in
CS education can request sponsorship for SIGMOBILE conferences, and the EC will
provide sponsorship for travel and registration.
Conferences and Workshops
SIGMOBILE currently sponsors or co-sponsors five annual
conferences, all recognized as the premier conferences and focus areas within
- MobiCom: The Annual
International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, covers all
areas of mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking at the link
layer and above. MobiCom has been held every year since 1995.
- MobiHoc: The ACM
International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing,
addresses the challenges emerging from wireless ad hoc networking and
computing, with the focus being on issues at and above the MAC layer.
MobiHoc has been held every year since 2000.
- MobiSys: The International
Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, 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
has been held every year since 2003.
- SenSys: The ACM
Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, 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 has been held every year since 2003.
- Ubicomp: The International
Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, addresses the interdisciplinary field
of ubiquitous computing, which utilizes and integrates pervasive,
wireless, embedded, wearable and/or mobile technologies to bridge the gap
between the digital and physical worlds. Ubicomp has been held every year since
1999, and SIGMOBILE began sponsoring it in 2009.
MobiCom 2011, the
17th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking was
held at the Mirage Hotel, September 19th-23rd, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada,
Ramanathan (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA) served
as General Chair, and Thyaga Nandagopal (Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent,
USA) and Brian Levine (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA) served as the Program Co-Chairs.
The technical program featured two plenary speakers: On the first
Gadh (Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA)
presented on the UCLA project “SmartGRID”, and on the last day, Farnam Jahanian
(University of Michigan, NSF) presented, “Innovating for Society: Realizing the Promise and Potential of
Computing”. The MobiCom 2011 program also included two days of workshops:
On Monday, September 19th:
And Friday, September 23rd:
- The Sixth
Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS 2011) (CFP)
Eight ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Inter-NETworking (VANET 2011)
MobiCom 2012 will be held August
22nd-26th, at the Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey.
MobiHoc 2011, the 12th International
Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking was held in Paris, France from
May 16-19th, 2011. The MobiHoc 2011 General Chair was Philippe Jacquet, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, France),
and the Program Co-Chairs were: Konstantina
(Dina) Papagiannaki (Intel Labs Pittsburgh, USA), Devavrat Shah, (MIT,
The technical program featured an
opening keynote talk,
“Sense and Sensibility for Mobile Networks” by Prof. Hari Balakrishnan, at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), and on the second day Prof. Jean Walrand (UC
Berkeley), presented “Distributed Wireless Protocols: A Review”. The MobiHoc 2011 program also
included a day of workshops, and tutorials:
There were two international workshops on Monday, May 16th:
Tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Networking
Pervasive Wireless Healthcare
Accompanied by two Tutorials:
(AM) “Random Matrix Theory for Wireless Communication”, by
(PM) “Designing Ad Hoc Networking with Application Constraints”,
by Christophe Guettier.
MobiHoc 2012 is reported below; when it
changed its annual event from Sept 2010, to May 2011 it pushed both events (2011
& 2012) into the July 2011-2012 report.
MobiHoc 2012, the 13th
International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking was held Hilton
Head Island, South Carolina, USA from June 11-14th, 2012. The
MobiHoc 2012 General Chair was Asis Nasipuri (North Carolina at Charlotte); and the
Program Co-Chairs were Yih-Chun Hu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Sanjay
Shakkottai (University of Texas at Austin, USA).
The conference provided two keynotes: On day
one, Prof. Edward Knightly presented a keynote: “Urban-Scale Wireless Networks
in Unlicensed sub-GHz Bands”; and on day two, Prof. Nitin Viadya presented on
the topic of “Resilient Distributed Consensus”.
The MobiHoc Program featured four workshops
on Monday, June 11th:
W1: Airborne Networks and Communications Emerging
W2: Emerging Name-Oriented
Mobile Networking Design: Architecture, Algorithms, and Applications.
W3: The 2nd Int. Workshop on Pervasive Wireless
W4: 1st Int. Workshop on Sensor-Enhanced Safety and
Security in Public Spaces (SESP 2012)
One Wednesday June 13th, a
Networking Networking Women (N2Women) meeting was held as a Luncheon.
The MobiHoc 2013 conference is currently
being planned, but at this time no details are available.
MobiSys 2012, the
10th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services,
was held June 25th – 29th, 2012, in Low Wood Bay, The Lake
District, United Kingdom, in-cooperation with SIGOPS. Prof. Nigel Davies (Lancaster University, UK) served as the General Chair,
and Prof. Srinivasan Seshan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) and Prof.
Lin Zhong (Rice University, USA) served as the
2011 technical program began with a keynote talk by Dr. Paul Jones, who is the National Heath
Service (NHS) Chief Technology Officer and is responsible for the Technology
Office in the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, and presented
“Mobile Health Challenges”. Paul described the challenges of introducing mobile
technology into one of the largest organizations in the world, with an annual
budget of 110 billion pounds (taxation funded).
The MobiSys program also featured 4 workshops and a PhD Forum on Monday,
June 25th, and a fifth workshop on Friday, June 29th:
W1: VANET 2012 - The 9th International Workshop on VehiculAr
Inter-NETworking, Systems, and Applications
W2: HotPlanet 2012: The 4th International Workshop on Hot Topics
in Planet Scale Measurement
W3: 1st ACM Workshop on Mobile systems for
Computational Social Science
W4: MCS 2012: The 3rd International Workshop on Mobile Cloud Computing &
PhD Forum on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services
Next generation mobile computing for dynamic personalized travel
MobiSys 2013 is being planned for June 2013 in the Taipei, Taiwan.
The General Co-Chairs will be Prof. Hao Hua Chu and Prof. Polly Huang both from the
National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and Program
Co-chairs: Dr. Feng Zhao (Microsoft Research, China) and Prof. Romit Roy
Choudhury (Duke University, USA)
SenSys 2011, the 9th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor
Systems, was held November 1-4, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, USA. Jie Liu (Microsoft
Research, USA) served as the General Chair, and Philip Levis (Stanford University, USA), Kay
Romer (University of Luebeck, Germany) served
as the Program Co-Chairs. SenSys is co-sponsored by SIGMOBILE and SIGCOMM (30%
each); and SIGARCH, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, and SIGBED (10% each) and the NSF.
A keynote presentation by Michel
M. Maharbiz (EECS, UC Berkeley, USA) was given
on the opening day “Cyborg
beetles: building interfaces between the synthetic and the multicellular".
There were three workshops and a Doctoral Colloquium held
on Monday, 1st November.
- W1: BuildSys'11: The 3rd ACM Workshop on
Embedded Sensing Systems for Energy Efficiency in Buildings
- W2: PhoneSense’11: The 2nd International
Workshop on Sensing Applications on Mobile Phones
- W3: mHealthSys: International
Workshop on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services for Healthcare
- Doctoral Colloquium 2011: a forum to
provide a friendly, supportive, and constructive atmosphere where PhD
students can present their research-in-progress for an open discussion,
guided by a panel of experienced researchers and practitioners.
In addition, the SenSys 2011 program included an N2 Women Event on
Wednesday, November 2nd.
SenSys 2012 will be held November 6-9th,
2012, in Toronto Canada. General Chair: Rasit
Eskicioglu (University of Manitoba); Program Co-Chairs: Andrew T. Campbell (Dartmouth College)
Koen Langendoen (Delft University of Technology).
Ubicomp 2011, the 13th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
was held September 17th-21st, 2011, in Beijing, China, and
co-sponsored with SIGCHI. James Landay (University of Washington, USA &
Microsoft Research Asia, China), and Yuanchun Shi (Tsinghua University, China),
served as the General Co-Chairs. Don Patterson (University of California Irvine,
USA), Yvonne Rogers (University College London, UK), and Xing Xie (Microsoft
Research Asia, China) served as the Program Co-Chairs.
A keynote presentation launched the conference: Jan
Chipchase (Executive Creative Director of Global Insights at Frog design)
presented “Uberrima Fides”. Jan used the
keynote to explore the impact of technologies past, present and future and
outline the skills required to build the next generation of tech.
Ubicomp’11 also supported a Doctoral
Colloquium (Saturday, 17th September) along with 12 all-day
workshops on Sunday, 18th September (note W7 & W8 were cancelled
in the list below):
- W01: 2nd Int. Workshop on
Ubiquitous Crowdsourcing: Towards a Platform for Crowd Computing
- W02: Mobile Sensing: Challenges,
Opportunities and Future Directions
- W03: Workshop on 'Research in the
Large'; Using App Stores, Wide Distribution Channels & Big Data in
- W04: The 1st International Workshop on
Mobile Location-Based Service (MLBS)
- W05: Int. Workshop on Networking and
Object Memories for the Internet of Things (NOMe-IoT 2011)
- W06: Casemans 2011: The 5th Int. Workshop
on Context-Awareness for Self-Managing Systems
- W09: The 1st International Symposium on
Social and Community Intelligence (SCI-11)
- W10: PETMEI 2011: 1st International
Workshop on Pervasive Eye Tracking and Mobile Eye-Based Interaction
- W11: The Role of Design in UbiComp
Research and Practice
- W12: International Workshop on
Situation, Activity and Goal Awareness (SAGAware2011)
- W13: Ubiquitous Affective Awareness and
- W14: Trajectory Data Mining and Analysis
2012 will be held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, on September 5th-8th
2012. The General Chair is Anind K. Dey (Carnegie Mellon University,
USA), and the Program Co-Chairs are Hao-Hua Chu (National Taiwan
University, Taiwan), and Gillian Hayes
(University of California, Irvine, USA)
In addition to the conferences and co-located
workshops above, SIGMOBILE also sponsors the HotMobile workshop (previously
known as WMCSA) as a stand-alone event, not co-located with a conference. The
HotMobile workshop series focuses on mobile applications, systems, and
environments, as well as their underlying state-of-the-art technologies, in a
small workshop format that makes it ideal for presenting and discussing new
directions or controversial approaches. The Executive Committee encourages the
MobiCom Program Committee meeting be collocated with HotMobile to ensure a
representative selection of senior researchers attend the event. This workshop
was previously sponsored each year by the IEEE Computer Society, but has been
sponsored instead by ACM SIGMOBILE since HotMobile 2008.
HotMobile 2012, the
13th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications,
was held February 28-29th, San Diego, California, USA. Prof. Gaetano Borriello
(University of Washington, USA) served as the General
Chair, and Rajesh Krishna Balan (Singapore Management University, SG)
served as the Program Chair. The HotMobile 2012 technical program featured a
keynote by Mr. Robert Gilmore (Vice President, Engineering, QUALCOMM, Inc) entitled,
“Your Life on a Smartphone”.
HotMobile 2012 also included a Doctoral
Consortium mixed in with the sessions on the first day, providing feedback on
students' current research and guidance on future research directions, offering
each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and
students outside their own institution, and promoting the development of a supportive
community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research. The MobiSys 2012
program committee meeting was held the day following HotMobile to encourage
participating senior researchers to attend HotMobile, widen the discussions,
and support the Doctoral Consortium.
HotMobile 2013 will be held February 26-27th, 2013, in Jekyll
Island, Georgia, USA. The General Chair is Sharad Agarwal (Microsoft Research,
USA), and the Program Chair is Alexander Varshavasky (AT&T Labs, USA).
also sponsored the following high-value events over the last year. These are
annual decisions and sponsorship one year does not guarantee support in a
following year. If the standard remains high, SIGMOBILE is likely to continue
with its support.
MobiOpp 2012: The 3rd Int. Workshop on Mobile
Opportunistic Networking (ACM MobiOpp 2012), Zurich Switzerland, 15-16 March
FOMC 2011: The Seventh International Workshop on Foundations of
Mobile Computing, June 9th, 2011, San Jose, USA
WUWNet 2011: The Fifth ACM International Workshop on Underwater
Networks, December 1st-2nd 2011, Seattle,
Each year, SIGMOBILE is also
"in-cooperation" with a number of different events sponsored by other
organizations. Events offered "in-cooperation with" SIGMOBILE allow
its members to register at the same discounted rate as for members of other
sponsoring organizations for the event, providing a significant savings to
SIGMOBILE members. During this past year (July 2011 through June 2012),
SIGMOBILE was in-cooperation with the following events:
MobileHCI 2011: 13th International Conference on Human-Computer
Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. August 30th –
September 2nd, 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Wireless Health 2011, October 10-13th, 2011; UC San
Diego Campus, La Jolla, CA, USA.
MobiHeld 2011: 3rd ACM Workshop on Networking, Systems
and Applications on Mobile Handhelds, Oct 23rd, 2011, Cascais,
ACWR’11, First International Conference
on Wireless Technologies for Humanitarian Relief, December
19-21st, 2011, Amrita University Campus, India.
COMSNETS’12: The 4th International Conference on
COMmunication Systems and NETworkS: The Chancery Pavilion Hotel, Bangalore,
India, January 3rd-7thth, 2012
The 5th ACM Conference on Wireless Security: Tucson, Arizona, USA,
April 16-18th, 2012
2012: The Sixteenth Annual International Symposium on Wearable Computers:
Newcastle, UK, June 18-22nd, 2012
commitments are also in place for MobileHCI 2012, San Francisco, USA,
September, 21st-24th, 2012, DySPAN 2012, Bellevue, WA,
USA, October, 16th-19th, 2012, Wireless Health Oct 23rd-25th,
San Diego, California, USA, 2012 and COMSNETS 2013, Bangalore, India, January 7th-10th.
SIGMOBILE continues to be fortunate to
receive strong support for its conferences and workshops in the period July
2011-2012, from leading-edge companies and organizations from around the world.
This last year, the organizations that have contributed to SIGMOBILE
conferences and workshops, helping to ensure their success, include:
Alcatel-Lucent, APL, Aquasent, AT&T
Research, Autodesk, Disney Research, EDF, ETH Zurich, Euro-NF, Google Inc,
Hitachi, HP Labs, HTC, IBM Research, IGRS, LIX, Microsoft Research (MSR), National
Science Foundation of China, NEC, Nokia, NSF, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Opzoon,
, SAFRAN, Shanda Innovations, Institute TELECOM SudParis, Intel Labs, Telezone,
Technicolor, Teledyne Benthos, Toyota Technology Center USA, Tsinghua
University Qualcomm, University of Cambridge, Vivick.
As always, SIGMOBILE is sincerely grateful
for all contributions.
In addition to the proceedings
for each of the conferences and workshops that SIGMOBILE sponsors, SIGMOBILE
also publishes a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal/newsletter for SIGMOBILE
members, Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R). Others may
also subscribe to MC2R, and MC2R is available in the ACM Digital Library.
The Editor-in-Chief for MC2R is Prof. Suman
Banerjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA). The current Area Editors
for MC2R are Dr. Sharad Agarwal (Microsoft Research, USA), Prof.
Aditya Akella (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Prof. Christian
Bettstetter (University of Klagenfurt, Germany), Prof. Srdjan
Capkun (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland), Prof. Augustin Chaintreau
(Columbia University, USA), Prof. Eylem Ekici (Ohio State
University, USA), Dr. Michelle Gong (Intel, USA) , Prof. Marco
Gruteser (Rutgers University, USA), Prof. Prashant Krishnamurthy
(University of Pittsburgh, USA), Prof. Panos Papadimitratos (EPFL,
Switzerland), Prof. Andreas Terzis (Johns Hopkins University, USA),
Prof. Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan University of Science and
Technology, Egypt), and Prof. Lin Zhong (Rice University, USA).
MC2R publishes articles that provide a
balance between state-of-the-art research and practice, with a thorough
pre-publication review of every article by experts in the field. Beyond papers
reporting the latest research results in all areas related to SIGMOBILE's
scope, MC2R keeps the SIGMOBILE community apprised of relevant happenings in
the area, by providing regular features on the status of major international
mobile computing and communications standards, such as those from IETF, ITU,
ISO, and IEEE. The journal also provides a variety of additional resources,
such as bibliographies of recent publications in other journals, paper and book
reviews, workshop and conference reports, calls for papers, information on
research groups throughout the world, bibliographies and locations of technical
reports, and other general news in the field.
In addition, MC2R places a strong emphasis on
quick publication of interesting completed, or work-in-progress, technical
work; the average turnaround time for papers published in MC2R is about 6
months. Papers in MC2R are selected mainly from an ongoing open call for
papers, plus special sections based on conferences and workshops, occasional
special topic issues, and some invited papers. The acceptance rate for papers
submitted through the open call for papers is quite selective, remaining under
In the recent issues, the following are some
example articles that were published in the different categories described
above: (i) interviews (expert testimonies) of leading researchers in our field
conducted by graduate students at different universities, (ii) a survey of the
ongoing efforts in the IEEE 802.11ac and 802.11ad standards groups, (iii)
articles capturing experiences of different research groups in building
large-scale wireless test-beds, (iv) report on the student-run S3 workshop held
at MobiCom 2011, and (v) a comment on an approach to judge the quality of
different publication venues, e.g., conferences, workshops, and journals. In
addition, for peer-reviewed articles that have been published in these issues,
the editorial team has introduced a mechanism by which a summary of the reviews
are included, along with an author response to these reviews is published as a
companion to the final manuscript. This allows the publication to capture a
greater fraction of the dialogue between the authors and reviewers in realizing
the final version of the paper.
All aspects of the journal's operation are
run entirely by volunteers, including final assembly of each issue.
SIGMOBILE also publishes a
monthly E-Mail Newsletter for its members. This electronic newsletter was started
in 2004 and is edited by SIGMOBILE's Information Director, Prof. Robert Steele
(University of, Sydney, Australia). The newsletter 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.
As an additional resource for our members and the community,
SIGMOBILE maintains an extensive web site at http://www.sigmobile.org,
including information about SIGMOBILE and its activities, information about our
journal/newsletter MC2R, and information about membership in SIGMOBILE. This
web site also contains archived copies of most SIGMOBILE conference web sites,
including all previous years of MobiCom, MobiHoc, and MobiSys.
SIGMOBILE Social Media
During 2011-2012, SIGMOBILE has also furthered its social media
presence to support new forms of interactive communication with its community.
It has groups on LinkedIn and Facebook and has also created a new SIGMOBILE
There are currently three Local Chapters of SIGMOBILE chartered
with ACM – none were added this year:
- Nanyang Technological University Student
This is a Student Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized within the Nanyang
Technological University (NTU) ACM club in Singapore.
- Sydney Professional Chapter: This is a
Professional Chapter of SIGMOBILE, organized in Sydney, Australia.
- Taiwan Chapter: This
is a University Based Chapter organized by Institute
of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National I-lan University
Local Chapters provide a local
focus to activities related to the area of SIGMOBILE, including mobile
computing and wireless and mobile networking, and continue SIGMOBILE’s work
within their local regions.
We encourage interested groups around the
world to form a SIGMOBILE chapter in their local community, school, city, or
region. For details about the benefits and procedures for forming a Local
SIGMOBILE Chapter, see http://www.sigmobile.org/chapters/.
The SIG’s membership was 727 on June 30th 2012, exactly
the same number from the previous year, but with a different distribution of
student and professional memberships. The membership has spanned the 700-800
range for last 6 years, and for all time has been in the 437-872 range. SIGMOBILE
provides substantial benefits to our members, including:
quarterly journal, and newsletter "Mobile Computing and Communications
Review" (MC2R), which 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
monthly e-mail SIGMOBILE newsletter, including 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.
via the moderated, members-only email distribution list, keeping you
informed of the latest happenings in our field, such as conference Calls
for the lowest registration rates at conferences and workshops sponsored
by SIGMOBILE, and for the many events that are "in cooperation"
with SIGMOBILE. SIGMOBILE sponsors five conferences each year (MobiCom,
MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, and Ubicomp).
to share ideas, learn of new results and practices, network with
colleagues, and be active in a vibrant community of colleagues in all
areas of mobility of systems, users, data, and computing.
the Member Value Plus program, automatically receive a CDROM after each of
SIGMOBILE's five conferences, containing the full conference Proceedings.
In addition, SIGMOBILE provides additional benefits to the broader
community served by SIGMOBILE:
- Organization and sponsorship of five
annual conferences (MobiCom, MobiHoc, MobiSys, SenSys, and Ubicomp).
- Promotion of emerging new areas through
sponsorship of numerous workshops each year.
- An ACM Mobility Tech Pack edited by the
SIGMOBILE officers, providing an annotated reading list of the definitive
mobile research papers to date; thus enabling somebody new to the field to
rapidly come up to speed.
- The SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution
Award, given to recognize an individual who has made a significant and
lasting contribution to the research on mobile computing and
communications and wireless networking.
- The SIGMOBILE Distinguished Service
Award, given to recognize an individual who has made exceptional
contributions to ACM SIGMOBILE, its conferences, publications, or its
- The SIGMOBILE RockStar Award, recognizes
an individual who has made recent outstanding research, or product,
contributions to the field of mobile computing during the early part of
his, or her, career.
- Best paper awards are given at all five
of our sponsored conferences and presented each year.
- Support for students at SIGMOBILE
conferences and workshops, through reduced registration fees, student
travel awards for some conferences (with NSF support), and student poster
- The SIGMOBILE web site, including a
wealth of information for the community such as complete information on
SIGMOBILE conferences and workshops, a Ph.D. thesis collection, paper
formatting instructions for authors, reviewer guidelines, and a feedback
- SIGMOBILE also provides financial
support for mobile networking community programs such as CRAWDAD
(Community Resource for Archiving Wireless Data At Dartmouth) and N2 Women
(Networking Networking Women).
The SIGMOBILE Best Paper Awards
are given to the authors of the best paper from among all papers submitted to
the conference that year. Typically the conference Technical Program Committee
forms the Selection Committee for this award.
At MobiSys 2012, the Best
Paper Award was given to “ACE: Exploiting Correlation for Energy-Efficient and
Continuous Context Sensing” By Suman Nath from Microsoft Research"
At MobiCom 2011, the Best
Paper Award was presented for two papers: 1) “E-MiLi: Energy-Minimizing Idle
Listening in Wireless Networks”, Xinyu Zhang (University of Michigan-Ann
Arbor, USA) and Kang G. Shin (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA); 2) “Detecting
Driver Phone Use Leveraging Car Speakers”, Jie Yang (Stevens Institute of
Technology, USA), Simon Sdhom (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA), Gayathri
Chandrasekaran (Rutgers University, USA), Tam Vu (Stevens Institute of
Technology, USA), Hongbo Liu (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA), Nicolae
Cecan (Rutgers University, USA), Yingying Chen (Stevens Institute of
Technology, USA), Marco Gruteser (Rutgers University, USA), and Richard P.
Martin (Rutgers University, USA)
At MobiHoc 2011, the Best
Paper Award was given to “EM-MAC: A Dynamic Multichannel Energy-Efficient
MAC Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks”, Lei Tang (Rice University),
Yanjun Sun (Texas Instruments), Omer Gurewitz (Ben Gurion University), and
David B. Johnson (Rice University).
At MobiHoc 2012, the Best
Paper Award was presented to: “Serendipity: Enabling Remote Computing among
Intermittently Connected Mobile Devices”, Cong Shi, Vasileios Lakafosis, Mostafa
Ammar, and Ellen Zegura (Georgia Institute of Technology).
At SenSys 2011, the Best Paper Award went
A Hardware-Software Approach for Non-intrusive Tracing and Profiling of
Wireless Embedded Systems", by Matthew Tancreti, Mohammad Sajjad Hossain,
Saurabh Bagchi, and Vijay Raghunathan (Purdue University).
At Ubicomp 2011, the Best Paper Award was given to two
papers: 1) “Nurturing Natural Sensors”, by Stacey Kuznetsov, William Odom,
James Pierce, Eric Paulos; and “Haptic Reassurance in the Pitch Black for an
Immersive Theatre Experience”, by Janet van der Linden, Yvonne Rogers,
Maria Oshodi, Adam Spiers, David McGoran, Rafael Cronin, Paul O’Dowd.
This year SIGMOBILE did not award
the OCA, however a candidate has been chosen for the year 2012/13, and will be
announced at MobiCom Sept 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.
ACM Student Research Competition
Held at MobiCom 2011, organized
by Prof. Bechir Hamdaoui (Oregon State University), and sponsored by Microsoft
in collaboration with SIGMOBILE; the following awards were presented to
graduates for their research:
(Score: 157): “AirTrack:
Locating Non-WiFi Interferers using Commodity WiFi Hardware” by Ashish
Patro, Shravan Rayanchu, and Suman Banerjee (University of Wisconsin Madison)
Silver (score: 133): “HAWK: An Unmanned Mini Helicopter-based
Aerial Wireless Kit for Search, Rescue and Surveillance”, Zhongli Liu,
Yinjie Chen, Benyuan Liu and Xinwen Fu (University of Massachusetts Lowell).
Bronze (score: 125): “A Robust Technique for WLAN Device-free Passive
Motion Detection”, Ahmed E. Kosba (Alexandria University, Egypt), Ahmed Saeed
(Egypt-Japan Univ. of Sc. and Tech., Egypt) and Moustafa Youssef (Egypt-Japan Univ.
of Sc. and Tech., Egypt).
SIGMOBILE in the News
Throughout the year some of the our
SIGMOBILE publications have been reported in news articles. The list below
captures the references the executive committee is aware of, but it may not be
“Taxicab data helps ease Traffic”, Sept 29th, 2011 by
“Smartphone battery life improves with new invention”, Sept 16th
2011 by Ysolt Usigan
“Rutgers engineers design cell phone app to reduce distracted
driving” July 30th, 2012 by Carl Blesch. http://phys.org/news/2012-07-rutgers-cell-app-distracted.html
'Ghost Hunter' game lures players to take pictures for
researchers”, March 18th, 2012.
“2 HotMobile papers that grabbed us: WalkSafe and SpinLoc”, March
20th 2012, Bob Brown
“No Sleep energy bugs’ drain smartphone batteries”, June 13, 2012,
“Purdue researchers add ‘wakelock’ cleanup to phone power
research” 13th June 2012 by Richard Chirgwin. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/13/fixing_android_no_sleep_bug/
“New software bugs drain smartphone batteries while not in use”,
14 June 2012, by ANI
“Future-Predicting Phones Will Speed Up App Launches”, June 27th,
2012 by Jamie Condliffe. http://gizmodo.com/5921644/future+predicting-phones-will-speed-up-app-launches
“Future-predicting system cuts app loading time”, 27th June 2012
by Paul Marks
“Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor
2, 2012, By Larry Greenemeier. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=smart-phone-indoor-gps
“NQ Mobile(TM) Scientists Reveal Ground-Breaking New Malware
Detection Method” 27th June, 2012, PR Newswire –Asia. http://betanews.com/newswire/2012/06/27/nq-mobiletm-scientists-reveal-ground-breaking-new-malware-detection-method/
“Looking for the Elevator? There's an App for that”, June 28th,
“Need directions indoors? Soon you’ll be able to ask your phone”,
1st July 2012, by Kerstin Nordstrom. http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/01/2172599/need-directions-indoors-soon-youll.html
MobiCom 2012 (ahead of the August
“Flickering lights help smartphones keep time” , 26 July 2012 by
Jacob Aron .
“Fluorescent lights keep smartphones from ten-second drifts”, July
28, 2012 by Nancy Owano. http://phys.org/news/2012-07-fluorescent-smartphones-ten-second-drifts.html
Executive Committee Planning
Pervasive Computing Conference
As reported last year, we had
been investigating adding the independent ‘Pervasive’ conference to our
existing five sponsored conferences. As it happens, the newly formed Joint
Steering Committee (JSC) for the Pervasive and the Ubicomp conferences decided
to merge these two events in 2013. Going forward there will be only one ACM
Conference under the name ‘Ubicomp’, and sponsored jointly by SIGMOBILE and
SIGCHI; the discussion presented last year is now moot.
In the future, we may consider
approaching the now long running MobileHCI conference as an annual ACM
SIGMOBILE sponsored event.
We have not replaced our previous
SIGMOBILE Workshop Coordinator, Ahmed Helmy (University of Florida,
Gainesville, USA), a task we reported on our to-do list last year. This is
mainly because it is a role that the conference general chairs perform with
advice from their steering committee. We have not found it necessary to find a
replacement, and unless one arises, may decide not to continue this position.
Sponsorship for the Mobile
Computing Research Community
SIGMOBILE is required to keep a
contingency fund balance in case one of our sponsored conferences suffers a
loss. In recent years, the fund balance is now above what is required by the
SIG Governing Board, and we can consider using some of these monies to support
the mobile computing research community. At MobiSys 2012 we had an impromptu SIGMOBILE
meeting to discuss some of options. In the Fall of 2012, we are likely to set
up an advisory committee to make informed recommendations to the SIGMOBILE
Executive Committee. Initial suggestions for supporting the mobile research
Student conference sponsorships (especially for developing
Research benchmark archive
Community software: buy CAD/tools/software licenses for use by the
ACM project programmer: shared between SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGCOMM
Floating Research Assistant
Award for best PhD
Honorariums for Industry Leaders to provide instructional interviews
Mobile computing is one of the
fastest growing subfields within computer science, and as a result SIGMOBILE continues
to be a strong, successful, well-supported organization. Membership is stable,
and the SIG’s conferences and workshops are well attended, creating a wealth of
publications for the ACM digital library, and its members. Moreover, our
financial situation has strengthened further in 2012, a trend for 4 years now, providing
the organization with flexibility and options to support additional high-value
programs for the research community in the future.