MobiCom 2004, September 26-October 1, 2004, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, USA, Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE
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Call for Papers

ACM MobiCom 2004, the Tenth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, is the Tenth in a series of annual conferences sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE dedicated to addressing the challenges in the areas of mobile computing and wireless and mobile networking. The MobiCom conference series serves as the premier international forum addressing networks, systems, algorithms, and applications that support the symbiosis of mobile computers and wireless networks. MobiCom is a highly selective, single-track conference focusing on all issues in mobile computing and networking at the link layer and above.


Authors are invited to submit full papers presenting new research related to the theory or practice of mobile computing and networking. All submissions must describe original research that is not published or currently under review by another conference or journal. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications and computing services supporting mobile users
  • Architectures, protocols, and algorithms to cope with mobility, limited bandwidth, or intermittent connectivity
  • Database and data management issues in mobile computing
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing and networking
  • Distributed systems aspects of mobile computing
  • New mobile and wireless applications
  • Integration and interworking of wired and wireless networks
  • Performance of mobile and wireless networks and systems
  • Location-dependent applications and protocols
  • Security and privacy of mobile/wireless systems
  • Mobile ad hoc and sensor networks
  • Wireless multimedia systems
  • Algorithms and protocols for power management and control
  • Service creation and management environments for mobile/wireless systems
The program committee will referee all papers, and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Papers of particular merit will be proposed for publication in the ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks (WINET) journal.

 Challenges Papers

The conference also solicits short papers (maximum of 8  pages) that challenge the mobile computing community with revolutionary new approaches, new technologies, or visionary applications. Such papers should provide stimulating ideas or grand visions that may open up exciting avenues of far-reaching future research. Descriptions of new products or simple evolution of existing work are not appropriate as Challenges Papers. Challenges Papers will be reviewed and should be submitted using the normal submission procedure. The title of such papers must start with the word "Challenges," i.e., "Challenges: ... `rest of the title'."

 Submission Instructions

All paper submissions will be handled electronically. Authors should prepare a PDF or a PostScript version of their full paper. Papers must be no longer than 15  pages (8  pages for Challenges submissions), font size not smaller than 10  points, and must fit properly on U.S. "letter"-sized paper (8.5x11  inches) with reasonable margins. Detailed instructions for the paper submission procedure and format will be available on the conference web pages. The deadline for registering the title and the abstract of the paper with our electronic submission system is March  8, 2004 and the deadline for submitting the actual paper is March  15, 2004. All deadlines are 11:59PM EST.

All submitted papers will be judged based on their quality through double-blind review process, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. Authors should not be identifiable by any means from the paper or from the PDF or the Postscript file. Guidelines for preparing the paper for blind reviewing, as well as electronic paper submission instructions, will be available on the conference web pages.

Submitted or substantially similar papers must not be currently under review for any other publication. Please direct any questions regarding paper submission to the Program Co-Chairs, Samir Das and Ravi Jain at mobicom_pcchairs  @


Proposals for tutorials are solicited. Evaluation of tutorial proposals will be based on the expertise and experience of the instructors and on the relevance of the subject matter. Potential instructors are requested to submit a tutorial proposal of at most 5 pages, including a biographical sketch, to the Tutorial Co-Chairs, Andrew Campbell (campbell  @ and Taieb Znati (tznati @ The deadline for tutorial proposals is April 05, 2004.


Panel proposals are solicited that examine innovative, controversial, or otherwise provocative issues of interest. Panel proposals should not exceed 3 pages, including biographical sketches of the panelists. Potential panel organizers should contact the Panel Co-Chairs, Prathima Agrawal (pagrawal @ and Tao Zhang (tao @ The deadline for panel proposals is April 26, 2004.

 Research Demonstrations and Exhibits

IProposals for research demos are solicited. Proposals should not exceed 3 pages and should include a description of the demo and equipment to be used. Send proposals to the Research Demo Chair, Elizabeth Belding-Royer (ebelding @ . The deadline for demo proposals is July 12, 2004. We are also planning an Expo featuring exhibits of the latest mobile computing products and services.

 Student Poster Session

Student posters are solicited that present recent and on-going research by students on mobile computing and mobile and wireless networking topics. Student posters should not exceed 2 pages and should include a description of the student's research. See above for paper formatting requirements. Accepted posters will be put on the conference web page; however, they will not be printed in the conference proceedings. Send poster submissions to the Student Poster Co-Chairs, Chiara Petrioli (petrioli @ and Stefano Basagni (basagni @ . The deadline for student posters is July 19, 2004.

 Best Student Paper Award

Papers with a student as a primary author will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award, with a cash award of 1000 USD. Students must indicate with their submission that they would like to be considered for this award. The student author of the awarded paper is expected to present the paper at the conference.

 Important Dates

The deadline for registering the title and the abstract of the paper with our electronic submission system is March  8,  2004 and the deadline for submitting the actual paper is March  15,  2004. All deadlines are 11:59 PM EST. These are firm deadlines.

Paper registration deadline:   March 8, 2004
Paper submission deadline:   March 15, 2004
Tutorial proposals due:   April 05, 2004
Panel proposals due:   April 26, 2004
Notification of acceptance:   June 21, 2004
Camera-ready versions due:   July 25, 2004
Demo proposals due:   July 12, 2004
Student poster submissions due:   July 19, 2004

 For More Information

For questions about the paper submission and review process, please contact the Program Co-Chairs at mobicom_pcchairs @ For other questions or comments about the conference or for more information, please send email to mobicom_info @

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