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The Fifth IEEE Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications is the
latest in a series of high-quality, interactive forums for discussion on all
aspects of mobile computing systems and applications. We solicit submissions
that primarily focus on applications, systems, and environments.
Submissions describing new lower-level technologies are welcome if they focus on
how the technology is being used or integrated into a system or application.
WMCSA's small workshop format makes it ideal for presenting and discussing
new directions or controversial approaches, even if the work is at an early
stage, although even early-stage work will be expected to provide some early
validation of the feasibility of the approach.
particularly interested in the following topic areas:
- Novel applications and environments for mobile and pervasive computing
Mobile computing has extended to dovetail with work in pervasive and
ubiquitous computing systems and environments. The combination of
domains brings challenges as well as opportunities for novel application
- Coordination, aggregation, and spontaneous interaction of devices and
Among the characteristics of mobile devices is their relatively simple
functionality and lack of resources and computational power. To achieve
significant tasks it is sometimes necessary to gather devices together into
a cohesive whole. How can this be accomplished in an extensible and/or
scalable way, considering the ad hoc nature of mobile systems and the
limited interfaces and resources available at each node in a coordinated
set? Do the solutions change when mobile devices and networks interact with
the wired world, rather than as an island unto themselves?
- Challenges unique to or exacerbated by mobility and pervasive
Mobile and pervasive computing present new computer science challenges and
bring some existing challenges into sharper relief. The ease of
collecting and storing information makes security and privacy concerns
paramount. Intermittent connectivity, limited battery life, and
frequent association/dissociation between devices and the environment makes
failure resilience and robustness a first-class concern. The ability
to use a mobile technology while performing other tasks, e.g. talking on a
cell phone while driving, means that user "distractability" and
the human experience of learning/using a new mobile technology may be key
aspects of its design.
Papers should be 10 US letter pages or less, and should describe either
completed or ongoing work (see Submission
Instructions for details). The conference proceedings will be published by the IEEE and we hope to
publish a digest of the workshop in a relevant journal. As is customary, papers
must not have been published elsewhere and cannot be simultaneously under
submission at another venue.
To further stimulate discussion, we welcome researchers who would like to
demonstrate working prototypes of their systems. If you would like to demo at
WMCSA 2003 please send a one-page description of your demonstration to the Demo
To encourage an interactive atmosphere, attendance will be limited to
approximately 75 attendees. Authors of submitted papers and accepted demo proposals will
be given first preference, with others able to register on a space-available
A small number of graduate students will be granted a waiver of the
registration fee. In return, they will be asked to take notes at the workshop.
Students requesting a waiver should submit a brief proposal. Click here
for submission instructions.
We look forward to another highly successful and enjoyable workshop, this
time in northern California, one of the most scenic areas of the USA.
- Armando Fox (Chair), Stanford University, USA
- Gregory Abowd, Georgia Tech, USA
- Mary Baker, Stanford University, USA
- Michael Beigl, TeCO/Univ. of Karlsruhe, Germany
- Barry Brumitt, Microsoft Corp., USA
- Vinny Cahill, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Adrian Friday, Lancaster University, UK
- Jason Hong, UC Berkeley, USA
- Nayeem Islam, DoCoMo Labs USA
- Hui Lei, IBM Research, USA
- Robin Kravets, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Brian Noble, University of Michigan, USA
- Trevor Pering, Intel Research, USA
- Bill Schilit, Intel Research, USA
- Atsushi Shionozaki, Sony Research, USA/Japan
- submissions due: Sunday, May 25, 11:59pm
deadline, no extensions.
- notification to authors: Monday, July 14
- camera-ready copy due: Friday, August 1
- submissions due: August 1, 2003
- notification: August 15, 2003
- applications due: August 1, 2003
- notification: August 8, 2003