HotMobile 2009

The Tenth International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications

February 23-24, 2009, Santa Cruz, California


HotMobile 2009

Doctoral Consortium

The Tenth Workshop on Mobile Computing, Systems, and Applications
Santa Cruz, CA, USA
February 23-24, 2009
Sponsored by ACM SIGMOBILE

Submission deadline: 19 Jan 2009, 5:00 PM (1700) PST
Acceptance notification: TBA

The HotMobile 2009 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in a small workshop format, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field.

It is likely (but not guaranteed yet) that doctoral consortium participants will get part (or all) of their workshop registration fees waived.

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students' current research and guidance on future research directions.
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from faculty and students outside their own institution.
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research.
  • Contribute to the workshop goals through interaction with other researchers and conference events.

About three doctoral students and four faculty will be invited to participate. Students will give a presentation providing an overview of their work and results to date. Student participants will have their abstracts published in the HotMobile 2009 Proceedings and a poster of their work exhibited at the main workshop.

Applying to the Doctoral Consortium

Submissions are invited from current graduate students pursuing a PhD project who would benefit from detailed workshop discussions of their doctoral research by a panel of established researchers. Students are also expected to share in scribing, writing up summaries of each talk and subsequent discussion, which will be published in a relevant journal.

Submission materials consist of:

  • an extended abstract (see below),
  • a one-page biographical sketch,
  • one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation (see below),
  • a letter of recommendation from the student's primary dissertation advisor (this can be sent separately, if desired)

All materials should be sent to Rajesh Balan <rajesh at smu dot edu dot sg> (as a single PDF file) with the subject "HotMobile 2009 - Doctoral Consortium Submission" by 19 January 2009, 5:00 PM (1700) PST. Your file should be named lastname_dc.pdf, where lastname is your family name. The file must be no larger than 5 Mbytes in size.

mailto: rajesh at smu dot edu dot sg
subject line: "HotMobile 2009 - Doctoral Consortium Submission"
attachment: lastname_dc.pdf

Extended Abstract

Prepare a two-page extended abstract of your thesis work, including: title, author information, abstract, keywords, thesis research summary, and references. This extended abstract, if accepted for the Doctoral Consortium, will be published in the HotMobile 2009 proceedings. Thus it will be widely available to conference delegates and those with access to ACM publications.

The extended abstract should clearly specify:

  • the problem(s) that the research is addressing; the research question(s) you are trying to answer.
  • the expected contribution(s) of the research to mobility
  • the proposed solution(s), including a brief description of the methodology adopted (for example, with the scheme Method-Results-Discussion for experimental studies), of the current status, and of a tentative plan for future work.

Statement of Expected Benefits of Participation

Prepare one paragraph explaining what specific guidance or other help you expect to gain from participating in the consortium. For example, are you looking for specific guidance on methods and approaches, help in thinking through design issues, a forum to discuss empirical phenomena, etc.

Review Criteria

Doctoral Consortium submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the work with respect to current concepts and techniques.
  • Importance of the work with respect to fundamental issues and themes in mobility
  • Rigour and validity of claims, argumentation, methodology, results, and interpretations.
  • Clarity and persuasiveness of expression.

Participants in the consortium will be selected by the Doctoral Consortium Committee. The review process will retain the anonymity of reviewers. Due to the nature of the doctoral consortium, submissions from students in the beginning and middle of their dissertation process will be weighed more favourably than those finishing up.


Well in advance of the deadline (19 January 2009, 5:00 PM (1700) PST):

  • Create your submission materials:
    • Write an extended abstract. The abstract must print to no more than 2 pages.
    • Write a one-page biographical sketch.
    • Write a one-paragraph statement of expected benefits of participation
    • Obtain a letter of recommendation from your primary dissertation advisor
  • Package the materials above into a single PDF file. Name it according to the following convention: lastname_dc.pdf. You may submit the letter of recommendation as a separate file, sent directly by your advisor.
  • Test that your PDF prints correctly and that is it no larger than 5 Mbytes.
  • Send your submission to Rajesh Balan <rajesh at smu dot edu dot sg> with the subject "HotMobile 2009 - Doctoral Consortium Submission" no later than 19 January 2009, 5:00 PM (1700) PST.
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