MobiCom 2019

Oct 21-25, Los Cabos, Mexico

Call for Papers

The ACM MobiCom conference seeks papers describing significant research contributions in the field of wireless networking and mobile computing. MobiCom solicits papers that address important research challenges, including but not limited to communication networks, energy, computing, security and user experience. Successful papers should propose novel ideas to attack such problems through rigorous analysis, system design, and/or real-world measurement and deployment of mobile networks, systems and applications.

We want MobiCom’19 to be daring and emphasize novelty and creativity. The more novel the concept, the harder it can be to fully develop or evaluate all aspects, and the review process will take this into account. We encourage authors to discuss not only the signifiance but also the limitations of their ideas. We strongly encourage authors to describe how they will provide access to well-documented datasets, modeling and/or simulation tools, and codebases to support the reproducibility of their methods. This year, MobiCom launches a two-deadline model and a new reviewing process to improve the quality and timeliness of publications.

We invite submissions on a wide range of mobile computing and wireless networking research, including but not limited to:
  • Mobile health
  • Embedded and energy-harvesting systems
  • Backscatter communication and wireless power
  • Edge computing
  • Long-range/Low-power wide-area wireless networking
  • Low-latency networking
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Millimeter wave and terahertz communications
  • Mobile web, video, virtual reality, and other applications
  • Ubiquitous computing and mobile human computer interaction
  • Next-generation 5G mobile networks
  • Visible light communications
  • Mobile data science & analysis
  • Robotic and drone-based networking
  • Intersection between mobile/wireless research, cloud computing, and software-defined networking
  • Applications of machine learning to mobile/wireless research
  • Sensing with radio, light, sound, and acoustics
  • Implanted and wearable computing
  • Experimental platforms and infrastructures for wireless/mobile research
  • Wireless localization and tracking
  • Wireless capabilities for 3D printed systems
  • Novel applications of wireless signals
  • Security and privacy issues/solutions for mobile/wireless systems
In addition to full research papers as described above, MobiCom also invites submission in the following three categories:

Challenge Papers
The conference invites submissions of short papers (limited to eight pages excluding references) that present revolutionary new ideas or that challenge existing assumptions prevalent among the wireless research community. These "challenge papers" should provide stimulating ideas or visions that may open up exciting avenues and/or influence the direction of future research. Descriptions of new products or evolution of existing work are not appropriate topics for papers in this category. While an exhaustive evaluation of the proposed ideas is not necessary, insight and in-depth understanding of the issues is expected. Challenge papers will be reviewed by the program committee and if selected, become part of the conference technical program and be published in the conference proceedings. Challenge papers should be submitted using the same submission procedure adopted for the full papers. The title of these papers must bear a "Challenge:" prefix.

Experience Papers
The conference invites submission of short papers (limited to eight pages excluding references) that present extensive experiences with implementation, deployment, and operations of mobile systems and wireless networks. Desirable papers are expected to contain real data as well as descriptions of the practical lessons learned. The experience papers will be evaluated by the program committee, primarily for (i) richness of their data or experiences, (ii) inferences drawn or lessons learned, (iii) discovery of new problems, and (iv) their impact/potential impact on current and future mobile systems and wireless networks, as well as on society. Note that a paper that builds a system and presents a limited experimental evaluation is NOT suitable as an experience paper. Selected experience papers will become a part of the conference technical program and will be published in the conference proceedings. Experience papers should be submitted according to the same submission procedure as full papers, and their title must bear an "Experience:" prefix.

Verification Papers
MobiCom welcomes contributions that seek to verify and/or characterize recent breakthrough results in mobile computing using rigorous experimental methodologies with the goal of extensively and thoroughly characterizing the operating parameters under which these results can be reproduced. Such submissions should be short papers (limited to eight pages excluding references) with "Verification:" as a prefix in the title. Selected verification papers will become a part of the conference technical program and will be published in the conference proceedings. Verification papers should be submitted according to the same submission procedure as full papers.

Two Deadlines and New Reviewing Process
MobiCom’19 offers authors the options of two deadlines and adds a one-shot revision process to enhance the timeliness and quality of the scientific results from the research community. Each paper will go through the same rigorous reviewing process as in previous MobiCom conferences. The review decisions will be one of the following:

  • Accept: Accepted papers will be presented at the MobiCom conference and appear as part of the proceedings. In the meantime, authors are permitted to talk about these upcoming publications, e.g., listing them on CVs. The publications will also be put on the MobiCom website.
  • Reject: Rejected papers cannot be resubmitted until 11 months have passed since the last MobiCom deadline they were submitted to. Note that, rejected papers from MobiCom 2018 are welcome for submission to MobiCom 2019 in both the rounds. We strongly encourage the authors to consider the feedback they got before submitting the paper to MobiCom 2019.
  • One-Shot-Revision: Papers where a revision is required will be given specific action points and can be resubmitted for the next deadline. For such papers, the reviewers will be required to articulate a maximum of three changes/clarifications that they would like to see. After the resubmission, the same reviewers will evaluate the paper based on whether the authors have properly addressed the reviewers’ requests. Unlike in the shepherding process, the requested action points may include running additional experiments that obtain specific results. During this revision period, the paper is still considered under review to MobiCom and therefore cannot be submitted to other conferences unless the authors first withdraw it from consideration. We expect the one-shot revision to be used only for a small fraction of the papers.

Paper Submission Instructions
All paper submissions will be handled electronically at the MobiCom’19 paper submission website. Authors should prepare a PDF version of their full paper.

Before final submission, you are expected to make sure that your paper complies with the following requirements. You are strongly discouraged from violating these requirements with the aim of including additional material: submissions that violate the formatting requirements may not be reviewed. You can visually inspect a page-by-page report of your paper format using the same tool as the submission system via a separate online form. After the submission deadline, we will use the same tool to check the conformance of papers. The format checking tool uses heuristics and can make mistakes. The PC chairs will manually inspect and possibly reject those papers with evident format violations. However, no paper will be rejected due to format violations without first being checked by hand.

Any papers that do not adhere to the following guidelines may be immediately rejected:

  • Full papers: Contain no more than twelve (12) single-spaced and numbered pages, including figures, tables, any appendices, and any other material, followed by as many pages as necessary for bibliographic references. Papers whose non-bibliographic content is longer than 12 pages will not be reviewed.
  • Experience/Verification/Challenge Papers: Contain no more than eight (8) single-spaced and numbered pages, including figures, tables, any appendices, and any other material, followed by as many pages as necessary for bibliographic references. Papers whose non-bibliographic content is longer than eight pages will not be reviewed.
  • Font size no smaller than 10 points.
  • Double column format with each column having dimensions 9.25 inches x 3.33 inches, a space of 0.33 inches between the two columns, and with no more than 55 lines of text per column.
  • Submissions must be in PDF (Portable Document Format) authors should ensure that they are compatible with Adobe Acrobat (English version). Any other formats, including Postscript and MS-Word, will not be accepted.
  • Fit properly on US letter-sized paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches).
  • Authors' names must not appear anywhere in the paper or in the PDF file. The PDF file must also not contain any embedded hyperlinks, as these may compromise reviewer anonymity.
  • Limit the file size to less than 15 MB: contact the PC chairs if you have a file larger than this limit.
You may find these LaTeX and MS-Word templates useful in complying with the above requirements, but as an author you bear the final responsibility to verify (manually or through the above online paper checker) that your submission is format-compliant.

All submitted papers will be evaluated through a double-blind reviewing process, with the identities of the authors withheld from the reviewers. Please direct any questions about the paper submission process to the Program Co-Chairs Shyam Gollakota and Xinyu Zhang at mobicom19-pc-chairs __at__

All accepted regular papers will be considered for the Best Paper Awards. We will also have a Best Community Paper Award. Among all accepted papers, the program committee will select one that contributes the most to the broader research community in terms of real data, or new software, hardware or other artifacts. Finally, we will have a Best Presentation award for the main conference papers.

Video Presentation
The authors of each accepted paper will be asked to submit a one-minute video to introduce the research presented in their paper to the general public. These videos will be placed on the conference website up to two weeks before the conference, and will be played during the conference. A selected set will be featured by the social media channels related to the conference.

Important Dates
Deadlines Winter
Abstract and title registration March 14, 2019 9:59 PM August 3, 2018 9:59 PM
Paper submission March 18, 2019 11:59 PM August 7, 2018 9:59 PM
Notification of acceptance May 18, 2019 October 15, 2018
Reviews available to authors May 24, 2019 October 22, 2018
Important Notes
All submissions must describe original research not published or currently under review for another conference or journal. It is ACM policy (ACM Author Rights and Publishing Policy) not to allow double submissions, where the same paper is submitted to more than one conference/journal concurrently. Any double submissions detected will be immediately rejected from all conferences/journals involved.