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Program Co-Chairs: Yasamin Mostofi and Tam Vu


Important Dates



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Abstract Registration  

August 13, 2021 23:59 PDT March 18, 2022 23:59 PDT

Paper Submission

August 20, 2021 23:59 PDT      March 25, 2022 23:59 PDT

Notification of Acceptance     

November 14, 2021 June 10, 2022

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’22 to be bold 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 significance 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. MobiCom continues the two-deadline model and the reviewing process with a one-shot revision to improve the quality and timeliness of publications.


Topics


 We invite submissions on a wide range of mobile computing, mobile systems, and wireless networking research, including but not limited to the following (listed alphabetically):
  • Applications of machine learning to mobile/wireless research
  • Backscatter communication and wireless power
  • Edge and cloud computing
  • Embedded and energy-harvesting systems
  • Experimental platforms and infrastructures for wireless/mobile research
  • Implanted and wearable computing
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Millimeter-wave and terahertz communications
  • Mobile data science & analysis
  • Mobile health
  • Next generation of mobile networks (5G, 6G and beyond)
  • Mobile web, video, virtual reality, and other applications
  • Novel applications of wireless signals
  • Mobile systems for smart spaces (e.g. smart factories, smart workspace, smart agriculture)
  • Practical quantum applications and systems (quantum sensing, quantum programming, quantum machine learning, etc.)
  • Robotic and drone-based networking
  • Reconfigurable surfaces and meta materials for mobile systems
  • Security and privacy issues/solutions for mobile/wireless systems
  • Sensing with radio, light, sound, and acoustics
  • Ubiquitous computing and mobile human-computer interaction
  • Visible light communications
  • Wireless communication and sensing for space/underwater systems
  • Wireless localization and tracking
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

The conference invites submission of short papers (limited to eight pages excluding references) that seek to verify 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. 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, and their title must bear a "Verification:" as a prefix.


Two Deadlines and One-shot Revision


MobiCom 2022 offers authors the options of two deadlines and keeps the 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 and the MobiCom website. Note all the papers in this category will initially be conditionally accepted. The papers that go through a successful anonymous shepherding process will eventually be accepted.
  • Reject: Rejected after reviewed papers cannot be resubmitted until 11 months have passed since the last MobiCom deadline they were submitted to. We strongly encourage the authors to address the feedback they got before re-submitting the paper to MobiCom.
  • 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 articulate a maximum of three major changes/clarifications that they would like to see. After the resubmission, the paper will be evaluated 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 and could take more than 4-6 weeks. 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.

Submission Instructions


All paper submissions will be handled electronically at the MobiCom ’22 paper submission website. Authors should prepare a PDF version of their full paper. All submitted papers will be evaluated through a double-blind reviewing process, with the identities of the authors withheld from the reviewers.

Before final submission, you are expected to make sure that your paper complies with the following requirements. Please do not violate 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 being manually checked.

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.
  • Fit properly on US letter-sized paper (8.5 inches by 11 inches).
  • 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.
  • 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 templates useful in complying with the above requirements. For Latex users, please use ​\documentclass[sigconf,10pt]{acmart}​. 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.


Submission Policy


In addition to the formatting requirements, all authors are ​expected to make sure that their paper complies with the following submission policies.

Previous Publications

We allow submissions that extend the previous work published as a poster, demo, or workshop paper such as HotMobile or HotNets. The authors must cite their previous work as the third person to follow the double-blind policy. The authors must also clearly describe the novelty over their previous publications in the related work.

No Simultaneous Submissions

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, Prior Publication, and Simultaneous Submissions​) not to allow double submissions, where the same paper is submitted concurrently to more than one conference/journal. Any double submissions detected will be immediately rejected from all conferences/journals involved.

Double-blind Submissions

All submissions will be evaluated through double-blind reviewing. Please do not violate this requirement by explicitly or implicitly leaking the identity of any co-author or institution. They include but not limited to the below requirements:
  • Please be sure your name and affiliation do not appear on the paper or in the submitted PDF file. This means that before submission, you must remove from the paper the authors' names, authors' affiliations, acknowledgments of funding sources, etc.
  • Please be cautious and careful how you refer to your own prior work in the paper. For example, do not describe your prior work with phrases like:
         “In prior work[3], we presented a routing protocol that …”
    Instead, refer to your work in the third person, such as
         “In prior work, Smith[3] presented a routing protocol that …”
    With this method, the full citation to Smith can still be given, such as
          [3] Smith, J., "Analysis of … "
    In particular, it is not acceptable to say
          [3] Reference deleted for double-blind review.
  • Please avoid advertising the paper with the same or similar title on your webpage, social media, or through large mailing lists. Authors may include links to websites that contain source code, tools, or other supplemental material. The link in the paper, however, must be anonymized.
  • Authors are allowed to give talks to restricted audiences on the work(s) submitted to MobiCom during the review. If you have posted or plan to post a non-anonymized version of your paper on a preprint server before the MobiCom decisions are made, the submitted version must not refer to the non-anonymized version. MobiCom strongly discourages advertising the preprint on social media, personal web pages or in the press while under submission to MobiCom. Finally, any reviewer aware of the authorship of a specific submission, may not be allowed to review the paper, at the discretion of the PC chairs.
We will not review any paper that violates our double-blind policy.

Submissions will be kept confidential until accepted. Rejected submissions will be kept confidential permanently.

Conflict of Interest (CoI)

For a fair review process, program committee members who are COIs to any author of the submission will not review or participate in the discussion and decision-making of the submission. It is the author’s responsibility to mark COIs in the submission website.

We generally follow the ACM policy (Conflict of Interest Policy for ACM Publications) and also add and extend rules on the specific relationships to explicitly define COIs of one submission at MobiCom ’22 as:
(1) any PC member who works/worked at the same organizational affiliation with any co-author in the last 24 months or reasonably expected within the next 12 months;
(2) any PC member who has co-authored any book, article, report, abstract or paper with collaboration in the last 24 months or reasonably expected within the next 12 months;
(3) any PC member who has collaborated on projects, such as funded grants, research or others with any co-author in the last 24 months or reasonably expected within the next 12 months;
(4) any PC member who is/was the advisor or advisee of any co-author;
(5) any PC member who graduated from the same research group and/or was under the same advisor/supervisor/manager in the last 48 months;
(6) any PC member who is exposed to the full or partial authorship of the work being submitted here in any public or private channel (including but not limited to interview talks, campus visits, research discussion, conversations);
(7) any PC member who has a close personal friendship or business relationship beyond professional settings that could affect the review process with any co-author;
(8) others perceivable conflicts.

A potential COI must be identified at the submission and can be updated at any point during the review process, but when possible, potential conflicts should be determined before acceptance decisions are made.

The author(s) must identify every COI out of all PC members (including chairs) with any author of the submission and indicate the type of conflict during the submission process. For other forms of conflicts (item 8), the authors must contact the program chairs and explain the perceived conflict.

Knowingly hiding or falsifying a stated COI, and knowingly and falsely asserting a COI — e.g., to prevent or alter peer-reviewing, to discourage appropriate reviewing, or to seek disadvantage of another — are both considered as a violation of this COI policy. We will return the violated submissions with no reviews.

Previous Submissions

In case of any similarity between a current submission and a submission that has been previously rejected at MobiCom or other relevant conferences within the last 24 months, the authors are requested to do the following in three cases:
  1. For a one-shot revision, please carefully follow the instructions on the notification. Along with the resubmission, the authors must report the major concerns and requested items from the reviewers of the previous submission and write a summary of how the authors have addressed them in the revision. Please ensure your anonymity is retained in this summary.
  2. For submissions that have been recently rejected by MobiCom, it is required for the authors to do the same as in case 1. That is, please report the major concerns from the reviewers of the previous submission and write a summary of how the authors have addressed them in the current submission. Please ensure your anonymity is retained in this summary.
  3. For submissions that have been previously rejected by a conference other than MobiCom (such as Mobisys, SIGCOMM, NSDI, SenSys, UbiComp, etc.), it is strongly encouraged, although not required, for the authors to do the same items as in case 2. That is, please report the major concerns from the reviewers of the previous submission and write a summary of how the authors have addressed them in the current submission. Please ensure your anonymity is retained in this summary.

Processes for Conditionally Accepted Papers


Anonymous and Rigorous Shepherding
Conditionally accepted papers will be shepherded through a review process by a TPC member. Based on the feedback written in the reviews, authors of shepherded papers will submit a revision of their paper to the shepherd. The shepherd will collaborate with the reviewers from TPC to review the revised paper and provide the authors with additional comments. Note that the shepherding process could last 4-6 weeks and the authors might be asked to produce new experimental results and/or add new material. When the shepherding process results in final acceptance, the authors will upload their camera-ready file to the submissions system.

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 and conference YouTube channel up to two weeks before the conference. A selected set will be featured by the social media channels related to the conference.

Registration and Presentation
By submitting a paper, you agree that at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present it.


Awards


All accepted regular papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award . We will also have the Best Community Paper Award that contributes the most to the broader research community by making public real data, software, platform, or other artifacts.


Contact Us


For questions, please contact the Program Co-Chairs, Yasamin Mostofi and Tam Vu, at mobicom22-pc-chairs@acm.org.