CALL FOR DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM AND STUDENT RESEARCH
MOBILESoft 2016 - IEEE/ACM 3rd International Conference on
Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (May 16-17)
Austin, TX (USA)
Co-located with ICSE 2016 (May 14-22)
Submission deadline: February 05, 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 20, 2016
Extended abstract deadline: February 27, 2016
MOBILESoft Symposium Day: TBA
The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a forum
in which PhD students can present their work in progress.
The symposium supports students by providing independent
and constructive feedback about their already completed
and, more importantly, planned research work. The
symposium will be accompanied by prominent experts who
will actively participate in critical discussions.
Relevant fields within Mobile Software Engineering and
Systems include (but are not limited to):
* Verification and Validation of mobile applications and
* Energy consumption and sustainability
* Mobile patterns, frameworks, and best practices
* Model driven development for mobile applications
* Security and trust
* User experience of mobile applications
* Hybrid versus native applications
* Programming environments on or for mobile devices
* Mobile development in the cloud
* Libraries and programming frameworks for mobile devices
Any topic of interest for the conferences that will take
place within the MOBILESoft 2016 call for papers is highly
Submissions exclusively authored by the PhD student are
invited from students who have settled on a PhD topic. We
do accept papers on both initial stage (first or second
year) and mature stage (third year, or later) of research.
The authors shall clearly indicate their stage of research
maturity in a footnote to be added to the paper title.
Submissions are allowed via EasyChair
Each submission will be reviewed by at least 3 experts
based on originality, significance, correctness and
clarity. Submissions should describe research-in-progress
that is meant to lead to a PhD dissertation, using the
* Title of your proposal
* Your name, affiliation, email address, and personal
* Your advisor’s name and email address.
* Problem: The problem the research intends to solve, the
target audience of this research, and a motivation of why
the problem is important and needs to be solved.
* Related work: A review of the relevant related work with
an emphasis of how the proposed approach is different and
what advantages it has over the existing state of the art.
* Proposed solution: A sketch of the proposed solution.
* Preliminary work: A description of the work to-date and
results achieved so far.
* Expected contributions: A list of the expected
contributions to both theory and practice.
* Plan for evaluation and validation: A description of how
it will be shown that the work does indeed solve the
targeted problem and is superior to the existing state of
the art (e.g., prototyping, industry case studies, user
* Current status: The current status of the work and a
planned timeline for completion.
All accepted submissions to the Doctoral Symposium at
MOBILESoft 2016 will be published in the MOBILESoft 2016
proceedings and in both the ACM Digital Library and the
IEEE Digital Library.
Contributions must not exceed 4 pages in ACM format.
STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION
Abstract submission: January 20, 2016
Notification: February 19, 2016
Camera-Ready: February 28, 2016
MOBILESoft is hosting an ACM Student Research Competition
(ACM SRC) sponsored by Microsoft Research. The competition
is an internationally recognized venue that enables
undergraduate and graduate students to experience the
research world, share their research results with other
students and MOBILESoft attendees, and compete for prizes.
The ACM Student Research Competition facilitates
interaction with researchers and industry practitioners;
providing both sides with the opportunity to learn of
ongoing, current research in the area of mobile software.
Additionally, the Student Research Competition gives
students experience with both formal presentations and
A maximum of 20 students (10 undergraduates, 10 graduates)
will be selected to participate in the Student Research
Competition at MOBILESoft. Submissions are reviewed by a
panel of experts, and are evaluated based on the quality
of the work, novelty of approach, significance of
contribution, and clarity of written presentation.
Students whose submissions are accepted to participate in
the competition are entitled to a stipend for their travel
expenses, up to a maximum of US $500. Students can enter
ICSE and MOBILESoft SRCs, but may not be funded for both
SRCs at ICSE and MOBILESoft.
At the conference, the first round of the competition
evaluates the research during a poster presentation. The
poster presentation is evaluated based on two facets:
* The presentation of the research, including the visual
aspects of the poster and the student's oral discussion.
* The research, specifically its quality, novelty, and the
significance of the contribution.
Based on the results from the poster session, the judges
will select students to advance to the second round of the
During the second round each student gives a short (5-10
min) presentation of their research, followed by a
question and answer period. The judges evaluate the
presentations and select the top three winners in each
category. The winners receive prizes of US $500, US $300,
US $200, respectively.
After the conference, the winners from each category will
advance to the ACM Grand Finals of the Student Research
Competition, where all SIG conference contest winners are
Submissions must be original research that is neither in
submission nor already published at MOBILESoft or another
conference or journal. Also, submissions must be
individual student research projects. The Student Research
Competition is meant to be an opportunity for junior
students to develop their skills as researchers and to
give them an opportunity to showcase their work. One of
the goals of the program is to focus on the student, their
capabilities as a researcher, and their potential.
Supervisors of the work should not be listed as
co-authors; you must submit a single-authored version for
the competition. Interested students should submit a
two-page abstract using ACM conference format. The
submission should describe:
* The research problem and motivation
* Background and related work
* Approach and uniqueness
* Results and contributions
Submissions are reviewed by a panel of experts, and are
evaluated based upon the following criteria:
* Quality of work
* Novelty of approach
* Significance of contribution
* Clarity of written presentation
Submissions web site:
Participants must be undergraduates or graduate students
pursuing an academic degree at the time of initial
submission. Research completed while the student was an
undergraduate may be submitted to the undergraduate
category even if the student is now a first-year graduate
student. Participants must be current members of the ACM
and provide their ACM member number.
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