CALL FOR PAPERS, TUTORIALS, DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM, AND
STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION
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)
RESEARCH PAPERS, SHORT PAPERS, EXPERIENCE REPORTS
Paper submission: January 11, 2016
Notification: February 19, 2016
Camera-Ready: February 23, 2016
Conference date: May 16-17, 2016
In recent years, the massive use of mobile applications
deeply influences the way people go about their daily
life. The number of available mobile applications has
grown enormously since the establishment of app stores and
marketplaces that enable users to download and seamlessly
install apps. Mobile platforms are rapidly changing and
include diverse capabilities such as GPS, cameras,
wireless communications on many frequencies and
bandwidths, a variety of on-device memory and disk
capacities, and various sensors.
Innovative mobile services and exciting mobile
applications are emerging as a result of the ingenious use
of these technologies. Consequently, the development of
mobile applications has also been growing at a fast pace,
presenting new challenges to Software Engineering. When
running on mobile platforms, modern applications need to
scale on-demand, according to the hardware capabilities
and user preferences. Developing versatile and robust
mobile applications requires formally grounded methods, as
well as advanced practices and tools.
MOBILESoft aims at providing innovative contributions to
the research and development of novel approaches to the
design, development, validation, execution and evolution
of mobile applications. These include architecture
techniques relating to platform complexity; improved
refactoring tools for hybrid applications using dynamic
languages; developing applications in multiple languages;
and testing and verification techniques for applications
that run on different devices.
We welcome contributions related to mobile software
engineering. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Development environments and tools
* Testing, maintenance, verification and evolution
* Patterns, frameworks, and product lines
* Refactoring, restructuring, and renovation
* Program transformation and optimization
* Empirical studies and metrics
* User experience and new input devices
* Hybrid versus native applications
* Agile or model-driven development
* Application and system security
* Cloud support and scalability
* Static and dynamic analysis
* Debugging techniques and tools
* Programming languages
* Mobile programming and software engineering education
* The mobile role in the context of Internet of Things
* Mobile apps connected to wearable devices
We solicit contributions of research papers (up to 10
pages), short papers (up to 4 pages), and experience
report papers (2 pages). Short papers can be industrial,
emerging ideas, or demonstrations. Your submission must
conform to the ACM Formatting Guidelines
(http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu/formatInstr). Submit your
paper in Adobe PDF via EasyChair
Accepted papers will be published in the conference
electronic proceedings and in both ACM Digital Library and
IEEE Digital Library.
Tutorial submission: January 27, 2016
Notification: February 05, 2016
Extended abstract deadline: February 23, 2016
Slides online: May 12, 2016
Within the scope of MOBILESoft 2016, we invite proposals
for 60 minutes long tutorials with 30 minutes of
subsequent interactive activity for the participants. We
encourage tutorials on all topics related to the context
of software engineering for mobile applications, its
challenges, new perspectives, and tool support.
Tutorial proposal submissions should contain the following
sections in the suggested order:
A concise title.
The name(s), affiliation, contact information, and brief
bio of the presenter(s).
* TOPIC DESCRIPTION
A description of the tutorial topic, providing a sense of
both the scope of the tutorial and depth within the scope.
Clarification of the intended format and activities planed
within the tutorial (e.g. initial lecture, demo, hands-on
* PREVIOUS EDITIONS
If the tutorial was given before, describe when and where
it was given and how it will be modified for MOBILESoft
2016. If possible, provide a link to slides of the
previous tutorial presentation.
Indicate additional equipment needed (if any). The
standard equipment includes an LCD projector, a single
projection screen and microphone. Additionally indicate if
you require the participants to bring any equipment.
Proposals must be in PDF, conforming to the ACM Formatting
Guidelines using the ICSE 2016 papers template, and must
be no longer than 2 pages. Tutorial proposals should be
submitted via EasyChair, in the Tutorials track of
The description, presenter(s) and slides of the accepted
tutorials will be made available at the conference
website, and a 2-page extended abstract of the tutorial
will be included in the conference proceedings.
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.
* General Chair
Aharon Abadi, IBM Research - Haifa, Israel
* Program Co-Chairs
Paola Inverardi, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Lori Flynn, CERT, Carnegie Mellon University, United
* Tutorials Co-Chairs
Barbora Buhnova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) -
Jonas Sevcik (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
* Doctoral Symposium Chair
Henry Muccini, University of L’Aquila, Italy
* Student Research Competition Chair
Young-Woo Kwon, Utah State University, USA
* Mobile Applications Track Chair
Marco Pistoia, IBM research, Watson, USA
* Social Media & Publicity Chairs
Shah Rukh Humayoun, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Yu Feng, The University of Texas, Austin, USA
* Technical Chair
Mirco Franzago, University of L’Aquila, Italy
* Finance Chair
Amiram Yehudai, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
* Sponsorship Chair
Judith Bishop, Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA
* Proceedings Chair
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, USA
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