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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) 
http://mobilesoftconf.org/2016/

Austin, TX (USA)
Co-located with ICSE 2016 (May 14-22) 
http://2016.icse.cs.txstate.edu/
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RESEARCH PAPERS, SHORT PAPERS, EXPERIENCE REPORTS
================================================

Important Dates
==============
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 
and training
* 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 
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mobilesoft2016).
Accepted papers will be published in the conference 
electronic proceedings and in both ACM Digital Library and 
IEEE Digital Library.


TUTORIALS
=========

Important Dates
===============
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:

* TITLE
A concise title.

* PRESENTER(S)
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.

* FORMAT
Clarification of the intended format and activities planed 
within the tutorial (e.g. initial lecture, demo, hands-on 
exercise, discussion).

* 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.

* EQUIPMENT
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 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mobilesoft2016.

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.


DOCTORAL SYMPOSIUM
==================

Important Dates
===============
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 
OSs
* Energy consumption and sustainability
* Offloading
* 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 
welcomed.

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 
(https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mobilesoft2016).

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 
following structure:

* Title of your proposal
* Your name, affiliation, email address, and personal 
website.
* 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 
studies, experiments).
* 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
===========================

Important Dates
===============
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 
evaluations.

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 
competition.

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 
evaluated.

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: 
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mobilesoft2016

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.


ORGANIZATION
===========
* 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 
States

* Tutorials Co-Chairs
Barbora Buhnova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) - 
chair
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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