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IEEE Computer Magazine, September 2003
Special Issue: Handheld Computing

Submission deadline: May 15, 2003

Editors: Brad Myers (Carnegie Mellon University)
         Michael Beigl (TecO, University of Karlsruhe)

Mobile computing using handheld devices has matured and will become
the dominant computing paradigm. We look at the current state of
mobile devices and applications, location-based services, and the
mobile networking protocols needed to support them.

Mobile computing has matured and appears destined to become the
dominant computing paradigm. Mobile devices (also called Handhelds)
are appearing in many forms factors and with increasingly diverse
functions: personal digital assistants (PDAs) such as PalmOS
organizers and PocketPCs, handheld games like GameBoys, mobile phones,
digital audio players, smart cameras, and many more. These are being
augmented with ever-increasing functions that cross boundaries, such
as GPS-enhanced PDAs, games and cameras on phones, etc. Communication
technologies such as BlueTooth, WiFi and G3 will increasingly make it
easy for these devices to communicate with other devices, appliances
and computers. Applications and middleware are also evolving as
PDA-class devices reach a critical mass in schools, hospitals, and
other venues beyond the traditional business uses.

The September 2003 issue of IEEE Computer will be devoted to handheld
computing. We are soliciting papers that provide a perspective on all
aspects of the field: infrastructure technologies, devices,
middleware, and applications. There are opportunities for short and
long papers, providing a forum for reporting on both early and mature
research. We also wish to solicit descriptions of the experiences with
handheld technology in existing products and services. Topics of
particular interest for this issue are, but not limited to, the list

- Applications, particularly in non-traditional settings
- New services enabled by the mobile technologies
- Middleware support for mobile devices
- Novel form factors and functions for handheld devices
- User Interfaces and interaction techniques for small devices
- Wireless-phone computing
- Security and privacy aspects for mobile devices

Submissions should be limited to 6000 words (8 pages) with pictures
counting as 300 words. Short papers and sidebars can run 400-750 words
(0.5-1 page).

Author resources and Readership information can be found at

Please send submissions in PDF or MSWord format to:
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