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SIGMOBILE Program Review Roy Want SIGMOBILE Chair [email protected] Sep 2011 SGB Meeting. SIGMOBILE. Mission: Premier Organization: Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing: Founded in 1996 (we started MobiCom, our first conference, in 1995)

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Sigmobile program review http www sigmobile org

SIGMOBILE Program Review

Roy Want


[email protected]

Sep 2011 SGB Meeting


Mission: Premier Organization: Mobility of Systems, Users, Data, and Computing:

  • Founded in 1996 (we started MobiCom, our first conference, in 1995)

  • Current Executive Committee elected 2009 (2 years)

    SIGMOBILE membership benefits include:

  • Subscription to quarterly journal Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R)

  • Monthly members E-Mail Newsletter (CFPs, articles, calendar, …)

  • Moderated members-only announcement e-mail list

  • Discounted registration for events sponsored, or in-cooperation with SIGMOBILE

  • Five Sponsored Conferences: MobiSys, MobiCom, MobiHoc, SenSys, Ubicomp

  • Member Value Plus program: CDROM of full proceedings of all 5 conferences

  • Support community benefits such as N2Women & CRAWDAD

    Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R):

  • High-quality peer-reviewed research papers (double-blind reviewing)

  • 14 international Area Editors, fast turn-around time, < 6 months to publication

  • NEW EIC 2010: Prof. Suman Banerjee (Univ. Wisconsin, Madison) joined 2010

  • NEW Look in 2011: vision, expert testimony, view points + CFPs, features, reviews etc.

Sigmobile financials
SIGMOBILE Financials

SIGMOBILE finances are strong and growing:

  • Now over $633,000 above required fund balance ($78,000 in 2007)

  • Continued strong Industry support with over 20 international sponsor organizations

  • Conferences are all profitable; but we continue to be very conservative with budget

    Plans for how to spend all that money:

  • We would like to sponsor other community resources as with CRAWDAD

  • Reduce conference registration fees for students

  • Provide more student travel grants

  • Provide a much reduced student SIGMOBILE membership fee

    • Less than current $20 (acm) / $25 (non-acm)

  • Financial support for chapters (e.g. grants for speaker honorariums ) – especially to encourage new chapters

High quality conferences workshops


High Quality Conferences & Workshops

SIGMOBILE sponsors 5 well attended annual international conferences:

  • MobiCom: Mobile Computing and Networking (since 1995)

  • MobiHoc: Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (since 2000)

  • MobiSys: Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (since 2003)

    • In-cooperation with SIGOPS

  • SenSys: Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (since 2003)

    • Co-sponsored by SIGMOBILE and SIGCOMM (30% each);SIGARCH, SIGOPS, SIGMETRICS, SIGBED (10% each)

  • Ubicomp: Ubiquitous Computing (since 2009)

    • Co-sponsored by SIGMOBILE & SIGCHI

      + HotMobile: Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems & Apps (since 2008)

      FUTURE Plans

  • Expand sponsorship to other high quality (independent) conferencese.g. Pervasive’12 – discussion with steering committee to join SIGMOBILE

  • 29 workshops sponsored last year: Similar number expected for 2011-12

  • Need to find a new Workshop Coordination (in-progress)

    • Opportunity to provide new guidelines for creating and approving workshops

Recognizing and nurturing


Recognizing and Nurturing


  • Outstanding Contribution Award: a single research contribution or lifetime award

    • Prof. Deborah Estrin (UCLA) 2009-10

    • Prof. Satya (CMU) 2010-11

  • Distinguished Service Award: service to SIGMOBILE or community

  • Awards for best paper at MobiSys, and best student paper & talk at MobiCom

  • NEW Awards Chair 2011: Edward Knightly (Rice Univ.)


  • SIGMOBILE Rockstar Award

    • Targeting young, outstanding researchers

    • Encouraging the next generation of researchers

  • SIGMOBILE Best System Implementation Award

    • Encourage people to build high quality mobile systems

    • Provide an archive& benchmark for the community

Engaged research community


Engaged Research Community

SIGMOBILE membership is healthy:

  • Membership total has been in 700-800 range past 4 years (2011: down 5.6% at 727)

    Volunteer Involvement:

  • Annual open SIGMOBILE business meetings are very well attended

  • We have many volunteers seeking to get more involved in SIGMOBILE:

    • Conf. General Chairs, Program Chairs, Program Committees

    • Large active group of volunteers operating MC2R; E-News Editor

      Three local international SIGMOBILE Chapters:

  • Nanyang Technological University Student Chapter (Singapore)

  • Sydney Professional Chapter (Australia)

  • NEW 2010: Taiwan Chapter: National I-Ian University (NIU) (Taiwan)

  • FUTURE: the EC would like to encourage new chapters (viz: financials)

    Future Continued Support of Community Resources:

  • Networking2 Women: $10K for Student Travel, Registration, Meetings

  • CRAWDAD (Dartmouth): $10K: A community repository for mobile traces

  • NEW 2011: ACM-W: Sponsor & support requests to attend mobile conferences

  • FUTURE: ACM Mobility Tech Pack: draft written – release expected by Q4 2011