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MOBILESoft 2017 : 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems


When May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017
Where Buenos Aires, Argentina
Submission Deadline Jan 20, 2017
Notification Due Feb 18, 2017
Final Version Due Feb 27, 2017
Categories    mobile software development   software engineering   mobile systems   mobile

Call For Papers

MOBILESoft 2017 - 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (May 22-23)

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Co-located with ICSE 2017 (May 20-28)

MOBILESoft cordially invites contributions related to all aspects of mobile software engineering!

In recent years, the massive increase in the use of mobile applications has greatly influenced 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, several wireless communications (WLAN, 4G, RFID etc), 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. Developing versatile and robust mobile applications requires formally grounded methods, as well as advanced practices and tools.

MOBILESoft provides a working conference-style forum for the discussion and presentation of innovative contributions to the research and practice of the design, development, validation, execution, and evolution of mobile applications.

MOBILESoft 2017 comprises four main tracks:
- technical papers,
- new ideas,
- tool demos and mobile apps,
- student research competition.

Call for Papers

Technical Papers

The technical papers track will focus on significant new and emerging solutions for mobile application software engineering. These should be well-motivated, carefully compared and contrasted with significant related research; and include methodology, implementation, results and discussion as appropriate. Solutions are expected to be rigorously evaluated in a way appropriate to the type of contribution. Areas of contribution may include technological advancements, architectural approaches, advancements in design and implementation methods, testing approaches, user interfaces and HCI, business and organisational issues, and empirical studies. We solicit contributions of full papers (up to 10 pages, with up to 2 additional pages only for references), and short papers (up to 4 pages, with 1 additional page only for references). Full papers are expected to make a significant new research or practice contribution. Short papers are expected to present an interesting, well-developed contribution of more modest proportions. Papers must not have been previously published or be under consideration elsewhere for publication. We solicit contributions from both academia and industry.

PC co-chairs: John Grundy and William G.J. Halfond

New Ideas track

MOBILESoft 2017 also invites submissions for a "New Ideas" track. This track is not considered a "second tier" of MOBILESoft but rather an alternative track for fledgling or unconventional ideas. These may include: preliminary results that call into question long held beliefs or conventions; bold visions of new directions in mobile software engineering and systems; novel (and potentially groundbreaking) interdisciplinary synergies; and, more in general, “big" ideas for our emerging community of software engineering for mobile systems. New Ideas submissions should not exceed four (4) pages in length and should be submitted according to all of the requirements (including deadlines) of MOBILESoft 2017.

Track co-chairs: Christine Julien and Mirco Musolesi

Tool Demos and Mobile Apps track

We solicit demos of applications and tools from both academic and industrial researchers, showing new practical contributions to mobile software engineering. Authors of each accepted submission will give a short presentation of their solution, followed by a detailed demo session. We envision tool demo submissions addressing any aspect of tool support to help software architects, researchers, and practitioners, and mobile application submissions presenting novel aspects in mobile application development. Both tool demos and mobile application submissions can fall into one of the following two categories:
Tools and apps in practice, either from commercial vendors or open-source projects. These demonstrations should focus on practical applications within the different activities of software architecting and should particularly show how they advance the current state of the practice. New ideas and features are particularly welcome.
Tools and apps in research from academic or industrial research environments. These demonstrations are intended to highlight underlying scientific contributions and show how scientific approaches have been transferred into a working tool.
Both categories may range from early prototypes to in-house or pre-commercialized products. Authors of regular MOBILESoft papers are also welcome to submit an accompanying MOBILESoft Tool Demos and Mobile Apps paper by adding information regarding the actual demo. Each contribution must be submitted in the form of a two (2)-page short paper. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Track co-chairs: Marco Pistoia and Paolina Centonze

Student Research Competition track

MobileSoft will host 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 SRC at MobileSoft 2017 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. The ACM SRC at MobileSoft 2017 consists of three parts: (1) research abstract submission, (2) poster presentation, and (3) research presentation. The winners of the competition will be invited to participate in the ACM SRC Grand Finals.

To participate in the competition, interested graduate and undergraduate students should submit a two-page abstract. Submissions must be individual student research projects. These 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.

The top three winners receive prizes of US $500, US $300, and US $200, respectively. All winners also receive an award medal and a two-year complimentary ACM membership with a subscription to ACM’s Digital Library. Winners will be recognized during the conference.
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. After the conference, the winners from each category (undergraduate and graduate) will advance to the ACM SRC Grand Finals.

Topics of Interest (common to all tracks)

We solicit contributions related to mobile software engineering, including but not limited to the following topics:
- 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 role of mobile in the context of the Internet of Things
- Mobile apps connected to wearable devices
- Industrial experience reports

Formatting and Submission Instructions

All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the ACM Formatting Guidelines (LaTeX users, please use the “Option 2” style). All submissions must be in PDF format and use US Letter page format. For more information about the evaluation process and specific instructions for submission to MOBILESoft 2017, please visit

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Important Dates (for all tracks)

Papers due: Friday, January 20th, 2017 24:00 AoE.
Author Notifications: February 18th, 2017.
Camera-ready due: February 27, 2017.


At least one author of an accepted contribution is required to register, present the work, and participate during the discussions at the forum. Accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in both the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Digital Library.

Organizing committee

General chair:
Henry Muccini, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Conference chair:
Bara Buhnova, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Program Co-Chairs:
John Grundy, Deakin University, Australia
William G.J. Halfond, University of Southern California, USA

New Ideas Co-chairs:
Christine Julien, The University of Texas, USA
Mirco Musolesi, University College London, UK

Tool Demos and Mobile Apps Co-Chairs:
Marco Pistoia, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Paolina Centonze, Iona College, USA

Student Research Competition Co-Chairs:
Grace A. Lewis, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, USA
Young-Woo Kwon, Utah State University, USA

Local Chair:
Sergio Yovine, CONICET and University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

IEEE Software Delegate:
Mei Nagappan, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

Social Media Chair:
Mirco Franzago, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Publicity Co-Chairs:
Ivano Malavolta, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Federica Sarro, University College London, UK
Shah Rukh Humayoun, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Proceedings Chair:
Marco Autili, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Social media

Twitter: @mobilesoftconf
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Ivano Malavolta, Shah Rukh Humayoun, Federica Sarro
MOBILESoft 2017 Publicity Co-Chairs

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