MobiSys 2010: PhD Forum

San Francisco, CA USA

Call For Submissions


The PhD Forum provides a friendly and supportive environment for doctoral students to present and discuss their dissertation research both with their peers and with a panel of experienced researchers from academia and industry. In addition to providing feedback and advice, this forum will provide an opportunity for students to network as well as to practice presenting their research clearly and concisely.

This meeting is best suited to students who are far enough into their PhD to have a concrete dissertation proposal outlining the key challenges they plan to solve as well as the strategies and methodologies that are applicable. Furthermore, participants should not plan to finish their dissertation within 6 months of the forum, as that would leave little time to include advice and suggestions into their work.

Awards: $500 will be awarded for the best presentation at the forum.

Travel Grants

MobiSys 2010 is pleased to provide travel support to selected US based graduate students to broaden the participation in our main conference and workshops. Travel support will provide up to $1000 per student to help cover the cost of the student's travel, lodging, meals, and conference registration fees. We encourage the participation from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to PhD Forum participants and presenters at the main conference but we will also seriously consider applications from presenters of posters, demos, or papers at other MobiSys 2010 workshops. Travel support is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Additional information can be found on the MobiSys site: Travel Grants


The forum will be a one-day event consisting of short student presentations, discussion, and a roundtable discussion. Each participant will have time allotted for a short presentation as well as an in-depth and constructive discussion led by the panel. In order to allow adequate time for each presentation, we will limit the number of participants to 10 presenters.

The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion, in which panelists will have another opportunity to provide general suggestions and advice to the entire group.


Submissions should consist of the following:

  1. An extended abstract of the student's dissertation research (up to 2 pages) including a brief discussion of motivation, challenges, related work, and initial results. Applicants should clearly identify their contributions to the field of mobile systems. Also, a clear delineation of prior work and proposed work will help the panel provide more useful suggestions.
  2. A short biographical sketch (1 page max) describing the applicants affiliations and research activities. This should include the date that the student expects to complete his/her dissertation.

Submissions should be sent in PDF format to

If accepted, a student may be asked to provide explanations or clarification by the camera-ready deadline.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: March 12, 2010 Deadline Extended: March 26, 2010
Notification Deadline: April 9, 2010 Deadline Extended: April 23, 2010
Camera-ready: May 7, 2010
Forum Date: June 15, 2010

Please send questions and feedback to