Call for Papers

Mobile Computing and Applications Track

28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

SAC 2013

March 18 - 22, 2013

Coimbra, Portugal

List of Accepted Papers

For the past twenty-seven years, the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing has been a primary gathering forum for applied computer scientists, computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from around the world. SAC 2013 is sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP), and will be held at the Institute of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal. It is hosted by Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC), Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra (ISR-FCTUC), and Mathematical and Computer Sciences Institute, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (ICMC-USP).

The research area of mobile computing has become even more important following the recent widespread drive towards wireless sensor networks, NFC and location tracking technologies and their applications. The various mobile gadgets, generally embedded within small ubiquitous devices, notably in myriads of intelligent smart phones and devices, have paved the way for wearable computers and found their applications in various industries, such as transportation and health-care. The availability of high bandwidth LTE communication infrastructures and the pervasive deployment of low cost WiFi access points help to accelerate the development of mobile computing to provide ubiquitous computing. This is made possible through the use of increasingly powerful hardware handheld devices, many of which now come with built-in Bluetooth and wireless LAN interfaces. Emergence and acceptance of programming standards like AJAX, SOAP/.NET, web services, and different software applications have paved the way for seamless communications across devices. As mobile computing and its applications involve inter-disciplinary research efforts, this is an appropriate track for SAC, in order to draw upon expertise from different areas of researches for better synergy. The unique characteristics and issues present in a mobile computing environment have motivated diverse research areas, spanning from protocols for mobile computing to middleware services to facilitate better integration of mobile services to existing network infrastructure, as well as effective information representation, processing and visualization with small pervasive devices.

The Mobile Computing and Applications track is dedicated to this exciting and evolving area of mobile computing to draw upon research efforts and expertise from different areas of researches for better synergy. We would like to bring forth not only the core technologies driving the research, but also important applied research and applications to realize the benefits of anywhere, anyplace and anytime computing.

Papers are solicited for the following representative topic areas (but not restricted to):

- adaptive computing
- apps on smart phones
- caching and disconnected operation
- context-aware mobile computing
- data replication and reconciliation
- L-commerce
- location-aware applications
- M-commerce
- mobile agents
- mobile applications and systems
- mobile clouds
- mobile databases and transactions
- mobile device programming and applications
- mobile middleware services based on events, and object models
- mobile web access and web services
- NFC and RFID applications
- pervasive computing
- spatiotemporal data representation and processing
- visualization on handheld devices
- wearable computers
- wireless communication and networks
- wireless multimedia
- wireless sensor networks

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit original papers in all areas of experimental computing and application development for the technical program via the various tracks hosted by SAC 2013. Submissions fall into the following categories:

Program Committee members from renowned universities with strong expertise in the track focus area will blindly review submissions to that track. Accepted papers will be published in the annual conference proceedings. Submission guidelines can be found on SAC 2013 Website ( Prospective papers should be submitted to the track using the provided automated submission system, namely, START. Submission of the same paper to multiple tracks is not allowed. For more information please visit the SAC 2013 Website.

Authors are invited to submit their papers (in postscript or pdf format) via the SAC START submission system with link by September 28, 2012. The papers must be original work, not previously published, and currently not submitted elsewhere. The author(s) name(s) and address(es) must NOT appear in the body of the paper, and self-reference should be in the third person. This is to facilitate blind review. Only the title should be shown at the first page without the authors' information. In addition, for each submitted paper, a separated cover page (in plain ASCII) should be sent to including the paper title, abstract, list of key words, and full list of authors with full names, affiliations and email addresses. One of the authors must be designated as the primary contact point to receive the notification at the time of the paper submission. Each paper will undergo a formal peer review process on the basis of technical quality, originality, clarity, and relevance to the track topics above. If you have any inquiry about the track, please contact with the Track Chairs.

Authors are allowed up to 8 pages, but there will be a charge of 80USD per extra page for any paper with more than 6 pages in the final camera ready. At least one of the authors of the accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper. Papers and posters NOT presented at conference will NOT be included in the ACM digital library. Submission must be received by Friday, September 28, 2012.

Student Research Competition Program

SAC 2013 also features a new initiative on Student Research Abstracts. Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their research ideas are invited to submit abstracts of their original unpublished and in-progress research work in areas of experimental computing and application development related to SAC 2013 Tracks. The Student Research Competition (SRC) program is designed to provide graduate students the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with researcher and practitioners in their areas of interest.

All research abstract submissions will be reviewed by researchers and practitioners with expertise in the track focus area to which they are submitted. Authors of selected abstracts will have the opportunity to give poster presentations of their work and compete for three top winning places. The SRC committee will evaluate and select First, Second, and Third place winners. The winners will receive cash awards and SIGAPP recognition certificates during the conference banquet dinner. Authors of selected abstracts are eligible to apply to the SIGAPP Student Travel Award program for support.

Submission: Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts (minimum of two pages; maximum of four pages) of their original un-published and in-progress research work following the instructions published at SAC 2013 website. The submissions must address research work related to a SAC track (namely, MCA track in this case), with emphasis on the innovation behind the research idea, including the problem being investigated, the proposed approach and research methodology, and sample preliminary results of the work. In addition, the abstract should reflect on the originality of the work, innovation of the approach, and applicability of anticipated results to real-world problems. All abstracts must be submitted through the START Submission system. Submitting the same abstract to multiple tracks is not allowed.

Note: The submission deadline and review cycle is slightly different from the main SAC conference. Please refer to the SRC CFP for details.

Track Officials

Track Co-chairs
Hong Va Leong
Department of Computing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

Alvin Chan
Department of Computing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

Program Committee

Kemal Akkaya, Southern Illinois University, USA
Peter Bertok, RMIT University, Australia
Angelo Brayner, University of Fortaleza, Brazil
Ying Cai, Iowa State University, USA
Guadalupe Canahuate, University of Iowa, USA
Chi-Yin Chow, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Alfredo Cuzzocrea, ICAR-CNR and University of Calabria, Italy
Murat Demirbas, SUNY at Buffalo, USA
Ling Feng, Tsinghua University, China
Takahiro Hara, Osaka University, Japan
Charles Hu, National Central University, Taiwan
Roger King, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Dik Lee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Guanling Lee, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Ken Lee, Amazon Web Services, USA
Wang-Chien Lee, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Victor Leung, University of British Columbia, Canada
Stephane Maag, Institut Telecom SudParis, France
Dennis McLeod, University of Southern California, USA
Xiaofeng Meng, Renmin University, China
Mirco Musolesi, University of Birmingham, UK
Eduardo Freire Nakamura, FUCAPI, Brazil
Wen-Chih Peng, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Caspar Ryan, RMIT University, Australia
Ahmet Sacan, Drexel University, USA
Weidong Shi, University of Houston, USA
Antonio Si, Nexant Inc, USA
Makoto Takizawa, Seikei University, Japan
Savio Tse, Istanbul University, Turkey
Ling-Yin Wei, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Man Hon Wong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Wei Wu, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore
Jianliang Xu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Mi-Yen Yeh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Arkady Zaslavsky, CSIRO, Australia
Baihua Zheng, Singapore Management University, Singapore



September 28, 2012

Paper Submission (Extended Deadline)
November 10, 2012 Notification of Acceptance
November 30, 2012 Camera-Ready Copy Due

Track CFP URL:
Past record: SAC 12 Mobile Computing and Applications Track
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Last : November 12, 2012