International Workshop on the Engineering of Mobile-Enabled Systems (MOBS 2013)

International Workshop on the Engineering of Mobile-Enabled Systems (MOBS 2013)
in conjunction with ICSE 2013, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A., May 25, 2013

Registration for MOBS 2013 is open. Take advantage of early-bird rates until April 14, 2013.


Mobile apps are becoming important in enterprise and mission-critical systems that make use of contextual information to optimize resource usage and drive business and operational processes. Mobile technology is also reaching people in the field across multiple domains, to help with various tasks such as speech and image recognition, natural language processing, decision making, and mission planning.

Mobile apps and smartphones are only one instance of today’s mobile computing technology. RFID tags, sensor nodes, and computing-enabled mobile devices are all components of the current mobile computing paradigm. These devices are being integrated into enterprise systems and mission-critical systems as a way to collect data in the field. Unlike in previous paradigms, data is no longer a discrete piece of information, locally produced and distributed via servers. Data is also produced, stored and used in the field, shared between mobile and resident devices, and potentially uploaded to local servers or the cloud—a distributed, heterogeneous, context-aware, data production and consumption paradigm.

From a systems and software engineering perspective, this means that mobile devices and sensors are being integrated into IT solutions and re-shaping the way that systems are built. We call these systems mobile-enabled systems.

The goal of MOBS 2013 is to create a focal point and an ongoing forum for researchers and practitioners to share results and open issues in the area of software engineering of mobile-enabled systems.


We are happy to announce Martin Griss from Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley as our keynote speaker. In his keynote, titled “Making Smart Communities Resilient: Mobile to the Rescue,” he will discuss his work as Director of the Disaster Management Initiative and what the initiative has accomplished toward making smart communities resilient.

Martin Griss is Director of the Silicon Valley Campus as well as Director of the Disaster Management Initiative. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience. He leads research in context-aware applications and software engineering, applying mobile, networking and sensor technology to disaster response. Griss also spent 20 years at HP Labs as Director of the Software Technology Laboratory. He was an associate professor of computer science at the University of Utah and adjunct professor at UCSC. He published over 60 articles, book chapters, and tutorials on mobile computing, software reuse, software agents and disaster response. He earned a BS from the Technion and a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois.

Preliminary Program

The preliminary program is available on the MOBS website. It includes three paper sessions—Testing and Quality Assurance, Security and Privacy, and Process. Break-out sessions, with groups created through a popular technique called card sorting, will work together to begin defining the principles for engineering mobile-enabled systems. There will be plenty of time for open discussion and collaboration with colleagues and leaders in the field.

All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in both the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Digital Library.

The workshop summary will be submitted to ACM Software Engineering Notes for publication.

Organizing Committee

Grace A. Lewis, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, U.S.A.
Jeff Gray, University of Alabama, U.S.A.
Henry Muccini, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Nachiappan Nagappan, Microsoft Research, U.S.A.
David Rosenblum, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Emad Shihab, Rochester Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Program Committee

Jeff Boleng, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, U.S.A.
Massimiliano di Penta, RCOST – University of Sannio, Italy
Sean Eade, Siemens Corporate Research, U.S.A.
James Edmonson, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, U.S.A.
Ahmed E. Hassan, Queen’s University, Canada
Abram Hindle, University of Alberta, Canada
Patricia Lago, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wei Le, Rochester Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Joseph Loyall, Raytheon BBN Technologies, U.S.A.
Ivano Malavolta, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Sam Malek, George Mason University, U.S.A.
Ali Mesbah, University of British Columbia, Canada
Leonardo Mostarda, Middlesex University, UK
Meiyappan Nagappan, Queen’s University, Canada
Iulian Neamtiu, University of California – Riverside, U.S.A.
Marc Novakouski, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, U.S.A.
Chris Parnin, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
Luigi Pomante, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Adam Porter, University of Maryland College Park, U.S.A.
Douglas Schmidt, Vanderbilt University, U.S.A.
Todd Sedano, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, U.S.A.
Michael Smit, York University, Canada
Tao Xie, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.


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