MOBS 2014

Second International Workshop on the Engineering of Mobile-Enabled Systems

ICSE 2014

In conjunction with the 36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2014)
Hyderabad, India

June 1, 2014

Mobile apps are becoming important parts of enterprise and mission-critical systems that make use of contextual information to optimize resource usage and drive business and operational processes. The number of users of mobile devices worldwide continues to increase.

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. Different from previous paradigms, data is no longer a discrete piece of information locally produced and distributed in 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. What this means from a systems and software engineering perspective is 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 2014 is to continue being the 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.

Call for Papers

MOBS 2014 seeks contributions specifically related to mobile-enabled systems in which mobile devices are not “units”, but rather “nodes” of much larger systems:

  • Architecting mobile-enabled systems
  • Context-aware mobile-enabled systems
  • Methods and tools for engineering quality attributes such as availability, security and privacy in mobile-enabled systems
  • Verification and validation of mobile-enabled systems
  • Novel software architectures for scalably supporting data collection and synchronization across mobile devices
  • Simulation-based assurance and analysis for scalability, survivability, reliability and resilience of mobile-enabled systems
  • Cyber-foraging strategies for resource optimization in mobile devices
  • Data-driven computing
  • Online and offline debugging
  • Empirical studies, case studies and industry experiences
  • Generative approaches (e.g., models and DSLs) to assist in managing the complexity resulting from the heterogeneous composition of mobile-enabled platforms
  • Human-centered issues that drive the emerging trend of incorporating mobile computing into existing interfaces 

The submission and review process will be done using EasyChair. 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. All accepted papers will be published in the conference electronic proceedings and in both ACM Digital Library and IEEE Digital Library. To encourage discussion, the page limit for papers is 6 pages.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: January 24, 2014

Acceptance Notification: February 24, 2014

Camera-Ready Version: March 14, 2014

Workshop Organizers

Grace Lewis is a Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She is currently the principal investigator for the Edge-Enabled Tactical Systems research project in the Advanced Mobile Systems initiative that is exploring the use of mobile computing, cloud computing, context-awareness and autonomy in tactical edge environments. Her current interests and projects are in cloudlet-based cyber-foraging, context-aware mobile applications, service-oriented architecture (SOA), and cloud computing. Grace has successfully co-organized multiple workshops at ICSE (MOBS, PESOS, SDSOA, SEEUP), ICSM (MESOCA, MESOA), CSMR (SOAM) and CASCON. Her latest publications include multiples reports and articles on these subjects and a book in the SEI Software Engineering Series. She is also a member of the technical faculty for the Master in Software Engineering program at CMU, a Member-at-Large of the IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering (TCSE), and a member of the steering committee for COMPARCH. Grace holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering and an Executive MBA from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia; and a Master in Software Engineering from CMU. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at VU University Amsterdam. More information about her work can be found at

Henry Muccini is an Assistant Professor at the University of L’Aquila in Italy.  Henry’s main research interests are related to the role of software architectures for producing quality software. In this direction, Henry has been investigating how software architectures can be used for the verification and validation of complex and dynamically-evolving software systems. More specifically, Henry has been researching methods for testing, analyzing, and monitoring software systems based on their software architecture, as well as approaches and languages to describe architectures to improve their testability and ability to be validated. More recently, Henry has started working on research related to the architecting of wireless sensor networks and on testing context-aware mobile applications. Henry has been co-organizing a variety of workshops at WICSA, ASE, FSE, ICSE, and CompArch, and has been recently co-chairing the Program Committee of QSIC 2012 and Euromicro SEAA 2012. Henry holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rome - La Sapienza, Italy. More information about his work can be found at

Jeff Gray is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Alabama where he directs research in software composition and modeling. Jeff completed the Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University. He teaches a graduate level course on aspects and modeling issues, and undergraduate courses on mobile software development (an introductory Freshman course using mobile computing and a senior Capstone design class focused on a mobile context). Jeff has served on over 150 Program Committees and 70 Organizing Committees at various venues (e.g., OOPSLA, MODELS, AOSD, GPCE). He is the MODELS 2013 General Chair, and was the Organizing Chair of AOSD 2009 and the 2009 Program co-Chair for the Software Language Engineering conference (co-located with MODELS). He has served on the organizing committee for ICSE 2013 and SPLASH 2010. His research is sponsored by Google, DARPA, NSF (including a CAREER award), IBM, and US Air Force. A recent NSF RAPID award is investigating the use of mobile applications in the cloud to support disaster relief efforts (e.g., tornado damage assessment). More information about his work can be found at

David S. Rosenblum is Professor of Computer Science and Dean of the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore.  At NUS he directs the Felicitous Computing Institute, which is conducting research on next-generation ubiquitous computing systems.  He received his PhD in 1988 from Stanford University and has held positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories (now AT&T Labs-Research) in Murray Hill, New Jersey; the University of California, Irvine; an Internet startup called PreCache (where he was Principal Architect and CTO); and University College London.  His research has addressed a wide range of problems spanning the breadth of the software development life cycle, including software architecture, testing and verification.  A central focus of his current research is the design and validation of mobile, context-aware adaptive systems for ubiquitous computing.  In 1997 he received a CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation for research on distributed component-based software, and from 2004-2009 he held a Wolfson Research Merit Award from the Royal Society in the UK.  He has served on numerous conference organizational, program and steering committees, including service as General Chair of ISSTA 2007, Program Co-Chair of ETAPS FASE 2010 and ICSE 2004, Program Chair of SIGSOFT FSE 2000, and Chair of the ICSE and ISSTA Steering Committees.  In January 2013 he will become the Editor-in-Chief of ACM TOSEM, for which he has served as an Associate Editor since 2005.  He also was previously an Associate Editor of IEEE TSE.  In 2002 he received the ICSE Most Influential Paper Award for his ICSE 1992 paper on assertion checking, and in 2008 he received the first ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award with Alexander L. Wolf for their ESEC/FSE 1997 paper on Internet-scale event notification.  He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, and IET, and he is the Past Chair of ACM SIGSOFT. More information about his work can be found at

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