This proposal award supports the travel of students at U.S. institutions to attend the 9th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2011). MobiSys, sponsored by the ACM SIGMOBILE, will be held June 28-July 1st, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Project Outcome In this proposal, funds in amount of $10,000 were requested to support students at U.S. institutions to attend the 9th Annual International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys 2011) (www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2011/). MobiSys was held on June 28-July 1st, 2011 in Washington, DC. All of the funding requested was used to help cover travel expenses for qualified graduate students. The travel awards provide up to $800 per student helped to cover the costs related to studentâ€™s travel (economy airfare, lodging, meals, and conference registration fees). We encouraged the participation from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Preference was given to the PhD Forum participants and the presenters at the main conference. Out of the 35 student applications received, 10 full wards in amount of $800 and 5 half awards in amount of $400 with the total of $10,000 were awarded to 15 students. The PI and his institution research office smoothly administered and processed these awards. The broader impact of this proposal concerns the development of the graduate students that were able to attend MobiSys 2011 due to the provided travel support. The requested travel funds allowed graduate students conducting research in the field to attend high-caliber technical presentations, be exposed to state-of-the-art research, and interact with leading researchers and fellow graduate students. The event was an excellent opportunity for the awarded students to learn about hot topics in mobile systems and applications, open research problems, and possible career options after graduation. MobiSys is the premiere event in the mobile systems, applications and services fields. MobiSys, in general, seeks papers that take a broad systems perspective rather than focus narrowly on low-level components. In addition to the technical papers track, MobiSys 2011 will also included a Poster Session as well as a Demo Session. Moreover, MobiSys 2011 held a half day PhD Forum. An announcement (www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2011/grant.html) on the MobiSys 2011 website was posted on April 15th, 2011 to announce about the travel grant availability for Ph.D. students. Each graduate student applicant was requested to submit electronically the application to the Mobisys 2011 Travel Award Committee Chair (the PI) by May 13th, 2011. A small travel grants committee consists of two members was formed to review the applications. The committee received 35 student applications. The committee members agreed on accepting the students according to the following criteria order: Ph.D. student from US based institution Student participates in Ph.D. Forum Student is a first author in an accepted paper Student is a first author in an accepted poster/demo Maximum one full award ($800) for each advisor, or two half awards ($400) in case of multiple students from same advisor. The final award list consists of 10 full awards ($800) and 5 half awards ($500) with a total of 15 students being awarded ($10,000 in total) as shown in the "Award" column in the above table. The awardees were notified via e-mail on May 27th, 2011. The awardees were requested, after completing his/her travel, to fill certain forms and mail it with all the receipts to the PI by July 10th 2011. On August 16th 2011, the PIâ€™s institution research office issued a check for each awardee and mailed it to address that is listed on her/his travel form.