MobEA V- Mobile Web in the developing world
Collocated with WWW2007 conference
Aim and Scope
We are in the midst of a mobile revolution. Mobile Web Initiative spearheaded by W3C is making a strong stand on how to realize the vision of pervasive mobile computing. Services provided have to be adapted to the users’ wants and needs. To do this, we need to go beyond technology, and understand the human-centric aspects of mobile computing. The objective of this workshop is to provide a single forum for researchers and technologists to discuss the state-of-the-art, present their contributions, and set future directions in emerging innovative applications for mobile users in the developing world. W3C has started a number of initiatives along the direction of Mobile Web Best Practices, Device Description Working Group, Device Independence Working Group and others.
Topics of interest for technical papers include, but are not limited to the following:
- Real-world projects relying on Mobile Web access in Developing Countries
- Key applications to leverage the development/use of mobile web in Developing Countries
- Analysis of the potential demand for data service / mobile web access in Developing Countries
- Regional differences in Asia/Africa/Central Europe/Middle East/South America/...
- Analysis of Mobile Web usage in Developing Countries
- Usage of Mobile Web technologies in emergency responses in rural areas
- Analysis on the way the Mobile Web could improve people lives in Developing Countries (education, healthcare,...)
- Challenges to make the Mobile Web really useful (not just usable)
- Analysis of the main value added of the Mobile Web vs. a mobile phone (voice only) vs. a computer in an Internet cafe? :
o Are cheap PC a competing platform to web-enabled phones ?
o Can a web-enabled phone play the same role in Developing Countries as the PC at home in Western Countries
- Role of voice and multimodal technologies/applications
- Technical challenges to have web-enabled phone being the alone/primary way to access the Web
o Content authoring from a mobile phone?
o Use of the mobile web as a tool of political activism
The topics of interest are particularly important for the Spring 2007 timeframe to align MWI with the users, the carriers’/operators deployment strategies and of course the application/service providers’.
Submissions will be solicited and all papers are subject to peer review. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two peers and their collective comments will be taken into consideration to decide paper acceptance. We will maintain a rather high level of importance on the technical feasibility of the proposed applications for a telecommunications carrier managed service or a premise-based enterprise deployment at large scale.
This conference will provide an international forum to discuss issues on emerging mobile applications both from a technical and business standpoint. The chosen mix of papers will attract a large community of mobile application providers. The targeted audience will range from developers and technical managers to business level executives, providing a good mix of talent.
Submissions will be evaluated according to the relevance and originality of the work and to their ability to generate discussions between the participants of the workshop. The format of submitted papers must follow the same style as regular WWW2007 papers, including no page numbers. You are invited to submit a full paper describing completed work (up to 5,000 words) or a position paper describing work in progress (up to 2,000 words) not to exceed 12 double spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch pages (including figures, tables and references) in 10-12 point font. Include an abstract, five to ten keywords, and the corresponding author's e-mail address. At least one author of accepted papers must register for the WWW’07 conference before the early registration deadline. Registration information will be available at the conference web site: http://www2007.org
Submission Information and Requirements
Workshop submissions for WWW2007 workshops must be submitted via the workshop submission web site, http://www.easychair.org/WWW2007Workshops/
All accepted papers for all workshops will appear in the conference CD handed out to all conference attendees.
Workshop papers papers must be submitted as PDF documents. No other format will be accepted. It is the responsibility of all authors to produce PDF documents that can be read and printed on any platform. Please check to ensure that you can produce PDF documents well before the submission deadline.
Workshop papers can be prepared using either LaTeX or Microsoft Word, although using LaTeX is recommended. (Other document preparation systems can be used, but are not recommended and no assistance will be provided in the case of problems. Authors using other document preparation systems are responsible for producing output completely equivalent to that produced using one of the methods below.) If using LaTex or Microsoft Word, the following style files must be used for submission of refereed papers and poster papers:
These are modified versions of the ACM proceedings style files. More information on the style files can be found at:
Information on ACM categories, subject descriptors, and general terms is at:
Notes for LaTeX users:
To ensure your submission is formatted for Letter paper use "dvipdf -t letter" (or equivalent).
All authors should be listed on the front page. For instructions for more than 3 authors, see
The current class files should work with MikTeX. If you have MikTeX,
however, it would be a very good idea to produce a draft version early just to ensure that everything is OK.
Notes for Microsoft Word users:
Converting from Microsoft Word format to PDF depends on which version of Word and which other software you have on your system. One possible way to produce PDF from Microsoft Word is to use OpenOffice. (You could even use OpenOffice for the entire paper production process.) You will have to download and install a recent version of OpenOffice. OpenOffice is available at http://openoffice.org.
February 12th 2007: Submission of full and position papers [NEW EXTENDED to FEB 26th 2007 !!!]
15th March 2007: Notification of acceptance
27th March 2007: Camera-ready copies due
May 8th 2007: Workshop day
Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings
Previous MobEA proceedings
MobEA IV 2006
MobEA III 2005
MobEA II 2004
MobEA I 2003
Organizing Committee Members
Rittwik Jana - Senior
Technical Specialist at AT&T
Labs Research. He received a B.E degree in electrical engineering from the
University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1994. He
received a Ph.D. degree from the
Daniel Appelquist Daniel K. Appelquist
is a Senior Technology Strategist
working for Vodafone's Industry Initiatives and Standardization team, focusing
on Mobile Internet topics. He represents Vodafone in the W3C and in the Mobile Web Initiative which he
AT&T Labs Research
Vodafone Group Services
The Connection, Newbury,