Mobility is perhaps the most important market and technological trend within information and communication technology.  With the advent of new mobile infrastructures providing higher bandwidth and constant connection to the network from virtually everywhere, the way people use information resources is predicted to be radically transformed.


The rapid developments in information technology (IT), particularly communication and collaboration technologies, are substantially changing the landscape of organizational computing. Workers in any business area are becoming increasingly mobile. Workers in more and more areas will be required to act flexibly within the constraints of the business processes of the company (or companies) they are currently working for . At the same time they will often want to use the same information technology to support their private tasks.


Over the last years, a new breed of information systems have appeared to address this emerging situation, referred to as mCommerce systems or mobile information systems. This has inspired the IFIP TC8 Task group on Mobile Information Systems to arrange the MOBIS Working Conference


Objective of the Working Conference


The objective of the working conference is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners across the areas of planning, analysis, design, construction, modification, implementation, utilization, evaluation, and management of mobile information systems to meet, and exchange research ideas and results. It also provides this group of researchers an opportunity to present their research papers, and to take part in open discussions. Specifically, we would like to use the working conference to


·        Clarify differences and similarities between the development of mobile vs. more traditional information system.

·        Investigate organizational impact of mobile information systems

·        Investigate mCommerce relative to eCommerce

·        Investigate mobile commerce applications combined with the advantages of mobile communications technologies, the drivers of  which have been identified as ubiquity, reachability, security, convenience, localization, instant connectivity and    personalization.

·        Evaluate existing and newly developed approaches for analysis, design, implementation, and evolution of mobile information systems.

·        Investigate technical issues and the constraints they pose on mobile information systems functionalities and design

·        Investigate interactive design issues


Topics of Interest


The relevant topics for this working conference include (but are not limited to) the following aspects of mobile information systems/ mCommerce  systems:


·        Mobile commerce models and architecture

·        The Mobile Enterprise

·         Mobile information systems applications in organizations

·        e-services in mobile information systems

·        Interdependencies of mobile information technologies and organizational structure, relationships and interaction

·        Enterprise modeling and business process re-engineering supporting introduction of mobile information systems

·        Analysis, design, construction, modification and implementation of computer-based mobile information systems for organizations; 

·        Requirement specification

·        Meta-modeling and method engineering

·        Multi-channel architecture and user-interface development

·        Data management for mobile applications

·        Location awareness and determination

·        Content personalization and tailoring

·        New collaboration paradigms

·        Enabling Technologies for Mobile Commerce

·        Mobile agents

·        Security, privacy, authorization, and billing

·        Evaluation and management of mobile information systems

·        Mobile commerce implications

·        Social and economic aspects of mobility



Important dates:


·        Paper submissions: 15. March 2004

·        Notification: 30. April 2004

·        Camera Ready Copies: 26. May 2004

·        Conference: 15-17 September 2004  in Oslo, Norway


Submission Guidelines


We invite you to submit a paper or to propose a panel for this conference.


Papers must be original, unpublished elsewhere and between 16 and 24 pages long double-spaced. Both paper manuscripts and panel proposals can be submitted using the conference submission system available at If  questions with the use of the conference management system, contact Barbara Pernici (


All submissions should include a separate title page with the title of the paper and each author's full name, affiliation, complete address, telephone, fax and email. The body of the paper must contain the title and abstract, a list of keywords, the text and should not identify the author (s) in any manner. Once accepted, final papers must be submitted in IFIP/Kluwer camera ready format. This is not necessary for the reviewing draft. Guidelines (templates) for formatting are available at


Panels are required to generate active discussion on key issues related to the conference theme. All panel proposals should include:

§         A brief summary of the proposed topic

§         Names, affiliations and full addresses of all confirmed panel members

§         A brief description of each member's background relative to the topic of the panel


Accepted papers as well as summaries of panels will be published in the Kluwer proceedings. One author of each paper must attend the conference. All participants will receive a copy of the final proceedings.



International Program Committee


§         Luciano Baresi, Italy

§         Boualem Benatallah, Australia

§         Richard Baskerville, USA

§         Gordana Culjak, Australia

§         Jashir Dhaliwal, Norway

§         Chiara Francalanci, Italy

§         Manfred Hauswirth, Switzerland

§         Jan Pries Heje , Denmark

§         Jo Herstad, Norway

§         George Giaglis, Greece

§         Garrick Jones, UK

§         Ravi Kalakota, USA

§         KarL-Heinz Kautz, Denmark

§         Steven Kelly, Finland

§         Christen Krogh, Norway

§         Michel Leonard, Switzerland

§         Binshan Lin, USA

§         Heiko Ludwig, USA

§         Kalle Lyytinen, USA

§         Ralf Muhlberger, Australia

§         Erich Neuhold, Germany

§         Erik Gøsta Nilsson, Norway

§         Andreas L. Opdahl, Norway

§         Lim Ee Peng, Singapore

§         Wolfgang Prinz, Germany

§         Siggi Reich, Austria

§         Gustavo Rossi, Argentina

§         Matti Rossi. Finland

§         Keng Siau, USA

§         David Simplot, France

§         Guttorm Sindre, Norway

§         Mikael B. Skov, Denmark

§         Kari Smolander, Finland

§         Robert Steele, Australia

§         Marie Thilliez, France

§         Jari Veijalainen, Finland

§         Antony Wasserman, USA

§         Jens Wehrmann, Germany


Workshop co-chairs


General Chair

Prof. Dewald Roode
University of

South Africa



Program Co-Chairs

Prof. Barbara Pernici

Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Dr. Elaine Lawrence

University of Technology

Sydney, Australia


Organizing Chair

Prof. John Krogstie

SINTEF and Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Norway



For more information, please contact:


Prof. John Krogstie


Forskningsveien 1

P.O.Box 124 Blindern

N-0314 Oslo, Norway

Phone +47 93417551

Fax:   +47 22067350

John.Krogstie AT







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