Mobile Engineering

Call for Papers

A special issue of Future Internet Journal on

Mobile Engineering

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2013

Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej
Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Bernd Bruegge
Faculty of Informatics, TU München, Germany

Special Issue Information

Mobile is becoming mainstream. Mobile devices are among the most sold
computers in the world. For instance, Apple sold over 70 million iPhone
4S only in 2011; Samsung recently announced over 30 million sold Galaxy
S III only in 2012. One of the reasons behind the mobile hype is the
ever-growing power of mobile devices, which often outperform a typical
five-year-old desktop computer. Moreover, mobile devices offer novel
human-computer interfaces like touch-screens or speech recognition, and
employ powerful sensors, such as GPS, gyroscopes, or video cameras.
These interfaces and sensors enable a fully new spectrum of
context-aware, personalized, and intelligent software services and

The powerful, modern software frameworks and libraries, which enable
the design of new mobile “apps” in several hours, together with the
huge, highly dynamic user communities make mobile platforms very
attractive also for developers. As of September 2012, over 700,000
applications are available in the Apple AppStore, more than 500,000 in
Google Play. Download numbers are astronomic – around 1 billion per
month in the Apple AppStore – thanks to the application distribution and deployment platforms, where users can buy and deploy apps with just one click.

Mobile brings new potentials and challenges for the software
engineering community. As researchers and practitioners we need to ask
ourselves whether common software engineering tools, methods, and
processes are appropriate for designing and maintaining mobile software
services and applications, whether mobility has an impact on how
software needs to be designed, whether there are any special
circumstances at all for our community, or whether mobile is only “yet
another platform”. This special issue discusses problems, approaches,
and tools regarding the engineering of mobile software applications and

Requirements engineering for mobile services, in particular:

-User communities, user involvement, and user feedback
-Context aware mobile services
-Usability, privacy, security, and performance
-Design and implementation of mobile services, in particular:

-Tools, frameworks, and design patterns for mobile applications and
-Virtualization approaches
-Development environments and frameworks for mobile services and
-Mobile service deployment, in particular:

App engines, app stores
-Integration of mobile apps with conventional software systems
-Beta testing platforms
-Case studies, success and failure stories on engineering mobile

-Using mobile services by software engineering teams

-Mobile computing in software engineering education

Manuscripts should be submitted online at

Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be
published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together
on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well
as communications are invited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be
under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference
proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review
process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for
submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors
page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access
quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a
manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this
open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


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