Mobility has become an essential field of computing with a fast-growing research community catalyzed by the mass adoption of mobile platforms in daily life. For example, in 2011 analysts at Gartner expect about 1.7 billion mobile phones to ship, along with 180 million laptops. Within the cell phone market segment, smart phones experienced a growth of over 70% in the 2010-11 period. This is the driving force motivating mobile research and development, providing a fertile ground for continued innovation.
We hope you find this Tech Pack educational, and of value to your profession. The structure of this Tech Pack is presented in the Annotated Bibliography Sections (see sidebar on Annotated Bibliography page), organized into five main sections: Mobility Visions, Applications and Middleware, Wireless & Mobile Technologies, Community Resources, and Supplementary Materials. Further, in Sections 2 and 3, which contain the majority of references to current mobile computing research, papers are further classified using the (1)–(5) keys below; providing guidance to the reader on the type of resource being presented:
- Survey/Overview: Survey of the field, or overview of the technology;
- System: Technology built into a system capable of supporting an application;
- Experience: Deployment to a group of users or lab experiment;
- Theory: A paper that expands our theoretic understanding of the technology;
- General: Additional paper(s) that help define the area/technology.
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