Mobile Information Systems

Sustainable Mobile Computing and Communications


Lead Editor

1Luleå University of Technology, Skellefteå, Sweden

2University of Lorraine, Nancy, France

3Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

4Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Sustainable Mobile Computing and Communications


The International Telecommunications Union, ITU (2013) has provided vital statistics on ICT use, which evidently shows an increasing trend of universal growth in ICT uptake. According to ITU, in 2013, there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world. This is attributed to the mobile revolution, which delivers ICT applications in education, business, government, banking, health, etc. Thus, the concept of mobile computing has revolutionized people's lives such that, nowadays, any information can be accessed and transmitted anytime, anywhere from any device. This new way of interacting with services basically has two main underlying drivers: (1) availability of innovative mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets) and (2) emerging ubiquitous and affordable wireless networks. According to IndustryWeek, mobile computing is accelerating in organizations as well and mobile technology is viewed as providing the biggest boost to businesses. By 2020, the number of connected devices globally is expected to reach 80 billion and augmented reality facilitated via mobile devices will penetrate most sectors: leisure, social media, retail, restaurants, property, transport, etc.

However, mobile computing is also a power-hungry technology. Therefore, there is a pressing need for the deployment of sustainable mobile computing and communication which focus on reduced energy consumption of its mobile ICT infrastructure and CO2 emissions in order to uphold the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. This is made possible if sustainable mobile computing platforms appropriately address the following challenges: extension of battery life, reduction of heat dissipation from components, power consumption, energy efficient wireless communications, efficient resource management, sustainable power architecture, etc. Some of the energy efficient techniques in sustainable mobile computing are as follows: (i) hardware: homogenous and heterogeneous multiprocessor system-on-chip, integration of multicore processors and multiple accelerometers into mobile system-on-chip, context-aware and energy aware operating systems, energy aware virtual memory (PAVM); application processor integration, and optimized scheduling in multiprocessor architectures; (ii) Wi-Fi communication: energy-aware cellular data scheduling and energy-delay trade-off and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS); (iii) sensors: accuracy and energy trade-off; (iv) applications: energy efficient computation off-loading, multithreaded applications, and green software design patterns.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Energy efficient new generation of mobile devices (e.g., smart phones, tables, and smart watches)
  • Mobile computing infrastructure and sustainability
  • Energy Efficient mobile cloud services
  • Mobile Computing QoS and QoE
  • Sustainable mobile application architectures
  • Next generation mobile solutions and sustainability
  • Context-aware mobile computing and sustainability
  • Convergence of IoT and sustainable mobile computing
  • Smart sensors and sustainable mobile computing
  • Sustainable mobile communication architectures
  • Energy efficient wireless mobile communications
  • Energy saving solutions and tradeoffs in mobile computing and communications
  • Security, trust, and privacy in sustainable mobile computing and communications
  • Efficient data management for sustainable mobile computing and communications
  • Big data for energy efficient mobile computing
  • Augmented Reality and sustainable computing
  • Sustainable fog computing and networking
  • Sustainable mobile edge computing
  • Sustainable mobile networks
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