4-7 January 2022, Hyatt Regency, Maui. https://hicss.hawaii.edu/tracks-55/software-technology/


Applications for mobile devices (apps) have facilitated the success of smartphones and tablets. By using apps, the multi-purpose hardware of modern devices can be utilized to the full extent. Despite much progress in development methods, software development kits, and frameworks, app development poses many challenges. This is even more so for novel mobile devices such as wearables and for the hardware that constitutes the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Compatibility, performance, battery-saving, and security and safety are only some of the issues that are mainly driven by the quality of the used software. A satisfying level of this quality in many cases is very hard to achieve and proper techniques for testing and formal verification are needed.

Experiences and methods from classical software development can only be utilized to some degree. Moreover, the inherent challenges of the respective new devices ask for novel solutions. The challenges sketched above are reinforced by the conditions that development activities meet. Typical particularities include the need for multi-platform development, device fragmentation, context-sensitivity, low computational power, little memory, energy conservation requirements, and the heterogeneity of users. With the emergence of multi-platform and multi-device, the new golden standard are applications not only across software ecosystems, but across hardware platforms such as laptop, mobile, tablets, embedded devices, sensors and wearables. Therefore, new threads of research are needed to tackle these issues and to pave the way for improved software development, better business producibility and improved user experience (UX).

This minitrack started as Mobile App Development (HICSS-49 and HICSS-50) before broadening to Software Development for Mobile Devices, Wearables, and the Internet-of-Things (HICSS-51 and HICSS-52). In its fifth and sixth year (HICSS-53 and HICSS-54), we adapted it to the continuously changing landscape to keep it attractive to the community. Our minitrack invites researchers from software engineering, human-computer interaction, information systems, computer science, electrical engineering, and any other discipline that contributes to the topics covered by our minitrack.

The minitrack is devoted to the technological background of mobile computing while keeping an eye on business value, user experience, and domain-specific issues. Contributions may take a sociotechnical view or report on technological progress. Topics of interests include the full spectrum of research on mobile devices, IoT, and CPS, for example (but are not limited to)

  • Case studies of development
  • Development methods and specification techniques
  • Economic and social impact
  • Software engineering education
  • User interface (UI) design and user experience (UX) research
  • Testing, simulation, and formal verification
  • Hybrid and cross-platform development, Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
  • Web technology
  • Security, safety, and privacy
  • Legal aspects of software
  • Energy-efficient computing
  • Sensor-usage
  • The convergence between mobile devices, IoT, and CPS
  • Fog, edge, and dew computing and their computational applications


  • 15 June 2021: Submission of full manuscripts
  • 17 August 2021: Acceptance notifications

For formatting instructions, see HICSS website. We recommend using the LaTeX template.)

Please consider approaching us with an abstract to check suitability to the minitrack. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us any time.


Authors of selected articles will be invited to fast-track extended and revised versions of their work to the Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications (Emerald).


Tim A. Majchrzak (Primary Contact) University of Agder Phone: +47 38 14 1982 email: timam@uia.no

Tor-Morten Grønli Kristiania University College email: tor-morten.gronli@kristiania.no

Hermann Kaindl TU Wien email: kaindl@ict.tuwien.ac.at