IMCL2016 17-19 October 2016, San Diego, CA, USA

IMCL2016 17-19 October 2016, San Diego, CA, USA

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Pocket Labs (or Lab in a bag/pocket, Lab at home, etc.) are a very promising opportunity especially for part-time students for managing their study efforts and time. Here, Pocket Labs are meant to be hardware units (e.g. Digilent’s Analog Discovery 1 and 2, National Instruments’ myDAQ or myRIO, but also open microcontroller platforms such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi), in combination with software management and programming tools, which enable students to do a reasonable part of their time-consuming work at home and – even more important – at a self-defined time.

Besides Online Labs, Pocket Labs are predestinated to be a promising platform for enforcing technology-enhanced as well as mobile learning. Especially at Universities of Applied Sciences, where practical work is a big issue, they help keeping the practical part of the entire study program high enough. Moreover, students get motivated by doing practical work at their own pace, thus providing a higher level of student satisfaction.

According to National Instruments’ Academic group, a quite large number of Universities and institutes already have experience in using their products. Analog Discovery, myDAQ and myRIO are offered at special discounts for students as well as teaching staff, and the software for controlling the systems is either free (Waveforms, or NI ELVIS 4.00) or is available at – even for students – affordable price (e.g. LabVIEW student edition).


The special session ‘Pocket Labs’ invites original papers (full/short/poster submissions) focusing on best-practice examples as well as a collection of experiences concerning the use of Pocket Labs, in the ideal case covering a broad variety of hardware and software solutions. Papers should cover most of (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Hardware: Which platform is used (and why), what are the (yearly) financial efforts for providing it? Is there one single platform used or more?
  • Ownership: Will the Pocket Lab belong to the students after finishing their projects or courses or will they have to return it to the University?
  • Lectures: Which lectures make use of Pocket Labs? What is the total number of courses in the program that use them? Which topics can be covered?
  • Software: Which tools (programming languages, measurement apps) are used in combination with Pocket Labs? Are they open source or commercial?
  • Feedback: What were the student’s opinions? Was it possible for them to define at least a part of their workload themselves?

Special sessions, held in parallel with the general conference, are an integral part of the conference. Special session papers are required to meet the same standards as papers in the general conference and are published in the same conference proceedings. Articles submitted to ‘Pocket Labs 2016’ will follow the Conference Submission System ( and presented papers will appear in the IMCL2016 proceedings, published by IEEE and listed in IEEE Xplore (Details).

‘Pocket Labs’ Special Session Chairs

‘Pocket Labs’ Program Committee

Important Dates

13 May 2016Submission of complete papers for special sessions and the main conference: full papers (five pages), short papers (three pages), posters (two pages)
10 Jun 2016Notification of acceptance
12 Sep 2016Author registration deadline
12 Sep 2016Camera-ready due
17 Oct 2016Conference Opening

Pleas read the instructions for authors and the submit your proposals.


Yacob Astatke:
Thomas Klinger:

Important Dates

20 May 2016Special Session proposals
23 May 2016Notification of acceptance/announcement of Special Sessions proposals
10 Jun 2016Submission of structured abstracts for the main conference
20 Jun 2016Notification of acceptance for abstracts for the main conference
20 Jul 2016Submission of complete papers for Main Conference, Doctoral Consortium, Competition, Special Sessions
20 Aug 2016Notification of acceptance for all submission types
12 Sep 2016Camera-ready due, early bird registration deadline, author registration
17 Oct 2016Conference Opening


Mudasser F. Wyne, Conference Chair
Michael E. Auer, Steering Committee Chair

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