Mobile agent and object technology has been the subject of much
research and development over the past few years. The object-oriented
community has been to the forefront of this field, with language
and system support, e.g., Emerald and Java.
Despite this success, hard questions remain, notably with respect
to security, efficient operating system support and mobile object
application design and programming techniques. In the other hand,
the appearance of new networking and system infrastructures like
peer-to-peer computing and wireless networks is posing problems
for system designers that perhaps mobile objects might best solve.
The ECOOP Workshop On Mobile Object Systems was first held in 1995,
and has been held every year since. Its goal has been to bring together
researchers and practitioners working on mobility. Though the primary
aim of the workshops has been a discussion forum, two books have
come from their proceedings: Mobile Object Systems (LNCS 1222) and
Secure Internet Programming (LNCS 1603).