Williams College will conduct research into managing distributed applications on mobile computing platforms that make use of cell phones, vehicles, and embedded sensors. Computer science professor Jeannie Albrecht will head the project, which will focus on issues related to the use of mobile computing environments.
Mobile networks present unique challenges to software developers involved in tasks such as configuring devices, starting executions, and tracking errors, and there are no application management frameworks to assist them in their efforts. Albrecht will study these issues, use the predictable patterns of human interaction to develop techniques that improve the stability of mobile applications, and integrate the techniques into a software toolkit for mobile application management.
Albrecht says developers, researchers, and students should benefit from the project, which is being funded with a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
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