Ph. D. Defense

Building Blocks for Tomorrow's Mobile App Store

Speaker:Justin Manweiler
jgm at
Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Time: 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Location: D344 LSRC, Duke


In our homes and in the enterprise, in our leisure and in our professions, mobile computing is no longer merely "exciting;" it is becoming an essential, ubiquitous tool of the modern world. New and innovative mobile applications continue to inform, entertain, and surprise users. But, to make the daily use of mobile technologies more gratifying and worthwhile, we must move forward with new levels of sophistication. The Mobile App Stores of the future must be built on stronger foundations.

This dissertation considers a broad view of the challenges and intuitions behind a diverse selection of such new primitives. Some of these primitives will mitigate existing and fundamental challenges of mobile computing, especially relating to wireless communication. Others will take an application-driven approach, being designed to serve a novel purpose, and be adapted to the unique and varied challenges from their disparate domains.

However, all are related through a unifying goal, to provide a seamless, enjoyable, and productive mobile experience. Collectively, these new "building blocks" can help lay a foundation to upgrade mobile technology beyond the expectations of early-adopters, and into seamless integration with all of our lives.

Advisor(s): Romit Roy Choudhury
Jeffrey Chase, Landon Cox, Victor Bahl