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The goal of the project is to develop tools to open up mobile app black-boxes: for crawling data deep inside apps and for understanding user intents while using apps. We also aim to use the information for better search and advertisement scenarios.

An overview of the project, with scenarios and technical challenges, can be found here.


  • SmartAds: contextual ads on mobile aps. See video here.
  • AppSearch: search engine over data deep inside apps
  • Monkey: a tool to automatically execute an app, by simulating user interactions.

Contact: Suman Nath