Search-Based Energy Testing of Android

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Jun Wei Lin, Sam Malek

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The utility of a smartphone is limited by its battery capacity and the ability of its hardware and software to efficiently use the device's battery. To properly characterize the energy consumption of an app and identify energy defects, it is critical that apps are properly tested, i.e., analyzed dynamically to assess the app's energy properties. However, currently there is a lack of testing tools for evaluating the energy properties of apps. We present COBWEB, a search-based energy testing technique for Android. By leveraging a set of novel models, representing both the functional behavior of an app as well as the contextual conditions affecting the app's energy behavior, COBWEB generates a test suite that can effectively find energy defects. Our experimental results using real-world apps demonstrate not only its ability to effectively and efficiently test energy behavior of apps, but also its superiority over prior techniques by finding a wider and more diverse set of energy defects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE/ACM 41st International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728108698
StatePublished - May 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2019 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: May 25 2019May 31 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


Conference41st IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2019


  • Android
  • Energy Testing
  • Software Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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