The award is for research in automated security testing of hybrid Android applications.
Dr Kinder's research focuses on assessing and improving the reliability and security of software, in particular with the help of automated tools. This requires him to cross back and forth between the fields of programming languages, software engineering, and systems security. His principal interests lie in program analysis for real-world systems, runtime monitoring and instrumentation, and specification and detection of malware. .
Google's Faculty Research Awards Program is a competitive world-wide research funding programme, through which Google reaches out to universities to support high-caliber research in Computer Science and facilitate interaction with academia. Google Faculty Research Awards are structured as unrestricted gifts to support the research of world-class permanent faculty members at top universities around the world.