@article{3317,
abstract = {The physical distance between presynaptic Ca2+ channels and the Ca2+ sensors that trigger exocytosis of neurotransmitter-containing vesicles is a key determinant of the signalling properties of synapses in the nervous system. Recent functional analysis indicates that in some fast central synapses, transmitter release is triggered by a small number of Ca2+ channels that are coupled to Ca2+ sensors at the nanometre scale. Molecular analysis suggests that this tight coupling is generated by protein–protein interactions involving Ca2+ channels, Ca2+ sensors and various other synaptic proteins. Nanodomain coupling has several functional advantages, as it increases the efficacy, speed and energy efficiency of synaptic transmission.},
author = {Eggermann, Emmanuel and Bucurenciu, Iancu and Goswami, Sarit and Jonas, Peter M},
journal = {Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
number = {1},
pages = {7 -- 21},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Nanodomain coupling between Ca(2+) channels and sensors of exocytosis at fast mammalian synapses}},
doi = {10.1038/nrn3125},
volume = {13},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3247,
abstract = {The Brazilian Merganser is a very rare and threatened species that nowadays inhabits only a few protected areas and their surroundings in the Brazilian territory. In order to estimate the remaining genetic diversity and population structure in this species, two mitochondrial genes were sequenced in 39 individuals belonging to two populations and in one individual collected in Argentina in 1950. We found a highly significant divergence between two major remaining populations of Mergus octosetaceus, which suggests a historical population structure in this species. Furthermore, two deeply divergent lineages were found in a single location, which could due to current or historical secondary contact. Based on the available genetic data, we point out future directions which would contribute to design strategies for conservation and management of this threatened species.},
author = {Vilaça, Sibelle and Fernandes Redondo, Rodrigo A and Lins, Lívia and Santos, Fabrício},
journal = {Conservation Genetics},
number = {1},
pages = {293 -- 298},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Remaining genetic diversity in Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus)}},
doi = {10.1007/s10592-011-0262-5},
volume = {13},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3331,
abstract = {Computing the topology of an algebraic plane curve C means computing a combinatorial graph that is isotopic to C and thus represents its topology in R2. We prove that, for a polynomial of degree n with integer coefficients bounded by 2ρ, the topology of the induced curve can be computed with bit operations ( indicates that we omit logarithmic factors). Our analysis improves the previous best known complexity bounds by a factor of n2. The improvement is based on new techniques to compute and refine isolating intervals for the real roots of polynomials, and on the consequent amortized analysis of the critical fibers of the algebraic curve.},
author = {Kerber, Michael and Sagraloff, Michael},
journal = { Journal of Symbolic Computation},
number = {3},
pages = {239 -- 258},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{A worst case bound for topology computation of algebraic curves}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jsc.2011.11.001},
volume = {47},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3115,
abstract = {We consider the offset-deconstruction problem: Given a polygonal shape Q with n vertices, can it be expressed, up to a tolerance ε in Hausdorff distance, as the Minkowski sum of another polygonal shape P with a disk of fixed radius? If it does, we also seek a preferably simple-looking solution P; then, P's offset constitutes an accurate, vertex-reduced, and smoothened approximation of Q. We give an O(nlogn)-time exact decision algorithm that handles any polygonal shape, assuming the real-RAM model of computation. A variant of the algorithm, which we have implemented using the cgal library, is based on rational arithmetic and answers the same deconstruction problem up to an uncertainty parameter δ its running time additionally depends on δ. If the input shape is found to be approximable, this algorithm also computes an approximate solution for the problem. It also allows us to solve parameter-optimization problems induced by the offset-deconstruction problem. For convex shapes, the complexity of the exact decision algorithm drops to O(n), which is also the time required to compute a solution P with at most one more vertex than a vertex-minimal one.},
author = {Berberich, Eric and Halperin, Dan and Kerber, Michael and Pogalnikova, Roza},
journal = {Discrete & Computational Geometry},
number = {4},
pages = {964 -- 989},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Deconstructing approximate offsets}},
doi = {10.1007/s00454-012-9441-5},
volume = {48},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3836,
abstract = {Hierarchical Timing Language (HTL) is a coordination language for distributed, hard real-time applications. HTL is a hierarchical extension of Giotto and, like its predecessor, based on the logical execution time (LET) paradigm of real-time programming. Giotto is compiled into code for a virtual machine, called the EmbeddedMachine (or E machine). If HTL is targeted to the E machine, then the hierarchicalprogram structure needs to be flattened; the flattening makes separatecompilation difficult, and may result in E machinecode of exponential size. In this paper, we propose a generalization of the E machine, which supports a hierarchicalprogram structure at runtime through real-time trigger mechanisms that are arranged in a tree. We present the generalized E machine, and a modular compiler for HTL that generates code of linear size. The compiler may generate code for any part of a given HTL program separately in any order.},
author = {Ghosal, Arkadeb and Iercan, Daniel and Kirsch, Christoph and Henzinger, Thomas A and Sangiovanni Vincentelli, Alberto},
journal = {Science of Computer Programming},
number = {2},
pages = {96 -- 112},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Separate compilation of hierarchical real-time programs into linear-bounded embedded machine code}},
doi = {10.1016/j.scico.2010.06.004},
volume = {77},
year = {2012},
}
@article{494,
abstract = {We solve the longstanding open problems of the blow-up involved in the translations, when possible, of a nondeterministic Büchi word automaton (NBW) to a nondeterministic co-Büchi word automaton (NCW) and to a deterministic co-Büchi word automaton (DCW). For the NBW to NCW translation, the currently known upper bound is 2o(nlog n) and the lower bound is 1.5n. We improve the upper bound to n2n and describe a matching lower bound of 2ω(n). For the NBW to DCW translation, the currently known upper bound is 2o(nlog n). We improve it to 2 o(n), which is asymptotically tight. Both of our upper-bound constructions are based on a simple subset construction, do not involve intermediate automata with richer acceptance conditions, and can be implemented symbolically. We continue and solve the open problems of translating nondeterministic Streett, Rabin, Muller, and parity word automata to NCW and to DCW. Going via an intermediate NBW is not optimal and we describe direct, simple, and asymptotically tight constructions, involving a 2o(n) blow-up. The constructions are variants of the subset construction, providing a unified approach for translating all common classes of automata to NCW and DCW. Beyond the theoretical importance of the results, we point to numerous applications of the new constructions. In particular, they imply a simple subset-construction based translation, when possible, of LTL to deterministic Büchi word automata.},
author = {Boker, Udi and Kupferman, Orna},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Computational Logic (TOCL)},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Translating to Co-Büchi made tight, unified, and useful}},
doi = {10.1145/2362355.2362357},
volume = {13},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2888,
abstract = {Formal verification aims to improve the quality of hardware and software by detecting errors before they do harm. At the basis of formal verification lies the logical notion of correctness, which purports to capture whether or not a circuit or program behaves as desired. We suggest that the boolean partition into correct and incorrect systems falls short of the practical need to assess the behavior of hardware and software in a more nuanced fashion against multiple criteria.},
author = {Henzinger, Thomas A},
booktitle = {Conference proceedings MODELS 2012},
location = {Innsbruck, Austria},
pages = {1 -- 2},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Quantitative reactive models}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-33666-9_1},
volume = {7590},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2890,
abstract = {Systems are often specified using multiple requirements on their behavior. In practice, these requirements can be contradictory. The classical approach to specification, verification, and synthesis demands more detailed specifications that resolve any contradictions in the requirements. These detailed specifications are usually large, cumbersome, and hard to maintain or modify. In contrast, quantitative frameworks allow the formalization of the intuitive idea that what is desired is an implementation that comes "closest" to satisfying the mutually incompatible requirements, according to a measure of fit that can be defined by the requirements engineer. One flexible framework for quantifying how "well" an implementation satisfies a specification is offered by simulation distances that are parameterized by an error model. We introduce this framework, study its properties, and provide an algorithmic solution for the following quantitative synthesis question: given two (or more) behavioral requirements specified by possibly incompatible finite-state machines, and an error model, find the finite-state implementation that minimizes the maximal simulation distance to the given requirements. Furthermore, we generalize the framework to handle infinite alphabets (for example, realvalued domains). We also demonstrate how quantitative specifications based on simulation distances might lead to smaller and easier to modify specifications. Finally, we illustrate our approach using case studies on error correcting codes and scheduler synthesis.},
author = {Cerny, Pavol and Gopi, Sivakanth and Henzinger, Thomas A and Radhakrishna, Arjun and Totla, Nishant},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the tenth ACM international conference on Embedded software},
location = {Tampere, Finland},
pages = {53 -- 62},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Synthesis from incompatible specifications}},
doi = {10.1145/2380356.2380371},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2972,
abstract = {Energy parity games are infinite two-player turn-based games played on weighted graphs. The objective of the game combines a (qualitative) parity condition with the (quantitative) requirement that the sum of the weights (i.e., the level of energy in the game) must remain positive. Beside their own interest in the design and synthesis of resource-constrained omega-regular specifications, energy parity games provide one of the simplest model of games with combined qualitative and quantitative objectives. Our main results are as follows: (a) exponential memory is sufficient and may be necessary for winning strategies in energy parity games; (b) the problem of deciding the winner in energy parity games can be solved in NP ∩ coNP; and (c) we give an algorithm to solve energy parity by reduction to energy games. We also show that the problem of deciding the winner in energy parity games is logspace-equivalent to the problem of deciding the winner in mean-payoff parity games, which can thus be solved in NP ∩ coNP. As a consequence we also obtain a conceptually simple algorithm to solve mean-payoff parity games.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent},
journal = {Theoretical Computer Science},
pages = {49 -- 60},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Energy parity games}},
doi = {10.1016/j.tcs.2012.07.038},
volume = {458},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3165,
abstract = {Computing the winning set for Büchi objectives in alternating games on graphs is a central problem in computer aided verification with a large number of applications. The long standing best known upper bound for solving the problem is Õ(n·m), where n is the number of vertices and m is the number of edges in the graph. We are the first to break the Õ(n·m) boundary by presenting a new technique that reduces the running time to O(n 2). This bound also leads to O(n 2) time algorithms for computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices for Büchi objectives (1) in alternating games with probabilistic transitions (improving an earlier bound of Õ(n·m)), (2) in concurrent graph games with constant actions (improving an earlier bound of O(n 3)), and (3) in Markov decision processes (improving for m > n 4/3 an earlier bound of O(min(m 1.5, m·n 2/3)). We also show that the same technique can be used to compute the maximal end-component decomposition of a graph in time O(n 2), which is an improvement over earlier bounds for m > n 4/3. Finally, we show how to maintain the winning set for Büchi objectives in alternating games under a sequence of edge insertions or a sequence of edge deletions in O(n) amortized time per operation. This is the first dynamic algorithm for this problem.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms},
location = {Kyoto, Japan},
pages = {1386 -- 1399},
publisher = {SIAM},
title = {{An O(n2) time algorithm for alternating Büchi games}},
doi = {10.1137/1.9781611973099.109},
year = {2012},
}