TY - CONF
AB - We study probabilistic models of natural images and extend the autoregressive family of PixelCNN models by incorporating latent variables. Subsequently, we describe two new generative image models that exploit different image transformations as latent variables: a quantized grayscale view of the image or a multi-resolution image pyramid. The proposed models tackle two known shortcomings of existing PixelCNN models: 1) their tendency to focus on low-level image details, while largely ignoring high-level image information, such as object shapes, and 2) their computationally costly procedure for image sampling. We experimentally demonstrate benefits of our LatentPixelCNN models, in particular showing that they produce much more realistically looking image samples than previous state-of-the-art probabilistic models.
AU - Kolesnikov, Alexander
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 1000
SN - 978-151085514-4
TI - PixelCNN models with auxiliary variables for natural image modeling
VL - 70
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a computational approach for designing CurveUps, curvy shells that form from an initially flat state. They consist of small rigid tiles that are tightly held together by two pre-stretched elastic sheets attached to them. Our method allows the realization of smooth, doubly curved surfaces that can be fabricated as a flat piece. Once released, the restoring forces of the pre-stretched sheets support the object to take shape in 3D. CurveUps are structurally stable in their target configuration. The design process starts with a target surface. Our method generates a tile layout in 2D and optimizes the distribution, shape, and attachment areas of the tiles to obtain a configuration that is fabricable and in which the curved up state closely matches the target. Our approach is based on an efficient approximate model and a local optimization strategy for an otherwise intractable nonlinear optimization problem. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for a wide range of shapes, all realized as physical prototypes.
AU - Guseinov, Ruslan
AU - Miguel, Eder
AU - Bickel, Bernd
ID - 1001
IS - 4
TI - CurveUps: Shaping objects from flat plates with tension-actuated curvature
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an interactive design system to create functional mechanical objects. Our computational approach allows novice users to retarget an existing mechanical template to a user-specified input shape. Our proposed representation for a mechanical template encodes a parameterized mechanism, mechanical constraints that ensure a physically valid configuration, spatial relationships of mechanical parts to the user-provided shape, and functional constraints that specify an intended functionality. We provide an intuitive interface and optimization-in-the-loop approach for finding a valid configuration of the mechanism and the shape to ensure that higher-level functional goals are met. Our algorithm interactively optimizes the mechanism while the user manipulates the placement of mechanical components and the shape. Our system allows users to efficiently explore various design choices and to synthesize customized mechanical objects that can be fabricated with rapid prototyping technologies. We demonstrate the efficacy of our approach by retargeting various mechanical templates to different shapes and fabricating the resulting functional mechanical objects.
AU - Zhang, Ran
AU - Auzinger, Thomas
AU - Ceylan, Duygu
AU - Li, Wilmot
AU - Bickel, Bernd
ID - 1002
IS - 4
SN - 07300301
TI - Functionality-aware retargeting of mechanisms to 3D shapes
VL - 36
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Network games (NGs) are played on directed graphs and are extensively used in network design and analysis. Search problems for NGs include finding special strategy profiles such as a Nash equilibrium and a globally optimal solution. The networks modeled by NGs may be huge. In formal verification, abstraction has proven to be an extremely effective technique for reasoning about systems with big and even infinite state spaces. We describe an abstraction-refinement methodology for reasoning about NGs. Our methodology is based on an abstraction function that maps the state space of an NG to a much smaller state space. We search for a global optimum and a Nash equilibrium by reasoning on an under- and an overapproximation defined on top of this smaller state space. When the approximations are too coarse to find such profiles, we refine the abstraction function. Our experimental results demonstrate the efficiency of the methodology.
AU - Avni, Guy
AU - Guha, Shibashis
AU - Kupferman, Orna
ID - 1003
SN - 10450823
TI - An abstraction-refinement methodology for reasoning about network games
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The fundamental tasks of the root system are, besides anchoring, mediating interactions between plant and soil and providing the plant with water and nutrients. The architecture of the root system is controlled by endogenous mechanisms that constantly integrate environmental signals, such as availability of nutrients and water. Extremely important for efficient soil exploitation and survival under less favorable conditions is the developmental flexibility of the root system that is largely determined by its postembryonic branching capacity. Modulation of initiation and outgrowth of lateral roots provides roots with an exceptional plasticity, allows optimal adjustment to underground heterogeneity, and enables effective soil exploitation and use of resources. Here we discuss recent advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms that shape the plant root system and integrate external cues to adapt to the changing environment.
AU - Ötvös, Krisztina
AU - Benková, Eva
ID - 1004
JF - Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
SN - 0959437X
TI - Spatiotemporal mechanisms of root branching
VL - 45
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background: The phenomenon of immune priming, i.e. enhanced protection following a secondary exposure to a pathogen, has now been demonstrated in a wide range of invertebrate species. Despite accumulating phenotypic evidence, knowledge of its mechanistic underpinnings is currently very limited. Here we used the system of the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum and the insect pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to further our molecular understanding of the oral immune priming phenomenon. We addressed how ingestion of bacterial cues (derived from spore supernatants) of an orally pathogenic and non-pathogenic Bt strain affects gene expression upon later challenge exposure, using a whole-transcriptome sequencing approach. Results: Whereas gene expression of individuals primed with the orally non-pathogenic strain showed minor changes to controls, we found that priming with the pathogenic strain induced regulation of a large set of distinct genes, many of which are known immune candidates. Intriguingly, the immune repertoire activated upon priming and subsequent challenge qualitatively differed from the one mounted upon infection with Bt without previous priming. Moreover, a large subset of priming-specific genes showed an inverse regulation compared to their regulation upon challenge only. Conclusions: Our data demonstrate that gene expression upon infection is strongly affected by previous immune priming. We hypothesise that this shift in gene expression indicates activation of a more targeted and efficient response towards a previously encountered pathogen, in anticipation of potential secondary encounter.
AU - Greenwood, Jenny
AU - Milutinovic, Barbara
AU - Peuß, Robert
AU - Behrens, Sarah
AU - Essar, Daniela
AU - Rosenstiel, Philip
AU - Schulenburg, Hinrich
AU - Kurtz, Joachim
ID - 1006
IS - 1
JF - BMC Genomics
SN - 14712164
TI - Oral immune priming with Bacillus thuringiensis induces a shift in the gene expression of Tribolium castaneum larvae
VL - 18
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - A nonlinear system possesses an invariance with respect to a set of transformations if its output dynamics remain invariant when transforming the input, and adjusting the initial condition accordingly. Most research has focused on invariances with respect to time-independent pointwise transformations like translational-invariance (u(t) -> u(t) + p, p in R) or scale-invariance (u(t) -> pu(t), p in R>0). In this article, we introduce the concept of s0-invariances with respect to continuous input transformations exponentially growing/decaying over time. We show that s0-invariant systems not only encompass linear time-invariant (LTI) systems with transfer functions having an irreducible zero at s0 in R, but also that the input/output relationship of nonlinear s0-invariant systems possesses properties well known from their linear counterparts. Furthermore, we extend the concept of s0-invariances to second- and higher-order s0-invariances, corresponding to invariances with respect to transformations of the time-derivatives of the input, and encompassing LTI systems with zeros of multiplicity two or higher. Finally, we show that nth-order 0-invariant systems realize – under mild conditions – nth-order nonlinear differential operators: when excited by an input of a characteristic functional form, the system’s output converges to a constant value only depending on the nth (nonlinear) derivative of the input.
AU - Lang, Moritz
AU - Sontag, Eduardo
ID - 1007
JF - Automatica
SN - 00051098
TI - Zeros of nonlinear systems with input invariances
VL - 81C
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A standard objective in partially-observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) is to find a policy that maximizes the expected discounted-sum payoff. However, such policies may still permit unlikely but highly undesirable outcomes, which is problematic especially in safety-critical applications. Recently, there has been a surge of interest in POMDPs where the goal is to maximize the probability to ensure that the payoff is at least a given threshold, but these approaches do not consider any optimization beyond satisfying this threshold constraint. In this work we go beyond both the “expectation” and “threshold” approaches and consider a “guaranteed payoff optimization (GPO)” problem for POMDPs, where we are given a threshold t and the objective is to find a policy σ such that a) each possible outcome of σ yields a discounted-sum payoff of at least t, and b) the expected discounted-sum payoff of σ is optimal (or near-optimal) among all policies satisfying a). We present a practical approach to tackle the GPO problem and evaluate it on standard POMDP benchmarks.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Novotny, Petr
AU - Pérez, Guillermo
AU - Raskin, Jean
AU - Zikelic, Djordje
ID - 1009
T2 - Proceedings of the 31st AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
TI - Optimizing expectation with guarantees in POMDPs
VL - 5
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We prove a local law in the bulk of the spectrum for random Gram matrices XX∗, a generalization of sample covariance matrices, where X is a large matrix with independent, centered entries with arbitrary variances. The limiting eigenvalue density that generalizes the Marchenko-Pastur law is determined by solving a system of nonlinear equations. Our entrywise and averaged local laws are on the optimal scale with the optimal error bounds. They hold both in the square case (hard edge) and in the properly rectangular case (soft edge). In the latter case we also establish a macroscopic gap away from zero in the spectrum of XX∗.
AU - Alt, Johannes
AU - Erdös, László
AU - Krüger, Torben H
ID - 1010
JF - Electronic Journal of Probability
SN - 10836489
TI - Local law for random Gram matrices
VL - 22
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Pushdown systems (PDSs) and recursive state machines (RSMs), which are linearly equivalent, are standard models for interprocedural analysis. Yet RSMs are more convenient as they (a) explicitly model function calls and returns, and (b) specify many natural parameters for algorithmic analysis, e.g., the number of entries and exits. We consider a general framework where RSM transitions are labeled from a semiring and path properties are algebraic with semiring operations, which can model, e.g., interprocedural reachability and dataflow analysis problems. Our main contributions are new algorithms for several fundamental problems. As compared to a direct translation of RSMs to PDSs and the best-known existing bounds of PDSs, our analysis algorithm improves the complexity for finite-height semirings (that subsumes reachability and standard dataflow properties). We further consider the problem of extracting distance values from the representation structures computed by our algorithm, and give efficient algorithms that distinguish the complexity of a one-time preprocessing from the complexity of each individual query. Another advantage of our algorithm is that our improvements carry over to the concurrent setting, where we improve the bestknown complexity for the context-bounded analysis of concurrent RSMs. Finally, we provide a prototype implementation that gives a significant speed-up on several benchmarks from the SLAM/SDV project.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Kragl, Bernhard
AU - Mishra, Samarth
AU - Pavlogiannis, Andreas
ED - Yang, Hongseok
ID - 1011
SN - 03029743
TI - Faster algorithms for weighted recursive state machines
VL - 10201
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - From microwave ovens to satellite television to the GPS and data services on our mobile phones, microwave technology is everywhere today. But one technology that has so far failed to prove its worth in this wavelength regime is quantum communication that uses the states of single photons as information carriers. This is because single microwave photons, as opposed to classical microwave signals, are extremely vulnerable to noise from thermal excitations in the channels through which they travel. Two new independent studies, one by Ze-Liang Xiang at Technische Universität Wien (Vienna), Austria, and colleagues [1] and another by Benoît Vermersch at the University of Innsbruck, also in Austria, and colleagues [2] now describe a theoretical protocol for microwave quantum communication that is resilient to thermal and other types of noise. Their approach could become a powerful technique to establish fast links between superconducting data processors in a future all-microwave quantum network.
AU - Fink, Johannes M
ID - 1013
IS - 32
JF - Physics
TI - Viewpoint: Microwave quantum states beat the heat
VL - 10
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Vortices are commonly observed in the context of classical hydrodynamics: from whirlpools after stirring the coffee in a cup to a violent atmospheric phenomenon such as a tornado, all classical vortices are characterized by an arbitrary circulation value of the local velocity field. On the other hand the appearance of vortices with quantized circulation represents one of the fundamental signatures of macroscopic quantum phenomena. In two-dimensional superfluids quantized vortices play a key role in determining finite-temperature properties, as the superfluid phase and the normal state are separated by a vortex unbinding transition, the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. Very recent experiments with two-dimensional superfluid fermions motivate the present work: we present theoretical results based on the renormalization group showing that the universal jump of the superfluid density and the critical temperature crucially depend on the interaction strength, providing a strong benchmark for forthcoming investigations.
AU - Bighin, Giacomo
AU - Salasnich, Luca
ID - 1015
JF - Scientific Reports
SN - 20452322
TI - Vortices and antivortices in two-dimensional ultracold Fermi gases
VL - 7
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The integrity and dynamic properties of the microtubule cytoskeleton are indispensable for the development of the mammalian brain. Consequently, mutations in the genes that encode the structural component (the α/β-tubulin heterodimer) can give rise to severe, sporadic neurodevelopmental disorders. These are commonly referred to as the tubulinopathies. Here we report the addition of recessive quadrupedalism, also known as Uner Tan syndrome (UTS), to the growing list of diseases caused by tubulin variants. Analysis of a consanguineous UTS family identified a biallelic TUBB2B mutation, resulting in a p.R390Q amino acid substitution. In addition to the identifying quadrupedal locomotion, all three patients showed severe cerebellar hypoplasia. None, however, displayed the basal ganglia malformations typically associated with TUBB2B mutations. Functional analysis of the R390Q substitution revealed that it did not affect the ability of β-tubulin to fold or become assembled into the α/β-heterodimer, nor did it influence the incorporation of mutant-containing heterodimers into microtubule polymers. The 390Q mutation in S. cerevisiae TUB2 did not affect growth under basal conditions, but did result in increased sensitivity to microtubule-depolymerizing drugs, indicative of a mild impact of this mutation on microtubule function. The TUBB2B mutation described here represents an unusual recessive mode of inheritance for missense-mediated tubulinopathies and reinforces the sensitivity of the developing cerebellum to microtubule defects.
AU - Breuss, Martin
AU - Nguyen, Thai
AU - Srivatsan, Anjana
AU - Leca, Ines
AU - Tian, Guoling
AU - Fritz, Tanja
AU - Hansen, Andi H
AU - Musaev, Damir
AU - Mcevoy Venneri, Jennifer
AU - Kiely, James
AU - Rosti, Rasim
AU - Scott, Eric
AU - Tan, Uner
AU - Kolodner, Richard
AU - Cowan, Nicholas
AU - Keays, David
AU - Gleeson, Joseph
ID - 1016
IS - 2
JF - Human Molecular Genetics
SN - 09646906
TI - Uner Tan syndrome caused by a homozygous TUBB2B mutation affecting microtubule stability
VL - 26
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The development of the vertebrate central nervous system is reliant on a complex cascade of biological processes that include mitotic division, relocation of migrating neurons, and the extension of dendritic and axonal processes. Each of these cellular events requires the diverse functional repertoire of the microtubule cytoskeleton for the generation of forces, assembly of macromolecular complexes and transport of molecules and organelles. The tubulins are a multi-gene family that encode for the constituents of microtubules, and have been implicated in a spectrum of neurological disorders. Evidence is building that different tubulins tune the functional properties of the microtubule cytoskeleton dependent on the cell type, developmental profile and subcellular localisation. Here we review of the origins of the functional specification of the tubulin gene family in the developing brain at a transcriptional, translational, and post-transcriptional level. We remind the reader that tubulins are not just loading controls for your average Western blot.
AU - Breuss, Martin
AU - Leca, Ines
AU - Gstrein, Thomas
AU - Hansen, Andi H
AU - Keays, David
ID - 1017
JF - Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
SN - 10447431
TI - Tubulins and brain development: The origins of functional specification
VL - 84
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - In plants, the multistep phosphorelay (MSP) pathway mediates a range of regulatory processes, including those activated by cytokinins. The crosstalk between cytokinin response and light is known for a long time. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the interactionbetween light and cytokinin signaling remains elusive. In the screen for upstream regulators we identified a LONG PALE HYPOCOTYL (LPH) gene whose activity is indispensable for spatiotemporally correct expression of CYTOKININ INDEPENDENT-1 (CKI1), encoding the constitutively active sensor histidine kinase that activates MSP signaling. lph is a new allele of HEME OXYGENASE 1 (HY1) which encodes the key protein in the biosynthesis of phytochromobilin, a cofactor of photoconvertiblephytochromes. Our analysis confirmed the light-dependent regulation oftheCKI1 expression pattern. We show that CKI1 expression is under the control of phytochrome A (phyA), functioning as a dual (both positive and negative) regulator of CKI1 expression, presumably via the phyA-regulated transcription factors PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR 3 (PIF3) and CIRCADIAN CLOCK ASSOCIATED 1 (CCA1). Changes in CKI1 expression observed in lph/hy1-7 and phy mutants correlatewithmisregulation of MSP signaling, changedcytokinin sensitivity and developmental aberrations,previously shown to be associated with cytokinin and/or CKI1 action. Besides that, we demonstrate novel role of phyA-dependent CKI1 expression in the hypocotyl elongation and hook development during skotomorphogenesis. Based on these results, we propose that the light-dependent regulation of CKI1 provides a plausible mechanistic link underlying the well-known interaction between light- and cytokinin-controlled plant development.
AU - Dobisova, Tereza
AU - Hrdinova, Vendula
AU - Cuesta, Candela
AU - Michlickova, Sarka
AU - Urbankova, Ivana
AU - Hejatkova, Romana
AU - Zadnikova, Petra
AU - Pernisová, Markéta
AU - Benková, Eva
AU - Hejátko, Jan
ID - 1018
IS - 1
JF - Plant Physiology
TI - Light regulated expression of sensor histidine kinase CKI1 controls cytokinin related development
VL - 174
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - As a consequence of its difference in copy number between males and females, the X chromosome is subject to unique evolutionary forces and gene regulatory mechanisms. Previous studies of Drosophila melanogaster have shown that the expression of X-linked, testis-specific reporter genes is suppressed in the male germline. However, it is not known whether this phenomenon is restricted to testis-expressed genes or if it is a more general property of genes with tissue-specific expression, which are also underrepresented on the X chromosome. To test this, we compared the expression of three tissue-specific reporter genes (ovary, accessory gland and Malpighian tubule) inserted at various autosomal and X-chromosomal locations. In contrast to testis-specific reporter genes, we found no reduction of X-linked expression in any of the other tissues. In accessory gland and Malpighian tubule, we detected higher expression of the X-linked reporter genes, which suggests that they are at least partially dosage compensated. We found no difference in the tissue-specificity of X-linked and autosomal reporter genes. These findings indicate that, in general, the X chromosome is not a detrimental environment for tissue-specific gene expression and that the suppression of X-linked expression is limited to the male germline.
AU - Argyridou, Eliza
AU - Huylmans, Ann K
AU - Königer, Annabella
AU - Parsch, John
ID - 1019
IS - 1
JF - Heredity
SN - 0018067X
TI - X-linkage is not a general inhibitor of tissue-specific gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster
VL - 119
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on Earth. Cellulose fibers, such as the one extracted form cotton or woodpulp, have been used by humankind for hundreds of years to make textiles and paper. Here we show how, by engineering light-matter interaction, we can optimize light scattering using exclusively cellulose nanocrystals. The produced material is sustainable, biocompatible, and when compared to ordinary microfiber-based paper, it shows enhanced scattering strength (×4), yielding a transport mean free path as low as 3.5 μm in the visible light range. The experimental results are in a good agreement with the theoretical predictions obtained with a diffusive model for light propagation.
AU - Caixeiro, Soraya
AU - Peruzzo, Matilda
AU - Onelli, Olimpia
AU - Vignolini, Silvia
AU - Sapienza, Riccardo
ID - 1020
IS - 9
JF - ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
SN - 19448244
TI - Disordered cellulose based nanostructures for enhanced light scattering
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Most flows in nature and engineering are turbulent because of their large velocities and spatial scales. Laboratory experiments on rotating quasi-Keplerian flows, for which the angular velocity decreases radially but the angular momentum increases, are however laminar at Reynolds numbers exceeding one million. This is in apparent contradiction to direct numerical simulations showing that in these experiments turbulence transition is triggered by the axial boundaries. We here show numerically that as the Reynolds number increases, turbulence becomes progressively confined to the boundary layers and the flow in the bulk fully relaminarizes. Our findings support that turbulence is unlikely to occur in isothermal constant-density quasi-Keplerian flows.
AU - Lopez Alonso, Jose M
AU - Avila, Marc
ID - 1021
JF - Journal of Fluid Mechanics
SN - 00221120
TI - Boundary layer turbulence in experiments on quasi Keplerian flows
VL - 817
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce a multiscale topological description of the Megaparsec web-like cosmic matter distribution. Betti numbers and topological persistence offer a powerful means of describing the rich connectivity structure of the cosmic web and of its multiscale arrangement of matter and galaxies. Emanating from algebraic topology and Morse theory, Betti numbers and persistence diagrams represent an extension and deepening of the cosmologically familiar topological genus measure and the related geometric Minkowski functionals. In addition to a description of the mathematical background, this study presents the computational procedure for computing Betti numbers and persistence diagrams for density field filtrations. The field may be computed starting from a discrete spatial distribution of galaxies or simulation particles. The main emphasis of this study concerns an extensive and systematic exploration of the imprint of different web-like morphologies and different levels of multiscale clustering in the corresponding computed Betti numbers and persistence diagrams. To this end, we use Voronoi clustering models as templates for a rich variety of web-like configurations and the fractal-like Soneira-Peebles models exemplify a range of multiscale configurations. We have identified the clear imprint of cluster nodes, filaments, walls, and voids in persistence diagrams, along with that of the nested hierarchy of structures in multiscale point distributions. We conclude by outlining the potential of persistent topology for understanding the connectivity structure of the cosmic web, in large simulations of cosmic structure formation and in the challenging context of the observed galaxy distribution in large galaxy surveys.
AU - Pranav, Pratyush
AU - Edelsbrunner, Herbert
AU - Van De Weygaert, Rien
AU - Vegter, Gert
AU - Kerber, Michael
AU - Jones, Bernard
AU - Wintraecken, Mathijs
ID - 1022
IS - 4
JF - Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
SN - 00358711
TI - The topology of the cosmic web in terms of persistent Betti numbers
VL - 465
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider products of independent square non-Hermitian random matrices. More precisely, let X1,…, Xn be independent N × N random matrices with independent entries (real or complex with independent real and imaginary parts) with zero mean and variance 1/N. Soshnikov-O’Rourke [19] and Götze-Tikhomirov [15] showed that the empirical spectral distribution of the product of n random matrices with iid entries converges to (equation found). We prove that if the entries of the matrices X1,…, Xn are independent (but not necessarily identically distributed) and satisfy uniform subexponential decay condition, then in the bulk the convergence of the ESD of X1,…, Xn to (0.1) holds up to the scale N–1/2+ε.
AU - Nemish, Yuriy
ID - 1023
JF - Electronic Journal of Probability
SN - 10836489
TI - Local law for the product of independent non-Hermitian random matrices with independent entries
VL - 22
ER -