@article{996,
abstract = {Iodine (I 2 ) molecules embedded in He nanodroplets are aligned by a 160 ps long laser pulse. The highest degree of alignment, occurring at the peak of the pulse and quantified by ⟨cos 2 θ 2D ⟩ , is measured as a function of the laser intensity. The results are well described by ⟨cos 2 θ 2D ⟩ calculated for a gas of isolated molecules each with an effective rotational constant of 0.6 times the gas-phase value, and at a temperature of 0.4 K. Theoretical analysis using the angulon quasiparticle to describe rotating molecules in superfluid helium rationalizes why the alignment mechanism is similar to that of isolated molecules with an effective rotational constant. A major advantage of molecules in He droplets is that their 0.4 K temperature leads to stronger alignment than what can generally be achieved for gas phase molecules -- here demonstrated by a direct comparison of the droplet results to measurements on a ∼ 1 K supersonic beam of isolated molecules. This point is further illustrated for more complex system by measurements on 1,4-diiodobenzene and 1,4-dibromobenzene. For all three molecular species studied the highest values of ⟨cos 2 θ 2D ⟩ achieved in He droplets exceed 0.96. },
author = {Shepperson, Benjamin and Chatterley, Adam and Søndergaard, Anders and Christiansen, Lars and Lemeshko, Mikhail and Stapelfeldt, Henrik},
issn = {00219606},
journal = {The Journal of Chemical Physics},
number = {1},
publisher = {AIP},
title = {{Strongly aligned molecules inside helium droplets in the near-adiabatic regime}},
doi = {10.1063/1.4983703},
volume = {147},
year = {2017},
}
@article{997,
abstract = {Recently it was shown that molecules rotating in superfluid helium can be described in terms of the angulon quasiparticles (Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 095301 (2017)). Here we demonstrate that in the experimentally realized regime the angulon can be seen as a point charge on a 2-sphere interacting with a gauge field of a non-abelian magnetic monopole. Unlike in several other settings, the gauge fields of the angulon problem emerge in the real coordinate space, as opposed to the momentum space or some effective parameter space. Furthermore, we find a topological transition associated with making the monopole abelian, which takes place in the vicinity of the previously reported angulon instabilities. These results pave the way for studying topological phenomena in experiments on molecules trapped in superfluid helium nanodroplets, as well as on other realizations of orbital impurity problems.},
author = {Yakaboylu, Enderalp and Deuchert, Andreas and Lemeshko, Mikhail},
issn = {00319007},
journal = {APS Physics, Physical Review Letters},
number = {23},
publisher = {American Physiological Society},
title = {{Emergence of non-abelian magnetic monopoles in a quantum impurity problem}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.235301},
volume = {119},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{998,
abstract = {A major open problem on the road to artificial intelligence is the development of incrementally learning systems that learn about more and more concepts over time from a stream of data. In this work, we introduce a new training strategy, iCaRL, that allows learning in such a class-incremental way: only the training data for a small number of classes has to be present at the same time and new classes can be added progressively. iCaRL learns strong classifiers and a data representation simultaneously. This distinguishes it from earlier works that were fundamentally limited to fixed data representations and therefore incompatible with deep learning architectures. We show by experiments on CIFAR-100 and ImageNet ILSVRC 2012 data that iCaRL can learn many classes incrementally over a long period of time where other strategies quickly fail. },
author = {Rebuffi, Sylvestre Alvise and Kolesnikov, Alexander and Sperl, Georg and Lampert, Christoph},
isbn = {978-153860457-1},
location = {Honolulu, HA, United States},
pages = {5533 -- 5542},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{iCaRL: Incremental classifier and representation learning}},
doi = {10.1109/CVPR.2017.587},
volume = {2017},
year = {2017},
}
@inbook{424,
abstract = {We show that very weak topological assumptions are enough to ensure the existence of a Helly-type theorem. More precisely, we show that for any non-negative integers b and d there exists an integer h(b, d) such that the following holds. If F is a finite family of subsets of Rd such that βi(∩G)≤b for any G⊊F and every 0 ≤ i ≤ [d/2]-1 then F has Helly number at most h(b, d). Here βi denotes the reduced Z2-Betti numbers (with singular homology). These topological conditions are sharp: not controlling any of these [d/2] first Betti numbers allow for families with unbounded Helly number. Our proofs combine homological non-embeddability results with a Ramsey-based approach to build, given an arbitrary simplicial complex K, some well-behaved chain map C*(K)→C*(Rd).},
author = {Goaoc, Xavier and Paták, Pavel and Patakova, Zuzana and Tancer, Martin and Wagner, Uli},
booktitle = {A Journey through Discrete Mathematics: A Tribute to Jiri Matousek},
editor = {Loebl, Martin and Nešetřil, Jaroslav and Thomas, Robin},
isbn = {978-331944479-6},
pages = {407 -- 447},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Bounding helly numbers via betti numbers}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-44479-6_17},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{431,
abstract = {Parallel implementations of stochastic gradient descent (SGD) have received significant research attention, thanks to its excellent scalability properties. A fundamental barrier when parallelizing SGD is the high bandwidth cost of communicating gradient updates between nodes; consequently, several lossy compresion heuristics have been proposed, by which nodes only communicate quantized gradients. Although effective in practice, these heuristics do not always converge. In this paper, we propose Quantized SGD (QSGD), a family of compression schemes with convergence guarantees and good practical performance. QSGD allows the user to smoothly trade off communication bandwidth and convergence time: nodes can adjust the number of bits sent per iteration, at the cost of possibly higher variance. We show that this trade-off is inherent, in the sense that improving it past some threshold would violate information-theoretic lower bounds. QSGD guarantees convergence for convex and non-convex objectives, under asynchrony, and can be extended to stochastic variance-reduced techniques. When applied to training deep neural networks for image classification and automated speech recognition, QSGD leads to significant reductions in end-to-end training time. For instance, on 16GPUs, we can train the ResNet-152 network to full accuracy on ImageNet 1.8 × faster than the full-precision variant. },
author = {Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Grubic, Demjan and Li, Jerry and Tomioka, Ryota and Vojnović, Milan},
issn = {10495258},
location = {Long Beach, CA, United States},
pages = {1710--1721},
publisher = {Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation, Inc.},
title = {{QSGD: Communication-efficient SGD via gradient quantization and encoding}},
volume = {2017},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{432,
abstract = {Recently there has been significant interest in training machine-learning models at low precision: by reducing precision, one can reduce computation and communication by one order of magnitude. We examine training at reduced precision, both from a theoretical and practical perspective, and ask: is it possible to train models at end-to-end low precision with provable guarantees? Can this lead to consistent order-of-magnitude speedups? We mainly focus on linear models, and the answer is yes for linear models. We develop a simple framework called ZipML based on one simple but novel strategy called double sampling. Our ZipML framework is able to execute training at low precision with no bias, guaranteeing convergence, whereas naive quanti- zation would introduce significant bias. We val- idate our framework across a range of applica- tions, and show that it enables an FPGA proto- type that is up to 6.5 × faster than an implemen- tation using full 32-bit precision. We further de- velop a variance-optimal stochastic quantization strategy and show that it can make a significant difference in a variety of settings. When applied to linear models together with double sampling, we save up to another 1.7 × in data movement compared with uniform quantization. When training deep networks with quantized models, we achieve higher accuracy than the state-of-the- art XNOR-Net. },
author = {Zhang, Hantian and Li, Jerry and Kara, Kaan and Alistarh, Dan-Adrian and Liu, Ji and Zhang, Ce},
booktitle = {Proceedings of Machine Learning Research},
isbn = {978-151085514-4},
location = {Sydney, Australia},
pages = {4035 -- 4043},
publisher = { PMLR},
title = {{ZipML: Training linear models with end-to-end low precision, and a little bit of deep learning}},
volume = { 70},
year = {2017},
}
@article{447,
abstract = {We consider last passage percolation (LPP) models with exponentially distributed random variables, which are linked to the totally asymmetric simple exclusion process (TASEP). The competition interface for LPP was introduced and studied in Ferrari and Pimentel (2005a) for cases where the corresponding exclusion process had a rarefaction fan. Here we consider situations with a shock and determine the law of the fluctuations of the competition interface around its deter- ministic law of large number position. We also study the multipoint distribution of the LPP around the shock, extending our one-point result of Ferrari and Nejjar (2015).},
author = {Ferrari, Patrik and Nejjar, Peter},
journal = {Revista Latino-Americana de Probabilidade e Estatística},
pages = {299 -- 325},
publisher = {ALEA Network},
title = {{Fluctuations of the competition interface in presence of shocks}},
volume = {9},
year = {2017},
}
@article{453,
abstract = {Most kinesin motors move in only one direction along microtubules. Members of the kinesin-5 subfamily were initially described as unidirectional plus-end-directed motors and shown to produce piconewton forces. However, some fungal kinesin-5 motors are bidirectional. The force production of a bidirectional kinesin-5 has not yet been measured. Therefore, it remains unknown whether the mechanism of the unconventional minus-end-directed motility differs fundamentally from that of plus-end-directed stepping. Using force spectroscopy, we have measured here the forces that ensembles of purified budding yeast kinesin-5 Cin8 produce in microtubule gliding assays in both plus- and minus-end direction. Correlation analysis of pause forces demonstrated that individual Cin8 molecules produce additive forces in both directions of movement. In ensembles, Cin8 motors were able to produce single-motor forces up to a magnitude of ∼1.5 pN. Hence, these properties appear to be conserved within the kinesin-5 subfamily. Force production was largely independent of the directionality of movement, indicating similarities between the motility mechanisms for both directions. These results provide constraints for the development of models for the bidirectional motility mechanism of fission yeast kinesin-5 and provide insight into the function of this mitotic motor.},
author = {Fallesen, Todd and Roostalu, Johanna and Düllberg, Christian F and Pruessner, Gunnar and Surrey, Thomas},
journal = {Biophysical Journal},
number = {9},
pages = {2055 -- 2067},
publisher = {Biophysical Society},
title = {{Ensembles of bidirectional kinesin Cin8 produce additive forces in both directions of movement}},
doi = {10.1016/j.bpj.2017.09.006},
volume = {113},
year = {2017},
}
@article{459,
abstract = {The social insects bees, wasps, ants, and termites are species-rich, occur in many habitats, and often constitute a large part of the biomass. Many are also invasive, including species of termites, the red imported fire ant, and the Argentine ant. While invasive social insects have been a problem in Southern Europe for some time, Central Europa was free of invasive ant species until recently because most ants are adapted to warmer climates. Only in the 1990s, did Lasius neglectus, a close relative of the common black garden ant, arrive in Germany. First described in 1990 based on individuals collected in Budapest, the species has since been detected for example in France, Germany, Spain, England, and Kyrgyzstan. The species is spread with soil during construction work or plantings, and L. neglectus therefore is often found in parks and botanical gardens. Another invasive ant now spreading in southern Germany is Formica fuscocinerea, which occurs along rivers, including in the sandy floodplains of the river Isar. As is typical of pioneer species, F. fuscocinerea quickly becomes extremely abundant and therefore causes problems for example on playgrounds in Munich. All invasive ant species are characterized by cooperation across nests, leading to strongly interconnected, very large super-colonies. The resulting dominance results in the extinction of native ant species as well as other arthropod species and thus in the reduction of biodiversity.},
author = {Cremer, Sylvia},
journal = {Rundgespräche Forum Ökologie},
pages = {105 -- 116},
publisher = {Pfeil},
title = {{Invasive Ameisen in Europa: Wie sie sich ausbreiten und die heimische Fauna verändern}},
volume = {46},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{313,
abstract = {Tunneling of a particle through a potential barrier remains one of the most remarkable quantum phenomena. Owing to advances in laser technology, electric fields comparable to those electrons experience in atoms are readily generated and open opportunities to dynamically investigate the process of electron tunneling through the potential barrier formed by the superposition of both laser and atomic fields. Attosecond-time and angstrom-space resolution of the strong laser-field technique allow to address fundamental questions related to tunneling, which are still open and debated: Which time is spent under the barrier and what momentum is picked up by the particle in the meantime? In this combined experimental and theoretical study we demonstrate that for strong-field ionization the leading quantum mechanical Wigner treatment for the time resolved description of tunneling is valid. We achieve a high sensitivity on the tunneling barrier and unambiguously isolate its effects by performing a differential study of two systems with almost identical tunneling geometry. Moreover, working with a low frequency laser, we essentially limit the non-adiabaticity of the process as a major source of uncertainty. The agreement between experiment and theory implies two substantial corrections with respect to the widely employed quasiclassical treatment: In addition to a non-vanishing longitudinal momentum along the laser field-direction we provide clear evidence for a non-zero tunneling time delay. This addresses also the fundamental question how the transition occurs from the tunnel barrier to free space classical evolution of the ejected electron.},
author = {Camus, Nicolas and Yakaboylu, Enderalp and Fechner, Lutz and Klaiber, Michael and Laux, Martin and Mi, Yonghao and Hatsagortsyan, Karen and Pfeifer, Thomas and Keitel, Cristoph and Moshammer, Robert},
issn = {17426588},
location = {Kazan, Russian Federation},
number = {1},
publisher = {American Physical Society},
title = {{Experimental evidence for Wigner's tunneling time}},
doi = {10.1088/1742-6596/999/1/012004},
volume = {999},
year = {2017},
}
@phdthesis{6291,
abstract = {Bacteria and their pathogens – phages – are the most abundant living entities on Earth. Throughout their coevolution, bacteria have evolved multiple immune systems to overcome the ubiquitous threat from the phages. Although the molecu- lar details of these immune systems’ functions are relatively well understood, their epidemiological consequences for the phage-bacterial communities have been largely neglected. In this thesis we employed both experimental and theoretical methods to explore whether herd and social immunity may arise in bacterial popu- lations. Using our experimental system consisting of Escherichia coli strains with a CRISPR based immunity to the T7 phage we show that herd immunity arises in phage-bacterial communities and that it is accentuated when the populations are spatially structured. By fitting a mathematical model, we inferred expressions for the herd immunity threshold and the velocity of spread of a phage epidemic in partially resistant bacterial populations, which both depend on the bacterial growth rate, phage burst size and phage latent period. We also investigated the poten- tial for social immunity in Streptococcus thermophilus and its phage 2972 using a bioinformatic analysis of potentially coding short open reading frames with a signalling signature, encoded within the CRISPR associated genes. Subsequently, we tested one identified potentially signalling peptide and found that its addition to a phage-challenged culture increases probability of survival of bacteria two fold, although the results were only marginally significant. Together, these results demonstrate that the ubiquitous arms races between bacteria and phages have further consequences at the level of the population.},
author = {Payne, Pavel},
pages = {83},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Bacterial herd and social immunity to phages}},
year = {2017},
}
@phdthesis{1127,
abstract = {Plant hormone auxin and its transport between cells belong to the most important
mechanisms controlling plant development. Auxin itself could change localization of PINs and
thereby control direction of its own flow. We performed an expression profiling experiment
in Arabidopsis roots to identify potential regulators of PIN polarity which are transcriptionally
regulated by auxin signalling. We identified several novel regulators and performed a detailed
characterization of the transcription factor WRKY23 (At2g47260) and its role in auxin
feedback on PIN polarity. Gain-of-function and dominant-negative mutants revealed that
WRKY23 plays a crucial role in mediating the auxin effect on PIN polarity. In concordance,
typical polar auxin transport processes such as gravitropism and leaf vascular pattern
formation were disturbed by interfering with WRKY23 function.
In order to identify direct targets of WRKY23, we performed consequential expression
profiling experiments using a WRKY23 inducible gain-of-function line and dominant-negative
WRKY23 line that is defunct in PIN re-arrangement. Among several genes mostly related to
the groups of cell wall and defense process regulators, we identified LYSINE-HISTIDINE
TRANSPORTER 1 (LHT1; At5g40780), a small amino acid permease gene from the amino
acid/auxin permease family (AAAP), we present its detailed characterisation in auxin feedback
on PIN repolarization, identified its transcriptional regulation, we propose a potential
mechanism of its action. Moreover, we identified also a member of receptor-like protein
kinase LRR-RLK (LEUCINE-RICH REPEAT TRANSMEMBRANE PROTEIN KINASE PROTEIN 1;
LRRK1; At1g05700), which also affects auxin-dependent PIN re-arrangement. We described
its transcriptional behaviour, subcellular localization. Based on global expression data, we
tried to identify ligand responsible for mechanism of signalling and suggest signalling partner
and interactors. Additionally, we described role of novel phytohormone group, strigolactone,
in auxin-dependent PIN re-arrangement, that could be a fundament for future studies in this
field.
Our results provide first insights into an auxin transcriptional network targeting PIN
localization and thus regulating plant development. We highlighted WRKY23 transcriptional
network and characterised its mediatory role in plant development. We identified direct
effectors of this network, LHT1 and LRRK1, and describe their roles in PIN re-arrangement and
PIN-dependent auxin transport processes.},
author = {Prat, Tomas},
pages = {131},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Identification of novel regulators of PIN polarity and development of novel auxin sensor}},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{999,
abstract = {In multi-task learning, a learner is given a collection of prediction tasks and needs to solve all of them. In contrast to previous work, which required that annotated training data must be available for all tasks, we consider a new setting, in which for some tasks, potentially most of them, only unlabeled training data is provided. Consequently, to solve all tasks, information must be transferred between tasks with labels and tasks without labels. Focusing on an instance-based transfer method we analyze two variants of this setting: when the set of labeled tasks is fixed, and when it can be actively selected by the learner. We state and prove a generalization bound that covers both scenarios and derive from it an algorithm for making the choice of labeled tasks (in the active case) and for transferring information between the tasks in a principled way. We also illustrate the effectiveness of the algorithm on synthetic and real data. },
author = {Pentina, Anastasia and Lampert, Christoph},
isbn = {9781510855144},
location = {Sydney, Australia},
pages = {2807 -- 2816},
publisher = {Omnipress},
title = {{Multi-task learning with labeled and unlabeled tasks}},
volume = {70},
year = {2017},
}
@article{684,
abstract = {We generalize winning conditions in two-player games by adding a structural acceptance condition called obligations. Obligations are orthogonal to the linear winning conditions that define whether a play is winning. Obligations are a declaration that player 0 can achieve a certain value from a configuration. If the obligation is met, the value of that configuration for player 0 is 1. We define the value in such games and show that obligation games are determined. For Markov chains with Borel objectives and obligations, and finite turn-based stochastic parity games with obligations we give an alternative and simpler characterization of the value function. Based on this simpler definition we show that the decision problem of winning finite turn-based stochastic parity games with obligations is in NP∩co-NP. We also show that obligation games provide a game framework for reasoning about p-automata. © 2017 The Association for Symbolic Logic.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Piterman, Nir},
issn = {1943-5886},
journal = {Journal of Symbolic Logic},
number = {2},
pages = {420 -- 452},
publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
title = {{Obligation blackwell games and p-automata}},
doi = {10.1017/jsl.2016.71},
volume = {82},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{9709,
abstract = {Across the nervous system, certain population spiking patterns are observed far more frequently than others. A hypothesis about this structure is that these collective activity patterns function as population codewords–collective modes–carrying information distinct from that of any single cell. We investigate this phenomenon in recordings of ∼150 retinal ganglion cells, the retina’s output. We develop a novel statistical model that decomposes the population response into modes; it predicts the distribution of spiking activity in the ganglion cell population with high accuracy. We found that the modes represent localized features of the visual stimulus that are distinct from the features represented by single neurons. Modes form clusters of activity states that are readily discriminated from one another. When we repeated the same visual stimulus, we found that the same mode was robustly elicited. These results suggest that retinal ganglion cells’ collective signaling is endowed with a form of error-correcting code–a principle that may hold in brain areas beyond retina.},
author = {Prentice, Jason and Marre, Olivier and Ioffe, Mark and Loback, Adrianna and Tkačik, Gašper and Berry, Michael},
publisher = {Dryad},
title = {{Data from: Error-robust modes of the retinal population code}},
doi = {10.5061/dryad.1f1rc},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1199,
abstract = {Much of quantitative genetics is based on the ‘infinitesimal model’, under which selection has a negligible effect on the genetic variance. This is typically justified by assuming a very large number of loci with additive effects. However, it applies even when genes interact, provided that the number of loci is large enough that selection on each of them is weak relative to random drift. In the long term, directional selection will change allele frequencies, but even then, the effects of epistasis on the ultimate change in trait mean due to selection may be modest. Stabilising selection can maintain many traits close to their optima, even when the underlying alleles are weakly selected. However, the number of traits that can be optimised is apparently limited to ~4Ne by the ‘drift load’, and this is hard to reconcile with the apparent complexity of many organisms. Just as for the mutation load, this limit can be evaded by a particular form of negative epistasis. A more robust limit is set by the variance in reproductive success. This suggests that selection accumulates information most efficiently in the infinitesimal regime, when selection on individual alleles is weak, and comparable with random drift. A review of evidence on selection strength suggests that although most variance in fitness may be because of alleles with large Nes, substantial amounts of adaptation may be because of alleles in the infinitesimal regime, in which epistasis has modest effects.},
author = {Barton, Nicholas H},
journal = {Heredity},
pages = {96 -- 109},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{How does epistasis influence the response to selection?}},
doi = {10.1038/hdy.2016.109},
volume = {118},
year = {2017},
}
@phdthesis{202,
abstract = {Restriction-modification (RM) represents the simplest and possibly the most widespread mechanism of self/non-self discrimination in nature. In order to provide bacteria with immunity against bacteriophages and other parasitic genetic elements, RM systems rely on a balance between two enzymes: the restriction enzyme, which cleaves non-self DNA at specific restriction sites, and the modification enzyme, which tags the host’s DNA as self and thus protects it from cleavage. In this thesis, I use population and single-cell level experiments in combination with mathematical modeling to study different aspects of the interplay between RM systems, bacteria and bacteriophages. First, I analyze how mutations in phage restriction sites affect the probability of phage escape – an inherently stochastic process, during which phages accidently get modified instead of restricted. Next, I use single-cell experiments to show that RM systems can, with a low probability, attack the genome of their bacterial host and that this primitive form of autoimmunity leads to a tradeoff between the evolutionary cost and benefit of RM systems. Finally, I investigate the nature of interactions between bacteria, RM systems and temperate bacteriophages to find that, as a consequence of phage escape and its impact on population dynamics, RM systems can promote acquisition of symbiotic bacteriophages, rather than limit it. The results presented here uncover new fundamental biological properties of RM systems and highlight their importance in the ecology and evolution of bacteria, bacteriophages and their interactions.},
author = {Pleska, Maros},
pages = {126},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Biology of restriction-modification systems at the single-cell and population level}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:ISTA:th_916},
year = {2017},
}
@article{951,
abstract = {Dengue-suppressing Wolbachia strains are promising tools for arbovirus control, particularly as they have the potential to self-spread following local introductions. To test this, we followed the frequency of the transinfected Wolbachia strain wMel through Ae. aegypti in Cairns, Australia, following releases at 3 nonisolated locations within the city in early 2013. Spatial spread was analysed graphically using interpolation and by fitting a statistical model describing the position and width of the wave. For the larger 2 of the 3 releases (covering 0.97 km2 and 0.52 km2), we observed slow but steady spatial spread, at about 100–200 m per year, roughly consistent with theoretical predictions. In contrast, the smallest release (0.11 km2) produced erratic temporal and spatial dynamics, with little evidence of spread after 2 years. This is consistent with the prediction concerning fitness-decreasing Wolbachia transinfections that a minimum release area is needed to achieve stable local establishment and spread in continuous habitats. Our graphical and likelihood analyses produced broadly consistent estimates of wave speed and wave width. Spread at all sites was spatially heterogeneous, suggesting that environmental heterogeneity will affect large-scale Wolbachia transformations of urban mosquito populations. The persistence and spread of Wolbachia in release areas meeting minimum area requirements indicates the promise of successful large-scale population transfo},
author = {Schmidt, Tom and Barton, Nicholas H and Rasic, Gordana and Turley, Andrew and Montgomery, Brian and Iturbe Ormaetxe, Inaki and Cook, Peter and Ryan, Peter and Ritchie, Scott and Hoffmann, Ary and O’Neill, Scott and Turelli, Michael},
issn = {15449173},
journal = {PLoS Biology},
number = {5},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Local introduction and heterogeneous spatial spread of dengue-suppressing Wolbachia through an urban population of Aedes Aegypti}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pbio.2001894},
volume = {15},
year = {2017},
}
@article{914,
abstract = {Infections with potentially lethal pathogens may negatively affect an individual’s lifespan and decrease its reproductive value. The terminal investment hypothesis predicts that individuals faced with a reduced survival should invest more into reproduction instead of maintenance and growth. Several studies suggest that individuals are indeed able to estimate their body condition and to increase their reproductive effort with approaching death, while other studies gave ambiguous results. We investigate whether queens of a perennial social insect (ant) are able to boost their reproduction following infection with an obligate killing pathogen. Social insect queens are special with regard to reproduction and aging, as they outlive conspecific non-reproductive workers. Moreover, in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior, fecundity increases with queen age. However, it remained unclear whether this reflects negative reproductive senescence or terminal investment in response to approaching death. Here, we test whether queens of C. obscurior react to infection with the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum by an increased egg-laying rate. We show that a fungal infection triggers a reinforced investment in reproduction in queens. This adjustment of the reproductive rate by ant queens is consistent with predictions of the terminal investment hypothesis and is reported for the first time in a social insect.},
author = {Giehr, Julia and Grasse, Anna V and Cremer, Sylvia and Heinze, Jürgen and Schrempf, Alexandra},
issn = {20545703},
journal = {Royal Society Open Science},
number = {7},
publisher = {Royal Society, The},
title = {{Ant queens increase their reproductive efforts after pathogen infection}},
doi = {10.1098/rsos.170547},
volume = {4},
year = {2017},
}
@article{680,
abstract = {In order to respond reliably to specific features of their environment, sensory neurons need to integrate multiple incoming noisy signals. Crucially, they also need to compete for the interpretation of those signals with other neurons representing similar features. The form that this competition should take depends critically on the noise corrupting these signals. In this study we show that for the type of noise commonly observed in sensory systems, whose variance scales with the mean signal, sensory neurons should selectively divide their input signals by their predictions, suppressing ambiguous cues while amplifying others. Any change in the stimulus context alters which inputs are suppressed, leading to a deep dynamic reshaping of neural receptive fields going far beyond simple surround suppression. Paradoxically, these highly variable receptive fields go alongside and are in fact required for an invariant representation of external sensory features. In addition to offering a normative account of context-dependent changes in sensory responses, perceptual inference in the presence of signal-dependent noise accounts for ubiquitous features of sensory neurons such as divisive normalization, gain control and contrast dependent temporal dynamics.},
author = {Chalk, Matthew J and Masset, Paul and Gutkin, Boris and Denève, Sophie},
issn = {1553734X},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {6},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Sensory noise predicts divisive reshaping of receptive fields}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005582},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1006,
abstract = {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.},
author = {Greenwood, Jenny and Milutinovic, Barbara and Peuß, Robert and Behrens, Sarah and Essar, Daniela and Rosenstiel, Philip and Schulenburg, Hinrich and Kurtz, Joachim},
issn = {14712164},
journal = {BMC Genomics},
number = {1},
pages = {329},
publisher = {BioMed Central},
title = {{Oral immune priming with Bacillus thuringiensis induces a shift in the gene expression of Tribolium castaneum larvae}},
doi = {10.1186/s12864-017-3705-7},
volume = {18},
year = {2017},
}
@article{541,
abstract = {While we have good understanding of bacterial metabolism at the population level, we know little about the metabolic behavior of individual cells: do single cells in clonal populations sometimes specialize on different metabolic pathways? Such metabolic specialization could be driven by stochastic gene expression and could provide individual cells with growth benefits of specialization. We measured the degree of phenotypic specialization in two parallel metabolic pathways, the assimilation of glucose and arabinose. We grew Escherichia coli in chemostats, and used isotope-labeled sugars in combination with nanometer-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry and mathematical modeling to quantify sugar assimilation at the single-cell level. We found large variation in metabolic activities between single cells, both in absolute assimilation and in the degree to which individual cells specialize in the assimilation of different sugars. Analysis of transcriptional reporters indicated that this variation was at least partially based on cell-to-cell variation in gene expression. Metabolic differences between cells in clonal populations could potentially reduce metabolic incompatibilities between different pathways, and increase the rate at which parallel reactions can be performed.},
author = {Nikolic, Nela and Schreiber, Frank and Dal Co, Alma and Kiviet, Daniel and Bergmiller, Tobias and Littmann, Sten and Kuypers, Marcel and Ackermann, Martin},
issn = {15537390},
journal = {PLoS Genetics},
number = {12},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Cell-to-cell variation and specialization in sugar metabolism in clonal bacterial populations}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pgen.1007122},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1077,
abstract = {Viral capsids are structurally constrained by interactions among the amino acids (AAs) of their constituent proteins. Therefore, epistasis is expected to evolve among physically interacting sites and to influence the rates of substitution. To study the evolution of epistasis, we focused on the major structural protein of the fX174 phage family by first reconstructing the ancestral protein sequences of 18 species using a Bayesian statistical framework. The inferred ancestral reconstruction differed at eight AAs, for a total of 256 possible ancestral haplotypes. For each ancestral haplotype and the extant species, we estimated, in silico, the distribution of free energies and epistasis of the capsid structure. We found that free energy has not significantly increased but epistasis has. We decomposed epistasis up to fifth order and found that higher-order epistasis sometimes compensates pairwise interactions making the free energy seem additive. The dN/dS ratio is low, suggesting strong purifying selection, and that structure is under stabilizing selection. We synthesized phages carrying ancestral haplotypes of the coat protein gene and measured their fitness experimentally. Our findings indicate that stabilizing mutations can have higher fitness, and that fitness optima do not necessarily coincide with energy minima.},
author = {Fernandes Redondo, Rodrigo A and Vladar, Harold and Włodarski, Tomasz and Bollback, Jonathan P},
issn = {17425689},
journal = {Journal of the Royal Society Interface},
number = {126},
publisher = {Royal Society of London},
title = {{Evolutionary interplay between structure, energy and epistasis in the coat protein of the ϕX174 phage family}},
doi = {10.1098/rsif.2016.0139},
volume = {14},
year = {2017},
}
@article{798,
abstract = {Nonreciprocal circuit elements form an integral part of modern measurement and communication systems. Mathematically they require breaking of time-reversal symmetry, typically achieved using magnetic materials and more recently using the quantum Hall effect, parametric permittivity modulation or Josephson nonlinearities. Here we demonstrate an on-chip magnetic-free circulator based on reservoir-engineered electromechanic interactions. Directional circulation is achieved with controlled phase-sensitive interference of six distinct electro-mechanical signal conversion paths. The presented circulator is compact, its silicon-on-insulator platform is compatible with both superconducting qubits and silicon photonics, and its noise performance is close to the quantum limit. With a high dynamic range, a tunable bandwidth of up to 30 MHz and an in situ reconfigurability as beam splitter or wavelength converter, it could pave the way for superconducting qubit processors with multiplexed on-chip signal processing and readout.},
author = {Barzanjeh, Shabir and Wulf, Matthias and Peruzzo, Matilda and Kalaee, Mahmoud and Dieterle, Paul and Painter, Oskar and Fink, Johannes M},
issn = {20411723},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = {1},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Mechanical on chip microwave circulator}},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-017-01304-x},
volume = {8},
year = {2017},
}
@misc{5455,
abstract = {A fundamental algorithmic problem at the heart of static analysis is Dyck reachability. The input is a graphwhere the edges are labeled with different types of opening and closing parentheses, and the reachabilityinformation is computed via paths whose parentheses are properly matched. We present new results for Dyckreachability problems with applications to alias analysis and data-dependence analysis. Our main contributions,that include improved upper bounds as well as lower bounds that establish optimality guarantees, are asfollows:First, we consider Dyck reachability on bidirected graphs, which is the standard way of performing field-sensitive points-to analysis. Given a bidirected graph withnnodes andmedges, we present: (i) an algorithmwith worst-case running timeO(m+n·α(n)), whereα(n)is the inverse Ackermann function, improving thepreviously knownO(n2)time bound; (ii) a matching lower bound that shows that our algorithm is optimalwrt to worst-case complexity; and (iii) an optimal average-case upper bound ofO(m)time, improving thepreviously knownO(m·logn)bound.Second, we consider the problem of context-sensitive data-dependence analysis, where the task is to obtainanalysis summaries of library code in the presence of callbacks. Our algorithm preprocesses libraries in almostlinear time, after which the contribution of the library in the complexity of the client analysis is only linear,and only wrt the number of call sites.Third, we prove that combinatorial algorithms for Dyck reachability on general graphs with truly sub-cubic bounds cannot be obtained without obtaining sub-cubic combinatorial algorithms for Boolean MatrixMultiplication, which is a long-standing open problem. Thus we establish that the existing combinatorialalgorithms for Dyck reachability are (conditionally) optimal for general graphs. We also show that the samehardness holds for graphs of constant treewidth.Finally, we provide a prototype implementation of our algorithms for both alias analysis and data-dependenceanalysis. Our experimental evaluation demonstrates that the new algorithms significantly outperform allexisting methods on the two problems, over real-world benchmarks.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Choudhary, Bhavya and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {37},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Optimal Dyck reachability for data-dependence and alias analysis}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2017-870-v1-1},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{949,
abstract = {The notion of treewidth of graphs has been exploited for faster algorithms for several problems arising in verification and program analysis. Moreover, various notions of balanced tree decompositions have been used for improved algorithms supporting dynamic updates and analysis of concurrent programs. In this work, we present a tool for constructing tree-decompositions of CFGs obtained from Java methods, which is implemented as an extension to the widely used Soot framework. The experimental results show that our implementation on real-world Java benchmarks is very efficient. Our tool also provides the first implementation for balancing tree-decompositions. In summary, we present the first tool support for exploiting treewidth in the static analysis problems on Java programs.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Goharshady, Amir and Pavlogiannis, Andreas},
editor = {D'Souza, Deepak},
issn = {03029743},
location = {Pune, India},
pages = {59 -- 66},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{JTDec: A tool for tree decompositions in soot}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-68167-2_4},
volume = {10482},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{639,
abstract = {We study the problem of developing efficient approaches for proving worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive programs. Ranking functions are sound and complete for proving termination and worst-case bounds of non-recursive programs. First, we apply ranking functions to recursion, resulting in measure functions, and show that they provide a sound and complete approach to prove worst-case bounds of non-deterministic recursive programs. Our second contribution is the synthesis of measure functions in non-polynomial forms. We show that non-polynomial measure functions with logarithm and exponentiation can be synthesized through abstraction of logarithmic or exponentiation terms, Farkas’ Lemma, and Handelman’s Theorem using linear programming. While previous methods obtain worst-case polynomial bounds, our approach can synthesize bounds of the form O(n log n) as well as O(nr) where r is not an integer. We present experimental results to demonstrate that our approach can efficiently obtain worst-case bounds of classical recursive algorithms such as Merge-Sort, Closest-Pair, Karatsuba’s algorithm and Strassen’s algorithm.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fu, Hongfei and Goharshady, Amir},
editor = {Majumdar, Rupak and Kunčak, Viktor},
isbn = {978-331963389-3},
location = {Heidelberg, Germany},
pages = {41 -- 63},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Non-polynomial worst case analysis of recursive programs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-63390-9_3},
volume = {10427},
year = {2017},
}
@article{960,
abstract = {The human cerebral cortex is the seat of our cognitive abilities and composed of an extraordinary number of neurons, organized in six distinct layers. The establishment of specific morphological and physiological features in individual neurons needs to be regulated with high precision. Impairments in the sequential developmental programs instructing corticogenesis lead to alterations in the cortical cytoarchitecture which is thought to represent the major underlying cause for several neurological disorders including neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diseases. In this review we discuss the role of cell polarity at sequential stages during cortex development. We first provide an overview of morphological cell polarity features in cortical neural stem cells and newly-born postmitotic neurons. We then synthesize a conceptual molecular and biochemical framework how cell polarity is established at the cellular level through a break in symmetry in nascent cortical projection neurons. Lastly we provide a perspective how the molecular mechanisms applying to single cells could be probed and integrated in an in vivo and tissue-wide context.},
author = {Hansen, Andi H and Düllberg, Christian F and Mieck, Christine and Loose, Martin and Hippenmeyer, Simon},
issn = {16625102},
journal = {Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience},
publisher = {Frontiers Research Foundation},
title = {{Cell polarity in cerebral cortex development - cellular architecture shaped by biochemical networks}},
doi = {10.3389/fncel.2017.00176},
volume = {11},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{647,
abstract = {Despite researchers’ efforts in the last couple of decades, reachability analysis is still a challenging problem even for linear hybrid systems. Among the existing approaches, the most practical ones are mainly based on bounded-time reachable set over-approximations. For the purpose of unbounded-time analysis, one important strategy is to abstract the original system and find an invariant for the abstraction. In this paper, we propose an approach to constructing a new kind of abstraction called conic abstraction for affine hybrid systems, and to computing reachable sets based on this abstraction. The essential feature of a conic abstraction is that it partitions the state space of a system into a set of convex polyhedral cones which is derived from a uniform conic partition of the derivative space. Such a set of polyhedral cones is able to cut all trajectories of the system into almost straight segments so that every segment of a reach pipe in a polyhedral cone tends to be straight as well, and hence can be over-approximated tightly by polyhedra using similar techniques as HyTech or PHAVer. In particular, for diagonalizable affine systems, our approach can guarantee to find an invariant for unbounded reachable sets, which is beyond the capability of bounded-time reachability analysis tools. We implemented the approach in a tool and experiments on benchmarks show that our approach is more powerful than SpaceEx and PHAVer in dealing with diagonalizable systems.},
author = {Bogomolov, Sergiy and Giacobbe, Mirco and Henzinger, Thomas A and Kong, Hui},
isbn = {978-331965764-6},
location = {Berlin, Germany},
pages = {116 -- 132},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Conic abstractions for hybrid systems}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-65765-3_7},
volume = {10419 },
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{631,
abstract = {Template polyhedra generalize intervals and octagons to polyhedra whose facets are orthogonal to a given set of arbitrary directions. They have been employed in the abstract interpretation of programs and, with particular success, in the reachability analysis of hybrid automata. While previously, the choice of directions has been left to the user or a heuristic, we present a method for the automatic discovery of directions that generalize and eliminate spurious counterexamples. We show that for the class of convex hybrid automata, i.e., hybrid automata with (possibly nonlinear) convex constraints on derivatives, such directions always exist and can be found using convex optimization. We embed our method inside a CEGAR loop, thus enabling the time-unbounded reachability analysis of an important and richer class of hybrid automata than was previously possible. We evaluate our method on several benchmarks, demonstrating also its superior efficiency for the special case of linear hybrid automata.},
author = {Bogomolov, Sergiy and Frehse, Goran and Giacobbe, Mirco and Henzinger, Thomas A},
isbn = {978-366254576-8},
location = {Uppsala, Sweden},
pages = {589 -- 606},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Counterexample guided refinement of template polyhedra}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-54577-5_34},
volume = {10205},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1029,
abstract = {RNA Polymerase II pauses and backtracks during transcription, with many consequences for gene expression and cellular physiology. Here, we show that the energy required to melt double-stranded nucleic acids in the transcription bubble predicts pausing in Saccharomyces cerevisiae far more accurately than nucleosome roadblocks do. In addition, the same energy difference also determines when the RNA polymerase backtracks instead of continuing to move forward. This data-driven model corroborates—in a genome wide and quantitative manner—previous evidence that sequence-dependent thermodynamic features of nucleic acids influence both transcriptional pausing and backtracking.},
author = {Lukacisin, Martin and Landon, Matthieu and Jajoo, Rishi},
issn = {19326203},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {3},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Sequence-specific thermodynamic properties of nucleic acids influence both transcriptional pausing and backtracking in yeast}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0174066},
volume = {12},
year = {2017},
}
@article{682,
abstract = {Left-right asymmetry is a fundamental feature of higher-order brain structure; however, the molecular basis of brain asymmetry remains unclear. We recently identified structural and functional asymmetries in mouse hippocampal circuitry that result from the asymmetrical distribution of two distinct populations of pyramidal cell synapses that differ in the density of the NMDA receptor subunit GluRε2 (also known as NR2B, GRIN2B or GluN2B). By examining the synaptic distribution of ε2 subunits, we previously found that β2-microglobulin-deficient mice, which lack cell surface expression of the vast majority of major histocompatibility complex class I (MHCI) proteins, do not exhibit circuit asymmetry. In the present study, we conducted electrophysiological and anatomical analyses on the hippocampal circuitry of mice with a knockout of the paired immunoglobulin-like receptor B (PirB), an MHCI receptor. As in β2-microglobulin-deficient mice, the PirB-deficient hippocampus lacked circuit asymmetries. This finding that MHCI loss-of-function mice and PirB knockout mice have identical phenotypes suggests that MHCI signals that produce hippocampal asymmetries are transduced through PirB. Our results provide evidence for a critical role of the MHCI/PirB signaling system in the generation of asymmetries in hippocampal circuitry.},
author = {Ukai, Hikari and Kawahara, Aiko and Hirayama, Keiko and Case, Matthew J and Aino, Shotaro and Miyabe, Masahiro and Wakita, Ken and Oogi, Ryohei and Kasayuki, Michiyo and Kawashima, Shihomi and Sugimoto, Shunichi and Chikamatsu, Kanako and Nitta, Noritaka and Koga, Tsuneyuki and Shigemoto, Ryuichi and Takai, Toshiyuki and Ito, Isao},
issn = {19326203},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {6},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{PirB regulates asymmetries in hippocampal circuitry}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0179377},
volume = {12},
year = {2017},
}
@article{696,
abstract = {Mutator strains are expected to evolve when the availability and effect of beneficial mutations are high enough to counteract the disadvantage from deleterious mutations that will inevitably accumulate. As the population becomes more adapted to its environment, both availability and effect of beneficial mutations necessarily decrease and mutation rates are predicted to decrease. It has been shown that certain molecular mechanisms can lead to increased mutation rates when the organism finds itself in a stressful environment. While this may be a correlated response to other functions, it could also be an adaptive mechanism, raising mutation rates only when it is most advantageous. Here, we use a mathematical model to investigate the plausibility of the adaptive hypothesis. We show that such a mechanism can be mantained if the population is subjected to diverse stresses. By simulating various antibiotic treatment schemes, we find that combination treatments can reduce the effectiveness of second-order selection on stress-induced mutagenesis. We discuss the implications of our results to strategies of antibiotic therapy.},
author = {Lukacisinova, Marta and Novak, Sebastian and Paixao, Tiago},
issn = {1553734X},
journal = {PLoS Computational Biology},
number = {7},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Stress induced mutagenesis: Stress diversity facilitates the persistence of mutator genes}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005609},
volume = {13},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1027,
abstract = {The rising prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is an increasingly serious public health challenge. To address this problem, recent work ranging from clinical studies to theoretical modeling has provided valuable insights into the mechanisms of resistance, its emergence and spread, and ways to counteract it. A deeper understanding of the underlying dynamics of resistance evolution will require a combination of experimental and theoretical expertise from different disciplines and new technology for studying evolution in the laboratory. Here, we review recent advances in the quantitative understanding of the mechanisms and evolution of antibiotic resistance. We focus on key theoretical concepts and new technology that enables well-controlled experiments. We further highlight key challenges that can be met in the near future to ultimately develop effective strategies for combating resistance.},
author = {Lukacisinova, Marta and Bollenbach, Mark Tobias},
journal = {Current Opinion in Biotechnology},
pages = {90 -- 97},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Toward a quantitative understanding of antibiotic resistance evolution}},
doi = {10.1016/j.copbio.2017.02.013},
volume = {46},
year = {2017},
}
@article{1024,
abstract = {The history of auxin and cytokinin biology including the initial discoveries by father–son duo Charles Darwin and Francis Darwin (1880), and Gottlieb Haberlandt (1919) is a beautiful demonstration of unceasing continuity of research. Novel findings are integrated into existing hypotheses and models and deepen our understanding of biological principles. At the same time new questions are triggered and hand to hand with this new methodologies are developed to address these new challenges.},
author = {Hurny, Andrej and Benková, Eva},
issn = {10643745},
journal = {Auxins and Cytokinins in Plant Biology},
pages = {1 -- 29},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Methodological advances in auxin and cytokinin biology}},
doi = {10.1007/978-1-4939-6831-2_1},
volume = {1569},
year = {2017},
}
@article{704,
abstract = {How the organization of genes on a chromosome shapes adaptation is essential for understanding evolutionary paths. Here, we investigate how adaptation to rapidly increasing levels of antibiotic depends on the chromosomal neighborhood of a drug-resistance gene inserted at different positions of the Escherichia coli chromosome. Using a dual-fluorescence reporter that allows us to distinguish gene amplifications from other up-mutations, we track in real-time adaptive changes in expression of the drug-resistance gene. We find that the relative contribution of several mutation types differs systematically between loci due to properties of neighboring genes: essentiality, expression, orientation, termination, and presence of duplicates. These properties determine rate and fitness effects of gene amplification, deletions, and mutations compromising transcriptional termination. Thus, the adaptive potential of a gene under selection is a system-property with a complex genetic basis that is specific for each chromosomal locus, and it can be inferred from detailed functional and genomic data.},
author = {Steinrück, Magdalena and Guet, Calin C},
issn = {2050084X},
journal = {eLife},
publisher = {eLife Sciences Publications},
title = {{Complex chromosomal neighborhood effects determine the adaptive potential of a gene under selection}},
doi = {10.7554/eLife.25100},
volume = {6},
year = {2017},
}
@article{676,
abstract = {The segregation of different cell types into distinct tissues is a fundamental process in metazoan development. Differences in cell adhesion and cortex tension are commonly thought to drive cell sorting by regulating tissue surface tension (TST). However, the role that differential TST plays in cell segregation within the developing embryo is as yet unclear. Here, we have analyzed the role of differential TST for germ layer progenitor cell segregation during zebrafish gastrulation. Contrary to previous observations that differential TST drives germ layer progenitor cell segregation in vitro, we show that germ layers display indistinguishable TST within the gastrulating embryo, arguing against differential TST driving germ layer progenitor cell segregation in vivo. We further show that the osmolarity of the interstitial fluid (IF) is an important factor that influences germ layer TST in vivo, and that lower osmolarity of the IF compared with standard cell culture medium can explain why germ layers display differential TST in culture but not in vivo. Finally, we show that directed migration of mesendoderm progenitors is required for germ layer progenitor cell segregation and germ layer formation.},
author = {Krens, Gabriel and Veldhuis, Jim and Barone, Vanessa and Capek, Daniel and Maître, Jean-Léon and Brodland, Wayne and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J},
issn = {09501991},
journal = {Development},
number = {10},
pages = {1798 -- 1806},
publisher = {Company of Biologists},
title = {{Interstitial fluid osmolarity modulates the action of differential tissue surface tension in progenitor cell segregation during gastrulation}},
doi = {10.1242/dev.144964},
volume = {144},
year = {2017},
}
@article{661,
abstract = {During embryonic development, mechanical forces are essential for cellular rearrangements driving tissue morphogenesis. Here, we show that in the early zebrafish embryo, friction forces are generated at the interface between anterior axial mesoderm (prechordal plate, ppl) progenitors migrating towards the animal pole and neurectoderm progenitors moving in the opposite direction towards the vegetal pole of the embryo. These friction forces lead to global rearrangement of cells within the neurectoderm and determine the position of the neural anlage. Using a combination of experiments and simulations, we show that this process depends on hydrodynamic coupling between neurectoderm and ppl as a result of E-cadherin-mediated adhesion between those tissues. Our data thus establish the emergence of friction forces at the interface between moving tissues as a critical force-generating process shaping the embryo.},
author = {Smutny, Michael and Ákos, Zsuzsa and Grigolon, Silvia and Shamipour, Shayan and Ruprecht, Verena and Capek, Daniel and Behrndt, Martin and Papusheva, Ekaterina and Tada, Masazumi and Hof, Björn and Vicsek, Tamás and Salbreux, Guillaume and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J},
issn = {14657392},
journal = {Nature Cell Biology},
pages = {306 -- 317},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Friction forces position the neural anlage}},
doi = {10.1038/ncb3492},
volume = {19},
year = {2017},
}
@inproceedings{8094,
abstract = {With the accelerated development of robot technologies, optimal control becomes one of the central themes of research. In traditional approaches, the controller, by its internal functionality, finds appropriate actions on the basis of the history of sensor values, guided by the goals, intentions, objectives, learning schemes, and so forth. The idea is that the controller controls the world---the body plus its environment---as reliably as possible. This paper focuses on new lines of self-organization for developmental robotics. We apply the recently developed differential extrinsic synaptic plasticity to a muscle-tendon driven arm-shoulder system from the Myorobotics toolkit. In the experiments, we observe a vast variety of self-organized behavior patterns: when left alone, the arm realizes pseudo-random sequences of different poses. By applying physical forces, the system can be entrained into definite motion patterns like wiping a table. Most interestingly, after attaching an object, the controller gets in a functional resonance with the object's internal dynamics, starting to shake spontaneously bottles half-filled with water or sensitively driving an attached pendulum into a circular mode. When attached to the crank of a wheel the neural system independently discovers how to rotate it. In this way, the robot discovers affordances of objects its body is interacting with.},
author = {Martius, Georg S and Hostettler, Rafael and Knoll, Alois and Der, Ralf},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016},
isbn = {9780262339360},
location = {Cancun, Mexico},
pages = {142--143},
publisher = {MIT Press},
title = {{Self-organized control of an tendon driven arm by differential extrinsic plasticity}},
doi = {10.7551/978-0-262-33936-0-ch029},
volume = {28},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1705,
abstract = {Hybrid systems represent an important and powerful formalism for modeling real-world applications such as embedded systems. A verification tool like SpaceEx is based on the exploration of a symbolic search space (the region space). As a verification tool, it is typically optimized towards proving the absence of errors. In some settings, e.g., when the verification tool is employed in a feedback-directed design cycle, one would like to have the option to call a version that is optimized towards finding an error trajectory in the region space. A recent approach in this direction is based on guided search. Guided search relies on a cost function that indicates which states are promising to be explored, and preferably explores more promising states first. In this paper, we propose an abstraction-based cost function based on coarse-grained space abstractions for guiding the reachability analysis. For this purpose, a suitable abstraction technique that exploits the flexible granularity of modern reachability analysis algorithms is introduced. The new cost function is an effective extension of pattern database approaches that have been successfully applied in other areas. The approach has been implemented in the SpaceEx model checker. The evaluation shows its practical potential.},
author = {Bogomolov, Sergiy and Donzé, Alexandre and Frehse, Goran and Grosu, Radu and Johnson, Taylor and Ladan, Hamed and Podelski, Andreas and Wehrle, Martin},
journal = {International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer},
number = {4},
pages = {449 -- 467},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Guided search for hybrid systems based on coarse-grained space abstractions}},
doi = {10.1007/s10009-015-0393-y},
volume = {18},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1794,
abstract = {We consider Conditional random fields (CRFs) with pattern-based potentials defined on a chain. In this model the energy of a string (labeling) (Formula presented.) is the sum of terms over intervals [i, j] where each term is non-zero only if the substring (Formula presented.) equals a prespecified pattern w. Such CRFs can be naturally applied to many sequence tagging problems. We present efficient algorithms for the three standard inference tasks in a CRF, namely computing (i) the partition function, (ii) marginals, and (iii) computing the MAP. Their complexities are respectively (Formula presented.), (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) where L is the combined length of input patterns, (Formula presented.) is the maximum length of a pattern, and D is the input alphabet. This improves on the previous algorithms of Ye et al. (NIPS, 2009) whose complexities are respectively (Formula presented.), (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.), where (Formula presented.) is the number of input patterns. In addition, we give an efficient algorithm for sampling, and revisit the case of MAP with non-positive weights.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir and Takhanov, Rustem},
journal = {Algorithmica},
number = {1},
pages = {17 -- 46},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Inference algorithms for pattern-based CRFs on sequence data}},
doi = {10.1007/s00453-015-0017-7},
volume = {76},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1833,
abstract = {Relational models for contingency tables are generalizations of log-linear models, allowing effects associated with arbitrary subsets of cells in the table, and not necessarily containing the overall effect, that is, a common parameter in every cell. Similarly to log-linear models, relational models can be extended to non-negative distributions, but the extension requires more complex methods. An extended relational model is defined as an algebraic variety, and it turns out to be the closure of the original model with respect to the Bregman divergence. In the extended relational model, the MLE of the cell parameters always exists and is unique, but some of its properties may be different from those of the MLE under log-linear models. The MLE can be computed using a generalized iterative scaling procedure based on Bregman projections. },
author = {Klimova, Anna and Rudas, Tamás},
journal = {Journal of Multivariate Analysis},
pages = {440 -- 452},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{On the closure of relational models}},
doi = {10.1016/j.jmva.2015.10.005},
volume = {143},
year = {2016},
}
@article{1881,
abstract = {We consider random matrices of the form H=W+λV, λ∈ℝ+, where W is a real symmetric or complex Hermitian Wigner matrix of size N and V is a real bounded diagonal random matrix of size N with i.i.d.\ entries that are independent of W. We assume subexponential decay for the matrix entries of W and we choose λ∼1, so that the eigenvalues of W and λV are typically of the same order. Further, we assume that the density of the entries of V is supported on a single interval and is convex near the edges of its support. In this paper we prove that there is λ+∈ℝ+ such that the largest eigenvalues of H are in the limit of large N determined by the order statistics of V for λ>λ+. In particular, the largest eigenvalue of H has a Weibull distribution in the limit N→∞ if λ>λ+. Moreover, for N sufficiently large, we show that the eigenvectors associated to the largest eigenvalues are partially localized for λ>λ+, while they are completely delocalized for λ<λ+. Similar results hold for the lowest eigenvalues. },
author = {Lee, Jioon and Schnelli, Kevin},
journal = {Probability Theory and Related Fields},
number = {1-2},
pages = {165 -- 241},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Extremal eigenvalues and eigenvectors of deformed Wigner matrices}},
doi = {10.1007/s00440-014-0610-8},
volume = {164},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{478,
abstract = {Magic: the Gathering is a game about magical combat for any number of players. Formally it is a zero-sum, imperfect information stochastic game that consists of a potentially unbounded number of steps. We consider the problem of deciding if a move is legal in a given single step of Magic. We show that the problem is (a) coNP-complete in general; and (b) in P if either of two small sets of cards are not used. Our lower bound holds even for single-player Magic games. The significant aspects of our results are as follows: First, in most real-life game problems, the task of deciding whether a given move is legal in a single step is trivial, and the computationally hard task is to find the best sequence of legal moves in the presence of multiple players. In contrast, quite uniquely our hardness result holds for single step and with only one-player. Second, we establish efficient algorithms for important special cases of Magic.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Ibsen-Jensen, Rasmus},
location = {The Hague, Netherlands},
pages = {1432 -- 1439},
publisher = {IOS Press},
title = {{The complexity of deciding legality of a single step of magic: The gathering}},
doi = {10.3233/978-1-61499-672-9-1432},
volume = {285},
year = {2016},
}
@inproceedings{480,
abstract = {Graph games provide the foundation for modeling and synthesizing reactive processes. In the synthesis of stochastic reactive processes, the traditional model is perfect-information stochastic games, where some transitions of the game graph are controlled by two adversarial players, and the other transitions are executed probabilistically. We consider such games where the objective is the conjunction of several quantitative objectives (specified as mean-payoff conditions), which we refer to as generalized mean-payoff objectives. The basic decision problem asks for the existence of a finite-memory strategy for a player that ensures the generalized mean-payoff objective be satisfied with a desired probability against all strategies of the opponent. A special case of the decision problem is the almost-sure problem where the desired probability is 1. Previous results presented a semi-decision procedure for -approximations of the almost-sure problem. In this work, we show that both the almost-sure problem as well as the general basic decision problem are coNP-complete, significantly improving the previous results. Moreover, we show that in the case of 1-player stochastic games, randomized memoryless strategies are sufficient and the problem can be solved in polynomial time. In contrast, in two-player stochastic games, we show that even with randomized strategies exponential memory is required in general, and present a matching exponential upper bound. We also study the basic decision problem with infinite-memory strategies and present computational complexity results for the problem. Our results are relevant in the synthesis of stochastic reactive systems with multiple quantitative requirements.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent},
location = {New York, NY, USA},
pages = {247 -- 256},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Perfect-information stochastic games with generalized mean-payoff objectives}},
doi = {10.1145/2933575.2934513},
volume = {05-08-July-2016},
year = {2016},
}
@article{510,
abstract = {The CLE (CLAVATA3/Embryo Surrounding Region-related) peptides are small secreted signaling peptides that are primarily involved in the regulation of stem cell homeostasis in different plant meristems. Particularly, the characterization of the CLE41-PXY/TDR signaling pathway has greatly advanced our understanding on the potential roles of CLE peptides in vascular development and wood formation. Nevertheless, our knowledge on this gene family in a tree species is limited. In a recent study, we reported on a systematically investigation of the CLE gene family in Populus trichocarpa . The potential roles of PtCLE genes were studied by comparative analysis and transcriptional pro fi ling. Among fi fty PtCLE members, many PtCLE proteins share identical CLE motifs or contain the same CLE motif as that of AtCLEs, while PtCLE genes exhibited either comparable or distinct expression patterns comparing to their Arabidopsis counterparts. These fi ndings indicate the existence of both functional conservation and functional divergence between PtCLEs and their AtCLE orthologues. Our results provide valuable resources for future functional investigations of these critical signaling molecules in woody plants. },
author = {Liu, Zhijun and Yang, Nan and Lv, Yanting and Pan, Lixia and Lv, Shuo and Han, Huibin and Wang, Guodong},
journal = {Plant Signaling & Behavior},
number = {6},
publisher = {Landes Bioscience},
title = {{The CLE gene family in Populus trichocarpa}},
doi = {10.1080/15592324.2016.1191734},
volume = {11},
year = {2016},
}
@misc{5445,
abstract = {We consider the quantitative analysis problem for interprocedural control-flow graphs (ICFGs). The input consists of an ICFG, a positive weight function that assigns every transition a positive integer-valued number, and a labelling of the transitions (events) as good, bad, and neutral events. The weight function assigns to each transition a numerical value that represents ameasure of how good or bad an event is. The quantitative analysis problem asks whether there is a run of the ICFG where the ratio of the sum of the numerical weights of good events versus the sum of weights of bad events in the long-run is at least a given threshold (or equivalently, to compute the maximal ratio among all valid paths in the ICFG). The quantitative analysis problem for ICFGs can be solved in polynomial time, and we present an efficient and practical algorithm for the problem. We show that several problems relevant for static program analysis, such as estimating the worst-case execution time of a program or the average energy consumption of a mobile application, can be modeled in our framework. We have implemented our algorithm as a tool in the Java Soot framework. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach with two case studies. First, we show that our framework provides a sound approach (no false positives) for the analysis of inefficiently-used containers. Second, we show that our approach can also be used for static profiling of programs which reasons about methods that are frequently invoked. Our experimental results show that our tool scales to relatively large benchmarks, and discovers relevant and useful information that can be used to optimize performance of the programs. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Pavlogiannis, Andreas and Velner, Yaron},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {33},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Quantitative interprocedural analysis}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2016-523-v1-1},
year = {2016},
}
@misc{5446,
abstract = {We study the problem of developing efficient approaches for proving termination of recursive programs with one-dimensional arrays. Ranking functions serve as a sound and complete approach for proving termination of non-recursive programs without array operations. First, we generalize ranking functions to the notion of measure functions, and prove that measure functions (i) provide a sound method to prove termination of recursive programs (with one-dimensional arrays), and (ii) is both sound and complete over recursive programs without array operations. Our second contribution is the synthesis of measure functions of specific forms in polynomial time. More precisely, we prove that (i) polynomial measure functions over recursive programs can be synthesized in polynomial time through Farkas’ Lemma and Handelman’s Theorem, and (ii) measure functions involving logarithm and exponentiation can be synthesized in polynomial time through abstraction of logarithmic or exponential terms and Handelman’s Theorem. A key application of our method is the worst-case analysis of recursive programs. While previous methods obtain worst-case polynomial bounds of the form O(n^k), where k is an integer, our polynomial time methods can synthesize bounds of the form O(n log n), as well as O(n^x), where x is not an integer. We show the applicability of our automated technique to obtain worst-case complexity of classical recursive algorithms such as (i) Merge-Sort, the divideand-
conquer algorithm for the Closest-Pair problem, where we obtain O(n log n) worst-case bound, and (ii) Karatsuba’s algorithm for polynomial multiplication and Strassen’s algorithm for matrix multiplication, where we obtain O(n^x) bound, where x is not an integer and close to the best-known bounds for the respective algorithms. Finally, we present experimental results to demonstrate the
effectiveness of our approach.},
author = {Anonymous, 1 and Anonymous, 2 and Anonymous, 3},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {26},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Termination and worst-case analysis of recursive programs}},
year = {2016},
}
@misc{5447,
abstract = {We consider the problem of developing automated techniques to aid the average-case complexity analysis of programs. Several classical textbook algorithms have quite efficient average-case complexity, whereas the corresponding worst-case bounds are either inefficient (e.g., QUICK-SORT), or completely ineffective (e.g., COUPONCOLLECTOR). Since the main focus of average-case analysis is to obtain efficient bounds, we consider bounds that are either logarithmic,
linear, or almost-linear (O(log n), O(n), O(n · log n),
respectively, where n represents the size of the input). Our main contribution is a sound approach for deriving such average-case bounds for randomized recursive programs. Our approach is efficient (a simple linear-time algorithm), and it is based on (a) the analysis of recurrence relations induced by randomized algorithms, and (b) a guess-and-check technique. Our approach can infer the asymptotically optimal average-case bounds for classical randomized algorithms, including RANDOMIZED-SEARCH, QUICKSORT, QUICK-SELECT, COUPON-COLLECTOR, where the worstcase
bounds are either inefficient (such as linear as compared to logarithmic of average-case, or quadratic as compared to linear or almost-linear of average-case), or ineffective. We have implemented our approach, and the experimental results show that we obtain the bounds efficiently for various classical algorithms.},
author = {Anonymous, 1 and Anonymous, 2 and Anonymous, 3},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {20},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Average-case analysis of programs: Automated recurrence analysis for almost-linear bounds}},
year = {2016},
}
@misc{5448,
abstract = {We present a new dynamic partial-order reduction method for stateless model checking of concurrent programs. A common approach for exploring program behaviors relies on enumerating the traces of the program, without storing the visited states (aka stateless exploration). As the number of distinct traces grows exponentially, dynamic partial-order reduction (DPOR) techniques have been successfully used to partition the space of traces into equivalence classes (Mazurkiewicz partitioning), with the goal of exploring only few representative traces from each class.
We introduce a new equivalence on traces under sequential consistency semantics, which we call the observation equivalence. Two traces are observationally equivalent if every read event observes the same write event in both traces. While the traditional Mazurkiewicz equivalence is control-centric, our new definition is data-centric. We show that our observation equivalence is coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in many cases even exponentially coarser. We devise a DPOR exploration of the trace space, called data-centric DPOR, based on the observation equivalence.
1. For acyclic architectures, our algorithm is guaranteed to explore exactly one representative trace from each observation class, while spending polynomial time per class. Hence, our algorithm is optimal wrt the observation equivalence, and in several cases explores exponentially fewer traces than any enumerative method based on the Mazurkiewicz equivalence.
2. For cyclic architectures, we consider an equivalence between traces which is finer than the observation equivalence; but coarser than the Mazurkiewicz equivalence, and in some cases is exponentially coarser. Our data-centric DPOR algorithm remains optimal under this trace equivalence.
Finally, we perform a basic experimental comparison between the existing Mazurkiewicz-based DPOR and our data-centric DPOR on a set of academic benchmarks. Our results show a significant reduction in both running time and the number of explored equivalence classes.},
author = {Anonymous, 1 and Anonymous, 2 and Anonymous, 3 and Anonymous, 4},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {20},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Data-centric dynamic partial order reduction}},
year = {2016},
}