@article{3262,
abstract = {Living cells must control the reading out or "expression" of information encoded in their genomes, and this regulation often is mediated by transcription factors--proteins that bind to DNA and either enhance or repress the expression of nearby genes. But the expression of transcription factor proteins is itself regulated, and many transcription factors regulate their own expression in addition to responding to other input signals. Here we analyze the simplest of such self-regulatory circuits, asking how parameters can be chosen to optimize information transmission from inputs to outputs in the steady state. Some nonzero level of self-regulation is almost always optimal, with self-activation dominant when transcription factor concentrations are low and self-repression dominant when concentrations are high. In steady state the optimal self-activation is never strong enough to induce bistability, although there is a limit in which the optimal parameters are very close to the critical point.},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Walczak, Aleksandra and Bialek, William},
journal = { Physical Review E statistical nonlinear and soft matter physics },
number = {4},
publisher = {American Institute of Physics},
title = {{Optimizing information flow in small genetic networks. III. A self-interacting gene}},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevE.85.041903},
volume = {85},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3248,
abstract = {We describe RTblob, a high speed vision system that detects objects in cluttered scenes based on their color and shape at a speed of over 800 frames/s. Because the system is available as open-source software and relies only on off-the-shelf PC hardware components, it can provide the basis for multiple application scenarios. As an illustrative example, we show how RTblob can be used in a robotic table tennis scenario to estimate ball trajectories through 3D space simultaneously from four cameras images at a speed of 200 Hz.},
author = {Lampert, Christoph and Peters, Jan},
journal = {Journal of Real-Time Image Processing},
number = {1},
pages = {31 -- 41},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Real-time detection of colored objects in multiple camera streams with off-the-shelf hardware components}},
doi = {10.1007/s11554-010-0168-3},
volume = {7},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2891,
abstract = {Quantitative automata are nondeterministic finite automata with edge weights. They value a
run by some function from the sequence of visited weights to the reals, and value a word by its
minimal/maximal run. They generalize boolean automata, and have gained much attention in
recent years. Unfortunately, important automaton classes, such as sum, discounted-sum, and
limit-average automata, cannot be determinized. Yet, the quantitative setting provides the potential
of approximate determinization. We define approximate determinization with respect to
a distance function, and investigate this potential.
We show that sum automata cannot be determinized approximately with respect to any
distance function. However, restricting to nonnegative weights allows for approximate determinization
with respect to some distance functions.
Discounted-sum automata allow for approximate determinization, as the influence of a word’s
suffix is decaying. However, the naive approach, of unfolding the automaton computations up
to a sufficient level, is shown to be doubly exponential in the discount factor. We provide an
alternative construction that is singly exponential in the discount factor, in the precision, and
in the number of states. We prove matching lower bounds, showing exponential dependency on
each of these three parameters.
Average and limit-average automata are shown to prohibit approximate determinization with
respect to any distance function, and this is the case even for two weights, 0 and 1.},
author = {Boker, Udi and Henzinger, Thomas A},
booktitle = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics},
location = {Hyderabad, India},
pages = {362 -- 373},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Approximate determinization of quantitative automata}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2012.362},
volume = {18},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2916,
abstract = {The classical (boolean) notion of refinement for behavioral interfaces of system components is the alternating refinement preorder. In this paper, we define a quantitative measure for interfaces, called interface simulation distance. It makes the alternating refinement preorder quantitative by, intu- itively, tolerating errors (while counting them) in the alternating simulation game. We show that the interface simulation distance satisfies the triangle inequality, that the distance between two interfaces does not increase under parallel composition with a third interface, and that the distance between two interfaces can be bounded from above and below by distances between abstractions of the two interfaces. We illustrate the framework, and the properties of the distances under composition of interfaces, with two case studies.},
author = {Cerny, Pavol and Chmelik, Martin and Henzinger, Thomas A and Radhakrishna, Arjun},
booktitle = {Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science},
location = {Napoli, Italy},
pages = {29 -- 42},
publisher = {EPTCS},
title = {{Interface Simulation Distances}},
doi = {10.4204/EPTCS.96.3},
volume = {96},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2947,
abstract = {We introduce games with probabilistic uncertainty, a model for controller synthesis in which the controller observes the state through imprecise sensors that provide correct information about the current state with a fixed probability. That is, in each step, the sensors return an observed state, and given the observed state, there is a probability distribution (due to the estimation error) over the actual current state. The controller must base its decision on the observed state (rather than the actual current state, which it does not know). On the other hand, we assume that the environment can perfectly observe the current state. We show that controller synthesis for qualitative ω-regular objectives in our model can be reduced in polynomial time to standard partial-observation stochastic games, and vice-versa. As a consequence we establish the precise decidability frontier for the new class of games, and establish optimal complexity results for all the decidable problems.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Chmelik, Martin and Majumdar, Ritankar},
location = {Thiruvananthapuram, India},
pages = {385 -- 399},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Equivalence of games with probabilistic uncertainty and partial observation games}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-33386-6_30},
volume = {7561},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3128,
abstract = {We consider two-player zero-sum stochastic games on graphs with ω-regular winning conditions specified as parity objectives. These games have applications in the design and control of reactive systems. We survey the complexity results for the problem of deciding the winner in such games, and in classes of interest obtained as special cases, based on the information and the power of randomization available to the players, on the class of objectives and on the winning mode. On the basis of information, these games can be classified as follows: (a) partial-observation (both players have partial view of the game); (b) one-sided partial-observation (one player has partial-observation and the other player has complete-observation); and (c) complete-observation (both players have complete view of the game). The one-sided partial-observation games have two important subclasses: the one-player games, known as partial-observation Markov decision processes (POMDPs), and the blind one-player games, known as probabilistic automata. On the basis of randomization, (a) the players may not be allowed to use randomization (pure strategies), or (b) they may choose a probability distribution over actions but the actual random choice is external and not visible to the player (actions invisible), or (c) they may use full randomization. Finally, various classes of games are obtained by restricting the parity objective to a reachability, safety, Büchi, or coBüchi condition. We also consider several winning modes, such as sure-winning (i.e., all outcomes of a strategy have to satisfy the winning condition), almost-sure winning (i.e., winning with probability 1), limit-sure winning (i.e., winning with probability arbitrarily close to 1), and value-threshold winning (i.e., winning with probability at least ν, where ν is a given rational). },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent and Henzinger, Thomas A},
journal = {Formal Methods in System Design},
number = {2},
pages = {268 -- 284},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{A survey of partial-observation stochastic parity games}},
doi = {10.1007/s10703-012-0164-2},
volume = {43},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3135,
abstract = {We introduce consumption games, a model for discrete interactive system with multiple resources that are consumed or reloaded independently. More precisely, a consumption game is a finite-state graph where each transition is labeled by a vector of resource updates, where every update is a non-positive number or ω. The ω updates model the reloading of a given resource. Each vertex belongs either to player □ or player ◇, where the aim of player □ is to play so that the resources are never exhausted. We consider several natural algorithmic problems about consumption games, and show that although these problems are computationally hard in general, they are solvable in polynomial time for every fixed number of resource types (i.e., the dimension of the update vectors) and bounded resource updates. },
author = {Brázdil, Brázdil and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Kučera, Antonín and Novotny, Petr},
location = {Berkeley, CA, USA},
pages = {23 -- 38},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Efficient controller synthesis for consumption games with multiple resource types}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-31424-7_8},
volume = {7358},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{495,
abstract = {An automaton with advice is a finite state automaton which has access to an additional fixed infinite string called an advice tape. We refine the Myhill-Nerode theorem to characterize the languages of finite strings that are accepted by automata with advice. We do the same for tree automata with advice.},
author = {Kruckman, Alex and Rubin, Sasha and Sheridan, John and Zax, Ben},
booktitle = {Proceedings GandALF 2012},
location = {Napoli, Italy},
pages = {238 -- 246},
publisher = {Open Publishing Association},
title = {{A Myhill Nerode theorem for automata with advice}},
doi = {10.4204/EPTCS.96.18},
volume = {96},
year = {2012},
}
@article{6588,
abstract = {First we note that the best polynomial approximation to vertical bar x vertical bar on the set, which consists of an interval on the positive half-axis and a point on the negative half-axis, can be given by means of the classical Chebyshev polynomials. Then we explore the cases when a solution of the related problem on two intervals can be given in elementary functions.},
author = {Pausinger, Florian},
issn = {1812-9471},
journal = {Journal of Mathematical Physics, Analysis, Geometry},
number = {1},
pages = {63--78},
publisher = {B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering},
title = {{Elementary solutions of the Bernstein problem on two intervals}},
volume = {8},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3299,
abstract = {We introduce propagation models, a formalism designed to support general and efficient data structures for the transient analysis of biochemical reaction networks. We give two use cases for propagation abstract data types: the uniformization method and numerical integration. We also sketch an implementation of a propagation abstract data type, which uses abstraction to approximate states.},
author = {Henzinger, Thomas A and Mateescu, Maria},
location = {Paris, France},
pages = {1 -- 3},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Propagation models for computing biochemical reaction networks}},
doi = {10.1145/2037509.2037510},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3302,
abstract = {Cloud computing aims to give users virtually unlimited pay-per-use computing resources without the burden of managing the underlying infrastructure. We present a new job execution environment Flextic that exploits scal- able static scheduling techniques to provide the user with a flexible pricing model, such as a tradeoff between dif- ferent degrees of execution speed and execution price, and at the same time, reduce scheduling overhead for the cloud provider. We have evaluated a prototype of Flextic on Amazon EC2 and compared it against Hadoop. For various data parallel jobs from machine learning, im- age processing, and gene sequencing that we considered, Flextic has low scheduling overhead and reduces job du- ration by up to 15% compared to Hadoop, a dynamic cloud scheduler.},
author = {Henzinger, Thomas A and Singh, Anmol and Singh, Vasu and Wies, Thomas and Zufferey, Damien},
pages = {1 -- 6},
publisher = {USENIX},
title = {{Static scheduling in clouds}},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3388,
abstract = {Background: Fragmentation of terrestrial ecosystems has had detrimental effects on metapopulations of habitat specialists. Maculinea butterflies have been particularly affected because of their specialized lifecycles, requiring both specific food-plants and host-ants. However, the interaction between dispersal, effective population size, and long-term genetic erosion of these endangered butterflies remains unknown. Using non-destructive sampling, we investigated the genetic diversity of the last extant population of M. arion in Denmark, which experienced critically low numbers in the 1980s. Results: Using nine microsatellite markers, we show that the population is genetically impoverished compared to nearby populations in Sweden, but less so than monitoring programs suggested. Ten additional short repeat microsatellites were used to reconstruct changes in genetic diversity and population structure over the last 77 years from museum specimens. We also tested amplification efficiency in such historical samples as a function of repeat length and sample age. Low population numbers in the 1980s did not affect genetic diversity, but considerable turnover of alleles has characterized this population throughout the time-span of our analysis. Conclusions: Our results suggest that M. arion is less sensitive to genetic erosion via population bottlenecks than previously thought, and that managing clusters of high quality habitat may be key for long-term conservation.},
author = {Ugelvig, Line V and Nielsen, Per and Boomsma, Jacobus and Nash, David},
journal = {BMC Evolutionary Biology},
number = {201},
publisher = {BioMed Central},
title = {{Reconstructing eight decades of genetic variation in an isolated Danish population of the large blue butterfly Maculinea arion}},
doi = {10.1186/1471-2148-11-201},
volume = {11},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3390,
abstract = {What determines the genetic contribution that an individual makes to future generations? With biparental reproduction, each individual leaves a 'pedigree' of descendants, determined by the biparental relationships in the population. The pedigree of an individual constrains the lines of descent of each of its genes. An individual's reproductive value is the expected number of copies of each of its genes that is passed on to distant generations conditional on its pedigree. For the simplest model of biparental reproduction analogous to the Wright-Fisher model, an individual's reproductive value is determined within ~10 generations, independent of population size. Partial selfing and subdivision do not greatly slow this convergence. Our central result is that the probability that a gene will survive is proportional to the reproductive value of the individual that carries it, and that conditional on survival, after a few tens of generations, the distribution of the number of surviving copies is the same for all individuals, whatever their reproductive value. These results can be generalized to the joint distribution of surviving blocks of ancestral genome. Selection on unlinked loci in the genetic background may greatly increase the variance in reproductive value, but the above results nevertheless still hold. The almost linear relationship between survival probability and reproductive value also holds for weakly favored alleles. Thus, the influence of the complex pedigree of descendants on an individual's genetic contribution to the population can be summarized through a single number: its reproductive value.},
author = {Barton, Nicholas H and Etheridge, Alison},
journal = {Genetics},
number = {4},
pages = {953 -- 973},
publisher = {Genetics Society of America},
title = {{The relation between reproductive value and genetic contribution}},
doi = {10.1534/genetics.111.127555},
volume = {188},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3376,
abstract = {Regulatory conflicts occur when two signals that individually trigger opposite cellular responses are present simultaneously. Here, we investigate regulatory conflicts in the bacterial response to antibiotic combinations. We use an Escherichia coli promoter-GFP library to study the transcriptional response of many promoters to either additive or antagonistic drug pairs at fine two-dimensional (2D) resolution of drug concentration. Surprisingly, we find that this data set can be characterized as a linear sum of only two principal components. Component one, accounting for over 70% of the response, represents the response to growth inhibition by the drugs. Component two describes how regulatory conflicts are resolved. For the additive drug pair, conflicts are resolved by linearly interpolating the single drug responses, while for the antagonistic drug pair, the growth-limiting drug dominates the response. Importantly, for a given drug pair, the same conflict resolution strategy applies to almost all genes. These results provide a recipe for predicting gene expression responses to antibiotic combinations.},
author = {Bollenbach, Mark Tobias and Kishony, Roy},
journal = {Molecular Cell},
number = {4},
pages = {413 -- 425},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{Resolution of gene regulatory conflicts caused by combinations of antibiotics}},
doi = {10.1016/j.molcel.2011.04.016},
volume = {42},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3371,
abstract = {The Minisymposium “Cell Migration and Motility” was attended by approximately 500 visitors and covered a broad range of questions in the field using diverse model systems. Topics comprised actin dynamics, cell polarity, force transduction, signal transduction, bar- rier transmigration, and chemotactic guidance.},
author = {Sixt, Michael K and Parent, Carole},
journal = {Molecular Biology and Evolution},
number = {6},
pages = {724},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
title = {{Cells on the move in Philadelphia}},
doi = {10.1091/mbc.E10-12-0958},
volume = {22},
year = {2011},
}
@article{504,
abstract = {Populations living in a spatially and temporally changing environment can adapt to the changing optimum and/or migrate toward favorable habitats. Here we extend previous analyses with a static optimum to allow the environment to vary in time as well as in space. The model follows both population dynamics and the trait mean under stabilizing selection, and the outcomes can be understood by comparing the loads due to genetic variance, dispersal, and temporal change. With fixed genetic variance, we obtain two regimes: (1) adaptation that is uniform along the environmental gradient and that responds to the moving optimum as expected for panmictic populations and when the spatial gradient is sufficiently steep, and (2) a population with limited range that adapts more slowly than the environmental optimum changes in both time and space; the population therefore becomes locally extinct and migrates toward suitable habitat. We also use a population‐genetic model with many loci to allow genetic variance to evolve, and we show that the only solution now has uniform adaptation.},
author = {Polechova, Jitka and Barton, Nicholas H and Marion, Glenn},
journal = {American Naturalist},
number = {4},
pages = {546 -- 547},
publisher = {University of Chicago Press},
title = {{Erratum: Species' range: Adaptation in space and time (American Naturalist 174 (E186 E204)) }},
doi = {10.1086/659642},
volume = {177},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3345,
abstract = {We consider Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) with mean-payoff parity and energy parity objectives. In system design, the parity objective is used to encode ω-regular specifications, and the mean-payoff and energy objectives can be used to model quantitative resource constraints. The energy condition re- quires that the resource level never drops below 0, and the mean-payoff condi- tion requires that the limit-average value of the resource consumption is within a threshold. While these two (energy and mean-payoff) classical conditions are equivalent for two-player games, we show that they differ for MDPs. We show that the problem of deciding whether a state is almost-sure winning (i.e., winning with probability 1) in energy parity MDPs is in NP ∩ coNP, while for mean- payoff parity MDPs, the problem is solvable in polynomial time, improving a recent PSPACE bound.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent},
location = {Warsaw, Poland},
pages = {206 -- 218},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Energy and mean-payoff parity Markov Decision Processes}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-22993-0_21},
volume = {6907},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3288,
abstract = {The zonula adherens (ZA) of epithelial cells is a site of cell-cell adhesion where cellular forces are exerted and resisted. Increasing evidence indicates that E-cadherin adhesion molecules at the ZA serve to sense force applied on the junctions and coordinate cytoskeletal responses to those forces. Efforts to understand the role that cadherins play in mechanotransduction have been limited by the lack of assays to measure the impact of forces on the ZA. In this study we used 4D imaging of GFP-tagged E-cadherin to analyse the movement of the ZA. Junctions in confluent epithelial monolayers displayed prominent movements oriented orthogonal (perpendicular) to the ZA itself. Two components were identified in these movements: a relatively slow unidirectional (translational) component that could be readily fitted by least-squares regression analysis, upon which were superimposed more rapid oscillatory movements. Myosin IIB was a dominant factor responsible for driving the unilateral translational movements. In contrast, frequency spectrum analysis revealed that depletion of Myosin IIA increased the power of the oscillatory movements. This implies that Myosin IIA may serve to dampen oscillatory movements of the ZA. This extends our recent analysis of Myosin II at the ZA to demonstrate that Myosin IIA and Myosin IIB make distinct contributions to junctional movement at the ZA.},
author = {Smutny, Michael and Wu, Selwin and Gomez, Guillermo and Mangold, Sabine and Yap, Alpha and Hamilton, Nicholas},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {7},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Multicomponent analysis of junctional movements regulated by Myosin II isoforms at the epithelial zonula adherens}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0022458},
volume = {6},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3290,
abstract = {Analysis of genomic data requires an efficient way to calculate likelihoods across very large numbers of loci. We describe a general method for finding the distribution of genealogies: we allow migration between demes, splitting of demes [as in the isolation-with-migration (IM) model], and recombination between linked loci. These processes are described by a set of linear recursions for the generating function of branch lengths. Under the infinite-sites model, the probability of any configuration of mutations can be found by differentiating this generating function. Such calculations are feasible for small numbers of sampled genomes: as an example, we show how the generating function can be derived explicitly for three genes under the two-deme IM model. This derivation is done automatically, using Mathematica. Given data from a large number of unlinked and nonrecombining blocks of sequence, these results can be used to find maximum-likelihood estimates of model parameters by tabulating the probabilities of all relevant mutational configurations and then multiplying across loci. The feasibility of the method is demonstrated by applying it to simulated data and to a data set previously analyzed by Wang and Hey (2010) consisting of 26,141 loci sampled from Drosophila simulans and D. melanogaster. Our results suggest that such likelihood calculations are scalable to genomic data as long as the numbers of sampled individuals and mutations per sequence block are small.},
author = {Lohse, Konrad and Harrison, Richard and Barton, Nicholas H},
journal = {Genetics},
number = {3},
pages = {977 -- 987},
publisher = {Genetics Society of America},
title = {{A general method for calculating likelihoods under the coalescent process}},
doi = {10.1534/genetics.111.129569},
volume = {189},
year = {2011},
}
@unpublished{3339,
abstract = {Turn-based stochastic games and its important subclass Markov decision processes (MDPs) provide models for systems with both probabilistic and nondeterministic behaviors. We consider turn-based stochastic games with two classical quantitative objectives: discounted-sum and long-run average objectives. The game models and the quantitative objectives are widely used in probabilistic verification, planning, optimal inventory control, network protocol and performance analysis. Games and MDPs that model realistic systems often have very large state spaces, and probabilistic abstraction techniques are necessary to handle the state-space explosion. The commonly used full-abstraction techniques do not yield space-savings for systems that have many states with similar value, but does not necessarily have similar transition structure. A semi-abstraction technique, namely Magnifying-lens abstractions (MLA), that clusters states based on value only, disregarding differences in their transition relation was proposed for qualitative objectives (reachability and safety objectives). In this paper we extend the MLA technique to solve stochastic games with discounted-sum and long-run average objectives. We present the MLA technique based abstraction-refinement algorithm for stochastic games and MDPs with discounted-sum objectives. For long-run average objectives, our solution works for all MDPs and a sub-class of stochastic games where every state has the same value. },
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and De Alfaro, Luca and Pritam, Roy},
booktitle = {arXiv},
pages = {17},
publisher = {ArXiv},
title = {{Magnifying lens abstraction for stochastic games with discounted and long-run average objectives}},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3372,
abstract = {Nowak et al.1 argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value in explaining the natural world, and that it has led to negligible progress in explaining the evolution of eusociality. However, we believe that their arguments are based upon a misunderstanding of evolutionary theory and a misrepresentation of the empirical literature. We will focus our comments on three general issues.},
author = {Abbot, Patrick and Abe, Jun and Alcock, John and Alizon, Samuel and Alpedrinha, Joao and Andersson, Malte and Andre, Jean and Van Baalen, Minus and Balloux, Francois and Balshine, Sigal and Barton, Nicholas H and Beukeboom, Leo and Biernaskie, Jay and Bilde, Trine and Borgia, Gerald and Breed, Michael and Brown, Sam and Bshary, Redouan and Buckling, Angus and Burley, Nancy and Burton Chellew, Max and Cant, Michael and Chapuisat, Michel and Charnov, Eric and Clutton Brock, Tim and Cockburn, Andrew and Cole, Blaine and Colegrave, Nick and Cosmides, Leda and Couzin, Iain and Coyne, Jerry and Creel, Scott and Crespi, Bernard and Curry, Robert and Dall, Sasha and Day, Troy and Dickinson, Janis and Dugatkin, Lee and El Mouden, Claire and Emlen, Stephen and Evans, Jay and Ferriere, Regis and Field, Jeremy and Foitzik, Susanne and Foster, Kevin and Foster, William and Fox, Charles and Gadau, Juergen and Gandon, Sylvain and Gardner, Andy and Gardner, Michael and Getty, Thomas and Goodisman, Michael and Grafen, Alan and Grosberg, Rick and Grozinger, Christina and Gouyon, Pierre and Gwynne, Darryl and Harvey, Paul and Hatchwell, Ben and Heinze, Jürgen and Helantera, Heikki and Helms, Ken and Hill, Kim and Jiricny, Natalie and Johnstone, Rufus and Kacelnik, Alex and Kiers, E Toby and Kokko, Hanna and Komdeur, Jan and Korb, Judith and Kronauer, Daniel and Kümmerli, Rolf and Lehmann, Laurent and Linksvayer, Timothy and Lion, Sébastien and Lyon, Bruce and Marshall, James and Mcelreath, Richard and Michalakis, Yannis and Michod, Richard and Mock, Douglas and Monnin, Thibaud and Montgomerie, Robert and Moore, Allen and Mueller, Ulrich and Noë, Ronald and Okasha, Samir and Pamilo, Pekka and Parker, Geoff and Pedersen, Jes and Pen, Ido and Pfennig, David and Queller, David and Rankin, Daniel and Reece, Sarah and Reeve, Hudson and Reuter, Max and Roberts, Gilbert and Robson, Simon and Roze, Denis and Rousset, Francois and Rueppell, Olav and Sachs, Joel and Santorelli, Lorenzo and Schmid Hempel, Paul and Schwarz, Michael and Scott Phillips, Tom and Shellmann Sherman, Janet and Sherman, Paul and Shuker, David and Smith, Jeff and Spagna, Joseph and Strassmann, Beverly and Suarez, Andrew and Sundström, Liselotte and Taborsky, Michael and Taylor, Peter and Thompson, Graham and Tooby, John and Tsutsui, Neil and Tsuji, Kazuki and Turillazzi, Stefano and Úbeda, Francisco and Vargo, Edward and Voelkl, Bernard and Wenseleers, Tom and West, Stuart and West Eberhard, Mary and Westneat, David and Wiernasz, Diane and Wild, Geoff and Wrangham, Richard and Young, Andrew and Zeh, David and Zeh, Jeanne and Zink, Andrew},
journal = {Nature},
number = {7339},
pages = {E1 -- E4},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality}},
doi = {10.1038/nature09831},
volume = {471},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3365,
abstract = {We present the tool Quasy, a quantitative synthesis tool. Quasy takes qualitative and quantitative specifications and automatically constructs a system that satisfies the qualitative specification and optimizes the quantitative specification, if such a system exists. The user can choose between a system that satisfies and optimizes the specifications (a) under all possible environment behaviors or (b) under the most-likely environment behaviors given as a probability distribution on the possible input sequences. Quasy solves these two quantitative synthesis problems by reduction to instances of 2-player games and Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) with quantitative winning objectives. Quasy can also be seen as a game solver for quantitative games. Most notable, it can solve lexicographic mean-payoff games with 2 players, MDPs with mean-payoff objectives, and ergodic MDPs with mean-payoff parity objectives.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Jobstmann, Barbara and Singh, Rohit},
location = {Saarbrucken, Germany},
pages = {267 -- 271},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{QUASY: quantitative synthesis tool}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-19835-9_24},
volume = {6605},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3377,
abstract = {By definition, transverse intersections are stable under in- finitesimal perturbations. Using persistent homology, we ex- tend this notion to sizeable perturbations. Specifically, we assign to each homology class of the intersection its robust- ness, the magnitude of a perturbation necessary to kill it, and prove that robustness is stable. Among the applications of this result is a stable notion of robustness for fixed points of continuous mappings and a statement of stability for con- tours of smooth mappings.},
author = {Edelsbrunner, Herbert and Morozov, Dmitriy and Patel, Amit},
journal = {Foundations of Computational Mathematics},
number = {3},
pages = {345 -- 361},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Quantifying transversality by measuring the robustness of intersections}},
doi = {10.1007/s10208-011-9090-8},
volume = {11},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3384,
abstract = {Here we introduce a database of calibrated natural images publicly available through an easy-to-use web interface. Using a Nikon D70 digital SLR camera, we acquired about six-megapixel images of Okavango Delta of Botswana, a tropical savanna habitat similar to where the human eye is thought to have evolved. Some sequences of images were captured unsystematically while following a baboon troop, while others were designed to vary a single parameter such as aperture, object distance, time of day or position on the horizon. Images are available in the raw RGB format and in grayscale. Images are also available in units relevant to the physiology of human cone photoreceptors, where pixel values represent the expected number of photoisomerizations per second for cones sensitive to long (L), medium (M) and short (S) wavelengths. This database is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial Unported license to facilitate research in computer vision, psychophysics of perception, and visual neuroscience.},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Garrigan, Patrick and Ratliff, Charles and Milcinski, Grega and Klein, Jennifer and Seyfarth, Lucia and Sterling, Peter and Brainard, David and Balasubramanian, Vijay},
journal = {PLoS One},
number = {6},
publisher = {Public Library of Science},
title = {{Natural images from the birthplace of the human eye}},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pone.0020409},
volume = {6},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3391,
abstract = {Evolutionary biology shares many concepts with statistical physics: both deal with populations, whether of molecules or organisms, and both seek to simplify evolution in very many dimensions. Often, methodologies have undergone parallel and independent development, as with stochastic methods in population genetics. Here, we discuss aspects of population genetics that have embraced methods from physics: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, travelling waves and Monte-Carlo methods, among others, have been used to study polygenic evolution, rates of adaptation and range expansions. These applications indicate that evolutionary biology can further benefit from interactions with other areas of statistical physics; for example, by following the distribution of paths taken by a population through time},
author = {de Vladar, Harold and Barton, Nicholas H},
journal = {Trends in Ecology and Evolution},
number = {8},
pages = {424 -- 432},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{The contribution of statistical physics to evolutionary biology}},
doi = {10.1016/j.tree.2011.04.002},
volume = {26},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3396,
abstract = {Facial branchiomotor neurons (FBMNs) in zebrafish and mouse embryonic hindbrain undergo a characteristic tangential migration from rhombomere (r) 4, where they are born, to r6/7. Cohesion among neuroepithelial cells (NCs) has been suggested to function in FBMN migration by inhibiting FBMNs positioned in the basal neuroepithelium such that they move apically between NCs towards the midline of the neuroepithelium instead of tangentially along the basal side of the neuroepithelium towards r6/7. However, direct experimental evaluation of this hypothesis is still lacking. Here, we have used a combination of biophysical cell adhesion measurements and high-resolution time-lapse microscopy to determine the role of NC cohesion in FBMN migration. We show that reducing NC cohesion by interfering with Cadherin 2 (Cdh2) activity results in FBMNs positioned at the basal side of the neuroepithelium moving apically towards the neural tube midline instead of tangentially towards r6/7. In embryos with strongly reduced NC cohesion, ectopic apical FBMN movement frequently results in fusion of the bilateral FBMN clusters over the apical midline of the neural tube. By contrast, reducing cohesion among FBMNs by interfering with Contactin 2 (Cntn2) expression in these cells has little effect on apical FBMN movement, but reduces the fusion of the bilateral FBMN clusters in embryos with strongly diminished NC cohesion. These data provide direct experimental evidence that NC cohesion functions in tangential FBMN migration by restricting their apical movement.},
author = {Stockinger, Petra and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J and Maître, Jean-Léon},
journal = {Development},
number = {21},
pages = {4673 -- 4683},
publisher = {Company of Biologists},
title = {{Defective neuroepithelial cell cohesion affects tangential branchiomotor neuron migration in the zebrafish neural tube}},
doi = {10.1242/dev.071233},
volume = {138},
year = {2011},
}
@misc{5380,
abstract = {We consider 2-player games played on a finite state space for an infinite number of rounds. The games are concurrent: in each round, the two players (player 1 and player 2) choose their moves independently and simultaneously; the current state and the two moves determine the successor state. We study concurrent games with ω-regular winning conditions specified as parity objectives. We consider the qualitative analysis problems: the computation of the almost-sure and limit-sure winning set of states, where player 1 can ensure to win with probability 1 and with probability arbitrarily close to 1, respectively. In general the almost-sure and limit-sure winning strategies require both infinite-memory as well as infinite-precision (to describe probabilities). We study the bounded-rationality problem for qualitative analysis of concurrent parity games, where the strategy set for player 1 is restricted to bounded-resource strategies. In terms of precision, strategies can be deterministic, uniform, finite-precision or infinite-precision; and in terms of memory, strategies can be memoryless, finite-memory or infinite-memory. We present a precise and complete characterization of the qualitative winning sets for all combinations of classes of strategies. In particular, we show that uniform memoryless strategies are as powerful as finite-precision infinite-memory strategies, and infinite-precision memoryless strategies are as powerful as infinite-precision finite-memory strategies. We show that the winning sets can be computed in O(n2d+3) time, where n is the size of the game structure and 2d is the number of priorities (or colors), and our algorithms are symbolic. The membership problem of whether a state belongs to a winning set can be decided in NP ∩ coNP. While this complexity is the same as for the simpler class of turn-based parity games, where in each state only one of the two players has a choice of moves, our algorithms,that are obtained by characterization of the winning sets as μ-calculus formulas, are considerably more involved than those for turn-based games.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {53},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Bounded rationality in concurrent parity games}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2011-0008},
year = {2011},
}
@article{6496,
abstract = {We report the switching behavior of the full bacterial flagellum system that includes the filament and the motor in wild-type Escherichia coli cells. In sorting the motor behavior by the clockwise bias, we find that the distributions of the clockwise (CW) and counterclockwise (CCW) intervals are either exponential or nonexponential with long tails. At low bias, CW intervals are exponentially distributed and CCW intervals exhibit long tails. At intermediate CW bias (0.5) both CW and CCW intervals are mainly exponentially distributed. A simple model suggests that these two distinct switching behaviors are governed by the presence of signaling noise within the chemotaxis network. Low noise yields exponentially distributed intervals, whereas large noise yields nonexponential behavior with long tails. These drastically different motor statistics may play a role in optimizing bacterial behavior for a wide range of environmental conditions.},
author = {Park, Heungwon and Oikonomou, Panos and Guet, Calin C and Cluzel, Philippe},
issn = {0006-3495},
journal = {Biophysical Journal},
number = {10},
pages = {2336--2340},
publisher = {Elsevier BV},
title = {{Noise underlies switching behavior of the bacterial flagellum}},
doi = {10.1016/j.bpj.2011.09.040},
volume = {101},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3346,
abstract = {We study Markov decision processes (MDPs) with multiple limit-average (or mean-payoff) functions. We consider two different objectives, namely, expectation and satisfaction objectives. Given an MDP with k reward functions, in the expectation objective the goal is to maximize the expected limit-average value, and in the satisfaction objective the goal is to maximize the probability of runs such that the limit-average value stays above a given vector. We show that under the expectation objective, in contrast to the single-objective case, both randomization and memory are necessary for strategies, and that finite-memory randomized strategies are sufficient. Under the satisfaction objective, in contrast to the single-objective case, infinite memory is necessary for strategies, and that randomized memoryless strategies are sufficient for epsilon-approximation, for all epsilon>;0. We further prove that the decision problems for both expectation and satisfaction objectives can be solved in polynomial time and the trade-off curve (Pareto curve) can be epsilon-approximated in time polynomial in the size of the MDP and 1/epsilon, and exponential in the number of reward functions, for all epsilon>;0. Our results also reveal flaws in previous work for MDPs with multiple mean-payoff functions under the expectation objective, correct the flaws and obtain improved results.},
author = {Brázdil, Tomáš and Brožek, Václav and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Forejt, Vojtěch and Kučera, Antonín},
location = {Toronto, Canada},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Two views on multiple mean payoff objectives in Markov Decision Processes}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2011.10},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3353,
abstract = {Compositional theories are crucial when designing large and complex systems from smaller components. In this work we propose such a theory for synchronous concurrent systems. Our approach follows so-called interface theories, which use game-theoretic interpretations of composition and refinement. These are appropriate for systems with distinct inputs and outputs, and explicit conditions on inputs that must be enforced during composition. Our interfaces model systems that execute in an infinite sequence of synchronous rounds. At each round, a contract must be satisfied. The contract is simply a relation specifying the set of valid input/output pairs. Interfaces can be composed by parallel, serial or feedback composition. A refinement relation between interfaces is defined, and shown to have two main properties: (1) it is preserved by composition, and (2) it is equivalent to substitutability, namely, the ability to replace an interface by another one in any context. Shared refinement and abstraction operators, corresponding to greatest lower and least upper bounds with respect to refinement, are also defined. Input-complete interfaces, that impose no restrictions on inputs, and deterministic interfaces, that produce a unique output for any legal input, are discussed as special cases, and an interesting duality between the two classes is exposed. A number of illustrative examples are provided, as well as algorithms to compute compositions, check refinement, and so on, for finite-state interfaces.},
author = {Tripakis, Stavros and Lickly, Ben and Henzinger, Thomas A and Lee, Edward},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS)},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{A theory of synchronous relational interfaces}},
doi = {10.1145/1985342.1985345},
volume = {33},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3360,
abstract = {A discounted-sum automaton (NDA) is a nondeterministic finite automaton with edge weights, which values a run by the discounted sum of visited edge weights. More precisely, the weight in the i-th position of the run is divided by lambda^i, where the discount factor lambda is a fixed rational number greater than 1. Discounted summation is a common and useful measuring scheme, especially for infinite sequences, which reflects the assumption that earlier weights are more important than later weights. Determinizing automata is often essential, for example, in formal verification, where there are polynomial algorithms for comparing two deterministic NDAs, while the equivalence problem for NDAs is not known to be decidable. Unfortunately, however, discounted-sum automata are, in general, not determinizable: it is currently known that for every rational discount factor 1 < lambda < 2, there is an NDA with lambda (denoted lambda-NDA) that cannot be determinized. We provide positive news, showing that every NDA with an integral factor is determinizable. We also complete the picture by proving that the integers characterize exactly the discount factors that guarantee determinizability: we show that for every non-integral rational factor lambda, there is a nondeterminizable lambda-NDA. Finally, we prove that the class of NDAs with integral discount factors enjoys closure under the algebraic operations min, max, addition, and subtraction, which is not the case for general NDAs nor for deterministic NDAs. This shows that for integral discount factors, the class of NDAs forms an attractive specification formalism in quantitative formal verification. All our results hold equally for automata over finite words and for automata over infinite words. },
author = {Boker, Udi and Henzinger, Thomas A},
location = {Bergen, Norway},
pages = {82 -- 96},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Determinizing discounted-sum automata}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.CSL.2011.82},
volume = {12},
year = {2011},
}
@misc{5385,
abstract = {There is recently a significant effort to add quantitative objectives to formal verification and synthesis. We introduce and investigate the extension of temporal logics with quantitative atomic assertions, aiming for a general and flexible framework for quantitative-oriented specifications. In the heart of quantitative objectives lies the accumulation of values along a computation. It is either the accumulated summation, as with the energy objectives, or the accumulated average, as with the mean-payoff objectives. We investigate the extension of temporal logics with the prefix-accumulation assertions Sum(v) ≥ c and Avg(v) ≥ c, where v is a numeric variable of the system, c is a constant rational number, and Sum(v) and Avg(v) denote the accumulated sum and average of the values of v from the beginning of the computation up to the current point of time. We also allow the path-accumulation assertions LimInfAvg(v) ≥ c and LimSupAvg(v) ≥ c, referring to the average value along an entire computation. We study the border of decidability for extensions of various temporal logics. In particular, we show that extending the fragment of CTL that has only the EX, EF, AX, and AG temporal modalities by prefix-accumulation assertions and extending LTL with path-accumulation assertions, result in temporal logics whose model-checking problem is decidable. The extended logics allow to significantly extend the currently known energy and mean-payoff objectives. Moreover, the prefix-accumulation assertions may be refined with “controlled-accumulation”, allowing, for example, to specify constraints on the average waiting time between a request and a grant. On the negative side, we show that the fragment we point to is, in a sense, the maximal logic whose extension with prefix-accumulation assertions permits a decidable model-checking procedure. Extending a temporal logic that has the EG or EU modalities, and in particular CTL and LTL, makes the problem undecidable.},
author = {Boker, Udi and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Kupferman, Orna},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {14},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Temporal specifications with accumulative values}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2011-0003},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3330,
abstract = {We consider the problem of approximating all real roots of a square-free polynomial f. Given isolating intervals, our algorithm refines each of them to a width at most 2-L, that is, each of the roots is approximated to L bits after the binary point. Our method provides a certified answer for arbitrary real polynomials, only requiring finite approximations of the polynomial coefficient and choosing a suitable working precision adaptively. In this way, we get a correct algorithm that is simple to implement and practically efficient. Our algorithm uses the quadratic interval refinement method; we adapt that method to be able to cope with inaccuracies when evaluating f, without sacrificing its quadratic convergence behavior. We prove a bound on the bit complexity of our algorithm in terms of degree, coefficient size and discriminant. Our bound improves previous work on integer polynomials by a factor of deg f and essentially matches best known theoretical bounds on root approximation which are obtained by very sophisticated algorithms.},
author = {Kerber, Michael and Sagraloff, Michael},
location = {California, USA},
pages = {209 -- 216},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Root refinement for real polynomials}},
doi = {10.1145/1993886.1993920 },
year = {2011},
}
@inbook{3335,
abstract = {We study the topology of the Megaparsec Cosmic Web in terms of the scale-dependent Betti numbers, which formalize the topological information content of the cosmic mass distribution. While the Betti numbers do not fully quantify topology, they extend the information beyond conventional cosmological studies of topology in terms of genus and Euler characteristic. The richer information content of Betti numbers goes along the availability of fast algorithms to compute them. For continuous density fields, we determine the scale-dependence of Betti numbers by invoking the cosmologically familiar filtration of sublevel or superlevel sets defined by density thresholds. For the discrete galaxy distribution, however, the analysis is based on the alpha shapes of the particles. These simplicial complexes constitute an ordered sequence of nested subsets of the Delaunay tessellation, a filtration defined by the scale parameter, α. As they are homotopy equivalent to the sublevel sets of the distance field, they are an excellent tool for assessing the topological structure of a discrete point distribution. In order to develop an intuitive understanding for the behavior of Betti numbers as a function of α, and their relation to the morphological patterns in the Cosmic Web, we first study them within the context of simple heuristic Voronoi clustering models. These can be tuned to consist of specific morphological elements of the Cosmic Web, i.e. clusters, filaments, or sheets. To elucidate the relative prominence of the various Betti numbers in different stages of morphological evolution, we introduce the concept of alpha tracks. Subsequently, we address the topology of structures emerging in the standard LCDM scenario and in cosmological scenarios with alternative dark energy content. The evolution of the Betti numbers is shown to reflect the hierarchical evolution of the Cosmic Web. We also demonstrate that the scale-dependence of the Betti numbers yields a promising measure of cosmological parameters, with a potential to help in determining the nature of dark energy and to probe primordial non-Gaussianities. We also discuss the expected Betti numbers as a function of the density threshold for superlevel sets of a Gaussian random field. Finally, we introduce the concept of persistent homology. It measures scale levels of the mass distribution and allows us to separate small from large scale features. Within the context of the hierarchical cosmic structure formation, persistence provides a natural formalism for a multiscale topology study of the Cosmic Web.},
author = {Van De Weygaert, Rien and Vegter, Gert and Edelsbrunner, Herbert and Jones, Bernard and Pranav, Pratyush and Park, Changbom and Hellwing, Wojciech and Eldering, Bob and Kruithof, Nico and Bos, Patrick and Hidding, Johan and Feldbrugge, Job and Ten Have, Eline and Van Engelen, Matti and Caroli, Manuel and Teillaud, Monique},
booktitle = {Transactions on Computational Science XIV},
editor = {Gavrilova, Marina and Tan, Kenneth and Mostafavi, Mir},
pages = {60 -- 101},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Alpha, Betti and the Megaparsec Universe: On the topology of the Cosmic Web}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-25249-5_3},
volume = {6970},
year = {2011},
}
@inbook{3796,
abstract = {We address the problem of covering ℝ n with congruent balls, while minimizing the number of balls that contain an average point. Considering the 1-parameter family of lattices defined by stretching or compressing the integer grid in diagonal direction, we give a closed formula for the covering density that depends on the distortion parameter. We observe that our family contains the thinnest lattice coverings in dimensions 2 to 5. We also consider the problem of packing congruent balls in ℝ n , for which we give a closed formula for the packing density as well. Again we observe that our family contains optimal configurations, this time densest packings in dimensions 2 and 3.},
author = {Edelsbrunner, Herbert and Kerber, Michael},
booktitle = {Rainbow of Computer Science},
editor = {Calude, Cristian and Rozenberg, Grzegorz and Salomaa, Arto},
pages = {20 -- 35},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Covering and packing with spheres by diagonal distortion in R^n}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-19391-0_2},
volume = {6570},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3397,
abstract = {Recent advances in microscopy techniques and biophysical measurements have provided novel insight into the molecular, cellular and biophysical basis of cell adhesion. However, comparably little is known about a core element of cell–cell adhesion—the energy of adhesion at the cell–cell contact. In this review, we discuss approaches to understand the nature and regulation of adhesion energy, and propose strategies to determine adhesion energy between cells in vitro and in vivo.},
author = {Maître, Jean-Léon and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J},
journal = {Current Opinion in Cell Biology},
number = {5},
pages = {508 -- 514},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{The role of adhesion energy in controlling cell-cell contacts}},
doi = {10.1016/j.ceb.2011.07.004},
volume = {23},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3405,
abstract = {Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system and gates non-selective cation channels. The origins of glutamate receptors are not well understood as they differ structurally and functionally from simple bacterial ligand-gated ion channels. Here we report the discovery of an ionotropic glutamate receptor that combines the typical eukaryotic domain architecture with the 'TXVGYG' signature sequence of the selectivity filter found in K+ channels. This receptor exhibits functional properties intermediate between bacterial and eukaryotic glutamate-gated ion channels, suggesting a link in the evolution of ionotropic glutamate receptors.},
author = {Janovjak, Harald L and Sandoz, Guillaume and Isacoff, Ehud},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = {232},
pages = {1 -- 6},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Modern ionotropic glutamate receptor with a K+ selectivity signature sequence}},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms1231},
volume = {2},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3373,
abstract = {The use of optical traps to measure or apply forces on the molecular level requires a precise knowledge of the trapping force field. Close to the trap center, this field is typically approximated as linear in the displacement of the trapped microsphere. However, applications demanding high forces at low laser intensities can probe the light-microsphere interaction beyond the linear regime. Here, we measured the full nonlinear force and displacement response of an optical trap in two dimensions using a dual-beam optical trap setup with back-focal-plane photodetection. We observed a substantial stiffening of the trap beyond the linear regime that depends on microsphere size, in agreement with Mie theory calculations. Surprisingly, we found that the linear detection range for forces exceeds the one for displacement by far. Our approach allows for a complete calibration of an optical trap.},
author = {Jahnel, Marcus and Behrndt, Martin and Jannasch, Anita and Schaeffer, Erik and Grill, Stephan},
journal = {Optics Letters},
number = {7},
pages = {1260 -- 1262},
publisher = {OSA},
title = {{Measuring the complete force field of an optical trap}},
doi = {10.1364/OL.36.001260},
volume = {36},
year = {2011},
}
@misc{5386,
abstract = {We introduce TopoCut: a new way to integrate knowledge about topological properties (TPs) into random field image segmentation model. Instead of including TPs as additional constraints during minimization of the energy function, we devise an efficient algorithm for modifying the unary potentials such that the resulting segmentation is guaranteed with the desired properties. Our method is more flexible in the sense that it handles more topology constraints than previous methods, which were only able to enforce pairwise or global connectivity. In particular, our method is very fast, making it for the first time possible to enforce global topological properties in practical image segmentation tasks.},
author = {Chen, Chao and Freedman, Daniel and Lampert, Christoph},
issn = {2664-1690},
pages = {69},
publisher = {IST Austria},
title = {{Enforcing topological constraints in random field image segmentation}},
doi = {10.15479/AT:IST-2011-0002},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3366,
abstract = {We present an algorithmic method for the quantitative, performance-aware synthesis of concurrent programs. The input consists of a nondeterministic partial program and of a parametric performance model. The nondeterminism allows the programmer to omit which (if any) synchronization construct is used at a particular program location. The performance model, specified as a weighted automaton, can capture system architectures by assigning different costs to actions such as locking, context switching, and memory and cache accesses. The quantitative synthesis problem is to automatically resolve the nondeterminism of the partial program so that both correctness is guaranteed and performance is optimal. As is standard for shared memory concurrency, correctness is formalized "specification free", in particular as race freedom or deadlock freedom. For worst-case (average-case) performance, we show that the problem can be reduced to 2-player graph games (with probabilistic transitions) with quantitative objectives. While we show, using game-theoretic methods, that the synthesis problem is Nexp-complete, we present an algorithmic method and an implementation that works efficiently for concurrent programs and performance models of practical interest. We have implemented a prototype tool and used it to synthesize finite-state concurrent programs that exhibit different programming patterns, for several performance models representing different architectures. },
author = {Cerny, Pavol and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Radhakrishna, Arjun and Singh, Rohit},
editor = {Gopalakrishnan, Ganesh and Qadeer, Shaz},
location = {Snowbird, USA},
pages = {243 -- 259},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Quantitative synthesis for concurrent programs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-22110-1_20 },
volume = {6806},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3361,
abstract = {In this paper, we investigate the computational complexity of quantitative information flow (QIF) problems. Information-theoretic quantitative relaxations of noninterference (based on Shannon entropy)have been introduced to enable more fine-grained reasoning about programs in situations where limited information flow is acceptable. The QIF bounding problem asks whether the information flow in a given program is bounded by a constant $d$. Our first result is that the QIF bounding problem is PSPACE-complete. The QIF memoryless synthesis problem asks whether it is possible to resolve nondeterministic choices in a given partial program in such a way that in the resulting deterministic program, the quantitative information flow is bounded by a given constant $d$. Our second result is that the QIF memoryless synthesis problem is also EXPTIME-complete. The QIF memoryless synthesis problem generalizes to QIF general synthesis problem which does not impose the memoryless requirement (that is, by allowing the synthesized program to have more variables then the original partial program). Our third result is that the QIF general synthesis problem is EXPTIME-hard.},
author = {Cerny, Pavol and Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A},
location = {Cernay-la-Ville, France},
pages = {205 -- 217},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{The complexity of quantitative information flow problems}},
doi = {10.1109/CSF.2011.21},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3347,
abstract = {The class of omega-regular languages provides a robust specification language in verification. Every omega-regular condition can be decomposed into a safety part and a liveness part. The liveness part ensures that something good happens "eventually". Finitary liveness was proposed by Alur and Henzinger as a stronger formulation of liveness. It requires that there exists an unknown, fixed bound b such that something good happens within b transitions. In this work we consider automata with finitary acceptance conditions defined by finitary Buchi, parity and Streett languages. We study languages expressible by such automata: we give their topological complexity and present a regular-expression characterization. We compare the expressive power of finitary automata and give optimal algorithms for classical decisions questions. We show that the finitary languages are Sigma 2-complete; we present a complete picture of the expressive power of various classes of automata with finitary and infinitary acceptance conditions; we show that the languages defined by finitary parity automata exactly characterize the star-free fragment of omega B-regular languages; and we show that emptiness is NLOGSPACE-complete and universality as well as language inclusion are PSPACE-complete for finitary parity and Streett automata.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Fijalkow, Nathanaël},
location = {Tarragona, Spain},
pages = {216 -- 226},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Finitary languages}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-21254-3_16},
volume = {6638},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3297,
abstract = {Animating detailed liquid surfaces has always been a challenge for computer graphics researchers and visual effects artists. Over the past few years, researchers in this field have focused on mesh-based surface tracking to synthesize extremely detailed liquid surfaces as efficiently as possible. This course provides a solid understanding of the steps required to create a fluid simulator with a mesh-based liquid surface.
The course begins with an overview of several existing liquid-surface-tracking techniques and the pros and cons of each method. Then it explains how to embed a triangle mesh into a finite-difference-based fluid simulator and describes several methods for allowing the liquid surface to merge together or break apart. The final section showcases the benefits and further applications of a mesh-based liquid surface, highlighting state-of-the-art methods for tracking colors and textures, maintaining liquid volume, preserving small surface features, and simulating realistic surface-tension waves.},
author = {Wojtan, Christopher J and Müller Fischer, Matthias and Brochu, Tyson},
location = {Vancouver, BC, Canada},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Liquid simulation with mesh-based surface tracking}},
doi = {10.1145/2037636.2037644},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3324,
abstract = {Automated termination provers often use the following schema to prove that a program terminates: construct a relational abstraction of the program's transition relation and then show that the relational abstraction is well-founded. The focus of current tools has been on developing sophisticated techniques for constructing the abstractions while relying on known decidable logics (such as linear arithmetic) to express them. We believe we can significantly increase the class of programs that are amenable to automated termination proofs by identifying more expressive decidable logics for reasoning about well-founded relations. We therefore present a new decision procedure for reasoning about multiset orderings, which are among the most powerful orderings used to prove termination. We show that, using our decision procedure, one can automatically prove termination of natural abstractions of programs.},
author = {Piskac, Ruzica and Wies, Thomas},
editor = {Jhala, Ranjit and Schmidt, David},
location = {Texas, USA},
pages = {371 -- 386},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Decision procedures for automating termination proofs}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-18275-4_26},
volume = {6538},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3329,
abstract = {We consider the offset-deconstruction problem: Given a polygonal shape Q with n vertices, can it be expressed, up to a tolerance µ in Hausdorff distance, as the Minkowski sum of another polygonal shape P with a disk of fixed radius? If it does, we also seek a preferably simple-looking solution shape P; then, P's offset constitutes an accurate, vertex-reduced, and smoothened approximation of Q. We give an O(n log n)-time exact decision algorithm that handles any polygonal shape, assuming the real-RAM model of computation. An alternative algorithm, based purely on rational arithmetic, answers the same deconstruction problem, up to an uncertainty parameter, and its running time depends on the parameter δ (in addition to the other input parameters: n, δ and the radius of the disk). If the input shape is found to be approximable, the rational-arithmetic algorithm also computes an approximate solution shape for the problem. For convex shapes, the complexity of the exact decision algorithm drops to O(n), which is also the time required to compute a solution shape P with at most one more vertex than a vertex-minimal one. Our study is motivated by applications from two different domains. However, since the offset operation has numerous uses, we anticipate that the reverse question that we study here will be still more broadly applicable. We present results obtained with our implementation of the rational-arithmetic algorithm.},
author = {Berberich, Eric and Halperin, Dan and Kerber, Michael and Pogalnikova, Roza},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the twenty-seventh annual symposium on Computational geometry},
location = {Paris, France},
pages = {187 -- 196},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Deconstructing approximate offsets}},
doi = {10.1145/1998196.1998225},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3355,
abstract = {Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) protocols aim to improve the reliability of distributed systems. They enable systems to tolerate arbitrary failures in a bounded number of nodes. BFT protocols are usually proven correct for certain safety and liveness properties. However, recent studies have shown that the performance of state-of-the-art BFT protocols decreases drastically in the presence of even a single malicious node. This motivates a formal quantitative analysis of BFT protocols to investigate their performance characteristics under different scenarios. We present HyPerf, a new hybrid methodology based on model checking and simulation techniques for evaluating the performance of BFT protocols. We build a transition system corresponding to a BFT protocol and systematically explore the set of behaviors allowed by the protocol. We associate certain timing information with different operations in the protocol, like cryptographic operations and message transmission. After an elaborate state exploration, we use the time information to evaluate the performance characteristics of the protocol using simulation techniques. We integrate our framework in Mace, a tool for building and verifying distributed systems. We evaluate the performance of PBFT using our framework. We describe two different use-cases of our methodology. For the benign operation of the protocol, we use the time information as random variables to compute the probability distribution of the execution times. In the presence of faults, we estimate the worst-case performance of the protocol for various attacks that can be employed by malicious nodes. Our results show the importance of hybrid techniques in systematically analyzing the performance of large-scale systems.},
author = {Halalai, Raluca and Henzinger, Thomas A and Singh, Vasu},
location = {Aachen, Germany},
pages = {255 -- 264},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Quantitative evaluation of BFT protocols}},
doi = {10.1109/QEST.2011.40},
year = {2011},
}
@inproceedings{3343,
abstract = {We present faster and dynamic algorithms for the following problems arising in probabilistic verification: Computation of the maximal end-component (mec) decomposition of Markov decision processes (MDPs), and of the almost sure winning set for reachability and parity objectives in MDPs. We achieve the following running time for static algorithms in MDPs with graphs of n vertices and m edges: (1) O(m · min{ √m, n2/3 }) for the mec decomposition, improving the longstanding O(m·n) bound; (2) O(m·n2/3) for reachability objectives, improving the previous O(m · √m) bound for m > n4/3; and (3) O(m · min{ √m, n2/3 } · log(d)) for parity objectives with d priorities, improving the previous O(m · √m · d) bound. We also give incremental and decremental algorithms in linear time for mec decomposition and reachability objectives and O(m · log d) time for parity ob jectives.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Monika},
location = {San Francisco, USA},
pages = {1318 -- 1336},
publisher = {SIAM},
title = {{Faster and dynamic algorithms for maximal end component decomposition and related graph problems in probabilistic verification}},
doi = {10.1137/1.9781611973082.101},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3778,
author = {Barton, Nicholas H},
journal = {Heredity},
number = {2},
pages = {205 -- 206},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Estimating linkage disequilibria}},
doi = {10.1038/hdy.2010.67},
volume = {106},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3393,
abstract = {Unlike unconditionally advantageous “Fisherian” variants that tend to spread throughout a species range once introduced anywhere, “bistable” variants, such as chromosome translocations, have two alternative stable frequencies, absence and (near) fixation. Analogous to populations with Allee effects, bistable variants tend to increase locally only once they become sufficiently common, and their spread depends on their rate of increase averaged over all frequencies. Several proposed manipulations of insect populations, such as using Wolbachia or “engineered underdominance” to suppress vector-borne diseases, produce bistable rather than Fisherian dynamics. We synthesize and extend theoretical analyses concerning three features of their spatial behavior: rate of spread, conditions to initiate spread from a localized introduction, and wave stopping caused by variation in population densities or dispersal rates. Unlike Fisherian variants, bistable variants tend to spread spatially only for particular parameter combinations and initial conditions. Wave initiation requires introduction over an extended region, while subsequent spatial spread is slower than for Fisherian waves and can easily be halted by local spatial inhomogeneities. We present several new results, including robust sufficient conditions to initiate (and stop) spread, using a one-parameter cubic approximation applicable to several models. The results have both basic and applied implications.},
author = {Barton, Nicholas H and Turelli, Michael},
journal = {American Naturalist},
number = {3},
pages = {E48 -- E75},
publisher = {University of Chicago Press},
title = {{Spatial waves of advance with bistable dynamics: Cytoplasmic and genetic analogues of Allee effects}},
doi = {10.1086/661246},
volume = {178},
year = {2011},
}
@article{3374,
abstract = {Genetic regulatory networks enable cells to respond to changes in internal and external conditions by dynamically coordinating their gene expression profiles. Our ability to make quantitative measurements in these biochemical circuits has deepened our understanding of what kinds of computations genetic regulatory networks can perform, and with what reliability. These advances have motivated researchers to look for connections between the architecture and function of genetic regulatory networks. Transmitting information between a network's inputs and outputs has been proposed as one such possible measure of function, relevant in certain biological contexts. Here we summarize recent developments in the application of information theory to gene regulatory networks. We first review basic concepts in information theory necessary for understanding recent work. We then discuss the functional complexity of gene regulation, which arises from the molecular nature of the regulatory interactions. We end by reviewing some experiments that support the view that genetic networks responsible for early development of multicellular organisms might be maximizing transmitted 'positional information'.},
author = {Tkacik, Gasper and Walczak, Aleksandra},
journal = {Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter},
number = {15},
publisher = {IOP Publishing Ltd.},
title = {{Information transmission in genetic regulatory networks a review}},
doi = {10.1088/0953-8984/23/15/153102},
volume = {23},
year = {2011},
}