TY - JOUR
AB - A finite set N ⊂ Rd is a weak ε-net for an n-point set X ⊂ Rd (with respect to convex sets) if N intersects every convex set K with |K ∩ X| ≥ εn. We give an alternative, and arguably simpler, proof of the fact, first shown by Chazelle et al., that every point set X in Rd admits a weak ε-net of cardinality O(ε-dpolylog(1/ε)). Moreover, for a number of special point sets (e.g., for points on the moment curve), our method gives substantially better bounds. The construction yields an algorithm to construct such weak ε-nets in time O(n ln(1/ε)).
AU - Matoušek, Jiří
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2425
IS - 2
JF - Discrete & Computational Geometry
TI - New constructions of weak ε-nets
VL - 32
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TY - JOUR
AB - We introduce the adaptive neighborhood graph as a data structure for modeling a smooth manifold M embedded in some Euclidean space ℝ d. We assume that M is known to us only through a finite sample P ⊂ M, as is often the case in applications. The adaptive neighborhood graph is a geometric graph on P. Its complexity is at most min{2O(k)n, n2}, where n = P and k = dim M, as opposed to the n[d/2] complexity of the Delaunay triangulation, which is often used to model manifolds. We prove that we can correctly infer the connected components and the dimension of M from the adaptive neighborhood graph provided a certain standard sampling condition is fulfilled. The running time of the dimension detection algorithm is d20(k7 log k) for each connected component of M. If the dimension is considered constant, this is a constant-time operation, and the adaptive neighborhood graph is of linear size. Moreover, the exponential dependence of the constants is only on the intrinsic dimension k, not on the ambient dimension d. This is of particular interest if the co-dimension is high, i.e., if k is much smaller than d, as is the case in many applications. The adaptive neighborhood graph also allows us to approximate the geodesic distances between the points in P.
AU - Giesen, Joachim
AU - Uli Wagner
ID - 2426
IS - 2
JF - Discrete & Computational Geometry
TI - Shape dimension and intrinsic metric from samples of manifolds
VL - 32
ER -
TY - GEN
AU - Sauer, Michael
AU - Friml, Jirí
ID - 2461
IS - 23
T2 - Development
TI - The Matryoshka dolls of plant polarity
VL - 131
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The analysis of the complete H2/air polymer electrolyte fuel cell system shows that process air humidification is one of the biggest obstacles for a high performance portable system in the kW range. Therefore, a new concept, with passive process air humidification integrated into the stack, has been developed. Humidification in each cell makes the process independent from the number of cells and the operation mode, thus making the concept fully scalable. Without external humidification the system is simpler, smaller, and cheaper. The humidification of the process air is achieved by transfer of product water from the exhaust air, through part of the membrane, to the dry intake air. Tests have shown that cells using the concept of internal humidification and operated with dry air at 70 ° have almost the same performance as when operated with external humidification. A 42‐cell stack with this internal humidification concept was built and integrated into a portable 1 kW power generator system.
AU - Santis, M.
AU - Schmid, D.
AU - Ruge, M.
AU - Freunberger, Stefan Alexander
AU - Büchi, F.N.
ID - 7333
IS - 3
JF - Fuel Cells
SN - 1615-6846
TI - Modular stack-internal air humidification concept-verification in a 1 kW stack
VL - 4
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Fundamental and phenomenological models for cells, stacks, and complete systems of PEFC and SOFC are reviewed and their predictive power is assessed by comparing model simulations against experiments. Computationally efficient models suited for engineering design include the (1+1) dimensionality approach, which decouples the membrane in-plane and through-plane processes, and the volume-averaged-method (VAM) that considers only the lumped effect of pre-selected system components. The former model was shown to capture the measured lateral current density inhomogeneities in a PEFC and the latter was used for the optimization of commercial SOFC systems. State Space Modeling (SSM) was used to identify the main reaction pathways in SOFC and, in conjunction with the implementation of geometrically well-defined electrodes, has opened a new direction for the understanding of electrochemical reactions. Furthermore, SSM has advanced the understanding of the COpoisoning-induced anode impedance in PEFC. Detailed numerical models such as the Lattice Boltzmann (LB) method for transport in porous media and the full 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Navier-Stokes simulations are addressed. These models contain all components of the relevant physics and they can improve the understanding of the related phenomena, a necessary condition for the development of both appropriate simplified models as well as reliable technologies. Within the LB framework, a technique for the characterization and computer-reconstruction of the porous electrode structure was developed using advanced pattern recognition algorithms. In CFD modeling, 3-D simulations were used to investigate SOFC with internal methane steam reforming and have exemplified the significance of porous and novel fractal channel distributors for the fuel and oxidant delivery, as well as for the cooling of PEFC. As importantly, the novel concept has been put forth of functionally designed, fractal-shaped fuel cells, showing promise of significant performance improvements over the conventional rectangular shaped units. Thermo-economic modeling for the optimization of PEFC is finally addressed.
AU - Mantzaras, John
AU - Freunberger, Stefan Alexander
AU - Büchi, Felix N.
AU - Roos, Markus
AU - Brandstätter, Wilhelm
AU - Prestat, Michel
AU - Gauckler, Ludwig J.
AU - Andreaus, Bernhard
AU - Hajbolouri, Faegheh
AU - Senn, Stephan M.
AU - Poulikakos, Dimos
AU - Chaniotis, Andreas K.
AU - Larrain, Diego
AU - Autissier, Nordahl
AU - Maréchal, François
ID - 7334
IS - 12
JF - CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry
SN - 0009-4293
TI - Fuel cell modeling and simulations
VL - 58
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The Sir2 deacetylase modulates organismal life-span in various species. However, the molecular mechanisms by which Sir2 increases longevity are largely unknown. We show that in mammalian cells, the Sir2 homolog SIRT1 appears to control the cellular response to stress by regulating the FOXO family of Forkhead transcription factors, a family of proteins that function as sensors of the insulin signaling pathway and as regulators of organismal longevity. SIRT1 and the FOXO transcription factor FOXO3 formed a complex in cells in response to oxidative stress, and SIRT1 deacetylated FOXO3 in vitro and within cells. SIRT1 had a dual effect on FOXO3 function: SIRT1 increased FOXO3's ability to induce cell cycle arrest and resistance to oxidative stress but inhibited FOXO3's ability to induce cell death. Thus, one way in which members of the Sir2 family of proteins may increase organismal longevity is by tipping FOXO-dependent responses away from apoptosis and toward stress resistance.
AU - Brunet, Anne
AU - Sweeney, Lora Beatrice Jaeger
AU - Sturgill, J Fitzhugh
AU - Chua, Katrin
AU - Greer, Paul
AU - Lin, Yingxi
AU - Tran, Hien
AU - Ross, Sarah
AU - Mostoslavsky, Raul
AU - Cohen, Haim
AU - Hu, Linda
AU - Chen, Hwei-Ling
AU - Jedrychowski, Mark
AU - Gygi, Steven
AU - Sinclair, David
AU - Alt, Frederick
AU - Greenberg, Michael
ID - 7706
IS - 5666
JF - Science
SN - 0036-8075
TI - Stress-dependent regulation of FOXO transcription factors by the SIRT1 deacetylase
VL - 303
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Wingless (ergatoid) males of the tramp ant Cardiocondyla minutior attack and kill their young ergatoid rivals and thus attempt to monopolize mating with female sexuals reared in the colony. Because of the different strength of local mate competition in colonies with one or several reproductive queens, we expected the production of new ergatoid males to vary with queen number. Sex ratios were mostly female-biased, but in contrast to the sympatric species C. obscurior (Cremer and Heinze, 2002) neither the percentage of ergatoid males nor of female sexuals among the first 20 sexuals produced varied considerably with queen number. As in C. obscurior, experimental colony fragmentation led to the production of winged males, whereas in unfragmented control colonies only ergatoid males eclosed.
AU - Heinze, Jürgen
AU - Böttcher, A.
AU - Cremer, Sylvia
ID - 3918
IS - 3
JF - Insectes Sociaux
TI - Production of winged and wingless males in the ant, Cardiocondyla minutior
VL - 51
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The Nef protein of human and simian immunodeficiency virus (HIV/SIV) is believed to interfere with T cell activation signals by forming a signaling complex at the plasma membrane. Composition and function of the complex are not fully understood. Here we report that Nef recruits the Polycomb Group (PcG) protein Eed, so far known as a nuclear factor and repressor of transcription, to the membrane of cells. The Nef-induced translocation of Eed led to a potent stimulation of Tat-dependent HIV transcription, implying that Eed removal from the nucleus is required for optimal Tat function. Similar to Nef action, activation of integrin receptors recruited Eed to the plasma membrane, also leading to enhanced Tat/Nef-mediated transcription. Our results suggest a link between membrane-associated activation processes and transcriptional derepression and demonstrate how HIV exploits this mechanism.
AU - Witte, Vanessa
AU - Laffert, Bernd
AU - Rosorius, Olaf
AU - Lischka, Peter
AU - Blume, Katja
AU - Galler, Gunther
AU - Stilper, Andrea
AU - Willbold, Dieter
AU - D'Aloja, Paola
AU - Michael Sixt
AU - Kolanus, Johanna
AU - Ott, Melanie
AU - Kolanus, Waldemar
AU - Schuler, Gerold
AU - Baur, Andreas S
ID - 3929
IS - 2
JF - Molecular Cell
TI - HIV-1 Nef mimics an integrin receptor signal that recruits the polycomb group protein Eed to the plasma membrane
VL - 13
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Hyaluronan is an unsulfated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) that is ubiquitously expressed in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of all vertebrates, where hyaluronan rich matrices constitute a particular permissive environment for the development of complex biological structures and also for tumor progression. Because of its conserved structure and ubiquitous expression, antibodies for its histochemical detection cannot be produced. We have engineered a fusion protein, neurocan-GFP, and expressed it as a secreted molecule in mammalian cells. Neurocan-GFP fusion protein specifically binds to hyaluronan and directly visualizes hyaluronan on tissue sections, revealing a very detailed picture of hyaluronan distribution. The fluorescent fusion protein can be used in combination with antibodies and nuclear markers for double or triple staining. In addition, it is suitable to visualize hyaluronan on living cells by time-lapse video microscopy. The successful production and application of the neurocan-GFP fusion protein opens up new perspectives for using GFP fusion proteins as detection tools in histological and cytological studies complementing conventional antibody and biotin/avidin techniques.
AU - Zhang, Hui
AU - Baader, Stephan L
AU - Michael Sixt
AU - Kappler, Joachim
AU - Rauch, Uwe
ID - 3931
IS - 7
JF - Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
TI - Neurocan-GFP fusion protein: a new approach to detect hyaluronan on tissue sections and living cells
VL - 52
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We combine topological and geometric methods to construct a multiresolution representation for a function over a two-dimensional domain. In a preprocessing stage, we create the Morse-Smale complex of the function and progressively simplify its topology by cancelling pairs of critical points. Based on a simple notion of dependency among these cancellations, we construct a hierarchical data structure supporting traversal and reconstruction operations similarly to traditional geometry-based representations. We use this data structure to extract topologically valid approximations that satisfy error bounds provided at runtime.
AU - Bremer, Peer-Timo
AU - Herbert Edelsbrunner
AU - Hamann, Bernd
AU - Pascucci, Valerio
ID - 3984
IS - 4
JF - IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
TI - A topological hierarchy for functions on triangulated surfaces
VL - 10
ER -