TY - GEN
AB - Synchronous programs are easy to specify because the side effects of an operation are finished by the time the invocation of the operation returns to the caller. Asynchronous programs, on the other hand, are difficult to specify because there are side effects due to pending computation scheduled as a result of the invocation of an operation. They are also difficult to verify because of the large number of possible interleavings of concurrent asynchronous computation threads. We show that specifications and correctness proofs for asynchronous programs can be structured by introducing the fiction, for proof purposes, that intermediate, non-quiescent states of asynchronous operations can be ignored. Then, the task of specification becomes relatively simple and the task of verification can be naturally decomposed into smaller sub-tasks. The sub-tasks iteratively summarize, guided by the structure of an asynchronous program, the atomic effect of non-atomic operations and the synchronous effect of asynchronous operations. This structuring of specifications and proofs corresponds to the introduction of multiple layers of stepwise refinement for asynchronous programs. We present the first proof rule, called synchronization, to reduce asynchronous invocations on a lower layer to synchronous invocations on a higher layer. We implemented our proof method in CIVL and evaluated it on a collection of benchmark programs.
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Kragl, Bernhard
AU - Qadeer, Shaz
ID - 6426
SN - 2664-1690
TI - Synchronizing the asynchronous
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - It has been reported that nicotinamide-overload induces oxidative stress associated with insulin resistance, the key feature of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This study aimed to investigate the effects of B vitamins in T2DM. Glucose tolerance tests (GTT) were carried out in adult Sprague-Dawley rats treated with or without cumulative doses of B vitamins. More specifically, insulin tolerance tests (ITT) were also carried out in adult Sprague-Dawley rats treated with or without cumulative doses of Vitamin B3. We found that cumulative Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B3 administration significantly increased the plasma H2O2 levels associated with high insulin levels. Only Vitamin B3 reduced muscular and hepatic glycogen contents. Cumulative administration of nicotinic acid, another form of Vitamin B3, also significantly increased plasma insulin level and H2O2 generation. Moreover, cumulative administration of nicotinic acid or nicotinamide impaired glucose metabolism. This study suggested that excess Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B3 caused oxidative stress and insulin resistance.
AU - Sun, Wuping
AU - Zhai, Ming-Zhu
AU - Zhou, Qian
AU - Qian, Chengrui
AU - Jiang, Changyu
ID - 643
IS - 4
JF - Chinese Journal of Physiology
SN - 03044920
TI - Effects of B vitamins overload on plasma insulin level and hydrogen peroxide generation in rats
VL - 60
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Cauchy problems with SPDEs on the whole space are localized to Cauchy problems on a ball of radius R. This localization reduces various kinds of spatial approximation schemes to finite dimensional problems. The error is shown to be exponentially small. As an application, a numerical scheme is presented which combines the localization and the space and time discretization, and thus is fully implementable.
AU - Gerencser, Mate
AU - Gyöngy, István
ID - 642
IS - 307
JF - Mathematics of Computation
SN - 00255718
TI - Localization errors in solving stochastic partial differential equations in the whole space
VL - 86
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - 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.
AU - Lukacisin, Martin
AU - Landon, Matthieu
AU - Jajoo, Rishi
ID - 1029
IS - 3
JF - PLoS One
SN - 19326203
TI - Sequence-specific thermodynamic properties of nucleic acids influence both transcriptional pausing and backtracking in yeast
VL - 12
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - An instance of the valued constraint satisfaction problem (VCSP) is given by a finite set of variables, a finite domain of labels, and a sum of functions, each function depending on a subset of the variables. Each function can take finite values specifying costs of assignments of labels to its variables or the infinite value, which indicates an infeasible assignment. The goal is to find an assignment of labels to the variables that minimizes the sum. We study, assuming that P 6= NP, how the complexity of this very general problem depends on the set of functions allowed in the instances, the so-called constraint language. The case when all allowed functions take values in f0;1g corresponds to ordinary CSPs, where one deals only with the feasibility issue, and there is no optimization. This case is the subject of the algebraic CSP dichotomy conjecture predicting for which constraint languages CSPs are tractable (i.e., solvable in polynomial time) and for which they are NP-hard. The case when all allowed functions take only finite values corresponds to a finitevalued CSP, where the feasibility aspect is trivial and one deals only with the optimization issue. The complexity of finite-valued CSPs was fully classified by Thapper and Živný. An algebraic necessary condition for tractability of a general-valued CSP with a fixed constraint language was recently given by Kozik and Ochremiak. As our main result, we prove that if a constraint language satisfies this algebraic necessary condition, and the feasibility CSP (i.e., the problem of deciding whether a given instance has a feasible solution) corresponding to the VCSP with this language is tractable, then the VCSP is tractable. The algorithm is a simple combination of the assumed algorithm for the feasibility CSP and the standard LP relaxation. As a corollary, we obtain that a dichotomy for ordinary CSPs would imply a dichotomy for general-valued CSPs.
AU - Kolmogorov, Vladimir
AU - Krokhin, Andrei
AU - Rolinek, Michal
ID - 644
IS - 3
JF - SIAM Journal on Computing
TI - The complexity of general-valued CSPs
VL - 46
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Markov decision processes (MDPs) are standard models for probabilistic systems with non-deterministic behaviours. Long-run average rewards provide a mathematically elegant formalism for expressing long term performance. Value iteration (VI) is one of the simplest and most efficient algorithmic approaches to MDPs with other properties, such as reachability objectives. Unfortunately, a naive extension of VI does not work for MDPs with long-run average rewards, as there is no known stopping criterion. In this work our contributions are threefold. (1) We refute a conjecture related to stopping criteria for MDPs with long-run average rewards. (2) We present two practical algorithms for MDPs with long-run average rewards based on VI. First, we show that a combination of applying VI locally for each maximal end-component (MEC) and VI for reachability objectives can provide approximation guarantees. Second, extending the above approach with a simulation-guided on-demand variant of VI, we present an anytime algorithm that is able to deal with very large models. (3) Finally, we present experimental results showing that our methods significantly outperform the standard approaches on several benchmarks.
AU - Ashok, Pranav
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Daca, Przemyslaw
AU - Kretinsky, Jan
AU - Meggendorfer, Tobias
ED - Majumdar, Rupak
ED - Kunčak, Viktor
ID - 645
SN - 978-331963386-2
TI - Value iteration for long run average reward in markov decision processes
VL - 10426
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present a novel convex relaxation and a corresponding inference algorithm for the non-binary discrete tomography problem, that is, reconstructing discrete-valued images from few linear measurements. In contrast to state of the art approaches that split the problem into a continuous reconstruction problem for the linear measurement constraints and a discrete labeling problem to enforce discrete-valued reconstructions, we propose a joint formulation that addresses both problems simultaneously, resulting in a tighter convex relaxation. For this purpose a constrained graphical model is set up and evaluated using a novel relaxation optimized by dual decomposition. We evaluate our approach experimentally and show superior solutions both mathematically (tighter relaxation) and experimentally in comparison to previously proposed relaxations.
AU - Kuske, Jan
AU - Swoboda, Paul
AU - Petra, Stefanie
ED - Lauze, François
ED - Dong, Yiqiu
ED - Bjorholm Dahl, Anders
ID - 646
SN - 978-331958770-7
TI - A novel convex relaxation for non binary discrete tomography
VL - 10302
ER -
TY - CHAP
AB - We give a short overview on a recently developed notion of Ricci curvature for discrete spaces. This notion relies on geodesic convexity properties of the relative entropy along geodesics in the space of probability densities, for a metric which is similar to (but different from) the 2-Wasserstein metric. The theory can be considered as a discrete counterpart to the theory of Ricci curvature for geodesic measure spaces developed by Lott–Sturm–Villani.
AU - Maas, Jan
ED - Najman, Laurent
ED - Romon, Pascal
ID - 649
T2 - Modern Approaches to Discrete Curvature
TI - Entropic Ricci curvature for discrete spaces
VL - 2184
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - In this work we present a short and unified proof for the Strong and Weak Regularity Lemma, based on the cryptographic tech-nique called low-complexity approximations. In short, both problems reduce to a task of finding constructively an approximation for a certain target function under a class of distinguishers (test functions), where dis-tinguishers are combinations of simple rectangle-indicators. In our case these approximations can be learned by a simple iterative procedure, which yields a unified and simple proof, achieving for any graph with density d and any approximation parameter the partition size. The novelty in our proof is: (a) a simple approach which yields both strong and weaker variant, and (b) improvements when d = o(1). At an abstract level, our proof can be seen a refinement and simplification of the “analytic” proof given by Lovasz and Szegedy.
AU - Skórski, Maciej
ED - Jäger, Gerhard
ED - Steila, Silvia
ID - 650
SN - 03029743
TI - A cryptographic view of regularity lemmas: Simpler unified proofs and refined bounds
VL - 10185
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Pseudoentropy has found a lot of important applications to cryptography and complexity theory. In this paper we focus on the foundational problem that has not been investigated so far, namely by how much pseudoentropy (the amount seen by computationally bounded attackers) diﬀers from its information-theoretic counterpart (seen by unbounded observers), given certain limits on attacker’s computational power? We provide the following answer for HILL pseudoentropy, which exhibits a threshold behavior around the size exponential in the entropy amount:– If the attacker size (s) and advantage () satisfy s (formula presented) where k is the claimed amount of pseudoentropy, then the pseudoentropy boils down to the information-theoretic smooth entropy. – If s (formula presented) then pseudoentropy could be arbitrarily bigger than the information-theoretic smooth entropy. Besides answering the posted question, we show an elegant application of our result to the complexity theory, namely that it implies the clas-sical result on the existence of functions hard to approximate (due to Pippenger). In our approach we utilize non-constructive techniques: the duality of linear programming and the probabilistic method.
AU - Skórski, Maciej
ED - Jäger, Gerhard
ED - Steila, Silvia
ID - 648
SN - 978-331955910-0
TI - On the complexity of breaking pseudoentropy
VL - 10185
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The Ising model is one of the simplest and most famous models of interacting systems. It was originally proposed to model ferromagnetic interactions in statistical physics and is now widely used to model spatial processes in many areas such as ecology, sociology, and genetics, usually without testing its goodness-of-fit. Here, we propose an exact goodness-of-fit test for the finite-lattice Ising model. The theory of Markov bases has been developed in algebraic statistics for exact goodness-of-fit testing using a Monte Carlo approach. However, this beautiful theory has fallen short of its promise for applications, because finding a Markov basis is usually computationally intractable. We develop a Monte Carlo method for exact goodness-of-fit testing for the Ising model which avoids computing a Markov basis and also leads to a better connectivity of the Markov chain and hence to a faster convergence. We show how this method can be applied to analyze the spatial organization of receptors on the cell membrane.
AU - Martin Del Campo Sanchez, Abraham
AU - Cepeda Humerez, Sarah A
AU - Uhler, Caroline
ID - 2016
IS - 2
JF - Scandinavian Journal of Statistics
SN - 03036898
TI - Exact goodness-of-fit testing for the Ising model
VL - 44
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Human neurons transplanted into a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease show human-specific vulnerability to β-amyloid plaques and may help to identify new therapeutic targets.
AU - Novarino, Gaia
ID - 656
IS - 381
JF - Science Translational Medicine
SN - 19466234
TI - Modeling Alzheimer's disease in mice with human neurons
VL - 9
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Plant organs are typically organized into three main tissue layers. The middle ground tissue layer comprises the majority of the plant body and serves a wide range of functions, including photosynthesis, selective nutrient uptake and storage, and gravity sensing. Ground tissue patterning and maintenance in Arabidopsis are controlled by a well-established gene network revolving around the key regulator SHORT-ROOT (SHR). In contrast, it is completely unknown how ground tissue identity is first specified from totipotent precursor cells in the embryo. The plant signaling molecule auxin, acting through AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR (ARF) transcription factors, is critical for embryo patterning. The auxin effector ARF5/MONOPTEROS (MP) acts both cell-autonomously and noncell-autonomously to control embryonic vascular tissue formation and root initiation, respectively. Here we show that auxin response and ARF activity cell-autonomously control the asymmetric division of the first ground tissue cells. By identifying embryonic target genes, we show that MP transcriptionally initiates the ground tissue lineage and acts upstream of the regulatory network that controls ground tissue patterning and maintenance. Strikingly, whereas the SHR network depends on MP, this MP function is, at least in part, SHR independent. Our study therefore identifies auxin response as a regulator of ground tissue specification in the embryonic root, and reveals that ground tissue initiation and maintenance use different regulators and mechanisms. Moreover, our data provide a framework for the simultaneous formation of multiple cell types by the same transcriptional regulator.
AU - Möller, Barbara
AU - Ten Hove, Colette
AU - Xiang, Daoquan
AU - Williams, Nerys
AU - López, Lorena
AU - Yoshida, Saiko
AU - Smit, Margot
AU - Datla, Raju
AU - Weijers, Dolf
ID - 657
IS - 12
JF - PNAS
SN - 00278424
TI - Auxin response cell autonomously controls ground tissue initiation in the early arabidopsis embryo
VL - 114
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - With the accelerated development of robot technologies, 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 specific objectives for the task at hand. While very successful in many applications, self-organized control schemes seem to be favored in large complex systems with unknown dynamics or which are difficult to model. Reasons are the expected scalability, robustness, and resilience of self-organizing systems. The paper presents a self-learning neurocontroller based on extrinsic differential plasticity introduced recently, applying it to an anthropomorphic musculoskeletal robot arm with attached objects of unknown physical dynamics. The central finding of the paper is the following effect: by the mere feedback through the internal dynamics of the object, the robot is learning to relate each of the objects with a very specific sensorimotor pattern. Specifically, an attached pendulum pilots the arm into a circular motion, a half-filled bottle produces axis oriented shaking behavior, a wheel is getting rotated, and wiping patterns emerge automatically in a table-plus-brush setting. By these object-specific dynamical patterns, the robot may be said to recognize the object's identity, or in other words, it discovers dynamical affordances of objects. Furthermore, when including hand coordinates obtained from a camera, a dedicated hand-eye coordination self-organizes spontaneously. These phenomena are discussed from a specific dynamical system perspective. Central is the dedicated working regime at the border to instability with its potentially infinite reservoir of (limit cycle) attractors "waiting" to be excited. Besides converging toward one of these attractors, variate behavior is also arising from a self-induced attractor morphing driven by the learning rule. We claim that experimental investigations with this anthropomorphic, self-learning robot not only generate interesting and potentially useful behaviors, but may also help to better understand what subjective human muscle feelings are, how they can be rooted in sensorimotor patterns, and how these concepts may feed back on robotics.
AU - Der, Ralf
AU - Martius, Georg S
ID - 658
IS - MAR
JF - Frontiers in Neurorobotics
SN - 16625218
TI - Self organized behavior generation for musculoskeletal robots
VL - 11
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Migration frequently involves Rac-mediated protrusion of lamellipodia, formed by Arp2/3 complex-dependent branching thought to be crucial for force generation and stability of these networks. The formins FMNL2 and FMNL3 are Cdc42 effectors targeting to the lamellipodium tip and shown here to nucleate and elongate actin filaments with complementary activities in vitro. In migrating B16-F1 melanoma cells, both formins contribute to the velocity of lamellipodium protrusion. Loss of FMNL2/3 function in melanoma cells and fibroblasts reduces lamellipodial width, actin filament density and -bundling, without changing patterns of Arp2/3 complex incorporation. Strikingly, in melanoma cells, FMNL2/3 gene inactivation almost completely abolishes protrusion forces exerted by lamellipodia and modifies their ultrastructural organization. Consistently, CRISPR/Cas-mediated depletion of FMNL2/3 in fibroblasts reduces both migration and capability of cells to move against viscous media. Together, we conclude that force generation in lamellipodia strongly depends on FMNL formin activity, operating in addition to Arp2/3 complex-dependent filament branching.
AU - Kage, Frieda
AU - Winterhoff, Moritz
AU - Dimchev, Vanessa
AU - Müller, Jan
AU - Thalheim, Tobias
AU - Freise, Anika
AU - Brühmann, Stefan
AU - Kollasser, Jana
AU - Block, Jennifer
AU - Dimchev, Georgi A
AU - Geyer, Matthias
AU - Schnittler, Hams
AU - Brakebusch, Cord
AU - Stradal, Theresia
AU - Carlier, Marie
AU - Sixt, Michael K
AU - Käs, Josef
AU - Faix, Jan
AU - Rottner, Klemens
ID - 659
JF - Nature Communications
SN - 20411723
TI - FMNL formins boost lamellipodial force generation
VL - 8
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Growing microtubules are protected from depolymerization by the presence of a GTP or GDP/Pi cap. End-binding proteins of the EB1 family bind to the stabilizing cap, allowing monitoring of its size in real time. The cap size has been shown to correlate with instantaneous microtubule stability. Here we have quantitatively characterized the properties of cap size fluctuations during steadystate growth and have developed a theory predicting their timescale and amplitude from the kinetics of microtubule growth and cap maturation. In contrast to growth speed fluctuations, cap size fluctuations show a characteristic timescale, which is defined by the lifetime of the cap sites. Growth fluctuations affect the amplitude of cap size fluctuations; however, cap size does not affect growth speed, indicating that microtubules are far from instability during most of their time of growth. Our theory provides the basis for a quantitative understanding of microtubule stability fluctuations during steady-state growth.
AU - Rickman, Jamie
AU - Düllberg, Christian F
AU - Cade, Nicholas
AU - Griffin, Lewis
AU - Surrey, Thomas
ID - 660
IS - 13
JF - PNAS
SN - 00278424
TI - Steady state EB cap size fluctuations are determined by stochastic microtubule growth and maturation
VL - 114
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Superhydrophobic surfaces reduce the frictional drag between water and solid materials, but this effect is often temporary. The realization of sustained drag reduction has applications for water vehicles and pipeline flows.
AU - Hof, Björn
ID - 651
IS - 7636
JF - Nature
SN - 00280836
TI - Fluid dynamics: Water flows out of touch
VL - 541
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - A (possibly degenerate) drawing of a graph G in the plane is approximable by an embedding if it can be turned into an embedding by an arbitrarily small perturbation. We show that testing, whether a drawing of a planar graph G in the plane is approximable by an embedding, can be carried out in polynomial time, if a desired embedding of G belongs to a fixed isotopy class, i.e., the rotation system (or equivalently the faces) of the embedding of G and the choice of outer face are fixed. In other words, we show that c-planarity with embedded pipes is tractable for graphs with fixed embeddings. To the best of our knowledge an analogous result was previously known essentially only when G is a cycle.
AU - Fulek, Radoslav
ID - 6517
TI - Embedding graphs into embedded graphs
VL - 92
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Graph games with omega-regular winning conditions provide a mathematical framework to analyze a wide range of problems in the analysis of reactive systems and programs (such as the synthesis of reactive systems, program repair, and the verification of branching time properties). Parity conditions are canonical forms to specify omega-regular winning conditions. Graph games with parity conditions are equivalent to mu-calculus model checking, and thus a very important algorithmic problem. Symbolic algorithms are of great significance because they provide scalable algorithms for the analysis of large finite-state systems, as well as algorithms for the analysis of infinite-state systems with finite quotient. A set-based symbolic algorithm uses the basic set operations and the one-step predecessor operators. We consider graph games with n vertices and parity conditions with c priorities (equivalently, a mu-calculus formula with c alternations of least and greatest fixed points). While many explicit algorithms exist for graph games with parity conditions, for set-based symbolic algorithms there are only two algorithms (notice that we use space to refer to the number of sets stored by a symbolic algorithm): (a) the basic algorithm that requires O(n^c) symbolic operations and linear space; and (b) an improved algorithm that requires O(n^{c/2+1}) symbolic operations but also O(n^{c/2+1}) space (i.e., exponential space). In this work we present two set-based symbolic algorithms for parity games: (a) our first algorithm requires O(n^{c/2+1}) symbolic operations and only requires linear space; and (b) developing on our first algorithm, we present an algorithm that requires O(n^{c/3+1}) symbolic operations and only linear space. We also present the first linear space set-based symbolic algorithm for parity games that requires at most a sub-exponential number of symbolic operations.
AU - Chatterjee, Krishnendu
AU - Dvorák, Wolfgang
AU - Henzinger, Monika
AU - Loitzenbauer, Veronika
ID - 6519
TI - Improved set-based symbolic algorithms for parity games
VL - 82
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an approach that enables robots to self-organize their sensorimotor behavior from scratch without providing specific information about neither the robot nor its environment. This is achieved by a simple neural control law that increases the consistency between external sensor dynamics and internal neural dynamics of the utterly simple controller. In this way, the embodiment and the agent-environment coupling are the only source of individual development. We show how an anthropomorphic tendon driven arm-shoulder system develops different behaviors depending on that coupling. For instance: Given a bottle half-filled with water, the arm starts to shake it, driven by the physical response of the water. When attaching a brush, the arm can be manipulated into wiping a table, and when connected to a revolvable wheel it finds out how to rotate it. Thus, the robot may be said to discover the affordances of the world. When allowing two (simulated) humanoid robots to interact physically, they engage into a joint behavior development leading to, for instance, spontaneous cooperation. More social effects are observed if the robots can visually perceive each other. Although, as an observer, it is tempting to attribute an apparent intentionality, there is nothing of the kind put in. As a conclusion, we argue that emergent behavior may be much less rooted in explicit intentions, internal motivations, or specific reward systems than is commonly believed.
AU - Der, Ralf
AU - Martius, Georg S
ID - 652
SN - 978-150905069-7
TI - Dynamical self consistency leads to behavioral development and emergent social interactions in robots
ER -