TY - CONF
AB - A memory-hard function (MHF) f is equipped with a space cost σ and time cost τ parameter such that repeatedly computing fσ,τ on an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is not economically advantageous relative to a general purpose computer. Technically we would like that any (generalized) circuit for evaluating an iMHF fσ,τ has area × time (AT) complexity at Θ(σ2 ∗ τ). A data-independent MHF (iMHF) has the added property that it can be computed with almost optimal memory and time complexity by an algorithm which accesses memory in a pattern independent of the input value. Such functions can be specified by fixing a directed acyclic graph (DAG) G on n = Θ(σ ∗ τ) nodes representing its computation graph. In this work we develop new tools for analyzing iMHFs. First we define and motivate a new complexity measure capturing the amount of energy (i.e. electricity) required to compute a function. We argue that, in practice, this measure is at least as important as the more traditional AT-complexity. Next we describe an algorithm A for repeatedly evaluating an iMHF based on an arbitrary DAG G. We upperbound both its energy and AT complexities per instance evaluated in terms of a certain combinatorial property of G. Next we instantiate our attack for several general classes of DAGs which include those underlying many of the most important iMHF candidates in the literature. In particular, we obtain the following results which hold for all choices of parameters σ and τ (and thread-count) such that n = σ ∗ τ. -The Catena-Dragonfly function of [FLW13] has AT and energy complexities O(n1.67). -The Catena-Butterfly function of [FLW13] has complexities is O(n1.67). -The Double-Buffer and the Linear functions of [CGBS16] both have complexities in O(n1.67). -The Argon2i function of [BDK15] (winner of the Password Hashing Competition [PHC]) has complexities O(n7/4 log(n)). -The Single-Buffer function of [CGBS16] has complexities O(n7/4 log(n)). -Any iMHF can be computed by an algorithm with complexities O(n2/ log1 −ε(n)) for all ε > 0. In particular when τ = 1 this shows that the goal of constructing an iMHF with AT-complexity Θ(σ2 ∗ τ ) is unachievable. Along the way we prove a lemma upper-bounding the depth-robustness of any DAG which may prove to be of independent interest.
AU - Alwen, Joel F
AU - Blocki, Jeremiah
ID - 1365
TI - Efficiently computing data-independent memory-hard functions
VL - 9815
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We study the problem of devising provably secure PRNGs with input based on the sponge paradigm. Such constructions are very appealing, as efficient software/hardware implementations of SHA-3 can easily be translated into a PRNG in a nearly black-box way. The only existing sponge-based construction, proposed by Bertoni et al. (CHES 2010), fails to achieve the security notion of robustness recently considered by Dodis et al. (CCS 2013), for two reasons: (1) The construction is deterministic, and thus there are high-entropy input distributions on which the construction fails to extract random bits, and (2) The construction is not forward secure, and presented solutions aiming at restoring forward security have not been rigorously analyzed. We propose a seeded variant of Bertoni et al.’s PRNG with input which we prove secure in the sense of robustness, delivering in particular concrete security bounds. On the way, we make what we believe to be an important conceptual contribution, developing a variant of the security framework of Dodis et al. tailored at the ideal permutation model that captures PRNG security in settings where the weakly random inputs are provided from a large class of possible adversarial samplers which are also allowed to query the random permutation. As a further application of our techniques, we also present an efficient sponge-based key-derivation function (which can be instantiated from SHA-3 in a black-box fashion), which we also prove secure when fed with samples from permutation-dependent distributions.
AU - Gazi, Peter
AU - Tessaro, Stefano
ID - 1366
TI - Provably robust sponge-based PRNGs and KDFs
VL - 9665
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Superconductivity in heavy-fermion systems has an unconventional nature and is considered to originate from the universal features of the electronic structure. Here, the Anderson lattice model is studied by means of the full variational Gutzwiller wave function incorporating nonlocal effects of the on-site interaction. We show that the d-wave superconducting ground state can be driven solely by interelectronic correlations. The proposed microscopic mechanism leads to a multigap superconductivity with the dominant contribution due to f electrons and in the dx2−y2-wave channel. Our results rationalize several important observations for CeCoIn5.
AU - Wysokiński, Marcin
AU - Kaczmarczyk, Jan
AU - Spałek, Jozef
ID - 1368
IS - 2
JF - Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
TI - Correlation driven d wave superconductivity in Anderson lattice model: Two gaps
VL - 94
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We introduce a new loss function for the weakly-supervised training of semantic image segmentation models based on three guiding principles: to seed with weak localization cues, to expand objects based on the information about which classes can occur in an image, and to constrain the segmentations to coincide with object boundaries. We show experimentally that training a deep convolutional neural network using the proposed loss function leads to substantially better segmentations than previous state-of-the-art methods on the challenging PASCAL VOC 2012 dataset. We furthermore give insight into the working mechanism of our method by a detailed experimental study that illustrates how the segmentation quality is affected by each term of the proposed loss function as well as their combinations.
AU - Kolesnikov, Alexander
AU - Lampert, Christoph
ID - 1369
TI - Seed, expand and constrain: Three principles for weakly-supervised image segmentation
VL - 9908
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We study coherent phonon oscillations and tunneling between two coupled nonlinear nanomechanical resonators. We show that the coupling between two nanomechanical resonators creates an effective phonon Josephson junction, which exhibits two different dynamical behaviors: Josephson oscillation (phonon-Rabi oscillation) and macroscopic self-trapping (phonon blockade). Self-trapping originates from mechanical nonlinearities, meaning that when the nonlinearity exceeds its critical value, the energy exchange between the two resonators is suppressed, and phonon Josephson oscillations between them are completely blocked. An effective classical Hamiltonian for the phonon Josephson junction is derived and its mean-field dynamics is studied in phase space. Finally, we study the phonon-phonon coherence quantified by the mean fringe visibility, and show that the interaction between the two resonators may lead to the loss of coherence in the phononic junction.
AU - Barzanjeh, Shabir
AU - Vitali, David
ID - 1370
IS - 3
JF - Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
TI - Phonon Josephson junction with nanomechanical resonators
VL - 93
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Living cells can maintain their internal states, react to changing environments, grow, differentiate, divide, etc. All these processes are tightly controlled by what can be called a regulatory program. The logic of the underlying control can sometimes be guessed at by examining the network of influences amongst genetic components. Some associated gene regulatory networks have been studied in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, unveiling various structural features ranging from broad distributions of out-degrees to recurrent "motifs", that is small subgraphs having a specific pattern of interactions. To understand what factors may be driving such structuring, a number of groups have introduced frameworks to model the dynamics of gene regulatory networks. In that context, we review here such in silico approaches and show how selection for phenotypes, i.e., network function, can shape network structure.
AU - Martin, Olivier
AU - Krzywicki, André
AU - Zagórski, Marcin P
ID - 1371
JF - Physics of Life Reviews
TI - Drivers of structural features in gene regulatory networks: From biophysical constraints to biological function
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Redirection of intercellular auxin fluxes via relocalization of the PIN-FORMED 3 (PIN3) and PIN7 auxin efflux carriers has been suggested to be necessary for the root gravitropic response. Cytokinins have also been proposed to play a role in controlling root gravitropism, but conclusive evidence is lacking. We present a detailed study of the dynamics of root bending early after gravistimulation, which revealed a delayed gravitropic response in transgenic lines with depleted endogenous cytokinins (Pro35S:AtCKX) and cytokinin signaling mutants. Pro35S:AtCKX lines, as well as a cytokinin receptor mutant ahk3, showed aberrations in the auxin response distribution in columella cells consistent with defects in the auxin transport machinery. Using in vivo real-time imaging of PIN3-GFP and PIN7-GFP in AtCKX3 overexpression and ahk3 backgrounds, we observed wild-type-like relocalization of PIN proteins in the columella early after gravistimulation, with gravity-induced relocalization of PIN7 faster than that of PIN3. Nonetheless, the cellular distribution of PIN3 and PIN7 and expression of PIN7 and the auxin influx carrier AUX1 was affected in AtCKX overexpression lines. Based on the retained cytokinin sensitivity in pin3 pin4 pin7 mutant, we propose the AUX1-mediated auxin transport rather than columella-located PIN proteins as a target of endogenous cytokinins in the control of root gravitropism.
AU - Pernisová, Markéta
AU - Prat, Tomas
AU - Grones, Peter
AU - Haruštiaková, Danka
AU - Matonohova, Martina
AU - Spíchal, Lukáš
AU - Nodzyński, Tomasz
AU - Friml, Jirí
AU - Hejátko, Jan
ID - 1372
IS - 2
JF - New Phytologist
TI - Cytokinins influence root gravitropism via differential regulation of auxin transporter expression and localization in Arabidopsis
VL - 212
ER -
TY - JOUR
AU - Martin, Olivier
AU - Zagórski, Marcin P
ID - 1373
JF - Physics of Life Reviews
TI - Network architectures and operating principles. Reply to comments on "Drivers of structural features in gene regulatory networks: From biophysical constraints to biological function"
VL - 17
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider the problem of minimizing the continuous valued total variation subject to different unary terms on trees and propose fast direct algorithms based on dynamic programming to solve these problems. We treat both the convex and the nonconvex case and derive worst-case complexities that are equal to or better than existing methods. We show applications to total variation based two dimensional image processing and computer vision problems based on a Lagrangian decomposition approach. The resulting algorithms are very effcient, offer a high degree of parallelism, and come along with memory requirements which are only in the order of the number of image pixels.
AU - Kolmogorov, Vladimir
AU - Pock, Thomas
AU - Rolinek, Michal
ID - 1377
IS - 2
JF - SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences
TI - Total variation on a tree
VL - 9
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We give a detailed and easily accessible proof of Gromov's Topological Overlap Theorem. Let X be a finite simplicial complex or, more generally, a finite polyhedral cell complex of dimension d. Informally, the theorem states that if X has sufficiently strong higher-dimensional expansion properties (which generalize edge expansion of graphs and are defined in terms of cellular cochains of X) then X has the following topological overlap property: for every continuous map X → ℝd there exists a point p ∈ ℝd whose preimage intersects a positive fraction μ > 0 of the d-cells of X. More generally, the conclusion holds if ℝd is replaced by any d-dimensional piecewise-linear (PL) manifold M, with a constant μ that depends only on d and on the expansion properties of X, but not on M.
AU - Dotterrer, Dominic
AU - Kaufman, Tali
AU - Wagner, Uli
ID - 1378
TI - On expansion and topological overlap
VL - 51
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We investigate the complexity of finding an embedded non-orientable surface of Euler genus g in a triangulated 3-manifold. This problem occurs both as a natural question in low-dimensional topology, and as a first non-trivial instance of embeddability of complexes into 3-manifolds. We prove that the problem is NP-hard, thus adding to the relatively few hardness results that are currently known in 3-manifold topology. In addition, we show that the problem lies in NP when the Euler genus g is odd, and we give an explicit algorithm in this case.
AU - Burton, Benjamin
AU - De Mesmay, Arnaud N
AU - Wagner, Uli
ID - 1379
TI - Finding non-orientable surfaces in 3-manifolds
VL - 51
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - We consider higher-dimensional versions of Kannan and Lipton's Orbit Problem - determining whether a target vector space V may be reached from a starting point x under repeated applications of a linear transformation A. Answering two questions posed by Kannan and Lipton in the 1980s, we show that when V has dimension one, this problem is solvable in polynomial time, and when V has dimension two or three, the problem is in NPRP.
AU - Chonev, Ventsislav K
AU - Ouaknine, Joël
AU - Worrell, James
ID - 1380
IS - 3
JF - Journal of the ACM
TI - On the complexity of the orbit problem
VL - 63
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - Motivated by Tverberg-type problems in topological combinatorics and by classical results about embeddings (maps without double points), we study the question whether a finite simplicial complex K can be mapped into double-struck Rd without higher-multiplicity intersections. We focus on conditions for the existence of almost r-embeddings, i.e., maps f : K → double-struck Rd such that f(σ1) ∩ ⋯ ∩ f(σr) = ∅ whenever σ1, ..., σr are pairwise disjoint simplices of K. Generalizing the classical Haefliger-Weber embeddability criterion, we show that a well-known necessary deleted product condition for the existence of almost r-embeddings is sufficient in a suitable r-metastable range of dimensions: If rd ≥ (r + 1) dim K + 3, then there exists an almost r-embedding K → double-struck Rd if and only if there exists an equivariant map (K)Δ r → Sr Sd(r-1)-1, where (K)Δ r is the deleted r-fold product of K, the target Sd(r-1)-1 is the sphere of dimension d(r - 1) - 1, and Sr is the symmetric group. This significantly extends one of the main results of our previous paper (which treated the special case where d = rk and dim K = (r - 1)k for some k ≥ 3), and settles an open question raised there.
AU - Mabillard, Isaac
AU - Wagner, Uli
ID - 1381
TI - Eliminating higher-multiplicity intersections, II. The deleted product criterion in the r-metastable range
VL - 51
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - Background and aims Angiosperms display remarkable diversity in flower colour, implying that transitions between pigmentation phenotypes must have been common. Despite progress in understanding transitions between anthocyanin (blue, purple, pink or red) and unpigmented (white) flowers, little is known about the evolutionary patterns of flower-colour transitions in lineages with both yellow and anthocyanin-pigmented flowers. This study investigates the relative rates of evolutionary transitions between different combinations of yellow- and anthocyanin-pigmentation phenotypes in the tribe Antirrhineae. Methods We surveyed taxonomic literature for data on anthocyanin and yellow floral pigmentation for 369 species across the tribe. We then reconstructed the phylogeny of 169 taxa and used phylogenetic comparative methods to estimate transition rates among pigmentation phenotypes across the phylogeny. Key Results In contrast to previous studies we found a bias towards transitions involving a gain in pigmentation, although transitions to phenotypes with both anthocyanin and yellow taxa are nevertheless extremely rare. Despite the dominance of yellow and anthocyanin-pigmented taxa, transitions between these phenotypes are constrained to move through a white intermediate stage, whereas transitions to double-pigmentation are very rare. The most abundant transitions are between anthocyanin-pigmented and unpigmented flowers, and similarly the most abundant polymorphic taxa were those with anthocyanin-pigmented and unpigmented flowers. Conclusions Our findings show that pigment evolution is limited by the presence of other floral pigments. This interaction between anthocyanin and yellow pigments constrains the breadth of potential floral diversity observed in nature. In particular, they suggest that selection has repeatedly acted to promote the spread of single-pigmented phenotypes across the Antirrhineae phylogeny. Furthermore, the correlation between transition rates and polymorphism suggests that the forces causing and maintaining variance in the short term reflect evolutionary processes on longer time scales.
AU - Ellis, Thomas
AU - Field, David
ID - 1382
IS - 7
JF - Annals of Botany
TI - Repeated gains in yellow and anthocyanin pigmentation in flower colour transitions in the Antirrhineae
VL - 117
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The continuous evolution of a wide variety of systems, including continous-time Markov chains and linear hybrid automata, can be
described in terms of linear differential equations. In this paper we study the decision problem of whether the solution x(t) of a system of linear differential equations dx/dt = Ax reaches a target halfspace infinitely often. This recurrent reachability problem can
equivalently be formulated as the following Infinite Zeros Problem: does a real-valued function f:R≥0 --> R satisfying a given linear
differential equation have infinitely many zeros? Our main decidability result is that if the differential equation has order at most 7, then the Infinite Zeros Problem is decidable. On the other hand, we show that a decision procedure for the Infinite Zeros Problem at order 9 (and above) would entail a major breakthrough in Diophantine Approximation, specifically an algorithm for computing the Lagrange constants of arbitrary real algebraic numbers to arbitrary precision.
AU - Chonev, Ventsislav K
AU - Ouaknine, Joël
AU - Worrell, James
ID - 1389
T2 - LICS '16
TI - On recurrent reachability for continuous linear dynamical systems
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - The goal of automatic program repair is to identify a set of syntactic changes that can turn a program that is incorrect with respect
to a given specification into a correct one. Existing program repair techniques typically aim to find any program that meets the given specification. Such “best-effort” strategies can end up generating a program that is quite different from the original one. Novel techniques have been proposed to compute syntactically minimal program fixes, but the smallest syntactic fix to a program can still significantly alter the original program’s behaviour. We propose a new approach to program repair based on program distances, which can quantify changes not only to the program syntax but also to the program semantics. We call this the quantitative program repair problem where the “optimal” repair is derived using multiple distances. We implement a solution to the quantitative repair
problem in a prototype tool called Qlose
(Quantitatively close), using the program synthesizer Sketch. We evaluate the effectiveness of different distances in obtaining desirable repairs by evaluating
Qlose on programs taken from educational tools such as CodeHunt and edX.
AU - D'Antoni, Loris
AU - Samanta, Roopsha
AU - Singh, Rishabh
ID - 1390
TI - QLOSE: Program repair with quantitative objectives
VL - 9780
ER -
TY - CONF
AB - We present an extension to the quantifier-free theory of integer arrays which allows us to express counting. The properties expressible in Array Folds Logic (AFL) include statements such as "the first array cell contains the array length," and "the array contains equally many minimal and maximal elements." These properties cannot be expressed in quantified fragments of the theory of arrays, nor in the theory of concatenation. Using reduction to counter machines, we show that the satisfiability problem of AFL is PSPACE-complete, and with a natural restriction the complexity decreases to NP. We also show that adding either universal quantifiers or concatenation leads to undecidability.
AFL contains terms that fold a function over an array. We demonstrate that folding, a well-known concept from functional languages, allows us to concisely summarize loops that count over arrays, which occurs frequently in real-life programs. We provide a tool that can discharge proof obligations in AFL, and we demonstrate on practical examples that our decision procedure can solve a broad range of problems in symbolic testing and program verification.
AU - Daca, Przemyslaw
AU - Henzinger, Thomas A
AU - Kupriyanov, Andrey
ID - 1391
TI - Array folds logic
VL - 9780
ER -
TY - JOUR
AB - The solution space of genome-scale models of cellular metabolism provides a map between physically
viable flux configurations and cellular metabolic phenotypes described, at the most basic level, by the
corresponding growth rates. By sampling the solution space of E. coliʼs metabolic network, we show
that empirical growth rate distributions recently obtained in experiments at single-cell resolution can
be explained in terms of a trade-off between the higher fitness of fast-growing phenotypes and the
higher entropy of slow-growing ones. Based on this, we propose a minimal model for the evolution of
a large bacterial population that captures this trade-off. The scaling relationships observed in
experiments encode, in such frameworks, for the same distance from the maximum achievable growth
rate, the same degree of growth rate maximization, and/or the same rate of phenotypic change. Being
grounded on genome-scale metabolic network reconstructions, these results allow for multiple
implications and extensions in spite of the underlying conceptual simplicity.
AU - De Martino, Daniele
AU - Capuani, Fabrizio
AU - De Martino, Andrea
ID - 1394
IS - 3
JF - Physical Biology
TI - Growth against entropy in bacterial metabolism: the phenotypic trade-off behind empirical growth rate distributions in E. coli
VL - 13
ER -
TY - THES
AB - We study partially observable Markov decision processes (POMDPs) with objectives used in verification and artificial intelligence. The qualitative analysis problem given a POMDP and an objective asks whether there is a strategy (policy) to ensure that the objective is satisfied almost surely (with probability 1), resp. with positive probability (with probability greater than 0). For POMDPs with limit-average payoff, where a reward value in the interval [0,1] is associated to every transition, and the payoff of an infinite path is the long-run average of the rewards, we consider two types of path constraints: (i) a quantitative limit-average constraint defines the set of paths where the payoff is at least a given threshold L1 = 1. Our main results for qualitative limit-average constraint under almost-sure winning are as follows: (i) the problem of deciding the existence of a finite-memory controller is EXPTIME-complete; and (ii) the problem of deciding the existence of an infinite-memory controller is undecidable. For quantitative limit-average constraints we show that the problem of deciding the existence of a finite-memory controller is undecidable. We present a prototype implementation of our EXPTIME algorithm. For POMDPs with w-regular conditions specified as parity objectives, while the qualitative analysis problems are known to be undecidable even for very special case of parity objectives, we establish decidability (with optimal complexity) of the qualitative analysis problems for POMDPs with parity objectives under finite-memory strategies. We establish optimal (exponential) memory bounds and EXPTIME-completeness of the qualitative analysis problems under finite-memory strategies for POMDPs with parity objectives. Based on our theoretical algorithms we also present a practical approach, where we design heuristics to deal with the exponential complexity, and have applied our implementation on a number of well-known POMDP examples for robotics applications. For POMDPs with a set of target states and an integer cost associated with every transition, we study the optimization objective that asks to minimize the expected total cost of reaching a state in the target set, while ensuring that the target set is reached almost surely. We show that for general integer costs approximating the optimal cost is undecidable. For positive costs, our results are as follows: (i) we establish matching lower and upper bounds for the optimal cost, both double and exponential in the POMDP state space size; (ii) we show that the problem of approximating the optimal cost is decidable and present approximation algorithms that extend existing algorithms for POMDPs with finite-horizon objectives. We show experimentally that it performs well in many examples of interest. We study more deeply the problem of almost-sure reachability, where given a set of target states, the question is to decide whether there is a strategy to ensure that the target set is reached almost surely. While in general the problem EXPTIME-complete, in many practical cases strategies with a small amount of memory suffice. Moreover, the existing solution to the problem is explicit, which first requires to construct explicitly an exponential reduction to a belief-support MDP. We first study the existence of observation-stationary strategies, which is NP-complete, and then small-memory strategies. We present a symbolic algorithm by an efficient encoding to SAT and using a SAT solver for the problem. We report experimental results demonstrating the scalability of our symbolic (SAT-based) approach. Decentralized POMDPs (DEC-POMDPs) extend POMDPs to a multi-agent setting, where several agents operate in an uncertain environment independently to achieve a joint objective. In this work we consider Goal DEC-POMDPs, where given a set of target states, the objective is to ensure that the target set is reached with minimal cost. We consider the indefinite-horizon (infinite-horizon with either discounted-sum, or undiscounted-sum, where absorbing goal states have zero-cost) problem. We present a new and novel method to solve the problem that extends methods for finite-horizon DEC-POMDPs and the real-time dynamic programming approach for POMDPs. We present experimental results on several examples, and show that our approach presents promising results. In the end we present a short summary of a few other results related to verification of MDPs and POMDPs.
AU - Chmelik, Martin
ID - 1397
TI - Algorithms for partially observable markov decision processes
ER -
TY - THES
AB - Hybrid zones represent evolutionary laboratories, where recombination brings together alleles in combinations which have not previously been tested by selection. This provides an excellent opportunity to test the effect of molecular variation on fitness, and how this variation is able to spread through populations in a natural context. The snapdragon Antirrhinum majus is polymorphic in the wild for two loci controlling the distribution of yellow and magenta floral pigments. Where the yellow A. m. striatum and the magenta A. m. pseudomajus meet along a valley in the Spanish Pyrenees they form a stable hybrid zone Alleles at these loci recombine to give striking transgressive variation for flower colour. The sharp transition in phenotype over ~1km implies strong selection maintaining the hybrid zone. An indirect assay of pollinator visitation in the field found that pollinators forage in a positive-frequency dependent manner on Antirrhinum, matching previous data on fruit set. Experimental arrays and paternity analysis of wild-pollinated seeds demonstrated assortative mating for pigmentation alleles, and that pollinator behaviour alone is sufficient to explain this pattern. Selection by pollinators should be sufficiently strong to maintain the hybrid zone, although other mechanisms may be at work. At a broader scale I examined evolutionary transitions between yellow and anthocyanin pigmentation in the tribe Antirrhinae, and found that selection has acted strate that pollinators are a major determinant of reproductive success and mating patterns in wild Antirrhinum.
AU - Ellis, Thomas
ID - 1398
TI - The role of pollinator-mediated selection in the maintenance of a flower color polymorphism in an Antirrhinum majus hybrid zone
ER -