@inproceedings{2955,
abstract = {We consider two-player stochastic games played on finite graphs with reachability objectives where the first player tries to ensure a target state to be visited almost-surely (i.e., with probability 1), or positively (i.e., with positive probability), no matter the strategy of the second player. We classify such games according to the information and the power of randomization available to the players. On the basis of information, the game can be one-sided with either (a) player 1, or (b) player 2 having partial observation (and the other player has perfect observation), or two-sided with (c) both players having partial observation. On the basis of randomization, the players (a) may not be allowed to use randomization (pure strategies), or (b) may choose a probability distribution over actions but the actual random choice is external and not visible to the player (actions invisible), or (c) may use full randomization. Our main results for pure strategies are as follows. (1) For one-sided games with player 1 having partial observation we show that (in contrast to full randomized strategies) belief-based (subset-construction based) strategies are not sufficient, and we present an exponential upper bound on memory both for almostsure and positive winning strategies; we show that the problem of deciding the existence of almost-sure and positive winning strategies for player 1 is EXPTIME-complete. (2) For one-sided games with player 2 having partial observation we show that non-elementary memory is both necessary and sufficient for both almost-sure and positive winning strategies. (3) We show that for the general (two-sided) case finite-memory strategies are sufficient for both positive and almost-sure winning, and at least non-elementary memory is required. We establish the equivalence of the almost-sure winning problems for pure strategies and for randomized strategies with actions invisible. Our equivalence result exhibits serious flaws in previous results of the literature: we show a non-elementary memory lower bound for almost-sure winning whereas an exponential upper bound was previously claimed.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Doyen, Laurent},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2012 27th Annual ACM/IEEE Symposium on Logic in Computer Science},
location = {Dubrovnik, Croatia},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Partial-observation stochastic games: How to win when belief fails}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2012.28},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2936,
abstract = {The notion of delays arises naturally in many computational models, such as, in the design of circuits, control systems, and dataflow languages. In this work, we introduce automata with delay blocks (ADBs), extending finite state automata with variable time delay blocks, for deferring individual transition output symbols, in a discrete-time setting. We show that the ADB languages strictly subsume the regular languages, and are incomparable in expressive power to the context-free languages. We show that ADBs are closed under union, concatenation and Kleene star, and under intersection with regular languages, but not closed under complementation and intersection with other ADB languages. We show that the emptiness and the membership problems are decidable in polynomial time for ADBs, whereas the universality problem is undecidable. Finally we consider the linear-time model checking problem, i.e., whether the language of an ADB is contained in a regular language, and show that the model checking problem is PSPACE-complete. Copyright 2012 ACM.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Henzinger, Thomas A and Prabhu, Vinayak},
booktitle = {roceedings of the tenth ACM international conference on Embedded software},
location = {Tampere, Finland},
pages = {43 -- 52},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Finite automata with time delay blocks}},
doi = {10.1145/2380356.2380370},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3251,
abstract = {Many infinite state systems can be seen as well-structured transition systems (WSTS), i.e., systems equipped with a well-quasi-ordering on states that is also a simulation relation. WSTS are an attractive target for formal analysis because there exist generic algorithms that decide interesting verification problems for this class. Among the most popular algorithms are acceleration-based forward analyses for computing the covering set. Termination of these algorithms can only be guaranteed for flattable WSTS. Yet, many WSTS of practical interest are not flattable and the question whether any given WSTS is flattable is itself undecidable. We therefore propose an analysis that computes the covering set and captures the essence of acceleration-based algorithms, but sacrifices precision for guaranteed termination. Our analysis is an abstract interpretation whose abstract domain builds on the ideal completion of the well-quasi-ordered state space, and a widening operator that mimics acceleration and controls the loss of precision of the analysis. We present instances of our framework for various classes of WSTS. Our experience with a prototype implementation indicates that, despite the inherent precision loss, our analysis often computes the precise covering set of the analyzed system.},
author = {Zufferey, Damien and Wies, Thomas and Henzinger, Thomas A},
location = {Philadelphia, PA, USA},
pages = {445 -- 460},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Ideal abstractions for well structured transition systems}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-27940-9_29},
volume = {7148},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3314,
abstract = {We introduce two-level discounted and mean-payoff games played by two players on a perfect-information stochastic game graph. The upper level game is a discounted or mean-payoff game and the lower level game is a (undiscounted) reachability game. Two-level games model hierarchical and sequential decision making under uncertainty across different time scales. For both discounted and mean-payoff two-level games, we show the existence of pure memoryless optimal strategies for both players and an ordered field property. We show that if there is only one player (Markov decision processes), then the values can be computed in polynomial time. It follows that whether the value of a player is equal to a given rational constant in two-level discounted or mean-payoff games can be decided in NP ∩ coNP. We also give an alternate strategy improvement algorithm to compute the value. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Majumdar, Ritankar},
journal = {International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science},
number = {3},
pages = {609 -- 625},
publisher = {World Scientific Publishing},
title = {{Discounting and averaging in games across time scales}},
doi = {10.1142/S0129054112400308},
volume = {23},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{496,
abstract = {We study the expressive power of logical interpretations on the class of scattered trees, namely those with countably many infinite branches. Scattered trees can be thought of as the tree analogue of scattered linear orders. Every scattered tree has an ordinal rank that reflects the structure of its infinite branches. We prove, roughly, that trees and orders of large rank cannot be interpreted in scattered trees of small rank. We consider a quite general notion of interpretation: each element of the interpreted structure is represented by a set of tuples of subsets of the interpreting tree. Our trees are countable, not necessarily finitely branching, and may have finitely many unary predicates as labellings. We also show how to replace injective set-interpretations in (not necessarily scattered) trees by 'finitary' set-interpretations.},
author = {Rabinovich, Alexander and Rubin, Sasha},
location = {Dubrovnik, Croatia},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {{Interpretations in trees with countably many branches}},
doi = {10.1109/LICS.2012.65},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2715,
abstract = {We consider Markov decision processes (MDPs) with specifications given as Büchi (liveness) objectives. We consider the problem of computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices from where the objective can be ensured with probability 1. We study for the first time the average case complexity of the classical algorithm for computing the set of almost-sure winning vertices for MDPs with Büchi objectives. Our contributions are as follows: First, we show that for MDPs with constant out-degree the expected number of iterations is at most logarithmic and the average case running time is linear (as compared to the worst case linear number of iterations and quadratic time complexity). Second, for the average case analysis over all MDPs we show that the expected number of iterations is constant and the average case running time is linear (again as compared to the worst case linear number of iterations and quadratic time complexity). Finally we also show that given that all MDPs are equally likely, the probability that the classical algorithm requires more than constant number of iterations is exponentially small.},
author = {Chatterjee, Krishnendu and Joglekar, Manas and Shah, Nisarg},
location = {Hyderabad, India},
pages = {461 -- 473},
publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik},
title = {{Average case analysis of the classical algorithm for Markov decision processes with Büchi objectives}},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.FSTTCS.2012.461},
volume = {18},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{3162,
abstract = {Given a dense-time real-valued signal and a parameterized temporal logic formula with both magnitude and timing parameters, we compute the subset of the parameter space that renders the formula satisfied by the trace. We provide two preliminary implementations, one which follows the exact semantics and attempts to compute the validity domain by quantifier elimination in linear arithmetics and one which conducts adaptive search in the parameter space.},
author = {Asarin, Eugene and Donzé, Alexandre and Maler, Oded and Nickovic, Dejan},
location = {San Francisco, CA, United States},
pages = {147 -- 160},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Parametric identification of temporal properties}},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-642-29860-8_12},
volume = {7186},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2949,
author = {Dupret, David and Csicsvari, Jozsef L},
journal = {Nature Neuroscience},
number = {11},
pages = {1471 -- 1472},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{The medial entorhinal cortex keeps Up}},
doi = {10.1038/nn.3245},
volume = {15},
year = {2012},
}
@inproceedings{2937,
abstract = {Developers building cryptography into security-sensitive applications face a daunting task. Not only must they understand the security guarantees delivered by the constructions they choose, they must also implement and combine them correctly and efficiently. Cryptographic compilers free developers from this task by turning high-level specifications of security goals into efficient implementations. Yet, trusting such tools is hard as they rely on complex mathematical machinery and claim security properties that are subtle and difficult to verify. In this paper we present ZKCrypt, an optimizing cryptographic compiler achieving an unprecedented level of assurance without sacrificing practicality for a comprehensive class of cryptographic protocols, known as Zero-Knowledge Proofs of Knowledge. The pipeline of ZKCrypt integrates purpose-built verified compilers and verifying compilers producing formal proofs in the CertiCrypt framework. By combining the guarantees delivered by each stage, ZKCrypt provides assurance that the output implementation securely realizes the abstract proof goal given as input. We report on the main characteristics of ZKCrypt, highlight new definitions and concepts at its foundations, and illustrate its applicability through a representative example of an anonymous credential system.},
author = {Almeida, José and Barbosa, Manuel and Bangerter, Endre and Barthe, Gilles and Krenn, Stephan and Béguelin, Santiago},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2012 ACM conference on Computer and communications security},
location = {Raleigh, NC, USA},
pages = {488 -- 500},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Full proof cryptography: Verifiable compilation of efficient zero-knowledge protocols}},
doi = {10.1145/2382196.2382249},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2951,
abstract = {Differential cell adhesion and cortex tension are thought to drive cell sorting by controlling cell-cell contact formation. Here, we show that cell adhesion and cortex tension have different mechanical functions in controlling progenitor cell-cell contact formation and sorting during zebrafish gastrulation. Cortex tension controls cell-cell contact expansion by modulating interfacial tension at the contact. By contrast, adhesion has little direct function in contact expansion, but instead is needed to mechanically couple the cortices of adhering cells at their contacts, allowing cortex tension to control contact expansion. The coupling function of adhesion is mediated by E-cadherin and limited by the mechanical anchoring of E-cadherin to the cortex. Thus, cell adhesion provides the mechanical scaffold for cell cortex tension to drive cell sorting during gastrulation.},
author = {Maître, Jean-Léon and Berthoumieux, Hélène and Krens, Gabriel and Salbreux, Guillaume and Julicher, Frank and Paluch, Ewa and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J},
journal = {Science},
number = {6104},
pages = {253 -- 256},
publisher = {American Association for the Advancement of Science},
title = {{Adhesion functions in cell sorting by mechanically coupling the cortices of adhering cells}},
doi = {10.1126/science.1225399},
volume = {338},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2968,
abstract = {Little is known about the stability of trophic relationships in complex natural communities over evolutionary timescales. Here, we use sequence data from 18 nuclear loci to reconstruct and compare the intraspecific histories of major Pleistocene refugial populations in the Middle East, the Balkans and Iberia in a guild of four Chalcid parasitoids (Cecidostiba fungosa, Cecidostiba semifascia, Hobbya stenonota and Mesopolobus amaenus) all attacking Cynipid oak galls. We develop a likelihood method to numerically estimate models of divergence between three populations from multilocus data. We investigate the power of this framework on simulated data, and-using triplet alignments of intronic loci-quantify the support for all possible divergence relationships between refugial populations in the four parasitoids. Although an East to West order of population divergence has highest support in all but one species, we cannot rule out alternative population tree topologies. Comparing the estimated times of population splits between species, we find that one species, M. amaenus, has a significantly older history than the rest of the guild and must have arrived in central Europe at least one glacial cycle prior to other guild members. This suggests that although all four species may share a common origin in the East, they expanded westwards into Europe at different times. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.},
author = {Lohse, Konrad and Barton, Nicholas H and Melika, George and Stone, Graham},
journal = {Molecular Ecology},
number = {18},
pages = {4605 -- 4617},
publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell},
title = {{A likelihood based comparison of population histories in a parasitoid guild}},
doi = {10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05700.x},
volume = {21},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2970,
abstract = {Morphogen gradients regulate the patterning and growth of many tissues, hence a key question is how they are established and maintained during development. Theoretical descriptions have helped to explain how gradient shape is controlled by the rates of morphogen production, spreading and degradation. These effective rates have been measured using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and photoactivation. To unravel which molecular events determine the effective rates, such tissue-level assays have been combined with genetic analysis, high-resolution assays, and models that take into account interactions with receptors, extracellular components and trafficking. Nevertheless, because of the natural and experimental data variability, and the underlying assumptions of transport models, it remains challenging to conclusively distinguish between cellular mechanisms.},
author = {Kicheva, Anna and Bollenbach, Mark Tobias and Wartlick, Ortrud and Julicher, Frank and Gonzalez Gaitan, Marcos},
journal = {Current Opinion in Genetics & Development},
number = {6},
pages = {527 -- 532},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Investigating the principles of morphogen gradient formation: from tissues to cells}},
doi = {10.1016/j.gde.2012.08.004},
volume = {22},
year = {2012},
}
@article{2963,
abstract = {Zebra finches are an ubiquitous model system for the study of vocal learning in animal communication. Their song has been well described, but its possible function(s) in social communication are only partly understood. The so-called ‘directed song’ is a high-intensity, high-performance song given during courtship in close proximity to the female, which is known to mediate mate choice and mating. However, this singing mode constitutes only a fraction of zebra finch males’ prolific song output. Potential communicative functions of their second, ‘undirected’ singing mode remain unresolved in the face of contradicting reports of both facilitating and inhibiting effects of social company on singing. We addressed this issue by experimentally manipulating social contexts in a within-subject design, comparing a solo versus male or female only company condition, each lasting for 24 hours. Males’ total song output was significantly higher when a conspecific was in audible and visible distance than when they were alone. Male and female company had an equally facilitating effect on song output. Our findings thus indicate that singing motivation is facilitated rather than inhibited by social company, suggesting that singing in zebra finches might function both in inter- and intrasexual communication. },
author = {Jesse, Fabienne and Riebel, Katharina},
journal = {Behavioural Processes},
number = {3},
pages = {262 -- 266},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Social facilitation of male song by male and female conspecifics in the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata}},
doi = {10.1016/j.beproc.2012.09.006},
volume = {91},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3156,
abstract = {Dispersal is crucial for gene flow and often determines the long-term stability of meta-populations, particularly in rare species with specialized life cycles. Such species are often foci of conservation efforts because they suffer disproportionally from degradation and fragmentation of their habitat. However, detailed knowledge of effective gene flow through dispersal is often missing, so that conservation strategies have to be based on mark-recapture observations that are suspected to be poor predictors of long-distance dispersal. These constraints have been especially severe in the study of butterfly populations, where microsatellite markers have been difficult to develop. We used eight microsatellite markers to analyse genetic population structure of the Large Blue butterfly Maculinea arion in Sweden. During recent decades, this species has become an icon of insect conservation after massive decline throughout Europe and extinction in Britain followed by reintroduction of a seed population from the Swedish island of Öland. We find that populations are highly structured genetically, but that gene flow occurs over distances 15 times longer than the maximum distance recorded from mark-recapture studies, which can only be explained by maximum dispersal distances at least twice as large as previously accepted. However, we also find evidence that gaps between sites with suitable habitat exceeding ∼ 20 km induce genetic erosion that can be detected from bottleneck analyses. Although further work is needed, our results suggest that M. arion can maintain fully functional metapopulations when they consist of optimal habitat patches that are no further apart than ∼10 km.},
author = {Ugelvig, Line V and Andersen, Anne and Boomsma, Jacobus and Nash, David},
journal = {Molecular Ecology},
number = {13},
pages = {3224 -- 3236},
publisher = {Wiley-Blackwell},
title = {{Dispersal and gene flow in the rare parasitic Large Blue butterfly Maculinea arion}},
doi = {10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05592.x},
volume = {21},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3118,
abstract = {We present a method for recovering a temporally coherent, deforming triangle mesh with arbitrarily changing topology from an incoherent sequence of static closed surfaces. We solve this problem using the surface geometry alone, without any prior information like surface templates or velocity fields. Our system combines a proven strategy for triangle mesh improvement, a robust multi-resolution non-rigid registration routine, and a reliable technique for changing surface mesh topology. We also introduce a novel topological constraint enforcement algorithm to ensure that the output and input always have similar topology. We apply our technique to a series of diverse input data from video reconstructions, physics simulations, and artistic morphs. The structured output of our algorithm allows us to efficiently track information like colors and displacement maps, recover velocity information, and solve PDEs on the mesh as a post process.},
author = {Bojsen-Hansen, Morten and Li, Hao and Wojtan, Christopher J},
journal = {ACM Transactions on Graphics},
number = {4},
publisher = {ACM},
title = {{Tracking surfaces with evolving topology}},
doi = {10.1145/2185520.2185549},
volume = {31},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3120,
abstract = {We introduce a strategy based on Kustin-Miller unprojection that allows us to construct many hundreds of Gorenstein codimension 4 ideals with 9 × 16 resolutions (that is, nine equations and sixteen first syzygies). Our two basic games are called Tom and Jerry; the main application is the biregular construction of most of the anticanonically polarised Mori Fano 3-folds of Altinok's thesis. There are 115 cases whose numerical data (in effect, the Hilbert series) allow a Type I projection. In every case, at least one Tom and one Jerry construction works, providing at least two deformation families of quasismooth Fano 3-folds having the same numerics but different topology. © 2012 Copyright Foundation Compositio Mathematica.},
author = {Brown, Gavin and Kerber, Michael and Reid, Miles},
journal = {Compositio Mathematica},
number = {4},
pages = {1171 -- 1194},
publisher = {Cambridge University Press},
title = {{Fano 3 folds in codimension 4 Tom and Jerry Part I}},
doi = {10.1112/S0010437X11007226},
volume = {148},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3132,
abstract = {Reproductive division of labour is a characteristic trait of social insects. The dominant reproductive individual, often the queen, uses chemical communication and/or behaviour to maintain her social status. Queens of many social insects communicate their fertility status via cuticle-bound substances. As these substances usually possess a low volatility, their range in queen–worker communication is potentially limited. Here, we investigate the range and impact of behavioural and chemical queen signals on workers of the ant Temnothorax longispinosus. We compared the behaviour and ovary development of workers subjected to three different treatments: workers with direct chemical and physical contact to the queen, those solely under the influence of volatile queen substances and those entirely separated from the queen. In addition to short-ranged queen signals preventing ovary development in workers, we discovered a novel secondary pathway influencing worker behaviour. Workers with no physical contact to the queen, but exposed to volatile substances, started to develop their ovaries, but did not change their behaviour compared to workers in direct contact to the queen. In contrast, workers in queen-separated groups showed both increased ovary development and aggressive dominance interactions. We conclude that T. longispinosus queens influence worker ovary development and behaviour via two independent signals, both ensuring social harmony within the colony.},
author = {Konrad, Matthias and Pamminger, Tobias and Foitzik, Susanne},
journal = {Naturwissenschaften},
number = {8},
pages = {627 -- 636},
publisher = {Springer},
title = {{Two pathways ensuring social harmony}},
doi = {10.1007/s00114-012-0943-z},
volume = {99},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3245,
abstract = {How cells orchestrate their behavior during collective migration is a long-standing question. Using magnetic tweezers to apply mechanical stimuli to Xenopus mesendoderm cells, Weber etal. (2012) now reveal, in this issue of Developmental Cell, a cadherin-mediated mechanosensitive response that promotes cell polarization and movement persistence during the collective mesendoderm migration in gastrulation.},
author = {Behrndt, Martin and Heisenberg, Carl-Philipp J},
journal = {Developmental Cell},
number = {1},
pages = {3 -- 4},
publisher = {Cell Press},
title = {{Spurred by resistance mechanosensation in collective migration}},
doi = {10.1016/j.devcel.2011.12.018},
volume = {22},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3257,
abstract = {Consider a convex relaxation f̂ of a pseudo-Boolean function f. We say that the relaxation is totally half-integral if f̂(x) is a polyhedral function with half-integral extreme points x, and this property is preserved after adding an arbitrary combination of constraints of the form x i=x j, x i=1-x j, and x i=γ where γ∈{0,1,1/2} is a constant. A well-known example is the roof duality relaxation for quadratic pseudo-Boolean functions f. We argue that total half-integrality is a natural requirement for generalizations of roof duality to arbitrary pseudo-Boolean functions. Our contributions are as follows. First, we provide a complete characterization of totally half-integral relaxations f̂ by establishing a one-to-one correspondence with bisubmodular functions. Second, we give a new characterization of bisubmodular functions. Finally, we show some relationships between general totally half-integral relaxations and relaxations based on the roof duality. On the conceptual level, our results show that bisubmodular functions provide a natural generalization of the roof duality approach to higher-order terms. This can be viewed as a non-submodular analogue of the fact that submodular functions generalize the s-t minimum cut problem with non-negative weights to higher-order terms.},
author = {Kolmogorov, Vladimir},
journal = {Discrete Applied Mathematics},
number = {4-5},
pages = {416 -- 426},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{Generalized roof duality and bisubmodular functions}},
doi = {10.1016/j.dam.2011.10.026},
volume = {160},
year = {2012},
}
@article{3310,
abstract = {The theory of persistent homology opens up the possibility to reason about topological features of a space or a function quantitatively and in combinatorial terms. We refer to this new angle at a classical subject within algebraic topology as a point calculus, which we present for the family of interlevel sets of a real-valued function. Our account of the subject is expository, devoid of proofs, and written for non-experts in algebraic topology.},
author = {Bendich, Paul and Cabello, Sergio and Edelsbrunner, Herbert},
journal = {Pattern Recognition Letters},
number = {11},
pages = {1436 -- 1444},
publisher = {Elsevier},
title = {{A point calculus for interlevel set homology}},
doi = {10.1016/j.patrec.2011.10.007},
volume = {33},
year = {2012},
}