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 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Lanthier, Mark, Velazquez, Elio, and Santoro, Nicola
 Abstract:
 This paper proposes a proactive solution to the Frugal Feeding Problem (FFP) in Wireless Sensor Networks. The FFP attempts to find energyefficient routes for a mobile service entity to rendezvous with each member of a team of mobile robots. Although the complexity of the FFP is similar to the Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP), we propose an efficient solution, completely distributed and localized for the case of a fixed rendezvous location (i.e., service facility with limited number of docking ports) and mobile capable entities (sensors). Our proactive solution reduces the FFP to finding energyefficient routes in a dynamic Compass Directed unit Graph (CDG). The proposed CDG incorporates ideas from forward progress routing and the directionality of compass routing in an energyaware unit subgraph. Navigating the CDG guarantees that each sensor will reach the rendezvous location in a finite number of steps. The ultimate goal of our solution is to achieve energy equilibrium (i.e., no further sensor losses due to energy starvation) by optimizing the use of the shared resource (recharge station). We also examine the impact of critical parameters such as transmission range, cost of mobility and sensor knowledge in the overall performance.
 Date Created:
 20111114

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Guo, Yuhong and Li, Xin
 Abstract:
 Multilabel classification is a central problem in many application domains. In this paper, we present a novel supervised bidirectional model that learns a lowdimensional midlevel representation for multilabel classification. Unlike traditional multilabel learning methods which identify intermediate representations from either the input space or the output space but not both, the midlevel representation in our model has two complementary parts that capture intrinsic information of the input data and the output labels respectively under the autoencoder principle while augmenting each other for the target output label prediction. The resulting optimization problem can be solved efficiently using an iterative procedure with alternating steps, while closedform solutions exist for one major step. Our experiments conducted on a variety of multilabel data sets demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed bidirectional representation learning model for multilabel classification.
 Date Created:
 20140101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 White, Anthony and SalehiAbari, Amirali
 Abstract:
 Autonomous agents require trust and reputation concepts in order to identify communities of agents with which to interact reliably in ways analogous to humans. Agent societies are invariably heterogeneous, with multiple decision making policies and actions governing their behaviour. Through the introduction of naive agents, this paper shows empirically that while learning agents can identify malicious agents through direct interaction, naive agents compromise utility through their inability to discern malicious agents. Moreover, the impact of the proportion of naive agents on the society is analyzed. The paper demonstrates that there is a need for witness interaction trust to detect naive agents in addition to the need for direct interaction trust to detect malicious agents. By proposing a set of policies, the paper demonstrates how learning agents can isolate themselves from naive and malicious agents.
 Date Created:
 20100720

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Prencipe, Giuseppe, Cáceres, Edson, Chan, Albert, and Dehne, Frank
 Abstract:
 In this paper, we present parallel algorithms for the coarse grained multicomputer (CGM) and the bulk synchronous parallel computer (BSP) for solving two well known graph problems: (1) determining whether a graph G is bipartite, and (2) determining whether a bipartite graph G is convex. Our algorithms require O(log p) and O(log2 p) communication rounds, respectively, and linear sequential work per round on a CGM with p processors and N/p local memory per processor, N=G. The algorithms assume that N/ p ≥ p€ for some fixed€ > 0, which is true for all commercially available multiprocessors. Our results imply BSP algorithms with O(log p) and O(log2 p) supersteps, respectively, O(g log(p) N p) communication time, and O(log(p) N p) local computation time. Our algorithm for determining whether a bipartite graph is convex includes a novel, coarse grained parallel, version of the PQ tree data structure introduced by Booth and Lueker. Hence, our algorithm also solves, with the same time complexity as indicated above, the problem of testing the consecutiveones property for (0, 1) matrices as well as the chordal graph recognition problem. These, in turn, have numerous applications in graph theory, DNA sequence assembly, database theory, and other areas.
 Date Created:
 20000101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Maheshwari, Anil and Zeh, Norbert
 Abstract:
 We present external memory algorithms for outerplanarity testing, embedding outerplanar graphs, breadthfirst search (BFS) and depthfirst search (DFS) in outerplanar graphs, and finding a2separator of size 2 for a given outerplanar graph. Our algorithms take O(sort(N)) I/Os and can easily be improved to take O (perm (N)) I/Os, as all these problems have linear time solutions in internal memory. For BFS, DFS, and outerplanar embedding we show matching lower bounds.
 Date Created:
 19990101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Morin, Pat and Bose, Prosenjit
 Abstract:
 We consider online routing strategies for routing between the vertices of embedded planar straight line graphs. Our results include (1) two deterministic memoryless routing strategies, one that works for all Delaunay triangulations and the other that works for all regular triangulations, (2) a randomized memoryless strategy that works for all triangulations, (3) an O(1) memory strategy that works for all convex subdivisions, (4) an O(1) memory strategy that approximates the shortest path in Delaunay triangulations, and (5) theoretical and experimental results on the competitiveness of these strategies.
 Date Created:
 19990101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Peleg, David, Krizanc, Danny, Kirousis, Lefteris M., Kranakis, Evangelos, Kaklamanis, Christos, and Bose, Prosenjit
 Abstract:
 In wireless communication, the signal of a typical broadcast station is transmited from a broadcast center p and reaches objects at a distance, say, R from it. In addition there is a radius r, r < R, such that the signal originating from the center of the station is so strong that human habitation within distance r from the center p should be avoided. Thus every station determines a region which is an “annulus of permissible habitation". We consider the following station layout (SL) problem: Cover a given (say, rectangular) planar region which includes a collection of orthogonal buildings with a minimum number of stations so that every point in the region is within the reach of a station, while at the same time no building is within the dangerous range of a station. We give algorithms for computing such station layouts in both the oneand twodimensional cases.
 Date Created:
 19990101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Krizanc, Danny, Kranakis, Evangelos, and Kirousis, Lefteris M.
 Abstract:
 Let φ be a random Boolean formula that is an instance of 3SAT. We consider the problem of computing the least real number such that if the ratio of the number of clauses over the number of variables of φ strictly exceeds κ, then φ is almost certainly unsatisfiable. By a well known and more or less straightforward argument, it can be shown that κ 3.
 Date Created:
 19960101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Maheshwari, Anil, Sack, JörgRüdiger, Lanthier, Mark, and Aleksandrov, Lyudmil
 Date Created:
 19980101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Bose, Prosenjit and Van Renssen, André
 Abstract:
 We present tight upper and lower bounds on the spanning ratio of a large family of constrained θgraphs. We show that constrained θgraphs with 4k2 (k≥ 1 and integer) cones have a tight spanning ratio of 1+2 sin(θ/2), where θ is 2 π/ (4k+2). We also present improved upper bounds on the spanning ratio of the other families of constrained θgraphs.
 Date Created:
 20140101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Seidel, Raimund, Dehne, Frank, and Klein, Rolf
 Abstract:
 Given a set S of s points in the plane, where do we place a new point, p, in order to maximize the area of its region in the Voronoi diagram of S and p? We study the case where the Voronoi neighbors of p are in convex position, and prove that there is at most one local maximum.
 Date Created:
 20021201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Mannan, Mohammad, Barrera, David, Van Oorschot, Paul C., Lie, David, and Brown, Carson D.
 Abstract:
 Instead of allowing the recovery of original passwords, forgotten passwords are often reset using online mechanisms such as password verification questions (PVQ methods) and password reset links in email. These mechanisms are generally weak, exploitable, and force users to choose new passwords. Emailing the original password exposes the password to third parties. To address these issues, and to allow forgotten passwords to be securely restored, we present a scheme called Mercury. Its primary mode employs userlevel public keys and a personal mobile device (PMD) such as a smartphone, netbook, or tablet. A user generates a key pair on her PMD; the private key remains on the PMD and the public key is shared with different sites (e.g., during account setup). For password recovery, the site sends the (public key)encrypted password to the user's preregistered email address, or displays the encrypted password on a webpage, e.g., as a barcode. The encrypted password is then decrypted using the PMD and revealed to the user. A prototype implementation of Mercury is available as an Android application.
 Date Created:
 20120221

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Van Walderveen, Freek, Davoodi, Pooya, and Smid, Michiel
 Abstract:
 Given a set of n points in the plane, range diameter queries ask for the furthest pair of points in a given axisparallel rectangular range. We provide evidence for the hardness of designing spaceefficient data structures that support range diameter queries by giving a reduction from the set intersection problem. The difficulty of the latter problem is widely acknowledged and is conjectured to require nearly quadratic space in order to obtain constant query time, which is matched by known data structures for both problems, up to polylogarithmic factors. We strengthen the evidence by giving a lower bound for an important subproblem arising in solutions to the range diameter problem: computing the diameter of two convex polygons, that are separated by a vertical line and are preprocessed independently, requires almost linear time in the number of vertices of the smaller polygon, no matter how much space is used. We also show that range diameter queries can be answered much more efficiently for the case of points in convex position by describing a data structure of size O(n log n) that supports queries in O(log n) time.
 Date Created:
 20120515

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Cervera, Gimer, Barbeau, Michel, GarciaAlfaro, Joaquin, and Kranakis, Evangelos
 Abstract:
 The Hierarchical Optimized Link State Routing (HOLSR) protocol enhances the scalability and heterogeneity of traditional OLSRbased Mobile AdHoc Networks (MANETs). It organizes the network in logical levels and nodes in clusters. In every cluster, it implements the mechanisms and algorithms of the original OLSR to generate and to distribute control traffic information. However, the HOLSR protocol was designed with no security in mind. Indeed, it both inherits, from OLSR, and adds new security threats. For instance, the existence of misbehaving nodes can highly affect important HOLSR operations, such as the cluster formation. Cluster IDentification (CID) messages are implemented to organize a HOLSR network in clusters. In every message, the hop count field indicates to the receiver the distance in hops to the originator. An attacker may maliciously alter the hop count field. As a consequence, a receiver node may join a cluster head farther away than it appears. Then, the scalability properties in a HOLSR network is affected by an unbalanced distribution of nodes per cluster. We present a solution based on the use of hash chains to protect mutable fields in CID messages. As a consequence, when a misbehaving node alters the hop count field in a CID message, the receiver nodes are able of detecting and discarding the invalid message.
 Date Created:
 20120127

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Czyzowicz, Jurek, Opatrny, Jaroslav, Kranakis, Evangelos, Narayanan, Lata, Krizanc, Danny, Stacho, Ladislav, Urrutia, Jorge, Yazdani, Mohammadreza, and Lambadaris, Ioannis
 Abstract:
 A set of sensors establishes barrier coverage of a given line segment if every point of the segment is within the sensing range of a sensor. Given a line segment I, n mobile sensors in arbitrary initial positions on the line (not necessarily inside I) and the sensing ranges of the sensors, we are interested in finding final positions of sensors which establish a barrier coverage of I so that the sum of the distances traveled by all sensors from initial to final positions is minimized. It is shown that the problem is NP complete even to approximate up to constant factor when the sensors may have different sensing ranges. When the sensors have an identical sensing range we give several efficient algorithms to calculate the final destinations so that the sensors either establish a barrier coverage or maximize the coverage of the segment if complete coverage is not feasible while at the same time the sum of the distances traveled by all sensors is minimized. Some open problems are also mentioned.
 Date Created:
 20101213

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Barbeau, Michel, Kranakis, Evangelos, and GarciaAlfaro, Joaquin
 Abstract:
 The design and implementation of security threat mitigation mechanisms in RFID systems, specially in lowcost RFID tags, are gaining great attention in both industry and academia. One main focus of research interests is the authentication and privacy techniques to prevent attacks targeting the insecure wireless channel of these systems. Cryptography is a key tool to address these threats. Nevertheless, strong hardware constraints, such as production costs, power consumption, time of response, and regulations compliance, makes the use of traditional cryptography in these systems a very challenging problem. The use of lowoverhead procedures becomes the main approach to solve these challenging problems where traditional cryptography cannot fit. Recent results and trends, with an emphasis on lightweight techniques for addressing critical threats against lowcost RFID systems, are surveyed.
 Date Created:
 20100503

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos, Krizanc, Danny, Narayanan, Lata, and Keane, Michael
 Abstract:
 Delay (or disruption) tolerant sensor networks may be modeled as Markovian evolving graphs [1]. We present experimental evidence showing that considering multiple (possibly not shortest) paths instead of one fixed (greedy) path can decrease the expected time to deliver a packet on such a network by as much as 65 per cent depending on the probability that an edge exists in a given time interval. We provide theoretical justification for this result by studying a special case of the Markovian evolving grid graph. We analyze a natural algorithm for routing on such networks and show that it is possible to improve the expected time of delivery by up to a factor of two depending upon the probability of an edge being up during a time step and the relative positions of the source and destination. Furthermore we show that this is optimal, i.e., no other algorithm can achieve a better expected running time. As an aside, our results give high probability bounds for Knuth's toilet paper problem [11].
 Date Created:
 20091201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 He, Meng, Dillabaugh, Craig, Zeh, Norbert, and Maheshwari, Anil
 Date Created:
 20091201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Krizanc, D., Yazdani, M., Stacho, L., Narayanan, L., Lambadaris, Ioannis, Opatrny, J., Czyzowicz, J., Kranakis, Evangelos, and Urrutia, J.
 Abstract:
 We consider n mobile sensors located on a line containing a barrier represented by a finite line segment. Sensors form a wireless sensor network and are able to move within the line. An intruder traversing the barrier can be detected only when it is within the sensing range of at least one sensor. The sensor network establishes barrier coverage of the segment if no intruder can penetrate the barrier from any direction in the plane without being detected. Starting from arbitrary initial positions of sensors on the line we are interested in finding final positions of sensors that establish barrier coverage and minimize the maximum distance traversed by any sensor. We distinguish several variants of the problem, based on (a) whether or not the sensors have identical ranges, (b) whether or not complete coverage is possible and (c) in the case when complete coverage is impossible, whether or not the maximal coverage is required to be contiguous. For the case of n sensors with identical range, when complete coverage is impossible, we give linear time optimal algorithms that achieve maximal coverage, both for the contiguous and noncontiguous case. When complete coverage is possible, we give an O(n 2) algorithm for an optimal solution, a linear time approximation scheme with approximation factor 2, and a (1∈+∈ε) PTAS. When the sensors have unequal ranges we show that a variation of the problem is NPcomplete and identify some instances which can be solved with our algorithms for sensors with unequal ranges.
 Date Created:
 20091019

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Barbeau, Michel and Laurendeau, Christine
 Abstract:
 Increasingly ubiquitous wireless technologies require novel localization techniques to pinpoint the position of an uncooperative node, whether the target be a malicious device engaging in a security exploit or a lowbattery handset in the middle of a critical emergency. Such scenarios necessitate that a radio signal source be localized by other network nodes efficiently, using minimal information. We propose two new algorithms for estimating the position of an uncooperative transmitter, based on the received signal strength (RSS) of a single target message at a set of receivers whose coordinates are known. As an extension to the concept of centroid localization, our mechanisms weigh each receiver's coordinates based on the message's relative RSS at that receiver, with respect to the span of RSS values over all receivers. The weights may decrease from the highest RSS receiver either linearly or exponentially. Our simulation results demonstrate that for all but the most sparsely populated wireless networks, our exponentially weighted mechanism localizes a target node within the regulations stipulated for emergency services location accuracy.
 Date Created:
 20090928

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Dillabaugh, Craig, He, Meng, and Maheshwari, Anil
 Abstract:
 We present two results for path traversal in trees, where the traversal is performed in an asymptotically optimal number of I/Os and the tree structure is represented succinctly. Our first result is for bottomup traversal that starts with a node in the tree T and traverses a path to the root. For blocks of size B, a tree on N nodes, and for a path of length K, we design data structures that permit traversal of the bottomup path in O(K/B) I/Os using only bits, for an arbitrarily selected constant, ε, where 0∈<∈ε<∈1. Our second result is for topdown traversal in binary trees. We store T using (3∈+∈q)N∈+∈o(N) bits, where q is the number of bits required to store a key, while topdown traversal can still be performed in an asymptotically optimal number of I/Os.
 Date Created:
 20081201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos and Wiese, Andreas
 Abstract:
 We investigate the problem of locally coloring and constructing special spanners of location aware Unit Disk Graphs (UDGs). First we present a local approximation algorithm for the vertex coloring problem in UDGs which uses at most four times as many colors as required by an optimal solution. Then we look at the colorability of spanners of UDGs. In particular we present a local algorithm for constructing a 4colorable spanner of a unit disk graph. The output consists of the spanner and the 4coloring. The computed spanner also has the properties that it is planar, the degree of a vertex in the spanner is at most 5 and the angles between two edges are at least π/3. By enlarging the locality distance (i.e. the size of the neighborhood which a vertex has to explore in order to compute its color) we can ensure the total weight of the spanner to be arbitrarily close to the weight of a minimum spanning tree. We prove that a local algorithm cannot compute a bipartite spanner of a unit disk graph and therefore our algorithm needs at most one color more than any local algorithm for the task requires. Moreover, we prove that there is no local algorithm for 3coloring UDGs or spanners of UDGs, even if the 3colorability of the graph (or the spanner respectively) is guaranteed in advance.
 Date Created:
 20081201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Petriu, Dorina C. and Tawhid, Rasha
 Abstract:
 The paper proposes to integrate performance analysis in the early phases of the modeldriven development process for Software Product Lines (SPL). We start by adding generic performance annotations to the UML model representing the set of core reusable SPL assets. The annotations are generic and use the MARTE Profile recently adopted by OMG. A first model transformation realized in the Atlas Transformation Language (ATL), which is the focus of this paper, derives the UML model of a specific product with concrete MARTE performance annotations from the SPL model. A second transformation generates a Layered Queueing Network performance model for the given product by applying an existing transformation approach named PUMA, developed in previous work. The proposed technique is illustrated with an ecommerce case study that models the commonality and variability in both structural and behavioural SPL views. A product is derived and the performance of two design alternatives is compared.
 Date Created:
 20081128

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Bose, Prosenjit, Maheshwari, Anil, Carmi, Paz, Smid, Michiel, and Farshi, Mohammad
 Abstract:
 It is wellknown that the greedy algorithm produces high quality spanners and therefore is used in several applications. However, for points in ddimensional Euclidean space, the greedy algorithm has cubic running time. In this paper we present an algorithm that computes the greedy spanner (spanner computed by the greedy algorithm) for a set of n points from a metric space with bounded doubling dimension in time using space. Since the lower bound for computing such spanners is Ω(n 2), the time complexity of our algorithm is optimal to within a logarithmic factor.
 Date Created:
 20081027

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos, Shi, Q., Bhattacharya, B., Wiese, A., Burmester, B., and Hu, Y.
 Abstract:
 Intrusion detection, area coverage and border surveillance are important applications of wireless sensor networks today. They can be (and are being) used to monitor large unprotected areas so as to detect intruders as they cross a border or as they penetrate a protected area. We consider the problem of how to optimally move mobile sensors to the fence (perimeter) of a region delimited by a simple polygon in order to detect intruders from either entering its interior or exiting from it. We discuss several related issues and problems, propose two models, provide algorithms and analyze their optimal mobility behavior.
 Date Created:
 20080922

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Couture, Mathieu, Smid, Michiel, Maheshwari, Anil, Bose, Prosenjit, Carmi, Paz, and Zeh, Norbert
 Abstract:
 Given an integer k ≥ 2, we consider the problem of computing the smallest real number t(k) such that for each set P of points in the plane, there exists a t(k)spanner for P that has chromatic number at most k. We prove that t(2)∈=∈3, t(3)∈=∈2, , and give upper and lower bounds on t(k) for k∈>∈4. We also show that for any ε>∈0, there exists a (1∈+∈ε)t(k)spanner for P that has O(P) edges and chromatic number at most k. Finally, we consider an online variant of the problem where the points of P are given one after another, and the color of a point must be assigned at the moment the point is given. In this setting, we prove that t(2)∈=∈3, , , and give upper and lower bounds on t(k) for k∈>∈4.
 Date Created:
 20080827

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos and Wiese, Andreas
 Abstract:
 We present the first local approximation schemes for maximum independent set and minimum vertex cover in unit disk graphs. In the graph model we assume that each node knows its geographic coordinates in the plane (location aware nodes). Our algorithms are local in the sense that the status of each node v (whether or not v is in the computed set) depends only on the vertices which are a constant number of hops away from v. This constant is independent of the size of the network. We give upper bounds for the constant depending on the desired approximation ratio. We show that the processing time which is necessary in order to compute the status of a single vertex is bounded by a polynomial in the number of vertices which are at most a constant number of vertices away from it. Our algorithms give the best possible approximation ratios for this setting. The technique which we use to obtain the algorithm for vertex cover can also be employed for constructing the first global PTAS for this problem in unit disk graph which does not need the embedding of the graph as part of the input.
 Date Created:
 20080701

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Biddle, Robert, Noble, James, Barr, Pippin, Fischer, Ronald, and Khaled, Rilla
 Abstract:
 Persuasive technologies are increasingly ubiquitous, but the strategies they utilise largely originate in America. Consumer behaviour research shows us that certain persuasion strategies will be more effective on some cultures than others. We claim that the existing strategies will be less effective on nonAmerican audiences than they are on American audiences, and we use information from interviews to show that there exists much scope to develop persuasive technologies from a collectivismfocused perspective. To illustrate the development of such a tool, we describe the design of a collectivismfocused financial planning tool.
 Date Created:
 20060717

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Smid, Michiel and Gudmundsson, Joachim
 Abstract:
 Given a connected geometric graph G, we consider the problem of constructing a tspanner of G having the minimum number of edges. We prove that for every t with 1 1+1/t) edges. This bound almost matches the known upper bound, which states that every connected weighted graph with n vertices contains a tspanner with O(tn1+2/(t+1)) edges. We also prove that the problem of deciding whether a given geometric graph contains a tspanner with at most K edges is NPhard. Previously, this NPhardness result was only known for nongeometric graphs.
 Date Created:
 20060101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Mirandola, Raffaela, Grassi, Vincenzo, Sabetta, Antonino, and Petriu, Dorina C.
 Abstract:
 The verification of nonfunctional requirements of software models (such as performance, reliability, scalability, security, etc.) requires the transformation of UML models into different analysis models such as Petri nets, queueing networks, formal logic, etc., which represent the system at a higher level of abstraction. The paper proposes a new "abstractionraising" transformation approach for generating analysis models from UML models. In general, such transformations must bridge a large semantic gap between the source and the target model. The proposed approach is illustrated by a transformation from UML to Klaper (Kernel LAnguage for PErformance and Reliability analysis of componentbased systems).
 Date Created:
 20060706

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Markou, Euripides, Kranakis, Evangelos, and Krizanc, Danny
 Abstract:
 We consider the rendezvous problem for identical mobile agents (i.e., running the same deterministic algorithm) with tokens in a synchronous torus with a sense of direction and show that there is a striking computational difference between one and more tokens. More specifically, we show that 1) two agents with a constant number of unmovable tokens, or with one movable token, each cannot rendezvous if they have o(log n) memory, while they can perform rendezvous with detection as long as they have one unmovable token and O(log n) memory; in contrast, 2) when two agents have two movable tokens each then rendezvous (respectively, rendezvous with detection) is possible with constant memory in an arbitrary n × m (respectively, n × n) torus; and finally, 3) two agents with three movable tokens each and constant memory can perform rendezvous with detection in a n × m torus. This is the first publication in the literature that studies tradeoffs between the number of tokens, memory and knowledge the agents need in order to meet in such a network.
 Date Created:
 20060710

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos, Morin, Pat, and Krizanc, Danny
 Abstract:
 We present a tradeoff between the expected time for two identical agents to rendezvous on a synchronous, anonymous, oriented ring and the memory requirements of the agents. In particular, we show that there exists a 2t state agent, which can achieve rendezvous on an n node ring in expected time O( n 2/2 t ∈+∈2 t ) and that any t/2 state agent requires expected time Ω( n 2/2 t ). As a corollary we observe that Θ(loglogn) bits of memory are necessary and sufficient to achieve rendezvous in linear time.
 Date Created:
 20080512

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Dujmović, Vida, Wood, David, and Bose, Prosenjit
 Abstract:
 We prove that for all 0 ≤ t ≤ k and d ≥ 2k, every graph G with treewidth at most k has a 'large' induced subgraph H, where H has treewidth at most t and every vertex in H has degree at most d in G, The order of H depends on t, k, d, and the order of G. With t = k, we obtain large sets of bounded degree vertices. With t = 0, we obtain large independent sets of bounded degree. In both these cases, our bounds on the order of H are tight. For bounded degree independent sets in trees, we characterise the extremal graphs. Finally, we prove that an interval graph with maximum clique size k has a maximum independent set in which every vertex has degree at most 2k.
 Date Created:
 20051201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Loke, R. K.S. and Oommen, B. John
 Abstract:
 We consider a problem which can greatly enhance the areas of cursive script recognition and the recognition of printed character sequences. This problem involves recognizing words/strings by processing their noisy subsequences. Let X* be any unknown word from a finite dictionary H. Let U be any arbitrary subsequence of X*. We study the problem of estimating X* by processing Y, a noisy version of U. Y contains substitution, insertion, deletion and generalized transposition errors — the latter occurring when transposed characters are themselves subsequently substituted. We solve the noisy subsequence recognition problem by defining and using the constrained edit distance between X ε H and Y subject to any arbitrary edit constraint involving the number and type of edit operations to be performed. An algorithm to compute this constrained edit distance has been presented. Using these algorithms we present a syntactic Pattern Recognition (PR) scheme which corrects noisy text containing all these types of errors. Experimental results which involve strings of lengths between 40 and 80 with an average of 30.24 deleted characters and an overall average noise of 68.69 % demonstrate the superiority of our system over existing methods.
 Date Created:
 19950101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Jiang, Lei, Bertossi, Leopoldo, and Rizzolo, Flavio
 Abstract:
 We motivate, formalize and investigate the notions of data quality assessment and data quality query answering as context dependent activities. Contexts for the assessment and usage of a data source at hand are modeled as collections of external databases, that can be materialized or virtual, and mappings within the collections and with the data source at hand. In this way, the context becomes "the complement" of the data source wrt a data integration system. The proposed model allows for natural extensions, like considering data quality predicates, and even more expressive ontologies for data quality assessment.
 Date Created:
 20110101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Smid, Michiel
 Date Created:
 20091016

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Ponce, Oscar Morales, Pacheco, Eduardo, Kranakis, Evangelos, Ga̧sieniec, Leszek, Czyzowicz, Jurek, and Kosowski, Adrian
 Abstract:
 A collection of n anonymous mobile robots is deployed on a unitperimeter ring or a unitlength line segment. Every robot starts moving at constant speed, and bounces each time it meets any other robot or segment endpoint, changing its walk direction. We study the problem of position discovery, in which the task of each robot is to detect the presence and the initial positions of all other robots. The robots cannot communicate or perceive information about the environment in any way other than by bouncing. Each robot has a clock allowing it to observe the times of its bounces. The robots have no control on their walks, which are determined by their initial positions and the starting directions. Each robot executes the same position detection algorithm, which receives input data in realtime about the times of the bounces, and terminates when the robot is assured about the existence and the positions of all the robots. Some initial configuration of robots are shown to be infeasible  no position detection algorithm exists for them. We give complete characterizations of all infeasible initial configurations for both the ring and the segment, and we design optimal position detection algorithms for all feasible configurations. For the case of the ring, we show that all robot configurations in which not all the robots have the same initial direction are feasible. We give a position detection algorithm working for all feasible configurations. The cost of our algorithm depends on the number of robots starting their movement in each direction. If the less frequently used initial direction is given to k ≤ n/2 robots, the time until completion of the algorithm by the last robot is 1/2 ⌈n/k⌉. We prove that this time is optimal. By contrast to the case of the ring, for the unit segment we show that the family of infeasible configurations is exactly the set of socalled symmetric configurations. We give a position detection algorithm which works for all feasible configurations on the segment in time 2, and this algorithm is also proven to be optimal.
 Date Created:
 20121109

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Gardezi, Jaffer and Bertossi, Leopoldo
 Abstract:
 Matching Dependencies (MDs) are a recent proposal for declarative entity resolution. They are rules that specify, given the similarities satisfied by values in a database, what values should be considered duplicates, and have to be matched. On the basis of a chaselike procedure for MD enforcement, we can obtain clean (duplicatefree) instances; actually possibly several of them. The clean answers to queries (which we call the resolved answers) are invariant under the resulting class of instances. In this paper, we investigate a query rewriting approach to obtaining the resolved answers (for certain classes of queries and MDs). The rewritten queries are specified in stratified Datalog not,s with aggregation. In addition to the rewriting algorithm, we discuss the semantics of the rewritten queries, and how they could be implemented by means of a DBMS.
 Date Created:
 20121010

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Smid, Michiel, Maheshwari, Anil, Das, Sandip, and Banik, Aritra
 Abstract:
 Let P be a simple polygon with m vertices and let be a set of n points in P. We consider the points of to be users. We consider a game with two players and. In this game, places a point facility inside P, after which places another point facility inside P. We say that a user is served by its nearest facility, where distances are measured by the geodesic distance in P. The objective of each player is to maximize the number of users they serve. We show that for any given placement of a facility by, an optimal placement for can be computed in O(m + n(logn + logm)) time. We also provide a polynomialtime algorithm for computing an optimal placement for.
 Date Created:
 20131008

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Zeh, Norbert, Hutchinson, David, and Maheshwari, Anil
 Abstract:
 We present results related to satisfying shortest path queries on a planar graph stored in external memory. In particular, we show how to store rooted trees in external memory so that bottomup paths can be traversed I/Oefficiently, and we present I/Oefficient algorithms for triangulating planar graphs and computing small separators of such graphs. Using these techniques, we can construct a data structure that allows for answering shortest path queries on a planar graph I/Oefficiently.
 Date Created:
 19990101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Bose, Prosenjit, Howat, John, and Morin, Pat
 Abstract:
 The time required for a sequence of operations on a data structure is usually measured in terms of the worst possible such sequence. This, however, is often an overestimate of the actual time required. Distributionsensitive data structures attempt to take advantage of underlying patterns in a sequence of operations in order to reduce time complexity, since access patterns are nonrandom in many applications. Unfortunately, many of the distribution sensitive structures in the literature require a great deal of space overhead in the form of pointers. We present a dictionary data structure that makes use of both randomization and existing spaceefficient data structures to yield very low space overhead while maintaining distribution sensitivity in the expected sense.
 Date Created:
 20090914

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Smid, Michiel, Zeh, Norbert, and Maheshwari, Anil
 Abstract:
 We present I/Oefficient algorithms to construct planar Steiner spanners for point sets and sets of polygonal obstacles in the plane, and for constructing the “dumbbell” spanner of [6] for point sets in higher dimensions. As important ingredients to our algorithms, we present I/O efficient algorithms to color the vertices of a graph of bounded degree, answer binary search queries on topology buffer trees, and preprocess a rooted tree for answering prioritized ancestor queries.
 Date Created:
 20010101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Bose, Prosenjit, Maheshwari, Anil, He, Meng, and Morin, Pat
 Abstract:
 We present a succinct representation of a set of n points on an n×n grid using bits to support orthogonal range counting in time, and range reporting in time, where k is the size of the output. This achieves an improvement on query time by a factor of upon the previous result of Mäkinen and Navarro [1], while using essentially the informationtheoretic minimum space. Our data structure not only can be used as a key component in solutions to the general orthogonal range search problem to save storage cost, but also has applications in text indexing. In particular, we apply it to improve two previous spaceefficient text indexes that support substring search [2] and positionrestricted substring search [1]. We also use it to extend previous results on succinct representations of sequences of small integers, and to design succinct data structures supporting certain types of orthogonal range query in the plane.
 Date Created:
 20090914

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Farshi, Mohammad, Abam, Mohammad Ali, Smid, Michiel, and Carmi, Paz
 Abstract:
 A SemiSeparated Pair Decomposition (SSPD), with parameter s > 1, of a set is a set {(A i ,B i )} of pairs of subsets of S such that for each i, there are balls and containing A i and B i respectively such that min ( radius ) , radius ), and for any two points p, q S there is a unique index i such that p A i and q B i or viceversa. In this paper, we use the SSPD to obtain the following results: First, we consider the construction of geometric tspanners in the context of imprecise points and we prove that any set of n imprecise points, modeled as pairwise disjoint balls, admits a tspanner with edges which can be computed in time. If all balls have the same radius, the number of edges reduces to . Secondly, for a set of n points in the plane, we design a query data structure for halfplane closestpair queries that can be built in time using space and answers a query in time, for any ε> 0. By reducing the preprocessing time to and using space, the query can be answered in time. Moreover, we improve the preprocessing time of an existing axisparallel rectangle closestpair query data structure from quadratic to nearlinear. Finally, we revisit some previously studied problems, namely spanners for complete kpartite graphs and lowdiameter spanners, and show how to use the SSPD to obtain simple algorithms for these problems.
 Date Created:
 20090914

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Smid, Michiel and Gudmundsson, Joachim
 Date Created:
 20130924

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Shi, Wei, Santoro, Nicola, Královič, R., and Dobrev, S.
 Abstract:
 A black hole is a highly harmful host that disposes of visiting agents upon their arrival. It is known that it is possible for a team of mobile agents to locate a black hole in an asynchronous ring network if each node is equipped with a whiteboard of at least O(log n) dedicated bits of storage. In this paper, we consider the less powerful token model: each agent has has available a bounded number of tokens that can be carried, placed on a node or removed from it. All tokens are identical (i.e., indistinguishable) and no other form of communication or coordination is available to the agents. We first of all prove that a team of two agents is sufficient to locate the black hole in finite time even in this weaker coordination model. Furthermore, we prove that this can be accomplished using only O(nlogn) moves in total, which is optimal, the same as with whiteboards. Finally, we show that to achieve this result the agents need to use only O(1) tokens each.
 Date Created:
 20060101

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Gudmundsson, Joachim, Farshi, Mohammad, Smid, Michiel, De Berg, Mark, and Ali Abam, Mohammad
 Abstract:
 Let (S,d) be a finite metric space, where each element p S has a nonnegative weight w(p). We study spanners for the set S with respect to weighted distance function d w , where d w (p,q) is w(p)+d(p,q)+wq if p≠q and 0 otherwise. We present a general method for turning spanners with respect to the dmetric into spanners with respect to the d w metric. For any given ε>0, we can apply our method to obtain (5+ε)spanners with a linear number of edges for three cases: points in Euclidean space ℝ d , points in spaces of bounded doubling dimension, and points on the boundary of a convex body in ℝ d where d is the geodesic distance function. We also describe an alternative method that leads to (2+ε)spanners for points in ℝ d and for points on the boundary of a convex body in ℝ d . The number of edges in these spanners is O(nlogn). This bound on the stretch factor is nearly optimal: in any finite metric space and for any ε>0, it is possible to assign weights to the elements such that any noncomplete graph has stretch factor larger than 2ε.
 Date Created:
 20091102

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Guo, Yuhong
 Abstract:
 In this paper, we present a novel semidefinite programming approach for multipleinstance learning. We first formulate the multipleinstance learning as a combinatorial maximum margin optimization problem with additional instance selection constraints within the framework of support vector machines. Although solving this primal problem requires nonconvex programming, we nevertheless can then derive an equivalent dual formulation that can be relaxed into a novel convex semidefinite programming (SDP). The relaxed SDP has free parameters where T is the number of instances, and can be solved using a standard interiorpoint method. Empirical study shows promising performance of the proposed SDP in comparison with the support vector machine approaches with heuristic optimization procedures.
 Date Created:
 20091201

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Wiese, Andreas and Kranakis, Evangelos
 Date Created:
 20081126

 Resource Type:
 Conference Proceeding
 Creator:
 Kranakis, Evangelos, Pelc, Andrzej, and Paquette, Michel
 Abstract:
 We study the feasibility and time of communication in random geometric radio networks, where nodes fail randomly with positive correlation. We consider a set of radio stations with the same communication range, distributed in a random uniform way on a unit square region. In order to capture fault dependencies, we introduce the ranged spot model in which damaging events, called spots, occur randomly and independently on the region, causing faults in all nodes located within distance s from them. Node faults within distance 2s become dependent in this model and are positively correlated. We investigate the impact of the spot arrival rate on the feasibility and the time of communication in the faultfree part of the network. We provide an algorithm which broadcasts correctly with probability 1  ε in faulty random geometric radio networks of diameter D in time O(D + log1/ε).
 Date Created:
 20081126