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The international annual Quantum Information Processing (QIP) series is the premier meeting for theoretical quantum information research. Since 1998, the conference has featured breakthroughs by the leaders in the disciplines of computing, cryptography, information theory, mathematics and physics. The scientific objective of the series is to gather the theoretical quantum information community to present and discuss the latest groundbreaking work in the field.
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Date: 18–22 January 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Type: Conference
While using the Internet and mobile devices, people create data, whether intentionally or unintentionally, through their interaction with messaging services, websites and other applications and devices. This means that experiments with heretofore unprecedented populations can be performed in a variety of topics. Our workshop will focus on observational studies which arise from these interactions and data, with a focus on experiments that can indicate causal inferences. Human generated content
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Date: 21–23 March 2016
Location: Stanford, CA
Type: Conference
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Date: 5 November 2015
Duration: 00:03:15
Publisher: Microsoft
Bimal Viswanath, Muhammad Ahmad Bashir, Muhammad Bilal Zafar, Simon Bouget, Saikat Guha, Krishna Gummadi, Aniket Kate, and Alan Mislove
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Date: 1 November 2015
Type: Inproceeding
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Date: 1 November 2015
Type: Technical report
Publisher: USENIX – Advanced Computing Systems Association
Number: MSR-TR-2015-59
Jointly organized by Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Microsoft Research New England, the Charles River Lectures on Probability and Related Topics is a one-day event for the benefit of the greater Boston area mathematics community.
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Date: 2 October 2015
Location: Cambridge, Mass.
Type: Conference
Dongwook Yoon, Nicholas Chen, François Guimbretière, and Abigail Sellen

This paper introduces a novel document annotation system that aims to enable the kinds of rich communication that usually only occur in face-to-face meetings. Our system, RichReview, lets users create annotations on top of digital documents using three main modalities: freeform inking, voice for narration, and deictic gestures in support of voice. RichReview uses novel visual representations and timesynchronization between modalities to simplify annotation access and navigation. Moreover, RichReview’s...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Bhaskar Mitra and Nick Craswell

Query auto-completion (QAC) systems typically suggest queries that have previously been observed in search logs. Given a partial user query, the system looks up this query prefix against a precomputed set of candidates, then orders them using ranking signals such as popularity. Such systems can only recommend queries for prefixes that have been previously seen by the search engine with adequate frequency. They fail to recommend if the prefix is sufficiently rare such that it has no matches in the...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
J. Burggraaff, J. Dorn, M. D'Souza, C. P. Kamm, P. Tewarie, P. Kontschieder, C. Morrison, A. Sellen, A. Criminisi, F. Dahlke, L. Kappos, and B. M. J. Uitdehaag
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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Alistair Moffat, Falk Scholer, Paul Thomas, and Peter Bailey

Evaluation of information retrieval systems with test collections makes use of a suite of fixed resources: a document corpus; a set of topics; and associated judgments of the relevance of each document to each topic. With large modern collections, exhaustive judging is not feasible. Therefore an approach called pooling is typically used where, for example, the documents to be judged can be determined by taking the union of all documents returned in the top positions of the answer lists returned...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
C. Morrison, K. Huckvale, A. Sakar, P. Kontschieder, J. Dorn, S. Steinheimer, C. P. Kamm, J. Burggraaff, M. D'Souza, F. Dahlke, L. Kappos, B. Uitdehaag, A. Criminisi, and A. Sellen
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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Bhanu Vattikonda, Vacha Dave, Saikat Guha, and Alex C. Scoeren
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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
M. D'Souza, J. Burggraaff, P. Kontschieder, J. Dorn, C.P.Kamm, S. Seinheimer, P. Tewarie, C. Morrison, A. Sellen, A. Criminisi, F. Dahlke, B Uitdehaag, and L. Kappos
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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Abdullah-Al Mamun, Iyswarya Narayanan, Di Wang, Anand Sivasubramaniam, and Hosam K. Fathy
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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: ASME
H. Lombaert, A. Criminisi, and N. Ayache

This paper presents a new method for classifying surface data via spectral representations of shapes. Our approach benefits classification problems that involve data living on surfaces, such as in cortical parcellation. For instance, current methods for labeling cortical points into surface parcels often involve a slow mesh deformation toward pre-labeled atlases, requiring as much as 4 hours with the established FreeSurfer. This may burden neuroscience studies involving region-specific measurements....

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Springer
Zhongyuan Wang, Haixun Wang, Ji-Rong Wen, and Yanghua Xiao

Humans understand the world by classifying objects into an appropriate level of categories. This process is often automatic and subconscious. Psychologists and linguists call it as Basic-level Categorization (BLC). BLC can benefit lots of applications such as knowledge panel, advertising and recommendation. However, how to quantify basic-level concepts is still an open problem. Recently, much work focuses on constructing knowledge bases or semantic networks from web scale text corpora, which makes it...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Jianpeng Cheng, Zhongyuan Wang, Ji-Rong Wen, Jun Yan, and Zheng Chen

Representing discrete words in a continuous vector space turns out to be useful for natural language applications related to text understanding. Meanwhile, it poses extensive challenges, one of which is due to the polysemous nature of human language. A common solution (a.k.a word sense induction) is to separate each word into multiple senses and create a representation for each sense respectively. However, this approach is usually computationally expensive and prone to data sparsity, since each sense...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Meredith Ringel Morris, Andrew Begel, and Ben Wiedermann

Technology workers are often stereotyped as being socially awkward or having difficulty communicating, often with humorous intent; however, for many technology workers with atypical cognitive profiles, such issues are no laughing matter. In this paper, we explore the hidden lives of neurodiverse technology workers, e.g., those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and/or other learning disabilities, such as dyslexia. We present findings from interviews...

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Date: 1 October 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Yi Yang, Wen-tau Yih, and Christopher Meek

We describe the WikiQA dataset, a new publicly available set of question and sentence pairs, collected and annotated for research on open-domain question answering. Most previous work on answer sentence selection focuses on a dataset created using the TREC-QA data, which includes editor-generated questions and candidate answer sentences selected by matching content words in the question. WikiQA is constructed using a more natural process and is more than an order of magnitude larger than the previous...

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Date: 21 September 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACL – Association for Computational Linguistics
Kristina Toutanova, Danqi Chen, Patrick Pantel, Hoifung Poon, Pallavi Choudhury, and Michael Gamon

Models that learn to represent textual and knowledge base relations in the same continuous latent space are able to perform joint inferences among the two kinds of relations and obtain high accuracy on knowledge base completion (Riedel et al. 2013). In this paper we propose a model that captures the compositional structure of textual relations, and jointly optimizes entity, knowledge base, and textual relation representations. The proposed model significantly improves performance over a model that...

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Date: 17 September 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ACL – Association for Computational Linguistics
Vasileios Lampos, Elad Yom-Tov, Richard Pebody, and Ingemar J. Cox

Assessing the effect of a health-oriented intervention by traditional epidemiological methods is commonly based only on population segments that use healthcare services. Here we introduce a complementary framework for evaluating the impact of a targeted intervention, such as a vaccination campaign against an infectious disease, through a statistical analysis of usergenerated content submitted on web platforms. Using supervised learning, we derive a nonlinear regression model for estimating the...

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Date: 7 September 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: Springer
Yu Zheng

The advances in location-acquisition and mobile computing techniques have generated massive spatial trajectory data, which represent the mobility of a diversity of moving objects, such as people, vehicles and animals. Many techniques have been proposed for processing, managing and mining trajectory data in the past decade, fostering a broad range of applications. In this article, we conduct a systematic survey on the major research into trajectory data mining, providing a panorama of the field...

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Date: 1 September 2015
Type: Article
Publisher: ACM – Association for Computing Machinery
Sree Harsha Yella and Andreas Stolcke

Speaker diarization finds contiguous speaker segments in an audio stream and clusters them by speaker identity, without using a-priori knowledge about the number of speakers or enrollment data. Diarization typically clusters speech segments based on short-term spectral features. In prior work, we showed that neural networks can serve as discriminative feature transformers for diarization by training them to perform same/different speaker comparisons on speech segments, yielding improved diarization...

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Date: 1 September 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: ISCA - International Speech Communication Association
Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Yun-Cheng Ju, Geoffrey Zweig, and Gokhan Tur

Spoken language understanding (SLU) in today’s conversational systems focuses on recognizing a set of domains, intents, and associated arguments, that are determined by application developers. User requests that are not covered by these are usually directed to search engines, and may remain unhandled. We propose a method that aims to find common user intents amongst these uncovered, out-of-domain utterances, with the goal of supporting future phases of dialog system design. Our approach relies on...

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Date: 1 September 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: Interspeech 2015 Conference
Ahmed Kharrufa, James Nicholson, Paul Dunphy, Steve Hodges, Pam Briggs, and Patrick Olivier

In addition to their popularity as personal devices, tablets, are becoming increasingly prevalent in work and public settings. In many of these newly-established application domains a supervisor user – such as the teacher in a classroom – oversees the function of one or more devices. Access to supervisory functions is typically controlled through the use of a passcode, but experience shows that keeping this passcode secret can be problematic. In this paper we introduce SwipeID, a method of identifying...

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Date: 1 September 2015
Type: Inproceeding
Publisher: IFIP
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