Recent advances in Computer Science at the Universities of Nanjing and Artois

Hosts and guests

Scientific Program

Lens, Monday, June 6th 2016

Room P306

10h-10h10 : Welcome, Prof. Eric Grégoire

10h10-10h50 : Prof. Chongjun Wang

Discovering knowledge from data is the constant theme in the process of human civilization for the knowledge or insight discovered from data may lead us to a better life and work. With the development of technology and the progress of society, the data became to be more complex, huge and big and the system needing became to be more personalized and flat. How to deal with these challenges is an urgent problem. This talk will briefly introduce some research work of ours in data analysis and knowledge discovery and a general framework and some application cases will be given.

10h50-11h20 : Prof. Frédéric Koriche

Probabilistic graphical models (including Bayesian networks and Markov networks) are a widely accepted framework for representing, in a compact and intelligible way, high dimensional probability distributions. One of the most important problems in this setting is to extract from a series of outcomes the structure and the parameters of a graphical model that explains, as best as possible, the distribution of observed outcomes. In this talk, we shall focus on the “online” version of this learning problem, where outcomes are supplied one-by-one. Online learning is particularly suitable for large-scale domains and streamline applications. We shall present several theoretical and experimental results for online learning with different classes of graphical models, namely, tree-structured probabilistic models, Bayesian polytrees, and bounded treewidth Markov networks. Our online learning algorithms rely on both convex relaxation techniques and constraint optimization methods which exploit the polytope structure of the target model class.

11h20-11h50 : Prof. Eric Grégoire

Computing a consensus is a key task in various AI areas, ranging from belief fusion, social choice and negotiation, among others. Consensus operators deliver parts of the set-theoretical union of the information sources to be reconciled such that no source is logically contradicted. In this talk, the focus is on a family of consensus operators in the Boolean framework that are maximal in various ways. From a computational point of view, we propose a generic problem transformation that leads to a method that proves experimentally efficient very often, even for large conflicting sources to be reconciled.

14h-14h30 : Dr. Sébastien Konieczny

Belief change is a logical theory that study the evolution of beliefs of agents. In this talk we will describe how tools coming from this theory, in particular merging operators and revision operators can be used to model different abstract agreement methods. We will enumerate the different methods that we have proposed: iterated merging and conciliation operators, belief game models, conciliation operators, and belief revision games. In all these cases the problem is, starting from the initial points of view of all agents, to define the point of view of the group (or of each agent), after a (abstract) negotiation between the agents points of view.

14h30-15h10 : Prof. Linzhang Wang

Buffer overflow is one of the most common types of software security vulnerabilities. Although researchers have proposed various static and dynamic techniques for buffer overflow detection, buffer overflow attacks against both legacy and newly-deployed software systems are still quite prevalent. Compared with dynamic detection techniques, static techniques are more systematic and scalable. However, there are few studies on the effectiveness of state-of-the-art static buffer overflow detection techniques. In this talk, I will introduce our in-depth quantitative and qualitative study on static buffer overflow detection techniques. (1) A quantitative study of the state-of-art static techniques for buffer overflow detection on 100 real-world bugs from 63 real-world projects totaling 28 Million LoC; (2) A qualitative analysis of the false-positives and false negatives of state-of-the-art static buffer overflow detection techniques, which can guide the design and implementation of more advanced buffer overflow detection techniques.(3) A categorization on the fix patterns of buffer overflow bugs to guide both manual and automated buffer overflow repair techniques.

15h10-15h40 : Prof. Daniel Le Berre

Software dependency management is the problem of installing or removing from a system a piece of software (a component) while respecting some dependencies (constraints) : one component requires another component, one component conflicts with another component. Such problem is NP-complete, just as hard as SAT. This talk will summarize the work done since 2007 on three different use case of dependency management: Eclipse plugins, Linux packages, and the more general case of software product lines.

16h10-16h50 : Prof. Wei Hu

Linked Data is about using the Web to connect related datasets, and it has reached a scale in billions of entities. Entity linkage aims to discover different entities that refer to the same real-world thing, which is a fundamental issue in knowledge graph construction, natural language understanding, query answering, etc. In this talk, I will first introduce our recent work on entity linkage using bootstrapping. Then, I will present our analytical results on the status of entity linkage in the life science domain.

16h50-17h30 : Dr. Stefan Mengel and Prof. Pierre Marquis

Counting the number of models of a propositional formula is a computationally hard problem (#P-complete) which is central to a large number of applications (reliability analysis, probabilistic inference, etc). In this talk, we will present a couple of issues related to the model counting problem which are investigated at CRIL. In particular, we will present work on structural restrictions of CNF formulas that make model counting tractable. We will explain links of these techniques to knowledge compilation, a preprocessing regime for propositional knowledge bases, and discuss how lower bounds on some classical languages in knowledge compilation can be seen as lower bounds on practical DPLL based model counting. We will also present some preprocessing techniques that prove useful for making model counting easier in practice, and a new knowledge compilation language offering tractable model counting.

Lens, Tuesday, June 7th 2016

CRIL meeting room (P304)

9h-11h : Discussion about our future collaborations