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2016
Bernstein, G., and D. R. Sheldon, "Consistently Estimating Markov Chains with Noisy Aggregate Data.", AISTATS, Cadiz, Spain, March 2016.
Jacek, N., M. - C. Chiu, B. Marlin, and E. J. B. Moss, "Assessing the Limits of Program-Specific Garbage Collection Performance", Programming Language Design and Implementation, 2016. Abstract

We consider the ultimate limits of program-specific garbage collector performance for real programs. We first characterize the GC schedule optimization problem using Markov Decision Processes (MDPs). Based on this characterization, we develop a method of determining, for a given program run and heap size, an optimal schedule of collections for a non-generational collector. We further explore the limits of performance of a generational collector, where it is not feasible to search the space of schedules to prove optimality. Still, we show significant improvements with Least Squares Policy Iteration, a reinforcement learning technique for solving MDPs. We demonstrate that there is considerable promise to reduce garbage collection costs by developing program-specific collection policies.

Sadasivam, R. S., S. L. Cutrona, R. L. Kinney, B. M. Marlin, K. M. Mazor, S. C. Lemon, and T. K. Houston, "Collective-Intelligence Recommender Systems: Advancing Computer Tailoring for Health Behavior Change Into the 21st Century", Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 18, 2016. AbstractWebsite

What is the next frontier for computer-tailored health communication (CTHC) research? In current CTHC systems, study designers who have expertise in behavioral theory and mapping theory into CTHC systems select the variables and develop the rules that specify how the content should be tailored, based on their knowledge of the targeted population, the literature, and health behavior theories. In collective-intelligence recommender systems (hereafter recommender systems) used by Web 2.0 companies (eg, Netflix and Amazon), machine learning algorithms combine user profiles and continuous feedback ratings of content (from themselves and other users) to empirically tailor content. Augmenting current theory-based CTHC with empirical recommender systems could be evaluated as the next frontier for CTHC.

Natarajan, A., K. S. Xu, and B. Eriksson, "Detecting Divisions of the Autonomic Nervous System Using Wearables", 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Florida, USA, 2016. natarajan_embc_16.pdf
Natarajan, A., G. Angarita, E. Gaiser, R. Malison, D. Ganesan, and B. M. Marlin, "Domain Adaptation Methods for Improving Lab-to-field Generalization of Cocaine Detection using Wearable ECG", Proceedings of the 2016 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing (UbiComp 2016), Heidelberg, Germany, 2016. natarajan_ubicomp_2016.pdf
Adams, R., N. Saleheen, E. Thomaz, A. Parate, S. Kumar, and B. Marlin, "Hierarchical Span-Based Conditional Random Fields for Labeling and Segmenting Events in Wearable Sensor Data Streams", International Conference on Machine Learning, 2016. Abstract

The field of mobile health (mHealth) has the potential to yield new insights into health and behavior through the analysis of continuously recorded data from wearable health and activity sensors. In this paper, we present a hierarchical span-based conditional random field model for the key problem of jointly detecting discrete events in such sensor data streams and segmenting these events into high-level activity sessions. Our model includes higher-order cardinality factors and inter-event duration factors to capture domain-specific structure in the label space. We show that our model supports exact MAP inference in quadratic time via dynamic programming, which we leverage to perform learning in the structured support vector machine framework. We apply the model to the problems of smoking and eating detection using four real data sets. Our results show statistically significant improvements in segmentation performance at the p=0.005 level relative to a hierarchical pairwise CRF.

Dadkhahi, H., N. Saleheen, S. Kumar, and B. Marlin, "Learning Shallow Detection Cascades for Wearable Sensor-Based Mobile Health Applications", ICML On Device Intelligence Workshop, 2016. Abstract

The field of mobile health aims to leverage recent advances in wearable on-body sensing technology and smart phone computing capabilities to develop systems that can monitor health states and deliver just-in-time adaptive interventions. However, existing work has largely focused on analyzing collected data in the off-line setting. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to learning shallow detection cascades developed explicitly for use in a real-time wearable-phone or wearable-phone-cloud systems. We apply our approach to the problem of cigarette smoking detection from a combination of wrist-worn actigraphy data and respiration chest band data using two and three stage cascades.

Nguyen, T., R. J. Adams, A. Natarajan, and B. M. Marlin, "Parsing Wireless Electrocardiogram Signals with the CRF-CFG Model", Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning for Health Workshop, 2016. Abstract

Recent advances in wearable sensor technology have made it possible to simultaneously collect multiple streams of physiological and context data from individuals as they go about their daily activities in natural environments. However, extracting reliable higher-level inferences from these raw data streams remains a key data analysis challenge. In this paper, we focus on the specific case of the analysis of data from wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors. We present a new robust probabilistic approach to ECG morphology extraction using conditional random field context free grammar models, which have traditionally been applied to parsing problems in natural language processing. We introduce a robust context free grammar for parsing noisy ECG data, and show significantly improved performance on the ECG morphological labeling task.

Winner, K., and D. Sheldon, "Probabilistic Inference with Generating Functions for Poisson Latent Variable Models", Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, Barcelona, Spain, 2016.
2015
Li, S. C. - X., and B. M. Marlin, "Collaborative Multi-Output Gaussian Processes for Collections of Sparse Multivariate Time Series,", NIPS Time Series Workshop, 2015. Abstract

Collaborative Multi-Output Gaussian Processes (COGPs) are a flexible tool for modeling multivariate time series. They induce correlation across outputs through the use of shared latent processes. While past work has focused on the computational challenges that result from a single multivariate time series with many observed values, this paper explores the problem of fitting the COGP model to collections of many sparse and irregularly sampled multivariate time series. This work is motivated by applications to modeling physiological data (heart rate, blood pressure, etc.) in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Adams, R. J., E. Thomaz, and B. M. Marlin, "Hierarchical Nested CRFs for Segmentation and Labeling of Physiological Time Series", NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning in Healthcare, 2015. Abstract

In this paper, we address the problem of nested hierarchical segmentation
and labeling of time series data. We present a hierarchical
span-based conditional random field framework for this problem that
leverages higher-order factors to enforce the nesting constraints. The framework can
incorporate a variety of additional factors including higher order cardinality
factors. This research is motivated by hierarchical activity recognition problems
in the field of mobile Health (mHealth). We show that the specific model of interest in the mHealth setting supports exact MAP inference in quadratic time. Learning is accomplished in the structured support vector machine framework. We show positive results on real and synthetic data sets.

Iyengar, S., S. Kalra, A. Ghosh, D. Irwin, P. Shenoy, and B. Marlin, "iProgram: Inferring Smart Schedules for Dumb Thermostats", 10th Annual Women in Machine Learning Workshop, 2015. Abstract

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for over 50% of a typical home’s energy usage. A thermostat generally controls HVAC usage in a home to ensure user comfort. In this paper, we focus on making existing "dumb" programmable thermostats smart by applying energy analytics on smart meter data to infer home occupancy patterns and compute an optimized thermostat schedule. Utilities with smart meter deployments are capable of immediately applying our approach, called iProgram, to homes across their customer base. iProgram addresses new challenges in inferring home occupancy from smart meter data where i) training data is not available and ii) the thermostat schedule may be misaligned with occupancy, frequently resulting in high power usage during unoccupied periods. iProgram translates occupancy patterns inferred from opaque smart meter data into a custom schedule for existing types of programmable thermostats, e.g., 1-day, 7-day, etc. We implement iProgram as a web service and show that it reduces the mismatch time between the occupancy pattern and the thermostat schedule by a median value of 44.28 minutes (out of 100 homes) when compared to a default 8am-6pm weekday schedule, with a median deviation of 30.76 minutes off the optimal schedule. Further, iProgram yields a daily energy saving of 0.42kWh on average across the 100 homes. Utilities may use iProgram to recommend thermostat schedules to customers and provide them estimates of potential energy savings in their energy bills.

Adams, R., E. Thomaz, and B. M. Marlin, "Hierarchical Nested CRFs for Segmentation and Labeling of Physiological Time Series", NIPS Workshop: Machine Learning for Healthcare, 11 December, 2015. hns_nips_2015_workshop.pdfhierarchical_nested_segmentation_poster.pdf
Huang, H., E. Kalogerakis, and B. Marlin, "Analysis and synthesis of 3D shape families via deep-learned generative models of surfaces", Symposium on Geometry Processing, (To appear), 2015. Abstract

We present a method for joint analysis and synthesis of geometrically diverse 3D shape families. Our method first learns part-based templates such that an optimal set of fuzzy point and part correspondences is computed between the shapes of an input collection based on a probabilistic deformation model. In contrast to previous template-based approaches, the geometry and deformation parameters of our part-based templates are learned from scratch. Based on the estimated shape correspondence, our method also learns a probabilistic generative model that hierarchically captures statistical relationships of corresponding surface point positions and parts as well as their existence in the input shapes. A deep learning procedure is used to capture these hierarchical relationships. The resulting generative model is used to produce control point arrangements that drive shape synthesis by combining and deforming parts from the input collection. The generative model also yields compact shape descriptors that are used to perform fine-grained classification. Finally, it can be also coupled with the probabilistic deformation model to further improve shape correspondence. We provide qualitative and quantitative evaluations of our method for shape correspondence, segmentation, fine-grained classification and synthesis. Our experiments demonstrate superior correspondence and segmentation results than previous state-of-the-art approaches.

Schein, A., J. Paisley, D. M. Blei, and H. Wallach, "Bayesian poisson tensor factorization for inferring multilateral relations from sparse dyadic event counts", Proceedings of the 21th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining: ACM, pp. 1045–1054, 2015. Abstract1506.03493v1.pdf

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Kumar, S., and others, "Center of excellence for mobile sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)", Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, vol. 22, pp. 1137–1142, 2015. AbstractWebsite

Mobile sensor data-to-knowledge (MD2K) was chosen as one of 11 Big Data Centers of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health, as part of its Big Data-to-Knowledge initiative. MD2K is developing innovative tools to streamline the collection, integration, management, visualization, analysis, and interpretation of health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors. The goal of the big data solutions being developed by MD2K is to reliably quantify physical, biological, behavioral, social, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease risk. The research conducted by MD2K is targeted at improving health through early detection of adverse health events and by facilitating prevention. MD2K will make its tools, software, and training materials widely available and will also organize workshops and seminars to encourage their use by researchers and clinicians.

Mayberry, A., P. Hu, Y. Tun, D. Smith-Freedman, D. Ganesan, C. Salthouse, and B. M. Marlin, "CIDER: Enabling Robustness-Power Tradeoffs on a Computational Eyeglass", Proceedings of the 21st Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking: ACM, pp. 400–412, 2015. Abstractp400-mayberry.pdf

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Li, S. C. - X., and B. Marlin, "Classification of Sparse and Irregularly Sampled Time Series with Mixtures of Expected Gaussian Kernels and Random Features", Proceedings of the 31st Conference on Uncertainty in Artficial Intelligence(UAI-15), 2015. Abstractli41.pdf

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Winner, K., G. Bernstein, and D. Sheldon, "Inference in a Partially Observed Queuing Model with Applications in Ecology", Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-15), pp. 2512–2520, 2015. Abstractwinner15.pdf

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Iyengar, S., S. Kalra, A. Ghosh, D. Irwin, P. Shenoy, and B. Marlin, "iProgram: Inferring Smart Schedules for Dumb Thermostats", Proceedings of the 2Nd ACM International Conference on Embedded Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments, New York, NY, USA, ACM, pp. 211–220, 2015. Abstract

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for over 50% of a typical home’s energy usage. A thermostat generally controls HVAC usage in a home to ensure user comfort. In this paper, we focus on making existing "dumb" programmable thermostats smart by applying energy analytics on smart meter data to infer home occupancy patterns and compute an optimized thermostat schedule. Utilities with smart meter deployments are capable of immediately applying our approach, called iProgram, to homes across their customer base. iProgram addresses new challenges in inferring home occupancy from smart meter data where i) training data is not available and ii) the thermostat schedule may be misaligned with occupancy, frequently resulting in high power usage during unoccupied periods. iProgram translates occupancy patterns inferred from opaque smart meter data into a custom schedule for existing types of programmable thermostats, e.g., 1-day, 7-day, etc. We implement iProgram as a web service and show that it reduces the mismatch time between the occupancy pattern and the thermostat schedule by a median value of 44.28 minutes (out of 100 homes) when compared to a default 8am-6pm weekday schedule, with a median deviation of 30.76 minutes off the optimal schedule. Further, iProgram yields a daily energy saving of 0.42kWh on average across the 100 homes. Utilities may use iProgram to recommend thermostat schedules to customers and provide them estimates of potential energy savings in their energy bills.

Sun, T., D. Sheldon, and A. Kumar, "Message Passing for Collective Graphical Models", Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-15), pp. 853–861, 2015. Abstractsunc15.pdf

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Saleheen, N., H. Sarker, S. M. Hossain, A. A. Ali, S. Chatterjee, B. Marlin, S. Kumar, M. al'Absi, and E. Ertin, "puffMarker: a multi-sensor approach for pinpointing the timing of first lapse in smoking cessation", Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing: ACM, pp. 999–1010, 2015. Abstractp999-saleheen.pdf

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2014
Natarajan, A., E. Gaiser, G. Angarita, R. Malison, D. Ganesan, and B. Marlin, "Conditional Random Fields for Morphological Analysis of Wireless ECG Signals", 5th Annual conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics, Newport Beach, CA, 23 September, 2014. Abstractcrf_bcb_paper.pdf

Thanks to advances in mobile sensing technologies, it has recently become practical to deploy wireless electrocardiograph sensors for continuous recording of ECG signals. This capability has diverse applications in the study of human health and behavior, but to realize its full potential, new computational tools are required to effectively deal with the uncertainty that results from the noisy and highly non-stationary signals collected using these devices. In this work, we present a novel approach to the problem of extracting the morphological structure of ECG signals based on the use of dynamically structured conditional random field (CRF) models. We apply this framework to the problem of extracting morphological structure from wireless ECG sensor data collected in a lab-based study of habituated cocaine users. Our results show that the proposed CRF-based approach significantly out-performs independent prediction models using the same features, as well as a widely cited open source toolkit.

Mayberry, A., P. Hu, B. Marlin, D. Ganesan, and C. Salthouse, "iShadow: Design of a Wearable, Real-Time Mobile Gaze Tracker", 12th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services, 2014. Abstractmobisys14-ishadow.pdf

Continuous, real-time tracking of eye gaze is valuable in a variety of scenarios including hands-free interaction with the physical world, detection of unsafe behaviors, leveraging visual context for advertising, life logging, and others. While eye tracking is commonly used in clinical trials and user studies, it has not bridged the gap to everyday consumer use. The challenge is that a real-time eye tracker is a power-hungry and computation-intensive device which requires continuous sensing of the eye using an imager running at many tens of frames per second, and continuous processing of the image stream using sophisticated gaze estimation algorithms. Our key contribution is the design of an eye tracker that dramatically reduces the sensing and computation needs for eye tracking, thereby achieving orders of magnitude reductions in power consumption and form-factor. The key idea is that eye images are extremely redundant, therefore we can estimate gaze by using a small subset of carefully chosen pixels per frame. We instantiate this idea in a prototype hardware platform equipped with a low-power image sensor that provides random access to pixel values, a low-power ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller, and a bluetooth radio to communicate with a mobile phone. The sparse pixel-based gaze estimation algorithm is a multi-layer neural network learned using a state-of-the-art sparsity-inducing regularization function that minimizes the gaze prediction error while simultaneously minimizing the number of pixels used. Our results show that we can operate at roughly 70mW of power, while continuously estimating eye gaze at the rate of 30 Hz with errors of roughly 3 degrees.

Adams, R. J., R. S. Sadasivam, K. Balakrishnan, R. L. Kinney, T. K. Houston, and B. M. Marlin, "PERSPeCT: Collaborative Filtering for Tailored Health Communications", Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems: ACM, pp. 329–332, 2014. Abstractperspect-recsys2014.pdf

The goal of computer tailored health communications (CTHC) is to elicit healthy behavior changes by sending motivational messages personalized to individual patients. One prominent weakness of many existing CTHC systems is that they are based on expert-written rules and thus have no ability to learn from their users over time. One solution to this problem is to develop CTHC systems based on the principles of collaborative filtering, but this approach has not been widely studied. In this paper, we present a case study evaluating nine rating prediction methods for use in the Patient Experience Recommender System for Persuasive Communication Tailoring, a system developed for use in a clinical trial of CTHC-based smoking cessation support interventions.