Special Issue "Algorithms for Manifold Learning and Its Applications"

A special issue of Algorithms (ISSN 1999-4893).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Varun Chandola Website E-Mail
Computer Science and Engineering Department, University at Buffalo, New York, NY 14260, USA
Interests: scalable anomaly detection; data mining for big graphs; temporal and spatial data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your latest research in the area of manifold learning to this Special Issue, “Algorithms for Manifold Learning and Its Applications”. The progress in science and engineering depends more than ever on our ability to analyze huge amounts of sensor and simulation data. The vast majority of this data, coming from, for example, high performance high fidelity numerical simulations, high resolution scientific instruments (microscopes, DNA sequencers, etc.) or Internet of Things streams and feeds, is a result of complex non-linear processes. While these non-linear processes can be characterized by low dimensional sub-manifolds, the actual observable data they generate is high dimensional. Revealing the low-dimensional representation of such high-dimensional data sets not only leads to a more compact description of the data, but also enhances our understanding of the system. Manifold learning-based dimensionality reduction algorithms are an important class of solutions presented for this problem. Such algorithms assume that the observed data lies on a low-dimensional manifold, embedded in a high-dimensional space. Manifold-learning algorithms attempt to recover the original low-dimensional domain structure in different ways.

We are looking for new and innovative approaches for solving the problem of manifold learning, with an emphasis on handling the big data challenges encountered in real-world applications. High-quality papers are solicited that address theoretical foundations, computational and other algorithmic challenges and present novel applications. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, real-time manifold learning, handling potential dependencies in the observed data, dealing with data from multiple manifolds, and accelerating manifold learning on upcoming computational architectures.

Dr. Varun Chandola
Guest Editor

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  • Theoretical guarantees for convergence
  • Quantitative measures for measuring quality
  • Complexity issues with manifold learning
  • Learning from high throughput streams
  • Deployment on new architectures, e.g., mobile supercomputers
  • Handling non-traditional data, images, etc.
  • Big data analytics
  • Novel applications

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An Application of Manifold Learning in Global Shape Descriptors
Algorithms 2019, 12(8), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/a12080171 - 16 Aug 2019
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With the rapid expansion of applied 3D computational vision, shape descriptors have become increasingly important for a wide variety of applications and objects from molecules to planets. Appropriate shape descriptors are critical for accurate (and efficient) shape retrieval and 3D model classification. Several [...] Read more.
With the rapid expansion of applied 3D computational vision, shape descriptors have become increasingly important for a wide variety of applications and objects from molecules to planets. Appropriate shape descriptors are critical for accurate (and efficient) shape retrieval and 3D model classification. Several spectral-based shape descriptors have been introduced by solving various physical equations over a 3D surface model. In this paper, for the first time, we incorporate a specific manifold learning technique, introduced in statistics and machine learning, to develop a global, spectral-based shape descriptor in the computer graphics domain. The proposed descriptor utilizes the Laplacian Eigenmap technique in which the Laplacian eigenvalue problem is discretized using an exponential weighting scheme. As a result, our descriptor eliminates the limitations tied to the existing spectral descriptors, namely dependency on triangular mesh representation and high intra-class quality of 3D models. We also present a straightforward normalization method to obtain a scale-invariant and noise-resistant descriptor. The extensive experiments performed in this study using two standard 3D shape benchmarks—high-resolution TOSCA and McGill datasets—demonstrate that the present contribution provides a highly discriminative and robust shape descriptor under the presence of a high level of noise, random scale variations, and low sampling rate, in addition to the known isometric-invariance property of the Laplace–Beltrami operator. The proposed method significantly outperforms state-of-the-art spectral descriptors in shape retrieval and classification. The proposed descriptor is limited to closed manifolds due to its inherited inability to accurately handle manifolds with boundaries. Full article
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