Imperial College London

ProfessorYi-KeGuo

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Professor of Computing Science
 
 
 
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211AWilliam Penney LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus

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Wang Y, Li Q, Liu L, Zhou Z, Ruan Z, Kong L, Li Y, Wang Y, Zhong N, Chai R, Luo X, Guo Y, Hawrylycz M, Luo Q, Gu Z, Xie W, Zeng H, Peng Het al., 2019, TeraVR empowers precise reconstruction of complete 3-D neuronal morphology in the whole brain, Nature Communications, Vol: 10, ISSN: 2041-1723

Neuron morphology is recognized as a key determinant of cell type, yet the quantitative profiling of a mammalian neuron's complete three-dimensional (3-D) morphology remains arduous when the neuron has complex arborization and long projection. Whole-brain reconstruction of neuron morphology is even more challenging as it involves processing tens of teravoxels of imaging data. Validating such reconstructions is extremely laborious. We develop TeraVR, an open-source virtual reality annotation system, to address these challenges. TeraVR integrates immersive and collaborative 3-D visualization, interaction, and hierarchical streaming of teravoxel-scale images. Using TeraVR, we have produced precise 3-D full morphology of long-projecting neurons in whole mouse brains and developed a collaborative workflow for highly accurate neuronal reconstruction.

Journal article

Bai L, Liang J, Du H, Guo Yet al., 2019, An Information-Theoretical Framework for Cluster Ensemble, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE AND DATA ENGINEERING, Vol: 31, Pages: 1464-1477, ISSN: 1041-4347

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Pavlidis S, Monast C, Loza MJ, Branigan P, Chung KF, Adcock IM, Guo Y, Rowe A, Baribaud Fet al., 2019, I_MDS: an inflammatory bowel disease molecular activity score to classify patients with differing disease-driving pathways and therapeutic response to anti-TNF treatment, PLoS Computational Biology, Vol: 15, ISSN: 1553-734X

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are driven by both common and distinct underlying mechanisms of pathobiology. Both diseases, exhibit heterogeneity underscored by the variable clinical responses to therapeutic interventions. We aimed to identify disease-driving pathways and classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in their pathobiology and response to treatment. We applied hierarchical clustering of enrichment scores derived from gene set variation analysis of signatures representative of various immunological processes and activated cell types, to a colonic biopsy dataset that included healthy volunteers, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients. Patient stratification at baseline or after anti-TNF treatment in clinical responders and non-responders was queried. Signatures with significantly different enrichment scores were identified using a general linear model. Comparisons to healthy controls were made at baseline in all participants and then separately in responders and non-responders. Fifty-nine percent of the signatures were commonly enriched in both conditions at baseline, supporting the notion of a disease continuum within ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Signatures included T cells, macrophages, neutrophil activation and poly:IC signatures, representing acute inflammation and a complex mix of potential disease-driving biology. Collectively, identification of significantly enriched signatures allowed establishment of an inflammatory bowel disease molecular activity score which uses biopsy transcriptomics as a surrogate marker to accurately track disease severity. This score separated diseased from healthy samples, enabled discrimination of clinical responders and non-responders at baseline with 100% specificity and 78.8% sensitivity, and was validated in an independent data set that showed comparable classification. Comparing responders and non-responders separately at baseline to controls, 43% and 70% of signatures were enri

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Arcucci R, McIlwraith D, Guo YK, 2019, Scalable Weak Constraint Gaussian Processes, Pages: 111-125, ISSN: 0302-9743

© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. A Weak Constraint Gaussian Process (WCGP) model is presented to integrate noisy inputs into the classical Gaussian Process predictive distribution. This follows a Data Assimilation approach i.e. by considering information provided by observed values of a noisy input in a time window. Due to the increased number of states processed from real applications and the time complexity of GP algorithms, the problem mandates a solution in a high performance computing environment. In this paper, parallelism is explored by defining the parallel WCGP model based on domain decomposition. Both a mathematical formulation of the model and a parallel algorithm are provided. We prove that the parallel implementation preserves the accuracy of the sequential one. The algorithm’s scalability is further proved to be where p is the number of processors.

Conference paper

Yang G, Yu S, Hao D, Slabaugh G, Dragotti PL, Ye X, Liu F, Arridge S, Keegan J, Guo Y, Firmin Det al., 2018, DAGAN: deep de-aliasing generative adversarial networks for fast compressed sensing MRI reconstruction, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Vol: 37, Pages: 1310-1321, ISSN: 0278-0062

Compressed Sensing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CS-MRI) enables fast acquisition, which is highly desirable for numerous clinical applications. This can not only reduce the scanning cost and ease patient burden, but also potentially reduce motion artefacts and the effect of contrast washout, thus yielding better image quality. Different from parallel imaging based fast MRI, which utilises multiple coils to simultaneously receive MR signals, CS-MRI breaks the Nyquist-Shannon sampling barrier to reconstruct MRI images with much less required raw data. This paper provides a deep learning based strategy for reconstruction of CS-MRI, and bridges a substantial gap between conventional non-learning methods working only on data from a single image, and prior knowledge from large training datasets. In particular, a novel conditional Generative Adversarial Networks-based model (DAGAN) is proposed to reconstruct CS-MRI. In our DAGAN architecture, we have designed a refinement learning method to stabilise our U-Net based generator, which provides an endto-end network to reduce aliasing artefacts. To better preserve texture and edges in the reconstruction, we have coupled the adversarial loss with an innovative content loss. In addition, we incorporate frequency domain information to enforce similarity in both the image and frequency domains. We have performed comprehensive comparison studies with both conventional CSMRI reconstruction methods and newly investigated deep learning approaches. Compared to these methods, our DAGAN method provides superior reconstruction with preserved perceptual image details. Furthermore, each image is reconstructed in about 5 ms, which is suitable for real-time processing.

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Takahashi K, Pavlidis S, Ng Kee Kwong F, Hoda U, Rossios C, Sun K, Loza M, Baribaud F, Chanez P, Fowler SJ, Horvath I, Montuschi P, Singer F, Musial J, Dahlen B, Dahlen SE, Krug N, Sandstrom T, Shaw DE, Lutter R, Bakke P, Fleming LJ, Howarth PH, Caruso M, Sousa AR, Corfield J, Auffray C, De Meulder B, Lefaudeux D, Djukanovic R, Sterk PJ, Guo Y, Adcock I, Chung KFet al., 2018, Sputum proteomics and airway cell transcripts of current and ex-smokers with severe asthma in U-BIOPRED: an exploratory analysis, European Respiratory Journal, Vol: 51, ISSN: 0903-1936

Background: Severe asthma patients with a significant smoking history have airflow obstruction with reported neutrophilia. We hypothesise that multi1omic analysis will enable the definition of smoking and ex1smoking severe asthma molecular phenotypes.Methods The U1BIOPRED severe asthma patients containing current1smokers (CSA), ex1smokers (ESA), non1smokers (NSA) and healthy non1smokers (NH) was examined. Blood and sputum cell counts, fractional exhaled nitric oxide and spirometry were obtained. Exploratory proteomic analysis of sputum supernatants and transcriptomic analysis of bronchial brushings, biopsies and sputum cells was performed. Results Colony stimulating factor (CSF)2 protein levels were increased in CSA sputum supernatants with azurocidin 1, neutrophil elastase and CXCL8 upregulated in ESA. Phagocytosis and innate immune pathways were associated with neutrophilic inflammation in ESA. Gene Set Variation Analysis of bronchial epithelial cell transcriptome from CSA showed enrichment of xenobiotic metabolism, oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress compared to other groups. CXCL5 and matrix metallopeptidase 12 genes were upregulated in ESA and the epithelial protective genes, mucin 2 and cystatin SN, were downregulated. Conclusion Despite little difference in clinical characteristics, CSA were distinguishable from ESA subjects at the sputum proteomic level with CSA having increased CSF2 expression and ESA patients showed sustained loss of epithelial barrier processes.

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Dong H, Wu C, Wei Z, Guo Yet al., 2018, Dropping Activation Outputs With Localized First-Layer Deep Network for Enhancing User Privacy and Data Security, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY, Vol: 13, Pages: 662-670, ISSN: 1556-6013

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Bai L, Liang J, Du H, Guo Yet al., 2018, A novel community detection algorithm based on simplification of complex networks, KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS, Vol: 143, Pages: 58-64, ISSN: 0950-7051

Journal article

Kuo C-HS, Liu C-Y, Pavlidis S, Lo Y-L, Wang Y-W, Chen C-H, Ko H-W, Chung F-T, Lin T-Y, Wang T-Y, Lee K-Y, Guo Y-K, Wang T-H, Yang C-Tet al., 2018, Unique immune gene expression Patterns in Bronchoalveolar lavage and Tumor adjacent non-neoplastic lung Tissue in non-small cell lung cancer, FRONTIERS IN IMMUNOLOGY, Vol: 9, ISSN: 1664-3224

Journal article

Li K, Liu F, Dong H, Vinas PH, Guo Y, Georgiou Pet al., 2018, A DEEP LEARNING PLATFORM FOR DIABETES BIG DATA ANALYSIS, Publisher: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC, Pages: A116-A116, ISSN: 1520-9156

Conference paper

Liao B, Zhang J, Wu C, McIlwraith D, Chen T, Yang S, Guo Y, Wu Fet al., 2018, Deep Sequence Learning with Auxiliary Information for Traffic Prediction, Publisher: ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY

Working paper

Yang X, Pan W, Guo Y, 2017, Sparse Bayesian classification and feature selection for biological expression data with high correlations, PLOS ONE, Vol: 12, ISSN: 1932-6203

Journal article

Dong H, Yu S, Wu C, Guo Yet al., 2017, Semantic Image Synthesis via Adversarial Learning, 16th IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 5707-5715, ISSN: 1550-5499

Conference paper

Supratak A, Dong H, Wu C, Guo Yet al., 2017, DeepSleepNet: A Model for Automatic Sleep Stage Scoring Based on Raw Single-Channel EEG, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, Vol: 25, Pages: 1998-2008, ISSN: 1534-4320

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Bai L, Cheng X, Liang J, Shen H, Guo Yet al., 2017, Fast density clustering strategies based on the k-means algorithm, PATTERN RECOGNITION, Vol: 71, Pages: 375-386, ISSN: 0031-3203

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Dong H, Supratak A, Mai L, Liu F, Oehmichen A, Yu S, Guo Yet al., 2017, TensorLayer: A versatile library for efficient deep learning development, Pages: 1201-1204

© 2017 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Recently we have observed emerging uses of deep learning techniques in multimedia systems. Developing a practical deep learning system is arduous and complex. It involves labor-intensive tasks for constructing sophisticated neural networks, coordinating multiple network models, and managing a large amount of training-related data. To facilitate such a development process, we propose TensorLayer which is a Python-based versatile deep learning library. TensorLayer provides high-level modules that abstract sophisticated operations towards neuron layers, network models, training data and dependent training jobs. In spite of offering simplicity, it has transparent module interfaces that allows developers to flexibly embed low-level controls within a backend engine, with the aim of supporting fine-grain tuning towards training. Real-world cluster experiment results show that TensorLayer is able to achieve competitive performance and scalability in critical deep learning tasks. TensorLayer was released in September 2016 on GitHub. Since after, it soon become one of the most popular open-sourced deep learning library used by researchers and practitioners.

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NCD Risk Factor Collaboration NCD-RisC, 2017, Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults., Lancet, Vol: 390, Pages: 2627-2642, ISSN: 0140-6736

BACKGROUND: Underweight, overweight, and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with adverse health consequences throughout the life-course. Our aim was to estimate worldwide trends in mean body-mass index (BMI) and a comprehensive set of BMI categories that cover underweight to obesity in children and adolescents, and to compare trends with those of adults. METHODS: We pooled 2416 population-based studies with measurements of height and weight on 128·9 million participants aged 5 years and older, including 31·5 million aged 5-19 years. We used a Bayesian hierarchical model to estimate trends from 1975 to 2016 in 200 countries for mean BMI and for prevalence of BMI in the following categories for children and adolescents aged 5-19 years: more than 2 SD below the median of the WHO growth reference for children and adolescents (referred to as moderate and severe underweight hereafter), 2 SD to more than 1 SD below the median (mild underweight), 1 SD below the median to 1 SD above the median (healthy weight), more than 1 SD to 2 SD above the median (overweight but not obese), and more than 2 SD above the median (obesity). FINDINGS: Regional change in age-standardised mean BMI in girls from 1975 to 2016 ranged from virtually no change (-0·01 kg/m(2) per decade; 95% credible interval -0·42 to 0·39, posterior probability [PP] of the observed decrease being a true decrease=0·5098) in eastern Europe to an increase of 1·00 kg/m(2) per decade (0·69-1·35, PP>0·9999) in central Latin America and an increase of 0·95 kg/m(2) per decade (0·64-1·25, PP>0·9999) in Polynesia and Micronesia. The range for boys was from a non-significant increase of 0·09 kg/m(2) per decade (-0·33 to 0·49, PP=0·6926) in eastern Europe to an increase of 0·77 kg/m(2) per decade (0·50-1·06, PP>0·9999) in Polynesia and Micronesia. Tre

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Wang Z, Xiao D, Fang F, Govindan R, Pain CC, Guo Yet al., 2017, Model identification of reduced order fluid dynamics systems using deep learning, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Vol: 86, Pages: 255-268, ISSN: 0271-2091

This paper presents a novel model reduction method: deep learning reduced order model, which is based on proper orthogonal decomposition and deep learning methods. The deep learning approach is a recent technological advancement in the field of artificial neural networks. It has the advantage of learning the nonlinear system with multiple levels of representation and predicting data. In this work, the training data are obtained from high fidelity model solutions at selected time levels. The long short-term memory network is used to construct a set of hypersurfaces representing the reduced fluid dynamic system. The model reduction method developed here is independent of the source code of the full physical system.The reduced order model based on deep learning has been implemented within an unstructured mesh finite element fluid model. The performance of the new reduced order model is evaluated using 2 numerical examples: an ocean gyre and flow past a cylinder. These results illustrate that the CPU cost is reduced by several orders of magnitude whilst providing reasonable accuracy in predictive numerical modelling.

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Dong H, Supratak A, Pan W, Wu C, Matthews PM, Guo Yet al., 2017, Mixed neural network approach for temporal sleep stage classification, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol: 26, Pages: 324-333, ISSN: 1534-4320

This paper proposes a practical approach to addressing limitations posed by using of single-channel electroencephalography (EEG) for sleep stage classification. EEG-based characterizations of sleep stage progression contribute the diagnosis and monitoring of the many pathologies of sleep. Several prior reports explored ways of automating the analysis of sleep EEG and of reducing the complexity of the data needed for reliable discrimination of sleep stages at lower cost in the home. However, these reports have involved recordings from electrodes placed on the cranial vertex or occiput, which are both uncomfortable and difficult to position. Previous studies of sleep stage scoring that used only frontal electrodes with a hierarchical decision tree motivated this paper, in which we have taken advantage of rectifier neural network for detecting hierarchical features and long short-term memory (LSTM) network for sequential data learning to optimize classification performance with single-channel recordings. After exploring alternative electrode placements, we found a comfortable configuration of a single-channel EEG on the forehead and have shown that it can be integrated with additional electrodes for simultaneous recording of the electrooculogram (EOG). Evaluation of data from 62 people (with 494 hours sleep) demonstrated better performance of our analytical algorithm than is available from existing approaches with vertex or occipital electrode placements. Use of this recording configuration with neural network deconvolution promises to make clinically indicated home sleep studies practical.

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Hekking PP, Loza MJ, Pavlidis S, De Meulder B, Lefaudeux D, Baribaud F, Auffray C, Wagener A, Brinkman P, Lutter I, Bansal A, Sousa A, Bates S, Pandis Y, Fleming L, Shaw DE, Fowler SJ, Guo Y, Meiser A, Sun K, Corfield J, Howarth P, Bel EH, Adcock IM, Chung KF, Djukanovic R, Sterk PJ, U-BIOPRED Study Groupet al., 2017, Pathway discovery using transcriptomic profiles in adult-onset severe asthma, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol: 141, Pages: 1280-1290, ISSN: 1097-6825

RationaleAdult-onset severe asthma is characterized by highly symptomatic disease despite high intensity asthma treatments. Understanding of the underlying pathways of this heterogeneous disease needed for the development of targeted treatments. Gene Set Variation Analysis (GSVA) is a statistical technique to identify gene profiles in heterogeneous samples.ObjectiveTo identify gene profiles associated with adult-onset severe asthma.MethodsThis was a cross-sectional, observational study in which adult patients with adult-onset of asthma (defined as starting at ≥18yrs old) as compared to childhood-onset severe asthma (<18 yrs) were selected from the U-BIOPRED cohort. Gene expression was assessed on the total RNA of induced sputum (n=83), nasal brushings (n=41), and endobronchial brushings (n=65) and biopsies (n=47) (Affymetrix HT HG-U133+ PM). GSVA was used to identify differentially enriched pre-defined gene signatures of leukocyte lineage, inflammatory and induced lung injury pathways.ResultsSignificant differentially enriched gene signatures in patients with adult-onset as compared to childhood-onset severe asthma were identified in nasal brushings (5 signatures), sputum (3 signatures) and endobronchial brushings (6 signatures). Signatures associated with eosinophilic airway inflammation, mast cells and group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3) were more enriched in adult-onset severe asthma, whereas signatures associated with induced lung injury were less enriched in adult-onset severe asthma.ConclusionsAdult-onset severe asthma is characterized by inflammatory pathways involving eosinophils, mast cells and ILC3s. These pathways could represent useful targets for the treatment of adult-onset severe asthma.

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Nie L, Yang X, Matthews PM, Xu ZW, Guo YKet al., 2017, Inferring functional connectivity in fMRI using minimum partial correlation, International Journal of Automation and Computing, Vol: 14, Pages: 371-385, ISSN: 1751-8520

Functional connectivity has emerged as a promising approach to study the functional organisation of the brain and to define features for prediction of brain state. The most widely used method for inferring functional connectivity is Pearson-s correlation, but it cannot differentiate direct and indirect effects. This disadvantage is often avoided by computing the partial correlation between two regions controlling all other regions, but this method suffers from Berkson-s paradox. Some advanced methods, such as regularised inverse covariance, have been applied. However, these methods usually depend on some parameters. Here we propose use of minimum partial correlation as a parameter-free measure for the skeleton of functional connectivity in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The minimum partial correlation between two regions is the minimum of absolute values of partial correlations by controlling all possible subsets of other regions. Theoretically, there is a direct effect between two regions if and only if their minimum partial correlation is non-zero under faithfulness and Gaussian assumptions. The elastic PC-algorithm is designed to efficiently approximate minimum partial correlation within a computational time budget. The simulation study shows that the proposed method outperforms o thers in most cases and its application is illustrated using a resting-state fMRI dataset from the human connectome project.

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Xie J, Liu Y, Zhou Z, Wang R, Kong Y, Guo Y, Zhang Wet al., 2017, A Disease Risk Model for Health Data, JOURNAL OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND HEALTH INFORMATICS, Vol: 7, Pages: 536-541, ISSN: 2156-7018

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Pavlidis S, Guo Y, Sun K, Rossios C, Rowe A, Loza M, Baribaud F, Hoda U, Sousa A, Corfield J, Djukanovic R, Sterk PJ, Adcock I, Chung KFet al., 2017, Comparison between bronchial and nasal brushings gene expression in the u-biopred cohort, International Conference of the American-Thoracic-Society (ATS), Publisher: American Thoracic Society, ISSN: 1073-449X

Conference paper

Rossios C, Pavlidis S, Hoda U, Kuo CH, Wiegman C, Russell K, Sun K, Loza MJ, Baribaud F, Durham AL, Ojo O, Lutter R, Rowe A, Bansal A, Auffray C, Sousa A, Corfield J, Djukanovic R, Guo Y, Sterk PJ, Chung KF, Adcock IM, Unbiased Biomarkers for the Prediction of Respiratory Diseases Outcomes U-BIOPRED Consortia Project Teamet al., 2017, Sputum transcriptomics reveal upregulation of IL-1 receptor family members in patients with severe asthma, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol: 141, Pages: 560-570, ISSN: 1097-6825

BACKGROUND: Sputum analysis in asthmatic patients is used to define airway inflammatory processes and might guide therapy. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine differential gene and protein expression in sputum samples from patients with severe asthma (SA) compared with nonsmoking patients with mild/moderate asthma. METHODS: Induced sputum was obtained from nonsmoking patients with SA, smokers/ex-smokers with severe asthma, nonsmoking patients with mild/moderate asthma (MMAs), and healthy nonsmoking control subjects. Differential cell counts, microarray analysis of cell pellets, and SOMAscan analysis of sputum analytes were performed. CRID3 was used to inhibit the inflammasome in a mouse model of SA. RESULTS: Eosinophilic and mixed neutrophilic/eosinophilic inflammation were more prevalent in patients with SA compared with MMAs. Forty-two genes probes were upregulated (>2-fold) in nonsmoking patients with severe asthma compared with MMAs, including IL-1 receptor (IL-1R) family and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain, leucine-rich repeat and pyrin domain containing 3 (NRLP3) inflammasome members (false discovery rate < 0.05). The inflammasome proteins nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain, leucine rich repeat and pyrin domain containing 1 (NLRP1), NLRP3, and nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor C4 (NLRC4) were associated with neutrophilic asthma and with sputum IL-1β protein levels, whereas eosinophilic asthma was associated with an IL-13-induced TH2 signature and IL-1 receptor-like 1 (IL1RL1) mRNA expression. These differences were sputum specific because no activation of NLRP3 or enrichment of IL-1R family genes in bronchial brushings or biopsy specimens in patients with SA was observed. Expression of NLRP3 and of the IL-1R family genes was validated in the Airway Disease Endotyping for Personalized Therapeutics cohort. Inflammasome inhibition using CRID3 prevented airway hyperresponsiveness and airway inflammati

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Bai L, Cheng X, Liang J, Guo Yet al., 2017, Fast graph clustering with a new description model for community detection, INFORMATION SCIENCES, Vol: 388, Pages: 37-47, ISSN: 0020-0255

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Kuo C-HS, Pavlidis S, Loza M, Baribaud F, Rowe A, Pandis I, Sousa A, Corfield J, Djukanovic R, Lutter R, Sterk PJ, Auffray C, Guo Y, Adcock IM, Chung KFet al., 2017, T-helper cell type 2 (Th2) and non-Th2 molecular phenotypes of asthma using sputum transcriptomics in U-BIOPRED, European Respiratory Journal, Vol: 49, ISSN: 0903-1936

Asthma is characterised by heterogeneous clinical phenotypes. Our objective was to determine molecular phenotypes of asthma by analysing sputum cell transcriptomics from 104 moderate-to-severe asthmatic subjects and 16 nonasthmatic subjects.After filtering on the differentially expressed genes between eosinophil- and noneosinophil-associated sputum inflammation, we used unbiased hierarchical clustering on 508 differentially expressed genes and gene set variation analysis of specific gene sets.We defined three transcriptome-associated clusters (TACs): TAC1 (characterised by immune receptors IL33R, CCR3 and TSLPR), TAC2 (characterised by interferon-, tumour necrosis factor-α- and inflammasome-associated genes) and TAC3 (characterised by genes of metabolic pathways, ubiquitination and mitochondrial function). TAC1 showed the highest enrichment of gene signatures for interleukin-13/T-helper cell type 2 (Th2) and innate lymphoid cell type 2. TAC1 had the highest sputum eosinophilia and exhaled nitric oxide fraction, and was restricted to severe asthma with oral corticosteroid dependency, frequent exacerbations and severe airflow obstruction. TAC2 showed the highest sputum neutrophilia, serum C-reactive protein levels and prevalence of eczema. TAC3 had normal to moderately high sputum eosinophils and better preserved forced expiratory volume in 1 s. Gene–protein coexpression networks from TAC1 and TAC2 extended this molecular classification.We defined one Th2-high eosinophilic phenotype TAC1, and two non-Th2 phenotypes TAC2 and TAC3, characterised by inflammasome-associated and metabolic/mitochondrial pathways, respectively.

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Molina-Solana MJ, Guo Y, Birch D, 2017, Improving data exploration in graphs with fuzzy logic and large-scale visualisation, Applied Soft Computing, Vol: 53, Pages: 227-235, ISSN: 1872-9681

This work presents three case-studies of how fuzzy logic can be combined with large-scale immersive visualisation to enhance the process of graph sensemaking, enabling interactive fuzzy filtering of large global views of graphs. The aim is to provide users a mechanism to quickly identify interesting nodes for further analysis. Fuzzy logic allows a flexible framework to ask human-like curiosity-driven questions over the data, and visualisation allows its communication and understanding. Together, these two technologies successfully empower novices and experts to a faster and deeper understanding of the underlying patterns in big datasets compared to traditional means in a desktop screen with crisp queries. Among other examples, we provide evidence of how these two technologies successfully enable the identification of relevant transaction patterns in the Bitcoin network.

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Lertvittayakumjorn P, Wu C, Liu Y, Mi H, Guo Yet al., 2017, Exploratory analysis of big social data using MIC/MINE statistics, Pages: 513-526, ISSN: 0302-9743

© 2017, Springer International Publishing AG. A major goal of Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is to understand main characteristics of a dataset, especially relationships between variables, which are helpful for creating a predictive model and analysing causality in social science research. This paper aims to introduce Maximal Information Coefficient (MIC) and its by-product statistics to social science researchers as effective EDA tools for big social data. A case study was conducted using a historical data of more than 3,000 country-level indicators. As a result, MIC and some by-product statistics successfully provided useful information for EDA complementing the traditional Pearson’s correlation. Moreover, they revealed several significant, including nonlinear, relationships between variables which are intriguing and able to suggest further research in social sciences.

Conference paper

Dong H, Yang G, Liu F, Mo Y, Guo Yet al., 2017, Automatic brain tumor detection and segmentation using U-net based fully convolutional networks, Pages: 506-517, ISSN: 1865-0929

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017. A major challenge in brain tumor treatment planning and quantitative evaluation is determination of the tumor extent. The noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique has emerged as a front-line diagnostic tool for brain tumors without ionizing radiation. Manual segmentation of brain tumor extent from 3D MRI volumes is a very time-consuming task and the performance is highly relied on operator’s experience. In this context, a reliable fully automatic segmentation method for the brain tumor segmentation is necessary for an efficient measurement of the tumor extent. In this study, we propose a fully automatic method for brain tumor segmentation, which is developed using U-Net based deep convolutional networks. Our method was evaluated on Multimodal Brain Tumor Image Segmentation (BRATS 2015) datasets, which contain 220 high-grade brain tumor and 54 low-grade tumor cases. Cross-validation has shown that our method can obtain promising segmentation efficiently.

Conference paper

Du Y, Ma C, Wu C, Xu X, Guo Y, Zhou Y, Li Jet al., 2017, A Visual Analytics Approach for Station-Based Air Quality Data, SENSORS, Vol: 17, ISSN: 1424-8220

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