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See detailG_CUBE
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Gheysen, Thibaut ULg

Software (2007)

G-Cube est un logiciel de cubage d'arbres sur pieds ou abattus fonctionnant dans l'environnement Microsoft® Excel. Il donne accès aux principaux barèmes de cubage (défilement, décroissance), ainsi qu'aux ... [more ▼]

G-Cube est un logiciel de cubage d'arbres sur pieds ou abattus fonctionnant dans l'environnement Microsoft® Excel. Il donne accès aux principaux barèmes de cubage (défilement, décroissance), ainsi qu'aux équations de cubage adaptées à la Région wallonne. Il accepte différentes modalités de mesures de grosseurs des arbres (diamètre ; circonférence ; 1,3m ; 1,5m ; …) et de présentation des données (arbres individuels, listes par classes de grosseur, listes par classes de grosseur et de hauteur). Il intègre également un module simplifié de traitement de données d'inventaire par échantillonnage [less ▲]

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See detailColliding-wind binaries as non-thermal X-ray emitters: an observational investigation from XMM-Newton to next generation X-ray observatories
De Becker, Michaël ULg

Poster (2007, December)

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to ... [more ▼]

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton scattering are expected to be at work in the high-energy domain. For this reason, an observational campaign devoted to the X-ray investigation of non-thermal radio emitters has been carried out with XMM-Newton. However, considering the rather strong thermal X-ray emission from these systems below 10 keV, XMM-Newton does not appear to be the ideal observatory to detect their putative non-thermal X-rays. As a consequence, the advent of next generation X-ray observatories with a bandpass extending significantly above 10 keV (SIMBOL-X, XEUS, NEXT) is expected to provide important results related to the non-thermal high-energy emission from colliding-wind binaries and their capability to accelerate particles. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport coûts/bénéfices des différents niveaux de performances énergétiques des bâtiments neufs
Dupont, Géraldine ULg; Hauglustaine, Jean-Marie ULg

Report (2007)

Within the framework of the modification of its RCU on energy, the commune of Villers-le-Bouillet entrusted the study of the Energy Performance to us and of the dependant economic aspects of a dwelling ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of the modification of its RCU on energy, the commune of Villers-le-Bouillet entrusted the study of the Energy Performance to us and of the dependant economic aspects of a dwelling, the choice of the analyzed case was made on the average dwelling defined within the framework Construire action With Energy. It is a question of varying various technical combinations (thermo isolation, heating system, renewable energy…) equipping this dwelling in order to obtain a panel of realistic solutions to study under energy” and “economic” angle the “. The analysis of these projects must make it possible to release a maximum level of consumption in primary energy per m ² and per annum, as well as a maximum level of CO2 emission, both realistic as well from the environmental point of view as economic. [less ▲]

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See detailA new tool for METs monitoring in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Comparison of the BodyMedia SenseWear Armband with mobile ergospirometry- preliminary results
Bury, Thierry ULg

in Abstract book of the Annual Congress of the Belgium Society of Cardiology (2007, December)

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See detailA Hybrid Systems Approach to Trajectory Tracking Control for Juggling Systems
Sanfelice, Ricardo G.; Teel, Andrew R.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

From a hybrid systems point of view, we provide a modeling framework and a trajectory tracking control design methodology for juggling systems. We present the main ideas and concepts in a one degree-of ... [more ▼]

From a hybrid systems point of view, we provide a modeling framework and a trajectory tracking control design methodology for juggling systems. We present the main ideas and concepts in a one degree-of-freedom juggler, which consists of a ball bouncing on an actuated robot. We design a hybrid control strategy that, with only information of the ball’s state at impacts, controls the ball to track a reference rhythmic pattern with arbitrary precision. We extend this hybrid control strategy to the case of juggling multiple balls with different rhythmic patterns. Simulation results for juggling of one and three balls with a single actuated robot are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of Bio-climatic zones in North East India
Singh, Manoj Kumar ULg; Mahapatra, Sadhan; Atreya, S.K.

in Energy & Buildings (2007), 39(12), 1250-1257

This paper represents the very basic work of bio-climatic classification of north-east India into warm and humid, cool and humid and cold and cloudy zones. This classification is extremely useful to the ... [more ▼]

This paper represents the very basic work of bio-climatic classification of north-east India into warm and humid, cool and humid and cold and cloudy zones. This classification is extremely useful to the building design for wide range of objectives such as climate responsive building design, building energy conservation, thermal comfort, out door design conditions, etc. This classification is based on the meteorological data collected over a period of more than 30 years, from Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati, India from 30 stations spread all over the region. Psychometric charts are prepared for each bio-climatic zone to assess the potential of solar passive design strategies for residential buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is it like to be vegetative or minimally conscious?
Laureys, Steven ULg; Boly, Mélanie ULg

in Current Opinion in Neurology (2007), 20(6), 609-613

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention ... [more ▼]

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention following Terri Schiavo's death and the 'miracle recovery' of Terry Wallis, research efforts aimed at increasing our knowledge about brain function in these conditions remain scarce and must address a series of difficulties, including financial and ethical barriers. Here we review current possibilities and limitations of clinical and para-clinical assessment of chronic disorders of consciousness. Recent findings During the past year the field has witnessed publication of significant, yet isolated, case reports in top-ranking journals, including Science and Nature. Such milestone reports and other impressive recent technological advances in the study of vegetative and minimally conscious patients reveal enthralling areas of science that must find their way to clinical medical reality. Summary Consciousness is a subjective experience whose study has remained within the purview of philosophy for millennia. That has finally changed, and empirical evidence from functional neuroimaging offers a genuine glimpse at a solution to the infamous mind-body conundrum. New technological and scientific advances offer the neurological community unique ways to improve our understanding and management of vegetative and minimally conscious patients. [less ▲]

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See detailLa personnalité borderline: clinique d'une psychopathologie "sans limites"
Debabeche, Cécile ULg; Lebas, Maud ULg; Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(12), 730-5

The borderline personality disorder is a common psychiatric entity, which is characterized by a varied symptomatology and a significant comorbidity. It seems that its etiologic is heterogeneous ... [more ▼]

The borderline personality disorder is a common psychiatric entity, which is characterized by a varied symptomatology and a significant comorbidity. It seems that its etiologic is heterogeneous, comprising psychosocial factors as much as biological and genetic. So the best approach of the borderline personality disorder would be a multidisciplinary bio-psycho-social one. Through a clinical case, we illustrate this disorder and its treatment in outpatient clinic. [less ▲]

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See detailCriminologie du crime en col blanc: le centenaire d'un quinquagénaire
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Bosly, Henri; Demanet, Georges; Bernard, Michel (Eds.) et al Cent ans de publication de droit pénal et de criminologie: le centenaire de la revue de droit pénal et de criminologie (2007)

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See detailGoal-directed Intraoperative therapy reduces morbidity and length of hospital stay in high-risk surgical patients
Donati, A.; Loggi, S.; Preiser, Jean-Charles ULg et al

in Chest (2007), 132(6), 1817-1824

Background: Postoperative organ failures commonly occur after major abdominal surgery, increasing the utilization of resources and costs of care. Tissue hypoxia is a key trigger of organ dysfunction. A ... [more ▼]

Background: Postoperative organ failures commonly occur after major abdominal surgery, increasing the utilization of resources and costs of care. Tissue hypoxia is a key trigger of organ dysfunction. A therapeutic strategy designed to detect and reverse tissue hypoxia, as diagnosed by an increase of oxygen extraction (0,ER) over a predefined threshold, could decrease the incidence of organ failures. The primary aim of this study was to compare the number of patients with postoperative organ failure and length of hospital stay between those randomized to conventional vs a protocolized strategy designed to maintain O2ER < 27%. Methods: A prospective, randomized, controlled trial was performed in nine hospitals in Italy. One hundred thirty-five high-risk patients scheduled for major abdominal surgery were randomized in two groups. All patients were managed to achieve standard goals: mean arterial pressure > 80 mm Hg and urinary output > 0.5 mL/kg/h. The patients of the "protocol group" (group A) were also managed to keep O2ER < 27%. Measurements and main results: In group A, fewer patients had at least one organ failure (n = 8, 11.8%) than in group B (n = 20, 29.8%) [p < 0.05], and the total number of organ failures was lower in group A than in group B (27 failures vs 9 failures, p < 0.001). Length of hospital stay was significantly lower in the protocol group than in the control group (11.3 +/- 3.8 days vs 13.4 +/- 6.1 days, p < 0.05). Hospital mortality was similar in both groups. Conclusions: Early treatment directed to maintain O2ER at < 27% reduces organ failures and hospital stay of high-risk surgical patients. Clinical trials.gov reference No. NCT00254150. [less ▲]

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See detailDu « capital social » à l’utilité sociale : Petite étude sur le lien social chez les personnes précarisées
Italiano, Patrick ULg

Book published by Editions de l'ULG (2007)

Etude de l'évolution du lien social au cours du parcours de vie de personnes en précarité aiguë

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See detailDes villes qui marchent
Frankignoulle, Pierre ULg

Report (2007)

Etat de l'art + bibliographie sur le thème de la marche en ville

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See detailAlternating Spatial Patterns for Coordinated Group Motion
Swain, Daniel T.; Leonard, Naomi Ehrich; Couzin, Iain D. et al

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

Abstract—Motivated by recent observations of fish schools, we study coordinated group motion for individuals with oscillatory speed. Neighbors that have speed oscillations with common frequency, amplitude ... [more ▼]

Abstract—Motivated by recent observations of fish schools, we study coordinated group motion for individuals with oscillatory speed. Neighbors that have speed oscillations with common frequency, amplitude and average but different phases, move together in alternating spatial patterns, taking turns being towards the front, sides and back of the group. We propose a model and control laws to investigate the connections between these spatial dynamics, communication when sensing is range or direction limited, and convergence of coordinated group motions. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the cerebral cortex hyperexcitable or hyperresponsive in migraine?
Coppola, G.; Pierelli, F.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2007), 27(12), 1429-1439

Although migraineurs appear in general to be hypersensitive to external stimuli, they maybe also have increased daytime sleepiness and complain of fatigue. Neurophisiological studies between attacks have ... [more ▼]

Although migraineurs appear in general to be hypersensitive to external stimuli, they maybe also have increased daytime sleepiness and complain of fatigue. Neurophisiological studies between attacks have shown that for a number of different sensory modalities the migrainous brain is characterised by a lack of habituation of evoked responses. Whether this is due to increased cortical hyperexcitability, possibly due to decreased inhibition, or to an abnormal responsivity of the cortex due a decreased preactivation level remains disputed. Studies using transcranial magnetic stimulation in particular have yielded contradictory results. We will review here the available data on cortical excitability obtained with different methodological approaches in patients over the migraine cycle. We will show that these data congruently indicate that the sensory cortices of migraineurs react excessively to repetitive, but not to single, stimuli and that the controversy above hyper- versus hypo-excitability is merely a semantic misunderstanding. Describing the migrainous brain as 'hyperresponsive' would fit most of the available data. Deciphering the precise cellular and molecular underpinnings of this hyperresponsivity remains a challenge for future research. We propose, as a working hypothesis, that a thalamo-cortical dysrhythmia might be the culprit. [less ▲]

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See detailRising Sea Levels threatens the Nile Delta
Attia, Shady ULg

in 'scape : The International Magazine of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism (2007), 2

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the ... [more ▼]

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the next 100 years. Rising sea levels would have significant long-term impacts on physical, biological and socio-economic conditions of the Nile Delta. These include the damage and destruction of buildings near beaches, erosion of beaches, salt-water intrusion, and flooding more than 1,200 km2 of Egypt’s Delta Coastline. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin de la Société Voltaire n°15
Tilkin, Françoise ULg

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailConsensus under general convexity
tuna, S. E.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by means of contracting convex sets. Required convexity for the sets that should include the values that the transition maps of agents take is considered in a more general sense than that of Euclidean geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailOutils pour le diagnostic et la remédiation des difficultés d'acquisition de la lecture en 1re et 2e années du primaire
Deum, Mélanie ULg; Gabelica, Catherine; Lafontaine, Annette ULg et al

Report (2007)

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le ... [more ▼]

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le sait: l’apprenti lecteur doit apprendre à maîtriser différentes stratégies mais aussi à les coordonner. Les obstacles peuvent donc se situer à différents niveaux et les difficultés peuvent s’ancrer très tôt dans la scolarité, d’autant que les élèves ne sont pas tous égaux lorsqu’ils débutent dans l’apprentissage de la lecture-écriture. Laisser passer l’occasion d’identifier les forces sur lesquelles on pourra s’appuyer, ou les points faibles pour y réagir de manière adéquate dès les étapes initiales de l’apprentissage peut être lourd de conséquences: les difficultés s’accumulent et augurent d’un parcours d’échecs qui peut brouiller les élèves précocement et parfois définitivement avec la lecture, faute d’un diagnostic et d’une remédiation mise en place en temps utile. On connaît toute l’importance de la lecture dans les autres apprentissages scolaires. Même s’il est vrai qu’on apprend à lire toute sa vie, un échec dans les apprentissages de base de la lecture ne se surmonte pas facilement. Or, les outils manquent dans les écoles pour poser un diagnostic fin des difficultés auxquelles certains élèves se heurtent dès leurs premiers pas dans les apprentissages. Les enseignants se sentent démunis face à la réalisation d’un diagnostic précis: ils disent qu’ils peuvent très tôt repérer un élève qui ne suit pas ou n’accroche pas, mais ne savent pas toujours détecter précisément ce qui fait obstacle. Par ailleurs, un sentiment de malaise par rapport à la gestion des difficultés et des différences de niveaux de lecture des élèves a été mis en évidence dans une enquête1 menée auprès d’un échantillon représentatif d’un millier d’enseignants de 1re et 2e années primaires. Très peu d’enseignants estiment être bien préparés pour faire face aux difficultés en lecture et avoir bénéficié d’une formation suffisante en matière de remédiation. Au-delà d’aides plus spécialisées (par l’intervention de logopèdes, par exemple) et du soutien que certains parents peuvent donner à leur enfant, il apparaît essentiel d’apporter une aide aux enseignants responsables de l’apprentissage initial de la lecture. [less ▲]

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