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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 detailDo insulin resistance and inflammation at rest exacerbate the post-exercise oxidative stress in Lebanese overweight adolescent girls?
Youssef, H.; Groussard, C.; Moussa, E. et al

in Science & Sports (2007), 22(6), 297-299

Introduction. -The goal of this study was to check if exercise raises oxidative stress markers in overweight teenagers (n = 29) compared to non obese (n = 17) ones. Synthesis. -Blood markers of insulin ... [more ▼]

Introduction. -The goal of this study was to check if exercise raises oxidative stress markers in overweight teenagers (n = 29) compared to non obese (n = 17) ones. Synthesis. -Blood markers of insulin resistance, inflammation and oxidative stress were measured at rest and/or after a maximal exercise. At rest, the overweight teenagers exhibited an insulin resistance, an inflammation and an oxidative stress. After exercise, plasmatic myeloperoxidase and lipid hydroperoxides were increased only in overweight teenagers. However, the differences between groups disappeared when the values were reported to VO2 Pie suggesting that exercise intensity consitutes the major oxidative stress factor. Conclusions. -The relations between rest insulin resistance, inflammation and post-exercise oxidative stress indicate that those parameters contribute in post-exercise oxidative stress. (C) 2007 Elsevier Masson SAS. Tons droits reserves. [less ▲]

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

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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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 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 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 detailSport et société. Vers une action de la Fondation Roi Baudouin. Rapport définitif
Cloes, Marc ULg; Vandermeulen, Mary

Report (2007)

En Belgique, la Fondation Roi Baudouin est une référence en matière de développement du bien-être des citoyens. Depuis très longtemps, elle est aussi un des piliers belges en matière du développement d ... [more ▼]

En Belgique, la Fondation Roi Baudouin est une référence en matière de développement du bien-être des citoyens. Depuis très longtemps, elle est aussi un des piliers belges en matière du développement d'activités utilisant les vertus sociales du sport et son rôle pour le bien-être de la population. L'Université de Liège a été chargée de réaliser une étude prospective visant à identifier des pistes d'interventions originales susceptibles de rencontrer les besoins actuels des acteurs de terrain dans le domaine du "sport social" et de stimuler le développement de ce dernier en Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles. La première étape a porté sur l'établissement d'un état des lieux non exhaustif des initiatives utilisant le sport 'activité physique en général) comme outil social. Sur base des informations fournies par les acteurs de terrain, il était aussi question d'identifier les raisons justifiant le développement limité des nitiatives locales ou régionales dans ce secteur d'activité et les moyens qui devraient être mis en oeuvre pour remédier à cette situation. Dans une deuxième étape, un groupe de praticiens s'est réuni en vue de faire émerger les pistes d'actions dans lesquelles la Fondation Roi Baudouin pourrait s'investir afin de rencontrer les attentes réelles des citoyens. Des propositions concrètes ont ainsi pu être formulées. Elles peuvent être considérées comme des recommandations ou, mieux encore, comme une source d'inspiration. ... [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 detailProgresse-t-on en enseignement des langues étrangères?
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2007, December)

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See detailAn Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Formulation for the Numerical Simulation of Forming Processes
Boman, Romain ULg; Papeleux, Luc ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Workshop 2007: Advancements in Design Optimization of Materials, Structures and Mechanical Systems (2007, December)

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See detailSpatial Models of Bistability in Biological Collectives
Paley, Derek; Leonard, Naomi; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg et al

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

We explore collective behavior in biological systems using a cooperative control framework. In particular, we study a hysteresis phenomenon in which a collective switches from circular to parallel motion ... [more ▼]

We explore collective behavior in biological systems using a cooperative control framework. In particular, we study a hysteresis phenomenon in which a collective switches from circular to parallel motion under slow variation of the neighborhood size in which individuals tend to align with one another. In the case that the neighborhood radius is less than the circular motion radius, both circular and parallel motion can occur. We provide Lyapunov-based analysis of bistability of circular and parallel motion in a closed-loop system of selfpropelled particles with coupled-oscillator dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailStabilization of Collective Motion in Three Dimensions : A Consensus Approach
Scardovi, Luca; Leonard, Naomi; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

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

This paper proposes a methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in three- dimensional Euclidean space. Exploiting the Lie group structure of the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in three- dimensional Euclidean space. Exploiting the Lie group structure of the resulting dynamical system, the stabilization problem is reduced to a consensus problem on the Lie algebra. The resulting equilibria correspond to parallel, circular and helical formations. We rst derive the stabilizing control laws in the presence of all-to-all communication. Providing each agent with a consensus estimator, we then extend the results to a general setting that allows for unidirectional and time-varying communication topologies. [less ▲]

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See detailLégende de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie - version 2
Bah, Boubacar Billo ULg; Legrain, Xavier ULg; Engels, Patrick ULg et al

Book published by Unité de Science du Sol - GxABT - ULg - 2ème éd. revue et corrigée (2007)

Cette synthèse commente la structure et le contenu de la légende de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie (CNSW), réalisée dans le cadre du Projet de Cartographie Numérique des Sols de Wallonie (PCNSW).

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