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See detailAutonomous rigid body attitude synchronization
Sarlette, Alain ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Leonard, Naomi

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

This paper studies some extensions to the decentralized attitude synchronization of identical rigid bodies. Considering fully actuated Euler equations, the communication links between the rigid bodies are ... [more ▼]

This paper studies some extensions to the decentralized attitude synchronization of identical rigid bodies. Considering fully actuated Euler equations, the communication links between the rigid bodies are limited and the available information is restricted to relative orientations and angular velocities. In particular, no leader nor external reference dictates the swarm's behavior. The control laws are derived using two classical approaches of nonlinear control - tracking and energy shaping. This leads to a comparison of two corresponding methods which are currently considered for distributed synchronization - consensus and stabilization of mechanical systems with symmetries. [less ▲]

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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 detailLa circonscription fédérale : un placebo administré à un malade incurable?
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailApproche ethnopharmacologique de plantes utilisées en médecine traditionnelle au Cambodge dans le traitement des maladies infectieuses, des fièvres et du paludisme
Cheng, S. K.; Chea, Aun; Hout, Sothera et al

in Ethnopharmacologia (2007), 40

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See detailImmobilisation de la lipase de Yarrowia lipolytica.
Alloue, W. A. M.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; El Mejdoub, Thami ULg et al

Poster (2007, December)

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See detailNoël en famille ou 15 litres de pétrole
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Article for general public (2007)

La semaine précédant Noël, j’ai décortiqué les publicités de mon hypermarché le plus proche pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j’ai pu concocter pour huit personnes avec, entre ... [more ▼]

La semaine précédant Noël, j’ai décortiqué les publicités de mon hypermarché le plus proche pour préparer le repas familial tant attendu. Et voici ce que j’ai pu concocter pour huit personnes avec, entre parenthèses, les kilomètres parcourus entre le pays de production et la Belgique ainsi que les kilogrammes de CO2 émis uniquement pour le transport aérien intercontinental de ces produits achetés. L’analyse se focalise sur le transport par voie aérienne puisque celui-ci émet, en moyenne, 60 fois plus de CO2 que le transport par voie maritime. [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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See detailIntussen aan de kersttafel...
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Article for general public (2007)

De afgelopen weken heb ik de reclamefolders van mijn dichtstbijzijnde hypermarkt uitgeplozen om een fijn dineetje samen te stellen. Hierna volgt het resultaat voor acht personen, met tussen haakjes het ... [more ▼]

De afgelopen weken heb ik de reclamefolders van mijn dichtstbijzijnde hypermarkt uitgeplozen om een fijn dineetje samen te stellen. Hierna volgt het resultaat voor acht personen, met tussen haakjes het aantal kilometers dat elk ingrediënt heeft afgelegd om naar België te komen en de hoeveelheid CO2 in kilogram die het transport geproduceerd heeft. Ik heb vooral ingrediënten gekozen die met het vliegtuig worden aangevoerd, want luchttransport produceert gemiddeld zestig keer meer CO2 dan vervoer over zee. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Construction of WiMAX Mesh Tree
Nahle, Salim; Iannone, Luigi,; Donnet, Benoît ULg et al

in IEEE Communications Letters (2007), 11(12),

The IEEE 802.16 protocol, also known as WiMAX, has been designed to support long-range communications with high bitrates, using two operation modes: Point-to-Multi-Point (PMP) and Mesh. In the mesh mode ... [more ▼]

The IEEE 802.16 protocol, also known as WiMAX, has been designed to support long-range communications with high bitrates, using two operation modes: Point-to-Multi-Point (PMP) and Mesh. In the mesh mode, Subscriber Stations (SSs) can directly communicate with each other, thus forming a tree, and can be used to forward other's data packets in a multi-hop fashion. On the contrary, in the PMP mode only one hop communication toward the Base Station (BS) is allowed. In this paper, we investigate the performance of the mesh mode by proposing an algorithm for constructing the WiMAX mesh tree. Our algorithm increases routes' effective throughput by splitting long links into multiple shorter ones. We show through simulations that this approach leads to improving the throughput capacity of WiMAX-based wireless mesh networks. [less ▲]

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See detailEndometrial vessel maturation in women exposed to levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system for a short or prolonged period of time
Ravet, Stéphanie ULg; Labied, Soraya ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (2007), 22(12), 3084-3091

BACKGROUND: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), although inserted to reduce heavy menstruation, causes irregular early transient bleeding. The objective of the study was to document ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), although inserted to reduce heavy menstruation, causes irregular early transient bleeding. The objective of the study was to document quantitative changes in endometrial vessels of short- (< or =3 months) and long-term (> or =12 months) LNG users. The area, density and maturation of endometrial vessels were quantified in 19 endometrial biopsies of women with LNG-IUS and in 10 normally ovulating patients during mid-luteal phase. METHODS: Vessel maturation was evaluated by double immunostaining using anti-von Willebrand factor (endothelial cell marker) and anti-alpha Smooth Muscle Actin (vascular smooth muscle cells) antibodies. Vessel area, number and density were quantified with a novel computer-assisted image analysis system. RESULTS: Endometrium exposed to LNG-IUS for 1-3 months displayed a 11.5-fold increase in small naked vessel number. The partially mature vessel (alphaSMA partially positive) number increased six times. After long-term LNG-IUS treatment, the immature and partially mature vessel number remained four times higher than in the control group. Vessel area and density also increased dramatically in a time-dependent pattern with LNG-IUS use. CONCLUSIONS: Levonorgestrel affects blood vessel number, area, density and maturation in a time-dependent pattern that may explain the early transient increase in breakthrough bleeding with the LNG-IUS. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Un syndrome d' Asherman
Desirotte, Gaëlle ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(12), 697-8

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

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See detailAlternative methodologies for the evaluation of the EMC-Behaviour of large machines
Catrysse, Johan; Vanhee, Filip; Knockaert, Jos et al

in Revue E tijdschrift (2007), (4), 16-28

On the legal aspect, the new European Directive on ElectroMagnetic Compatibility 2004/108/EC concerns also large machines. The conformity assessment procedure in that case should be clarified and which ... [more ▼]

On the legal aspect, the new European Directive on ElectroMagnetic Compatibility 2004/108/EC concerns also large machines. The conformity assessment procedure in that case should be clarified and which standards should be applied and how. On a technical point of view, the special situation to characterise the EMC behaviour of large machines implies that current procedures are complex and very expensive, and in some cases even not possible. Adapted measuring methodologies and procedures are needed. As a response to this situation and within the European R&D Frameworks, the TEMCA2 project aimed to develop new and adapted methodologies for the assessment of EMC related to this type of industrial large machinery. The present paper describes the legal aspect for large machines and shows the objectives and the results of the European TEMCA2 project. [less ▲]

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See detailDécouverte d'une statuette/récipient rubanée à Alleur (Hesbaye liégeoise, Belgique)
Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Otte, Marcel ULg

in Archaeologia Mosellana (2007, December), 7

Une statuette modelée, réduite par cassure à la base d'un torse, humain ou animal, fut découverte à Alleur (Liège, Belgique) dans un contexte Rubané (fin VIe millénaire avant J.-C.). Les comparaisons de ... [more ▼]

Une statuette modelée, réduite par cassure à la base d'un torse, humain ou animal, fut découverte à Alleur (Liège, Belgique) dans un contexte Rubané (fin VIe millénaire avant J.-C.). Les comparaisons de cet objet rituel portent vers l'Europe centrale (Allemagne, Hongrie). [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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