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See detailEssai d’estimation des dommages piscicoles engendrés par les prises d’eau industrielles et les turbines hydroélectriques dans les cours d’eau de la Province de Liège. Partie A. La Meuse canalisée
Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Rimbaud, Gilles ULg et al

Report (2010)

Ce rapport à la Commission provinciale de Liège du Fonds Piscicole présente, sur la base d’une analyse bibliographique, une estimation des mortalités de poissons engendrées dans la Meuse liégeoise par ... [more ▼]

Ce rapport à la Commission provinciale de Liège du Fonds Piscicole présente, sur la base d’une analyse bibliographique, une estimation des mortalités de poissons engendrées dans la Meuse liégeoise par l’entraînement de ceux-ci dans les prises d’eau de refroidissement de trois centrales électriques thermiques (centrale nucléaire de Tihange-50 m3/s, centrale TGV de Seraing-3 m3/s et centrale des Awirs-11 m3/s) et dans les turbines de quatre grandes centrales hydroélectriques (CHE) au fil de l’eau (Ampsin-Neuville-270 m3/s, Yvoz-Ramet-285 m3/s, Monsin-Liège-450 m3/s et Lixhe-Visé-340 m3/s). Ces estimations se basent sur plusieurs études et spécialement sur les résultats d’une étude approfondie de l’entraînement des poissons (38 espèces) sur les systèmes de filtration de l’eau (grilles à barreaux et tambours filtrants) à la centrale nucléaire de Tihange au cours d’une année entière (fin octobre 2000- début novembre 2001) et, pour comparaison, à la centrale TGV de Seraing en 2001-2002 (voir Philippart et al., 2003). L’étude menée à Tihange a été prolongée jusqu’en début 2005 dans le cadre de la thèse doctorale de D. Sonny (2006, 2009) et a permis de bien caractériser les phénomènes de migration de dévalaison des différentes espèces dans la Meuse et de chiffrer leur importance quantitative par rapport au débit d’eau pompé-filtré dans la prise d’eau de Tihange et, par extrapolation, dans la totalité du fleuve. Ce sont ces informations sur les ordres de grandeur des flux de poissons en dévalaison dans la Meuse à Tihange qui ont été utilisées pour estimer l’impact absolu du passage des poissons dans les quatre centrales équipées de turbines Kaplan (hélice) de caractéristiques connues en termes de débit maximum par turbine et pour l’ensemble de chaque centrale et de grandeur et vitesse de rotation de la roue-hélice. On a aussi utilisé des informations bibliographiques provenant d’observations et d’expériences réalisées aux Pays-Bas (centrale hydroélectrique de Linne sur la Meuse) et en France (notamment les travaux de Larinier et Travade). [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of donors after cardiac death to the deceased donor pool: 2002 to 2009 university of liege experience.
Ledinh, H.; Meurisse, Nicolas ULg; Delbouille, Michèle ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4369-72

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: In this study, we have evaluated the organ procurement and transplantation activity from donors after cardiac death (DCD) at our institution over an 8-year period. Our aim was to determine whether this program influenced transplantation programs, or donation after brain death (DBD) activity. METHODS: We prospectively collected our procurement and transplantation statistics in a database for retrospective review. RESULTS: We observed an increasing trend in potential and actual DCD number. The mean conversion rate turning potential into effective donors was 58.1%. DCD accounted for 16.6% of the deceased donor (DD) pool over 8 years. The mean age for effective DCD donors was 53.9 years (range, 3-79). Among the effective donors, 63.3% (n = 31) came from the transplant center and 36.7% (n = 18) were referred from collaborative hospitals. All donors were Maastricht III category. The number of kidney and liver transplants using DCD sources tended to increase. DCD kidney transplants represented 10.8% of the DD kidney pool and DCD liver transplants made up 13.9% of the DD liver pool over 8 years. The DBD program activity increased in the same time period. In 2009, 17 DCD and 33 DBD procurements were performed in a region with a little >1 million inhabitants. CONCLUSION: The establishment of a DCD program in our institution enlarged the donor pool and did not compromise the development of the DBD program. In our experience, DCD are a valuable source for abdominal organ transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detail3D information is valuable for the detection of humans in video streams
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Lejeune, Antoine ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in 3D Stereo Media (2010, December)

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a technique based on 3D information (also called depth or range) for the detection of humans. First, a background subtraction technique operates to detect the silhouettes of humans and objects moving in the scene. Then, a machine learning algorithm is used to predict if a silhouette annotated with depth matches a human silhouette or not. The complete method is designed to cope with defects introduced during the segmentation step. Results, obtained on computer generated data, show that 3D depth data is a valuable information for detecting humans in that it improves over techniques based on binary silhouettes. In our experiments, we have reached an accuracy of 99.9% thanks to the depth information. [less ▲]

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See detailBressol et Chaverot: la non décision de la Cour de Justice de l'UE
Defossez, Alexandre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2010), 42

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See detailStructural, Electronic, and Magnetic Properties of UFeS3 and UFeSe3
Jin, G. B.; Ringe, Emilie; Long, Gary J. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2010), 49

Black prisms of UFeS3 and UFeSe3 have been synthesized by solid-state reactions of U, Fe, and S or Se with CsCl as a flux at 1173 K. The structure of these isostructural compounds consists of layers of ... [more ▼]

Black prisms of UFeS3 and UFeSe3 have been synthesized by solid-state reactions of U, Fe, and S or Se with CsCl as a flux at 1173 K. The structure of these isostructural compounds consists of layers of edge- and corner-sharing FeS6 or FeSe6 octahedra that are separated by layers of face- and edge-sharing US8 or USe8 bicapped trigonal prisms. The isomer shifts in the iron-57 Mössbauer spectra of both UFeS3 and UFeSe3 are consistent with the presence of high-spin iron(II) ions octahedrally coordinated to S or Se. The XANES spectra of UFeS3 and UFeSe3 are consistent with uranium(IV). Single-crystal magnetic susceptibility measurements along the three crystallographic axes of UFeSe3 reveal a substantial magnetic anisotropy with a change of easy axis from the a-axis above 40 K to the b-axis below 40 K, a change that results from competition between the iron(II) and uranium(IV) anisotropies. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility along the three axes is characteristic of two-dimensional magnetism. A small shoulder-like anomaly is observed in the magnetic susceptibilities along the a- and b-axes at 96 K and 107 K, respectively. Below 107 K, the iron-57 Mössbauer spectra of UFeS3 and UFeSe3 show that the iron nuclei experience a magnetic hyperfine field that results from long-range magnetic ordering of at least the iron(II) magnetic moments because the field exhibits Brillouin-like behavior. Below 40 K there is no significant change in the Mössbauer spectra as a result of change in magnetic anisotropy. The complexity of the iron-57 Mössbauer spectra and the temperature and field dependencies of the magnetic properties point towards a complex long-range magnetic structure of two independent iron(II) and uranium(IV) two-dimensional sublattices. The temperature dependence of the single-crystal resistivity of UFeSe3 measured along the a-axis reveals semiconducting behavior between 30 and 300 K with an energy gap of ca. 0.03 eV below the 53 K maximum in susceptibility, of ca. 0.05 eV between 50 and 107 K, and of 0.03 eV above 107 K; a negative magnetoresistance was observed below 60 K. [less ▲]

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See detailRenal transplantation from living related donors: a single center experience in viet nam.
Ledinh, H.; Detry, Olivier ULg; Pham, M. S. et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2010), 42(10), 4389-91

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: End-stage renal disease is a major public health problem in Viet Nam. A cooperative project between the University of Liege, Belgium, and the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, has permitted the establishment of an autonomous program of renal transplantation from living-related donors at the Peoples' Hospital No 115. The aim of this paper was to report the primary results of the project and to draw conclusions for the future. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2004 to July 2008, we performed 33 living-related renal transplantations. Mean ages of donors and recipients were 31.8 +/- 9.5 and 41.6 +/- 13.5 years, respectively. Laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 6 donors. The immunosuppressive regimen consisted of three drugs associated with induction therapy using anti-interleukin-2 receptor monoclonal antibody. RESULTS: The 33 donors are in good health at follow-up. Four developed major intra- or postoperative hemorrhage necessitating transfusion, with a surgical re-exploration in 1 donor. Wound infection occurred in 2 donors. Posttransplant recipient and graft survivals at 1 versus 3 years were 82% and 73% versus 82% and 65%, respectively. Eight recipients presented 13 biopsy-proven acute rejection episodes that were reversible in 7, but 1 patient lost his graft due to an irreversible rejection. Two recipients developed cancer. CONCLUSIONS: These initial results have encouraged us to continue the program of renal transplantation from living-related donors. However, they also pointed out the need to develop other donor sources. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport 2010- Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Amrane, Amirouche ULg; Thiry

Report (2010)

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement ... [more ▼]

Un logiciel appelé EOL-OS a été développé dans le cadre des WP4 et 5 du projet « Windsteel : développement de solutions en acier pour la construction éolienne ». Cet outil informatique est essentiellement destiné au dimensionnement et à l’optimisation structurelle des éoliennes offshores de type monopile en acier. Toutefois, lors des développements effectués dans le courant du second semestre de l’année 2010, son application aux éoliennes onshore en acier a été rendue également possible. Ce document s’inscrit dans la continuité du rapport technique semestriel S1 de 2010. Il est laissé au lecteur le soin de se référer à ce dernier pour ce qui concerne la nomenclature utilisée pour décrire les structures étudiées ainsi que le détail des modules implémentés au terme des 6 premiers mois de 2010. La première partie du présent rapport concerne les développements effectués sur le logiciel EOL-OS et se focalise en particulier sur les modules implémentés dans le courant du semestre S2 de 2010. La seconde partie traite des résultats d’optimisation obtenus au terme des différentes simulations et tirent des conclusions générales sur le dimensionnement des structures support des éoliennes. [less ▲]

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See detailPrécis de néonatologie
Battisti, Oreste ULg

Book (2010)

précis de néonatologie pour la pratique courante de néonatolgoie intermédiare

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See detailContract 21539/08/NL/SFe - Advancement of mechanical verification methods for non-linear spacecraft: Nonlinearity identification methods: predictive analyses
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg

Report (2010)

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite ... [more ▼]

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear system identification techniques to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments carried out using the finite element model of the SmallSat spacecraft are used, without, however, having access to the model itself. The constraints imposed by the considered techniques for breadboard testing are also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailA GPS/GNSS dense network used to monitor ionospheric positioning error
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Lejeune, Sandrine; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2010, December)

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See detailSustainable social enterprise : model and development strategy
Phang, Hanam; Eum, Hyung Sik ULg

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See detailConsensus in non-commutative spaces
Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to ... [more ▼]

Convergence analysis of consensus algorithms is revisited in the light of the Hilbert distance. The Lyapunov function used in the early analysis by Tsitsiklis is shown to be the Hilbert distance to consensus in log coordinates. Birkhoff theorem, which proves contraction of the Hilbert metric for any positive homogeneous monotone map, provides an early yet general convergence result for consensus algorithms. Because Birkhoff theorem holds in arbitrary cones, we extend consensus algorithms to the cone of positive definite matrices. The proposed generalization finds applications in the convergence analysis of quantum stochastic maps, which are a generalization of stochastic maps to non-commutative probability spaces. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de G. Sena Chiesa (dir.), Gemme dei Civici Musei d’Arte di Verona
Veymiers, Richard ULg

in Bryn Mawr Classical Review [=BMCR] (2010), 2010.12.33

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See detailReal-time synchronization feedbacks for single-atom frequency standards: V- and Lambda-structure systems
Mirrahimi, Mazyar; Sarlette, Alain ULg; Rouchon, Pierre

in Proceedings of the 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2010, December)

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes simple feedback loops, inspired from extremum-seeking, that use the photon emission times of a single quantum system following quantum Monte-Carlo trajectories in order to lock in real time a probe frequency to the system’s transition frequency. Two specific settings are addressed: a 3-level system coupling one ground to two excited states (one highly unstable and one metastable) and a 3-level system coupling one excited to two ground states (both metastable). Analytical proofs and simulations show the accurate and robust convergence of probe frequency to system-transition frequency in the two cases. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mythe de la jeunesse : Sartre et les générations des Trente Glorieuses
Sindaco, Sarah ULg

Article for general public (2010)

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See detailDiagnosis and Screening for Cytomegalovirus Infection in Pregnant Women in Cuba as Pronostic Markers of Congenital Infection in Newborns: 2007-2008
Kouri, Vivian; Correa, Consuelo B; Verdasquera, Denis et al

in The Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal (2010), 29(12), 1105-1110

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has established itself as the most significant cause of congenital infection in the developed world. The objective of this research was prenatal identification of pregnant women at risk for developing active infection due to HCMV as well as to diagnose congenitally infected newborns. Methods: A diagnostic algorithm based on specific immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgM, and, IgG avidity was used to screen serum from 1131 pregnant women enrolled prospectively from 3 municipalities from Havana City, Cuba during 2007–2008. Qualitative multiplex nested PCR and quantitative real time-based PCR testing for HCMV DNA were performed on urine and saliva specimens from women detected with active infection and from their newborns. Results: Most women were seropositive to HCMV (92.7%), with 2.38% (27 women) having active infection. Primary infection was detected in 20 pregnant women (1.77%) while 7 patients (0.62%) had active nonprimary infection. HCMV DNA was detected in specimens from 9 of the 27 pregnant women by both PCR methods. HCMV congenital infection was diagnosed in 12 (1.06%) of the 26 live children born from 25 mothers with active infection, for a vertical transmission rate of 46.2%. Two fetal deaths were reported from 2 women with active infection; furthermore 2 newborns were symptomatic at birth and 2 showed sequelae during the follow-up done until 6 months age. Conclusions: Mothers with active infection during the pregnancy and with HCMV excretion had significant risks, RR = 1.16 and RR = 1.35, respectively, to have congenitally infected children. [less ▲]

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See detailNightglow investigation around 1.27 µm with VIRTIS/Venus-Express
Migliorini, A.; Piccioni, G.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2010, December)

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on ... [more ▼]

In this study we report about the investigation of the spectral region 1.22-1.32 µm of the night side of Venus, observed by the VIRTIS instrument (Visible and InfraRed Spectral Imaging Spectrometer) on board the Venus Express spacecraft. This spectral region is characterized by the presence of the extensively studied (a1Δg – X3Σg-) (0,0) O2 nightglow band, the most intense emission observed on the night side of Venus. However, the comparison between data and synthetic spectra from the (0,0) band only, lacks a good match at wavelengths longer than 1.27 μm, especially in the region around 1.28-1.29 μm. The effects of temperature, CO2 and the (8,5) OH emission at 1.28 µm were investigated as a possible cause to the spectral disagreement, but they all are not enough to explain the observed difference. Instrumental effects were also excluded as possible cause of the mismatch. We found that the inclusion of the (1,1) band O2 emission in the synthetic spectra, originating from the upper vibrational level ν=1 of the (a1Δg – X3Σg-) transition centered at 1.28 μm, in addition to the (0,0), significantly improves the agreement between simulated spectra and observed data in the region at 1.28-1.29 μm. A synthetic spectrum, including the (0,0) and the (1,1) is produced and compared to 4 observed VIRTIS spectra, as an example. From the analyzed data, it results that the (1,1) band with an intensity ranging from the 8 to 15% of the (0,0) band is required to best reproduce the observed VIRTIS spectra. This corresponds to a (1,1) band intensity equal to 3.1-5.8 MR, in limb view, in agreement with the upper limit set by Connes et al., (1979), on their ground-based observations of the oxygen nightglow of Venus. [less ▲]

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See detailYouths groups’ networks in illegal economy
Witvrouw, Line ULg

Scientific conference (2010, December)

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See detailAttogram level measurement of POPs in human: From adipose tissue to DBS
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Welch; Turner et al

Conference (2010, December)

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See detailTowards a Taxonomy of Explanatory Failure Patterns for Small Firms: A Quantitative Research
Crutzen, Nathalie ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg

in Review of Business and Economics (2010), 55(4), 438-463

Whereas it is obvious that the failure process can vary from one firm to another (Argenti, 1976; D'Aveni, 1989; Laitinen, 1991), to date, few researchers have worked on the detection of several ... [more ▼]

Whereas it is obvious that the failure process can vary from one firm to another (Argenti, 1976; D'Aveni, 1989; Laitinen, 1991), to date, few researchers have worked on the detection of several explanatory failure patterns. In addition, none of the reviewed research really focuses on small firms while their failure is important and particular (Julien, 2005). Considering these observations and on the basis of two complementary statistical analyses (Thiétart, 2003), this article identifies, among a sample of 208 small Belgian distressed firms, a taxonomy of five explanatory business failure patterns, i.e. five homogeneous groups of small firms on the basis of the reasons for their failure. As the detection of the fundamental explanatory failure factors is the basis of failure prevention (Argenti, 1976), the identification of these patterns is of crucial importance for a better understanding and for a better prevention of this phenomenon [less ▲]

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