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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 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 detailStructural and core parameters of the hot B subdwarf KPD 0629-0016 from CoRoT g-mode asteroseismology
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Charpinet, Stéphane; Fontaine, Gilles et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 524

Context. The asteroseismic exploitation of long period, g-mode hot B subdwarf pulsators (sdBVs), undermined so far by limitations associated with ground-based observations, has now become possible, thanks ... [more ▼]

Context. The asteroseismic exploitation of long period, g-mode hot B subdwarf pulsators (sdBVs), undermined so far by limitations associated with ground-based observations, has now become possible, thanks to high quality data obtained from space such as those recently gathered with the CoRoT (COnvection, ROtation, and planetary Transits) satellite. Aims. We propose a detailed seismic analysis of the sdBVs star KPD 0629-0016, the first compact pulsator monitored with CoRoT, using the g-mode pulsations recently uncovered by that space-borne observatory during short run SRa03. Methods. We use a forward modeling approach on the basis of our latest sdB models, which are now suitable for the accurate com- putation of the g-mode pulsation properties. The simultaneous match of the independent periods observed in KPD 0629-0016 with those of the models leads objectively to the identification of the pulsation modes and, more importantly, to the determination of the structural and core parameters of the star. Results. The optimal model we found closely reproduces the 18 observed periods retained in our analysis at a 0.23% level on av- erage. These are identified as low-degree (l = 1 and 2), intermediate-order (k = −9 through −74) g-modes. The structural and core parameters for KPD 0629-0016 are the following (formal fitting errors only): Teff = 26 290 ± 530 K, log g = 5.450 ± 0.034, M∗ = 0.471 ± 0.002 M⊙, log (Menv/M∗) = −2.42 ± 0.07, log (1 − Mcore/M∗) = −0.27 ± 0.01, and Xcore(C+O) = 0.41 ± 0.01. We addition- ally derive an age of 42.6 ± 1.0 Myr after the zero-age extreme horizontal branch, the radius R = 0.214 ± 0.009 R⊙, the luminosity L = 19.7 ± 3.2 L⊙, the absolute magnitude MV = 4.23 ± 0.13, the reddening index E(B − V) = 0.128 ± 0.023, and the distance d = 1190 ± 115 pc. Conclusions. The advent of high-precision time-series photometry from space with instruments like CoRoT now allows as demon- strated with KPD 0629-0016 the full exploitation of g-modes as deep probes of the internal structure of these stars, in particular for determining the mass of the convective core and its chemical composition. [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 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 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 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 detailPattern of early eukaryote evolution in Precambrian oceans
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

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

Report (2010)

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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 detailPanorama des couleurs de l'univers
Nazé, Yaël 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 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 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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See detailcompte rendu de : Giancarlo GIARDINA Tragedie. I ; Ercole, Le Troiane, Le Fenicie, Medea, Fedra. Lucio Anneo Seneca
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2010), 69(4), 1107-1109

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See detailL2MA-2 Langage oral, langage écrit, mémoire, attention
Chevrie-Muller, Claude; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Simon, Anne-Marie et al

Book published by ECPA (2010)

Batterie d'évaluation du langage oral et écrit destinée aux enfants de CE1 (2ème primaire) à la 6ème.

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See detailLes rêves dansants. Sur les pas de Pina Bausch
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Article for general public (2010)

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See detailFINE-SCALE HABITAT SELECTION BY TWO SPECIALIST WOODPECKERS OCCURRING IN BEECH AND OAK-DOMINATED FORESTS IN SOUTHERN BELGIUM
Delahaye, Laurence; Monticelli, David; Lehaire, François ULg et al

in Ardeola (2010), 57(2), 339-362

We studied the identification of key habitat parameters for two specialist woodpecker species (middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos medius and lesser spotted woodpecker D. minor) associated with mature ... [more ▼]

We studied the identification of key habitat parameters for two specialist woodpecker species (middle spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos medius and lesser spotted woodpecker D. minor) associated with mature broadleaved forests ecosystems in Europe, and the modelling of their specific requirements with a view to assist forest managers. The study was conducted in four beech and oak-dominated forests (Haut-Fays, Halma, Gembes and Croix-Scaille) located in the Ardennes Region of Southern Belgium. The study sites covered a total area of ca. 20 km². A census of woodpecker occurrence (presenceabsence) was implemented from 2000 to 2003 within 255 1-ha plots. Habitat variables describing stand age, tree density, snag density, stand composition and vertical vegetation structure were also sampled at the same plots to develop both logistic and autologistic regression models describing habitat use.Middle spotted woodpecker (MSW) uses the oak-rich locations (mean basal area of 15.6 m²/ha), with selection of areas with the largest, oldest oak trees (mean circumference > 150 cm), and with a high diversity of tree species in the overstory. Similarly, the lesser spotted woodpecker (LSW) was detected in areas presenting the highest percentage cover of oak trees but with a selection of younger stands, with a high density of snags and dead wood (mean of 9 m³/ha). The integration of an autocorrelation term improved model performance for the LSW but not for MSW. Our results highlight the importance of a high disponibility of oak trees for these two sympatric species. The climax forest in northwest Europe is beech so that public and private owners must develop appropriate forest management plans to prevent the conversion of oak to beech forests. In particular, forest managers can promote an active oakregeneration management to obtain a balanced representation of age classes. They must also aim to maintain/increase the volume of dead wood resources by reserving all trees produced by storms or any other cause of natural mortality. [less ▲]

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