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See detailAssessment of Mytilus galloprovincialis to monitor 19 trace elements in the Calvi Bay
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Vermeulen, Simon; Biondo, Renzo ULg et al

Poster (2011, December 08)

Mussel caging with Mytilus galloprovincialis has been successively used to monitor classic trace metal (Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, Ni, Pb) pollution of Mediterranean coastal waters at spatial scales ranging from ... [more ▼]

Mussel caging with Mytilus galloprovincialis has been successively used to monitor classic trace metal (Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, Ni, Pb) pollution of Mediterranean coastal waters at spatial scales ranging from 10 to 100km. However, its relevance as bioindicator at smaller scales (100 m - 1 km) is poorly known. Moreover, the levels of some little studied trace elements (Al, V, Mn, Sb, Sn, Ag, Mo, Se, As, Co, Be, Bi), recently identified as potential pollutants of coastal environments, have not yet been assessed in that species. In this work, M. galloprovincialis was used to monitor the 19 listed trace elements at the scale of the Calvi Bay (NW Corsica, France). Additionally, we investigated decontamination kinetics and trace element tissue speciation before and after spawning. Mytilus galloprovincialis trace element levels reflect the good water quality of the Calvi Bay, showing little spatial variations either at 100m or 1km scales. Filter feeders are only influenced by their relatively homogeneous pelagic environment (dissolved trace elements and suspended particulate matters), in contrast to organisms which inhabit typically heterogeneous benthic habitats. This bioindicator, a convincing candidate for the monitoring of the 12 little studied trace elements, effectively accumulates the 19 studied elements to 105 seawater concentrations. Mytilus galloprovincialis rapidly equilibrates (within days) with its environment, and is therefore a good indicator of chronic and stable chemical pollutions. Tissue speciation shows that the most relevant organ to monitor trace elements is the hepatopancreas. However, the important variability induced by the reproductive cycle of mussels requires using this bioindicator during its sexual dormancy. [less ▲]

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See detailA Critical Investigation of the Concept of Life: Canguilhem or Bergson
Wong, Tai Tak Andy ULg

Conference (2011, December 08)

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See detailLe projet de recherches SAFE
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; De Meester, Tatiana; De Herde, André et al

Poster (2011, December 08)

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See detailEvaluation environnementale de la production d'électricité photovoltaïque par Analyse du Cycle de Vie
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Poster session - Quelles approches transversales pour intégrer le développement durable dans la recherche? Exemples en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles - Recueil des Abstracts (2011, December 08)

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See detailDecentralized Prediction of End-to-End Network Performance Classes
Liao, Yongjun ULg; Du, Wei; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in Proc. of the 7th International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT) (2011, December 08)

In large-scale networks, full-mesh active probing of end-to-end performance metrics is infeasible. Measuring a small set of pairs and predicting the others is more scalable. Under this framework, we ... [more ▼]

In large-scale networks, full-mesh active probing of end-to-end performance metrics is infeasible. Measuring a small set of pairs and predicting the others is more scalable. Under this framework, we formulate the prediction problem as matrix completion, whereby unknown entries of an incomplete matrix of pairwise measurements are to be predicted. This problem can be solved by matrix factorization because performance matrices have a low rank, thanks to the correlations among measurements. Moreover, its resolution can be fully decentralized without actually building matrices nor relying on special landmarks or central servers. In this paper we demonstrate that this approach is also applicable when the performance values are not measured exactly, but are only known to belong to one among some predefined performance classes, such as "good" and "bad". Such classification-based formulation not only fulfills the requirements of many Internet applications but also reduces the measurement cost and enables a unified treatment of various performance metrics. We propose a decentralized approach based on Stochastic Gradient Descent to solve this class-based matrix completion problem. Experiments on various datasets, relative to two kinds of metrics, show the accuracy of the approach, its robustness against erroneous measurements and its usability on peer selection. [less ▲]

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See detailSpa au XVIIIe siècle: les chemins croisés de l'écriture
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2011)

We follow those authors, artists, political and fashionable figures into their meetings, business, love affairs etc. in the "Café de l'Europe": Trenck, Anna-Amélia von Prussia, Marmontel, Marigny ... [more ▼]

We follow those authors, artists, political and fashionable figures into their meetings, business, love affairs etc. in the "Café de l'Europe": Trenck, Anna-Amélia von Prussia, Marmontel, Marigny, Bassompierre, Henry Ellis, Philippe Fermin, Alfieri, Needham; Clootz, Fragonard, Grimm, Henry von Prussia, Raynal, Grimm, Shelburne, the "beau" Lauzun, Sarah Lennox, the princess Czartoryska, Le Gendre, Ketterlin, Gallien de Salmorenc, Mercy-Argenteau, the couple Guéménée, the duchess Polignac, Georgiana Spencer,etc. [less ▲]

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See detailLes méthodes de datation appliquées à l’archéologie du bâti
Blain, Sophie ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 08)

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See detailLa gouvernance environnementale au Sri Lanka
Rosillon, Caroline ULg

Poster (2011, December 08)

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See detailFormation à la microtomographie
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg; Plougonven, Erwan ULg

Learning material (2011)

This course is a two-day presentation of the basic workings of X-ray tomography, current local applications of microtomography in the applied chemistry department, typical image analysis tools for ... [more ▼]

This course is a two-day presentation of the basic workings of X-ray tomography, current local applications of microtomography in the applied chemistry department, typical image analysis tools for extracting measurements, and a practical look at a particular piece of equipment, the Skyscan 1172 desktop microtomograph, and its software. The target audience is users of such equipment, with little to no background in X-ray physics, computer science or image analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe secrets of the Kinect ... in depth!
Lejeune, Antoine ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

Conference (2011, December 08)

The slides present the Kinect in depth. The major technological ideas are explained. In addition, the presentation gives an overview of all the libraries available to interface to the Kinect.

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See detailCaractérisation des coposés volatils des huiles d'olive produites dans des coopératives de la région orientale du Maroc
Tanouti, K.; Serghini-Caid, H.; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

in 5èmes Journées Internationales d'Etude sur les Lipides - JIEL 2011 : Graisses alimentaires, Lipides marins, Nutrition et Santé (2011, December 08)

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See detailSafety of long-term treatment of HAM/TSP patients with valproic acid
Olindo, Stéphane; Belrose, Gildas; Gillet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Blood (2011), 118(24), 6306-6309

HTLV-Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system induced by Human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1). As a potential ... [more ▼]

HTLV-Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system induced by Human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1). As a potential therapeutic approach, we previously suggested reducing the proviral load (PVL) by modulating lysine deacetylase activity using valproic acid (VPA) and exposing virus-positive cells to the host immune response. We conducted a single-center, two-year open-label trial, with 19 HAM/TSP volunteers treated with oral VPA. PVL, CD38/HLA-DR expression and CD8+ lysis efficiency were not significantly affected by VPA. Mean scores of HAM/TSP disability did not differ between baseline and final visit. Walking Time Test (WTT) increased significantly (>20%) in 3 patients and was in keeping with minor VPA side effects (drowsiness and tremor). WTT improved rapidly after VPA discontinuation. We conclude that long term treatment with VPA is safe in HAM/TSP. [less ▲]

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See detailLes méandres de la réception des travaux : exposé de synthèse
Kohl, Benoît ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 08)

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See detailTactique et techniques du corps dans "L'An 5 de la révolution algérienne" de Frantz Fanon
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 08)

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See detailEvaluation environnementale de la production d'électricité photovoltaïque par Analyse du Cycle de Vie
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Poster session: Quelles approches transversales pour intégrer le développement durable dans la recherche? Exemples en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (2011, December 08)

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See detailLe trasformazioni della "Peripèteia"
Cigana, Lorenzo ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 07)

An analysis of the notion of "peripèteia" in Aristotle's Poetics: is it a narratologic, formal category or an interpretative one?

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See detailComment programmer un système neuronal avec un langage et une conscience ?
Dubois, Daniel ULg

in Acta Europeana Systemica (2011, December 07), 1

This communication deals with the question to know if this is possible to program a neural system with a language and a consciousness. There are several levels and categories of language, by example ... [more ▼]

This communication deals with the question to know if this is possible to program a neural system with a language and a consciousness. There are several levels and categories of language, by example, verbal and non-verbal languages, signs language, etc. There are also several levels and categories of consciousness, by example, verbal consciousness, non-verbal selfconsciousness, and absence of consciousness with the a-consciousness. By a systemic approach, we extend the role of the brain to the whole neural ectoderm, including the nervous systems, the brainstem, the brain, and the skin that is the actual envelope of the brain to the environment. This paper will demonstrate that such a neural system can be programmed, on the basis of scientific research in experimental neurosciences and in artificial intelligence, extending de facto all the possibilities of learning of classical neural networks. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficiently Approximating Markov Tree Bagging for High-Dimensional Density Estimation
Schnitzler, François ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 07)

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See detailSaving our soil information, making our soil map more understandable, usable and useful in the digital era: contribution of the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia Project
Legrain, Xavier ULg; Michel, Brieuc ULg; Bock, Laurent ULg et al

Scientific conference (2011, December 07)

Due to greater awareness of the necessity to preserve soil functions from human pressure on the environment, the need for soil information is increasing. Supported by the evolution of technologies these ... [more ▼]

Due to greater awareness of the necessity to preserve soil functions from human pressure on the environment, the need for soil information is increasing. Supported by the evolution of technologies these last decades, great efforts were achieved to provide up-to-date, high resolution, continuous data on soil properties. These efforts are valuable and necessary, but they are often restricted to limited surfaces. Morevover, each of these data reveals partial picture of the soil and doesn’t give an insight into their genesis, organisation and functionality. Therefore the Soil Map of Belgium remains an essential resource. On the other hand, foreign (soil) scientists frequently claim that we (the Belgium country) have a prodigious soil map and implicitly conclude we don’t need any more soil information. More questionable, many users of the now available digital soil maps think they obtained the « Holy Grail » allowing them to extract all the information they need about soil. This is clearly not the case, many currently « wanted » soil parameters being either missing, or displaying insufficient precision. But the wealthy potential of the Soil Map of Belgium in itself is not enough nor always advisedly used. Here are some of the multiple reasons to underline: (i) the map and its legend are complex and few people take/have time to (properly) learn it before use ; (ii) the great number of legend units is confusing for users, lacking tools for organising and stratifying their data ; (iii) the easygoing use (from a GIS point of view) of the legend units, due to their concatenated structure and facilitated by the split structure of the digital map’s attribute table, leads incidiously to a clearcut « symbol by symbol » use of the map, coupled with strict definition of the symbols. Hence a sharp loss of information and comprehension emerging from the whole legend unit or linked to the interpretation of the symbols ; (iv) without the undeniable expert knowledge of the generation who made the map, the current users don’t have in mind the regional nuance, the numerous implicit information lying into the legend, the concepts used during the survey and reflecting state of knowledge on soil formation and their relative importance for agricultural land-use in the 1950s ; (v) the new generation is desperatly short of practice of soil observation in the field ; (vi) a wealth of information is also being lost when the field notes, unpublished reports, minutes of meetings and draft maps are being disregarded, as well as other legacy data associated with the map (booklets, monographs, …). This presentation will show through selected examples how the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia Project contribute to overcome this situation in order to reach this ambitious but feasible objective : a better understanding and use of the Soil Map of Belgium by the maximum of people. [less ▲]

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See detailEffective conservation of an endangered newt species (Triturus cristatus): determinants from local to landscape scales
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Perez, Amélie; Ficetola, Francesco

Conference (2011, December 07)

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