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See detailReforming the Postal Universal Service
Gautier, Axel ULg; Poudou, Jean-Christophe

Conference (2012, March 22)

The postal sector has dramatically changed in the recent years with the ongoing liberalization process and the increased competitive pressures from alternative communication channels (e-substitution ... [more ▼]

The postal sector has dramatically changed in the recent years with the ongoing liberalization process and the increased competitive pressures from alternative communication channels (e-substitution). These two effects concur to decrease the mail volume handled by the historical operator which in turn may threaten the financial viability of the universal service and may call for a reform of the universal service. This paper examines the question of reforming the postal universal service, first by considering that the universal service remains confined in the postal word and, latter, by defining a universal service that includes postal and electronic technologies. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom universal to local: celebrating new saints in the Southern Netherlands
Delfosse, Annick ULg

Conference (2012, March 22)

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See detailRickert On Historical Sciences: A Critical Appraisal
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

Conference (2012, March 22)

In this talk I discuss a significant objection that has been raised against the view of historical sciences held by Heinrich Rickert: the accusation of “fruitless formalism”. This accusation has been ... [more ▼]

In this talk I discuss a significant objection that has been raised against the view of historical sciences held by Heinrich Rickert: the accusation of “fruitless formalism”. This accusation has been expressed by a large number of thinkers, including for instance Wilhelm Wundt, Edmund Husserl, Max Frischeisen-Köhler and Eduard Spranger. As one knows, Rickert answered the objection in the last editions of his major book, "The Limits of the Concept Formation in Natural Sciences". His strategy was, first, to distance himself from a certain interpretation I will call the “formal view”, and, second, to argue for the fruitfulness of his own, more sophisticated view. However, as suggested by other representatives of the Bade School (like Richard Kroner), it is doubtful that the Rickert view perfectly succeeded in resorbing the shortcomings of the formal view. - In the first, introductive section I will put the formalism-problem in connection with a definite sub-set of issues within the broader framework of the philosophy of history (1). In the second and third sections I will address two questions related, respectively, to the nature of historical form (2) and to the nature of historical material (3). I will then contrast the formal view with the Rickert view on the one hand and with Kroner’s contentual view on the other hand. In the last, conclusive section I will try to draw some general implications of the formalism-controversy (4). [less ▲]

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See detailLa fédéralisation des allocations familiales et son impact sur la répartition des compétences
Behrendt, Christian ULg

Conference (2012, March 22)

Communication orale donnée le 22 mars 2012 à "l'Université de printemps" organisée par La Ligue des Familles et consacrée à la défédéralisation projetée de la compétence des allocations familiales, telle ... [more ▼]

Communication orale donnée le 22 mars 2012 à "l'Université de printemps" organisée par La Ligue des Familles et consacrée à la défédéralisation projetée de la compétence des allocations familiales, telle que décidée dans l'accord institutionnel du 11 octobre 2011. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of acid and enzymatic methods for insulin dosage: Analytical performances and impact on glomerular filtration rate evaluation
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Thibaudin, L.; Souvignet, M. et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2012), 413(5-6), 556-560

Among issues susceptible to hamper a reliable measurement of inulin clearance, those regarding the dosage of inulin are largely neglected. We have compared the analytical performances of 2 commonly used ... [more ▼]

Among issues susceptible to hamper a reliable measurement of inulin clearance, those regarding the dosage of inulin are largely neglected. We have compared the analytical performances of 2 commonly used methods of inulin dosage (one “acid” and one “enzymatic” method) and studied their potential impact on the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) value given by inulin clearance. Repeatability, uncertainty and the beta-expectation limits were evaluated from pre-determined serum and urine pools of inulin. Agreement between the two methods was analyzed from 99 inulin clearances performed in renal transplant patients. Impact of the method of dosage on GFR evaluation was simulated according to the respective beta-expectations limits of each method. Overall, intra-assay coefficient of variability and relative bias were inferior to 5% and 10% for both methods. Contrary to the acid method, analytical performance of the enzymatic method was not influenced by the presence of glucose. The relative difference in GFR values obtained with the two methods in transplant patients was − 0.4 ± 10%. Simulations suggested that changes in inulin concentration attributable to analytical error could modify the value of GFR from − 12% to + 28%. In conclusion, while analytical performances are globally acceptable for both methods, they are not strictly equivalent. The impact on the determination of GFR, albeit limited, is not negligible and adds to other sources of inaccuracy. International standardization for the dosage of inulin is necessary. [less ▲]

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See detailThe connection between inner and outer debris disks probed by infrared interferometry
Absil, Olivier ULg

Conference (2012, March 22)

The far-infrared surveys of nearby main sequence stars performed since the launch of IRAS have shown that a significant fraction of main sequence stars are surrounded by cold dust populations. These ... [more ▼]

The far-infrared surveys of nearby main sequence stars performed since the launch of IRAS have shown that a significant fraction of main sequence stars are surrounded by cold dust populations. These surveys are now culminating with the the DUNES and DEBRIS key projects of the Herschel Space Observatory, which is more sensitive than ever and is able to detect cold dust populations with densities similar to that of the solar system Kuiper belt. However, little is known about the occurence of warm dust populations, the equivalent of our zodiacal cloud. Since 2005, high-precision infrared interferometers have opened a new way to directly resolve these exozodiacal dust populations. Interferometric observations enable to reach dynamic ranges (larger than 100:1) that are generally not achievable with classical spectro-photometric observations. We are currently carrying out a survey to characterise the hot dust populations around main sequence stars. The first results of this survey, performed on the CHARA array with the FLUOR instrument, will be presented in this talk. The results are based on a magnitude-limited sample of stars surrounded by cold dust and on an equivalent sample of stars showing no cold dust emission. The statistics for the occurence of bright exozodiacal disks will be presented, and compared with the Spitzer and Herschel results. The possible (dynamical) connections between the two populations will be discussed. We will also review the results obtained by other interferometers and discuss the on-going projects. [less ▲]

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See detailBallade de l'homme seul. Fuite, étrangeté et extase dans quelques films de W. Herzog
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Scientific conference (2012, March 22)

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See detailL'Éducation au cinéma en Belgique : analyse institutionnelle d'un territoire fragmenté
Van Cauwenberge, Geneviève ULg

Conference (2012, March 22)

Mon intervention entend constituer une contribution à l’histoire institutionnelle de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique francophone. Jusqu’ici l’histoire de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique s’est ... [more ▼]

Mon intervention entend constituer une contribution à l’histoire institutionnelle de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique francophone. Jusqu’ici l’histoire de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique s’est surtout élaborée par le biais de l’évocation des personnalités marquantes qui en ont été les acteurs (c’est par exemple dans le cadre d’un texte consacré à André Delvaux que Paul Davay évoque les débuts de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique dans son ouvrage, Cinéma de Belgique). L’histoire institutionnelle de l’enseignement du cinéma reste, quant à elle, largement à écrire. La mise en place de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique est due à diverses instances: la Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, le Ministère de la Communauté française, les écoles d’enseignement supérieur non-universitaire et les universités. On examinera le rôle respectif de chacune de ces instances en évoquant leurs divergences de vue mais aussi leurs diverses collaborations. Faisant retour à des textes fondateurs, tel le rapport rédigé en 1966 par Victor Bachy pour l’Unesco, on montrera comment les clivages entre enseignement laïc et confessionnel qui divisent le paysage scolaire francophone en Belgique se sont répercutés au niveau de l’enseignement du cinéma, contribuant à son éparpillement. On envisagera les conceptions respectives de la culture cinématographique et des finalités de l’enseignement du cinéma qui se sont développées dans chacun des réseaux d’enseignement. On verra aussi comment les diverses écoles et universités ont défini leur spécificité en matière de contenu d’enseignement et d’approche du cinéma (théorique, pratique, pratico/théorique) pour se positionner les unes par rapport aux autres dans le champ de l’enseignement du cinéma en Belgique. [less ▲]

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See detailVitamine D et diabète
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; MATHIEU, C

Conference (2012, March 22)

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See detailPartnership in medicine : how to promote the collaboration between general practitioners, occupational physicians and social insurance physicians
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; Vanmeerbeek, Marc ULg; Schippers, Nathalie ULg et al

Conference (2012, March 22)

Introduction: Many situations justify a close collaboration between GP, OP and SIP. Health problems impact work activity and vice versa. An altered health situation confronts workers with the risk of ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Many situations justify a close collaboration between GP, OP and SIP. Health problems impact work activity and vice versa. An altered health situation confronts workers with the risk of exclusion from the labour market. An interprofessional collaboration is thus needed to promote a more active policy of rehabilitation of workers on long term sickness absence. The Belgian Ministry of Employment initiated this study to identify communication channels and tools that could support collaboration among those health professionals. Methods: To this purpose, 8 nominal groups were organised to think about proposals to improve interdisciplinary collaboration. In sum 42 GP’s, 16 OP’s and 16 SIP’s participated in the discussions. For the elaboration of the final proposals, the research team relied on a multidisciplinary expert group. Results: An asymmetric relation was observed; each group expressed the need to receive information from the two others, but proposals to transfer information were rare. Exchanges in the groups showed that reciprocal ignorance is important and communication modalities are poor. A profound revision of the information transmission procedures seemed necessary. Several practical proposals were made to improve communication in case of sickness absence over three months, to allow information transfer and to promote mutual respect between the three disciplines. Other proposals considered professional training, and professional competencies which need to be better defined. Discussion: Misconceptions of the role of the different professional disciplines form a barrier to an effective collaboration. Technical and regulatory measures alone will not bring about a real promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration. The proposals arising from the study will contribute to increase reciprocal knowledge between professionals from the three disciplines and thus form the basis of a more effective collaboration. In turn, the experience of collaboration could have a beneficial effect on the reciprocal representations of each partner role. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights on the quasars central region from microlensed quasars
Sluse, Dominique ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Wambsganss, Joachim et al

Conference (2012, March 21)

Our detailed understanding of the working engine of quasars is still incomplete. Several basic questions remain such as: How is the supermassive black hole in the center of quasars fed ? What is the ... [more ▼]

Our detailed understanding of the working engine of quasars is still incomplete. Several basic questions remain such as: How is the supermassive black hole in the center of quasars fed ? What is the geometry and kinematics of the gas flow near the black hole ? The slow advances in answering these questions during the last decades advocates for new research methods. The analysis of the microlensing-induced deformations of multiply-imaged quasars is one such technique. It starts to be used as a tool to measure the temperature profile of the accretion disk, to estimate the size and study the geometry of the region emitting the broad emission lines. However, up to now, these applications have concerned mostly a handful of systems. In this talk, I will discuss the occurence of microlensing in a sample known strongly-lensed quasars and present the variety of emission-line deformations which is observed. I will also explain how spectroscopic follow-up of strongly-lensed quasars in the survey era should provide important insights on the quasar structure. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects psychosociologiques de la maladie d’Alzheimer
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Scientific conference (2012, March 21)

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See detail3-D cinéma : Quelques reliefs du discours du cinéma total
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Conference (2012, March 21)

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See detailBio-inspired polymers for the functionalization of industrial steel surfaces
Faure, Emilie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

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See detailInfluence de l'état d'ameublissement et de la rugosité du sol des parcelles agricoles sur l'exactitude de l'altitude des points de contrôle positionnés au GPS
Ouedraogo, Mohamar ULg; Debouche, Charles ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2012), 16(1), 33-44

Our goal in this study is to estimate through ranges of variation, the impact of agricultural parcels soil’s tilth and roughness, due to cultivation techniques, on the exactness of ground control points ... [more ▼]

Our goal in this study is to estimate through ranges of variation, the impact of agricultural parcels soil’s tilth and roughness, due to cultivation techniques, on the exactness of ground control points elevation surveyed by RTK (Real Time Kinematic) GPS (Global Positioning System). So, 16 point’s elevations which were located each 100 mm on a transect have been surveyed first by using a total station (TS), and then a RTK GPS in 2 parcels (3 transects per parcel). Cultivation techniques on those parcels were different. The parcel 1 was tilled, and the soil of parcel 2 was prepared for cereal cropping. Then, the analysis of variance has been applied on the differences of TS and RTK GPS elevations data to estimate the confidence interval of ground control points elevation due (i) to soil tilth, whereas the times series statistical method have been applied on elevation data to estimate the confidence interval due (ii) to soil roughness. The confidence intervals of points elevation are estimated being (i) [51 mm; 57 mm], (ii) [-4 mm; 4 mm] for parcel 1, and (i) [97 mm; 113 mm], (ii) [-35 mm; 23 mm], for parcel 2. Results show that ground control point’s elevations exactness is influenced by soil tilth and soil roughness. In conclusion, we can admit that soil tilth and soil roughness have significant impact on the exactness of ground control points located on agricultural parcels. This impact must be considered in DEM errors evaluation of agricultural watershed. [less ▲]

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See detailStatut unique : la fin d’une époque?
Pichault, François ULg

Conference (2012, March 21)

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See detailA Target Projector for Videogrammetry under Vacuum Conditions
Roose, Stéphane ULg; Mazzoli, Alexandra ULg; Barzin, Pascal ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, March 21)

Videogrammetry is a 3-dimensional co-ordinate measuring technique that (now) uses digital image capture as the recording method. Images are taken from at least two different locations and the light-rays ... [more ▼]

Videogrammetry is a 3-dimensional co-ordinate measuring technique that (now) uses digital image capture as the recording method. Images are taken from at least two different locations and the light-rays from the camera to the measurement object are intersected by triangulation into 3D point coordinates. With a large number of images, the camera orientation and 3D point locations are accurately determined with the use of a full mathematical model (bundle adjustment). Adhesive targets are commonly used for point materialization. Those targets consist of a retro-reflective material, with an adhesive backing for sticking to the structure under investigation. A drawback of these types of targets is that they can lose their adhesion and shape during thermal vacuum cycling, especially when cryogenic temperatures are involved. In addition the operation of placing and removing targets is a critical procedure that can lead to undesirable contamination and damage to the test item. Because they require to be physically attached to the surface to be measured, this can also compromise the quality assurance of the test object. Such problems were encountered during cryogenic thermal vacuum qualification testing of the ESA Planck Surveyor mission telescope reflectors. In the development described here the aim was to replace the use of adhesive targets by projected dots. The idea is not fundamentally new. Indeed a US company, Geodetic Systems Inc. (GSI) proposes already a commercial target projector for videogrammetry which uses a flashlamp and is adequate for workshop and laboratory applications. Dot projection videogrammetry is also suggested as a shape measurement method of Gossamer structures, membrane reflectors, etc…Note that there are fundamental differences in use and applications of retro-reflective targets and dot projection: • Retro-reflective targets are materialized on the test article. They appear as fiducials attached to the test article. Any relative distortion of the materialized point can be tracked with respect to the test article itself. • Projected dots are not materialized on the object. Practically a specific point cannot be tracked by this method. The dense cloud of projected dots allows sampling the surface or the shape in an arbitrary way.The Target Projector System (TPS), described here (Fig.1), was designed and manufactured to operate in the Large Space Simulator (LSS) of ESAof ESA under thermal vacuum conditions and to have a minimized temperature exchange with its environment. It is operational over a temperature range of 90K to 350 K, and has a wavelength of 808 nm.Qualification tests and results under vacuum, along with an assessment of the videogrammetric accuracy achievable for various configurations of this unique device are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailChemically resistant encapsulation for MEMS release
Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Tooten, ester; Axisa, Fabrice ULg et al

Conference (2012, March 21)

We have proposed and explored a novel sequence in MEMS fabrication process flow. The novel MEMS fabrication process flow can be shortly described as a “packaging first, MEMS release second”. We propose to ... [more ▼]

We have proposed and explored a novel sequence in MEMS fabrication process flow. The novel MEMS fabrication process flow can be shortly described as a “packaging first, MEMS release second”. We propose to package the MEMS device first (die mount, wire bonding and encapsulation) and to perform the MEMS release as the last step in the fabrication process flow. The standard route for IC manufacturing is, that the die packaging is the last step [1]. Such approach can’t be directly transferred and used for MEMS fabrication [2]. The main reason for that, that the MEMS device after the release becomes vulnerable to any physical and chemical exposure. Such exposure can occur during transportation, handling or any post-processing (incl. the packaging). [less ▲]

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