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See detailOn the human pose recovery based on a single view
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International conference on pattern recognition applications and methods (ICPRAM) (2012, February)

Estimating the pose of the observed person is crucial for a large variety of applications including home entertainment, man-machine interaction, video surveillance, etc. Often, only a single side view is ... [more ▼]

Estimating the pose of the observed person is crucial for a large variety of applications including home entertainment, man-machine interaction, video surveillance, etc. Often, only a single side view is available, but authors claim that it is possible to derive the pose despite that humans evolve in a 3D environment. In addition, to decrease the sensitivity to color and texture, it is preferable to rely only on the silhouette to recover the pose. Under these conditions, we show that there is an intrinsic limitation: at least two poses correspond to the observed silhouette. We discuss this intrinsic limitation in details in this short paper. To our knowledge, this issue has been overlooked by authors in the past. We observe that this limitation has an impact on the way previous reported results should be interpreted, and it has clearly to be taken into account for designing new methods. [less ▲]

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See detail"Blumenworte / Kriegsgestammel" - Rose Ausländer au Pays des Mots
Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2012)

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See detailA dynamic analysis of higher-comoment risk premiums in Hedge Fund returns
Lambert, Marie ULg

in Journal of Derivatives and Hedge Funds (2012), 18(1), 73-84

Hedge funds display a strong non-linear payoff structure because of the use of highly dynamic trading strategies. This article examines the relevance of using higherorder comoment equity risk premiums ... [more ▼]

Hedge funds display a strong non-linear payoff structure because of the use of highly dynamic trading strategies. This article examines the relevance of using higherorder comoment equity risk premiums implied in the United States and the emerging markets for capturing these return non-linearities. We provide evidence that the higherorder comoment equity risk premiums help in explaining the returns of the different hedge fund strategies from the Hedge Fund Research classification. We perform a dynamic analysis where moment risk exposures are examined separately in up and down markets. We show that hedge fund styles tend to vary their exposures to moment risks according to the market regimes. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterminism in tropical forest biomass distribution due to forest spatial structure, highlighted by the study of the edge effect.
Bastin, Jean-François ULg; Bogaert, Jan; De Cannière, Charles

in Islands in land- and seascape: the challenges of fragmentation, Erlangen February 2012 (2012, February)

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See detailEvaluation of the Enhanced Assumed Strain and Assumed Natural Strain in the SSH3D and RESS3 Solid Shell Elements for Single Point Incremental Forming Simulation
Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg; Ben Bettaieb, Amine ULg; Velosa de Sena, José Ilidio et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2012), 504-506

Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) is a recent sheet forming process which can give a symmetrical or asymmetrical shape by using a small tool. Without the need of dies, the SPIF is capable to deal ... [more ▼]

Single Point Incremental Forming (SPIF) is a recent sheet forming process which can give a symmetrical or asymmetrical shape by using a small tool. Without the need of dies, the SPIF is capable to deal with rapid prototyping and small batch productions at low cost. Extensive research from both experimental and numerical sides has been carried out in the last years. Recent developments in the finite element simulations for sheet metal forming have allowed new modeling techniques, such as the Solid Shell elements, which combine the main features of shell hypothesis with a solid-brick element. In this article, two recently developed elements -SSH3D element [1, 2] and RESS3 element [3]- implemented in Lagamine (finite element code developed by the ArGEnCo department of the University of Liège) are explained and evaluated using the SPIF line test. To avoid locking problems, the well-known Enhanced Assumed Strain (EAS) and Assumed Natural Strain (ANS) techniques are used. The influence of the different EAS and ANS parameters are analysed comparing the predicted tool forces and the shape of a transversal cut, at the end of the process. The results show a strong influence of the EAS in the forces prediction, proving that a correct choice is fundamental for an accurate simulation of the SPIF using Solid Shell elements. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple functional variants at the 3p21 locus contribute to ulcerative colitis: Results from a European consortium
Cleynen, I; Artieda, M; Verspaget, H et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2012)

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See detailA non-linear homogeneous model for bone-like materials under compressive load.
Mengoni, Marlène ULg; Voide, Romain; de Bien, Charlotte ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (2012), 28(2), 334-348

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which ... [more ▼]

Finite element (FE) models accurately compute the mechanical response of bone and bone-like materials when the models include their detailed microstructure. In order to simulate non-linear behavior, which currently is only feasible at the expense of extremely high computational costs, coarser models can be used if the local morphology has been linked to the apparent mechanical behavior. The aim of this paper is to implement and validate such a constitutive law. This law is able to capture the non-linear structural behavior of bone-like materials through the use of fabric tensors. It also allows for irreversible strains using an elastoplastic material model incorporating hardening. These features are expressed in a constitutive law based on the anisotropic continuum damage theory coupled with isotropic elastoplasticity in a finite strains framework. This material model was implemented into Metafor, a non-linear FE software. The implementation was validated against experimental data of cylindrical samples subjected to compression. Three materials with bone-like microstructure were tested : aluminum foams of variable density (ERG, Oakland, CA), PLA (polylactic acid) foam (CERM, University of Liège) and cancellous bone tissue of a deer antler (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège). [less ▲]

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See detailA method for evaluating transport energy consumption in suburban areas
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Environmental Impact Assessment Review (2012), 33

Urban sprawl is a major issue for sustainable development. It represents a significant contribution to energy consumption of a territory especially due to transportation requirements. However, transport ... [more ▼]

Urban sprawl is a major issue for sustainable development. It represents a significant contribution to energy consumption of a territory especially due to transportation requirements. However, transport energy consumption is rarely taken into account when the sustainability of suburban structures is studied. In this context, the paper presents a method to estimate transport energy consumption in residential suburban areas. The study aimed, on this basis, at highlighting the most efficient strategies needed to promote awareness and to give practical hints on how to reduce transport energy consumption linked to urban sprawl in existing and future suburban neighborhoods. The method uses data collected by using empirical surveys and GIS. An application of this method is presented concerning the comparison of four suburban districts located in Belgium to demonstrate the advantages of the approach. The influence of several parameters, such as distance to work places and services, use of public transport and performance of the vehicles, are then discussed to allow a range of different development situations to be explored. The results of the case studies highlight that travelled distances, and thus a good mix between activities at the living area scale, are of primordial importance for the energy performance, whereas means of transport used is only of little impact. Improving the performance of the vehicles and favoring home-work give also significant energy savings. The method can be used when planning new areas or retrofitting existing ones, as well as promoting more sustainable life styles regarding transport habits. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the cytotoxicity of organic dust components on thp1 monocytes-derived-macrophages using high content analysis
Ramery, Eve ULg; O'Brien, Peter James

in Environmental Toxicology (2012)

Organic dust contains pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce significant airway diseases following chronic exposure. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells of the ... [more ▼]

Organic dust contains pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce significant airway diseases following chronic exposure. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells of the respiratory tract. Several studies have investigated the effects of PAMPs and mainly endotoxins, on cytokine production. However the sub-lethal cytotoxicity of organic dust components on macrophages has not been tested yet. The novel technology of high content analysis (HCA) is already used to assess subclinical drug-induced toxicity. It combines the capabilities of flow cytometry, intracellular fluorescence probes, and image analysis and enables rapid multiple analyses in large numbers of samples. In the present study, HCA was used to investigate the cytotoxicity of the 3 major PAMPs contained in organic dust, ie. endotoxin (LPS), peptidoglycan (PGN) and β-glucans (zymosan) on THP-1 monocyte-derived macrophages. LPS was used at concentrations of 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 1 μg/ml; PGN and zymosan were used at concentrations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 μg/ml. Cells were exposed to PAMPs for 24 h. In addition, the oxidative burst and the phagocytic capabilities of the cells were tested. An overlap between PGN intrinsic fluorescence and red/far-red fluorescent dyes occurred, rendering the evaluation of some parameters impossible for PGN. LPS induced sub-lethal cytotoxicity at the lowest dose (from 50 ng/ml). However, the greatest cytotoxic changes occurred with zymosan. In addition, zymosan, but not LPS, induced phagosome maturation and oxidative burst. Given the fact that β-glucans can be up to 100-fold more concentrated in organic dust than LPS, these results suggest that β-glucans could play a major role in macrophage impairment following heavy dust exposure and will merit further investigation in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailContract 21539/08/NL/SFe - Advancement of mechanical verification methods for non-linear spacecraft: Modal analysis using nonlinear normal modes.
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Report (2012)

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear modal analysis to spacecraft structures. To this end, algorithms for the continuation of periodic solutions are applied to ... [more ▼]

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of nonlinear modal analysis to spacecraft structures. To this end, algorithms for the continuation of periodic solutions are applied to the finite element model of the SmallSat spacecraft. Nonlinear normal modes and their corresponding frequencies of oscillation are computed, and the results are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dosage des acides gras érythrocytaires : comparaison entre une population de référence et des sujets ayant présenté un infarctus aigu du myocarde
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Leroy, Ludovic; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2012, February)

Introduction Un acide gras (AG) est un acide carboxylique avec une longue chaine aliphatique, qui peut être saturé ou insaturé. Récemment, le rôle des AG, particulièrement, celui des oméga-3 et oméga-6, a ... [more ▼]

Introduction Un acide gras (AG) est un acide carboxylique avec une longue chaine aliphatique, qui peut être saturé ou insaturé. Récemment, le rôle des AG, particulièrement, celui des oméga-3 et oméga-6, a émergé comme facteur de risque cardiovasculaire dans la littérature. Le but de ce travail était de comparer les taux d’AG mesurés dans une population saine avec ceux obtenus chez des patients admis aux urgences pour un infarctus du myocarde. Matériels et méthodes Cinquante quatre sujets sains (33±11ans, 31 femmes) ont été sélectionnés comme population de référence. Ces derniers ont été sélectionnés selon leur mode de vie (alimentation, tabac, etc). En parallèle, nous avons dosé les AG chez 33 patients (55±9 ans, 12 femmes) admis dans le service d’urgence de notre institution pour infarctus aigu du myocarde (AMI). Le sang était prélevé sur EDTA. Avant l’analyse, les échantillons étaient lavés et transméthylés. Le dosage des AG était réalisé par chromatographie gazeuse couplée à un détecteur à ionisation de flamme (GCFID). Après le dosage, nous avons réalisés une comparaison des taux, sommes et rapport entre les différents AG ainsi que l’index oméga-3 (somme de l’acide eicosapentaénoïque et docosahexaénoïque) obtenus dans les 2 groupes. Résultats. Des valeurs de référence ont été obtenues pour notre population de référence via le logiciel de statistique MedCalc. Dans le groupe AMI, les taux d’oméga-6 étaient significativement plus élevés (p<0.05) pour C18:2n6 (Figure 1) et C18:3n6 (Figure 2)comparés aux résultats obtenus dans la population de référence. Par contre les taux d’oméga-3 étaient significativement plus bas (p<0.01) par rapport aux sujets de référence pour le C22 :6n3 (Figure 3). L’index oméga-3 montrait une valeur plus basse et le rapport oméga-6/oméga-3 était plus élevé dans le groupe AMI comparé aux sujets de référence. Conclusion Le dosage des AG est un nouvel outil que le laboratoire peut proposer aux cliniciens afin de stratifier les patients présentant le plus de risque cardiovasculaire avant ou après un infarctus du myocarde. Ces patients pourraient ainsi être supplémenté en acides gras oméga-3 afin d’éviter les récidives d’infarctus du myocarde ou de diminuer la formation de la plaque d’athérosclérose avant le premier accident. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Particle Packing on Elastic Properties of Concrete
He, Huan ULg; Stroeven, Piet; Stroeven, Martijn et al

in Magzine of Concrete Research (2012), 64(2), 163-175

Concrete is a complex composite material. Hence, the main components of concrete on meso-scale should be considered when studying its global elastic properties. As a main ingredient of concrete, aggregate ... [more ▼]

Concrete is a complex composite material. Hence, the main components of concrete on meso-scale should be considered when studying its global elastic properties. As a main ingredient of concrete, aggregate will exert influences on the elastic properties of concrete. In the present study, particularly particle shape and particle packing are considered of relevance. The densely packed structure of arbitrary shaped aggregate is simulated by a concurrent algorithm-based discrete element modelling (DEM) system. A comparison is pursued of data, produced by numerical models, either based on arbitrary angular-shaped particles or on spherical ones. This will be accomplished by means of the finite element method (FEM). The results can be used to evaluate the adequacy for this purpose of conventional numerical or analytical models based on spherical aggregates. The influences exerted on the elastic properties of concrete by other factors, such as the mechanical and physical properties of the aggregate, the ITZ and the matrix will also be addressed in this study. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a Dynamic Stakeholder Management framework for CSR Certifications
Abboubi, Manal; Cornet, Annie ULg

in International Journal of Business and Social Science (2012), 3(4),

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See detailDéveloppement d'un prototype exploitant les brevets ViBe et le chiffrement d'images
Schadeck, Damien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

Report (2012)

This report develops many software enhancements proposed to speed up ViBe, a patented technology designed to detect backgrounds and motion in video sequences. It also elaborates on a technology for the ... [more ▼]

This report develops many software enhancements proposed to speed up ViBe, a patented technology designed to detect backgrounds and motion in video sequences. It also elaborates on a technology for the partial encryption of images. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat have the last outbreaks of atypical myopathy in Europe told us: new epidemiological evidence.
Votion, Dominique ULg

in Verwilghen, Denis; Van Galen, Gaby; Busoni, Valeria (Eds.) Belgian International Congress: Hippos 2012 (2012, February)

Atypical myopathy outbreaks are of an acute and unexpected nature and the information given in this review aims at helping equine practitioners in the recognition and handling of a suspected case in the ... [more ▼]

Atypical myopathy outbreaks are of an acute and unexpected nature and the information given in this review aims at helping equine practitioners in the recognition and handling of a suspected case in the event of AM outbreaks. So, this review (1) describes the diagnostic tools for AM, (2) reports prognostic criteria, and (3) lists preventive measures based on recent epidemiological surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailA Single Ancient Origin for Prototypical Serine/Arginine-Rich Splicing Factors1[W][OA]
Califice, Sophie; Baurain, Denis ULg; Hanikenne, Marc ULg et al

in Plant Physiology (2012), 158(2), 546-560

Eukaryotic pre-mRNA splicing is a process involving a very complex RNA-protein edifice. Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins play essential roles in pre-mRNA constitutive and alternative splicing, and have ... [more ▼]

Eukaryotic pre-mRNA splicing is a process involving a very complex RNA-protein edifice. Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins play essential roles in pre-mRNA constitutive and alternative splicing, and have been suggested to be crucial in plant-specific forms of developmental regulation and environmental adaptation. Despite their functional importance, little is known about their origin and evolutionary history. SR splicing factors have a modular organization featuring at least one RRM domain and a C-terminal region enriched in Ser/Arg dipeptides. To investigate the evolution of SR proteins, we infer phylogenies for >12,000 RRM domains representing >200 broadly sampled organisms. Our analyses reveal that the RRM domain is not restricted to eukaryotes and that all prototypical SR proteins share a single ancient origin, including the plant-specific SR45 protein. Based on these findings, we propose a scenario for their diversification into four natural families, each corresponding to a main SR architecture, and a dozen subfamilies, of which we profile both sequence conservation and composition. Finally, using operational criteria for computational discovery and classification, we catalogue SR proteins in 20 model organisms, with a focus on green algae and land plants. Altogether, our study confirms the homogeneity and antiquity of SR splicing factors, while establishing robust phylogenetic relationships between animal and plant proteins, which should enable functional analyses of lesser characterized SR family members, especially in green plants. [less ▲]

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See detailBénéfices démontrés et potentiels de l'administration intraveineuse périopératoire de lidocaïne
Giudice, Véronica; LAUWICK, Séverine ULg; KABA, Abdourahmane ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(2), 81-84

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See detailContract 21539/08/NL/SFe - Advancement of mechanical verification methods for non-linear spacecraft: Nonlinear identification using a subspace-based method in the frequency domain
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Report (2012)

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of a newly introduced nonlinear system identification technique to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments are ... [more ▼]

The objective of this technical note is to explore the applicability of a newly introduced nonlinear system identification technique to spacecraft structures. To this end, numerical experiments are conducted using a finite element model of the SmallSat spacecraft. A detailed introduction to the method, referred to as the frequency-domain nonlinear subspace identification (FNSI) method, is provided and its major assets are commented. Random-type and sine-sweep excitations are considered and identification results are extensively discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFrançois Jacqmin, entre l'ascèse et la tempête
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

Article for general public (2012)

François Jacqmin compte parmi les quelques deux ou trois plus grands poètes de Belgique. Toute l’écriture de celui qui a dit « la poésie sera consolatrice, ou rien » est une lutte contre les limites ou ... [more ▼]

François Jacqmin compte parmi les quelques deux ou trois plus grands poètes de Belgique. Toute l’écriture de celui qui a dit « la poésie sera consolatrice, ou rien » est une lutte contre les limites ou les illusions de la pensée et de la parole, une tentative de dépasser l’impuissance de la poésie à conserver trace de l’émerveillement de l’homme devant la nature. Réel et langage, désir et nihilisme sont les pôles d’une œuvre capitale. [less ▲]

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