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See detailSuburban areas favoring energy efficiency (SAFE) : Rapport scientifique et technique final.
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; de Meester, Tatiana; De Herde, André et al

Report (2012)

Rapport de recherches final présentant les résultats du projet de recherches SAFE (2009-2012). Le projet de recherches SAFE portait sur l'évaluation énergétique des quartiers périurbains existants dans le ... [more ▼]

Rapport de recherches final présentant les résultats du projet de recherches SAFE (2009-2012). Le projet de recherches SAFE portait sur l'évaluation énergétique des quartiers périurbains existants dans le but d'en améliorer l'efficience énergétique par le développement de nouveaux modes de conception et de planification des tissus périurbains. L'objectif concret de ce projet de recherche est d'offrir un outil informatique interactif, accessible sur le web (www.safe-energie.be), qui permette d'évaluer l'efficience énergétique des lotissements wallons existants et de comparer différentes stratégies de renouvellement périurbain. Cet outil est destiné à l'ensemble des acteurs du processus de conception, réalisation et rénovation du milieu urbain. L'outil informatique développé estl'aboutissement d'une recherche de pointe basée sur la modélisation énergétique de quartiers périurbains à l'aide de simulations du microclimat urbain (logiciel de CFD, etc), de simulations dynamiques des consommations énergétiques des bâtiments pendant leur utilisation et de simulations énergétiques des fragments urbains sur l'ensemble de leur cycle de vie (intégrant l'évaluation énergétique des bâtiments, du transport et des réseaux d'énergie). [less ▲]

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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 detailPièges à cécidomyies : des outils pour la lutte intégrée
Chavalle, Sandrine; Censier, Florence ULg; De Proft, Michel

in Destain, Jean-Pierre; Bodson, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2012, February)

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See detailCyclic behaviour of cohesionless soils under seismic loading
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2012)

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See detailPOST-COMBUSTION CO2 CAPTURE: Global Process Simulation and Solvent Degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Lepaumier, Hélène; Blandina, Fabrice et al

Poster (2012, February)

One of the biggest upcoming challenges concerning both environmental and energy systems engineering is the control and limitation of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity. Fossil fuels-fired ... [more ▼]

One of the biggest upcoming challenges concerning both environmental and energy systems engineering is the control and limitation of greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity. Fossil fuels-fired power plants are in this context one of the main contributors due to the large amounts of CO2 emitted. Different technologies have been developed for capturing CO2 from such power plants. This work focuses on post-combustion CO2 capture by reactive absorption into amine solvents like monoethanolamine (MEA). The main drawback of this technology is actually the high energy requirement of the process, especially for solvent regeneration. It is then highly interesting to model the capture process so that optimal operating conditions could be approached by simulation thus reducing the number of expensive experimental tests. Thanks to the simulation, it has been possible to identify the most influent process variables and to optimize their value. It was also possible to study the impact of process modifications on the global capture efficiency. The improvements studied allowed for a reduction by up to 14% of the process exergy consumption. Another major drawback of the post-combustion CO2 capture is solvent degradation, which can be due to thermal as well as oxidative mechanisms. Degradation affects the CO2 capture process since it may cause corrosion, foaming and fouling, possibly inducing a decrease of the solvent efficiency and high additional operating costs due to solvent replacement. In order to study degradation of conventional amine solvents as well as degradation of novel solvents, a degradation test rig has been built at the University of Liège in collaboration with the company Laborelec, member of the GDF SUEZ group. First results show that degradation obtained on this lab installation can be compared to degradation results observed on CO2 capture pilot installation. The final objective of this thesis is to make a link between degradation and simulation. Experimental data obtained on the degradation test rig will be implemented into the existing simulation model so that optimal operating conditions considering both process energy efficiency and solvent degradation can be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailForensic study of volatile organic compounds released from decaying bodies
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Dekeirsschieter, Jessica ULg et al

in Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography-12 Book of abstracts (2012, February)

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See detailEloge académique du professeur Charles-Léon Lapière
Angenot, Luc ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2012), 167(1), 21-27

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See detailAssessment of health claims in the field of bone: a view of the Group for the Respect of Ethics and Excellence in Science (GREES)
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Rizzoli, René; Coxam, V. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2012), 23

Health claims for food products in Europe are permitted if the nutrient has been shown to have a beneficial nutritional or physiological effect. This paper defines health claims related to bone health and ... [more ▼]

Health claims for food products in Europe are permitted if the nutrient has been shown to have a beneficial nutritional or physiological effect. This paper defines health claims related to bone health and provides guidelines for the design and the methodology of clinical studies to support claims. [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 detailRhino vs paquebot: 1-0
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Article for general public (2012)

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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 detailLes quotas
Stone, Pete; Cornet, Annie ULg; Cusumano, Christophe ULg

in Peretti, Jean Marie (Ed.) L'encyclopédie de la Diversité: regards croisés (2012)

Within the framework of policies to promote the diversity, the use of quota is more and more discussed, what besides brings to the foreground tensions about this issue. There is no uniform model about ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of policies to promote the diversity, the use of quota is more and more discussed, what besides brings to the foreground tensions about this issue. There is no uniform model about that in the European countries. This article realizes an inventory of fixtures, in Belgium and in France, on the laws concerning the usage of the quota and the arguments (positive and negatives) in this issue. This research participates to show that the development of the quote in Europe joins in the passage of a regulation " soft law " towards one " hard law ". [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 detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

Article for general public (2012)

Survivantes; Kepler-20 et KOI-961;Êta Carinae; Exo-Saturne ? ; GRAIL; Tranquillityite; H1743-322; Matière noire; ACT-CL J0102-4915; Nébuleuse Oméga

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See detailUse of graphical modality in a collaborative design distant setting
Safin, Stéphane ULg; Juchmes, Roland ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (2012), Supplement 1

In this paper, we present an original environment, the Distributed Collaborative Design Studio (DCDS) which allows multimodal real-time remote exchanges, and which aims at re-creating remotely the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present an original environment, the Distributed Collaborative Design Studio (DCDS) which allows multimodal real-time remote exchanges, and which aims at re-creating remotely the conditions of co-present meetings. This environment associates a videoconference tool (supporting verbal and non-verbal communication) and an original real-time shared digital hand-drawn sketches system (supporting graphical communication). The users can import documents and annotate them in real-time at distance. In this paper, we are interested in studying the use of the graphical modality (digital sketch and document annotations) as a tool for collective design and remote communication. This study takes place in the framework of a collaborative architectural design studio, which has taken place during 3 month, and gathering students from Belgium and France to work together in 3 small groups mainly at distance. The study focuses on the role of graphical modality in the synchronous remote meetings supported by the DCDS. We identify the types of digital annotations made on the imported document, thanks to the electronic pen, and their role in the cognitive processes of designing and in the collaboration and communication processes. We also identify the different practices of digital sketching, according to the group and its collaborative strategies. We discuss the utility of the graphical modality as an efficient support for collaborative synchronous activities and show that the DCDS environment supports different strategies of collaborative design (co-design and distributed design). We conclude on recommendations for improving the system and for designing sketch-based collaborative environments. [less ▲]

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See detailPropositions pour une politique de soutien des indépendants en difficulté
Van Caillie, Didier ULg; Lambrecht, Johan

Book published by Fondation Roi Baudouin - 1ère édition (2012)

This study discusses seven proposals allowing to increase the efficiency of administrative and legal measures taken by Belgian Public Authorities to prevent and to tackle with the difficulties encountered ... [more ▼]

This study discusses seven proposals allowing to increase the efficiency of administrative and legal measures taken by Belgian Public Authorities to prevent and to tackle with the difficulties encountered by entrepreneurs confrontated to the first steps of a business decline. [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 detailRepeated cycles of DSS inducing a chronically relapsing inflammation: A novel model to study fibrosis using in vivo MRI T2 relaxometry
Breynaert, C; Dresselaers, T; Cremer, J et al

Poster (2012, February)

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See detailAsk the Periphery – a vantage point for understanding city and nationalism relations
Farah, Jihad ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

Conference (2012, February)

Studies on nationalism were often interested with the city, especially the city centers. The politics of heritage, the architecture of public buildings and the design and use of central public spaces are ... [more ▼]

Studies on nationalism were often interested with the city, especially the city centers. The politics of heritage, the architecture of public buildings and the design and use of central public spaces are often studied in relation to national identity politics. Municipal politics of the historical city in the face of central authorities’ urban politics is also frequently approached in the light of Nation-State building issues. If no doubt the consideration of city centers as a vantage point for understanding the relation between nationalism and the city is an interesting one that bore many fruits, we believe that a vantage point concentrating on the peripheries can highly contribute in unveiling other aspects of this relation. This paper aims at investigating the potentialities of this contribution. As the place where urbanization is taking place, the periphery is: - Where the national identity construction logic is put to test. First because, historically, it is here where the confrontation between the urban and the rural did first take place. Second, because rural exodus and migration, usually more important in the periphery, will continue to challenge it. - Where the city and the hinterland get connected through different national territory building networks. - Where the Nation-State central authorities will find the largest land reserves to develop their large emblematic projects. - Where urban fragmentation poses the strongest challenge to the unitarian message of nationalism, but also is where some nationalist movements might best develop In fact, the periphery represents equally a fertile ground for nationalism and for resistances to it. This paper will rely on the city of Beirut as a case study. [less ▲]

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