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See detailImproving Overlay Routing scalability using an Internet Coordinate System
Cantin, François ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Nowadays lots of real time applications are used over the Internet: voice over IP, online video games, etc. For these applications the performance of the path between two communicating nodes is critical ... [more ▼]

Nowadays lots of real time applications are used over the Internet: voice over IP, online video games, etc. For these applications the performance of the path between two communicating nodes is critical. Particularly, most of these applications require small delays between communicating nodes. For these applications, the problem is that the choice of the routes in the Internet is generally not very much guided by performance concerns. It is well known that for lots of node pairs the default Internet path is suboptimal and there exists an alternative path providing a smaller delay between these nodes. In this thesis, we mainly address the problem of finding these alternative paths. Replacing Internet's routing philosophy in order to obtain default paths providing the best performance possible should be a good theoretical solution. However, replacing Internet's routing philosophy by a brand new one is very difficult or even impossible in practice. Another solution is to leave the default routes as they are and to perform indirect routing. Consider a path AB between two nodes A and B. If a path ACB has a smaller delay than AB, then, instead of sending data directly to B, A can send them to C and C can relay them to B. This is called overlay routing because we manage the routing in an overlay network built on top of the Internet (i.e. at the application level). Overlay routing is a promising way to improve the quality of service in the Internet but its main drawback is its poor scalability: measuring the characteristics of the paths, exchanging the measurement results between the nodes and computing the best routes in the full mesh overlay network generally implies a high consumption of resources. In this thesis, our main contribution is the design of a lightweight one-hop overlay routing mechanism improving the latencies: we define criteria that rely on the information provided by an Internet Coordinate System (ICS) in order to provide a small set of potential one-hop shortcuts for any given path in the network with small costs. Our best criterion does not guarantee to find the best shortcut for any given path in a network but, even in networks with hundreds or thousands of nodes, it will restrict the search for potential shortcuts to about one or two percent of the total number of nodes. Even if the estimation-based approach of overlay routing is our main contribution, this thesis also presents general results about routing shortcuts and Internet Coordinate Systems. For an ICS, a routing shortcut is a Triangle Inequality Violation (TIV) and it is often a big problem. Indeed, a TIV will cause estimation errors since, in this particular case, nodes cannot be embedded into any metric space. In this thesis, we study TIVs existing in the Internet and their impact on the Vivaldi ICS. This analysis leads to two contributions. Firstly, we propose criteria to establish, with a high probability of success, if there exists a shortcut or not for a given path AB. Secondly, we propose a Two-Tier architecture for ICSes that mitigates the effect of TIVs on the estimations. Finally, this thesis also discusses the efficiency of two solutions proposed in the literature in order to obtain an ICS that can deal with TIVs. The first one consists in applying non-linear transformations to delays before trying to embed them in a metric space. The second one consists in modelling the estimation problem as a matrix completion problem in order to completely avoid the embedding in a metric space. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving patient positioning accuracy for breast cancer radiation therapy by using the infra red based ExacTrac system
GULYBAN, Akos ULg; Hortobágyi, E.; Sebestyén, Z. et al

in Nowotwory (2008), 58(5), 435-437

We report on a pilot study to investigate for cancer of the breast, the accuracy of patient positioning with the normal standard method (ST) and with the standard method extended with the ExacTrac system ... [more ▼]

We report on a pilot study to investigate for cancer of the breast, the accuracy of patient positioning with the normal standard method (ST) and with the standard method extended with the ExacTrac system (ET). Our work in progress pilot study population consisted of four patients: two positioned using ST and two positioned using ET. The results from the daily electronic portal images showed that with ExacTrac the positional accuracy could be unproved by 50% but with a corresponding increase in overall treatment time of about 2 minutes. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving physical education teachers’ action with overweight students
Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revista Motricidade (2012), 8(S1), 3-4

Nowadays, overweight is one of the most important plagues and many authors believe that the fast increase of this phenomenon during the last decades can be considered as a global epidemic. School has been ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, overweight is one of the most important plagues and many authors believe that the fast increase of this phenomenon during the last decades can be considered as a global epidemic. School has been identified as one of the pillars of the necessary multisectorial approach that must be implemented to fight against this ineworable trend. ... [less ▲]

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See detailImproving Product Quality and Reliability with Customer Experience Data
Brombacher, Aarnout; Hopma, Eva; Ittoo, Ashwin ULg et al

in Quality and Reliability Engineering International (2011), 28(8), 873886

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See detailImproving Public Outcomes in Developing Countries. Application of Incentive Theory to Foreign Aid and Public Resource Management
Paul, Elisabeth ULg

Doctoral thesis (2006)

This Ph.D. thesis applies incentive theory – and especially, when relevant, the principal-agent theory – to several aspects of public resource management in developing countries. It uses analytical models ... [more ▼]

This Ph.D. thesis applies incentive theory – and especially, when relevant, the principal-agent theory – to several aspects of public resource management in developing countries. It uses analytical models taking account of realistic constraints of these economies. The first part of the dissertation studies the incentive problems associated with foreign aid management. The second part deals with some “domestic” problems linked with public resource management in those countries. Chapter 2 proposes an analytical framework to guide the design of public expenditure management systems (more precisely, the type of controls a Ministry of Finance could apply to line ministries) according to country-specific parameters. Chapter 3 suggests that, when traditional incentives (sanctions and rewards) fail – which may be the case, at least in the short run, in many developing countries) – increasing public affairs transparency can help improve public outcomes, notably through relying on "informal" accountability systems. Chapter 4 reviews the literature and then draws some important results as to the motivation of public agents. In addition to specific results on the issues targeted in each chapter, this dissertation offers a coherent analytical picture of public resource management in developing countries, and a number of general lessons may be drawn. Improving public outcomes must indeed pass through providing public agents with adequate incentives, so as to align their interests with their principal’s. Different tools may be used, depending on their cost-effectiveness: e.g., controls, incentive premiums, factors acting on non-materialistic motivations or on informal accountability mechanisms. The thesis also proposes some lessons as to the sequencing of reforms dealing with public resource management. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving quality of life in patients with peripheral arterial disease: an important goal.
Kolh, Philippe ULg

in European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2010), 40(5), 626-7

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See detailImproving Retouched Bloom Filter for Trading Off Selected False Positives Against False Negatives
Donnet, Benoît ULg; Baynat, Bruno; Friedman, Timur

in Computer Networks (2010), 54(18), 3373-3387

Where distributed agents must share voluminous set membership information, Bloom fil- ters provide a compact, though lossy, way for them to do so. Numerous recent networking papers have examined the trade ... [more ▼]

Where distributed agents must share voluminous set membership information, Bloom fil- ters provide a compact, though lossy, way for them to do so. Numerous recent networking papers have examined the trade-offs between the bandwidth consumed by the transmis- sion of Bloom filters, and the error rate, which takes the form of false positives. This paper is about the retouched Bloom filter (RBF). An RBF is an extension that makes the Bloom fil- ter more flexible by permitting the removal of false positives, at the expense of introducing false negatives, and that allows a controlled trade-off between the two. We analytically show that creating RBFs through a random process decreases the false positive rate in the same proportion as the false negative rate that is generated. We further provide some simple heuristics that decrease the false positive rate more than the corresponding increase in the false negative rate, when creating RBFs. These heuristics are more effective than the ones we have presented in prior work. We further demonstrate the advantages of an RBF over a Bloom filter in a distributed network topology measurement application. We finally discuss several networking applications that could benefit from RBFs instead of standard Bloom filters. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving RSVP for better support of internet multimedia communications
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Hutchison, D.; Schmid, S. et al

in Multimedia Computing and Systems, 1999. IEEE International Conference on (1999)

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See detailImproving soil conservation through an adapted tillage: experience from the cultivation of potatoes in Bamiléké's hills of Cameroon
Djoukeng, Henri Grisseur ULg; Tankou, Christopher Mubeteneh; Degré, Aurore ULg

Poster (2014, May 14)

The western highlands of Cameroon are an area where the population density and growth rates are the highest in the country. In this region, the main activity is agriculture, and rivers are the main source ... [more ▼]

The western highlands of Cameroon are an area where the population density and growth rates are the highest in the country. In this region, the main activity is agriculture, and rivers are the main source of safe drinking water. Lacks of arable land and especially against very complex land tenure, farmers are increasingly exploiting the hills (9-30 % slope) for the production of vegetable crops, mainly potatoes. The methods of preparation of soil found there are ridging in the direction of the slope and the culture dish. These practices promote erosion by runoff, generally compromises the multiple functions of agriculture, and in particular the environmental function (soil degradation, pollution and silting up of rivers) and the production function (incomes). In order to ensure soil stability and maintain good water quality of rivers, we put it up a new way of preparing the ground: the tied ridging. To quantify the effectiveness of the latter, we conducted tests of erosion by runoff with Wischmeier’s plots on the most exploited slopes, namely 11% and 29%. The run-off water and sediments were collected per plot and per block after every rain. The first analyses show that there is a significant difference between the culture dish or ridging along the slope and tied ridging. The major constraint of this practice lies in the increase of about 17% of the labor. Tied ridging reported losses in average land 16% lower compared with the ridging in the direction of the slope and 22% compared with the culture dish, he also presented higher yields of 65 % compared with the culture dish and the ridging in the direction of the slope. Despite the hardship, the test results have convinced the participants and some curious farmers which have adopted the technology during the next growing season. [less ▲]

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See detailIMPROVING SOIL ORGANIC CARBON (SOC) PREDICTION BY FIELD SPECTROMETRY IN BARE CROPLAND BY REDUCING THE DISTURBING EFFECT OF SOIL ROUGHNESS
Denis, Antoine ULg; Tychon, Bernard ULg; Stevens, Antoine et al

in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2009 IEEE International, IGARSS 2009 (2009, July 17)

The spatial estimation of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) at large scale in outdoor condition is an important issue. It has been largely demonstrated that diffuse reflectance spectroscopic techniques, are ... [more ▼]

The spatial estimation of Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) at large scale in outdoor condition is an important issue. It has been largely demonstrated that diffuse reflectance spectroscopic techniques, are efficient for SOC determination in field conditions. However these methods are influenced by disturbing factors such as soil water content, vegetation residues and surface roughness, the later being the object of this study. Our laboratory experiments showed that the accuracy of SOC prediction from shadowed soil samples with spectroscopy techniques decreases with increasing soil shadow. In this study a new methodology using a digital camera for identifying and correcting the effect of soil shadow on field reflectance spectra measured with an Analytical Spectral Devices (ASD) during field campaign in bare crop lands has been elaborated and tested. Results showed that the proposed shadow correction method enables improving significantly SOC prediction accuracy and performs better than traditionally used methods consisting in automatic signal processing. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving solar dryers' performancs using design and thermal heat storage
Bennamoun, Lyes ULg

in Food Engineering Reviews (2013)

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See detailImproving spatial information extraction for local and regional authorities using Very-High-Resolution data - geometrical aspects
Devriendt, Dennis; Goossens, Rudi; Taillieu, Kristof et al

in Oluić, Marinko (Ed.) New Strategies for European Remote Sensing (2005)

The purpose of the presented research project is to investigate how present-day EO-technology can support local and regional decision-making, particularly in Belgium, and to develop prototype versions of ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the presented research project is to investigate how present-day EO-technology can support local and regional decision-making, particularly in Belgium, and to develop prototype versions of value-added products that fulfill some of the actual information needs, as expressed by Belgian authorities at the local and at the regional level. One of the technical research modules is focussing on the geometrical aspects of VHR data processing. The geometric precision of VHR data (QuickBird, IKONOS) is systematically evaluated, more specific for an urban and suburban environment using the GCP information obtained by GPS measurements. The 2D-georeferenced images is compared with ortho-rectified images in terms of their geometric accuracy. This will provide useful information about the limitations of 2Dcorrected data, and the necessity of acquiring ortho-rectified data, for different kinds of applications in each of the studied areas. The oblique viewing angle of images produced by VHR sensors like IKONOS and QuickBird has a strong influence on the geometrical displacement of objects, and on the occurrence of hidden areas in the image. The degree of displacement and the percentage of hidden areas are determined by the interaction between viewing angle, position of the sun, object height, and terrain characteristics (slope, aspect). In other words, the range of viewing angles that can be considered acceptable for purchasing an image of a certain area will depend on the morphological characteristics of the area. To study the interaction between all parameters involved, a theoretical model is implemented. First, the model is used to systematically study the impact of viewing angle on object displacement, shadow length and size of hidden areas in an image, by simultaneously varying the different morphological parameters. Next, the impact of viewing angle on the geometry of the image is simulated using the theoretical model and a DSM from aerial photography. The geometrical accuracy of a DSM from VHR data is compared with the accuracy of the DSM, derived from aerial photography at scales of 1:12000 and 1:4000). The satellite-derived DSM is used for ortho-rectification of VHR imagery. The accuracy of the ortho-rectified images is compared with ortho-rectifications of the same images, based on the aerial photo DSM. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving spatial information extraction for local and regional authorities using Very-High-Resolution data - geometric aspects.
Devriendt, Dennis; Goossens, Rudi; De Wulf, Alain et al

in International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2003), 34(XXX),

The purpose of the presented research project is to investigate how present-day EO-technology can support local and regional decision-making, particularly in Belgium, and to develop prototype versions of ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the presented research project is to investigate how present-day EO-technology can support local and regional decision-making, particularly in Belgium, and to develop prototype versions of value-added products that fulfil some of the actual information needs, as expressed by Belgian authorities at the local and at the regional level. To accomplish this goal the proposal addresses both technical and user-oriented issues, and builds on the experience of five research teams, each with its own background and particular know-how. The most important objectives of the project are: - to define optimal methods for improved spatial information extraction from high- and very-high resolution data, based on innovative processing techniques; - to identify useful EO-applications at the level of local and regional decision making that are made possible by applying the information extraction methods that will be developed; in this case especially 3D information - to define and develop value-added core data products that will support these applications, and that can be consulted with easy-to-use, widely available IT-tools (CD-ROM, Internet, …). One of the technical research modules is focussing on the geometrical aspects of VHR data processing. In terms of spatial resolution, VHR data have the required level of detail to resolve individual objects in the landscape, in a similar way as airborne data. As such, they have the potential of becoming a useful data source for the extraction of detailed, object-related information, and for the production of large-scale cartographic reference data. The geometry of VHR sensor data, however, completely differs from the geometry of aerial photographs (Bethel et al., 2001). Research is going on to evaluate the geometric qualities of present and future VHR standard data products, from the moment they become available, and to examine what level of geometric accuracy is attained with these data, depending on image parameters, processing strategies, and terrain characteristics (Zhou and Li, 2000). The main objectives of the research module on geometric aspects of VHR data processing are: a) to define an optimal procedure for the derivation of envelope DSMs (Digital Surface Models) and ortho-photoplans from VHR data; b) to develop a theoretical model to study the effect of the oblique viewing angle of VHR data on image displacements caused by building height and relief; c) to evaluate the geometric accuracy of satellite-derived envelope DSMs and ortho-corrected image data in comparison with similar products obtained by means of large-scale aerial photography. The module about geometrical aspects is divided into six specific tasks. a) GPS database creation b) Creation of reference envelope DSMs based on aerial photography c) Ortho-rectification of VHR images and aerial photography based on reference DSMs d) Evaluation of the quality of VHR geo-referenced data e) Modelling of displacements caused by terrain morphology and sensor viewing angle f) Development of envelope DEMs from VHR stereoscopic imagery The project is now in the stage where the quality of the georeferenced and orthorectified data is evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving strategies for detecting genetic patterns of disease susceptibility in association studies
Calle, M. L.; Urrea, V.; Malats, N. et al

in Statistics in Medicine (2008), 27(30), 6532-6546

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See detailImproving TCP in wireless networks with an adaptive machine-learnt classifier of packet loss causes
El Khayat, Ibtissam; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2005, May), 3462

TCP understands all packet losses as buffer overflows and reacts to such congestions by reducing its rate. In hybrid wired/wireless networks where a non negligible number of packet losses are due to link ... [more ▼]

TCP understands all packet losses as buffer overflows and reacts to such congestions by reducing its rate. In hybrid wired/wireless networks where a non negligible number of packet losses are due to link errors, TCP is unable to sustain a reasonable rate. In this paper, we propose to extend TCP Newreno with a packet loss classifier built by a supervised learning algorithm called 'decision tree boosting'. The learning set of the classifier is a database of 25,000 packet loss events in a thousand of random topologies. Since a limited percentage of wrong classifications of congestions as link errors is allowed to preserve TCP-Friendliness, our protocol computes this constraint dynamically and tunes a parameter of the classifier accordingly to maximise the TCP rate. Our classifier outperforms the Veno and Westwood classifiers by achieving a higher rate in wireless networks while remaining TCP-Friendly. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving Teaching: A Need for Combined Strategies
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Scientific conference (2009, October 30)

The presentation will illustrate the efforts of the University of Liège in that new international trend: valorizing good teaching through : • portfolios, • training the teachers (certificates and degree ... [more ▼]

The presentation will illustrate the efforts of the University of Liège in that new international trend: valorizing good teaching through : • portfolios, • training the teachers (certificates and degree granting), • helping faculty implement pedagogical innovations, • deploying a web portal with multiple tools serving autonomous improvement, notably in eLearning. Could some of those tools be shared, in a Charter perspective? [less ▲]

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See detailImproving the Accuracy of Monitoring Great Apes in the Wild: A Case Study from Southeast Cameroon
Tagg, Nikki; Willie, Jacob; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

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See detailImproving the action of insulin.
Lefebvre, Pierre ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Clinical & Investigative Medicine = Médecine Clinique et Experimentale (1995), 18(4), 340-7

Improving the action of insulin is a relatively new concept in diabetes management. Insulin sensitivity can be improved by reduction of excessive body weight, regular physical activity and, possibly, by ... [more ▼]

Improving the action of insulin is a relatively new concept in diabetes management. Insulin sensitivity can be improved by reduction of excessive body weight, regular physical activity and, possibly, by correcting a subclinical magnesium deficiency. Pharmacological means of improving insulin action include metformin, antiobesity serotoninergic agents and, possibly, benfluorex. New compounds aiming at improving the action of insulin are in development and include thiazolidinedione derivatives (known as "insulin sensitizers"), inhibitors of adipose tissue lipolysis (e.g. acipimox), and inhibitors of free fatty acid oxidation (e.g. etomoxir). Avoidance of drugs that reduce insulin sensitivity, such as beta blockers and thiazide diuretics, is recommended. Finally, cigarette smoking is associated with resistance to insulin but it remains to be demonstrated that cessation of cigarette smoking does in fact increase sensitivity to insulin. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving the alkalophilic performances of the Xyl1 xylanase from Streptomyces sp S38: Structural comparison and mutational analysis
De Lemos Esteves, Frédéric ULg; Gouders, T.; Lamotte-Brasseur, J. et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2005), 14(2), 292-302

Endo-beta-1,4-xylanases of the family 11 glycosyl-hydrolases are catalytically active over a wide range of pH. Xyl1 from Streptomyces sp. S38 belongs to this family, and its optimum pH for enzymatic ... [more ▼]

Endo-beta-1,4-xylanases of the family 11 glycosyl-hydrolases are catalytically active over a wide range of pH. Xyl1 from Streptomyces sp. S38 belongs to this family, and its optimum pH for enzymatic activity is 6. Xyn11 from Bacillus agaradhaerens and XylJ from Bacillus sp. 41M-1 share 85% sequence identity and have been described as highly alkalophilic enzymes. In an attempt to better understand the alkalophilic adaptation of xylanases, the three-dimensional structures of Xyn11 and Xyl1 were compared. This comparison highlighted an increased number of salt-bridges and the presence of more charged residues in the catalytic cleft as well as an eight-residue-longer loop in the alkalophilic xylanase Xyn11. Some of these charges were introduced in the structure of Xyl1 by site-directed mutagenesis with substitutions Y16D, S18E, G50R, N92D, A135Q, E139K, and Y186E. Furthermore, the eight additional loop residues of Xyn11 were introduced in the homologous loop of Xyl1. In addition, the coding sequence of the XylJ catalytic domain was synthesized by recursive PCR, expressed in a Streptomyces host, purified, and characterized together with the Xyl1 mutants. The Y186E substitution inactivated Xyl1, but the activity was restored when this mutation was combined with the G50R or S18E substitutions. Interestingly, the E139K mutation raised the optimum pH of Xyl1 from 6 to 7.5 but had no effect when combined with the N92D substitution. Modeling studies identified the possible formation of an interaction between the introduced lysine and the substrate, which could be eliminated by the formation of a putative salt-bridge in the N92D/E139K mutant. [less ▲]

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