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See detailJupiter's equatorward auroral features : Possible signature of magnetospheric injections
Dumont, Maïté ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2014, September)

We investigate the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images obtained in 2000-2007. Several properties ... [more ▼]

We investigate the characteristics of ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission appearing in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images obtained in 2000-2007. Several properties of the auroral emissions are analyzed. The mapped radial position and System III longitude of the observed auroral features are in good agreement with those of the injections observed in the equatorial plane by Galileo. Finally, we discuss the processes causing auroral signatures of injections. This comparative study demonstrates that the structures under study are most probably related to magnetospheric injections and sheds light to the mechanism involved in the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailElicitor screening to protect winter wheat against Septoria tritici Blotch: preliminary results
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2014, September)

Elicitors are plant immunity-triggering compounds which are currently considered as one of the most promising tools in agriculture for the induction of plant resistance to various diseases (Mejía-Teniente ... [more ▼]

Elicitors are plant immunity-triggering compounds which are currently considered as one of the most promising tools in agriculture for the induction of plant resistance to various diseases (Mejía-Teniente et al., 2010). By contributing to both economic and environmental performances of agroecosystems, they can help reducing the use of chemical inputs. Although some elicitor products are already available on the market, it appears that a variable efficiency in the field, along with an uneasy integration in the current legislation and agricultural strategies, make these tools difficult to use (Walters, Ratsep, & Havis, 2013). Besides these limitations, few elicitor treatments have yet been efficiently and specifically designed to protect crop plants such as wheat, which is grown and consumed worldwide, against major diseases threatening both their yield and quality. There is a strong need to better understand the mechanisms of induced resistance in plants and develop elicitor use in agriculture. A phD research is currently led in Gembloux Agro Bio-Tech to develop a method based on eliciting agents, tested in greenhouse and field conditions, to protect winter wheat against major diseases, namely Septoria tritici, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium culmorum. This project focuses on the screening of a large number of elicitors from different origins and structures. In 2014, we focused the first screening experiments on the protection of wheat against Septoria tritici Blotch (STB). Two winter wheat genotypes were tested: susceptible ‘Avatar’ and semi-resistant ‘Sy Epson’. Plants at 3-leaf stage were first sprayed till runoff with different concentrations of elicitors, and then inoculated 5 days later with a Septoria tritici spore suspension (106 spores mL-1) using a hand sprayer. Control plants were treated, prior to disease inoculation, with sterile water (negative control) or with BION® (ASM, Syngenta Europe; positive control). The disease severity and incidence were scored every 2 days for 28 days post-inoculation (d.p.i) by measuring the percentage of area covered with lesions and bearing pycnidia on the third leaf. The first results of these tests should enable a first discrimination of elicitors considering their dose-efficiency to reduce disease severity. After further screening of all the elicitors in hand, a determination of the elicitation pathways of the most efficient molecules tested will be undertaken. We intend to study the influence of various factors (i.e Temperature, relative humidity, plant development stage) on the elicitation potential and develop a formulation to be finally tested under field conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation interculturelle et validation du questionnaire VISA-A en français
Oppong-Kyei, Julian; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Delvaux, François ULg et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction La tendinopathie d’Achille, dont la discipline athlétique implique une grosse activité de course à pied, représente une source de douleurs et de handicap. Cette pathologie fait actuellement l ... [more ▼]

Introduction La tendinopathie d’Achille, dont la discipline athlétique implique une grosse activité de course à pied, représente une source de douleurs et de handicap. Cette pathologie fait actuellement l'objet de nouvelles découvertes sur le plan de la physiopathologie permettant l'exploration de nouvelles pistes thérapeutiques. Dans le cadre de telles études, des échelles d’évaluation sont utilisées afin d'évaluer des phénomènes subjectifs ou complexes tels la douleur, la qualité de vie, le handicap, etc. Elles sont généralement composées de plusieurs items dont la cotation est combinée en un score global ou des sous scores dimensionnels. La majorité des échelles algo-fonctionnelles sont développés dans des pays anglophones et sont par conséquence uniquement pertinents pour des sujets parlant l’anglais. Ceci est la cas pour le Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment–Achilles (VISA-A), un questionnaire développé dans le but d'évaluer la sévérité des symptômes de la tendinopathie achilléenne. L’intérêt de ce mémoire est donc de valider une version française fiable de ce questionnaire. Matériel et méthode La traduction et l’adaptation interculturelle du VISA-A ont été réalisées selon les recommandations internationales (Guidelines for the Process of Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Self-Report Measures). Ce processus s'est déroulé en 6 étapes : traductions initiales, synthèse des traductions, traduction de retour vers la langue d’origine, comité expert, test de la version pré-finale et approbation du comité expert. La version française finale obtenue fut ensuite l’objet d’une évaluation de certaines propriétés psychométriques telles que la fidélité test-retest, la cohérence interne, la validité de construit et les effets plancher et plafond. Pour ces évaluations, 116 sujets furent recruté et répartis en 3 groupes : un groupe de sujets pathologiques principalement recrutés parmi les patients du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (31), un groupe de sujets asymptomatiques (22) et un groupe de sportifs à risque (63). Tous ces sujets durent également répondre à un questionnaire supplémentaire, le Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form 36 questionnaire (SF-36) pour la validité de construit. L'ensemble des participants ont été recrutés au sein de la province de Liège. Résultats Aucun sujets ne présenta de difficultés à comprendre le questionnaire suite au test de la version pré-finale. Les différents membres du comité expert se montrèrent satisfait de la version finale et donnèrent donc leur approbation. La moyenne des scores obtenus dans le groupe pathologique est de 59 (± 18), celle du groupe sain est de 99 (± 1) et celle du groupe à risque est de 94 (± 7). Aucun effet plancher ou plafond n'a pu être observer lors de l'évaluation des propriétés psychométriques du VISA-A (dans le groupe pathologique). Les corrélations entre le VISA-A et certaines mesures divergentes du SF-36 semblent être faibles. Les coefficients de corrélation mesurés entre les scores du VISA-A et les items convergents du SF-36 paraissent être élevé. Conclusion La version française du VISA-A est donc être un questionnaire compréhensible, fiable et adapté aux patients francophones souffrant d'une tendinopathie d'Achille. [less ▲]

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See detailAbelian bordered factors and periodicity
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Harju, Tero; Puzynina, Svetlana et al

in Actes des Journées Montoises d'Informatique Théorique (2014, September)

A finite word is bordered if it has a non-empty proper prefix which is equal to its suffix, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is (purely) periodic if and ... [more ▼]

A finite word is bordered if it has a non-empty proper prefix which is equal to its suffix, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is (purely) periodic if and only if it contains only finitely many unbordered factors. We are interested in an abelian modification of this fact. Namely, we have the following question: Let w be an infinite word such that all sufficiently long factors are abelian bordered. Is w (abelian) periodic? We also consider a weakly abelian modification of this question, when only the frequencies of letters are taken into account. Besides that, we answer a question of Avgustinovich, Karhumaki and Puzynina concerning abelian central factorization theorem. [less ▲]

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See detailFormal Incident Reporting System: Putting Solidarity on Trial
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Claisse, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2014, September)

The practice of “incident reporting” is commonly recognized as an effective mean to reduce the vulnerability of “at risk” socio-technical systems (e.g. nuclear plants, large industrial facilities or ... [more ▼]

The practice of “incident reporting” is commonly recognized as an effective mean to reduce the vulnerability of “at risk” socio-technical systems (e.g. nuclear plants, large industrial facilities or hospitals), as it allow the concerned community to learn from past incidents. Indeed, it is assumed that collective resilience will be upgraded via the use of institutionalized Incident Reporting System (IRS), enabling the organization to improve the quality of the actions and reactions in case of deviation from normality, or to prevent such deviation. Yet, inductive analysis of what happens with those IRS in practice are not numerous. In this paper, we address this gap and display the results of semi-structured interviews conducted in a nuclear facility. During those interviews, participants were also requested to produce a mind map of the IRS they are concerned with. As a result, we show that safety is a matter of solidarities that are situated in specific contexts. To that regard, incident reporting is a practice of decomposition and recomposition of trusts and thus of solidarities. Reporting incidents consists in putting solidarity on trial, as the collective safety was threatened. We show that such open trial is often avoided because questioning solidarities is not always desirable in order to allow the group to continue functioning. Overall, we argue that informal reporting behaviors can also contribute to upgrade collective resilience without putting solidarities on trial. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of X-ray microtomography to investigate the effect of raw material properties on the kinetics of iron ores granulation
Evrard, Maxime ULg; Contreras, Rafael; Pirard, Eric ULg

Conference (2014, September)

In modern ironmaking, granulation is the first step of the sintering process. It is typically carried out in continuous drum granulators using water as a binder, and involves multiple components besides ... [more ▼]

In modern ironmaking, granulation is the first step of the sintering process. It is typically carried out in continuous drum granulators using water as a binder, and involves multiple components besides iron ores, such as return fines and other recycled materials (dusts, mill scale, sludges), solid fuel (coke breeze or anthracite) and fluxes (limestone, lime, olivine, dunite or dolomite) (Ball, 1973). As it is necessary to maintain a consistent quality of the granules (size distribution, porosity, strength, etc.) despite of the varying iron ore origins, the question arises as to how the properties of the iron ore particles (size and shape) influence the granulation process. The granulation process is partly influenced by the characteristic of the feed and partly by the action of cohesive force inside the drum granulator (Newitt et al. 1958). The objective of this paper is to study the effect of raw material properties on the kinetics of iron ore granulation considering in particular the mechanisms ruling wet granulation for two iron ores and to know the factors which determine the texture, shape, porosity and mechanical strength of the granules. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate monitoring of the rumination behaviour of cattle using IMU signals from a mobile device
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

in Hopkins, A; Collins, RP; Fraser, MD (Eds.) et al EGF at 50: The Future of European Grasslands. Proceedings of the 25th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation. (2014, September)

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the ... [more ▼]

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the inertial measurement unit (IMU) present in smartphones mounted on the neck of cows. The processing of both time and frequency domains of the IMU signals was capable to detect accurately the main behaviours (grazing, rumination and other) and highlight the characteristics of the rumination process. The algorithm for analysis of rumination was more accurate for grazing cattle than for silage-fed cattle in stables. [less ▲]

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See detailCalibration of Building Simulation Models: Assessment of Current Acceptance Criteria
Ruiz Flores, Roberto ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’14) (2014, September)

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining “simulated data” and to avoid carrying out a formal calibration procedure; two yearly testing profiles (hourly time scale) are created from real building electrical metered data (¼ hour profile). Both testing profiles represent two model responses that could possibly be obtained in a common calibration procedure. The objective of this work is to test the capabilities of the method to determine (1) the model adequacy to represent an existing situation; (2) the reliability of the model when predicting a future or different scenario and also (3) the ability of the method to orient the practitioner to upgrade the model when it provides a non-satisfactory response. To do this, the real accuracy of both testing profiles is verified by means of a complementary statistical bin analysis. This crosschecking analysis allows highlighting the strengths and weakness of the current criteria and determining whether they need to be revised, modified or complemented. At the end of the analysis, it is concluded that the capabilities of the current acceptance criteria are limited because don’t provide any satisfactory answer, indication or clue for none of the three points aforementioned and some other complementary tests (such as bin analysis) must be implemented and performed in order to properly declare a model as calibrated. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective study of ventilation after major aortic surgery
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative evaluation of sediment and contaminant transport in the Samme river catchment (Brabant region - Belgium)
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg; Bouffioux, Anne et al

in Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (2014, September)

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in order to quantify the volume of sediment to be removed and chemical analyses of samples allow the characterization of sediment quality. Collected data only allow a short-term management of the matter generated by dredging operations. Medium- or long-term planning of dredging operations is currently not possible, due to a lack of knowledge on sediment fluxes and associated pollutant transport. In particular, issues related to the interactions and mixing of recent and older sediments, or to the input of sediment from unnavigable waterways into larger navigable waterways, are poorly understood. Operational tools allowing the assessment of the effectiveness of preventive measures to be implemented in order to improve the management of sediment in Walloon waterways also have to be developed. This research project aims at contributing to the development of such tools and focuses on the Samme river watershed (Senne catchment – loamy Brabant Region), deemed to be representative of Walloon issues. The Samme river is categorized as an unnavigable waterway. It runs along the old Charleroi-Brussels canal and flows into the new Charleroi-Brussels canal at the foot of the Ronquières inclined plane. The sediments of the bed of the Samme river are characterized by a high concentration of micropollutants (mainly PCB) and contribute to the contamination of a greater volume of sediments in the new Charleroi-Brussels canal, significantly increasing the cost of periodic dredging operations in the canal. The methodology developed is based on (I) an extended monitoring of sediment and pollutant fluxes at the outlet of the catchment and (II) an assessment of within-catchment sediment and pollutant transport. The origin of the Samme riverbed sediments contamination by PCB is poorly understood. Chemical analyses of the sediments of the bed were carried out along the linear course of the Samme river and its main tributary in order to identify the source of pollution. However, numerous connections between the old canal and the Samme river contribute to the transfer of stream sediments and pollutants between both systems and complicate the identification of the source of PCB. At the outlet of the catchment, different methods of river sediment sampling (automatic samplers, turbidity sensors, Time Integrated Samplers) are currently being implemented in order to (I) monitor the amount of suspended matter carried by the Samme river into the Charleroi-Brussels canal, (II) evaluate the associated fluxes of pollutants and (III) evaluate the possibility of setting up a system of retention of the sediments in the Samme catchment. [less ▲]

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See detailPractical design of a nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Grappasonni, Chiara ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ISMA 2014 conference (2014, September)

The aim of the paper is to develop a new nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) capable of mitigating the vibrations of nonlinear systems which are known to exhibit frequency-energy-dependent ... [more ▼]

The aim of the paper is to develop a new nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) capable of mitigating the vibrations of nonlinear systems which are known to exhibit frequency-energy-dependent oscillations. A nonlinear generalization of Den Hartog’s equal-peak method is proposed to ensure equal peaks in the nonlinear frequency response for a large range of forcing amplitudes. An analytical tuning procedure is developed and provides the load-deflection characteristic of the NLTVA. Based on this prescribed relation, the NLTVA design is performed by two different approaches, namely thanks to (i) analytical formulas of uniform cantilever and doubly-clamped beams and (ii) numerical shape optimization of beams with varying width and thickness. A primary system composed of a cantilever beam with a geometrically nonlinear component at its free end serves to illustrate the proposed methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailBIODIVERSITY AND REDOX CONDITIONS THROUGH THE PROTEROZOIC TAOUDENI BASIN OF MAURITANIA
Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Poulton, Simon; Gueneli, Nur et al

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See detailApplication of X-ray microtomography to investigate the effect of raw material properties on the kinetics of iron ores granulation
Contreras, Rafael; Evrard, Maxime ULg; Van loo, Frederic et al

in PSA 2014 Manchester- Abstracts (2014, September)

In modern ironmaking, granulation is the first step of the sintering process. It is typically carried out in continuous drum granulators using water as a binder, and involves multiple components besides ... [more ▼]

In modern ironmaking, granulation is the first step of the sintering process. It is typically carried out in continuous drum granulators using water as a binder, and involves multiple components besides iron ores, such as return fines and other recycled materials (dusts, mill scale, sludges), solid fuel (coke breeze or anthracite) and fluxes (limestone, lime, olivine, dunite or dolomite) (Ball, 1973). As it is necessary to maintain a consistent quality of the granules (size distribution, porosity, strength, etc.) despite of the varying iron ore origins, the question arises as to how the properties of the iron ore particles (size and shape) influence the granulation process. The granulation process is partly influenced by the characteristic of the feed and partly by the action of cohesive force inside the drum granulator (Newitt et al. 1958). The objective of this paper is to study the effect of raw material properties on the kinetics of iron ore granulation considering in particular the mechanisms ruling wet granulation for two iron ores and to know the factors which determine the texture, shape, porosity and mechanical strength of the granules. [less ▲]

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See detailSELF BROADENING COEFFICIENTS AND IMPROVED LINE INTENSITIES FOR THE v7 BAND OF C2H4 NEAR 10.5 µm, AND IMPACT ON ETHYLENE RETRIEVALS FROM JUNGFRAUJOCH SOLAR SPECTRA
Vander Auwera, Jean; Fayt, André; Tudorie, Marcella et al

Poster (2014, September)

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of ... [more ▼]

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of 12C2H4. The measured self-broadening coefficients exhibit a dependence on both J and Ka. Compared to the corresponding information available in the latest edition of the HITRAN spectroscopic database, the measured line intensities were found to be higher by about 10 % for high J lines in the P branch and lower by about 5 % for high J lines of the R branch, varying between these two limits roughly linearly with the line positions. The impact of the presently measured line intensities on retrievals of atmospheric ethylene in the 949.0–952.0cm 1 microwindow was evaluated using a subset of ground-based high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station. The use of HITRAN 2012 with line intensities modified to match the present measurements led to a systematic reduction of the measured total columns of ethylene by -4.1 +/- 0.1 %. [less ▲]

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See detailMaster-narratives for science policy. The interplay of political discourses on Science in Wallonia.
Charlier, Nathan ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Both in Europe and in the United States, scientific research and science, technology and innovation (STI) policies have undergone profound changes for about thirty years. These transitions are often ... [more ▼]

Both in Europe and in the United States, scientific research and science, technology and innovation (STI) policies have undergone profound changes for about thirty years. These transitions are often framed along dichotomous lines : an ‘old regime’ characterized by strong public funding, independent academia and a linear conception of innovation has supposedly been replaced by a ‘new regime’ in which research and innovation are conceived in systemic terms, regarding their economic and societal relevance (Rip 2000). My proposal states that this conceptualization is of little use when it comes to studying the evolution of STI policies at the regional level. In this paper, I investigate how global master narratives like the “Knowledge-based Economy”, the “Grand societal Challenges”, “Science, the endless Frontier”, “Responsible Research and Innovation”, etc. are locally articulated, and thereby become grounded in regional STI policymaking, research, and innovation. These narratives, as explanatory resources and mobilizing resources, provide stakeholders with different visions; they are related to power relations between groups and individuals, to institutional settings and to policy trajectories. In my contribution, I study the four narratives in context; i.e. in different situated discourses of STI stakeholders. I consider multiple issues: who is telling what, to whom, why, when, where, and in which form. Instead of dichotomizing, investigating the evolutions of STI policies with a narrative framework provides an enriched description for complex local situations, towards a more political reading of the transitions. [less ▲]

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See detailVascular endothelial growth factor : a blood biomarker in canine pulmonary fibrosis.
Roels, Elodie ULg; Krafft, Emilie ULg; Heikkilä, H.P. et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailElectronic nose for reactor stability monitoring of an agricultural co-digestion biogas plant
Adam, Gilles ULg; Lemaigre, Sébastien; Delfosse, Philippe et al

in Progress in Biogas III - Biogas Production from agricultural biomass and organic residues (2014, September)

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See detailAutomatization of mirror - tracing skill in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Desmottes, Lise ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 ... [more ▼]

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 and 12 years old, were administered the mirror-tracing task during two 10-trials sessions separated by one week. An auditory interference task was introduced at the end of the procedural learning phase to test skill automatization. Results: Interestingly, no between-group difference was revealed in learning and automatization measures except for a specific subgroup of DCD children (n=5) who experienced difficulties in skill automatization. Conclusion: The results of our preliminary study highlighted the heterogeneity of the deficit presented in DCD and they emphasized the importance to explore further the lack of automatization in DCD. [less ▲]

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See detailCarnobacterium maltaromaticum isolated from vacuum-packed beef with long shelf life: morphological and functional characterization
Didimo Imazaki, Pedro Henrique ULg; Tahiri, Assia ULg; Ndedi Ekolo, François et al

Poster (2014, September)

This study was conducted as part of a research project on meat conservability, in particular vacuum packaged beef displaying very long shelf lives at a temperature close to the freezing point, and its ... [more ▼]

This study was conducted as part of a research project on meat conservability, in particular vacuum packaged beef displaying very long shelf lives at a temperature close to the freezing point, and its objective was to perform a morphological and functional characterization of C. maltaromaticum with potential bioprotective effect isolated from vacuum packaged long shelf life beef. The isolated C. maltaromaticum strain presented similar morphological, biochemical and enzymatic profiles as those of two reference strains (LMG 11393 and LMG 22902). Among the studied conditions, a temperature of +12 °C and an atmosphere poor in oxygen (100 % N2) were the optimal conditions for the growth of C. maltaromaticum. Nevertheless, growth on lower temperatures is also possible. After inoculation of beef samples with C. maltaromaticum and 7 days of storage under vacuum at −1 °C, no effect was observed on the total viable count and on the count of lactic acid bacteria. A reduction of Pseudomonas sp. and Brochothrix thermosphacta was observed during the first week of storage under vacuum conditions. After 7 days of subsequent storage of the same samples under modified atmosphere at +4 °C, the inoculant favored the growth of B. thermosphacta and inhibited the growth of Enterobacteriaceae under 100 % N2. No effect of the inoculant was observed when an atmosphere rich in oxygen was applied. The evaluation of the influence of different atmospheres showed that the growth of C. maltaromaticum was slower in an atmosphere containing O2 and CO2. Long-term storage under vacuum at low temperatures are therefore suitable for the growth of this bacterium. An antimicrobial effect against Enterobacteriaceae was highlighted on inoculated fresh meat stored under N2. The functional characterization of this strain will be further pursued by genotypic characterization. Special attention will be taken to study its bioprotective properties. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between thoracic ct-scan angiography findings and echocardiographic right pulmonary vein to pulmonary artery ratio in west highland white terriers with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Roels, Elodie ULg; Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Couvreur, T. et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailThe Belgian Reform of Mental Health: Changing the Face of Psychiatric Hospitals
Thunus, Sophie ULg

Conference (2014, September)

This paper focuses on the ongoing reform of psychiatric and mental health care delivery in Belgium. It starts by mentioning particularities of the system’s development, then it defines the reform’s ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on the ongoing reform of psychiatric and mental health care delivery in Belgium. It starts by mentioning particularities of the system’s development, then it defines the reform’s objectives and policy instruments used to reach these objectives and, finally, it indicates specific issues and outcomes resulting from the implementing. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multiphysics model of neotissue growth in a perfu sion bioreactor
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

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See detailEpidémiologie de la lithiase urinaire en Province de Liège
GADISSEUR, Romy ULg; Castiglione, Vincent ULg; JOURET, François ULg et al

in Néphrologie & Thérapeutique (2014, September), 10(5), 270

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See detailA case of true hermaphrodism in a horse
Parrilla-Hernadez, Sonia; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2014, September), 49(suppl 3), 50

True hermaphroditism in horses, is a complex and poorly under- stood disorder of sexual development characterized by the presence of both male and female gonads as separate organs or in a combined ... [more ▼]

True hermaphroditism in horses, is a complex and poorly under- stood disorder of sexual development characterized by the presence of both male and female gonads as separate organs or in a combined structure called ovotestis. A 3-year-old Spanish nullipa- rous mare with a history of stallion behaviour and an abnormal reproductive exam was presented at the Equine Clinic of the University of Li ege. Externally, a small vulva with an enlarged clitoris was observed. Transrectal ultrasonography showed a thin (<1 cm) uterus, leading to a small heterogeneous structure in the normal place of the left ovary. No structure could be identified in the presumed location of the right ovary. Speculum exam was compatible with a vaginal agenesis, as the cervix opened craniad the urethral meatus. Oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone concen- trations were compatible with a stallion’s endocrinology. Gonads were laparoscopically found in the usual location of the ovaries in both flanks and excised. Histopathology of both gonads showed atrophic testicular tissue with hyperplastic Leydig cells. The left gonad also contained ovarian tissue with some scarce primordial follicles. Clitoral enlargement is the first symptom most commonly identified in animals with true hermaphroditism and can be explained by the production of testosterone by the gonads, however, the aetiology of the vaginal agenesis is unknown. True hermaph- roditism in horses is generally related to 64XX syndrome with or without SRY gene translocation (impending karyotyping analysis). After 5 days the mare was discharged from the clinic, and in absence of testosterone the stallion behaviour disappeared in a couple of months. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of estradiol in the feminization of lordosis behavior
Trouillet, Anne-Charlotte ULg

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The classic theory of mammalian brain and behavioral sexual differentiation holds that an organizational action of testosterone, secreted perinatally by the male’s testes, controls male-typical aspects of ... [more ▼]

The classic theory of mammalian brain and behavioral sexual differentiation holds that an organizational action of testosterone, secreted perinatally by the male’s testes, controls male-typical aspects of brain and behavioral development, whereas no active perinatal sex hormone signaling is required for female-typical differentiation. However, it has recently been shown using aromatase knock out (ArKO) mice, which are deprived of estradiol due to a targeted mutation in the aromatase gene, that estradiol may also actively contribute to the differentiation of female-typical aspects of behavior over a specific pre-pubertal period. Sexual behavior is a well known sexually dimorphic behavior, and thus provides a good model for studying the sexual differentiation of the brain. Female ArKO mice showed significantly lower levels of lordosis behavior than wild type controls following adult ovariectomy and treatment with ovarian hormones. This deficit was restored by treating female ArKO mice with estradiol benzoate between postnatal days 15 and 25. However, the mechanism by which estradiol acts prepubertally in female mice to feminize lordosis behavior remains to be elucidated. Therefore, in a first attempt, we will determine which neuropeptides are in particularly sensitive to estradiol action over the prepubertal period. We will focus on neuropeptides which have been shown to be implicated in lordosis behavior. Studies by the group of Micevych have proposed an important role for NPY and beta-endorphin (B-END) neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) in the estradiol-mediated activation of lordosis behavior in female rats. An in vitro study recently showed that kisspeptin directly activates arcuate (ARC) B-END neurons. This is particularly interesting since unpublished results from our laboratory showed that Kp neurons are directly involved in the expression of lordosis behavior. We are thus currently determining the expression of NPY, B-END, and kisspeptin in the ARC as well as μ-opioid receptors MORs in the MPN over the prepubertal period and their possible modulation by prepubertal estradiol treatment. Interestingly, we also observed that our treatment may have an organizational effect on the regulation of energy balance. Indeed, administration of estradiol over the prepubertal period restores a normal weight in ArKO mice, which are normally obese in adulthood. It has been shown that ArKO mice present a lower spontaneous physical activity which can be one cause of their obesity. However, our treated mice did not show an increase in their locomotion behavior. These new observations suggest that estradiol during prepubertal development may have an additional role in the organization of brain circuits regulating the energy balance. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation interculturelle et validation du questionnaire VISA-P en français
Oppong-Kyei, Julian; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Delvaux, François ULg et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction La tendinopathie patellaire est une affection musculo-squelettique très fréquentes chez le sportif et la plus fréquente au niveau du genou. Elle affecte le plus souvent des disciplines qui ... [more ▼]

Introduction La tendinopathie patellaire est une affection musculo-squelettique très fréquentes chez le sportif et la plus fréquente au niveau du genou. Elle affecte le plus souvent des disciplines qui nécessitent soit des impulsions et des sauts soit un travail important du quadriceps. Le Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment–Patellar (VISA-P) est un questionnaire permettant d’évaluer les symptômes et leurs retentissements sur les activités physiques quotidiennes et sportives de la tendinopathie patellaire (Jumper’s knee). Comme la plus part des questionnaires de ce type, le VISA-P fut originalement développé pour des patients anglophones et n'est donc pas adapté à une population francophone. En conséquence, l'objectif de cette étude sera de traduire, adapter et valider une version française fiable du VISA-P et d'en évaluer ses propriétés psychométriques. Matériel et méthode La traduction et l’adaptation interculturelle du VISA-P ont été réalisées selon les recommandations internationales (Guidelines for the Process of Cross-Cultural Adaptation of Self-Report Measures). Ce processus s'est déroulé en 6 étapes : traductions initiales, synthèse des traductions, traduction de retour vers la langue d’origine, comité expert, test de la version pré-finale et approbation du comité expert. La version française finale obtenue fut ensuite l’objet d’une évaluation de certaines propriétés psychométriques telles que la fidélité test-retest, la cohérence interne, la validité de construit et les effets plancher et plafond. Nonante-deux sujets furent recruté au total afin de tester ces propriétés psychométriques. Trois groupes de sujets furent utilisés pour répondre conjointement aux VISA-P et à un questionnaire supplémentaire, le Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form 36 questionnaire (SF-36) pour la validité de construit : un groupe de sujets pathologiques principalement recrutés parmi les patients du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (28), un groupe de sujets asymptomatiques (22) et un groupe de sportifs à risque recrutés dans divers clubs sportif (42). L'ensemble des participants ont été recrutés au sein de la province de Liège. Résultats Aucun sujet ne présenta de grosses difficultés à comprendre le questionnaire suite au test de la version pré-finale. Les différents membres du comité expert se montrèrent satisfait de la version finale et donnèrent donc leur approbation. La moyenne des scores obtenu est de 53 (± 17) pour le groupe pathologique, 99 (± 2) pour le groupe sain et 86 (± 14) pour le groupe à risque. Les corrélations entre le VISA-P et certaines mesures divergentes du SF-36 semblent donner des résultats faibles. Les coefficients de corrélation mesurés entre les scores du VISA-P et les items convergents du SF-36 paraissent être élevés. Aucun effet plancher ou plafond n'a pu être observer lors de l'évaluation des propriétés psychométriques du VISA-P dans le groupe pathologique. Conclusion La version française du VISA-P est donc être un questionnaire compréhensible, fiable et adapté aux patients francophones souffrant d'une tendinopathie patellaire supérieur. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Temocillin for treatment of nosocomial infections
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULg; CIUTEA, Mirela ULg; LONGUEVILLE, Manon et al

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See detailThe efficiency of different simulation-based design methods in improving building performance
Nguyen, Anh Tuan; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Brebbia,, C.A.,; Pulselli, R. (Eds.) WIT Transactions on Ecology on The Built Environment, vol. 142 (2014, September)

This paper presents a pioneering effort to define the efficiency of the most common simulation-based design methods, namely the parametric simulation method (PSM) and the simulation-based optimization ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a pioneering effort to define the efficiency of the most common simulation-based design methods, namely the parametric simulation method (PSM) and the simulation-based optimization method (SOM), in improving two building performance indicators: thermal comfort and energy consumption. Three case-study houses were selected and their indoor conditions were continuously monitored during one summer month in 2012. Computer EnergyPlus models of these houses were established and then carefully calibrated by the monitoring data to improve the reliability of the numerical methods. Thermal performances of these houses during a year were simulated, then improved by the PSM and finally optimized by the SOM. By comparing the results of these two simulation-based design methods, this research found that both the PSM and SOM were very effective in improving these building performance indicators. This study found that the SOM is almost two times more efficient than the PSM in improving thermal comfort in naturally ventilated (NV) houses and life cycle cost in air-conditioned (AC) houses. In average, the discomfort period in NV houses could be reduced by 44.9% by the PSM while as high as 86.1% by the SOM, compared with the reference cases. The life cycle cost of AC houses had smaller reductions with 6.2% and 14.6% cut-off by the PSM and SOM, respectively. The results of this work give a strong and explicit insight of the actual efficiency of each design method. This work also shows great advantages of applications of advanced numerical approaches in the design of high performance buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailBOLTED END-PLATE BEAM-TO-COLUMN JOINTS USING HAMMERHEAD BEAMS: Experimental tests and proposal of design guidelines
Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Hoang, Van Long ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Landolfo, Raffaele; Mazzolani, Frederico (Eds.) Proceeding of the 7th European conference on steel and composite structures (Eurosteel 2014) (2014, September)

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See detailNIR interferometric observations of massive hierarchical triple systems: Tr16-104 and HD150136
Gosset, Eric ULg; Le Bouquin, Jean-Baptiste; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in de Grijs, Richard (Ed.) Binary Systems: their Evolution and Environments (2014, September)

We report on an observational astrometric study of the orbit of the tertiary stars in two massive hierarchical triple systems. The work is complemented by radial velocity data with the aim of deriving the ... [more ▼]

We report on an observational astrometric study of the orbit of the tertiary stars in two massive hierarchical triple systems. The work is complemented by radial velocity data with the aim of deriving the full 3D orbit and constraints on the orbital planes. This is the first report of the tertiary star's detection for Tr16-104. The work is a natural extension of the search for binaries among massive O-stars. The basic motivation of the study of hierarchical triple systems is the determination of the masses of the individual components and the derivation of the relative orientation of the two orbital planes, with the ultimate aim of understanding the related star formation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroducing the Belgian Science and Technology Studies Network (BSTS)
Meyers, Gert; Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Thoreau, François ULg et al

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See detailTemperature management, statistical local results
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg

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See detailThe Double-Sarcophagus of Hierapytna (Creta). A Reassessment
Veymiers, Richard ULg

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See detailClinical and genetic aspects of familial isolated pituitary adenomas
Beckers, Albert ULg

in Abstract book - 14th International Workshop on Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and other rare endocrine tumors (2014, September)

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See detailWind Tunnel Experiments On Bridge Stays Cables Protection Tubes In Dry Galloping Conditions: Processing Method For Bi-Stable Phenomenon
Flamand, Olivier; Benidir, Adel; Gaillet, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of the Symposium on the Dynamics and Aerodynamics of Cables - SDAC 2014 (2014, September)

Surface irregularity is one of the parameters that have not been deeply examined on stay cables of cable-stayed bridges. This paper focuses on wind tunnel tests on original High Density Polyethylene cable ... [more ▼]

Surface irregularity is one of the parameters that have not been deeply examined on stay cables of cable-stayed bridges. This paper focuses on wind tunnel tests on original High Density Polyethylene cable covers, in a range of Reynolds numbers from the sub-critical regime to the critical one, corresponding to values ranging from Re = 9.6x104 to Re = 3.3x105. The experiment consists in measurement of parietal pressures on cable covers in order to investigate the effect of surface irregularity on the mechanism of dry galloping excitation. Previous studies ([1], [3] and [4]) reported that dry galloping of cables with a circular cross section is linked to the appearance of a negative pressure bubble, on one side of the circular cylinder at the critical Reynolds number range, leading locally to a rapid drop in the drag coefficient and the appearance of a no negligible lift force. But such a steady change in local lift force does not generate an alternate excitation on a whole cable. The question of the spatial correlation of this “one bubble “ regime along a cable in real conditions and the capability of this lift force to be varied with time are still not resolved. The present paper aims at showing one first exploration of the spatial and temporal correlation of the pressure pattern along the HDPE tube with respect to the natural circularity defect. The Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) was used to characterize the bi-stability phenomenon occurring at critical Reynolds number regime. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact de la médiatisation technologique sur la mobilisation des modalités non-verbales dans les références démonstratives.
Defays, Aurore ULg; Jeunejean, Aurélie ULg; Giboin, Alain

in Leclercq, Pierre; Bonnet, Pierre; Dondero, Maria Giulia (Eds.) et al COMMON 14 - Communication multimodale et collaboration instrumentée (2014, September)

L’objectif de ce papier est de comprendre comment la médiatisation technologique et les contraintes d’utilisation d’un outil vont modifier la manière dont les agents vont mobiliser les modalités de ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de ce papier est de comprendre comment la médiatisation technologique et les contraintes d’utilisation d’un outil vont modifier la manière dont les agents vont mobiliser les modalités de communications pour collaborer efficacement. Dans ce travail, nous nous sommes centrés sur les références démonstratives, c’est-à-dire les références verbales qui nécessitent d’être accompagnées de gestes pour que leur interprétation soit complète. Nous avons mené cette recherche dans le domaine de la conception architecturale et avons examiné deux situations de travail collaboratif (une en coprésence et une outillée) dans le but de pouvoir les comparer. Pour chaque situation, nous décrivons comment les architectes s’adaptent aux modalités potentiellement disponibles pour désigner l’objet à quoi ils font référence dans leur discours. Nos résultats montrent que lorsque la modalité gestuelle ne peut être utilisée de manière effective, comme c’est le cas dans la situation outillée, les architectes vont développer des stratégies de compensation. En effet, la modalité graphique va pallier la transmission partielle des gestes en prenant le relais de la fonction de désignation. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Circularity Defect of Helical Fillets HDPE Bridge Stay Covers: Analysis of Bi-Stability at Critical Reynolds Number by Bifurcation Diagrams
Benidir, Adel; Flamand, Olivier; Gaillet, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of the Symposium on the Dynamics and Aerodynamics of Cables - SDAC 2014 (2014, September)

Dry galloping of cables is still considered by the scientific community as an important phenomenon lacking investigation on cable stayed bridge. The helical fillet cylinders developed to overcome the Rain ... [more ▼]

Dry galloping of cables is still considered by the scientific community as an important phenomenon lacking investigation on cable stayed bridge. The helical fillet cylinders developed to overcome the Rain-Wind Induced Vibration (RWID) were reported to be affected by the appearance of vibration in dry conditions. This paper focuses on a method developed to process data issued from wind tunnel tests on original High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) cable covers with helical fillets, in a range of Reynolds numbers from the sub-critical regime to the critical regime. Corresponding values range from Re = 9.6x10^4 to Re = 3.6x10^5 for the present work. The experiment consists of investigating the effect of the helical fillets with natural or controlled deformation of his circularity defect. Previous studies ([1], [3] and [4]) reported that dry galloping is caused by the appearance of a negative pressure bubble on one side of a circular cylinder at the critical Reynolds number range, leading to a rapid drop in the drag coefficient and the appearance of a non negligible lift force. Because the flow oscillates between two states, say TrBL0 and TrBL1, giving way to a fluctuating lift force supposed to cause the vibration of cables. However, [1] reports that the TrBL1 regime disappears in the presence of helical fillets. The aim of the current study was to investigate a possible appearance of the TrBL1 regime when the circularity defect threshold exceeds the filet thickness. In this case, the second purpose was to characterize the bi-stability of this phenomenon and provide new tools for wind engineering processing. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of AMF enrichment with 13C-­‐triacylglycerol tracers on its thermal and structural behavior
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Vors, C.; Michalski, M-C

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See detailImplications of microbial phenotypic heterogeneity in large-scale bioprocessing conditions
Delvigne, Frank ULg; Gorret, Nathalie; Molina-Jouve, Carole et al

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See detailHow to check analytically the robustness of a building submitted to a column loss - A premiere
Huvelle, Clara ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in Proceedings of Eurosteel 2014 conference (2014, September)

Recent events such as natural catastrophes or terrorism attacks have highlighted the necessity to ensure the structural integrity of buildings under an exceptional event. According to Eurocodes and some ... [more ▼]

Recent events such as natural catastrophes or terrorism attacks have highlighted the necessity to ensure the structural integrity of buildings under an exceptional event. According to Eurocodes and some other national design codes, the structural integrity of civil engineering structures should be guaranteed through appropriate measures and one way to guarantee it is to ensure an appropriate robustness of the structure, which may be defined as the ability of a structure to remain globally stable in case of exceptional event leading to local damages. However, although global design approaches are provided in modern codes and standards, no easy-to-apply practical guidelines are provided. The present paper reflects recent researches realised at the University of Liege with the scope of proposing such practical guidelines for the activation of alternative load path in the structure, design strategy generally leading to the most economical solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow and turbulence characterization as an onset for assessing the stability of gravel beds
Duma, Diana ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in 7th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics (2014, September)

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely ... [more ▼]

The flow characteristics, such as velocity profiles and turbulence intensities, are of high practical relevance in the assessment of riverbed stability. So far, the Shields diagram remains the most widely accepted approach for defining the initiation of sediment motion. However, it faces a number of shortcomings. In principle, it is only valid for uniform flow conditions and, under non-uniform flow conditions, it fails to account properly for the influence of turbulence in sediment entrainment. In this paper, we focus on a more detailed description of quasi-uniform and non-uniform flow characteristics in the vicinity of the critical flow conditions for inception of motion of gravel beds. Laboratory experiments were designed, involving two configurations. First, the entire bottom of the flume was paved with stones of uniform diameter (8 or 15 mm), leading to quasi-uniform flow conditions. Second, the flume bottom was smooth upstream of the zone of measurement while the downstream part was covered with gravels, leading to a sudden smooth-to-rough transition. The flow velocity was obtained by acoustic measurements and the turbulence intensity was calculated for both configurations. By fitting the velocity profile to a modified logarithmic law, the shear velocity was estimated. Standard approaches for predicting the threshold of motion, initially developed for uniform flows, were compared to other methods, based on depth-averaged turbulence kinetic energy, recently proposed in literature for non-uniform flow conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe earliest seed plants from Gondwana: palaeogeographical and evolutionary implications based on Tournaisian (Mississippian) records from Argentina
Prestianni, C.; Rustán, J.J.; Balseiro, D. et al

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See detailBatch enzymatic interesterification of fat blends using microwave
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Simon, C.; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

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See detailA rigorous phase separation method for testing nonlinear structures
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of ISMA 2014 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (2014, September)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a rigorous identification methodology of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) of engineering structures. This is achieved by processing experimental measurements collected under broadband forcing. The use of such a type of forcing signal allows to excite multiple NNMs simultaneously and, in turn, to save testing time. A two-step methodology integrating nonlinear system identification and numerical continuation of periodic solutions is proposed for the extraction of the individual NNMs from broadband input and output data. It is demonstrated using a numerical cantilever beam possessing a cubic nonlinearity at its free end. The proposed methodology can be viewed as a nonlinear generalization of the phase separation techniques routinely utilized for experimental modal analysis of linear structures. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray mictrotomography
Evrard, Maxime ULg; Contreras, Rafael; Pirard, Eric ULg

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Imaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray microtomography. Evrard M., Contreras R., Pirard E. Most iron ores cannot be directly fed into blast furnaces because their particle size ... [more ▼]

Imaging and understanding of iron ore granulation using X-ray microtomography. Evrard M., Contreras R., Pirard E. Most iron ores cannot be directly fed into blast furnaces because their particle size distribution will negatively impact the blast furnace permeability and hence the overall efficiency of the ore reduction process. The finest fraction (typ. < 6.3 mm) has to undergo a sintering process, wherein a mixture of iron ore, coke and flux (limestone, olivine,…) is heated, partially molten and transformed into pieces of sintered material with adequate size, porosity and strength characteristics to be fed into the blast furnace. The preparation of an adequate mixture involves a granulation process which is the subject of this study. Sintering and hence granulation of iron ores, is particularly important in Europe where iron ores show a downward trend in quality (finer particles, broader size range, lower grades with higher variability). In addition an increasing fraction of non-sintered material (return fines) is being added to the mix to optimize the resource efficiency while maintaining sinter quality. For most practitioners, microgranules (or micropellets) are considered as being composed of a nucleus (a particle in the range of 1 to 2 mm) surrounded by layers of the finest ore particles (typically the < 250 µm fraction). A series of experiments and 3D imaging tests have been performed in this study to better understand the granulation mechanisms. Microgranules are formed by mixing iron ore with water in a small rotating drum. Several parameters can be tuned during the granulation process: size and proportion of nucleating particles, size and proportion of fines, water addition, rotating speed, total duration,… Simple experiments using a single ore type (dominantly goethitic or hematitic) and water additions have been carried out systematically to better understand the kinetics of granulation. X-ray microtomography and subsequent 3D image analysis is used to identify and quantify the number of nuclei (when present), to measure the porosity and identify layering or cracks in the microgranule. Compared to previous studies on iron ore pellets (Farber et al. 2002; Shatokha et al. 2009; Shatokha et al. 2010), this work focuses on imaging prior to sintering. It also uses higher resolution micro-CT and definitely brings a better insight into granulation as compared to data from 2D imaging of polished blocks: less artefacts in apparent porosity due to sample preparation; good discrimination among components of the granule; clear identification of the nuclei; etc. This work is part of a larger European project (IMSIMI - Improved Sintering Mix) aiming at an optimal use of challenging input materials through carefully monitored preparation phases (mixing, granulation, etc.) and better understanding of their impact on the sintering process. Farber L., Tardos G., Michaels JN.,2002. Use of X-ray tomograzphy to study the porosity and morphology of granules. Powder Technology vol. 132, p 57-63. Shatokha V., Korobeynikov I., Maire E., Adrien J., 2009. Application of 3D X-ray tomography to investigation of structure of sinter mixture granules. Ironmaking and Steelmaking, vol. 36 (6), p 416-420. Shatokha V., Korobeynikov I., Maire E., Gremillard L., Adrien J.,2010. Iron ore sinter porosity characterisation with application of 3D X-ray tomography. Ironmaking and Steelmaking, vol. 37(5), p313-319. [less ▲]

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See detailThe freeness problem for products of matrices defined on bounded languages
Charlier, Emilie ULg

in Actes des Journées Montoises d'Informatique Théorique (2014, September)

In this talk, I presented a joint work with Juha Honkala. We study the freeness problem for matrix semigroups. We show that the freeness problem is decidable for upper-triangular 2x2 matrices with ... [more ▼]

In this talk, I presented a joint work with Juha Honkala. We study the freeness problem for matrix semigroups. We show that the freeness problem is decidable for upper-triangular 2x2 matrices with rational entries when the products are restricted to certain bounded languages. We also show that this problem becomes undecidable for large enough matrices. [less ▲]

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See detailLes objectifs de la formation des soignants en Education Thérapeutique du Patient : une proposition
Pétré, Benoît ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg; LEGRAND, Catherine et al

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See detailPituitary gland in MEN1 syndrome : from histopathology to prognosis
Villa, C; Bernier, M; Gaillard, S et al

in Abstract book - 14th International Workshop on Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and other rare endocrine tumors (2014, September)

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See detailExperimental evidence and numerical prediction of nonlinear modal interactions in a real-life aerospace structure
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the ISMA 2014 conference (2014, September)

During the last decade, the existence of nonlinear behaviour in spacecraft dynamic testing was frequently attested. However, current practice in industry is still to ignore nonlinearities, arguably ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, the existence of nonlinear behaviour in spacecraft dynamic testing was frequently attested. However, current practice in industry is still to ignore nonlinearities, arguably because their analysis is regarded as impractical. The objective of the present contribution is to show that there now exists experimental and numerical methodologies which can deal with nonlinear phenomena in real-life structures. Specifically, this study investigates nonlinear modal interactions evidenced during the qualification campaign of the SmallSat spacecraft developed by EADS-Astrium. The ability to understand and reliably predict such interactions is of utmost importance as they may involve energy transfer between modes and, in turn, jeopardise the structural integrity. The paper proceeds in two steps, leading to great-fidelity reproductions of the experimental observations. In the first step, sine-sweep data collected during the qualification campaign are exploited to build a nonlinear computational model of the SmallSat with good predictive capabilities. To this end, the complete progression through nonlinearity detection, characterisation and parameter estimation is carried out by means of several techniques, such as the wavelet transform and the restoring force surface method. In the second step, the computational model is exploited through continuation algorithms to compute the nonlinear normal modes of the spacecraft and predict potential interactions. A very good agreement between experimental and numerical results is obtained for 2:1 interactions between modes with non-commensurate linear frequencies. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose use and lactate production by equine fresh semen in human and equine extender
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Parrilla-Hernandez, Sonia et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2014, September), 49(suppl 3), 13

This study shows that this human semen extender doesn’t support equine semen preservation. Sperm cells’ glucose consumption and lactate production seem to be negligible, as these parameters were not ... [more ▼]

This study shows that this human semen extender doesn’t support equine semen preservation. Sperm cells’ glucose consumption and lactate production seem to be negligible, as these parameters were not affected by sperm concentrations in our study. Our results suggest that spermatozoa are able to cleave complex carbohydrates as glucose concentration in INRA96 increased over time. [less ▲]

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See detailAb-initio Study of Ferecrystals
Dewandre, Antoine ULg; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg

Poster (2014, September)

Ferecrystals are a new family of compounds first synthesized in 2007 by the group of D. Johnson at the University of Oregon. These materials consist of inter-growths of dichalcogenide and chalcogenide ... [more ▼]

Ferecrystals are a new family of compounds first synthesized in 2007 by the group of D. Johnson at the University of Oregon. These materials consist of inter-growths of dichalcogenide and chalcogenide layers, and can be written as [(M X)_{1+δ} ]_m [T X_2 ]_n where M = Sn, Pb, Sb, Ni and some rare earths; T = Ti, V, Cr, Nb and Ta; X= S and Se. The integers m and n denote the numbers of consecutive formula unit layers in the different components of the inter-growth. The δ parameter reflects the difference of the in-plane cell constants between components of the inter-growth. This family of nanostructured materials shows promising properties for thermoelectric devices. The compounds studied here are [(SnSe)_1.29 ]_{234} [M oSe_2 ]_1 . We performed structural characterisation and examined the transfer of charge at the interface between the two materials. We show that there is a depletion of charge at the interface between the two compo- nents of the heterostructures and that structural distortions of the SnSe layers in the supercell are similar to those observed in slab calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Inertial Measurement Unit of a Mobile Device to Discriminate Cattle Grazing and Ruminating Behaviours on Pasture
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in Animal Production in Australia (2014, September)

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual ... [more ▼]

Precision livestock farming is emerging in the wake of the technological developments in remote sensing and motion monitoring. Tools are developed to allow accurate real time monitoring of the individual cattle behaviour in a quest to improve the management of pastures. Studies have shown the relevancy of accelerometers in the analysis of behaviour using dedicated devices. Accelerometers are located either close to the mouth or jaw of the animal or on its forehead or neck. Records are usually performed at low frequency (<1Hz) and most studies classify behaviours using neuronal networks or multivariate statistical approaches, with little consideration to the animals’ actual movements. Inertial measurement units (IMU) in consumer mobile devices are specifically developed to record accurately user movements. Besides 3D-accelerometer, they can include 3-D rotational speed sensors, 3-D magnetometers and GPS. Optimised power consumption offers significant autonomy. Data directly acquired from the sensors and IMU signals from build-in proprietary algorithms can be recovered using user-friendly low-cost applications. Moreover, mobile devices can store or communicate information by wireless in real time at high frequency. As movements of cattle are in the same range as humans, this study investigates the relevancy of mobile devices IMU signals to discriminate main behaviours of cattle on pasture. [less ▲]

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See detailCIRCULAR TUBE COLUMNS IN HIGH STRENGTH STEEL: Economical solutions for building frames
Hoang, Van Long ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in Landolfo, Raffaele; Mazzolani, Frederico (Eds.) Proceeding of the 7th European conference on steel and composite structures (Eurosteel 2014) (2014, September)

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See detailReflexive Introduction to the Categorisation of the European Countryside
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Siljkovic, Zeljka; Cuka, Anita; Pejdo, Ana (Eds.) Contempory development of European rural areas, Book of Abstracts (2014, September)

At the end of the 20th century, French rural geographers used a simple typology that encapsulates three categories of the countryside: Thirty years later, we should probably add new categories ... [more ▼]

At the end of the 20th century, French rural geographers used a simple typology that encapsulates three categories of the countryside: Thirty years later, we should probably add new categories: “agricultural countryside”, “recreational countryside”, “residential countryside”, “greying countryside”, “countryside supplying energy”, “new peasantry countryside”, “Biosphere reserves” and pay attention to other perspectives such as natural and cultural heritage, water resources protection and ecological transition. The paper discusses these old and new types of countryside and underlines main challenges that countryside faces; it shows how sensitive the categorisation could be according to the level of analysis, the period of observation and the perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailSelecting job candidates who have a propensity to exhibit change-oriented organizational citizenship behaviour.
Lothe, Benoit ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic ... [more ▼]

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic of assessing and selecting applicants who have a propensity to exhibit OCB (Organ & al., 2010). Some of these behaviours are truly important to enable organization to adapt and “to make constructive changes in the work and task environment” (Choi, 2007, p.468). Examples include Voice, a challenging dimension of OCB (Dominguez & al., 2013), and Sportsmanship, that facilitate the change by reducing the diversion of resources in trivial matters (Organ & al., 2006). This exploratory study provides empirical evidence about using Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for identifying applicants who have a propensity to exhibit change oriented OCB. Method Two SJTs were developed to comply with OCBs assessment. The OCBs framework includes behaviours relating to organizational adaptation (sportsmanship) and change (voice). OCBs were concurrently collected using self-reported measurement scales. Data were collected from 220 white collars and 139 university students through an online survey. Results Significant correlations were found between the SJT scores and overall OCB ratings. More specifics findings provided substantial evidence for the concurrent validity of the SJTs to measure change-oriented sub-dimensions of OCBs. Conclusions Researches on techniques to predict OCBs are scarce and this study is the first to address the development and validation of a SJT for the assessment of affiliative and challenging dimensions of OCBs. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison du VeinoPlus Sport et du TENS sur la récupération de jeunes footballeurs
God, Maxime; LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Evrard, Frédéric et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de manière efficace au plus vite. En effet, une mauvaise récupération porte préjudice à la performance et à l’état physique du sportif. Aux côtés de la récupération active et de la balnéothérapie de nouvelles techniques comme de la cryothérapie et électrostimulation ont fait leur apparition pour une meilleure récupération. Le but de cette étude était de comparer l’impact de 2 types de stimulateurs : « VeinoPlus Sport » (VPS) et « TENS » sur la récupération des footballeurs amateurs après un effort de type Yo-Yo. Matériel et méthode : Dans un contexte identique, chaque sportif (20 footballeurs; âge moyen = 17,1 ans ± 0,79) a bénéficié du VPS ou du TENS lors de 2 séances différentes après 2 efforts de type Yo-Yo, séparés d’une période de récupération. Quatre prélèvements sanguins (lactate, gaz sanguins, ions, marqueurs cardiaques…) ainsi qu’un évaluation de l’explosivité par Myotest ont été réalisés respectivement avant l’épreuve, juste après, après la récupération et après la seconde épreuve. Un questionnaire relatif à l’état de fatigue a également été rempli par les sujets. Pour l’analyse statistique, nous avons utilisé le logiciel « StatPlus » et réalisé une Anova à mesures répétées ainsi qu’un test de Scheffé. Résultats : Les sportifs ont tous parcouru une plus grande distance lors des 2èmes efforts, surtout au sein du groupe VPS, mais sans différence significative. L’épreuve a déclenché une variation significative de lactatémie, du HCO3- ainsi que de la myoglobine. L’étude des autres paramètres sanguins ainsi que des paramètres de l’explosivité n’a révélé aucune évolution significative tout au long de l’étude. Par contre en ce qui concerne les critères subjectifs (« ressenti »), les footballeurs du groupe VPS ont noté, à 12h et 24h, une moindre douleur aux jambes, une moindre sensation de fatigue, une moindre diminution de la force, une plus grande légèreté ainsi qu’un meilleur état de forme par rapport au groupe TENS. Enfin, en général, et sans noter de préférence particulière pour l’un ou l’autre des appareils, les athlètes ont préféré l’utilisation de l’électrostimulation à leur récupération habituelle. Conclusion : Cette étude ne montre que des différences mineures, non significatives, entre les deux appareils. Les 2 groupes ont parcouru une distance plus grande lors du 2ème effort. Ceci suggère que le test n’était pas épuisant, malgré les signes biologiques de « fatigue ». Cependant, sur des critères subjectifs de récupération et de bien–être, une tendance était en faveur du VPS. Ces résultats seront à prendre en compte pour de nouvelles études avec cette fois des tests plus fatigants. [less ▲]

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See detailAsteroseismology of evolved stars: from hot B subdwarfs to white dwarfs
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, G.; Charpinet, S. et al

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See detailIntérêt d’une seconde infiltration de plasma riche en plaquettes dans le traitement des tendinopathies patellaires ?
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Buhler, Frédéric et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction : Des études cliniques ont évalué l’effet du plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de la tendinopathie patellaire. Même si une seule infiltration peut améliorer les symptômes du ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Des études cliniques ont évalué l’effet du plasma riche en plaquettes (PRP) dans le traitement de la tendinopathie patellaire. Même si une seule infiltration peut améliorer les symptômes du sportif dans cette indication, la majorité des études évaluent les effets de 3 infiltrations successives. Le but de notre étude était donc de comparer l’efficacité d’une et de 2 infiltrations (rapprochées) de PRP dans le cade de tendinopathies patellaires chroniques, rebelles aux traitements conservateurs. Matériel et méthode : Vingt sportifs souffrant de tendinopathie patellaire depuis plus de 3 mois ont été inclus et randomisés en 2 groupes, respectivement 1 ou 2 infiltrations de PRP (15 jours d’intervalle). Le PRP a été obtenu à l’aide d’une machine d’aphérèse permettant d’obtenir une concentration plaquettaire identique pour tous les sujets. Ils ont bénéficié ensuite d’une rééducation excentrique sous-maximale standardisée. Le suivi a été réalisé à l’aide d’une échelle visuelle analogique de la douleur, de scores algo-fonctionnels (IKDC et VISA-P), ainsi qu’un questionnaire « mode de vie » avant l’infiltration, 3 et 12 mois post-infiltration. Résultats: La concentration de PRP employée était la même au sein des 2 groupes (9x106/µL), et ne contenait pas d’érythrocyte ni de leucocyte. Au terme du suivi (1 an), les résultats montrent une amélioration des scores EVA dans les deux groupes et significative pour le groupe 1 (p=0,005). Les scores VISA-P et IKDC ont tous deux augmentés, significativement dans les deux groupes. Un sujet par groupe n’a pas repris d’activité physique tandis 67% ont repris le sport au niveau antérieur dans le groupe 1 et 78% dans le groupe 2. Conclusion: La comparaison entre 1 et 2 infiltrations rapprochées de PRP n’a pas permis de mettre en évidence de différence entre les 2 groupes sur un suivi d’un an. Une seconde infiltration rapprochée ne semble donc pas indiquée pour améliorer l’efficacité de ce traitement. Cependant, un suivi à plus long terme serait nécessaire. De même l’évaluation d’une seconde infiltration plus à distance (3 mois) de la première mériterait d’être explorée. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison du VeinoPlus Sport et du TENS sur la récupération de jeunes footballeurs
God, Maxime; LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Evrard, Frédéric et al

in 7ème Congrès National SFMES & SFTS 2014 (2014, September)

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Toute activité physique fatigue l’organisme ; les muscles produisent des métabolites et de d’acide lactique, limitant leur fonctionnement. Il est donc nécessaire de pouvoir récupérer de manière efficace au plus vite. En effet, une mauvaise récupération porte préjudice à la performance et à l’état physique du sportif. Aux côtés de la récupération active et de la balnéothérapie de nouvelles techniques comme de la cryothérapie et électrostimulation ont fait leur apparition pour une meilleure récupération. Le but de cette étude était de comparer l’impact de 2 types de stimulateurs : « VeinoPlus Sport » (VPS) et « TENS » sur la récupération des footballeurs amateurs après un effort de type Yo-Yo. Matériel et méthode : Dans un contexte identique, chaque sportif (20 footballeurs; âge moyen = 17,1 ans ± 0,79) a bénéficié du VPS ou du TENS lors de 2 séances différentes après 2 efforts de type Yo-Yo, séparés d’une période de récupération. Quatre prélèvements sanguins (lactate, gaz sanguins, ions, marqueurs cardiaques…) ainsi qu’un évaluation de l’explosivité par Myotest ont été réalisés respectivement avant l’épreuve, juste après, après la récupération et après la seconde épreuve. Un questionnaire relatif à l’état de fatigue a également été rempli par les sujets. Pour l’analyse statistique, nous avons utilisé le logiciel « StatPlus » et réalisé une Anova à mesures répétées ainsi qu’un test de Scheffé. Résultats : Les sportifs ont tous parcouru une plus grande distance lors des 2èmes efforts, surtout au sein du groupe VPS, mais sans différence significative. L’épreuve a déclenché une variation significative de lactatémie, du HCO3- ainsi que de la myoglobine. L’étude des autres paramètres sanguins ainsi que des paramètres de l’explosivité n’a révélé aucune évolution significative tout au long de l’étude. Par contre en ce qui concerne les critères subjectifs (« ressenti »), les footballeurs du groupe VPS ont noté, à 12h et 24h, une moindre douleur aux jambes, une moindre sensation de fatigue, une moindre diminution de la force, une plus grande légèreté ainsi qu’un meilleur état de forme par rapport au groupe TENS. Enfin, en général, et sans noter de préférence particulière pour l’un ou l’autre des appareils, les athlètes ont préféré l’utilisation de l’électrostimulation à leur récupération habituelle. Conclusion : Cette étude ne montre que des différences mineures, non significatives, entre les deux appareils. Les 2 groupes ont parcouru une distance plus grande lors du 2ème effort. Ceci suggère que le test n’était pas épuisant, malgré les signes biologiques de « fatigue ». Cependant, sur des critères subjectifs de récupération et de bien–être, une tendance était en faveur du VPS. Ces résultats seront à prendre en compte pour de nouvelles études avec cette fois des tests plus fatigants. [less ▲]

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See detailCortical excitability dynamics of during sleep deprivation set PVT performance
Borsu, Chloé; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailMeasurement uncertainty for persistent organic pollutants by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Diletti, G; Fernandes, A et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2014, September), 76

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See detailLe test conflictuel - un colosse aux pieds d'argile?
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Cette présentation a servi de support à une communication tendant à faire le point sur l'article 27 du Code de droit international privé. La communication avait comme objectif de démontrer les difficultés ... [more ▼]

Cette présentation a servi de support à une communication tendant à faire le point sur l'article 27 du Code de droit international privé. La communication avait comme objectif de démontrer les difficultés du régime actuel d'accueil en Belgique des actes étrangers en Belgique et à formuler des pistes de solution pour améliorer ce régime. [less ▲]

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See detailTransfusion in aortic surgery
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg

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See detailSpectral mapping of the FUV Jovian aurora and electron energy distribution
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

Conference (2014, September)

Observations have been made with the Hubble Space Telescope in the timetag mode using the STIS long slit. During the 40 min of the observations, the slit spatially scanned the polar regions to build ... [more ▼]

Observations have been made with the Hubble Space Telescope in the timetag mode using the STIS long slit. During the 40 min of the observations, the slit spatially scanned the polar regions to build spectral maps of the jovian aurora. The emission is composed of the HI Lyman-alpha line and the H2 Lyman and Werner bands. The shorter wavelengths are partly absorbed by the methane layer overlying the bulk of the auroral emission. Since the CH4 absorption cross section drastically drops above 140 nm, the longer wavelengths are not absorbed and the intensity directly reflects the precipitated energy flux carried by the electrons. Maps of the intensity ratio of the two spectral regions will be presented, together with the associated auroral electron energy. These values will be compared with those expected from current magnetosphere-ionosphere model. They will provide input into 3-D modeling of the auroral heat source into the high-latitude Jovian upper atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Angiostrongylus vasorum in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid or faeces of coughing and healthy dogs in Belgium.
Canonne-Guibert, Morgane ULg; Roels, Elodie ULg; Caron, Yannick ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 24th Ecvim Meeting, Mainz, Germany - 4-6 September 2014 (2014, September)

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See detailAutomatic biorythms description from actigraphic data
González y Viagas, Miguel ULg; Ly, Julien ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailβ 5 tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules appeared in supporting cells of the Corti’s organ during development in rodents
Renauld, Justine ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Johnen, Nicolas et al

Conference (2014, August 31)

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor ... [more ▼]

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor mammalian tubulin, the β5-tubulin [1], recently related as a biomarker for cancer outcome [2] and cell proliferation [3]. It was shown that a β-tubulin isoform can specified the microtubule architecture, such as the expression of the Moth β2 in the Drosophila testes imposed the 16 protofilaments (16pf) structure on the corresponding subset of Drosophila microtubules, which normally contain 13pf [4]. Moreover, supporting cell microtubules are formed by 15pf instead of the canonical 13, a unique fact among vertebrates [5]. Such a protofilament configuration has been observed in C. elegans’ neurons which are responsible for the mechanosensory sense of touch [6]. It was also shown that these 15pf microtubules were essential to the proper functioning of these mechanosensory neurons [6]. To determine the role of this particular tubulin in the auditory organ and its possible involvement in the formation of the unusual 15pf microtubules of supporting cells, we studied the spatiotemporal localization of β5-tubulin during development in rats from embryonic day 18 until P25 (25th postnatal day). We also analyzed the localization of β5-tubulin mRNA expression in the Corti’s organ. Then we examined the fine structure of microtubules at the electron microscope level. For these experiments, we used an early postnatal stage and a late postnatal stage. Our results showed that β5-tubulin, contrary to other β-tubulins, had a unique distribution in the cochlea. This β-tubulin appeared at a postnatal stage, before the opening of the Corti’s tunnel and being restricted to supporting cells, especially in pillar and Deiters cells,. The same localization of β5-tubulin mRNA was observed by in Situ Hybridization. Electron microscopy indicated further that Pillar and Deiters cells were composed by 15-protofilament microtubules at the late postnatal stage (P25). In conclusion, all these data strongly suggest that there is a relationship between the presence of β5-tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules in the supporting cells of the auditory organ. Further studies are now needed to elucidate their role. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of a Global Agricultural Policy on the smallholder farmers in ending hunger
Paveliuc-Olariu, Codrin; Burny, Philippe ULg

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See detailAspects économiques de la filière du vermicelle de tolomane au Vietnam
Le Thi Long, Vy; Vu Dinh, Ton; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailAmélioration des moyens d'existence durables. Une voie pour la durabilité des exploitations agricoles familiales de coton au Bénin
Assogba, Claude Gervais; Tossou, C. R.; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailProblématique foncière chez les exploitants agricoles de la Province de Kirundo au nord du Burundi
Minani, Bonaventure; Rurema, Déo-Guide; Burny, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailL'agriculture de subsistance et de semi-subsistance en Roumanie
Dona, Ion; Burny, Philippe ULg

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See detailPromoter specific regulation of NF-kappaB by RelA phosphorylation on Ser547
Trussart, Charlotte; Orban, Tanguy; Di Valentin, Emmanuel ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 29)

NF-KB (p50/RelA) controls the expression of numerous genes involved in inflammation, survival, proliferation, and cancer initiation and progression. Both classical NF-kB activation by pro-inflammatory ... [more ▼]

NF-KB (p50/RelA) controls the expression of numerous genes involved in inflammation, survival, proliferation, and cancer initiation and progression. Both classical NF-kB activation by pro-inflammatory cytokines and ATM-dependant activation by DNA damage require IKK activation and IkBa degradation. Stimuli dependant phosphorylation of p65 controls its transcriptional potential often in a gene specific manner. Previously, we have reported a direct interaction between RelA and ATM, and, demonstrated the in vitro phosphorylation of Ser547 by this kinase. A comparative transcriptomic analysis performed in HEK cells expressing either p65WT or p65S547A identified several differentially transcribed genes after an etoposide treatment. Substitution of S547 to alanine does not affect p65 binding on the kB site of the modulated promoters but it reduces p65 interaction with HDAC1. The resulting enhanced histone H3 acetylation increases gene transcription at some specific promoters. Our data indicate that ATM regulates a sub-set of NF-kB dependent genes after a genotoxic stress by direct phosphorylation of p65. Presently, we are investigating the impact of p65S547A/D mutations after the addition of TNFa in Mefs p65 KO complemented with HA-p65WT or S547A/D. No differences are observed in the degradation of IkBb or the nuclear translocation of p50/p65. However both basal and TNFa-induced transcription levels of some kB dependent genes are elevated in Mefs expressing p65S547D. The role of ATM in NF-kB activation by TNFa is analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailComputational homogenization of cellular materials with propagation of instabilities through the scales
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

Conference (2014, August 29)

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization scheme looses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localizations resulting from the micro–buckling, the second–order multi–scale computational homogenization scheme1 is considered. This second–order computational framework is herein enhanced with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. First, at the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation2 without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second–order scheme by the displacement–based finite element framework, the treatment of high order terms is based on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose the C1-continuity3. Finally, as the instability phenomena are considered at both scales of the cellular materials, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems4. The micro–buckling leading to the macroscopic localization and the size effect phenomena can be captured within the proposed framework. In particular it is shown that results are not dependent on the mesh size at the macroscopic scale during the softening response, and that they agree well with the direct numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAccelerating Random Forests in Scikit-Learn
Louppe, Gilles ULg

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Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a ... [more ▼]

Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a challenging task involving issues that are easily overlooked if not considered with care. In this talk, we present the Random Forests implementation developed within the Scikit-Learn machine learning library. In particular, we describe the iterative team efforts that led us to gradually improve our codebase and eventually make Scikit-Learn's Random Forests one of the most efficient implementations in the scientific ecosystem, across all libraries and programming languages. Algorithmic and technical optimizations that have made this possible include: - An efficient formulation of the decision tree algorithm, tailored for Random Forests; - Cythonization of the tree induction algorithm; - CPU cache optimizations, through low-level organization of data into contiguous memory blocks; - Efficient multi-threading through GIL-free routines; - A dedicated sorting procedure, taking into account the properties of data; - Shared pre-computations whenever critical. Overall, we believe that lessons learned from this case study extend to a broad range of scientific applications and may be of interest to anybody doing data analysis in Python. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place de la communication dans la gestion du risque sous l'angle de la responsabilité sociale: le cas des entreprises seveso
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Frau, Maité; al

in Boudrandi, Stéphane; Delaye, Richard; Peretti, Jean-Marie (Eds.) L'audit social au service du progrès du management et de la bonne gouvernance-Proceedings (2014, August 29)

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See detailUse of high performance computing in animal breeding
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2014, August 28)

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and ... [more ▼]

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and problem sizes. However, to our knowledge and especially for variance components estimations, most software available in animal breeding, based on sparse matrices computations, do not allow parallel computing and are limited by memory accessible by the central processing unit, or allow parallel computing only for options with dense matrices computations, which limits anyway problem sizes due to storage of dense matrices. The aim was to propose simple and effective modifications for the BLUPF90 family of programs to reduce computing time with consideration of required memory. Modifications were based on academic free packages proposing solver and sparse inversion for sparse symmetric indefinite linear systems. First, modifications concerned the sparse inversion subroutine implemented in the package FSPAK. Rearrangements of 'do' loops to allow optimizations of computer operations by some compilers and addition of OpenMP directives were performed. The ordering operation was modified to more easily compare a multiple minimum degree algorithm (MMD; implemented in FSPAK) and a multilevel nested dissection algorithm (implemented in METIS 4.0.3). Second, the package PARDISO Version 5.0.0 was used instead of FSPAK. This package proposes in particular a parallel solver and sparse inversion on shared-memory multiprocessors. Modified FSPAK and PARDISO were compared to original FSPAK using MMD through REMLF90. Different models, such as univariate or bivariate (random regressions) test-day animal and single-step genomic models, were tested. All jobs were run 5 times. With an appropriate ordering algorithm, speedup for each REMLF90 iteration were up to 7.5 for modified FSPAK and up to 22.8 for PARDISO with 2 threads. With 4 threads, speedup increased to 8.3 and 32.5, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailA post-mortem study of physiopathological characteristics of genital tracts of culled dairy cows in South Vietnam.
Nguyen Kien, Cuong; Okouyi, Marcel; Hanzen, Christian ULg

Poster (2014, August 28)

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See detailBayesian approach integrating correlated foreign information into a multivariate genetic evaluation
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Book of Abstracts of the 65th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2014, August 28)

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and ... [more ▼]

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and problem sizes. However, to our knowledge and especially for variance components estimations, most software available in animal breeding, based on sparse matrices computations, do not allow parallel computing and are limited by memory accessible by the central processing unit, or allow parallel computing only for options with dense matrices computations, which limits anyway problem sizes due to storage of dense matrices. The aim was to propose simple and effective modifications for the BLUPF90 family of programs to reduce computing time with consideration of required memory. Modifications were based on academic free packages proposing solver and sparse inversion for sparse symmetric indefinite linear systems. First, modifications concerned the sparse inversion subroutine implemented in the package FSPAK. Rearrangements of 'do' loops to allow optimizations of computer operations by some compilers and addition of OpenMP directives were performed. The ordering operation was modified to more easily compare a multiple minimum degree algorithm (MMD; implemented in FSPAK) and a multilevel nested dissection algorithm (implemented in METIS 4.0.3). Second, the package PARDISO Version 5.0.0 was used instead of FSPAK. This package proposes in particular a parallel solver and sparse inversion on shared-memory multiprocessors. Modified FSPAK and PARDISO were compared to original FSPAK using MMD through REMLF90. Different models, such as univariate or bivariate (random regressions) test-day animal and single-step genomic models, were tested. All jobs were run 5 times. With an appropriate ordering algorithm, speedup for each REMLF90 iteration were up to 7.5 for modified FSPAK and up to 22.8 for PARDISO with 2 threads. With 4 threads, speedup increased to 8.3 and 32.5, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailGene Regulatory Network Inference via Conditional Inference Trees and Forests
Bessonov, Kyrylo ULg

Poster (2014, August 28)

Trees are classical data structures allowing effectively classifying and predicting responses. Due to versatility and high performance in classification and prediction, there exist plenty of tree-based ... [more ▼]

Trees are classical data structures allowing effectively classifying and predicting responses. Due to versatility and high performance in classification and prediction, there exist plenty of tree-based methods including popular Conditional Inference Tree (CIT) and Forests (CIF), Random Forests (RF), Randomized Trees (RT), randomized C4.5, etc. In this work we assessed the performance of CIT and CIF methods in correct gene regulatory network (GRN) prediction from expression data by using reference golden standard built from real transcriptional regulatory network of E. coli. The synthetic microarray expression data was obtained from DREAM4 challenge. The performance of each network inference method was assessed via Area Under Receiver Operating Characteristic (AUROC) and Area Under Precision Recall (AUPR) metrics. Our preliminary results show that CIT and CIF successfully predict directed GRNs at acceptable performance rates although not optimal (the best AUROC at 0.68 and AUPR at 0.13 for CIF and the best AUROC at 0.58 and AUPR at 0.18 for CIT). Surprisingly by using the current aggregation scheme of feature importance that prefers features with the highest number of observations, a single CIT was a better performer compared to CIFs in all 5 networks. Nevertheless, the CIFs showed an overall 10% improvement in AUROC. A single CIT has 24% and CIFs have 27% lower overall performance compared to the best performer of DREAM4 Challenge based on cumulative areas of PR and ROC curves. We plan to test other feature importance aggregation techniques in a single tree and in tree ensembles in order to outperform the top DREAM4 algorithms. In addition the effects of expression data standardization to unit variance will be presented. In future, the developed CIF framework will be used to perform data integration analysis of multi-omics datasets. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative lactation stage specific prediction of CH4 from milk MIR spectra
Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

Conference (2014, August 28)

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See detailPrediction of meso-scale mechanical properties of poly-silicon materials
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 27)

The miniature sizes of micro–electro–mechanical systems (MEMS) as well as the nature of their manufacturing processes, such as etching, material layer deposition, or embossing, are responsible for the ... [more ▼]

The miniature sizes of micro–electro–mechanical systems (MEMS) as well as the nature of their manufacturing processes, such as etching, material layer deposition, or embossing, are responsible for the existence of a scatter in the final dimensions, material properties ... of manufactured micro–sensors. This scatter is potentially threatening the behavior and reliability of samples from a batch fabrication process, motivating the development of non-deterministic computational approaches to predict the MEMS properties. In this work we extract the meso-scale properties of the poly-silicon material under the form of a probabilistic distribution. To this end, Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) of the micro-structure are generated under the form of a Voronoï tessellation with a random orientation for each silicon grain. Hence, a Monte-Carlo procedure combined with a homogenization technique allows a distribution of the material tensor at the meso-scale to be estimated. As the finite element method is used to discretize the SVE and to solve the micro-scale boundary value problem, the homogenization technique used to extract the material tensor relies on the computational homogenization theory. In a future work, we will investigate, in the context of MEMS vibrometers, the propagation to the macro–scale of the meso-scale distribution of the homogenized elasticity tensor, with the final aim of predicting the uncertainty on their resonance frequencies. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing milk spectral data for large-scale phenotypes linked to mitigation and efficiency
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 26)

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as ... [more ▼]

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as methane emission (CH4), dry matter intake (DMI) and feed efficiency (FE); however they are available on a small scale. Researches showed that CH4 could be predicted from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra, allowing large-scale recording at low cost. The main objective of this study was to show, using a modelling approach, that DMI and FE could be derived from milk MIR spectra. For that, knowledge of body weight (BW) is required; however it was unknown in this study. Derived procedure was based on milk yield and composition, MIR CH4, and modelled standard animal requirements, allowing the prediction of expected BW. An external validation was conducted based on 91 actual records. 95% confidence limit for the difference ranged between -0.66 and 18.84 kg for BW, from -0.02 to 0.26 kg/day for DMI, and from -0.02 to 0.002 kg of fat corrected milk/kg DM for FE. Root mean square errors were 39.66 kg, 0.56 kg/d, and 0.03 kg/DM for the 3 studied traits. P-value for the t-test was not significant for BW and DMI. This suggests the possibility to obtain expected BW and therefore DMI from MIR spectra. Single trait animal test-day models used 1,291,850 records to assess the variability of studied traits. Significant variations were observed for the lactation stage, parity, genetics, and age. These findings were in agreement with the literature except for early lactation. This suggests in conclusion that the MIR information gave similar results for DMI and CH4 for the major part of lactation. The use of this novel method to predict expected BW offers new possibilities interesting for the development of genomic and genetic tools. [less ▲]

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