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See detailGalectin-3: a new promising cardiac biomarker in sports endurance?
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Devaux, Séverine; BREVERS, Eric ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Research (2014, July), 103(Supplement 1), 255

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See detailRecollection and familiarity in normal and pathological aging
Bastin, Christine ULg

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailStability and bifurcation analysis of a Van der Pol–Duffing oscillator with a nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Conference (2014, July)

The Van der Pol (VdP) oscillator is a paradigmatic model for description of self-excited oscillations, which are of practical interest in many engineering applications. In this paper the dynamics of a VdP ... [more ▼]

The Van der Pol (VdP) oscillator is a paradigmatic model for description of self-excited oscillations, which are of practical interest in many engineering applications. In this paper the dynamics of a VdP-Duffing (VdPD) oscillator with an attached nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is considered; the NLTVA has both linear and nonlinear restoring force terms. In the first part of this work, the stability of the trivial solution of the system is investigated, following results of previous works. The analysis allows to define an optimal tuning rule for the linear parameters of the absorber, which substantially enlarges the domain of safe operation of the primary system. In this case, the system loses stability through a double Hopf bifurcation. In the second part of this work, the bifurcations occurring at the loss of stability are analytically investigated, using the technique of the center manifold reduction and transformation to normal form. The obtained results show the effects of the nonlinear parameter of the absorber, which, in turn, allows to define its optimal value in order to avoid subcriticality and reduce the amplitude of self-excited oscillations. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE NORDIC TEST SYSTEM FOR VOLTAGE STABILITY ASSESSMENT
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailA parent-implemented language intervention in lower socioeconomic status populations
Martinez Perez, Trecy ULg; Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Mulquet, Amandine et al

Poster (2014, July)

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See detailWhich are the determinants of homeownership ? A logit analysis for the case of Belgium
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Cools, Mario ULg et al

Conference (2014, July)

In market-oriented economies, high rates of homeowners are traditionally associated with positive economic effects and externalities. For this reason, public authorities have encouraged homeownership for ... [more ▼]

In market-oriented economies, high rates of homeowners are traditionally associated with positive economic effects and externalities. For this reason, public authorities have encouraged homeownership for the last decades through taxation or subsidies policies. In Belgium, owner-occupation has been promoted since the end of the nineteenth century and homeownership policy is considered as a key element of the Welfare state. Furthermore, the effectiveness of these policies is fundamentally based on a clear understanding of what determines homeownership. Therefore, the analysis of tenure determinants can provide inputs for the definition or the renewal of housing, taxation and subsidies policies. Considering this interest, this paper investigates the issue of housing tenure in Belgium. On the basis of previous related research, a model of tenure choice is estimated using a sample of 6,962 households. The observations follow clearly the general trends described for other countries. Higher income and age, couple status and the presence of dependent children have positive influences on homeownership. In addition, locations presenting a high density of population and a high centrality are associated with a lower probability of homeownership compared with other areas. The underlying significations of these variables are discussed in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailDroplet synchronization in multiple interconnected parallel channels
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg

Poster (2014, July)

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that ... [more ▼]

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that passive synchronization could be achieved with bubbles in a ladder-like channel network. Bubbles flow in the rails and induce recirculation in the interconnecting rungs, which supposedly provides the feedback and subsequent synchronization. Ahn et al. recently extended this study to trains of droplets in flow-rate-driven conditions [2]. We here present an extensive experimental and theoretical investigation of droplets synchonization in multiple parallel channels. Droplets are produced with independent flow-focusing structures. Several experimental conditions are tested, including several geometries (and subsequent flow resistance) and inlet conditions (pressure-driven vs. flow-rate-driven). An extension to three rails is also considered. The microfluidic chips are designed with the help of a lumped-element model in which droplets are driven by the flows. [1] M. Prakash and N. Gershenfeld, Science 2007, 315, 832-835 [2] Ahn et al., Lab-on-a-chip, 2011, 11, 3956-3962 [less ▲]

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See detailMovements of endemic and exotic fish in a large river ecosystem (Rhône, France)
Capra, Hervé; Pella, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2014, July)

The aim of this study is to characterise the mobility templates of two patrimonial species of rheophilic cyprinids (Barbus barbus and Squalius cephalus) and of a species of exotic fish, the catfish ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to characterise the mobility templates of two patrimonial species of rheophilic cyprinids (Barbus barbus and Squalius cephalus) and of a species of exotic fish, the catfish (Silurus glanis), in an area of the upper Rhône River characterised by significant disruptions of flow and thermal regimes (caused by hydroelectric and nuclear power plants). Results reveal contrasted mobility patterns, habitat uses and home-range sizes between endemic and exogenous fish species, but with a high interindividual variability. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvanced Aeroservoelastic Modeling for Horizontal axis Wind Turbines
Prasad, Chandra Shekhar ULg; Chen, Qiong-zhong; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg et al

in Cunha, A.; Caetano, E.; Riberio, P. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Structural Dynamics, EURODYN 2014 (2014, July)

This paper describes the development of a complete methodology for the unsteady aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic modeling of horizontal axis wind turbines at the design stage. The methodology is based on ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the development of a complete methodology for the unsteady aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic modeling of horizontal axis wind turbines at the design stage. The methodology is based on the implementation of unsteady aerodynamic modeling, advanced control strategies and nonlinear finite element calculations in the S4WT wind turbine design package. The aerodynamic modeling is carried out by means of the unsteady Vortex Lattice Method, including a free wake model. The complete model also includes a description of a doubly fed induction generator and its control system for variable speed operation and enhanced power output. The S4WT software features a non-linear finite element solver with multi-body dynamics capability. The complete methodology is used to perform complete aeroservoelastic simulations of a 2MW wind turbine prototype model. The interaction between the three components of the approach is carefully analyzed and presented here. [less ▲]

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See detailThe concept of economic security of the hospital: A new look at the levers of control
Shutyak, Yuliya ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg

Conference (2014, July)

Despite a significant progress achieved in the healthcare sector during last decades, we need to admit the fact that many urgent problems remain unsolved even in well developed countries. Along with other ... [more ▼]

Despite a significant progress achieved in the healthcare sector during last decades, we need to admit the fact that many urgent problems remain unsolved even in well developed countries. Along with other major factors, economic causes of these problems hold a prominent position. It is then necessary to think about a need of shifting from a view of hospitals as ever being institutions existing by default in any society to a view of hospitals as organisations with an incorporated economic mechanism, adapted to social changes and relevant economic risks. With this regard, this paper seeks to incorporate the concept of economic security of the hospital into Simons’ LOC model used in hospital management. We provide a brief overview of the concept of economic security of the organization. We adjust this concept for hospital management considering the healthcare system as an economic system and taking main problems of the hospital and interests of stakeholders in the core of strategy development. Further, we accommodate the concept with the levers of control. The result of the paper is a revised Simons’ LOC model which provides a theoretical framework for further research on hospital management and serves a modified management instrument. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Prediction of Transient Voltage Sags caused by Rotor Swings
Weckesser, Tilman; Johannsson, Hjortur; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. IEEE PES general meeting (2014, July)

The paper investigates various methods to predict voltage sags at load buses caused by large generator rotor swings and following a transient disturbance. Three different prediction methods are proposed ... [more ▼]

The paper investigates various methods to predict voltage sags at load buses caused by large generator rotor swings and following a transient disturbance. Three different prediction methods are proposed, which all use real-time measurements from PMUs. One of the methods uses a slightly extended version of the E-SIME method. The other two methods use measurements and process them by recursive least square estimation. It is shown that the prediction method employing E-SIME allows the earliest detection of a critical voltage sag with satisfactory accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a new automatic drowsiness quantification system for drivers
Wertz, Jérôme ULg; François, Clémentine ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

Poster (2014, July)

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents. Drowsiness can result from, among others, sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, alcohol, some medications, or performing a monotonous task. While all persons are likely to be drowsy at some point during the day, some persons are more prone than others to being drowsy at almost any time of the day; e.g. 6 to 11% of the population suffers from severe chronic excessive daytime sleepiness. Three main classes of methods can be used to characterize the level of drowsiness of a driver without disturbing him. These classes are respectively related to vehicle behavior (e.g. via lateral movements), driver behavior (e.g. via steering wheel movements), and driver physiological state (e.g. via eye movements). Since drowsiness is a physiological state, it seems particularly meaningful to use physiology-based methods to characterize it. Among these, the most significant ones rely on polysomnography and/or oculography. Polysomnography is viewed by some practitioners as the reference in the domain, but it is very sensitive to artifacts, and it is not very practical for use while driving. Ocular parameters are recognized to be good and reliable physiological indicators of drowsiness, and, thus, oculography seems to be the most sensible way to characterize drowsiness in practice. We have thus developed an experimental, fully automatic drowsiness monitoring system (software/algorithms) based on the physiological state of a person. This system uses ocular parameters extracted from images of the eye (i.e. photooculography) to determine a level of drowsiness on a continuous numerical scale from 0 to 10, with 0 corresponding to "very awake" (or "very vigilant") and 10 to "very drowsy". The ultimate goal of this system is to prevent drowsiness-related accidents for driving and other applications. The reported study shows that our system exhibits promising capability for road safety. Fourteen healthy volunteers (7 M, 7 F, mean age 23.7, range 21-33 years) participated in an experiment in a driving simulator, where they were asked to perform three driving sessions/runs (two of 45 minutes and one of 60 minutes) in different sleep-deprivation conditions (with up to 28 hours of complete sleep deprivation). During each session, we recorded both a high frame rate video of one eye and a set of driving parameters. Subsequently, for each successive minute in the session, we used our algorithms to extract ocular parameters from the video images and to produce a level of drowsiness, and we computed the standard deviation of lateral position (SDLP) from the driving parameters. The results show (1) that the (computed) SDLP increases when the (computed) level of drowsiness increases, and (2) that the level of drowsiness increases when the level of sleep deprivation increases. These results indicate that our algorithms for producing a level of drowsiness work in a meaningful way. The experiment protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of our university. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of Pt/Carbon Xerogel Electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC): Effect of the Reduction Procedure
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailTassili n’Ajjer (Sahara Oriental Algérien) – Résultats préliminaires sur le Silurien-Dévonien
Djouder, Hocine ULg; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg et al

in Journée Thématique de l’Association des Sédimentologistes Français (ASF) « Diagenèse : avancées récentes et perspectives » (2014, July)

Les gisements atypiques non-conventionnels, à roches sédimentaires faiblement perméables, ainsi que les « sources rocks » constituent une source pétrolière majeure, attirant de plus en plus l’industrie ... [more ▼]

Les gisements atypiques non-conventionnels, à roches sédimentaires faiblement perméables, ainsi que les « sources rocks » constituent une source pétrolière majeure, attirant de plus en plus l’industrie pétrolière, d’où un regain d’intérêt potentiel au sein du Bassin de Berkine. En effet, rien que les argiles radioactives (‘hot’) shales du Silurien sont à l’origine de 80 à 90% des hydrocarbures de la plaque Nord-africaine, et les argiles radioactives du Frasnien (source secondaire) avec des valeurs de TOC allant jusqu’à 14% (Lüning et al., 2000). L'objectif de la thèse s’agira dans un premier temps de l’analyse des diagraphies de forages (Berkine ‘subsurface’) conditionnée aux données de terrain (Tassili n’Ajjer sur affleurements) et de sismique réflexion. Ceci afin de réaliser la modélisation 2D et 3-D des corps réservoirs et de la roche mère, à l’aide du logiciel Petrel©. Et au final, la cartographie des unités de la série Silurien-Dévonien dans le but de définir les « Plays » potentielles aux futures plans d’exploration. Au second volet, la mise au point d’une méthodologie rigoureuse, permettant l’étude minéralogique et l’évolution diagénétique des faciès, sous différents aspect ; la quantification de la porosité, la définition des relations entre porosité et minéralogie. Ensuite caractériser les argiles radioactives du Llandoverien-Frasnien respectivement Silurien, Dévonien et minéraux associés (Lüning et al., 2004). Plus précisément les processus et mécanismes qui contrôlent les transformations des minéraux argileux (minéralogies et cristallochimies) en composante latérale mais aussi en fonction de la profondeur. Dans ce contexte, des missions de terrains seront entreprises dans les massifs du Fadnoun (Tassili Central), Oued Taïni, Oued Khabkhab ainsi que dans l’Oued Amassine (Tassili Occidental) qui nous permettront de décrire en surface les formations du Siluro-Dévonien (profondément étudiées par : Asses, A., 1987 - Massa, D., 1988 - Bekkouche, D., 1992 – IFP, Sonatrach, Beicip., 1999) qui renferment les argiles radioactives (‘hot’) shales et les niveaux réservoirs, situées à quelques centaines de kilomètres au Nord (Bassin de Berkine), sous 2500 à 3000 m de sédiments. Une première mission de terrain est déjà réalisée, ayant reçu un support financier de la R&D (Séjour de Recherche à l’étranger), ainsi que des facilitées administratives et logistiques respectivement du Ministère de la Culture et de l’office national du parc culturel du Tassili n’Ajjer (patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO depuis 1982). D’autres missions ultérieures seront à organiser en fonction du planning du déroulement de la thèse. La première mission géologique de terrain a duré un mois sur le Plateau de Fadnoun (Tassili n’Ajjer central). Ceci dans différentes coupes géologique-type des affleurements du Silurien-Dévonien : l’Oued Imihrou, l’Oued Farzal, Gara Tihouririne (sur la route Illizi-Fort Tarat) et Isoutar (Djouder et al., 2014). Durant cette mission terrain nous avons pu assurer la concordance entre les thématiques et objectifs de départ et les réalisés sur terrain, entre autre : 1) la meilleure compréhension de la géométrie des corps sédimentaires, au sein du Plateau de Fadnoun et donc par extension dans le bassin ; 2) la description et l’analyse des faciès, grâce aux affleurements peu connus dans les oueds. Ils permettront une analyse, notamment en termes d’environnements sédimentaires, des formations du Silurien-Dévonien ; 3) application première dans son genre de la susceptibilité magnétique comme nouvel proxy, pour les corrélations lithostratigraphiques des unités du Silurien-Dévonien aux Tassilis. 4) réalisation d’un échantillonnage serré à différents niveaux pour couvrir tout l’intervalle de la dépression intra-Tassilienne et des Grès du Tassili Externe, et puis l’expédition du matériel, nécessaire aux analyses de laboratoires notamment à Liège, et collaborateurs. La confection de lames-minces (en cours) permettra l’étude de la minéralogie et de la pétrographie, et donc une meilleure compréhension des faciès et microfaciès, c’est à dire de leurs propriétés intrinsèques (systèmes hétérogènes et complexes). Les lames palynologiques permettront des datations précises de chaque niveau. Enfin, différentes analyses sur roche (minéraux argileux dans un Laboratoire partenaire de l’Université de Poitiers en France, susceptibilité magnétique, cathodoluminescence, analyses géochimiques des majeurs et des traces à l’ULg) permettront d’affiner les paramètres du paléoenvironnement (Da Silva et al., 2013). [less ▲]

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See detailLink between learning profile and school achievement in primary school; a transversal study
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg; Nobile, Debora ULg

Conference (2014, July)

School achievement plays an essential role in terms of professional and social adaptation. However, all the students do not always perform as the system requires them to. In Belgium, at the end of ... [more ▼]

School achievement plays an essential role in terms of professional and social adaptation. However, all the students do not always perform as the system requires them to. In Belgium, at the end of compulsory education, one student out of two lags behind in their school education (Indicators from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles [Walloon-Brussels Federation], 2012). In this context, we do not consider that there are “bad” learners. Instead, there are those students whose learning profile is more or less in line with the context’s requirements and those whose profile is not. In many works, the student’s learning profile is operationalised by measures on 3 levels: cognitive, metacognitive and psycho-affective. These psychological variables, which are major components of self-regulated learning, play a central role in the explanation of school performance (for more details, see Frenkel, in press; Frenkel & Deforge, in press). This profile is not fixed once and for all. It evolves over time and it represents the result of the interaction between these three variables with other factors, notably bio-medical, socio-demographical ones, factors related to family environment (Pourtois, Desmet & Lahaye, 2004; Trudel, Puentes-Neuman & Ntebutse, 2002) and the too often forgotten factors linked to class management and social interactions between students and teachers (see Wang, Haertel & Walberg, 1994). Determining the students’ learning profile enables us to identify their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Therefore, it is essential that psycho-educational teams have validated tools at their disposal in order to carry out this task. Our aim is to propose new tools which will complement the already-existing ones. In this presentation we propose to introduce and discuss our methodology and the results obtained. The starting target population was made up of 198 primary school students divided equitably into three levels (second year of primary school, fourth year of primary school and sixth year of primary school). A problem-solving task based on the DELF (Büchel & Büchel, 1995) was created. It was completed by two questionnaires to fill in before and after the task. The learning profile defined on this basis was analysed according to several variables (age, gender, socio-professional category, school results). Group testing is still in progress. We will also illustrate our presentation with the first results of individual testing which will begin in May 2014. References - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive - Frenkel, S. (in press). Metacognitive components in learning to learn approaches. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach - Frenkel, S., & Deforge, H. (in press). Métacognition et réussite scolaire: Perspectives théoriques. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université - Pourtois, J.-P., Desmet, H., & Lahaye, W. (2004). Connaissances et pratiques en éducation familiale et parentale. Enfances, Familles, Générations, 1, 22-35 - Trudel, M., Puentes-Neuman, G., & Ntebutse J.G. (2002). Les conceptions contemporaines de l’enfant à risque et la valeur heuristique du construit de résilience en éducation. Revue Canadienne de l’Education, 27 (2 & 3), 153-173 - Wang, M.C., Haertel, G.D., & Walberg, H.J. (1994). What helps students learn? Educational Leadership, 51 (4), 74-79 [less ▲]

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See detailOn the convergence of relaxation schemes to couple phasor-mode and electromagnetic transients simulations
Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting (2014, July)

Hybrid simulations combining phasor-mode and electromagnetic transients models aim at taking advantage of computational speed of the former and accuracy of the latter. For simulation accuracy, a ... [more ▼]

Hybrid simulations combining phasor-mode and electromagnetic transients models aim at taking advantage of computational speed of the former and accuracy of the latter. For simulation accuracy, a relaxation process is used, which consists of iterating between both models. The convergence properties of this relaxation process are investigated. The speed of convergence is assessed when the variables exchanged at the interface between both models are respectively pure voltage/current sources, Norton/Thévenin equivalents, or a combination of them. Iteratively updated Norton/Thévenin equivalents are shown to drastically reduce the number of relaxation iterations. [less ▲]

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See detailAre you sure this was your own idea?
Beaufort, Aline ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Dehon, Hedwige ULg

Poster (2014, July)

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See detailAssessment Demands of the Second Language Curricula of Belgium’s French-Speaking Secondary Schools
Noiroux, Kevin ULg

Conference (2014, July)

The second language curricula of Belgium’s French-speaking community demand that secondary school teachers administer two yearly summative assessments of five skills, which forces them to overlook ... [more ▼]

The second language curricula of Belgium’s French-speaking community demand that secondary school teachers administer two yearly summative assessments of five skills, which forces them to overlook formative assessments. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate on investigation in IPF - Clinical presentation and epidemiology in domestic animals
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the Fibrosis Across Species Consortium - Louisville - EU - 27th – 29th April 2014 (2014, July)

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See detailDesign of Pt/carbon xerogel catalysts for PEM fuel cells
Job, Nathalie ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailOptimization Of A Heat Pump For Satellite Cooling
Bell, Ian ULg; Lemort, Vincent

in 15 th International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue (2014, July)

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See detailWhen children stop trusting what they have perceived
Geurten, Marie ULg; Willems, Sylvie; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the WFNR - Conference Programme (2014, July)

Background and aims: A common hypothesis to explain metamemory heuristics learning throughout childhood lies on the assumption that the knowledge underlying these metacognitive rules develop from people’s ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: A common hypothesis to explain metamemory heuristics learning throughout childhood lies on the assumption that the knowledge underlying these metacognitive rules develop from people’s prior day-to-day experiences. However, the specific processes that sustain this learning are still unclear. In this study, we examined the mechanisms implicated in this empirical development by manipulating the learned interpretation of the Easily Learned = Easily Remembered (ELER) heuristic through an implicit process involving the detection of environmental regularities. Method: A sample of sixty normally developing children aged 4-5, 6-7, and 8-9 years old was recruited for this study. Each child participated in three 60-minute sessions separated approximately by one-week interval and was trained to learn implicitly a reverse interpretation of the ELER heuristic. The influence of executive functions on children’s judgment of learning at posttest was also investigated. Results: In addition to an early development of the ELER heuristic, results revealed a reduction of this heuristic’s use after the implicit training in the two youngest groups. Furthermore, executive monitoring was demonstrated to account for the lack of change observed in older children after the training phases. Conclusions: In a developmental perspective, these findings present a coherent picture of children’s learning of metacognitive heuristics. Specifically, automatic and implicit learning was demonstrated to be followed by an effortful control of the heuristics’ use. [less ▲]

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See detailOrder reduction in time integration caused by velocity projection
Arnold, Martin; Cardona, Alberto; Bruls, Olivier ULg

in Proceedings of the 3rd Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics and the 7th Asian Conference on Multibody Dynamics (2014, July)

Holonomic constraints restrict the configuration of a multibody system to a subset of the configuration space. They imply so called hidden constraints at the level of velocity coordinates that may ... [more ▼]

Holonomic constraints restrict the configuration of a multibody system to a subset of the configuration space. They imply so called hidden constraints at the level of velocity coordinates that may formally be obtained from time derivatives of the original holonomic constraints. A numerical solution that satisfies hidden constraints as well as the original constraint equations may be obtained considering both types of constraints simultaneously in each time step (stabilized index-2 formulation) or using projection techniques. Both approaches are well established in the time integration of differential-algebraic equations. Recently, we have introduced a generalized- alpha Lie group time integration method for the stabilized index-2 formulation that achieves second order convergence for all solution components. In the present paper, we show that a separate velocity projection would be less favourable since it may result in an order reduction and in large transient errors after each projection step. This undesired numerical behaviour is analysed by a one-step error recursion that considers the coupled error propagation in differential and algebraic solution components. This one-step error recursion has been used before to prove second order convergence for the application of generalized-alpha methods to constrained systems. As a technical detail, we discuss the extension of these results from symmetric, positive definite mass matrices to the rank deficient case. [less ▲]

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See detailNegation, grammaticalization and subjectification: the development of polar, modal and mirative no way-constructions
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Lesage, Jakob et al

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailA Multiphycics approach to calculate shear stresses during neotissue growth in perfusion bioreactor
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

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See detailMolecular detection of six high importance endosymbiotic bacteria in Belgian wild-caught mosquitoes
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2014, July)

Introduction Several disease vectors presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. One of an alternative solution was to use endosymbiotic bacteria because their probably interactive ... [more ▼]

Introduction Several disease vectors presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. One of an alternative solution was to use endosymbiotic bacteria because their probably interactive effects with their host. According to the introduction risks of mosquito born disease and their dispersion, we propose to investigate the prevalence of six endosymbiontic bacteria in wild-caught Culicidae in Belgium. Methods Eleven species of Belgian fields mosquitoes (Culex pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium, Cx. hortensis, Anopheles claviger, An. maculipennis s.l., An. plumbeus, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus geniculatus, Oc. dorsalis, Aedes albopictus and Coquillettidia richiardii) were used for the screening of six genera endosymbiotic bacteria (Wolbachia sp., Commamonas sp., Delftia sp., Pseudomonas sp., Acinetobacter sp. and Asaia sp.) according to their possible impact in mosquito biology. PCR was done for the screening and positives bands were sequenced and deposited in GenBank. Results Total of 144 larvae and 32 adults were used. Wolbachia, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and Asaia were found in mosquitoes with different proportions, according to stages (adults, larvae) with a predominance of Pseudomonas in all species, as far as Acinetobacter and Asaia also have a high prevalence. Commamonas and Delftia were absent from all species tested, either in larvae and in adults. Discussion Choice of endosymbiotic bacteria studied here was allowing of their importance in literature. For Pseudomonas, it showed that this bacteria could produced ovipositon attractants for mosquito. Acinetobacter was suggested efficient in transmission and maintenance within host populations. Asaia was capable of efficiently crossing body barriers and colonizing different organs. Wolbachia was currently the most studied bacteria which plays an important role in the genetic manipulation of the host. Present advances in understanding the mosquito–microbiota relationships may have a great impact in a better understanding of some traits of mosquito biology and in the development of innovative mosquito-borne disease-control strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailFormal and semantic-discursive properties of mirative exprecctions (it's) no wonder: a synchronic-diachronic approach
Gentens, Caroline; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin et al

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Destain, Marie-France ULg; Roisin, Christian; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg

in ASABE - CSBE/ASABE Joint Meeting Presentation (2014, July)

The effects of long-term use (8 years) of two different tillage systems were assessed on a Luvisol, under temperate climate (Belgium). The tillage treatments were (i) conventional tillage (CT) with ... [more ▼]

The effects of long-term use (8 years) of two different tillage systems were assessed on a Luvisol, under temperate climate (Belgium). The tillage treatments were (i) conventional tillage (CT) with moldboard ploughing to 27 cm depth and (ii) reduced tillage (RT) with a spring tine cultivator to 10 cm depth. The measurements included bulk density (BD) and precompression stress (Pc) chosen as indicators of mechanical strength, and the pore size distribution (PSD) measured by mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP). The tillage systems, the depth and their interaction had a significant effect on BD, Pc and PSD. In CT, in the topsoil, the soil strength was low and the total porosity n was about 50 %. In the subsoil, n decreased to 43 %. The PSD of CT was uni-modal in topsoil and subsoil in the MIP measurement range. The mean value of the mode rmax diminished from the topsoil toward the subsoil (from 2.5 microns to 1.9 microns). In RT, in the topsoil, the soil strength was higher than CT. BD did not vary much according to the depth. The total porosity n of RT was comprised between 40-45 % in the soil profile. The PSD was uni-modal and rmax increased from topsoil (around 2 microns) to subsoil (> 3 microns). This suggested the agglomeration of fine particles under the long-term action of mechanical loads, climatic agents, biological organisms or clay minerals acting as cementing agents. These phenomena could be at the origin of the increase of Pc with the depth without significant modification of BD. Such high values of Pc could be responsible of negative effects on root-growth leading to a more superficial root lateral development. [less ▲]

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Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

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See detailHighly dispersed iron xerogel catalysts for p-nitrophenol degradation by photo-Fenton effects
Mahy, Julien ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

Poster (2014, July)

Since the beginning of the industrial era, the various human activities have increased steadily, leading to a rapid technological development and a high population growth. Thus, the expansion of the ... [more ▼]

Since the beginning of the industrial era, the various human activities have increased steadily, leading to a rapid technological development and a high population growth. Thus, the expansion of the industry has heavily polluted the atmosphere, soil and water with negative consequences for humans and environment [1]. To decrease this pollution, it exists various treatment methods: chemical, physical and biological [2,3]. Among all these methods, a recent way of treatment is the degradation of pollutants in soils or waters by Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions [3] which use H2O2, iron-based compounds and UV light. In this way, several Fe2O3/SiO2 xerogel catalysts were synthesized by cogelation method by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ions [4]. Five samples were synthesized: four samples with different percentage of iron (0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2.5 theoretical wt% confirmed by ICP-AES measurements), and a sample of pure silica. TEM pictures, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and mercury porosimetry measurements have established that EDAS plays a role of nucleating agent of silica particles [5,6] and allows to anchor iron particles inside silica network [4]. Indeed, it results iron nanoparticles of diameter 1-1.5 nm encapsulated in silica particles with sizes of about 10-30 nm in diameter. The species of iron was determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy and only Fe3+ ions were observed in xerogel catalysts. Then, the Fenton and photo-Fenton effect of these catalysts were evaluated on the degradation of p-nitrophenol (PNP) in aqueous medium in different conditions. Results show that Fe2O3/SiO2 xerogels present a photo-Fenton effect with H2O2, reaching with a sample 99 % of degradation after 24 h. [1] M. A. Khan, A. M. Ghouri, Environmental pollution: its effects on life and its remedies, Journal of Arts, Science & Commerce (Vol. 2), 2011, pg 276-285. [2] M. S. Kuyukina , I. B. Ivshina, Biology of rhodococcus: chapter 9, Springer, 2010, pg 232-256. [3] J. J. Pignatello, E. Oliveros, A. MacKay, Advanced Oxidation Processes for Organic Contaminant Destruction Based on the Fenton Reaction and Related Chemistry, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology (Vol. 36), 2006, pg 1-84. [4] B. Heinrichs, L. Rebbouh, J.W. Geus, S. Lambert, H.C.L. Abbenhuis, F. Grandjean, G.J. Long, J.-P. Pirard, R.A. van Santen, Iron (III) species dispersed in porous silica through sol-gel chemistry, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Vol. 354), 2008, pg 665-672. [5] S. Lambert, C. Alié, J.-P. Pirard, B. Heinrichs, Study of textural properties and nucleation phenomenon in Pd/SiO2 , Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Vol. 342), 2004, pg 70-81. [6] B. Heinrichs, S. Lambert , N. Job , J.-P. Pirard, in "Catalyst Preparation: Science and Engineering, J. R. Regalbuto (Ed.)", CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2007, p. 163-208. [less ▲]

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See detailOrthanc - Logiciel libre pour l'imagerie médicale en milieu hospitalier
JODOGNE, Sébastien ULg; LENAERTS, Eric ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Communications de la Conférence Francophone en Gestion et Ingénierie des Systèmes Hospitaliers (GISEH 2014) (2014, July)

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See detail3D analysis and determination of stride parameters for different type of foot strike in running
Bury, Thierry ULg

in Abstract book of the 19th Annual Congress of the ECSS Amsterdam (2014, July)

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See detailUsuing the Arctic Environment Test Basin to study the dynamics of dissolved organic matter in sea ice
Thomas, D.N.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Kaartokallio, H. et al

Conference (2014, July)

This is a report from the INTERICE 5 project that used the Arctic Environment Test Basin at HSVA from 21 May to 19 June 2012. The overarching aim was to investigate the physical and biological controls of ... [more ▼]

This is a report from the INTERICE 5 project that used the Arctic Environment Test Basin at HSVA from 21 May to 19 June 2012. The overarching aim was to investigate the physical and biological controls of dissolved organic matter incorporation into growing sea ice and the effect of melting once the ice had consolidated. Measurements were also made on the CO2 fluxes at the ice surface in relation to the chemical and biological changes taking place in the ice. The Interice 5 team was a multidisciplinary group of glaciologists, chemists and microbiologists from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany and U.K. They were able to build on the experiences of previous INTERICE 2, 3 & 4 projects to maximize the opportunities from the facility. The preliminary results from the experiment will be presented, in the context of what is known about these processes from field campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailMetacognition and school learning: Individual use of the DELV program with teenagers
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg; Nobile, Debora ULg

Conference (2014, July)

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010 ... [more ▼]

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011). It includes 8 types of decontextualized exercises which notably allow to develop the learner’s metacognitive knowledge and skills (for more details, see Büchel, 2013b). They also make it possible to work on cognitive and psycho-affective aspects. Transfer can thus be better developed. This tool has been used since its first version (Büchel & Büchel, 1995) both at the Atelier d’Apprentissage of the University of Genève (Unige, Switzerland) and at that of the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) since their creation (respectively in 1996 and in 2009), (for more details, see Büchel, 2013a; Frenkel, in press (b)). Our main purpose is to present how we can use this tool individually in order to enable the student to activate his/her “sleeping potential” (for more details, see Frenkel, in press (a)). By focusing on adolescence, we will present (a) our theoretical background (conception of learning and intellectual functioning, criteria and levels of mediation), (b) the variables worked on, and (c) the results obtained. Note: Part of the Psychological and Speech therapy consultation Centre (CPLU, ULg), Belgium’s Atelier d’Apprentissage [Learning Workshop] intended for children and teenagers with temporary school learning difficulties. See www.cplu.ulg.ac.be References - Büchel, F.P. (2013a). L’intervention psychopédagogique auprès des enfants ayant des difficultés d’apprentissage. Un modèle métacognitif et d’autorégulation. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 71- 105). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. (2013b). Le programme DELV – Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Evaluation scientifique auprès d’enfants et d’adolescents sans ou avec difficultés d’apprentissage. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 293-336). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Büchel, F.P., & Büchel, P. (1997). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens und Denkens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene. Aarau, Switzerland: Sauerländer. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2010). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (4. überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2011). DELV. Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Tegna, Suisse: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Frenkel, S. (in press (a)). Metacognitive components in learning to learn approaches. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach. - Frenkel, S. (in press (b)). Métacognition et réussite scolaire : Applications. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université. - Frenkel, S., & Deforge, H. (in press). Métacognition et réussite scolaire: Perspectives théoriques. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université. [less ▲]

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Delille, Bruno ULg

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See detailBiological indicators of soil quality over landscape spatial scales: a case study in Southern Belgium
Krüger, Inken ULg; Chartin, Caroline; Van Wesemael, Bas et al

Poster (2014, July)

Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short ... [more ▼]

Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short timescales. Five biological indicators (basal respiration, nitrogen mineralisation, microbial carbon and nitrogen, earthworm abundance and biomass, functional microbial diversity) as well as two ecophysiological indices (microbial quotient and metabolic quotient) were tested for their power to characterize the biological soil quality on a landscape level at 60 sites in two South-Belgian landscape units were investigated. All biological indicators differed significantly between the two landscape units showing the biological indicators to be discriminatory on a landscape level. Within each landscape unit, no relationships between biological indicators were found, underlining the need to measure multiple biological indicators. The results represent the first data for a South-Belgian monitoring network of biological soil quality. [less ▲]

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See detailHD 97658 and its super-Earth. Spitzer & MOST transit analysis and modeling of the host star
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Valencia, D. et al

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Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition ... [more ▼]

Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition. We present here the confirmation, based on Spitzer transit observations, that the super-Earth HD 97658 b transits its host star. HD 97658 is a low-mass ($M_*=0.77\pm0.05\,M_{\odot}$) K1 dwarf, as determined from the Hipparcos parallax and stellar evolution modeling. To constrain the planet parameters, we carry out Bayesian global analyses of Keck-HIRES radial velocities, and MOST and Spitzer photometry. HD 97658 b is a massive ($M_P=7.55^{+0.83}_{-0.79} M_{\oplus}$) and large ($R_{P} = 2.247^{+0.098}_{-0.095} R_{\oplus}$ at 4.5 $\mu$m) super-Earth. We investigate the possible internal compositions for HD 97658 b. Our results indicate a large rocky component, by at least 60% by mass, and very little H-He components, at most 2% by mass. We also discuss how future asteroseismic observations can improve the knowledge of the HD 97658 system, in particular by constraining its age. Orbiting a bright host star, HD 97658 b will be a key target for coming space missions TESS, CHEOPS, PLATO, and also JWST, to characterize thoroughly its structure and atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailMetacognition and school learning: Use of the DELV program in primary school
Nobile, Debora ULg; Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2014, July)

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010 ... [more ▼]

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011). It includes 8 types of decontextualized exercises which notably allow to develop the learner’s metacognitive knowledge and skills (for more details, see Büchel, 2013). They also make it possible to work on cognitive and psycho-affective aspects. Transfer can thus be better developed. This tool is really useful (for more details, see Berger & Büchel, 2013) and, in our opinion, still not sufficiently known. Our main purpose is to present (a) its objectives, (b) the variables worked on (cognitive, metacognitive and psycho-affective), (c) possible uses in a school context within classes (e.g., the “sandwich method”) and (d) the outcome we can expect. References - Berger, J.-L., & Büchel, F.P. (2013), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications. Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - - Büchel, F.P. (2013). Le programme DELV – Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Evaluation scientifique auprès d’enfants et d’adolescents sans ou avec difficultés d’apprentissage. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 293-336). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Büchel, F.P., & Büchel, P. (1997). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens und Denkens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene. Aarau, Switzerland: Sauerländer. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2009). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (3. vollständig überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2010). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (4. überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2011). DELV. Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Tegna, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh throughput sequencing analysis reveals genetic variability and selection pressure in different murine norovirus genomic regions during in vitro replication
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Poster (2014, July)

Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most ... [more ▼]

Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most important etiological cause of both epidemic and sporadic gastroenteritis cases worldwide. Four open reading frames are described into its genome: ORF1 codes the non-structural (NS) proteins, including the viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp); ORF2 codes the single capsid protein (VP1), wherein two domains are present: a relatively conserved domain (“shell”) and a more variable domain (“protruding”); ORF3 codes a minor structural protein; and ORF4, currently only found in viruses genetically related to MuNoV codes a virulence factor. In this study, we demonstrated by high throughput sequencing that, during serial passages of MuNoV in cell culture, the substitution rates, estimated by Bayesian inferences, did not significantly differ across the five targeted genomic regions except one. These rates were similar in four genomic regions encompassing partial non-structural 1-2 protein (NS1-2)-, NS5-, NS6-, NS7 (RdRp)- and VP1-coding sequences (coding the conserved part of the protein also including the ORF4 region). In the partial minor structural protein-coding region, this substitution rate was however estimated to be at least one log higher when expressed as substitution/site/day. The precise localisation of the detected nucleotide point mutations (substitution, deletion and insertion) were reported as well as the quantitative increase or decrease of the sequences harbouring them along ten cell culture passages. The non-silent amino acid mutations were also depicted in 3D models for four out of the five studied regions. These results have important implications for different norovirus research fields, especially in terms of diagnosis, classification methodology and genetic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentifying codes in vertex-transitive graphs
Gravier, Sylvain; Parreau, Aline ULg; Rottey, Sara et al

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We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the ... [more ▼]

We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the set of vertices of the graph. We focus on vertex-transitive graphs for which we can compute the exact fractional solution. There are known examples of vertex-transitive graphs that reach both bounds. We exhibit infinite families of vertex-transitive graphs with integer and fractional identifying codes of order |V|^a with a in {1/4, 1/3, 2/5}. These families are generalized quadrangles (strongly regular graphs based on finite geometries). They also provide examples for metric dimension of graphs. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative Analysis of the Relative Abundance Changes Observed in Type I, III and V Collagen after Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Horses
Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg; Baise, Etienne ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

in Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia (2014, July)

Introduction: The equine suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. Quantification of the relative abundance of the constitutive collagen types is essential to ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The equine suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. Quantification of the relative abundance of the constitutive collagen types is essential to investigate the differences between normal and injured tissues. The aim of this original study was to precisely determine the different collagen ratios both in injured and normal SL. This approach is a rational step towards understanding the intimate mechanisms of SL repair and regeneration at the molecular and histological levels. Methods: Five Warmblood horses with visible signs of injury in only one forelimb SL were selected. Specimens were obtained from the central core of lesions in damaged SLs and from the corresponding regions in other healthy SLs. Collagen types I, III and V were purified by differential salt precipitation after collagen extraction with acetic acid containing pepsin and they were examined by transmission electron microscopy. The bands corresponding to types I, III, and V collagen were assessed by densitometry after SDS-PAGE. SAS software (SAS Institute 2001) was used for all statistical analyses. Results: Based on ultrastructural observations, purified fibers of types I, III, and V collagens have been identified. The relative proportions of type III and type V collagen were significantly higher in the specimens‎ from damaged tissue compared with specimens from normal tissue (P < 0.001). These changes were concomitant with significant decrease in type I collagen in the injured tissue (P < 0.001). Conclusions: Our study showed that after SL injury, the relative abundance of the different collagen types is modified. These changes are the molecular hallmark of a decrease in tissue quality and mechanical properties of the ligament. It lays down the bases of subsequent researches on the tissue regeneration that may lead to the development of new treatment strategies for damaged tissues, particularly in the equine SL injuries. [less ▲]

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See detailLa flexicurité : vers une carrière transitionnelle?
Beuker, Laura ULg

Conference (2014, July)

Ces dernières années, les institutions Européennes ont joué un rôle clé dans la régulation et l’orientation des politiques publiques pour l’emploi des États-membres (Amparo-Serrano et Martin-Martin, 2012 ... [more ▼]

Ces dernières années, les institutions Européennes ont joué un rôle clé dans la régulation et l’orientation des politiques publiques pour l’emploi des États-membres (Amparo-Serrano et Martin-Martin, 2012). Dans ce cadre, la flexicurité s’est imposée comme une référence des politiques en matière de droit du travail, d’emploi, de sécurité sociale et de formation professionnelle (Conter et Orianne, 2011). En Belgique, cette exigence d’allier flexibilité et sécurité sur le marché du travail a constitué le cœur de nombreux discours et programmes politiques, pour finir par s’estomper progressivement, à la suite de crises financières et économiques l’ayant fortement éprouvé. Ce « concept » a-t-il pour autant effectivement disparu ? À partir d’une étude qualitative basée sur des entretiens semi-directifs menés auprès d’acteurs institutionnels – experts et analystes du marché du travail – nous nous sommes rendu compte que si la sémantique n’est plus, les principes de flexicurité sont, quant à eux, toujours présents dans le discours des individus. De plus, ces principes semblent détenir une portée normative de taille quant à la redéfinition de l’articulation des temporalités sociales : d’une sécurité de l’emploi, nous serions en train d’effectuer un glissement vers une sécurité en emploi de l’individu. La rhétorique n’est pas innocente : désormais, ce n’est plus tant l’individu qu’il s’agit de protéger (droit du travail, etc.) mais bien les transitions – multiples et sinueuses – opérées par ce dernier. Pour y parvenir, l’État le responsabilise : il doit désormais être capable de se prendre en mains : « c’est le passage d’un ‘État qui protège’ à un ‘État qui rend capable’ » (Vrancken, 2008). [less ▲]

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See detailComputation of damped nonlinear normal modes with internal resonances: a boundary value approach
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Touzé, Cyril; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (ENOC 2014) (2014, July)

This paper considers the computation of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) defined as two-dimensional manifolds in phase space. Because existing methods use explicit manifold parameterization, NNM computation ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the computation of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) defined as two-dimensional manifolds in phase space. Because existing methods use explicit manifold parameterization, NNM computation in the presence of internal resonances requires multiple pairs of constraint coordinates. This paper investigates an alternative method for which the manifold is computed using successive boundary value problems. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk assessment of soil compaction in Walloon Region
D'Or, Dimitri; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Proceedings of geoENV2014 (2014, July)

It is well established that soil compaction affects the growth and functioning of roots and disrupts the activity of microfauna and soil microorganisms, resulting in a loss of yields. Agriculture and ... [more ▼]

It is well established that soil compaction affects the growth and functioning of roots and disrupts the activity of microfauna and soil microorganisms, resulting in a loss of yields. Agriculture and forestry using increasingly heavy machines, the risk of soil compaction is increasing accordingly. Chosen as indicator of the susceptibility of soils to compaction, the precompression stress (Pc) is calculated using the pedotransfer functions (PTFs) proposed by Horn and Fleige (2003). These PTFs involve eight parameters linked to the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils: organic matter content, bulk density, air capacity, available and non-plant available water capacity, saturated hydraulic conductivity, cohesion and angle of internal friction. The challenge consists in producing Pc maps at the regional scale for Wallonia. Those maps should also be accompanied by estimation uncertainty map. Finally, the results should be exploited to produce compaction risk maps according to various frequent scenarios. In this paper, a methodology is proposed, combining geostatistics and Monte Carlo simulations, to achieve these goals. [less ▲]

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See detailAt the Crossroads of Greek and Roman Medicine: the Contribution of Latin Papyri. I. Medical Texts
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Maire, Brigitte (Ed.) 'Greek' and 'Roman' in Latin Medical Texts. Studies in Cultural Change and Exchange in Ancient Medicine (2014, July)

Far fewer Latin medical papyri, whether paraliterary, documentary or magical, have survived compared to Greek medical papyri, but they nonetheless provide interesting information about medical practices ... [more ▼]

Far fewer Latin medical papyri, whether paraliterary, documentary or magical, have survived compared to Greek medical papyri, but they nonetheless provide interesting information about medical practices in the Graeco-Roman world, the relationship between Greek and Latin medical languages, and the choices made to use one rather than the other, a subject that has never been exhaustively studied. As part of the update undertaken by CEDOPAL since 2008 of the Corpus Papyrorum Latinarum, published fifty years ago by the late Robert Cavenaile, we have inventoried Latin papyri containing medical references, classifying them by type or nature of content, provenance, form, layout and writing. We finally analyse their content and what it reveals about the reception of Greek medicine by Latin or Latin-speeking writers. [less ▲]

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Georges, Emeline ULg; Masy, Gabrielle; Verhelst, Clara et al

in 3rd International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue (2014, July)

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Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

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See detailBoard attributes and accounting conservatism: Evidence from French firms
Boussaid, Nabila ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg; Hamza, Taher

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See detailGay and Lesbian Families Well-Beeing: Respectively Ten and Seven years after the legalization of Same-sex Marriage and Same-sex Adoption in Belgium, understanding heterosexual adults' attitudes.
Scali, Thérèse ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore ULg; Green, Robert-Jay

Conference (2014, July)

Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization ... [more ▼]

Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization, what can we say about adults’ attitudes? This study is part of an international project, and aims at studying the attitudes towards different kind of same-sex constellations – single gays and lesbians, couples, and families – and at examining the correlates to those attitudes. Attitudes were assessed through self-report questionnaires in a cohort of 366 heterosexual participants resident in Belgium, 72% females and 28% males aged from 26 to 40 (age class corresponding to transition lifecycle and parenting choices). Participants were asked to answer socio-demographic questions and to self-report their contact with homosexual people (frequency and satisfaction). Then different scales assessed their attitudes toward homosexuality (General Attitudes Toward Homosexuality, Da Costa, 2011; ATLG, Herek), same-sex marriage (Katuzny Scale on Same-Sex Marriage, 2012) and different types of same¬-sex parenting – adoption, alternative insemination, in vitro, ovocyte donation (D’Amore & Green Homoparentality Scale, 2012). It is hypothesized that correlates to positive attitudes will be associated with female gender, lower religiosity, non-protestant religions, liberal political ideology, and higher education and socioeconomic status. This presentation contributes to a better understanding of Belgian’s attitudes toward same-sex couples and same-sex families, by measuring the predictive variables of positive and negative attitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailFascination as a Case of Action at a Distance in Early Modern Science
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

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BUCHAREST-PRINCETON SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY 14th Edition Organized by the Research Centre for the Foundations of Modern Thought (FME), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the ... [more ▼]

BUCHAREST-PRINCETON SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY 14th Edition Organized by the Research Centre for the Foundations of Modern Thought (FME), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the Philosophy Department at Princeton University 8 – 13 July 2014 Bran, Romania De rerum natura: Naturalism, Super-naturalism, Unnaturalism Invited speakers include: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), Peter Anstey (University of Sydney), Olivier Dubouclez (Université de Liège), Tamás Pavlovits (University of Szeged), Jennifer Rampling (Princeton) Description : https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/8CBWEZYl_gju-O0mEKjDNw0Eh_qIbYUu1oZBKfZqOypmLO1gU9NfBBUnKK5HrwoN-VKG8iQn_PvQpZDlbxq0IwVL9dQOy_HcGJ0=s0-d-e1-ft#https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif Some Seventeenth Century authors gave a new definition of nature, clearly articulated in terms of natural laws and of their dependence on God. Even if some elder tensions, coming from the Stoic and Epicurean heritage, were thus released, new challenges appeared, related to the limits of nature (is the world finite or infinite?), the structure of matter, the status of the mind and the status of the human being with respect to nature. While some philosophers as Bruno, Telesio and Cardano tried to reach a compromise with Renaissance vitalism, promoting a natural magic and a new alchemy, some others, such Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, proposed radical different paths. Not losing sight of the manner in which ancient thought (Pliny and Lucretius seem to be naturally summoned) informed modern debate over nature, the seminar will try to uncover a period in which Spinoza could articulate his critique of Descartes as holding a view of man as "imperium in imperio". The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. The aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas. It includes workshops in the morning and presentations of papers in the afternoon, where participants can present work in progress. While the morning sessions will focus on the theme of “De rerum natura: Naturalism, Super-naturalism, Unnaturalism,” the afternoon sessions seek to give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern thought. Throughout we try to maintain a balance between the high scholarly level and the informal friendly spirit of a colloquium. The Seminar will take place in Bran, a small mountain resort near Brasov, in Transylvania. It will be hosted in a small, friendly Bed and Breakfast (single or double rooms). The participation fee is 150 EUR for faculty and 90 EUR for students (covering accommodation with breakfast). We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent – by April 20 – to Vlad Alexandrescu (valexandrescu@gmail.com), Dana Jalobeanu (dana.jalobeanu@celfis.ro). [less ▲]

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See detailVibration analysis by speckle interferometry with CO2 lasers and microbolometers arrays
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg; Georges, Marc ULg

in OSA Technical Digest (online) (2014, July)

Speckle interferometry in the time-average mode in long wave infrared is shown for observing the mode shapes of vibrating objects. The long wavelength allows observing larger vibration displacements than ... [more ▼]

Speckle interferometry in the time-average mode in long wave infrared is shown for observing the mode shapes of vibrating objects. The long wavelength allows observing larger vibration displacements than what is achieved with visible wavelengths. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Econometric Analysis of Homeownership Determinants in Belgium
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Cools, Mario ULg et al

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2014, July), 8581

In market economies, homeownership is associated with positive ex- ternalities. Increasing the levels of homeownership has been an objective of governments for the last decades. The analysis of the ... [more ▼]

In market economies, homeownership is associated with positive ex- ternalities. Increasing the levels of homeownership has been an objective of governments for the last decades. The analysis of the determinants of tenure sta- tus provides information to this end. This paper proposes an econometric analysis of housing tenure in Belgium. We review the main variables that have been considered in the literature as influencing housing tenure, after what we estimate a logit model. We observe a strong influence of income and age on the probability of homeownership. Couple relationship and the presence of dependent children have a positive influence, but this influence is less significant. Urban location is associated with lower probability of homeownership, compared with other areas. Our observations follow the trends described for other countries in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailFatigue index reproducibility in isokinetic testing
Paulus, Julien ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bosquet, Laurent et al

in De Haan, Arnold; De Ruiter, Jo; Tsolakidis, Elias (Eds.) Book of abstracts (2014, July)

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See detailBeyond the limits of a deductive approach based on ideal types and configurations
Moreau, Charlotte ULg; Pichault, François ULg; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg

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This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social enterprises. This theoretical model elaborated from a literature review fits into a deductive approach. The first objective of this contribution is to show the added values and limits of such an a priori conceptualization. By replacing that model within the contextualist framework of analysis (Pettigrew, 1987) and by equipping that approach with adapted methodologies, some limits inherent in a deductive approach are avoided. The second goal of this paper is then to demonstrate how such a combination helps to pass over the limits of the theoretical model based on bundles and ideal types. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of Pt/Carbon Xerogel Electrocatalysts for PEM Fuel Cells by the Multiple SEA Method
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

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See detailExperimental analysis of 2:1 modal interactions with noncommensurate linear frequencies in an aerospace structure
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (ENOC) (2014, July)

Nonlinear interactions between modes with noncommensurate linear frequencies are studied. It is experimentally evidenced that a strongly nonlinear, full-scale aerospace structure may exhibit such 2:1 ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear interactions between modes with noncommensurate linear frequencies are studied. It is experimentally evidenced that a strongly nonlinear, full-scale aerospace structure may exhibit such 2:1 interactions in typical testing conditions. The experimental observations are compared with numerical predictions. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of process-driven spray retention model on ear-ly growth stage barley
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

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The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by crop leaves is affected by application parameters resulting from nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. When optimizing the spray application, such targets are often used to perform retention trials for comparative purpose, i.e. indoor grown monocotyledonous at two leaves stage. A typical arrangement consists in spraying few plants sufficiently spaced underneath the nozzle to avoid interference due to secondary droplets from impacts on other plants. However, retention trials turn out to ineffective for significantly discriminating between application methods and mixtures due to the high variability between trials resulting from the different droplets retained by each plant. An alternative to retention trials is to tackle spray retention with a physical approach at the droplet scale. Such tests are often performed using high speed imaging with high magnification optics to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and neglect, however, the overall plant architecture. The aim of this paper is to evaluate a droplet interception model connecting actual spray retention with process-driven retention models. In this study, barley plants (BBCH11) were sprayed with 2 formulations using the same nozzle. The actual spray retention was assessed by dosing a fluorescent tracer added to the sprayed mixture. The plants were placed linearly below the center of a single moving nozzle during sprayings. Each plant was reconstructed in 3D afterwards using a structured light 3D scanner and used as input for the model. A virtual nozzle was built on the base of droplet size distributions measured with high speed shadow imaging by performing an adjustment of the distribution by the method of moments. A ran-dom droplet distribution was allocated for each spraying of a barley plant. Droplet velocities were given to droplets on the basis of the droplet velocity – diameter correlation by resolving the droplet transport equations for different droplet sizes. Initial droplet positions were ran-domly given. The interception model is based on a mathematical formalism for the intercep-tion between triangles of the 3D plant and droplet directions. If the droplet impacts a leaf, the amount actually retained by the leaf was computed on the basis of the droplet impact energy and impact behavior from experiments with high speed shadow imaging. In conclusion, the interception model allowed determining the spray retention by plants and discriminating ap-plication parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distribu-tions intercepted by single plant. [less ▲]

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See detailExcavation damaged zone modelling including hydraulic permeability evolution in unsaturated argilaceous rock
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (2014, July)

The drilling of galleries induces damage propagation in the surrounding medium and creates the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) in which the material properties are modified. The prediction of the fracture ... [more ▼]

The drilling of galleries induces damage propagation in the surrounding medium and creates the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) in which the material properties are modified. The prediction of the fracture structure and flow properties evolution within this zone are major issues especially in the context of underground nuclear waste storage. Since experimental results indicate that shear strain localisation appears prior to fractures, we model the EDZ with strain localisation in shear band mode using the coupled local second gradient model. The evolution of the intrinsic hydraulic permeability inside the fractures is taken into consideration as well as the influence of gallery ventilation on the rock desaturation. The numerical results provide information about the damaged zone extension, structure and behaviour with good correspondence to in situ measurements and observations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Amik Lake in Southern Turkey over the last 4000 years, a new paleoseismological record of ruptures along the Northern Dead Sea Fault
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Lebeau, Hèlène et al

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The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of a pull-apart basin. The Basin is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle ... [more ▼]

The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of a pull-apart basin. The Basin is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle East extending from the Red Sea in the south to the East Anatolian Fault Zone in the north. Around the Amik Basin, continuous human occupation is attested since 6000-7000 BC. Indeed the low-lying Amuq plain is covered by tell settlements first explored by Robert Braidwood in the 1930s. Our objective in this presentation is to look at major paleo-environmental changes recorded in the Amik Lake over the last 4000 years and in particular its potential paleoseimic sedimentary record. The lake has been drained and progressively dried up since the mid-50s so that it is not watered during the summer season and constitutes a unique opportunity to collect sediment records. Sediments were collected at 1 cm to 2 cm intervals in a trench and in cores up to a depth of 5 meters in the clay deposits. A diverse array of complementary methods is applied to study the records: magnetic susceptibility, grain size, organic matter and inorganic carbon (L.O.I), XRD mineralogy, XRF geochemistry, carbon geochemistry and clay mineralogy. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. The sedimentary record shows large earthquake related structural disturbances and smaller siliciclastic sedimentary events. The siliciclastic input would be related to enhanced detritical sedimentation related to earthquake shaking. The latter is further investigated looking at intensities and shake maps related to the last 19th century M>7 earthquakes in the area and landslide prone area in the lake catchment. [less ▲]

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See detailLes botanistes verviétois au XIXème siècle
Genin, Vincent ULg

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See detailLe questionnaire en recherche !
Pétré, Benoît ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg

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Les pratiques médicales et paramédicales doivent prendre appui aujourd’hui sur les données dites probantes. Autrement dit, les données issues de la recherche guident l’action des professionnels de santé ... [more ▼]

Les pratiques médicales et paramédicales doivent prendre appui aujourd’hui sur les données dites probantes. Autrement dit, les données issues de la recherche guident l’action des professionnels de santé! La qualité des résultats attendus au terme d’un processus de recherche dépend profondément de la qualité de l’outil de collecte des données utilisé. Parmi les outils disponibles, le questionnaire est certainement celui le plus utilisé dans le domaine de la recherche médicale et paramédicale. Si la conception d’un questionnaire parait simple aux premiers abords, une lecture plus fine des principes qui sous-tendent la mesure (fidélité, validité, objectivité) rend compte des difficultés rencontrées pour développer un outil de qualité. Après avoir resitué le questionnaire dans le processus plus général de la recherche, les étapes de construction du questionnaire seront précisées et les qualités de l’outil seront discutées. Cette présentation permettra la mise en lumière des avantages et des limites inhérentes au questionnaire. Il sera démontré que nul questionnaire n’est parfait et que les inférences et les interprétations qui peuvent être tirées des informations recueillies à partir de cet outil, doivent être réalisées avec précaution. [less ▲]

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See detailPitch fluctuations in accurate and inaccurate singers: are they the same?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Pfordresher, Peter Q

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The research presented here attempts to explore the fine-control of pitch during singing among accurate occasional singers and individuals whose singing reflects a Vocal Pitch Imitation Deficit (VPID ... [more ▼]

The research presented here attempts to explore the fine-control of pitch during singing among accurate occasional singers and individuals whose singing reflects a Vocal Pitch Imitation Deficit (VPID). Most past research addresses individual differences at the level of entire sung notes or melodies. By contrast, in the present research we addressed whether VPID singers differ from accurate singers with respect to the way to reach, maintain, and stop a sung tone. In order to describe the “scoops” at the beginning and ends of tone, as well as other forms of instability, we adapted the model of Large et al. (2002), originally designed to model entrainment of timing during synchronization. This model was applied to 1461 notes performed by 12 VPID and 17 accurate singers from the database of Pfordresher and Mantell (2014). Finally, the parameter values across the VPID and accurate singers were compared. The results showed that the model fits tones performed by accurate and VPID singers similarly well. As expected, the median pitch across the entire sung note deviated from the target to imitate for VPID singers; at the same time, the proportion of these deviations that were overshoots (“sharp”) versus undershoots (“flat”) were the same for VPID and accurate singers (2/3rd under and 1/3rd above). Thus accurate and VPID singers differ in the magnitude but not the type of overall deviation they exhibit. Whereas no difference occurred between the singers regarding the direction of the scoop (up or down) at the start and the end of the tone, the amplitude of the scoops was significantly different between VPID and accurate singers. The present study highlights the difficulty of VPID singers to reach and stop a sung tone, which supports the hypothesis of a fine motor control deficit in this population. Furthermore, the pitch fluctuations described by the model would have to be investigated in research on pitch accuracy perception. [less ▲]

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See detailWorkshop on Pitch Analysis for Singing
Larrouy, Pauline ULg

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Two methods are actually used in order to determine if a vocal performance is “in tune” or “out of tune”, to better understand the causes of poor-pitch singing or to evaluate the quality/progression of a ... [more ▼]

Two methods are actually used in order to determine if a vocal performance is “in tune” or “out of tune”, to better understand the causes of poor-pitch singing or to evaluate the quality/progression of a singer. The "subjective" method makes use of judges whereas the "objective" method uses computer tools to perform pitch analysis and to estimate the accuracy of sung performances. While the first method allows a rapid assessment, it lacks precision, which explains that the “objective” method seems currently preferred. However, several computer tools are available and each laboratory has its preference. In addition, the analytical procedure will depend on the purpose and data of the study. This workshop aims to provide an overview of the tools available and to discuss the advantages and limitations of existing methods. [less ▲]

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Bonnet, Pierre ULg

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See detailL’ancrage dans les herbiers à Posidonia oceanica. Conséquences chimiques de la destruction mécanique ?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg

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La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un ... [more ▼]

La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un véritable écosystème, l’un des plus riches en espèces de Méditerranée. Ils jouent un rôle écologique essentiel en oxygénant le milieu grâce à la photosynthèse et en séquestrant du CO2 au sein de leur complexe racinaire dans le sédiment (ou "matte"). Ces activités métaboliques entraînent une importante modification des conditions biogéochimiques du substrat qui favorisent le maintien de la plante. Les herbiers ont également une grande importance économique servant de nurserie pour de nombreuses espèces exploitées par la pêche commerciale et récréative. Les herbiers de posidonie se développant dans les zones côtières, ils sont impactés par les activités anthropiques (urbanisation, pollution, fermes aquacoles, ancrage) qui peuvent entraîner d’importantes destructions et des régressions de leur zone de recouvrement. L’ancrage intensif dans les herbiers à faible profondeur y génère des trouées, ou "intermattes". Les destructions engendrées par les navires de petite taille (< 10 m) peuvent, dans certaines conditions, être recolonisées par la posidonie. Cependant, dans la plupart des zones d’ancrage intensif en Corse, les intermattes ne sont pas recolonisées et leur surface peut souvent augmenter. De plus, certaines zones sont soumises à l’ancrage intensif de navires de plaisance de grande taille (> 20m), susceptibles de générer des intermattes d’une étendue plus importante. Ce phénomène d’expansion ne peut s’expliquer par la seule destruction mécanique. L’arrachage de la strate foliaire de la posidonie par les ancres semble entraîner de profondes modifications physiques et chimiques dans le sédiment. La photosynthèse via les feuilles étant ainsi altérée, il n’y a plus d’oxygénation du sédiment via les racines de la posidonie et un milieu anoxique défavorable à son développement paraît se créer. Des composés toxiques pour la plante, tel que le sulfure d’hydrogène (H2S), pourraient alors s’introduire dans ses tissues entraînant une limitation de son développement, voire sa disparition menant ainsi à une amplification des dégâts mécaniques de l’ancrage. Des observations seront réalisées tout autour de la Corse et notamment dans la Baie de Calvi, site atelier de la Méditerranée, qui a été définie pour mener la phase d’expérimentation. Les données récoltées à l’issue de ces travaux de recherches, réalisés dans le cadre d’un doctorat en entreprise (bourse CIFRE), seront compilées afin de mettre au point de nouveaux outils d’analyse de l’impact de l’ancrage. [less ▲]

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See detailDétection de l'érosion dans un bassin versant agricole par comparaison d'images multidates acquises par drone
Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Pierrot-Deseilligny, Marc et al

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See detailPLANTIGRADY DUE TO A LOCALIZED MYOPATHY IN TWO NEWBORN BELGIAN BLUE CALVES
Genart, Marie; Evrard, Laurence ULg; Garcia da Fonseca et al

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See detailBone markers in patients with CKD
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

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See detailA probabilistic model of the adhesive contact forces between rough surfaces in the MEMS stiction context
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg et al

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Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface ... [more ▼]

Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface forces (e.g. Van der Waals forces, capillary forces) and body forces in the MEMS context. To predict the adhesive contact forces coupled with stiction phenomenon, the combination of the Nayak statistical approach with the asperity-based theories is a common solution. However, this method contains some limitations due to the underlying assumptions: infinite size of the interacting rough surfaces and negligibility of asperity interactions. Furthermore, the Nayak solution suffers from a considerable dependency on the choice of the minimum wave length considered in the surface representation, which remains diXcult to select. The main goal of our research is to propose an improved method (i) which accounts for the Vnite size of the interacting surfaces, (ii) accounts for the uncertainties related to these surface topologies, (iii) in which the minimum wave length selection is physically based, and (iv) in which the validity of the asperity-based theories is demonstrated. From the topology measurements of MEMS samples, an analysis of the power spectral density function is carried out to determine the minimum relevant wave length for the problem of interest (here capillary stiction). We also show that at this scale of interest the asperity-based theories remain valid for polysilicon materials. Moreover, instead of considering inVnite surfaces as in the Nayak approach, a set of surfaces, whose sizes are representative of the MEMS structure, is generated based on the approximated power spectral density analysis and using the Monte Carlo method. From this description of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive contact forces can be evaluated by applying the asperity contact theories, leading to a probabilistic distribution of the adhesive contact forces. In addition, as the contact forces are rooted from the micro-scale adhesive forces, while their consequence, stiction, happens at the macro-scale of the considered device, the multi-scale nature of the phenomenon is accounted for. To predict this macro-scale behavior in a probabilistic form, the uncertainty quantiVcation process is coupled with a multiscale analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailA wavelet leaders-based climate classification of European surface air temperature signals
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

in Ruiz Garcia, Gonzalo; Rojas Ruiz, Ignacio (Eds.) Proceedings of the International work-conference on Time Series: Volume 1, Granada 25-27 June 2014 (2014, June 25)

We explain the wavelet leaders method, a tool to study the pointwise regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal formalism to show that ... [more ▼]

We explain the wavelet leaders method, a tool to study the pointwise regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal formalism to show that surface air temperature signals are monofractal, i.e. these climate time series are regularly irregular. Then we use this result to establish a climate classification of weather stations in Europe which matches the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. This result could give rise to new criteria to determine the efficiency of current climatic models. [less ▲]

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See detailVehicle routing problems with multiple trips: using specific local search operators
Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg; François, Véronique ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 25)

In vehicle routing problems with multiple trips (VRPM), each vehicle is allowed to perform more than one trip during its working period. Classical solution techniques for this problem make use of existing ... [more ▼]

In vehicle routing problems with multiple trips (VRPM), each vehicle is allowed to perform more than one trip during its working period. Classical solution techniques for this problem make use of existing VRP heuristics to create trips, together with bin packing methods aimed at assigning these trips to the available vehicles. The first contribution of this work is to propose specific local search operators for the VRPM. The operators directly integrate the multi-trip structure of the problem within well-known VRP operators. As a second contribution, heuristics using these operators are compared with classical solution techniques mentioned above. The comparison is performed by using the adaptive large neighborhood search metaheuristic as a common basis for both methods. The most classical version of the problem is studied as well as a variant involving time windows [less ▲]

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See detailA wavelet leaders-based climate classification of European surface air temperature signals
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Conference (2014, June 25)

We present the wavelet leaders method as a tool to study the pointwise regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal formalism to show that ... [more ▼]

We present the wavelet leaders method as a tool to study the pointwise regularity of signals, which is closely related to some functional spaces. We use the associated multifractal formalism to show that the surface air temperature signals are monofractal, i.e. these are regularly irregular. Then we use this result to establish a climate classification of weather stations in Europe which matches the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. This result could give rise to new criteria to determine the effectiveness of current climatic models. [less ▲]

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See detailA Phylogenomic analysis of the origin of plastids
Cornet, Luc ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 24)

Cyanobacteria are a morphologically diverse phylum, with their first occurrence dating from the Precambrian. Oxygenic photosynthesis appeared in this group during the same geological period. Several ... [more ▼]

Cyanobacteria are a morphologically diverse phylum, with their first occurrence dating from the Precambrian. Oxygenic photosynthesis appeared in this group during the same geological period. Several publications have established, without any doubt, that plastids (both primary and complex) form a monophyletic ensemble emerging from Cyanobacteria. However, the exact position of plastids within Cyanobacteria is still uncertain, with several recent papers leading to very different hypotheses. Here we present a phylogenomic analysis of the origin of plastids. Our study takes advantage of all the available genomes and thus represents the best taxonomic sampling seen so far: 140 genomes of Cyanobacteria, 101 genomes of plastids and 27 outgroups taken in Melainabacteria and Chloroflexi. It results in an analysis using state-of-the-art methods (e.g., orthology assessment using USEARCH and OrthoMCL, phylogenetic inference using CAT and CAT-GTR models) based on more than 160 protein alignments totalizing over 20,000 unambiguously aligned amino acids. To confirm our results, we performed gene jackknife inferences and gene reconciliation analyses on the same dataset. We expect that out approach accounts for potential phylogenetic artefacts due to changes in the evolutionary process having occurred when the guest cyanobacterium became an endosymbiont and eventually a plastid. Meanwhile, we improve the phylogeny of Cyanobacteria per se, notably because of the presence of Melainabacteria in our dataset. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the conformational changes during desolvation of ions using orthogonal mobility methods (CE-IM MS)
Far, Johann ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 24)

Routine analyses using Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection became a very popular due to the low limit of detection, great sensitivity, selectivity and specificity. Moreover MS enables structural elucidation ... [more ▼]

Routine analyses using Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection became a very popular due to the low limit of detection, great sensitivity, selectivity and specificity. Moreover MS enables structural elucidation and physical (or physicochemical) properties determination using low amount of not especially pure samples. One of these properties is substantially the stoichiometry determination of non-covalent complexes such as Ligand receptor systems (e.g. DNA-drugs, Hormones/drugs-receptor, quaternary structure arrangement of polypeptides, …). MS determination in native condition (Native MS) of this stoichiometry allows large scale screening of potential drugs candidates in pharmaceutical context. The addition of Ion-Mobility (IM) to mass spectrometry (IM-MS) with computational chemistry support allows the structural conformation monitoring (as Collisional Cross Section or CCS) and the elucidation of interactions of the non-covalent complexes. Nonetheless such determinations suppose/assume that desolvation steps and gas phase transfer during MS detection do not modify the tridimensional structure of these systems or the magnitude order of the involved interactions (dipole-dipole, dipole-ion, ion-ion, hydrophobic interactions). Further studies (Circular Dichroism, Nuclear Magnetic resonance, UV-Visible spectra …) are generally required to confirm the MS data but there are unfortunately time consuming. This project proposes the coupling of Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) to IM-MS in order to obtain in one injection the quantitative and qualitative data of non-covalent complexes and the monitoring of tridimensional conformation modification between the liquid and gas phase. Indeed CE allows the determination of numerous physicochemical properties (dissociation constant, pK values, hydrodynamic radius determination …). The structural data (i.e. hydrodynamic radius and CCS) are compared to the data obtained by IM-MS as a proof of concept using tryptic digest of Bovine Serum Albumine (BSA). [less ▲]

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See detailTurning land to livelihood : what are the socio-economic and institutional determinations of local land use in Red River Delta region ?
Nguyen Thi, Dien; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; Vu Dinh, Ton

Conference (2014, June 24)

This research analyzes the determinations of household land use strategy in the context of the rapid rural changes due to the industrialization and urbanization in Vietnam. The mechanism that turns land ... [more ▼]

This research analyzes the determinations of household land use strategy in the context of the rapid rural changes due to the industrialization and urbanization in Vietnam. The mechanism that turns land to livelihood from both productive and non-productive processes is investigated to understand the different land use strategies of smallholders in Red River Delta region. Based on the presence of migrating members, the total selected 191 households in Hai Duong province were divided into 3 different groups to do the surveys. The research results show that local land use strategies are various in which 79.06% of surveyed households maintain the allocated land for agricultural production while 65.97% of households leave land idly at least once a year. The factors from productive process such as small landholding, high production cost and overall downward income from agricultural production meantime the greater opportunities from non-farm jobs are the main socio-economical determinations of agricultural land abandonment or less effective use. The security questions of shifting livelihood between farming and non – farming sectors, the inter-household arrangements, the social supports and the institutional constraints are non-productive elements that make the exchange and other forms of commercializing agricultural land are less prominent. The complexity of household land use strategy and its determinations not only reflects the dynamism and flexibility of peasant’s livelihood adaptation but also explain why the land concentration does not proceed faster in Red River Delta region of Vietnam. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardisation of 25(OH)-vitamin D assays: beware of limitations
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2014, June 24)

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See detailDevelopment of a multiplexed surface-enhanced Raman scattering quantitative approach for bisphenols detection
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 23)

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, bisphenol A (BPA) attracted a lot of attention. This molecule, commonly used as a precursor to produce epoxy-resin and plastics, is an endocrine disruptor presenting an estrogenic activity [1]. Despite its health toxicity, BPA is present in a broad variety of consumer goods released from plastic bottles and packaging for example. Since the discovery of its adverse health effect of BPA, the manufacturers tend to use structural analogues of BPA such as BPS, BPF and BPB to produce plastic materials [2]. However, the health safety of these molecules is still not demonstrated. Currently, bisphenols are actively researched and quantified using solid phase extraction and chromatography techniques which are time and solvents consuming. Therefore, it could be very interesting to quantify simultaneously bisphenols using a fast and “green” technique. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) exalts dramatically the Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed or very closed to metallic surface enabling to detect very low amounts of analytes while keeping the structural information obtained from the spectrum which is very interesting to consider multiplexed analyses [3-4]. Moreover, SERS, which is a solvent free and fast acquisition technique, is an attractive tool in “Green Chemistry” [5]. In this context, the development of a multiplexed quantitative approach to detect bisphenol was considered. Silver nanoparticles (AgNps) were selected as SERS substrate and their functionalization was investigated taking into account the weak affinity of phenolic molecules for gold and silver surface [6]. Pyridine was selected as surface modifier and allowed to attract bisphenols around metallic surface thanks to hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonds [7]. Afterwards, the SERS samples preparation was optimized playing on the concentrations of pyridine and aggregating agent used to get the nanoparticles closer to each other which promotes the SERS effect. Tap water samples were spiked with different concentration of BPA from 5 ppb to 1000 ppb and analyzed using the optimized SERS sample preparation. A good linearity of the response was observed and a calibration curve with coefficient of determination (R2) of 0.9922 was obtained by plotting the intensity of a principal band of BPA versus the concentration. This last step was repeated using BPB as analyte and a calibration curve with a R2 of 0.9991 was obtained for the same range of concentration using a specific band intensity of BPB. Finally, tap water samples were spiked with different concentrations of BPA and BPB simultaneously and analyzed using SERS and it was possible to detect selectively the two molecules thanks to specific bands and a good linearity of the response was observed for both. To conclude, promising results were obtained which pave the way to “green” multiplexed quantitative analyses of very low concentrated analytes using SERS. References: [1] J.-H. Kang et al., Toxicology 226 (2006) 79-89 [2] C. Liao et al., J. Agric. Food Chem. 61 (2013) 4655-4662 [3] K. Kneipp et al., Chem. Rev. 99 (1999) 2957-2975. [4] R.F. Aroca et al., Adv.Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [5] C. De Bleye et al., Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [6] X.X. Han et al., Anal. Chem., 83 (2011) 8582-8588. [7] B. San Vicente et al., Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 380 (2004) 115-122. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneration of artificial magnetic fields using dipole-dipole interactions
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman ... [more ▼]

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman [3]. Although the first quantum computers of a few qubits have been realised experimentally [4, 5], the advent of scalable quantum computers might take another few decades. An alternative tool in the context of simulation is a highly controllable quantum system able to mimic the dynamics of other complex quantum systems, known as an analog quantum simulator. Cold neutral atoms and trapped ions have been shown to be versatile quantum simulators [6, 7] thanks to their high flexibility, controllability, and scalability. They permit one to study a wide range of problems arising from atomic physics, relativistic quantum physics, or cosmology [8]. Since neutral atoms do not carry any net charge, the simulation of electric and magnetic condensed matter phenomena, such as the spin Hall effect, seems out of reach. To overcome this apparent difficulty, the idea has been proposed to create artificial electromagnetic potentials for neutral atoms based on atom-light interaction [9– 12]. These artificial potentials act on neutral atoms as real electromagnetic potentials act on charged particles. Many works on artificial gauge potentials induced by atom-light interactions adopt a single-particle approach [12]. The predicted potentials are then supposed to be valid for a system of weakly interacting atoms. So far, the consequences of atom-atom interactions on the generation of artificial gauge fields has little been studied. The aim of this work is to study the artificial gauge fields arising from the interaction of two Rydberg atoms driven by a common laser field [13]. In this situation, we show that the combined atom-atom and atom-field interactions give rise to nonuniform, artificial gauge potentials. We identify the mechanism responsible for the emergence of these gauge potentials. Analytical expressions for the latter indicate that the strongest artificial magnetic fields are reached in the regime intermediate between the dipole blockade regime and the regime in which the atoms are sufficiently far apart such that atom-light interaction dominates over atom-atom interactions. We discuss the differences and similarities of artificial gauge fields originating from resonant dipole-dipole [14] and van der Waals [15] interactions. We also give an estimation of experimentally attainable artificial magnetic fields resulting from this mechanism and we discuss their detection through the deflection of the atomic motion. [1] S. Lloyd, Science 273, 1073 (1996). [2] Yu. I. Manin, Computable and uncomputable, Sovetskoye Radio, Moscow, 1980. [3] R. P. Feynman, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 21, 467 (1982). [4] L. DiCarlo, J. M. Chow, J. M. Gambetta, Lev S. Bishop, B. R. Johnson, D. I. Schuster, J. Majer, A. Blais, L. Frunzio, S. M. Girvin, and R. J. Schoelkopf, Nature 460, 240 (2009). [5] N. Xu, J. Zhu, D. Lu, X. Zhou, X. Peng, and J. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 130501 (2012). [6] I. Buluta and F. Nori, Science 326, 108 (2009). [7] I. Bloch, J. Dalibard and S. Nascimbéne, Nature Physics 8, 267 (2012). [8] R. Blatt and C. F. Roos, Nature Physics 8, 277 (2012). [9] G. Juzeliunas and P. Öhberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 033602 (2004). [10] G. Juzeliunas, P. Öhberg, J. Ruseckas, and A. Klein, Phys. Rev. A 71, 053614 (2005). [11] G. Juzeliunas, J. Ruseckas, P. Öhberg, and M. Fleischhauer, Phys. Rev. A 73, 025602 (2006). [12] J. Dalibard, F. Gerbier, G. Juzeliu ̄nas, and P. Öhberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1523 (2011). [13] A. Cesa and J. Martin, Phys. Rev. A 88,062703 (2013). [14] A. Gaëtan, Y. Miroshnychenko, T. Wilk, A. Chotia, M. Viteau, D. Comparat, P. Pillet, A. Browaeys, and P. Grangier, Nature Physics 5, 115 (2009). [15] L. Béguin, A. Vernier, R. Chicireanu, T. Lahaye, and A. Browaeys, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 263201 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailNMR in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical areas for identification and quantification of drugs and metabolomics applications
LAMBERT, Vincent ULg; Dufour, Gilles ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 23)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is probably, with mass spectrometry, the most powerful analytical tool for the structural determination of organic compounds. For a long time and due to technical ... [more ▼]

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is probably, with mass spectrometry, the most powerful analytical tool for the structural determination of organic compounds. For a long time and due to technical limitations, the main applications of NMR were focused on chemistry (organic, inorganic and medicinal chemistry) or biochemistry (i.e. proteins and proteins ligands analysis). Indeed, despite of very interesting potential in terms of structural information, reproducibility, specificity, quantification, NMR suffered of a lack of sensitivity and sometime of resolution in the case of complex mixture analysis in comparison with other technics. However, since several years, important technical improvements such as huge increase in sensitivity, hyphenation of NMR with LC system, automation and development of 2D and presaturation sequences have opened new putative applications for NMR, specifically in the pharmaceutical and biomedical areas. Then, beside the mass and chromatographic technics classically used for drug analysis, NMR represents an interesting and complementary tool for many applications. In this presentation, we will describe some NMR applications related to the pharma area. Starting from the identification of xenobiotic metabolites by coupling LC-SPE-NMR data with LC-MS/MS results, quantification of cyclodextrines in complex media, identification of illicit compounds, we will finish with our recent metabolomics NMR developments. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of SFC interest for the determination of cholecalciferol and its impurities un pharmaceuticals
Andri, Bertyl ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg; Klinkenberg, Régis et al

Poster (2014, June 23)

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See detailSymmetric N-qubit anticoherent states
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed ... [more ▼]

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed. In particular, the search for maximally entangled states (states maximizing certain measures of entanglement) has focused a great deal of attention, see e.g. Refs. [1–4]. In this work, we present a comprehensive study of maximally entangled symmetric N-qubit states with respect to the definition of Gisin [1]. According to this definition, a state is maximally entangled if all its one-qubit reduced density matrices are maximally mixed. These states maximize various entanglement measures, such as von Neumann and Meyer-Wallach entropies [5]. They are unique up to local unitaries within the class of states interconvertible under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC) [3]. Besides, they are conjectured to be maximally entangled with respect to the Negative Partial Transpose measure of entanglement [6]. As appreciated by B. Kraus, they play an important role in the determination of the local unitary equivalence of multiqubit states [7]. Moreover, they are maximally fragile (in the sense that they are the states which are the most sensitive to noise) and therefore have been proposed as ideal candidates for ultrasensitive sensors [1]. We provide general conditions for a symmetric state with an arbitrary number of qubits to be maximally entangled and identify families of SLOCC classes which do not contain any such states. We also compute various measure of entanglement associated with those states in order to characterize them further and find all maximally entangled states up to 4 qubits. We finally prove that maximally entangled states coincide with anticoherent states of order 1. According to the definition of Ref. [8], a symmetric state of N qubits is anticoherent to order t iff 〈(S·n)k〉 is independent of n for k = 1, . . . , t where n is a tridimensional unit vector and S is the collective spin operator associated to the N-qubit system. [1] N. Gisin, H. Bechmann-Pasquinucci, Phys. Lett. A 246 (1998). [2] A. Higuchi, A. Sudbery, Phys. Lett. A, 272, 213 (2000). [3] F. Verstraete, J. Dehaene, B. De Moor, Phys. Rev. A 68, 012103 (2003). [4] J. Martin, O. Giraud, P. A. Braun, D. Braun and T. Bastin, Phys. Rev. A 81, 062347 (2010). [5] D. A. Meyer, N. R. Wallach, J. Math. Phys. 43, 4273 (2002). [6] I. D. K. Brown, S. Stepney, A. Sudbery, and S. L. Braunstein, J. Phys. A 38, 1119 (2005). [7] B. Kraus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 020504 (2010). [8] J. Zimba, EJTP 3, 10 (2006). [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of decoherence-free states caused by dipole-dipole interactions
Damanet, François ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum ... [more ▼]

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum computers [1]. Decoherence-Free States (DFS) are considered as a possible solution to this problem. A set of trapped cold atoms placed in a DFS state will be immune against decoherence due to spontaneous emission. However, because of dipole-dipole interactions between atoms, induced dephasing effects are likely to destroy the coherence and drive the system out of its DFS [1, 2]. In this work, we study numerically the dynamics of a set of two-level atoms initially in a DFS with respect to dissipative processes by solving the master equation including both dissipative dynamics and dipole dipole interactions. We fo- cus our attention on the infuence of dipolar coupling on the radiated energy rate and coherence of the system as in [3]. In particular, by averaging over many realizations of close randomly distributed atomic positions, we show the formation of a superradiant-like pulse and we study its properties as a function of the dipolar coupling strength. [1] D. A. Lidar & K. B. Whaley, Lectures Notes in Phys., Vol. 622, p83-120, Springer (2003). [2] M. Gross & S. Haroche, Physics reports 93, 301-396 (1982). [3] W. Feng, Y. Li & S-Y. Zhu, Phys. Rev. A 88, 033856 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-period vehicle assignment with stochastic load availability
Pironet, Thierry ULg

Conference (2014, June 23)

This work investigates optimization techniques for a vehicle-load assignment problem. A company owning a limited fleet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational profit over an infinite horizon divided ... [more ▼]

This work investigates optimization techniques for a vehicle-load assignment problem. A company owning a limited fleet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational profit over an infinite horizon divided into periods. The profit stems from revenues for transporting full truckloads and costs derived from waiting idle and moving unladen. The stochastic component of the problem arises from projections on the realization of each transportation order, i.e. load. The methodology is based on optimizing decisions for deterministic scenarios. Several policies are generated in this way, from simple heuristics to more complex approaches, such as consensus and restricted expectation algorithms, up to policies derived from network flow models formulated over subtrees of scenarios. Myopic and a-posteriori deterministic optimizations models are used to compute bounds allowing for performance evaluation. Tests are performed on various instances featuring different number of loads, graph sizes, sparsity, and probability distributions. Performances are compared statistically over paired samples. The robustness of various policies with respect to erroneous evaluations of the probability distributions is also analyzed. [less ▲]

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