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See detailDocument/text relationship in Ramses: the principles
Sojic, Nathalie ULg

Conference (2013, August 28)

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See detailGenetic effects of heat stress on milk yield and MIR predicted methane emissions of Holstein cows
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 28)

Dairy cows both contribute to and are affected by climate change. Breeding for heat tolerance and reduced methane (CH4) emissions is a key requirement to mitigate interactions between dairy cows and ... [more ▼]

Dairy cows both contribute to and are affected by climate change. Breeding for heat tolerance and reduced methane (CH4) emissions is a key requirement to mitigate interactions between dairy cows and climate change. This study was aimed to estimate genetic variation of milk yield and CH4 emissions over the whole trajectory of temperature humidity index (THI) using a reaction norm approach. A total of 257,635 milk test-day (TD) records and milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra from 51,782 Holstein cows were used. Data were collected between January 2007 and December 2010 in 983 herds by the Walloon Breeding Association (Ciney, Belgium). The calibration equation developed by Vanlierde et al. (Abstract submitted to EAAP 2013; R² of cross-validation=0.70) was applied on the spectral data in order to predict CH4 emissions values (g CH4/d). These values were divided by fat and protein corrected milk yield (FPCM) defining a new CH4 trait (g CH4/kg of FPCM). Daily THI values were calculated using the mean of daily values of dry bulb temperature and relative humidity from meteorological data. Mean daily THI of the previous 3 days before each TD record was used as the THI of reference for that TD. Bivariate (milk yield and a CH4 trait) random regression TD mixed models with random linear regressions on THI values were used. Estimated average daily heritability for milk yield was 0.17 and decreased slightly at extreme THI values. However, heritabilities of MIR CH4 traits increased as THI values increase: from 0.10 (THI=28) to 0.14 (THI=75) for MIR CH4 (g/d) and from 0.14 (THI=28) to 0.21 (THI=75) for MIR CH4 (g/kg of FCPM). Genetic correlations between milk yield and MIR CH4 (g/d) ranged from -0.09 (THI=28) to -0.12 (THI=75) and those between milk yield and MIR CH4 (g/kg of FPCM) from -0.75 (THI=28) to -0.71 (THI=75). These results showed that milk production and CH4 emissions of dairy cows seemed to be influenced by THI. [less ▲]

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See detailHolocene dust record in a NW European peat bog: A multiproxy approach
Allan, Mouhamd ULg; LE ROUX, gael; VERHEYDEN, SOPHIE et al

Conference (2013, August 28)

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic bog. The analyses of Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic element concentrations as well as Nd ... [more ▼]

Dust deposition in southern Belgium is estimated from the geochemical signature of an ombrotrophic bog. The analyses of Rare Earth Elements (REE) and lithogenic element concentrations as well as Nd isotopes were performed by HR-ICP-MS and MC-ICP-MS respectively, in a  6 m peat section representing 5300 years, from 30 BC to 5300 BC dated by the 14C method. REE concentration variations in peat samples were used as a dust proxy and the Nd isotopes to trace the sources. Peat humification and testate amoebae were used to evaluate hydroclimatic conditions. The range of dust deposition varied from 0.03 to 4 g m-2 yr-1. The highest dust fluxes were observed from 800 to 600 BC, and from 3200 to 2800 BC and correspond to cold periods. The Nd values show large variability, between -5 and –13, identifying three major sources of dust: local soils, distal volcanic and desert particles. By comparing our results with the dust recorded in other peat bogs and ice cores from different latitudes, we evidence that the Misten peat is a valid archive for dust deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailSea floor morphology of north-western Gulf of Corinth (Greece): combined impacts of Late Quaternary eustatism and active tectonics
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Beck, Christian; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 27)

Two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) were performed in the western part of the Gulf of Corinth. aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. This ... [more ▼]

Two high-resolution seismic reflection surveys (single channel sparker) were performed in the western part of the Gulf of Corinth. aboard HCMR’s R/V ALKYON, within the frame of SISCOR ANR Project. This intra-continental marine basin is related to Late Cenozoic to Present extension separating “continental” Greece from Peloponnese. The connection of this active rift with the Ionian Sea (Mediterranean) is nowadays a 62 m deep sill, a situation which implies possible separations during low stands of global sea level, especially the last ones (MIS 2 and MIS 6). The western part of the Gulf, which is the most seismo-tectonically active part, appears as a transfer zone with both normal and strike slip faulting, identified through a dense grid of seismic lines. As a consequence, the offshore northern edge between the Mornos River delta and the Trizonia island shows a complex morphology due to the interaction between these structures, huge terrigenous feeding, deltaic development and sediment failures. Pre-Quaternary basement (Hellenids) was partly submitted to aerial erosion and paleodeltas are superimposed on the induced relief, visible at a depth of 110 m below Present sea level. The paleovalleys are filled with onlapping layered sediments, affected by several WSW-ENE and W-E oriented faults, part of them still active. An attempt to decipher both sources of relief genesis and evolution is presented. Beside, location and slip rate of active faults are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailA small overview of available computer software to support computerized adaptive testing
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2013, August 27)

Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is becoming a central tool for testing and assessment. It offers many advantages over fixed (“paper-and-pencil”) methods, such as individualized assessment, reduction ... [more ▼]

Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is becoming a central tool for testing and assessment. It offers many advantages over fixed (“paper-and-pencil”) methods, such as individualized assessment, reduction of fraud, and straightforward estimation of proficiency levels. CAT has been studied for decades and remains an up-to-date research field in psychometrics and educational science. Practical CAT administration, however, is less frequently considered in such studies. Assigning CAT to respondents requires both the sufficient availability of computer machines, and the use of a powerful and easy-to-use CAT software. With the fast increase of computer resources at moderate cost, the availability of computer machines is becoming a less central, yet important, issue in the practical assessment of CAT tests. The choice of an accurate CAT software, on the other hand, should be guided by its flexibility, its underlying statistical modeling, and its user-friendly potential. According to the type of research or data analysis, some CAT software might be preferred to another. It is therefore important for the researcher or the clinician to know about the current availability of such software, in line with current research and practice in the CAT framework. Moreover, these software should allow enough flexibility to incorporate updates and new theoretical developments, such as e.g., new rules for next item selection. This talk proposes a simple and user-oriented presentation of several CAT software that are currently available. The software to be presented are: the Firestar software (Choi, 2009), the R package catR (Magis & Raîche, 2012), the R package catIrt (Nydick, 2012) and the CAT web-platform Concerto (Kosinski & Rust, 2011). The first three are non-commercial software, while Concerto is a web interface between end users (willing to develop computerized assessment tests) and catR (as underlying routine software). Both R packages are written to be most useful for researchers, without end-user interface, and are therefore less appealing for applied researchers who are not familiar with R. Yet, they offer flexible solutions by means of many options to optimize the design of the test and generate many response patterns for further analyses. Also, they can be easily integrated as sub-routines for more sophisticated CAT software. Firestar provides a user interface and makes all necessary computations with underlying R code. This talk aims at focusing on freely available CAT software. For this reason, only the four aforementioned programs will be presented, although it exists other, commercial CAT software such as e.g., the CATSim software (Assessment Systems Corporation, 2012). The different CAT software are briefly presented and their advantages and drawbacks, flexibility and usefulness are compared, mostly from the point of view of the applied researcher and clinician. The following criteria were retained for objective comparison: (a) their main goal of application; (b) the type of data and IRT modeling they can deal with; (c) the type of users they are focusing on; (d) their operating options; (e) their availability and flexibility for further improvements. A small demonstration of the R package catR will be proposed optionally, depending on time limitation. References Assessment Systems Corporation (2012). CATSim: Comprehensive simulation of computerized adaptive testing. St. Paul, MN. URL: http://www.assess.com/. Choi , S. W. (2009). Firestar: Computerized adaptive testing simulation program for polytomous item response theory models. Applied Psychological Measurement, 33, 644-645. Kosinski, M., & Rust, J. (2011). The development of Concerto: An open source online adaptive testing platform. Paper presented at the International Association for Computerized and Adaptive Testing (IACAT), Pacific Grove, CA. Magis, D., & Raîche, G. (2012). Random generation of response patterns under computerized adaptive testing with the R package catR. Journal of Statistical Software, 48, 1-31. Nydick, S. W. (2012). catIrt: An R package for simulating IRT-based computerized adaptive tests. R package version 0.3-0. [less ▲]

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See detailBedload dynamics in gravel bed rivers
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Hallot, Eric ULg; Peeters, Alexandre ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 27)

The aim of this research was threefold: 1) to improve the values of bedload mobilisation discharge in gravel bed rivers, 2) to determine the bedload velocity over the short and long term and 3) to ... [more ▼]

The aim of this research was threefold: 1) to improve the values of bedload mobilisation discharge in gravel bed rivers, 2) to determine the bedload velocity over the short and long term and 3) to quantify bedload transport and to examine bedload discharge in relation to the stream power and to the excess stream power. Since 2006, we used the PIT-tag technique in order to mark pebbles from Ardennian rivers. Ten rivers of different geomorphological properties were fitted out with PIT-tags (in 18 different sites) and 67 surveys were carried out after hydrological events. These data allow a valuable relationship between the stream power during floods and the size of the biggest elements mobilised to be proposed. This relation is obtained for medium sized rivers (50-200 km²) with bed material composed of gravel (D50 between 2 and 10 cm). Furthermore, we also obtained good relationships between the average transport distance and the excess of stream power reached during the hydrological events. In order to estimate the bedload virtual velocity over a longer time scale, we applied these relationships to the hydrological events recorded by gauging stations over more than 30 years. We obtained values of virtual velocity which are between 2 km/century for a low energy river with a sinuous bed and well developed riffle-pool sequences (Rulles River – 20 W/m² at Qb) and 11 km/century in a more powerful river with a straight channel (Aisne River – 100 W/m² at Qb) and a sub-flat bed. The propagation velocity of bedload is therefore influenced by the energy available. However, it is also necessary to take into account the river pattern, the characteristics of the armoured layer and the presence of potential trapping sites. [less ▲]

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See detailMULTIPHYSICS MODELING OF CELL/MATRIX GROWTH ON 3D STRUCTURES.
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Chai, Yoke Chin et al

Conference (2013, August 26)

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See detailGenetic evaluation of calving ease for Walloon Holstein dairy cattle
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Gillon, Alain et al

Conference (2013, August 25)

Calving complications have an incidence on the economic profitability of dairy herds. In the Walloon Region of Belgium, calving ease data recording is being done on voluntary basis since 2000. This allows ... [more ▼]

Calving complications have an incidence on the economic profitability of dairy herds. In the Walloon Region of Belgium, calving ease data recording is being done on voluntary basis since 2000. This allows now the implementation of a genetic evaluation of Holstein dairy cattle addressing the need of dairy breeders to select bulls in order to reduce frequency of calving problems. Calving ease scores were analyzed using univariate animal linear models, which were fitted with the genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive genetic effects either estimated or constrained to zero. Variance components and related genetic parameters were estimated from a dataset including 33,155 calving records. Included in the models were fixed season effects, fixed herd effects and fixed sex of calf*age of dam classes*group of calvings interaction effects, random herd*year of calving effects, random maternal permanent environment effects, and random animal direct and maternal additive genetic effects. For both models, direct and maternal heritabilities for calving ease were about 8% and about 2%, respectively. Genetic correlation between direct and maternal additive effects was found to be non-significantly different from zero. So, an animal linear model with genetic correlation between direct and maternal effects constrained to zero was adopted for the routine genetic evaluation of calving ease for Walloon Holstein dairy cattle. This model was validated by Interbull in January 2013 and, since April 2013, the Walloon Region of Belgium has officially participated to the international MACE evaluation for calving traits. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the influence of oxygen in delayed bone fracture healing.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

Conference (2013, August 25)

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See detailNA2RE Project—The new atlas of amphibians and reptiles: new compilation and online system
Sillero, Neftalí; Campos, João; Oliveira, Marco Amaro et al

Conference (2013, August 24)

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See detailEnvironmental correlates of paedomorphosis and metamorphosis in palmate newts
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Ficetola, G. Francesco

Conference (2013, August 23)

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See detailDoes foraging plasticity favours adaptation to new habitats in fire salamanders? Preliminary data
Manenti, Raoul; Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Ficetola, Gentile Francesco

Conference (2013, August 23)

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See detailEnergetical aspects of solar-like oscillations in red giants
Grosjean, Mathieu ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg

Conference (2013, August 23)

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal a large variety of spectra of non- radial solar- like oscillations. Up to now we understood pretty well the frequency patterns for the different global ... [more ▼]

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal a large variety of spectra of non- radial solar- like oscillations. Up to now we understood pretty well the frequency patterns for the different global properties or different evolutionary stages of the stars. Here we are interested in the theoretical predictions for the two other components of a power spectra (the linewitdths and the heights). The study of energetic aspects of these oscillations is of great importance to predict the peak parameters in the power spectrum. I will discuss under which circumstances mixed modes are detectable for a large variety of red-giant stellar models, with emphasis on the effect of the evolutionary status of the star along the red-giant branch, for a wide range of stellar masses (from 1 to 2M⊙ ) on theoretical power spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do music experts and non-experts evaluate the vocal accuracy of operatic singing voices?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Nowak, Marion; Morsomme, Dominique ULg

Conference (2013, August 22)

Professional singers are expected to sing in tune. However, when an operatic singing technique is employed, the objective measurement of the vocal accuracy (i.e. pitch interval deviation) shows ... [more ▼]

Professional singers are expected to sing in tune. However, when an operatic singing technique is employed, the objective measurement of the vocal accuracy (i.e. pitch interval deviation) shows particularly low scores, whatever the melody performed. This study focuses on the perceptual judgment of operatic voices in order to observe the evaluation process of singing voice accuracy by music experts and non-experts. In addition, this study aims to better understand the relationship between the subjective and objective measurements of operatic singing voices. 22 music experts and 22 non-experts paired in age and gender participated in a test and a retest (8 to 15 days in between). Fourteen sung performances performed by professional operatic singers were presented with a pairwise comparison paradigm. The participants were asked to indicate the most “in tune” melody for each pair (N = 91). The performances obtained thus a ranking by each judge. In addition, the 14 sung performances were objectively analyzed in order to confront the objective measurement of singing voice accuracy with the perceptual rating of the judges. Computing the variances of rank differences between the test and the retest, we observed that 20 music experts and 16 non-experts were consistent in their judgments. Among each group, the correlations between consistent raters were positive. However, 67.38% of these correlations were significant (p < .05) for the music experts whereas only 42.10% were significant for the non-experts. In addition, no relationship occurred between the objective measurements (from 9.5 to 115.5 cents, M = 40.57, SD = 34.42) and the perceptual ratings, except for two music experts. This study highlights the consistency of a judge when rating operatic singing voices and the difference between music experts and non-experts concerning the inter-judges reliability. Despite the fact that the majority of the music experts used similar strategies to evaluate the vocal accuracy of operatic voices, their judgment was obviously not linked with the objective measurement of vocal accuracy. This finding supports the tolerance of music expert listeners regarding the singing voice accuracy of operatic singers. Furthermore, this study provides some directions about the perception of operatic singing voices, which are particularly complex. [less ▲]

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See detailTailor made amphiphilic copolymers for the design of smart drug delivery systems
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Cajot, Sébastien; Jérôme, Christine ULg

Conference (2013, August 21)

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See detailExtent of intra-population functional variability along a local environmental gradient for four calcareous grasslands species
Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference (2013, August 19)

In the last few years, an increasing body of evidence has highlighted the role of functional traits as reliable predictors of species resistance to disturbance and response to environmental gradients ... [more ▼]

In the last few years, an increasing body of evidence has highlighted the role of functional traits as reliable predictors of species resistance to disturbance and response to environmental gradients. However, most studies focused on functional comparisons at the interspecific level while intraspecific functional trait variation has received remarkably little attention. As intraspecific traits variability is a necessary condition for species to adapt to environmental changes, studying intraspecific functional traits variation along environmental gradients is a major issue in a context of global change. The aim of our study was to evaluate the extent of intraspecific functional variability of four species along an environmental gradient of water stress at a local scale and to compare species response to the gradient. Calcareous grasslands species are present along a xeric gradient from mesophilous to xerophilous grasslands. Changes of exposure, slope and soil depth lead to differences of water availability for plants along the gradient. We measured the maximum vegetative height (MVH), the specific leaf area (SLA, one side area of a fresh leaf divided by its oven-dry mass) and the leaf dry matter content (LDMC, leaf oven-dry mass divided by its water-saturated fresh mass) on randomly selected individuals along a gradient of xericity on three study sites located in south Belgium. Functional traits were measured on about 60 individuals per site and per species. The soil depth was measured around each individual. The exposure and the slope were measured in order to calculate a heat load index for each individual. The extent of local intraspecific functional variability of our data was compared to data covering the species European range. Results are species dependent but for some study species intraspecific functional variability at local scale is not negligible compared to European data. Species functional responses to the gradient (soil depth and heat load index) showed a decrease in SLA and MVH and an increase in LDMC with increasing xericity for all study species. Response extent was species dependent. Main implications for species resistance to disturbance and climate change adaptation will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailBalancing the freedom of academia and security interests : an impossible objective ?
Michel, Quentin ULg

Conference (2013, August 19)

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See detailEvolutionary history of Leopoldamys neilli, a karst endemic rodent in Southeast Asia, and implications for its conservation
Latinne, Alice ULg; Waengsothorn, Surachit; Michaux, Johan ULg

Conference (2013, August 15)

In this study, we have investigated the phylogeography of Leopoldamys neilli, a Murinae rodent species endemic to limestone karsts in Southeast Asia, on the basis of mitochondrial and nuclear markers ... [more ▼]

In this study, we have investigated the phylogeography of Leopoldamys neilli, a Murinae rodent species endemic to limestone karsts in Southeast Asia, on the basis of mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Both mitochondrial and nuclear markers support a large-scale population structure of four main groups within L. neilli and a strong finer structure within each of these groups. A deep genealogical divergence among geographically close lineages is observed and denotes a high population fragmentation. Our findings suggest that the current phylogeographic pattern of this species results from the fragmentation of a widespread ancestral population and that vicariance has played a significant role in the evolutionary history of L. neilli during Plio-Pleistocene. This study revealed an unexpected high level of intraspecific diversity within L. neilli. Consequently, the four main L. neilli population groups should be considered as four distinct Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) and require appropriate management and conservation plans. [less ▲]

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See detailPitch analysis workshop
Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Conference (2013, August 13)

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See detailTaste analysis. How practice in an industrial and scientific context shapes sturdy sensory categories.
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Conference (2013, August 08)

Sensory analysis presents the particular characteristic to be placed in a crossroad, especially when it is about taste. Sensory, which is the most of the time the space of subjective and hedonic judgments ... [more ▼]

Sensory analysis presents the particular characteristic to be placed in a crossroad, especially when it is about taste. Sensory, which is the most of the time the space of subjective and hedonic judgments, meets Science, which has the main goal to establish an objective truth, through sturdy and stable categories. I followed several types of sensory expert panels, and among them a panel who has the mission to discriminate different sorts of carrots and define their respective sensory profile. The judges were specifically teached and trained to taste and analyze carrots. I was interested to observe the period of training to understand how those people had acquired their expertness. In this presentation, I would tempt an analysis of how participants build themselves the tools and tricks to perform a best organoleptic perception, and how they go beyond the rules and formal process to answer to the forms. [less ▲]

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See detailThe evaluation of singing voice accuracy: Are we good judges even if we are not musicians?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Roig-Sanchis, Virginie; Morsomme, Dominique ULg

Conference (2013, August 08)

A previous study highlighted that objective and subjective measurements of vocal accuracy are highly correlated when the rating is done by musicians and that 81% of their variance was explained by the ... [more ▼]

A previous study highlighted that objective and subjective measurements of vocal accuracy are highly correlated when the rating is done by musicians and that 81% of their variance was explained by the pitch interval deviation and the number of tonality modulations (Larrouy-Maestri, Lévêque, Schön, Giovanni, & Morsomme, 2013). However, the general audience is not expert in music. This study aims to observe the vocal accuracy assessment done by non musicians. Eighteen non musicians were asked to rate on a 9-point scale the global pitch accuracy of 166 vocal performances sung by untrained singers. This database was presented two times (T1 and T2) in a random order. The sung performances were objectively analyzed regarding three criteria: pitch interval deviation, number of tonality modulations and number of contour errors. The results show an intraclass correlation coefficient of .89 (p < .01) among the non experts and a mean intra-judges Spearman correlation of .66 (SD = .06) between T1 and T2. There is also a significant correlation between the acoustic measurements and the mean ratings (r(166) = .809; p < .01), with higher scores for accurate performances. Confronted with the music experts of the previous study, the judgment of the non experts correlated with the musicians ratings (r(166) = .840; p < .01). However, a Mann Whitney test showed that the rating of non experts was globally more severe than the experts one (p = 009). In addition, the regression analysis showed that only the pitch interval deviation criterion was considered in their judgment, explaining 66% of the variance of the judges. This study highlights the reliability and the objectivity of non musicians in the vocal accuracy assessment. Moreover, an effect of music expertise is observed concerning the severity of the rating and the vocal accuracy assessment process. [less ▲]

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See detailPitch matching, melodic singing, and vocal-motor control
Hutchins, Sean; Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Peretz, Isabelle

Conference (2013, August 08)

Poor singing ability can be caused by poor pitch perception or by poor vocal-motor control. Many prior studies have tried to examine this relationship, but one factor that often fails to be taken into ... [more ▼]

Poor singing ability can be caused by poor pitch perception or by poor vocal-motor control. Many prior studies have tried to examine this relationship, but one factor that often fails to be taken into account is the timbre of the target to be matched. Here, we compare accuracy in instrumental and vocal pitch matching paradigms, designed such that each participant’s own voice serves as both the target and the response. Participants (nonmusicians) matched their previously recorded voice on a slider, designed to play back their voice at different pitch levels depending on the location of a finger press on a continuous dimension. They also matched single pitches with their voice, and sang a familiar melody (“Happy Birthday”) for comparison to the single pitch matching tasks. The nonmusicians were significantly better at instrumental pitch matching than vocal pitch matching, indicating that vocal-motor control is an important limiting factor on singing ability. There were significant correlations between the melodic singing ability and vocal pitch matching, but not instrumental pitch matching. People with higher quality voices tended to be more accurate with pitch in melodies. These results demonstrate that single pitch matching tasks can be useful in measuring general singing abilities, and further confirm the importance of vocal-motor control in determining singing ability. [less ▲]

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See detailReference populations for shoulder studies should be selected carefully
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2013, August 06)

To assess various shoulder pathologies / treatments, non pathological populations are often used as references. However, some factors may influence significantly the scapular kinematics within a healthy ... [more ▼]

To assess various shoulder pathologies / treatments, non pathological populations are often used as references. However, some factors may influence significantly the scapular kinematics within a healthy population and consequently alter the final kinematic evaluation. Results of 3D shoulder assessment found in this study show that small (≈5°) but significant differences exist between gender and between the dominant and non-dominant arms. Therefore the populations used for referential data should be selected carefully. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecies richness and speciation in the genus Lepilemur in northwestern Madagascar
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline et al

Conference (2013, August 05)

Sportive lemurs of the genus Lepilemur are small, nocturnal folivorous lemurs that are exclusively arboreal and generally have small distribution ranges. Owing to these characteristics, they are ... [more ▼]

Sportive lemurs of the genus Lepilemur are small, nocturnal folivorous lemurs that are exclusively arboreal and generally have small distribution ranges. Owing to these characteristics, they are particularly negatively affected by deforestation and habitat fragmentation, which is reflected by the recent uplisting of many of the 26 Lepilemur species into one of the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List. The main aim of this study is to understand the evolutionary mechanisms underlying species richness and speciation processes of the genus Lepilemur in northwestern Madagascar, and to test the predictions of the Inter-River-System biogeographic model of lemur distribution patterns proposed by Olivieri et al. (2007). This study focuses particularly on three Lepilemur taxa: L. sahamalazensis, L. dorsalis and L. mittermeieri, which have their distribution ranges in the northwestern regions of Sofia and Diana. The objectives are to determine their exact distributions, currently unknown; to assess the allopatry or parapatry for L. dorsalis and L. mittermeieri; and to explain the barrier between these two taxa if it exists. A second fundamental aspect of the project consists in the development of noninvasive tools, based on species-specificity of bio-acoustic structures, which will allow species identification in the field. This paper discusses the results from a two-month preliminary field season, conducted from 1st April to 31st May 2013 in order to explore the mainland forests located between the Andranomalaza (Maetsamalaza) and Maevarano rivers. We established the presence/absence of Lepilemur in different forest fragments of this poorly-known area and collected information about land use classes and land use change using remote sensing techniques. [less ▲]

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See detail"Bi-textual" Poetics: Investigating Form in Chris Abani's Becoming Abigail
Tunca, Daria ULg

Conference (2013, August 05)

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See detailLake Kivu: food web structure and energy flows
Descy, J-P; Sarmento, H; Isumbisho, P et al

Conference (2013, August 04)

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See detailReaching the 1% accuracy level on stellar mass and radius determinations from asteroseismology. The case of hot B subdwarfs
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Charpinet, Stephane; Fontaine, Gilles et al

Conference (2013, August)

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See detailGenetics of mastitis in the Walloon Region of Belgium
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Laine, Aurélie ULg et al

Conference (2013, August)

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See detailThe Airline Container Loading Problem with Pickup & Delivery and Multi Doors
Schyns, Michael ULg; Lurkin, Virginie ULg

Conference (2013, August)

We address the problem of allocating containers into predefined positions of a carrier, in this case aircraft, under several realistic structural and safety constraints, including the management of ... [more ▼]

We address the problem of allocating containers into predefined positions of a carrier, in this case aircraft, under several realistic structural and safety constraints, including the management of several doors. The originality of our approach is to allow multi-trips with pickup and delivery at some intermediate locations. The objective is to minimize the economic and environmental costs including the impact of the intermediate operations. We resort to an integer linear model. Numerical experiments have been performed using a standard B&C library. The cost impact is measured. The Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies, composed of professionals and academics, has awarded us the price of the "Best technical presentation" for this work. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Postmodern City and the Search for Meaning
Dechêne, Antoine ULg

Conference (2013, August)

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See detailHeat and mass transfer coefficient analysis during rock convective drying
Prime, Noémie ULg; Housni, Zakarya; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

Conference (2013, August)

This paper presents some experimental investigations about convective drying of rocks. Cylindrical samples made of limestone are dried from one their bases submitted to an air flow, while the other ... [more ▼]

This paper presents some experimental investigations about convective drying of rocks. Cylindrical samples made of limestone are dried from one their bases submitted to an air flow, while the other surfaces are hermetically covered. All other factors being equal, the influence of two parameters is looked after: the cylinder height, equivalent to the volume/surface ratio of the samples, and the direction of the air flow. The tests are interpreted both from the drying curves and from the values of water and heat transfer coefficients. Results first highlight that air flow incidence on the dried surface changes the kinetics and the transfer coefficient values. It can thus be supposed that the air flow direction would modify the thickness of the transfer limit layer at the surface and/or would make invalid the hypothesis of such a limit layer model for some flow configurations. Besides, the volume/surface ratio is shown to be correlated to the evaporation flux on the constant drying phase, and thus to the transfer coefficients. Nonetheless, this link tends to disappear from sufficiently high values of the volume/surface ratio since, in this case, the transfer coefficients reach constant values. This effect, in addition to other observations made on the drying curves, well fits with the hypothesis of a hydraulically connected layer below the drying surface, which would maintain during the constant drying rate phase. In the present case, this layer would have a thickness of around 20 to 30 mm. [less ▲]

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See detailThe « boring billion » : an exciting time for early eukaryotes !
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Houzay, JP et al

Conference (2013, August)

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See detailReforming the Postal Universal Service
Gautier, Axel ULg; Poudou, Jean-Christophe

Conference (2013, August)

The postal sector has undergone dramatic changes over the recent years under the double effect of ongoing liberalization and increased competition with alternative communication channels (e-substitution ... [more ▼]

The postal sector has undergone dramatic changes over the recent years under the double effect of ongoing liberalization and increased competition with alternative communication channels (e-substitution). As a result, the mail volume handled by the historical operator has declined sharply while the latter's ability to match the same standard of universal service may be under threat. Thus, a reform of the postal universal service is on the agenda. This paper examines possible reforming options ranging from keeping universal service within the postal sector to redefining universal service as spanning postal and electronic technologies. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic Accelerated Failure Time Model with Endogeneity and Heterogeneity: a Control Function approach
Tiwari, Amaresh Kumar ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg

Conference (2013, August)

We develop a control function method to estimate an Accelerated Failure Time (AFT) model with multiple states, where we account for state dependence, heterogeneity, and endogeneity of covariates. In ... [more ▼]

We develop a control function method to estimate an Accelerated Failure Time (AFT) model with multiple states, where we account for state dependence, heterogeneity, and endogeneity of covariates. In accounting for state dependency in the structural AFT model and endogeneity of covariates through control functions, we are faced with predetermined covariates in the first stage treatment choice equation, which is a system of regressions for panel data. A concentrated likelihood method has been proposed to estimate a system of regressions with predetermined covariates. The control functions are based on "expected a posteriori" (EAP) values of the correlated random effects, and unlike alternative control function approaches, our approach allows for general instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailProperty, inheritance conflicts and family dynamics in Benin
Andreetta, Sophie ULg

Conference (2013, August)

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See detail'There is no family left': Inheritance conflicts and family dynamics in South Benin
Andreetta, Sophie ULg

Conference (2013, August)

Over the last few years, the number of inheritance disputes handled by the Beninese state courts has drastically increased. In Cotonou, State of Persons courtrooms are so crowded that people even have to ... [more ▼]

Over the last few years, the number of inheritance disputes handled by the Beninese state courts has drastically increased. In Cotonou, State of Persons courtrooms are so crowded that people even have to stand outside during registration. What are those people fighting about, why and how do they proceed? For the purpose of this paper, I will follow Beninese families' itineraries throughout inheritance disputes. When a parent dies, how are commodities managed or shared? What are the discussions and the conflicts resulting from those? What causes people to cease the courts? I will look into the arguments that are raised and the means that are mobilized by the parties, but also by their relatives. What does the 'extended family' have to say about children fighting in court? Those conflicts are about property, about who it belongs to and whether it should be sold. They are about the economic and symbolic value of land and houses. They are about family norms or "traditions" and the individualistic notion that "no one can be forced to remain in joint ownership" (CPF, art 752). Inheritance conflicts are now settled by a new Code on Persons and Family (2004) promoting gender and generational equality. How is it appropriated by both the Beninese families and the judicial officials tasked to enforce it? In short, what are the different steps and justifications behind inheritance disputes, how are they eventually settled and what does it mean with regards to family dynamics in contemporary urban West Africa? [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the influence of light intensity on the growth and mortality of duckweed (Lemna minor) through digital images processing
Tangou Tabou, Thierry ULg; Baya, Dehenould Trésor; Musibono Eyul'anki, Dieudonné et al

Conference (2013, August)

The growth of duckweed (Lemna minor), depending on biotic and abiotic factors (i.e. temperature, light intensity, photoperiod, pH, nutrients), is an important compartment of the treatment process in ... [more ▼]

The growth of duckweed (Lemna minor), depending on biotic and abiotic factors (i.e. temperature, light intensity, photoperiod, pH, nutrients), is an important compartment of the treatment process in wastewater floating macrophytes ponds. Excess or shortage of this biomass might be responsible of the dysfunction of such ponds. Modeling these duckweed ponds through mass balances based on Petersen’s matrix should help in an optimal management of such facilities. This article focused on (i) the influence of light intensity on the growth, and (ii) the mortality of Lemna minor under a constant temperature. Experiments were carried out in a growth chamber using a pilot consisting of transparent cubic tanks, with an initial fresh Lemna minor biomass. In order to monitor Lemna minor biomass, digital image processing was achieved in addition to fresh weight and dry weight measurements methods. The results showed that Lemna minor reached a maximum growth rate (0.19 d-1) for light intensities ranging between 250 μmol.m-².s-1 and 300 μmol.m-². s-1. Light intensities from 300 μmol.m-².s-1 to 400 μmol.m-².s-1 induced a slight growth inhibition. This inhibition was strongly marked at 450 μmol.m-².s-1. As for mortality, very low levels (< 0.05 d-1) were determined. These results thus provide a contribution in the modeling of duckweed waste stabilization ponds. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of three NDT techniques for the inspection of aeronautic composite structures
Dubé, Robin; Scheed, Laurent; Lewandoswki, Jacques et al

Conference (2013, July 28)

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See detailScience and the Belgian Dynasty during the reign of Albert I
Pirot, Pascal ULg

Conference (2013, July 27)

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See detailLalande on Africa: science policies in late eighteenth-century France and the growing interest for the exploration of the continent's inner regions
Vandersmissen, Jan ULg

Conference (2013, July 27)

In his Mémoire sur l’intérieur de l’Afrique (An III de la République, 1794-95) the influential French scholar Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande (1732-1807) outlines the goals of a project which directly ... [more ▼]

In his Mémoire sur l’intérieur de l’Afrique (An III de la République, 1794-95) the influential French scholar Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande (1732-1807) outlines the goals of a project which directly links scientific exploration to the needs of the State, urging both men of learning and state officials to work closely together in the organization of research missions that enhance man’s knowledge of the geography, natural history and commerce of Africa’s yet unknown inner regions – in particular the vast area between Senegal and the Sudan. This paper analyzes Lalande’s aims, arguments and claims against the background of scientific, commercial, political and military tensions between France and Britain. It situates Lalande’s discourse within the broader context of the competing “science policies” of both states in the second half of the eighteenth century. The notion of “science policy” as a working hypothesis refers to the way a government applies the knowledge and expertise provided by the scientific world according to the needs of the country. It is an investigation of the sudden re-emergence of Africa as an object of knowledge in the relationship between power and science. The paper focuses on the continuous interaction between France and Britain in African affairs, and highlights the shift from a mere “enlightened” exploration from the 1720s to the 1780s – a period which saw, on the one hand, the progressive integration of useful knowledge gathered by explorers in African coastal regions into the French “colonial” system, and, on the other hand, the installation of an informal structure of knowledge transfer at the British side – towards Lalande’s revolutionary time – the 1790s – when Africa became the subject of a “Banksian” takeover, enhancing British interest in the “unknown” interior of the African continent by setting up large-scale, interrelated research missions with practical goals (the expeditions organized by the African Association, e.g. Mungo Park), but also provoking reactions from the French side, a reflection of which can be found in Lalande’s dissertation, thus stimulating a new wave of French initiatives in the field. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal order, dynamics and stability of C and N doped phase change materials
Hippert, Françoise; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Noé, Pierre et al

Conference (2013, July 26)

Doping Chalcogenide Phase Change Materials, such as Ge2Sb2Te5 and GeTe used in non-volatile phase change memories, was shown to improve the stability of the amorphous phase and to strongly increase the ... [more ▼]

Doping Chalcogenide Phase Change Materials, such as Ge2Sb2Te5 and GeTe used in non-volatile phase change memories, was shown to improve the stability of the amorphous phase and to strongly increase the crystallization temperature. We combined total X-ray scattering experiments [1], Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopy and ab initio Molecular Dynamics simulations to address the stabilization of the amorphous phase of GeTe doped with Carbon or Nitrogen. The comparison between the simulation and exp erimental results allows in depth understanding of the role of dopants. They deeply modify the structure of the amorphous phase by introducing tetrahedral units centered on C or N, triangular environments and short C chains in C-doped GeTe, N-Ge3 pyramids and N2 molecules in N-doped GeTe. One major difference between N and C doping is the fact that C can form short bonds with Te, although in smaller proportion than C-Ge, while short N-Te bonds are absent in N-doped GeTe. The inclusion of C or N leads to an increase in high frequency vibrational modes, to a reduction of the density of floppy vibrational modes that drive the crystallization and to an increase of the rigidity. This stabilization mechanism could apply more generally to various GST materials as well as to other iono-covalent glasses. [1] G.E. Ghezzi, J.Y.Raty, S. Maitrejean, A. Roule, E. Elkaim and F. Hippert, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99 (2011) 151906 [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and new definition of the areas included in the urban-rural gradient
Andre, Marie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 26)

Every scientific studies should begin with the delimitation of the studied system. Ours aims at evaluating and quantifying the resistence of landscape classes and ecosystems to the urbanization process ... [more ▼]

Every scientific studies should begin with the delimitation of the studied system. Ours aims at evaluating and quantifying the resistence of landscape classes and ecosystems to the urbanization process. This is done by studying a dozen cities in sub-Saharan Africa, conducting a diachronic (2000 - 2010) landscape evolution analysis from SPOT satellite imagery. Paradoxaly, when tackling this subject, one must recognize that no consensus exists about the definition and localization of the areas included in the urban-rural gradient. This prevents from comparing the results of different cities. A bibliography analysis has been conducted in order to 1) identify the different areas in the urban-rural gradient, the characteristics and types of characteristics used to define the most cited ones (i.e. urban, suburbs, sprawl, exurban, rurban, periurban and rural) ; 2) Through citation frequency indexes, evaluate the relative importance of characteristics and types of characteristics for every area and then for the whole gradient; 3) Evaluate the principal characteristics according to a series of criteria (the best characteristic is supposed to be quantitative, integrative, marking a consensus, discriminative and easy to apply on the field); 4) On the basis of retained characteristics, propose single and simple definitions to the most cited areas. These new definitions aim at enable areas identification on the field and on satellite images. These new definitions have been applied to the field study of the city of Lubumbashi (D.R.C) and seem to be convenient. Retained characteristics have then been translated into landscape composition indexes for the future study of the following cities on basis of satellite imagery, without field research. Indeed, such indexes are commonly used in landscape ecology because they allow the description of the urban landscape pattern or structure which, according to the central hypothesis of landscape ecology, i.e. “pattern-process paradigm”, influence landscape ecological processes. [less ▲]

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See detailSaussure's contribution to Hjelmslev's notion of "subconscious"
Cigana, Lorenzo ULg

Conference (2013, July 26)

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See detailPiranesi's Haunt: the fascination for paradoxical spaces in the aesthetics of architecture today.
Dawans, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2013, July 24)

Rem Koolhaas, a major provocative figure on the global scene of architecture theory since 1978—when he published Delirious New York—clearly bases his rhetorics on obsessive patterns such as the loop or ... [more ▼]

Rem Koolhaas, a major provocative figure on the global scene of architecture theory since 1978—when he published Delirious New York—clearly bases his rhetorics on obsessive patterns such as the loop or intertwined spaces claimed as Piranesian. This is notably the case in Euralille, this large urban complex meant to revive the old French industrial city, where the reference to the 18th-century engraver is most obvious in a large destructured hall, in an accumulation of stairs, footbridges and escalators which, on the way out of the railway station, are deliberate reminders of the engravings of imaginary jails that emerged from the Venetian artist’s brain. Of course engraving, painting, photography and cinema have been using similar processes for quite some time to create a dizzying sensation with the spectator. Those high and low angle views of entangled planes based on seemingly paradoxical geometry denote a willingness to use the features of the sublime to create mixed feelings of fascination and anguish or to remind mankind of their mortal condition, in other words, of their finite nature. Romanticism is known to have been quite inspired by this dramatic force. Yet what appeals to us in this revival of an aesthetics of the sublime is that it now crosses a new border as it imposes itself into public space, into city life. If films or 3ds digital games attract informed and consenting viewers, Piranesian spaces—Koolhaas also speaks of Junkspace—impose themselves to all and dramatize the modern man’s anguish without the slightest concern for his opinion. What kinds of ethos and of pathos underlie this contemporary theory of architectural and urban spaces inspired by Piranesi’s or Escher’s engravings? What literary strategies are at play? Why can the same obsessive spatial leitmotivs be found in plane puzzles, in films and in the new urban scenery? What does this aesthetics tell us about man in the 21st century? Can we talk of post-humanism? These are some of the basic questions this paper wishes to address in relation to the symposium’s theme Architecture and Urban Space. [less ▲]

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See detailUQ benchmark problems for multiphysics modeling
Arnst, Maarten ULg

Conference (2013, July 23)

Multiphysics problems are found in numerous areas of science and engineering. They can take the form of a single equation that tightly couples different types of physical behavior or the form of a system ... [more ▼]

Multiphysics problems are found in numerous areas of science and engineering. They can take the form of a single equation that tightly couples different types of physical behavior or the form of a system of equations wherein the solution to certain equations is passed to other equations to determine physical properties or loadings or both. Further, there are multiphysics problems that couple different types of physical behavior with fundamentally different descriptions at different scales, as well as multiphysics problems that couple physical behavior in different regions of space through a shared interface. Uncertainty quantification for multiphysics problems raises various conceptual, mathematical, and numerical challenges. Modeling challenges arise in the characterization of parametric uncertainties and modeling errors that may exist either within subsidiary components or at their interfaces. Further, once these parametric uncertainties and modeling errors are modeled, mathematical challenges arise in the analysis of the local and global existence, uniqueness, regularity, and stability of solutions. Finally, both the use of monolithic solution methods and the use of partitioned solution methods raise numerical challenges relevant to error analysis, stability, convergence, and computational efficiency. This presentation will report on interactions with the USACM community to set up one or more benchmark problems for multiphysics modeling. The ultimate goal of uncertainty quantification in these benchmark problems will be discussed, and the conceptual, mathematical, and numerical challenges in addressing these benchmark problems will be described. [less ▲]

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See detailEquivalence of weighted likelihood and Jeffreys modal estimation of proficiency under polytomous item response models
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2013, July 23)

This talk focuses on two proficiency level estimators in item response theory (IRT) framework: the weighted likelihood estimator (WLE) and the Jeffreys modal estimator (JME), that is, the usual Bayes ... [more ▼]

This talk focuses on two proficiency level estimators in item response theory (IRT) framework: the weighted likelihood estimator (WLE) and the Jeffreys modal estimator (JME), that is, the usual Bayes modal estimator with Jeffreys’ non-informative prior. With dichotomously scored items, the WLE and the JME are completely equivalent under the two-parameter logistic model, while remarkable relationships were established under the three-parameter logistic model. The purpose of this talk is to extend such comparison to polytomously scored items. It is shown that both WLE and JME are also equivalent for two broad classes of polytomous IRT models, including, among others, the (modified) graded response model, the (generalized) partial credit model, the rating scale model and the nominal response model. Parallelisms with dichotomously scored items are drawn. An example from a real data set is used to illustrate this finding. [less ▲]

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See detailLes technologies dans l'enseignement supérieur : comment et au service de quels enjeux ?
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Conference (2013, July 22)

Après avoir introduit la notion d’innovation dans le contexte de l’enseignement supérieur, la présentation illustrera plusieurs raisons d'intégrer les technologies dans les pratiques enseignantes (niveau ... [more ▼]

Après avoir introduit la notion d’innovation dans le contexte de l’enseignement supérieur, la présentation illustrera plusieurs raisons d'intégrer les technologies dans les pratiques enseignantes (niveau "micro"). Elle épinglera ensuite, au niveau "macro", quelques grandes tendances innovantes actuelles. Elle se terminera par quelques réflexions conclusives sur la place des technologies dans le paysage de l'enseignement supérieur. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat transfer characterization in a shallow aquifer using heat and dye tracer tests
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 22)

Very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or cooling houses and offices using groundwater energy combined with heat pumps. However, the design and the ... [more ▼]

Very low enthalpy geothermal systems (open or closed) are increasingly considered for heating or cooling houses and offices using groundwater energy combined with heat pumps. However, the design and the impact of current shallow geothermal systems are often set up and assessed in a semi-empirical way. In our country, this situation seems accepted by most of the private partners but not by the authorities and responsible administrations evaluating the impact on groundwater with a mid- to long-term perspective. A rigorous methodology is needed based on a physically based estimation of heat transfer parameters. In this study, the simultaneous use of heat and dye tracers allows estimating simultaneously heat transfer and solute transport parameters in an alluvial aquifer. The experimental field site, located near Liege (Belgium), is equipped with 21 piezometers drilled in the alluvial deposits of the Meuse River. These alluvial deposits are composed of a loam layer (3 m) overlying a sand and gravel layer which constitutes the alluvial aquifer (7 m). The tracing experiment consisted in injecting simultaneously heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in a series of control panels set perpendicularly to the main groundwater flow. Results showed drastic differences between heat transfer and solute transport due to the main influence of thermal capacity of the saturated porous medium. The tracing experiment was then simulated using a numerical model and the best estimation of heat transfer and solute transport parameters is obtained by calibrating this numerical model using inversion tools. The developed concepts and tests may lead to real projects of various extents that can be now optimized by the use of a rigorous and efficient methodology at the field scale. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of non-polyQ regions on the aggregation of polyQ proteins into amyloid fibrils triggered by polyQ expansions
Huynen, Céline ULg

Conference (2013, July 21)

Ten neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases, are associated with the aggregation into amyloid fibrils of ten different proteins containing a polyQ expansion higher than a ... [more ▼]

Ten neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases, are associated with the aggregation into amyloid fibrils of ten different proteins containing a polyQ expansion higher than a pathological threshold comprised between 35 to 45Q (1, 2). A large body of evidence indicate that the polyQ expansion is the critical determinant for the aggregation of these polyQ proteins. The aggregation process of polyQ proteins is, however, still not well understood. To better understand this mechanism at a molecular level, we have characterized model polyQ proteins made of the β-lactamase BlaP from Bacillus licheniformis 749/C and a polyQ tract of 0 to 79Q inserted either at position 197 or position 216 of BlaP. Those chimeras recapitulate the same aggregation behaviours than that of disease-associated polyQ proteins: there is a glutamine threshold for the aggregation into amyloid fibrils and the anticipation phenomenon. Most importantly, the threshold critically depends on the structural integrity of BlaP (3) which would impose some conformational and/or sterical constraints to the polyQ tract. Moreover the position of the polyQ insertion into BlaP modifies the aggregation propensity of BlaP chimeras. The present work aims to further investigate (i) how the protein context affects the different phases of the aggregation phenomenon (i.e. the nucleation and elongation phases) and (ii) the role of the oligomers formed during the early time of the aggregation process. The techniques used are mainly (1) quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study the elongation step of amyloid fibril formation and (2) dynamic light scattering (DLS) to study the evolution of the different populations formed during the aggregation time course. The results of these experiments indicate that the native conformation of BlaP197(Gln)55 interferes mainly with the nucleation but not with the elongation step of amyloid fibril formation. Moreover, these results demonstrate that the sequences flanking the polyQ tract significantly influence its propensity to elongate amyloid fibrils. Finally, they clearly indicate that the oligomers of BlaP197(Gln)79 observed at the early stage of the aggregation process are on the pathway of amyloid fibril formation, and likely constitute the aggregation nucleus. [less ▲]

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See detailSound Characteristics and Complex Sonic Apparatus Morphologies in Two Ophidiiformes: Ophidion rochei (Ophidiidae) and Onuxodon fowleri (Carapidae)
Kever, Loïc ULg; Colleye, Orphal ULg; Lecchini, David et al

Conference (2013, July 14)

Ophidiiformes show complex and highly diverse sonic apparatus morphologies allowing them a great variety of calls. Some Ophidion (Ophidiidae) and all Onuxodon (Carapidae) species have in common, at the ... [more ▼]

Ophidiiformes show complex and highly diverse sonic apparatus morphologies allowing them a great variety of calls. Some Ophidion (Ophidiidae) and all Onuxodon (Carapidae) species have in common, at the front of the swimbladder, a mineralized structure called rocker bone. According to morphological observations, it probably results from adaptive convergence. Its evolutionary advantage remains however to be determined. Sonic apparatus morphology and sound characteristics were examined in Ophidion rochei from Dùlce-Glàva (Croatia) and in Onuxodon fowleri from Makemo (French Polynesia). The rocker bone is only present in males in O. rochei but in both sexes in O. fowleri. Onuxodon fowleri and male O. rochei produce calls that often last more than 1 s. Calls are composed of 1 to 41 pulses lasting for 21±10 ms in O. fowleri and 1 to 55 pulses lasting for 16±13 ms in O. rochei. Mean pulse periods are also relatively long, ca. 95 ms and 125 ms, respectively. Females of O. rochei produce short (ca. 20 ms) hum-like sounds that are characterized by shorter pulses (mean duration: 0.7±0.2 ms) and higher pulse rates (mean pulse period: 4±1 ms). Differences in sound characteristics are likely due to the rocker bone that most probably evolved in response to mechanical constraints acting on the swimbladder in O. fowleri and male O. rochei. Its presence suggests a sustained sound production was crucial in their evolutionary success. However, the sexual dimorphism observed in O. rochei but not in O. fowleri suggests differences in way of life. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolated transient UV auroral structures at Jupiter: possible signatures of magnetospheric injections 
Dumont, Maïté ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 11)

We investigate transient ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission (130 features) based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of the northern and southern Jovian ... [more ▼]

We investigate transient ultraviolet auroral features located equatorward of the main emission (130 features) based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) observations of the northern and southern Jovian hemispheres (2000-2007). Several properties of the auroral emissions are analyzed, such as their position in auroral region, power and brightness. Additionally, we magnetically map the auroral structures to the equatorial plane using VIPAL model and we compare their observed properties with those of magnetospheric injections observed by Galileo. We suggest that these transient auroral structures could be related to magnetospheric injections. The mapped radial position and system III longitude of the observed auroral features are in good agreement with those of the injections observed in the equatorial plane by Galileo. Based on power and brightness of the auroral features, we discuss the mechanisms involved in the ionosphere-magnetosphere coupling injections. This comparative study demonstrates that the structures under study are related to magnetospheric injections and sheds light to the mechanism involved in the magnetosphere-ionosphere dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailVariability of the Jovian aurorae: focus on a selection of recent results
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 11)

The aurorae at Jupiter can be separated into four main components: the satellite footprints, the outer emissions, the main emissions and the polar emissions. Each of these components displays some form of ... [more ▼]

The aurorae at Jupiter can be separated into four main components: the satellite footprints, the outer emissions, the main emissions and the polar emissions. Each of these components displays some form of variability in location, brightness and/or shape. The nature and the timescale of these changes is particularly revealing of the processes at play. The footprints of Io and Ganymede are often made of several spots. The distance between these spots and their brightness essentially varies as the planetary magnetic dipole rotates relative to the moons and as the plasma torus or plasma sheet wobble across the satellite orbital plane. However, the spots brightness can also considerably vary on a timescale of minutes as well as from one year to another. The outer emissions are made of diffuse, patchy or arc-shaped emissions. Two different sources have been proposed to explain these features: injections of hot plasma from the outer magnetosphere and the pitch angle scattering boundary. These features usually last for a few Jovian rotations, but their occurrence rate appears to be related to the global dynamics of the inner magnetosphere on timescales of months. The main emissions sometimes appear as a complete oval, but they usually have a more chaotic appearance, with broken arcs, gaps and forks. Their brightness and morphology respond to changes in the solar wind characteristics. Nevertheless, the dawn portion of the main emissions sometimes displays spectacular brightening apparently unrelated to the solar wind: the dawn storms. Moreover, on timescales of several months, the statistical location of the main emissions also evolves as the material input from Io increases or decreases. Globally speaking, the polar emissions also respond to the solar wind input. However, the term “polar emissions” encompasses many different auroral features obviously driven from different mechanisms. Spots and arcs, located just inside the main emissions on the dawn and night side and lasting for a few tens of minutes, have been seen to re-occur every 2 to 3 days. They have thus been associated with night-side reconnection related to the Vasyliũnas cycle. On the other hand, the dusk-side of the polar region is the locus of quasi-periodic UV flares on timescales of 2 to 3 minutes, while periodicities of 20 to 45 minutes have been identified for their X-ray counterpart. The central part of the polar region is very dynamic, with patches of emissions constantly appearing, moving and disappearing within minutes. However, along with these patches, elongated auroral arcs dubbed “polar auroral filaments” may remain present for several consecutive days. As we will see in this review talk, the current data set of UV images from the Hubble Space Telescope, including the brand new time-tag sequences from the latest 2012-2013 campaign, gives access to a wide range of auroral phenomena that only begin to reveal their secrets. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Local and Global Outliers in Spatial Data
Ernst, Marie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

Conference (2013, July 11)

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Two types of atypical observations can be defined: global and/or local ... [more ▼]

Spatial data are characterized by statistical units, with known geographical positions, on which non spatial attributes are measured. Two types of atypical observations can be defined: global and/or local outliers. The attribute values of a global outlier are outlying with respect to the values taken by the majority of the data points while the attribute values of a local outlier are extreme when compared to those of its neighbors. Classical outlier detection techniques may be used to find global outliers as the geographical positions of the data is not taken into account in this search. The detection of local outliers is more complex especially when there are more than one non spatial attribute. In this talk, existing techniques were outlined and two new procedures were defined. The first approach is to adapt an existing technique using in particular a regularized estimator of the covariance matrix. The second technique measures outlyingness using depth function. [less ▲]

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See detailOù et comment publier ? Présentation de la revue Territoire(s)
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2013, July 10)

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See detailGenetic analysis of pig survival in a crossbred population
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Misztal, Ignacy; Tsuruta, Shogo et al

Conference (2013, July 09)

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See detailDouble-objective Economic Statistical Design of the Adaptive T2 Control Charts
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Saniga, Erwin et al

Conference (2013, July 09)

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See detailModelling the excavation damaged zone in claystone with strain localisation using coupled second gradient model and the influence of gallery ventilation
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2013, July 09)

Drilling of galleries induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation in the surrounding medium. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone around the galleries ... [more ▼]

Drilling of galleries induces stress perturbations that trigger damage propagation in the surrounding medium. The excavation process creates then the so-called excavation damaged zone around the galleries. The prediction of the extension and of the fracture structure within this zone remains nowadays a major issue especially in the context of underground storage. Since localised deformation in shear band mode is frequently observed in experimental works, the excavation damaged zone can be modelled by considering the development of shear strain localisation bands. To correctly model this behaviour, an enhanced model with a regularisation method is required. In underground structures, air ventilation inside the galleries induces a rock-atmosphere interaction that may lead to drainage and to rock desaturation close to the gallery wall. Such desaturation may influence the damage zone structure and needs to be studied. A hydro-mechanical modelling of a gallery excavation including air ventilation is thus performed and the numerical results provide information about the damaged zone extension, the strain localisation bands pattern and the influence of rock desaturation. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative analytical strategy using ion-mobility shifting additive for isobaric selenium compound identification in selenomethionine standards by IMS
Kune, Christopher ULg; Far, Johann ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 09)

Selenium (Se) is a trace element which is both essential and toxic depending on its concentration and its chemical form. Selenomethionine (SeMet) is one of the widely used selenium standard during ... [more ▼]

Selenium (Se) is a trace element which is both essential and toxic depending on its concentration and its chemical form. Selenomethionine (SeMet) is one of the widely used selenium standard during Selenium speciation studies. This work was focused on the elaboration of an analytical strategy for the detection and the structural elucidation of an isobaric Se interference, which is found in standard solutions of SeMet by high resolution mass spectrometry (Rm/Δm > 20.000). The structural elucidation of these compounds requires the isolation of the respective parent ion. Nevertheless, the mass difference between SeMet and its interference is less than 0.02Da which is well below the window selection of conventional techniques in mass spectrometry (Quadripole, ion trap). The empirical formula and double bound equivalent (DBE) of these ions suggest different tridimensional structures which lead to a discrimination depending on the ion mobility. This separation is observed, both in gaseous and liquid phase, by Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS), Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and Liquid Chromatography (LC) which are hyphenated to mass spectrometry as detector. The separation efficiency of these ions by IMS and CE is improved by using specific shifting agents (18-Crown-6 Ether) selective to only one of these ions. This strategy has successfully separated the two isobaric ions present and leads to the structural elucidation of the isobar contaminant of SeMet. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of Service Start Time for an Elementary Shortest Path Problem
Kucukaydin, Hande ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2013, July 08)

We are concerned with an elementary shortest path problem with resource constraints (ESPPRC), where there is a capacitated single vehicle at the depot for serving a set of delivery and backhaul customers ... [more ▼]

We are concerned with an elementary shortest path problem with resource constraints (ESPPRC), where there is a capacitated single vehicle at the depot for serving a set of delivery and backhaul customers with a time window. On a given route, the vehicle can visit a backhaul customer only after all its delivery customers are visited, where the delivery and backhaul customers are considered to be two disjoint sets. Split deliveries and pick-ups are not allowed. In this problem, the vehicle may be assigned to several routes. In addition, the vehicle can begin servicing the customers at any desired time and can be used for at most a fixed amount of time that depends on the shift duration of the assigned driver. Distance and time based variable costs are incurred by serving the customers. Namely, the total cost depends on the total distance traveled and the total amount of time that the vehicle spends by performing the assigned multiple trips. On the other hand, serving a customer yields also a revenue. Therefore, the objective is to determine the optimal service start time of the vehicle from the depot along with the trips to be performed in order to minimize the total of the distance and time costs minus the collected revenues. Such a problem can be faced as the pricing subproblem in branch-and-price algorithms for vehicle routing problems with additional constraints, where the revenues are equivalent to the dual prizes of the visited vertices. In general, ESPPRC can be solved to optimality by using a dynamic programming algorithm. However, since the vehicle can start the service at any point in time and is paid based on the total time during which it has been used, our ESPPRC has to take an infinite number of Pareto-optimal states into account. Therefore, we adapt the well-known dynamic programming algorithm according to this feature and develop piecewise linear time functions that represent total traveling and waiting time depending on a variable start time at the depot. Consequently, we propose appropriate dominance rules to discard feasible paths that cannot lead to the optimal solution. Finally, computational results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between attitude towards physical activity and physical activity level at school
Naik, Shraddha; Pethkar, Vishnu; Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2013, July 07)

It would be interesting to determine if students’ attitude towards physical activity (PA) is linked to the students’ level of PA during school time as well as to verify if the school time contributes ... [more ▼]

It would be interesting to determine if students’ attitude towards physical activity (PA) is linked to the students’ level of PA during school time as well as to verify if the school time contributes significantly to the daily PA of the youth. A descriptive survey was carried out on 480 children from grade 6 (120 boys & 120 girls and grade 9 (120 boys & 120 girls randomly selected from 8 schools in Pune city (India). Their attitude towards PA and physical fitness were measured using SAPAPF (Pethkar, 2012). Pedometer determined number of steps accumulated through the school hours were measured for a week and averaged to find out the amount of PA during school-hours. Data analysis revealed that students in all four groups had positive attitude towards PA (175.20±19.32, 173.93±15.21, 173.98±17.94, 181.03±12.67) while the number of steps averaged from 3566.6 (±604.28), 4065.93 (±615.77), 2938.75 (±583.79) and 3145.95 (±588.65) for girls and boys in grade 6 and 9, respectively. A significant positive correlation between the attitude and the PA level has been found (Spearman rho correlation coefficients of .497, .623, .578, .705; p ≤0.05). However, the number of steps accumulated through the school hours was particularly far from the objectives recommended by public health bodies. Confirming findings from other contexts, comparison between school PA of girls and boys revealed that boys were more active than girls, younger students being more active than their older counterparts. The findings show that students who have a positive attitude towards PA find opportunities to be more active at school than those with a poor attitude. Moreover, school could play a more important role in providing to the students more opportunities to be physically active and to improve the attitude of some students towards PA. PE should become the corner stone of such mission. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific caring for overweight students in physical education : Implementation of teaching strategies identified during an interdisciplinary meeting
Cloes, Marc ULg; Gianquinto, Joseph ULg; Mouton, Alexandre ULg

Conference (2013, July 05)

Literature shows that the number of overweight/obese youth grows irreparably since several decades. Their increasing presence in PE classes implies that PE teachers need to adapt their lessons, which ... [more ▼]

Literature shows that the number of overweight/obese youth grows irreparably since several decades. Their increasing presence in PE classes implies that PE teachers need to adapt their lessons, which seems not to be an easy challenge. It appeared that they lack of knowledge about the specific topic of obesity while professionals working with the people affected by weight problems are not aware about the characteristics of the teaching context. This paper is a part of a bigger study aiming to provide lines of action to the PE teachers. Based on the recommendations suggested through a half day meeting gathering physical educators and specialists of obesity, six PE teachers – five females, one male, all volunteers – agreed to implement freely teaching strategies in order to deal with their overweight/obese students. During three months, they had to fulfill a diary. At the half of this period, they were interviewed in order to explain how they were coping. At the end of this period, they attended to a track report meeting in order to share their experiences with the specialists. All teachers underlined that writing in the diary was a hard task (lack of time, difficulty to recall all events or to identify interesting information). However, the analysis of the diaries, interviews, and last interdisciplinary meeting showed that PE teachers implemented six main categories of actions: ‘Adapted endurance activities’; ‘Guidance of the adolescents to out-of-school sports activities’; ‘Contact with physicians and medical certificates’; ‘Contact with the psycho-medico-social centers of the schools’; ‘Nutrition aspects’; ‘Activities that enhance the student’. A large inter individual variability has been identified. Reported actions are divided in ‘little’ interactive decisions relying on opportunities, and projects that need a real involvement of the teacher. All actions were not effective but exchange between the subjects was hailed by each of them. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical and experimental investigation of fiber drawing process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

Conference (2013, July 05)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing liquid glass at high temperature into fibers. This process is very complex and sensitive to ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing liquid glass at high temperature into fibers. This process is very complex and sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause the breaking of the forming fibers. Breaks have a strong negative impact on the process efficiency. It is thus very important to understand the mechanisms of fiber breaking in order to optimize the manufacturing process. As a first step towards elucidating the causes of these failures, we investigate here the underlying physics of the forming of a single fiber through numerical simulations. In particular, we focus on the region from the hole tips at the bushing plate to the glass transition point. The influence of key parameters (e.g., glass flow rate, drawing velocity, external environment, glass properties) on the fiber radius attenuation and the internal stresses is investigated through a sensitivity analysis. Finally, these numerical studies are compared with experimental data measurements obtained from a dedicated fiberization unit for a single fiber. These experimental results also serve as additional insight into the forming process and as validation of the physical models, such as glass rheology or heat transfers. Comparisons between numerical and experimental results show a good agreement and demonstrate that simulations can provide a useful tool to gain insight into the underlying physics and to devise new strategies for adjusting the process operating window. [less ▲]

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See detailLong Term household waste management : Insignhts from the policymaking process
Bakkour, Darine; Berthomé, Karim; Mormont, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2013, July 05)

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See detailApproximation Algorithms for Multi-Dimensional Vector Assignment Problems
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2013, July 04)

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See detailThe Politics of Independence and Neutrality: The Dismantling of the Flemish Institute for Society and Technology, IST
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2013, July 04)

In 2011, the Flemish Parliament announced that it would restructure three of four “paraparliamentary institutes” (PPIs) that advise and inform its Members of Parliament. This paper explores how the ... [more ▼]

In 2011, the Flemish Parliament announced that it would restructure three of four “paraparliamentary institutes” (PPIs) that advise and inform its Members of Parliament. This paper explores how the institutional restructuring of the PPIs was achieved. Taking the Flemish PPI for Society and Technology (IST) as primary focus, it indicates how a political working group decided on the agency’s future behind closed doors and the media paid considerably more attention to the plight of the other PPIs. Drawing on interviews with key actors (politicians, PPI staff members, journalists, among others) and public and private documentary sources, the paper offers a range of possible explanations for why the IST remained out of the public spotlight, as well as why, in the end, the IST was the only PPI to be abolished. It ties these considerations into a larger debate about the principles of political independence and neutrality, which all PPIs are assumed to uphold, but which PPIs interpret and enact differently. It argues that to earn and sustain a reputation as an independent agency, the IST repeatedly steered away from taking a stance on technoscientific issues. As a consequence, and in spite of its mission of opening science and scientific processes to public debate, the IST was unable to develop and articulate a critique of the politics of science policy. Nor did it position itself in relation to the discourses and mechanisms that sought to contain it, including neoliberal narratives and the IST’s strong connection to parties on the left side of the political spectrum. By rendering these narratives and connections explicit, the paper draws attention to the multiple, potentially conflicting institutional identities that defined the IST throughout its thirteen-year existence. [less ▲]

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See detailLa décision de traitement des risques dans l’entreprise sociale : le rôle de la perception des dirigeants à l’égard du risque, de l’incertitude et de la sécurité
Kamto Kenmogne, Marius ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg

Conference (2013, July 04)

Recent developments in the fields of research focused on risk management plea for moving from a silo-perspective (focused on a separate and cross-sectional management of risks) to an holistic and ... [more ▼]

Recent developments in the fields of research focused on risk management plea for moving from a silo-perspective (focused on a separate and cross-sectional management of risks) to an holistic and integrated view of the risk management function (called Enterprise Risk Management or ERM), in which risks, uncertainties and resources are considered globally as a whole. Despite the numerous papers focused on risks and risk management in firms, no specific study appears to be devoted to the strategies implemented in order to manage risks in social enterprises. Our paper aims to fulfill this absence and discusses the results of an empirical study that analyses the impact of the perception of the concepts of risk, uncertainty and security on the decision for managing risks in social enterprises. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneral lotsizing in a closed-loop supply chain with uncertain returns
Amand, Guillaume ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg

Conference (2013, July 03)

We consider a multi-product capacitated lotsizing and scheduling prob- lem with sequence-dependent setups and stochastic product returns. The returned products accumulate in an input inventory and can be ... [more ▼]

We consider a multi-product capacitated lotsizing and scheduling prob- lem with sequence-dependent setups and stochastic product returns. The returned products accumulate in an input inventory and can be sold as new items after a remanufacturing process. The determinis- tic demand of end items can also be satisfied through a manufacturing process that is fed by an unlimited source of raw materials. An ap- proximate dynamic algorithm is developed to solve both single-item and multi-items cases. [less ▲]

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See detailA two-stage stochastic programming model for a comprehensive disaster management problem
Döyen, Alper ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg

Conference (2013, July 03)

A periodic disaster preparedness model that incorporates mitigation, response, and recovery related decisions is proposed. The objective is to minimize the total cost of relief item transportation and ... [more ▼]

A periodic disaster preparedness model that incorporates mitigation, response, and recovery related decisions is proposed. The objective is to minimize the total cost of relief item transportation and shortage as well as recovery costs of buildings and links under a limited retrofitting budget. The problem is formulated as a two-stage stochastic programming model. While retrofitting decisions are the binary first-stage variables, relief flows and shortage amounts constitute continuous second-stage variables. An efficient solution approach that employs the integer L-shaped method is proposed. [less ▲]

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