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See detailLand-fast sea ice of McMurdo Sound as a source of bio-essential trace metals for primary productivity in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Schoemann, V.; de Jong, J.T.M.; Tison, J.L. et al

Conference (2014, March)

Iron (Fe) is an essential micronutrient. Its low abundance limits primary productivity in more than 30% of the oceans, including the Southern Ocean, and has a crucial impact on the biogeochemical cycles ... [more ▼]

Iron (Fe) is an essential micronutrient. Its low abundance limits primary productivity in more than 30% of the oceans, including the Southern Ocean, and has a crucial impact on the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and other elements with ultimate influence on the Earth climate system. Other trace metals, like Mn, Zn, Co and Cu are also required for microorganisms cell metabolism and may be (co-) limiting. Previous data on dissolved and particulate Fe concentration data showed that Fe is 10-100 times more concentrated in the sea ice than in underlying seawater and that sea ice melt can deliver up to 70% of the daily Fe supply to the surface waters. According to budget estimates in East Antarctica and in the Weddell Sea, accumulated Fe would largely derive from the underlying seawater rather than from atmospheric inputs. Most of the available data of trace metals in the sea ice concern pack ice and Fe. Only very scarce data exist on land-fast ice and on other trace metal concentrations. In this presentation, the general objective is to assess the role of land-fast ice as a source of Fe and other bio-essential trace metals (e.g. Mn, Zn, Cu, Mo, Cd), its impact on primary productivity and on the biological pump. Samples of sea ice, brines and seawater as well as dusts samples have been collected during the land-based sampling program YROSIAE at Cape Evans (Scott Base, McMurdo Sound, Ross Sea, Antarctica) from Nov 2011 to Dec 2011 and from Aug 2012 to Dec 2012. Dissolved and particulate trace metals concentrations have been measured by a recently developed method, which combines multiple element isotope dilution with preconcentration using the Nobias Chelate PA1 resin and ICP-MS analysis. Concentrations of trace metals in snow collected during the present study are one to up to five orders of magnitude higher than the concentrations previously observed in snow from East Antarctica, showing a much stronger dust input of these metals in McMurdo Sound. When comparing the concentrations obtained in the under-ice seawater with those obtained in the snow at McMurdo Sound, concentrations of Fe, Al, Mn, Co are much lower, whereas concentrations of Cu, Zn and Pb are similar and the concentrations of Ni, Mo and Cd are higher. Inventories of these trace metals in the land-fast sea ice give insights on its role as a source of bio-essential trace metal for the fuelling of the seasonal Ross Sea bloom. Other sources of these trace metals will be addressed and compared. [less ▲]

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See detailRèglement Successions (650/2012) - aperçu général pour la planification successorale
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2014, March)

Cette présentation donne un aperçu général des principes sur lesquel le Règlement 650/2012 est fondé, avec une attention particulière consacrée à l'impact du Règlement sur la pratique de la planification ... [more ▼]

Cette présentation donne un aperçu général des principes sur lesquel le Règlement 650/2012 est fondé, avec une attention particulière consacrée à l'impact du Règlement sur la pratique de la planification successorale [less ▲]

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See detailDissection artérielle cérébrale chez l'enfant
BARREA, Christophe ULg; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; OTTO, Bernard ULg et al

Conference (2014, March)

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See detailBiological and physical controls on DMS,P dynamics in ice-shelf-influenced fast ice
Carnat, G.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Papakyriakou, T. et al

Conference (2014, March)

Dimethylsulfide (DMS) is a volatile sulphur compound produced by the degradation of dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP), a metabolite synthesized by microalgae as i.a. cryoprotectant and osmoregulator. It ... [more ▼]

Dimethylsulfide (DMS) is a volatile sulphur compound produced by the degradation of dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP), a metabolite synthesized by microalgae as i.a. cryoprotectant and osmoregulator. It is also an important climate-active gas, being the primary source of marine-derived sulphate aerosols which play an important role in the earth-atmosphere radiation balance. In the last two decades, there has been an increasing interest in the role of the marine cryosphere in the DMS,P cycle, motivated by repeated observations of very high DMS,P concentrations in sea ice. However, our understanding of the factors driving the spatiotemporal variations of these high concentrations, and hence the fate of the sea ice DMS pool, remains limited. To date, studies have essentially focused on biotic factors, attributing the high DMS,P concentrations to the high biomass of the sympagic communities, and to their strong physiological response to the low temperature and high salinity stresses of the brine habitat. We present here an approach integrating both biotic and abiotic factors, as we investigate the influence of sea ice growth processes and brine dynamics on the DMS,P cycle. We focus on a fast ice site (Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica) under the influence of ice-shelf waters, and provide measurements covering a full cycle of ice growth. We show a good correspondence between isolated maxima of DMS,P in interior ice and the occurrence of platelet crystals in the ice texture. We develop the idea that platelet ice formation in May strongly modifies the production of DMS,P by (1) favoring the incorporation of strong DMSP producers and by (2) exposing these producers to stronger environmental stresses. We then show the influence of the development and decline of a strong diatom bloom from October to November on bottom ice DMS,P concentrations. Finally, we show that the increase in brine volume fraction (permeability) on warming in early December triggers (1) an important release of DMS to the ocean through brine convection, and (2) a vertical redistribution of DMSP across the ice. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrimonial property and Succession under EU Private International Law : a Happy Marriage?
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2014, March)

In this presentation, I attempt to examine the relationship between the Succession Regulation (650/2012) and matrimonial property. I do so by looking at the difficulties which could arise both from a ... [more ▼]

In this presentation, I attempt to examine the relationship between the Succession Regulation (650/2012) and matrimonial property. I do so by looking at the difficulties which could arise both from a practical perspective as well as from a more fundamental angle. Attention is given to the future Matrimonial Property Regulation and the need to coordinate it with the Succession Regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailSnow cover and short-term synoptic events drive biogeochemical dynamics in winter Weddell Sea pack ice (AWECS cruise - June to August 2013)
Tison, J.-L.; Delille, Bruno ULg; Dieckmann, G. et al

Conference (2014, March)

This paper presents the preliminary results of an integrated multidisciplinary study of pack ice biogeochemistry in the Weddell Sea during the winter 2013 (June-August). The sea ice biogeochemistry group ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the preliminary results of an integrated multidisciplinary study of pack ice biogeochemistry in the Weddell Sea during the winter 2013 (June-August). The sea ice biogeochemistry group was one of the components of the AWECS (Antarctic Winter Ecosystem and Climate Study) cruise (Polarstern ANTXXIX-6). A total of 12 stations were carried out by the sea ice biogeochemistry group, which collected a suite of variables in the fields of physics, inorganic chemistry, gas content and composition, microbiology, biogeochemistry, trace metals and the carbonate system in order to give the best possible description of the sea ice cover and its interactions at interfaces. Samples were collected in the atmosphere above (gas fluxes), in the snow cover, in the bulk ice (ice cores), in the brines (sackholes) and in the sea water below (0m, 1m, 30 m). Here we present the results of basic physico-chemical (T°, bulk ice salinity, brine volumes, brine salinity, Rayleigh numbers) and biological (Chla) measurements in order to give an overview of the general status of the Weddell Sea winter pack ice encountered, and discuss how it controls climate relevant biogeochemical processes. Our results from the first set of 9 stations, mainly sampled along the Greenwich meridian and the easternmost part of the Weddell Sea definitively refute the view of a biogeochemically “frozen” sea ice during the Winter. This has already been demonstrated for the Spring and Summer, but we now see that sea ice sustains considerable biological stocks and activities throughout the Winter, despite the reduced amount of available PAR radiation. Accretion of the snow cover appears to play an essential role in driving biogeochemical activity, through warming from insulation, thus favouring brine transport, be it through potential convection, surface brine migration (brine tubes) or flooding. This results in a “widening” of the internal autumn layer (quite frequent in this rafting-dominated sea ice cover) and increase of the chla burden with age. Results from the second set of 3 stations in the western branch of the Weddell Sea gyre confirm that it comprises a mixture of older fast/second year ice floes with younger first-year ice floes. The older ice had the highest Chla concentrations of the entire cruise (>200 mgl-1), in an internal community enclosed within desalinized impermeable upper and lower layers. The first-year ice differs from that in the eastern Weddell Sea as it is dominated by columnar ice and (weak) algal communities are only found on the bottom or near the surface (no internal maximum). [less ▲]

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See detailThe Hunt for Observable Signatures of Terrestrial Planetary Systems (HOSTS)
Defrere, D.; Hinz, P.; Bryden, G. et al

Conference (2014, March)

The presence of large amounts of exozodiacal dust around nearby main sequence stars is considered as a potential threat for the direct imaging of Earth-like exoplanets and, hence, the search for ... [more ▼]

The presence of large amounts of exozodiacal dust around nearby main sequence stars is considered as a potential threat for the direct imaging of Earth-like exoplanets and, hence, the search for biosignatures (Roberge et al. 2012). However, it is also considered as a signpost for the presence of terrestrial planets that might be hidden in the dust disk (Stark and Kuchner 2008). Characterizing exozodiacal dust around nearby sequence stars is therefore a crucial step toward one of the main goals of modern astronomy: finding extraterrestrial life. After briefly reviewing the latest results in this field, we present the exozodiacal dust survey on the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI). The survey is called HOSTS and is specifically designed to determine the prevalence and brightness of exozodiacal dust disks with the sensitivity required to prepare for future New Worlds Missions that will image Earth-like exoplanets. To achieve this objective, the LBTI science team has carefully established a balanced list of 50 nearby main-sequence stars that are likely candidates of these missions and/or can be observed with the best instrument performance (see companion abstract by Roberge et al.). Exozodiacal dust disk candidates detected by the Keck Interferometer Nuller will also be observed. The first results of the survey will be presented. To precisely detect exozodiacal dust, the LBTI combines the two 8-m primary mirrors of the LBT using N-band nulling interferometry. Interferometric combination provides the required angular resolution (70-90 mas) to resolve the habitable zone of nearby main sequence stars while nulling is used to subtract the stellar light and reach the required contrast of a few 10-4. A Kband fringe tracker ensures the stability of the null. The current performance of the instrument and the first nulling measurements will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSea ice CO2 flux in the Southern Ocean during mid-winter and early spring
Nomura, D.; Delille, Bruno ULg; Dieckmann, G.S. et al

Conference (2014, March)

There seems little doubt that sea ice is permeable to CO2 and other gases although air–sea ice gas flux is more or less inhibited at a brine volume fraction of less than 5% representing the threshold for ... [more ▼]

There seems little doubt that sea ice is permeable to CO2 and other gases although air–sea ice gas flux is more or less inhibited at a brine volume fraction of less than 5% representing the threshold for fluid permeability of sea ice. Generally, air–sea ice CO2 flux is at its minimum in winter due to low sea ice temperatures and consequently reduced permeability despite the fact the partial pressure of CO2 in sea ice is usually high at that time and sea ice has therefore the potential to release CO2 to the atmosphere. Here, we present first evidence that snow laden Antarctic sea ice can act as source for atmospheric CO2 even during mid-winter and early spring. During a mid-winter cruise to the Weddell Sea (AWECS, 2013) and an early spring cruise off east Antarctica (SIPEX-2, 2012), due to thick insulating snow covers, the bottom of the snow and the surface of the sea ice were relatively warm (>–10°C) even though air temperature was sometimes below –30°C. In addition, in both areas, sea ice was characterized by high bulk-salinities, resulting in brine volume fractions that are generally higher than 5%. Automatic “open-closed” chamber measurements indicated positive CO2 fluxes of up to +2.5 mmol C m–2 day–1, illustrating that sea ice acted as a source of atmospheric CO2. Higher fluxes were measured at bare ice surfaces after removing the snow. However, generally low snow densities (mean: 339 kg m–3), indicating a permeable snow cover, facilitated degassing of CO2 at the snow-air interface. Our results therefore suggest that even in the winter and early spring, Antarctic sea ice can act as CO2 source for the atmosphere, particularly in areas with a thick insulating snow cover. [less ▲]

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See detailDimethyl sulfide and dimethylsulfoniopropionate profiles in sea ice during winter in the Weddell Sea
Uhlig, C.; Tison, J.-L.; Rintala, J. et al

Conference (2014, March)

This study presents profiles of the organic sulphur components dimethylsulfide (DMS) and dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in sea ice cores collected during the AWECS (Antarctic Winter Ecosytem Climate ... [more ▼]

This study presents profiles of the organic sulphur components dimethylsulfide (DMS) and dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in sea ice cores collected during the AWECS (Antarctic Winter Ecosytem Climate Study) cruise on RV Polarstern (ANT29-6) in the Weddell Sea. DMS is a semi-volatile sulfur component and under discussion to be climate active, as its oxidation products might act as cloud condensation nuclei - thus cooling the atmosphere. It is produced by enzymatic cleavage of the precursor DMSP, which is synthesized by various types of phytoplankton and serves for example as compatible solute and cryoprotectant. Due to the physico-chemical conditions given, i.e. the high salinity and the icy matrix, sea ice as habitat favors production of high levels of DMSP by the inhabiting microalgae. DMSP and DMS are frequently found in high concentrations in sea ice during spring and summer. The aim of this study was to investigate DMS(P) levels in winter sea ice as data for the winter season is yet scarce, but is of importance for global budgeting. Preliminary results of our study show that DMS(P) production in sea ice in the Weddell Sea is also significant during winter. This stands in contrast to previous measurements in Arctic winter sea ice (CFL-IPY cruise in the Circumpolar Flaw Lead Polynya), where DMS(P) concentrations were very low. Possible explanations for the differences between DMS(P) levels in the Arctic and Antarctic might be the different snow cover and thus insulation, light regimes and also microbial community structure within the ice. DMS(P) levels were generally correlated with chlorophyll a concentrations, although the details are complex and seem to be influenced by species composition and species specific DMSP/Chla ratios. The DMS profiles mirrored the permeability of the sea ice following DMSP in the impermeable areas while showing losses to the ice surface and ice-water interface in the more permeable regions. Winter DMS(P) profiles are furthermore compared to data collected during the following spring cruise of RV Polarstern (ANT29-7) in the Weddell Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailEmbodying the divine: herms in Greek vase-painting
Collard, Hélène ULg

Conference (2014, March)

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See detailLa Vierge protectrice des villes
Delfosse, Annick ULg

Conference (2014, February 28)

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See detailSCC-Optimiser la pertinence du parcours patient
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, February 28)

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See detailLe schizophrène : du paradoxe évolutionniste à la psychopathologie éthologique
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, February 28)

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See detailLa jurisprudence européenne de 2013 en matière de fiscalité directe et ses conséquences en Belgique. Morceaux choisix
Richelle, Isabelle ULg; Traversa, Edoardo

Conference (2014, February 27)

Actualité relative aux conventions préventives de la double imposition et à la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice; le point sur les récentes initiatives de l’OCDE et de la Commission européenne en ... [more ▼]

Actualité relative aux conventions préventives de la double imposition et à la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice; le point sur les récentes initiatives de l’OCDE et de la Commission européenne en matière de lutte contre la planification fiscale agressive et contre l’érosion de l’assiette fiscale. [less ▲]

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

Conference (2014, February 27)

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

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

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See detailThe end of roaming in the forest causes a loss of timber resources: the paradox of slash-and-burn agriculture
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Favier, Charly et al

Conference (2014, February 27)

Tropical forests are not believed as pristine anymore. Their structure and specific composition are induced by past climatic and human disturbances over years. In the African moist forests, the emergent ... [more ▼]

Tropical forests are not believed as pristine anymore. Their structure and specific composition are induced by past climatic and human disturbances over years. In the African moist forests, the emergent trees are mainly light-demanding. These trees are considered to derive from the recent disturbances of the last centuries. Most of them are exploited for their timber. However, several of these tree species are currently suffering from a lack of regeneration that threatens the specific diversity of the forests and the sustainability of timber exploitation. Through dendrometric and radiocarbon analyses we found that the majority of the trees of the Congo Basin are not older than 160 years. This corresponds to about the year 1850 when the Europeans colonized the inner regions of Central Africa. By reassembling people along the road axes, the colonial administration reduced the forest roaming. Former activities such as slash and burn agriculture created large openings in the canopy that allowed light-demanding tree species to establish. Currently we observed that timber logging does not provide openings large enough for the recruitment of these species. We thus anticipate that adjustments in forest management strategies shall be made to preserve the forest resources, for instance by recreating the conditions of slash and burn agriculture. [less ▲]

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See detailPlants & metals in soil : the concept of phytoremediation
Evlard, Aricia ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Druart, Philippe

Conference (2014, February 26)

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See detailEffects of sleepiness on emergency physicians’ technical and non-technical skills
Gillet, Aline ULg; Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULg; Vergnion, Michel et al

Conference (2014, February 25)

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See detailMari et son terroir à l’époque des šakkannakū
Colonna d'Istria, Laurent ULg; Rey, Sébastien ULg

Conference (2014, February 24)

De 2001 à 2007, de nombreux documents écrits, contemporains des šakkanakku, ont été découverts à Mari. Ces textes évoquent fréquemment des éléments de topographie urbaine (portes, temples, etc.), ainsi ... [more ▼]

De 2001 à 2007, de nombreux documents écrits, contemporains des šakkanakku, ont été découverts à Mari. Ces textes évoquent fréquemment des éléments de topographie urbaine (portes, temples, etc.), ainsi que des terroirs et entrepôts extra-urbains. Alors que certains de ces toponymes sont bien documentés par les sources épigraphiques de Mari, d’autres sont attestés pour la première fois. Ces toponymes seront confrontés aux données archéologiques. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of eye movements specific to drowsiness and their relation with subjective assessment of sleepiness in PVT: A cognitive ergonomic approach
Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Montagnino, Cédric; Wertz, Jérôme ULg et al

Conference (2014, February 24)

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is one of the major factors explaining accidents, particularly in traffic accidents but also in work situations with serious consequences (e.g. medicine). The drowsiness may be assessed by diverse measures that vary from physiological and unconscious data (e.g. EEG) to subjective and conscious evaluation. In their daily life, people are used to evaluate their drowsiness by subjective assessment and research observes a great inter-individual variation in this evaluation. Moreover, the subjective evaluation is dependent on the situation and the risk perceived by the person (e.g., new versus usual situations, simple versus complex environments, etc.). In this theoretical context, our purpose was to investigate the links between 1) objective performance (reaction time) measured by a psychomotor vigilance task (PVT), 2) data from eye movements and 3) subjective assessment of drowsiness (measured with Karolinska Sleepiness Scale, KSS). 12 persons, aged from 20 to 56, participated individually. They were asked to respect a 60% sleep deprivation during the night before the experiment and to not drink any energy drinks the day of the experiment. The experiment was conducted between 1 and 3 PM after a heavy lunch in order to increase the circadian effect. Moreover, the temperature of the room was 25° in order to increase drowsiness. Each participant was asked to perform 4 PVT. However, although 100% of participants performed the first two PVT, only 66% were able to perform the third PVT and only 33% of participants performed the fourth and last PVT. Our results showed an effect of time on objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness in PVT 1 and 2: significant increase of reaction time, increase of eye closure and perclos, reduction of pupil diameter and increase of subjective drowsiness estimation (KSS). Only the frequency and duration of blinks remained constant across time. In PVT 3 and 4, data from eye movements and objective performance (reaction time) did not vary anymore across the time. Only the subjective estimation of drowsiness (KSS) continued to increase. Furthermore, subjective estimation of drowsiness was differently correlated with eye movements and objective performance across the PVT; it was significantly correlated with reaction time (PVT 1,2,3), blink frequency and duration (PVT 1,2,3), perclos (PVT 1,2,3,4), eye closure (PVT 2,3), pupil diameter (PVT 1,2,3,4). These results are discussed and integrated in an ergonomic approach in order to analyze the links between objective performance, eye movements and subjective assessment of drowsiness. [less ▲]

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See detailHypoxia and biogeochemical processes concurrently impact acidification in a seasonally stratified coastal marine lake
Hagens, M; Slomp, CP; Meysman, FJR et al

Conference (2014, February 23)

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See detailGradient Boosted Regression Trees in Scikit-Learn
Prettenhofer, Peter; Louppe, Gilles ULg

Conference (2014, February 23)

This talk describes Gradient Boosted Regression Trees (GBRT), a powerful statistical learning technique with applications in a variety of areas, ranging from web page ranking to environmental niche ... [more ▼]

This talk describes Gradient Boosted Regression Trees (GBRT), a powerful statistical learning technique with applications in a variety of areas, ranging from web page ranking to environmental niche modeling. GBRT is a key ingredient of many winning solutions in data-mining competitions such as the Netflix Prize, the GE Flight Quest, or the Heritage Health Price. We give a brief introduction to the GBRT model and regression trees -- focusing on intuition rather than mathematical formulas. The majority of the talk is dedicated to an in depth discussion how to apply GBRT in practice using scikit-learn. We cover important topics such as regularization, model tuning and model interpretation that should significantly improve your score on Kaggle. [less ▲]

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See detailZur Kontinuitätsproblematik in der ostbelgischen Nachkriegszeit
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Conference (2014, February 22)

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See detailTraitement antihypertenseur : quelles sont les meilleures associations?
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2014, February 22)

Stratégie du traitement de l’HTA en 2014: toujours basée sur le calcul du risque CV. L’HTA, tueur silencieux, est généralement associée à de nombreux autres facteurs de risque CV. Il faut préciser le ... [more ▼]

Stratégie du traitement de l’HTA en 2014: toujours basée sur le calcul du risque CV. L’HTA, tueur silencieux, est généralement associée à de nombreux autres facteurs de risque CV. Il faut préciser le niveau de risque CV en tenant compte de la valeur de PA et des autres F.R. pour décider le moment et le type de traitement ! [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of the aurora at Jupiter
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Badman, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, February 19)

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See detailRecent advances and improvements in computerized adaptive testing with the R package catR
Magis, David ULg; Barrada, Juan

Conference (2014, February 14)

The purpose of this talk is to present recent advances and developments of the R package catR. This package allows for random generation of response patterns under computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this talk is to present recent advances and developments of the R package catR. This package allows for random generation of response patterns under computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and holds various options to select the first items, estimate ability, select the next item, stop the test and return final results. Two main improvements were realized. First, several rules for next item selection were added, among others, Kullback- Leibler, progressive and proportional methods. Second, catR was limited to dichotomous IRT models so far. The most recent update allows now for several polytomous IRT models, such as partial and generalized partial credit model, graded and modified graded response models, rating scale model, and nominal response model. All improvements will be shortly presented, both from a theoretical point of view and in terms of practical implementation in catR. If possible, several illustrative examples will be displayed in a short live demonstration of catR. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of educational info capsules proposing instructional strategies aiming to deal with overweight and obese students
Cloes, Marc ULg; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg; Feron, Isaline

Conference (2014, February 13)

Irwin et al. (2003) pointed out the principles that quality PE teachers should incorporate into their pedagogical practice in order to take into account the increasing number of overweight and obese ... [more ▼]

Irwin et al. (2003) pointed out the principles that quality PE teachers should incorporate into their pedagogical practice in order to take into account the increasing number of overweight and obese students in their classes. Fighting against obesity is so complex that no simple solution can be proposed. It means that the development of specific tools providing PE teachers with new instructional strategies inspired from public health is needed (Prusak et al., 2011). Inclusion of overweight students into PE can be linked with a social ecological model (Li & Rukavina, 2012). Even if PE teachers are able to develop and implement specific instructional strategies, it seems that they need support from health experts (Cloes et al., 2013). Internet, continuing professional development activities, and educational info capsules were identified as the preferred supports to be used by the practitioners (Cloes et al., 2014). The aims of this study were to produce and validate three pedagogical capsules focusing on specific concerns of PE teachers as well as to analyze the procedure of validation. Using an extensive analysis of the literature, the researchers first identified theoretical and practical resources to be mobilized in the understanding and development of solutions for the selected problems: (1) Students’ lack of awareness about the risks of overweight and obesity; (2) Constraints associated with the motor/physical disabling; (3) Parents’ lack of awareness about PA impact on health. The capsules were then submitted to 11 experts (health specialists, health educators, psychologists, PE teachers) who had to analyze the documents. They acknowledged the content and form of the capsules. Minor changes were requested in order to finalize them. The proposed evaluation sheet was also validated but face-to-face assessment was recommended. Dissemination of the existing capsules as well as development of additional ones should be the next steps of this project. [less ▲]

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See detailL'architecture Art nouveau à Liège (1895-1914)
Charlier, Sébastien ULg

Conference (2014, February 13)

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See detailConstraints experienced by physical education teachers with overweight and obese students
Cloes, Marc ULg; Feron, Isaline; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg

Conference (2014, February 10)

Despite ‘antifat’ attitude of some PE teachers (Greenleaf & Weiller, 2005) and the PE public relations problem in regard to how obese students are treated (Irwin et al., 2003), it seems evident that this ... [more ▼]

Despite ‘antifat’ attitude of some PE teachers (Greenleaf & Weiller, 2005) and the PE public relations problem in regard to how obese students are treated (Irwin et al., 2003), it seems evident that this school subject represents a key element in the involvement of the education sector in the fight against the worldwide escalating global epidemic of obesity (Tappe & Burgeson, 2004). In fact, PE teachers consider that they lack of specific knowledge to implement instructional strategies dealing with overweight and obese students (Cloes & Ziant, 2009). Some authors proposed models to illustrate constraints that PE teachers encounter in their classes with obese students and their potential solutions (Cloes et al., 2013; Rukavina et al., 2010). On the other hand, data are missing when identifying those that are considered as their main concerns and the ways that they would prefer to receive some support regarding this specific topic. This study is focused on these two aspects. Five hundred thirteen PE teachers fulfilled an online questionnaire (Lickert scales) in which they had to determine (1) the perceived importance of 20 problems proposed by PE teachers and validated by 8 experts; (2) their relative interest toward the reception of support aiming to deal with those problems; (3) their preference for receiving information about the potential instructional strategies. Based on the answers, the top 3 problems are: (1) Students’ lack of awareness about the risks of overweight and obesity; (2) Constraints associated with the motor/physical disabling; (3) Parents’ lack of awareness about physical activity impact on health. Internet (3.49±.6/4), continuing professional development activities (3.29±.8/4), and educational info capsules (3.07±.8/4) were identified as the main resources that PE teachers would use preferentially. This study provides useful information for PE teachers’ educators who should develop now material to be shared with the practitioners. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dynamic simulation of the cyclic lipodepsipeptide Pseudodesmin A self-assembly
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Sinnaeve, Davy; Fehér, Krisztina et al

Conference (2014, February 10)

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A ... [more ▼]

Pseudodesmine A is a cyclic lipodepsipeptide of nine residues which presents a moderate antibacterial activity and whose structure has been resolved by X-ray and NMR1,2. In acetonitrile, Pseudodesmine A is monomeric while in chloroform it has the same structure but assemble in a supramolecular complex. This structure could associate with membranes and be responsible of the biological activity of this peptide. Comparison of the NMR data between the two solvents has given indications on the intermolecular contacts that arise in chloroform and a model for the self association was proposed2,3. To study in more details this assembly, molecular dynamics have been carried on. In acetonitrile, the peptide show transient interactions while in chlorofom interactions between monomers was always observed. As stated in Sinnaeve et al. in 2009, these interactions arise mainly between the backbone protons of the LEU1 and the GLN2, the GLN2 sidechain and the loop located on the opposite end of the monomer structure. From 10 simulations of dimerization, hydrogen bonds were followed and specific interaction patterns were identified regarding the hydrogen bonds formed. The peptide interactions are mainly described by 13 interaction patterns; 8 with the peptides in a linear configuration, 1 perpendicular and 4 with peptides side by side. The patterns are characterized by 2 to 4 hydrogen bonds. From the linear dimer, it is possible to reconstruct filaments and, by combining a linear and a lateral dimer, it is possible to build fibrils with multi filaments, as expected in the NMR derived model. Besides, the perpendicular dimer can gives peptide rings that can also explain the potential ability of this peptide to form ion pores in membranes. 1. Sinnaeve, D., Michaux, C., Van hemel, J., Vandenkerckhove, J., Peys, E., Borremans, F. a. M., Sas, B., Wouters, J. and Martins, J. C. Tetrahedron 2009, 65, 4173–4181. 2. Sinnaeve, D., Hendrickx, P. M. S., Van Hemel, J., Peys, E., Kieffer, B. and Martins, J. C. Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 2009, 15, 12653–62. 3. Sinnaeve, D., Delsuc, M.-A., Martins, J. C. and Kieffer, B. Chemical Science 2012, 3, 1284. [less ▲]

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See detailAllo- and autoinhibition in barley and great brome: a laboratory study
Bouhaouel, Imen ULg; Gfeller, Aurélie; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Conference (2014, February 08)

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See detailAnd the winner is ... When =f and pAj=f play hide-and-seek
Winand, Jean ULg

Conference (2014, February 07)

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See detailThe emergence of the possessive article pAy.f before the Amarna period
Sojic, Nathalie ULg

Conference (2014, February 07)

This presentation gives an overview of my research devoted to the Late Egyptian possessive article pAy.f. It aims at examining the uses of an element whose meaning evolved through time. Rather than ... [more ▼]

This presentation gives an overview of my research devoted to the Late Egyptian possessive article pAy.f. It aims at examining the uses of an element whose meaning evolved through time. Rather than looking for the very first occurrences of pAy.f in the Old Kingdom texts, my main concern is to analyze closely its progressive spread as well as to outline the gradual steps of its semantic evolution across the pre-amarnian corpus (15th-17th Dyn., c. 1650-1350 b.C.). On the one hand, I highlight the process by which this recent construction gradually encroaches on the older one, and on the other hand, I define the the meanings of pAy.f in relation to its distribution according to text genres. [less ▲]

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See detailForecasting Daily Solar Energy Production Using Robust Regression Techniques
Louppe, Gilles ULg; Prettenhofer, Peter

Conference (2014, February 05)

We describe a novel approach to forecast daily solar energy production based on the output of a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model using non-parametric robust regression techniques. Our approach ... [more ▼]

We describe a novel approach to forecast daily solar energy production based on the output of a numerical weather prediction (NWP) model using non-parametric robust regression techniques. Our approach comprises two steps: First, we use a non-linear interpolation technique, Gaussian Process regression (also known as Kriging in Geostatistics), to interpolate the coarse NWP grid to the location of the solar energy production facilities. Second, we use Gradient Boosted Regression Trees, a non-parametric regression technique, to predict the daily solar energy output based on the interpolated NWP model and additional spatio-temporal features. Experimental evidence suggests that two aspects of our approach are crucial for its effectiveness: a) the ability of Gaussian Process regression to incorporate both input and output uncertainty which we leverage by deriving input uncertainty from an ensemble of 11 NWP models and including convidence intervals alongside the interpolated point estimates and b) the ability of Gradient Boosted Regression Trees to handle outliers in the outputs by using robust loss functions - a property that is very important due to the volatile nature of solar energy output. We evaluated the approach on a dataset of daily solar energy measurements from 98 stations in Oklahoma. The results show a relative improvement of 17.17% and 46.19% over the baselines, Spline Interpolation and Gaussian Mixture Models, resp. [less ▲]

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See detailLes représentations de Synagoga aux portails occidentaux de la cathédrale d’Amiens : l’illustration de l’ « antijudaïsme » au lendemain de Latran IV ?
Lekane, Marie ULg

Conference (2014, February 04)

Les portails occidentaux amiénois sont munis de trois représentations de la Synagogue, sous la forme bien connue d’une personnification féminine aux yeux bandés. Deux scènes particulières, montrant la ... [more ▼]

Les portails occidentaux amiénois sont munis de trois représentations de la Synagogue, sous la forme bien connue d’une personnification féminine aux yeux bandés. Deux scènes particulières, montrant la Synagoga, se jouent sur des culots du portail de la Vierge, sous les pieds des Rois mages. Si l’une de ces scènes semble représenter le découronnement de la figure allégorique par le Christ, la seconde est plus énigmatique. Au portail du Jugement dernier, sous les pieds de l’archange Michel, se loge le couple antagoniste Ecclesia-Synagoga. La position éminemment négative de la Synagogue – sous le plateau démoniaque, à senestre du Christ, côtoyant le monde infernal – fait-elle écho aux récentes positions contre les Juifs prises et actées lors du Concile de Latran IV (1215) ? Afin de pouvoir amener des pistes de réflexions sur ces points, déjà soulevés par certains auteurs (W. Schlink, 1991), nous interrogerons les sources historiques sur la présence effective d’une communauté juive à Amiens et sur leurs conditions de vie. En outre, et plus généralement, nous analyserons les retombées tangibles des décisions prises lors du Concile de 1215, auquel participait Jean d’Abbeville, doyen de la cathédrale d’Amiens au moment de sa reconstruction, volontiers présenté comme « programmateur » de l’ensemble. Il est indispensable de reconsidérer soigneusement ces images et leurs composantes afin de définir leurs particularités et d’infirmer ou confirmer un « antijudaïsme » aux portails amiénois, ou du moins de pouvoir le caractériser. [less ▲]

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See detailAnthropogenic impact on alluvial sedimentation rates during the last millennia in the Ardennes (Belgium)
Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg; Notebaert, Bastiaan; Petit, François ULg et al

Conference (2014, February 03)

Alluvial deposits of numerous rivers in the Ardennes have been dated by using iron slag content and 14C. On the basis of these analyses, several periods of increased sediment deposition have been ... [more ▼]

Alluvial deposits of numerous rivers in the Ardennes have been dated by using iron slag content and 14C. On the basis of these analyses, several periods of increased sediment deposition have been identified. Before the first deforestations, rivers in this region developed multiple channels in alluvial forests (anabranching rivers), which are still distinguishable in the topography of many floodplains by means of LIDAR survey. Moreover, during this period, floodplains were not well-developed and probably very humid, which explains the presence of peat layers within the alluvial sequences. In the Amblève catchment, the first increased sedimentary deposition of the Holocene occurred during the Bronze Age, probably in relation to deforestation and first cropland agriculture in the area. Archaeological data indicate Roman occupation in parts of the catchment, and Roman Period colluvium has been found at one site. Several peat layers have been dated in the Lienne catchment to around 1000 BP and probably indicate very low anthropogenic pressure. From the 11th Century onwards, there was an increase in sedimentation, coinciding with a higher concentration of charcoal in alluvial deposits. In many catchments there is an important increase in the sedimentation at the end of the 14th century, which can be related to the development of numerous iron-working sites. Analyses of slag concentration produced in these sites allow us to reconstruct the evolution of the floodplain topography in relation to the periods of blast furnaces activity. Total sedimentation in the smaller valleys since the initiation of iron industries amounts 0.5 to 1.0 m, which is in most cases about 40% of the total sediment present in the floodplains and corresponds to a mean sedimentation rate ranging between 10 and 20 cm/century. Such values are explained by former agricultural practices and woodland clearance associated with the huge demand for charcoal by the iron industry. For instance, about 20 ha of forest were cleared for the yearly consumption of a refining forge or a blast furnace and more than three hundred iron factories existed in the Ardenne Massif between the 14th and the 19th century. [less ▲]

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See detailEléments d'économie de la santé
Djenane, Majid; Robert, Jocelyne ULg

Conference (2014, February 02)

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See detailLes modèles économiques du bioraffinage en région wallonne : de l'exploration des débouchés et des niches de marché aux stratégies de développement industriel
Richel, Aurore ULg

Conference (2014, February)

1) Acteurs de la bio-économie en Wallonie 2 Transition vers le bioraffinage de seconde génération ? Les grandes questions et éléments de réponse (Flux de matières premières ?, Technologies de conversion ... [more ▼]

1) Acteurs de la bio-économie en Wallonie 2 Transition vers le bioraffinage de seconde génération ? Les grandes questions et éléments de réponse (Flux de matières premières ?, Technologies de conversion ? Produits cibles et marchés ? Positionnement des acteurs académiques et privés sur la chaine de valeur ? 3) Flux de matières premières en Wallonie – Carte d’occupation des sols, inventaire du potentiel en biomasse pour le bioraffinage de seconde génération (biomasse agricole, forestière, coproduits des industries de transformation food et non-food) 4) Quel(s) produit(s) et quel(s) marché(s) ? Liste des 10 molécules d’intérêt pour la Wallonie, molécules à haute valeur ajoutée et marchés de niche, cibles actuelles des recherches académiques et industrielles 5) Stratégie wallonne en termes de bioraffinage de seconde génération – quelques exemples d’initiatives R&D privées et publiques 6) Conclusions [less ▲]

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See detailPredicative Possession in Late Egyptian (with special attention to incipient grammaticalization processes)
Polis, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2014, February)

In this talk, I provide a description of the various types of constructions used for expressing clausal (‘predicative’) possession in Late Egyptian. The corpus is comprehensively defined to include both ... [more ▼]

In this talk, I provide a description of the various types of constructions used for expressing clausal (‘predicative’) possession in Late Egyptian. The corpus is comprehensively defined to include both literary and non-literary texts from the reign of Thutmose 3 (c. 1450 BC) down to abnormal hieratic texts (c. 600 BC), excluding most of the texts in Égyptien de tradition (i.e. purposely imitating various registers of EEg). The talk is structured in three sections that reflect both functional and structural features: (1) The adjectival predicate pattern or the marked expression of ownership; (2) The comitative strategy or the unmarked expression of possession; (3) Other types of predicative possession in Late Egyptian. [less ▲]

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See detailL'architecture religieuse rurale à la fin du Moyen Age et au début des Temps modernes : réflexions méthodologiques
Joly, Emmanuel ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

The end of the medieval era and the beginning of modern times are marked by the increasing importance of urban centres. But this period of time is also crucial for the reconstruction of religious ... [more ▼]

The end of the medieval era and the beginning of modern times are marked by the increasing importance of urban centres. But this period of time is also crucial for the reconstruction of religious buildings in rural areas. As a few scholars like Luc-Francis Génicot have already pointed out, a large quantity of church works were going on during the 15th and 16th century in villages throughout Europe. Although architectural historians often ignore these « marginal » buildings, these are nonetheless products of human activity and must therefore find a place within the scientific study of architecture. This lecture will then present the way the researcher, using the most recent approaches in architectural history, can reintegrate these buildings into the discipline. To study these parish churches, the architectural historian is confronted with an important amount of items. He has to understand the reasons for such abundance of constructions as well as their distribution in time and space. While dealing with formal and stylistic questions, the researcher should avoid any normative attitude leading to consider these churches simply as places of stylistical conservatism. Finally, for these low documented buildings, the architectural historian should try to answer questions as to planning, financing and implementation of church works. As a consequence, he also has to identify the various interveners in the building process. [less ▲]

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See detailAn exact bi-directional dynamic programming algorithm for an elementary shortest path problem with variable service start time
Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg; Kucukaydin, Hande ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

We consider an elementary shortest path problem with resource constraints (ESPPRC), where a capacitated single vehicle serves customers by respecting their associated time windows. The vehicle can start ... [more ▼]

We consider an elementary shortest path problem with resource constraints (ESPPRC), where a capacitated single vehicle serves customers by respecting their associated time windows. The vehicle can start servicing the customers at any desired time, but it can be used for a fixed amount of time. The total transportation cost depends on the total distance traveled and the total amount of time that the vehicle spends by performing the assigned trip. On the other hand, each served customer yields a revenue. Thus, the aim is to identify the path to be followed and the start time of the vehicle from the depot that minimize the total transportation cost minus the gained revenues. This kind of a problem can be encountered as a pricing subproblem when a branch-and-price algorithm is applied to solve vehicle routing problems with additional constraints. In such a case, the revenues correspond to the dual prices of the visited vertices. It is known that the classical ESPPRC can be solved to optimality by implementing a dynamic programming (DP) algorithm. However, our problem has to take an infinite number of Pareto-optimal states into consideration, since the vehicle can leave the depot at any point in time and charges depending on the total traveling and waiting time. We propose an exact DP algorithm which can deal with an infinite number of Pareto-optimal states by representing total traveling and waiting time as a piecewise linear function of the service start time at the depot and develop suitable dominance rules. Furthermore, a column generation algorithm is devised for solving the relaxed set covering formulation of the related vehicle routing problem where new columns are determined by the proposed DP algorithm. Finally, computational results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailQuestions de droit pénal social - Petit état de la jurisprudence
Michiels, Olivier ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

L'exposé portait sur les points suivants : L’obstacle à la surveillance Lien de subordination Les infractions règlementaires Le moyen tiré de la violation par l’article 5 de la loi du 4 août 1996 du ... [more ▼]

L'exposé portait sur les points suivants : L’obstacle à la surveillance Lien de subordination Les infractions règlementaires Le moyen tiré de la violation par l’article 5 de la loi du 4 août 1996 du principe de légalité L’article 128, 1° du Code de droit pénal social Cumul des allocations et non bis in idem La condamnation d’office au triple des cotisations éludées La libre circulation des travailleurs provenant d’un nouvel Etat membre de l'Union Le mandataire ad hoc Le concours entre infractions de droit commun et de droit pénal social [less ▲]

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See detailHow to Bind the International Criminal Court by Human Rights Standards?
Deprez, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

Although no one seriously disputes the binding nature of human rights standards on the activity of the International Criminal Court (“the ICC” or “the Court”), the precise boundaries of this human rights ... [more ▼]

Although no one seriously disputes the binding nature of human rights standards on the activity of the International Criminal Court (“the ICC” or “the Court”), the precise boundaries of this human rights constraint still lack clarity. In particular, there is no consensus on the basis for such an obligation, especially given the fact that the Court is not party to the relevant international and regional instruments. It is argued that the lack of clarity on the exact foundations for the binding nature of human rights standards towards the Court presents a real threat to the development of international criminal jurisprudence. This is because the legal grounds on which the ICC is bound to respect individual rights are also determinative of the very content of the resulting obligations. This paper aims to contribute to remedy this lacuna by listing and critically assessing the theoretical legal constructions on the basis of which human rights law is commonly said to enter the framework of the Court. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformances littéraires et genre: proposition à partir de la notion d’ethos à travers une lecture de The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao de J. Díaz.
Berlage, Pauline ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

Face la population transnationale d’origine latino-américaine croissante à travers le monde – spécialement présente en Espagne et aux États-Unis – je me suis intéressée à la création littéraire en tant ... [more ▼]

Face la population transnationale d’origine latino-américaine croissante à travers le monde – spécialement présente en Espagne et aux États-Unis – je me suis intéressée à la création littéraire en tant que mise en récit de Soi et de l’Autre. Dans le cadre de cette littérature latinoaméricaine de la migration, je me centrerai sur la représentation du genre dans ces romans, c'est-à-dire sur ces attitudes performatives qui (re)produisent les normes et les modèles mais aussi parfois des corps a-normatifs et illisibles (Butler, T. de Lauretis). Je proposerai donc d’articuler la notion stimulante de performance de genre telle que proposée par J. Butler à celle d’ethos rhétorique (Amossy, Maingueneau) dans le but d’analyser la voix narrative du roman The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao de Junot Díaz (2008). Cette lecture nous permettra de mettre en lumière le jeu de va-et-vient par rapport aux stéréotypes de genre qui font autorité et, plus fondamentalement, la construction d’un corps queer apatride qui s’oppose "naturellement" au corps masculin de la diaspora. [less ▲]

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See detailPourquoi et comment ne pas interpréter Kafka (la lecture deleuzienne)
Soskin, Jonathan ULg

Conference (2014, January 31)

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

Conference (2014, January 31)

We investigate the following problem, which is faced by major forwarding companies active in road transportation (see [2]). A company owning a limited fl eet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational ... [more ▼]

We investigate the following problem, which is faced by major forwarding companies active in road transportation (see [2]). A company owning a limited fl eet of vehicles wants to maximize its operational pro fit over an infi nite horizon divided into equal periods (days). The pro fit stems from revenues for transporting full truckloads and from costs derived from waiting idle and moving empty. A decision leading to a set of actions is made at every period and is based on the dispatcher's information over a restricted horizon, called rolling horizon, which subsequently rolls over period per period. The data provided by the customers concern their prospective loads, or requirements for transportation: locations of departure and destination cities, and a unique pick-up period for each load. Moreover, the dispatcher has data regarding travel times between cities, current location and status (empty or loaded) of trucks. These data are known with certainty and represent the deterministic component of the problem. The stochastic component of the problem arises from the uncertainty on the eff ective materialization of each transportation order. More precisely, the availability of each order can be either con rmed, or denied, a few periods ahead of the loading period (meaning that clients con firm their order, which the transporter may still decide to ful ll, or not). For prospective orders in the remote part of the rolling horizon, the dispatcher only knows the order con firmation probability which represents the stochastic load availability. In this setting, trucking orders are provided by the dispatching center to the drivers and to the customers on the eve of the pick-up period at the latest. Typically, the loading decisions are made when all orders are con firmed for the next day. The decision problem faced by the dispatcher is to select or to reject loads, and to assign the selected loads to trucks, taking into account con firmed and expected loads as well as the availability and current location of trucks. The main objective of this research is to provide e fficient algorithmic strategies to tackle this multi-period vehicle-load assignment problem over a rolling horizon including prospective transportation orders. This problem is computationally di fficult owing to the large number of possible realizations of the random variables, and to the combinatorial nature of the decision space. The methodology is based on optimizing decisions for deterministic scenarios. By solving the assignment problem for a sample of scenarios, by mixing solutions and by evaluating them at each period, we aim at finding actions per decision period leading to pro table policies in the long run. Several policies are generated in this way, from simple myopic heuristics to more complex approaches, such as consensus and restricted expectation algorithms [3], up to policies derived from network flow models formulated over subtrees of scenarios. Similar approaches have proved eff ective for other problems; see, e.g., [1]. Myopic and a-posteriori deterministic optimization models are used to compute bounds allowing for performance evaluation. Test are performed on various instances featuring di fferent numbers of loads, graph sizes, sparsity, and probability distributions. Performances are compared statistically over paired samples to assess the signi ficance of the observed differences among algorithmic policies. The robustness of various policies with respect to erroneous evaluations of the probability distributions is also analyzed. Numerical experiments show that the best algorithms close a signi ficant fraction of the gap between the worst (myopic) and best (a posteriori) bounds for a broad range of datasets and for several probability distributions. Furthermore, the subtree algorithm remains quite robust against a variety of probability distributions when it is calibrated with a distribution re flecting maximum uncertainty . Acknowledgements. The project leading to these results was partially funded by the Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme initiated by the Belgian Science Policy O ffice (grant P7/36). References [1] Arda, Y., Crama, Y., Kronus, D., Pironet, Th., and Van Hentenryck, P. (2013), Multi-period vehicle loading with stochastic release dates, EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics, pp. 1-27, available on-line http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13676-013-0035-z. [2] Powell, W. B. (1996), A stochastic formulation of the dynamic assignment problem, with an application to truckload motor carriers, Transportation Science, Vol. 30, pp. 195-219. [3] Van Hentenryck, P., and Bent,R. W. (2006), Online Stochastic Combinatorial Optimization, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachussetts. [less ▲]

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See detailLe créateur de carton de tapisserie au XVIe siècle. Remarques méthodologiques à partir de l’activité du peintre Michel Coxcie (1499-1592)
Laruelle, Anne-Sophie ULg

Conference (2014, January 30)

Cette communication se propose de revoir, d’une manière large, les questions liées à « l’auteur » en tapisserie, en les envisageant dans le cadre de l’activité de Michel Coxcie. Artiste de cour et peintre ... [more ▼]

Cette communication se propose de revoir, d’une manière large, les questions liées à « l’auteur » en tapisserie, en les envisageant dans le cadre de l’activité de Michel Coxcie. Artiste de cour et peintre officiel de la Ville de Bruxelles, Coxcie est de loin le plus inventif et le plus productif dans le domaine de la conception de pièces tissées entre les années 1540 et 1563. Nous verrons que la contribution du « Raphaël flamand » à la tapisserie est délicate à appréhender et se présente certainement comme la plus problématique de l’ensemble de son activité (en raison des transformations dues au passage du patron vers le textile, des multiples intervenants au sein de l’atelier…). Enfin, considérer en parallèle l’activité des autres cartonniers romanistes flamands (Bernard Van Orley, Pieter Coecke, Pieter de Kempeneer) et des artistes présents en Italie (Johannes Stradanus) peut assurément contribuer à une meilleure compréhension de ces problèmes et fournir des indications sur la méthode à adopter. L’objectif est également de déterminer les limites de notre propre enquête. [less ▲]

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See detailLa question du concepteur d’ensembles sculptés au Moyen Âge : le cas des portails occidentaux de la cathédrale d’Amiens
Lekane, Marie ULg

Conference (2014, January 30)

In recent decades, art historians have used the notion of program in order to characterize the structuring of an artistic ensemble by a thought or a common idea which may be of political, aesthetic or ... [more ▼]

In recent decades, art historians have used the notion of program in order to characterize the structuring of an artistic ensemble by a thought or a common idea which may be of political, aesthetic or religious order. The three west portals of Amiens Cathedral lend themselves particularly well to a programmatic reflection because they are homogeneous in their chronology, their implementation and their style. The question is even more relevant in Amiens where the statues appear to be distributed and organized in a particularly harmonious and planned way. Once structural, stylistic and iconographic filiations with earlier buildings taken into account (Notre Dame de Paris, in particular), it should important to highlight some of the Amiens peculiarities. I place this research in line with Cécile Voyer’s remark which states that differences and variations convey precious information on the image makers’ intentions. My idea is to query some iconographic or formal particularities in echo with a figure linclosely associated with the construction process and with the theological-historical context. I am thinking, in particular, of the Council of Lateran IV convoked in November 1215, that is to say ten year before the building of the West portals supposedly started, which was attended by Evrard de Fouilloy, Bishop of Amiens, who is responsible for the reconstruction of the Cathedral from 1218. The eminence of the Dean Jean Halgrin of Abbeville, regent in Theology at the University of Paris and contemporary of the early stages of the reconstruction, invites us to wonder about his possible participation in the design of the overall Amiens. [less ▲]

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See detailQuadratic reformulations of nonlinear binary optimization problems
Crama, Yves ULg

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See detailPourquoi pratiquer la philosophie dès l'école primaire ?
Herla, Anne ULg

Conference (2014, January 29)

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See detailInfluence du changement climatique sur l'accroissement du hêtre en Wallonie
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Claessens, Hugues ULg

Conference (2014, January 28)

Depuis quelques décennies, des signes d’affaiblissement de plus en plus marqués ont été observés sur le hêtre (Fagus sylvatica L.) un peu partout en Europe. L’inquiétude grandissante des gestionnaires ... [more ▼]

Depuis quelques décennies, des signes d’affaiblissement de plus en plus marqués ont été observés sur le hêtre (Fagus sylvatica L.) un peu partout en Europe. L’inquiétude grandissante des gestionnaires forestiers s’inscrit dans la problématique complexe du changement climatique. Une étude dendroécologique a donc été réalisée afin de mieux comprendre la relation entre l’accroissement du hêtre et son environnement. Des mesures de cernes ont été effectuées sur des échantillons de bois issus de 158 hêtres sélectionnés dans douze hêtraies (de 84 à 206 ans) situées le long du gradient climatique de Wallonie (de 67 à 590 m d’altitude). L’analyse de l’évolution temporelle de l’accroissement et de sa relation avec le climat a abouti à 3 résultats majeurs : (1) l’accroissement du hêtre a augmenté à partir des années 30 puis à diminuer de manière soutenue à partir des années 1980, (2) la sensibilité climatique des hêtraies a aussi fortement augmenté et cette augmentation est plus forte pour les peuplements de base altitude, et (3) les températures plus élevées en été et en début d’automne ont un impact négatif de plus en plus prononcé sur l’accroissement. Le réchauffement global rend les arbres de plus en plus dépendants de l’eau disponible (précipitation et sol). Les sécheresses et canicules plus fréquentes et intenses semblent progressivement affaiblir les arbres que puissent de plus en plus dans leur réserve. L’étude comprend une discussion complète intégrant l’interprétation écophysiologique des résultats mis en évidence. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermediaries, transport costs and interlinked transactions
Tharakan, Joseph ULg

Conference (2014, January 28)

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See detailL’apport des cultes royaux hellénistiques au débat sur la polis religion dans le monde hellénistique
Caneva, Stefano ULg

Conference (2014, January 25)

La contribution suivante attire l’attention sur quelques enjeux du projet de recherche mené par l’Auteur, intitulé « Ritual Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults: A ‘Practice-Turn’ in the religious ... [more ▼]

La contribution suivante attire l’attention sur quelques enjeux du projet de recherche mené par l’Auteur, intitulé « Ritual Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults: A ‘Practice-Turn’ in the religious and social history of the Hellenistic period ». Le but de ce projet est de combler une lacune dans la recherche sur les cultes royaux hellénistiques en déplaçant l’attention de leurs justifications idéologiques, qui a occupé jusqu’ici une position prioritaire dans les études, à la pratique religieuse et à ses fondements sociaux. L’attention se concentrera donc sur les actes cultuels, en se posant la question de savoir comment, par qui et dans quels contextes les rituels pour les souverains furent intégrés dans la vie religieuse des communautés hellénistiques. Il s’agira de combiner l’histoire religieuse (usage, adaptation et innovation des traditions religieuses antérieures et d’éléments particuliers du culte en relation avec les cultes royaux) et l’histoire sociale et politique (les cultes royaux dans les dynamiques locales et globales ; développements diachroniques). L’aspect sur lequel se concentre la communication présente concerne la place méthodologique de l’étude des cultes royaux dans le débat sur la « polis religion » et l’ « individualisation du religieux » dans le monde gréco-romain. [less ▲]

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Richelle, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, January 23)

This conference will explore the history, impact, and potential for further development of the CJEU’s and the EFTA Court’s landmark decisions relating to direct taxation.

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See detailTailoring the Properties of Metallic Clusters by Ligand Coatings
Fresch, Barbara ULg

Conference (2014, January 23)

Tuning the properties of metallic clusters using different protecting ligand shells is an important step toward the application-orientated design of nanoparticles for nano-electronics and catalysis. An ... [more ▼]

Tuning the properties of metallic clusters using different protecting ligand shells is an important step toward the application-orientated design of nanoparticles for nano-electronics and catalysis. An attractive property of these materials is the ability to engineer ligand shells composed of different molecules that influence the electronic structure of the system due to their chemical interaction with the metal core. Sometimes properties are not simply additive, and cooperative effects emerge so that the presence of more than one ligand type in the ligand shell imparts novel properties to the nanoparticles. We theoretically investigate at the DFT level palladium and gold metal cores interacting with only-thiol, only-phosphine and mixed phosphine-thiol ligand shells. In this talk, we present some examples of how these capping systems affect structural, optical, magnetic and charging properties of metallic clusters. For Au11 and Au13, we show that ligation stabilizes structural isomers characterized by a flake geometry of the metal core, and they show different optical properties than isomers with a compact gold core. The magnetic ground state of small bare Pd13 clusters is a high spin state, nonet or septet depending on the structural isomer. We demonstrate that interaction with thiols and phosphines differently affect structure and magnetic ground state in these systems. The mixed ligand species Pd13(SCH3)6(PH3)6 shows multiple energetically accessible spin states and consequently an unusual thermal behaviour of the average magnetic moment. The charge transfer character of the metal-ligand interaction is studied in small Pd13 and truly nano-sized Pd55 ligand protected metal cores. We discuss cooperative effects in the ligand induced charge redistribution and demonstrate that the electron donor or acceptor character of the ligand molecules affects the energetics of charging processes [less ▲]

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See detailAspetti prosodici e testuali del raccontare: dalla letteratura orale al parlato dei media
Moreno, Paola ULg; Di Salvo, Margherita

Conference (2014, January 23)

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Hanikenne, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, January 22)

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See detailQuantitative approaches based on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and Surface-Enhanced Raman Chemical Imaging (SER-CI)
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg et al

Conference (2014, January 20)

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), discovered in 1978, is a recent technique enabling to circumvent the main limitations of classical Raman spectroscopy by dramatically exalting the Raman ... [more ▼]

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), discovered in 1978, is a recent technique enabling to circumvent the main limitations of classical Raman spectroscopy by dramatically exalting the Raman scattering of the target molecules which are adsorbed or very closed to metallic surfaces while reducing the fluorescence impact on spectra [1]. This technique combines the sensitivity of the fluorescence keeping the structural information of molecules obtained from the SERS spectrum [2]. This last point allows to implement multiplex analyses. Moreover, it is possible to perform Surface-enhanced Raman chemical imaging (SER-CI) analyses which enable to acquire a visual representation of samples combining spectral and spatial measurements. Therefore SERS could become an attractive technique in numerous fields such as pharmaceutical and biomedical research. In this context, the feasibility of developing quantitative approaches using SERS and SER-CI on a pharmaceutical model was studied. The aim was to develop methods allowing the quantification of 4-aminophenol (4-AP) in a pharmaceutical formulation based on paracetamol. 4-AP is the main impurity of paracetamol and is actively research because of its toxicity. This pharmaceutical model was first investigated using SERS and a quantitative method enabling to quantify 4-AP from 3 to15 µg/mL was developed and validated using the standard addition method as a calibration method [3]. From these results, the possibility of developing a quantitative approach using SER-CI was investigated. Tablets based on paracetamol comprising different concentrations of 4-AP were prepared. Different ways to cover the sample surface by the SERS substrate were tested and a homogeneity study was performed to improve the repeatability of SER-CI analyses. Different spectral intensity normalizations were also tested in order to optimize the SER-CI method. Finally, a quantitative approach using SER-CI was developed allowing the quantification of 4-AP from 0.025% to 0.2% (w/w) in paracetamol tablets [4]. This first quantitative approach could pave the way to quantitative analysis of small molecules using SER-CI in complex matrices. References [1] P.L. Stiles, J.A. Dieringer, N.C. Shah, R.P. Van Duyne, Annu. Rev. Anal. Chem. 1 (2008) 601-626. [2] R.F. Aroca, R.A. Alvarez-Puebla, N. Pieczonka, S. Sanchez-Cortez, J.V. Garcia-Ramos, Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 116 (2005) 45-61. [3] C. De Bleye, E. Dumont, E. Rozet, P.-Y. Sacré, P.-F. Chavez, L. Netchacovitch, G. Piel, Ph. Hubert, E. Ziemons, Talanta 116 (2013) 899-905. [4] C. De Bleye, P.-Y. Sacré, E. Dumont, L. Netchacovitch, P.-F. Chavez, G. Piel, P. Lebrun, Ph. Hubert, E. Ziemons, J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. (in Press) [less ▲]

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See detailAt which level of vitamin D should we aim?
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2014, January 18)

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See detailSharing the Civic Sacrifice: Between Honorific Portions and Equal Division
Carbon, Jan-Mathieu ULg; Paul, Stéphanie ULg

Conference (2014, January 18)

The granting of a sacrificial portion, much like dinner in the prytaneion (sitesis, deipnon), is one of the major benefits bestowed to recipients of Greek honorific and proxeny decrees, across all regions ... [more ▼]

The granting of a sacrificial portion, much like dinner in the prytaneion (sitesis, deipnon), is one of the major benefits bestowed to recipients of Greek honorific and proxeny decrees, across all regions and periods. Yet the highlighting of an individual over and above his peers runs to some extent counter to his inclusion into a citizenship or another form of civic parity. Various inscriptions attest to this sort of tension, which can in fact be viewed as representative of the dialectic between hierarchy and equality that is characteristic of Greek sacrifice: between gods and priests, for instance, or between priests and other worshippers. These relationships were articulated in all manner of sacrifices and civic feasts, from the offering of a divine portion on the altar or cult-table, to the attribution of priestly and honorific portions of meat which were anatomically related to this divine portion, and finally to the distribution of the remaining meat among the other participants (cp. Ekroth). Several important questions can be raised concerning honorific decrees and similar epigraphic materials: Why was a specific portion sometimes, albeit not usually, granted to honoured individuals in these texts? What did the difference between a generic portion or a priestly portion (a leg, an osphys, etc.) entail concerning the status of these honourees? Did it reflect only a local custom or rather a specific intention by the polis in recognising these individuals? And what were the practical and the conceptual differences between direct participation in a civic feast (such as a demothoinia, the civic banquet par excellence) and the sending (apostellein) of perquisites to honoured individuals absent from the feast? In the end, could a distribution of meat (dais, kreanomia) ever be truly "equal", regardless of what a polis might affirm to the contrary? This paper will explore these questions in a more systematic light than has been shed on them up to the present (Schmitt Pantel, Jacquemin). One of the implications will be a partial reconsideration of the prevalent notion of "equal" division (isomoiria) with regard to Greek sacrificial animals. Despite a rhetorical emphasis on commensality and equal sharing, some individuals in the polis were necessarily "more equal than others". In certain cases, the issue was simply the inclusion of a given honouree within the sacrificial community, while in others, the prerogatives at a feast were used to indicate a special status. From a realistic perspective, one can clearly see that the dialectical tension between sacrificial hierarchy and equality was a tool, which was expressed by the varying forms of commensality in civic feasts, and which could be moulded by the polis to suit its needs. [less ▲]

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See detailExamens Certificatifs Multimedia - Etude de cas et premier bilan dans le cadre d’un cours de travaux pratiques d’Anatomie
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Schaffer, Patrick ULg; Lecomte, Béatrice ULg et al

Conference (2014, January 17)

L’évaluation assistée par ordinateur se présente, sous ses multiples formes, comme un domaine important d’innovation technique et pédagogique (Winkley, 2010). Ses avantages par rapport aux méthodes ... [more ▼]

L’évaluation assistée par ordinateur se présente, sous ses multiples formes, comme un domaine important d’innovation technique et pédagogique (Winkley, 2010). Ses avantages par rapport aux méthodes traditionnelles ont été bien synthétisés (Boyle, & Hutchison, 2009) et les institutions d’enseignement supérieur s’interrogent sur les façons concrètes de matérialiser ceux-ci aux bénéfices de leurs enseignants et étudiants (JISC, 2007). A l’Université de Liège, les travaux pratiques d’Anatomie en Faculté de Médecine ont tout récemment donné lieu à une réflexion de ce type. Elle s’est soldée par la mise en place d’un nouveau dispositif d’examen. Cette innovation prend place dans le cadre d’un remaniement fondamental du cours, qui trouve son origine dans une augmentation significative du nombre d'étudiants et dans une volonté des enseignants de faire évoluer leurs méthodes pédagogiques. Un point majeur de la réforme a consisté à mettre à disposition des étudiants des ressources numériques inédites (images de scanners, de coupes, de bocaux digitalisés ou vidéos de dissection) et d’intégrer celles-ci à un parcours de formation revisité tant sur le plan des séances en présentiel que des possibilités de travail en autonomie. Ces changements ont entrainé la mise en oeuvre d’un dispositif d’examen sur écrans, conçu pour garantir la cohérence entre la manière d'évaluer, les méthodes d’apprentissage, les ressources manipulées et les objectifs revisités. La communication présentera les aspects techniques et pédagogiques de la nouvelle modalité d’examen, la situera dans le contexte général des travaux pratiques d’anatomie et suggèrera des pistes d’amélioration possibles, en s’appuyant notamment sur le feedback collecté, via un questionnaire, auprès des étudiants. [less ▲]

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See detailDendrochronological analysis of large tropical trees: a new approach combining photogrammetry, image processing and GIS tools
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg et al

Conference (2014, January 17)

Tree-ring analysis of tropical trees is especially time-consuming for the largest trees. Because of large dimensions and irregular shapes, the tree-ring measurements are generally achieved (semi-)manually ... [more ▼]

Tree-ring analysis of tropical trees is especially time-consuming for the largest trees. Because of large dimensions and irregular shapes, the tree-ring measurements are generally achieved (semi-)manually directly from wood samples. The aim of this study is to present a new approach of tree-ring measurements combining photogrammetry, image processing and GIS tools that is appropriate for very large wood samples. Disks are sawed from felled trees above buttress. Small diameters holes are drilled to the disk surface to be later used as control points. Images are taken with an off-the-shelf camera and assembled with PhotoScan in order to produce an orthoimage of the green disk surface. After drying, disks are sanded (grain 80-400) and scanned with a flatbed scanner (A3 size) at high resolution (1200-2400 dpi). The scans are then mosaicked together with Autopano into one single image. Based on the control points of the green orthoimage, the ‘dry’ image is georeferenced and rectified. Using a GIS environment, tree-rings are delimited and ring widths and/or areas measured. Disks are entirely digitalized into high resolution images (0.02-0.04mm per pixel) offering a wide range of analysis possibilities. The image-based procedure reduces cost of disk handling and transportation, facilitates data processing and transfer and, is adaptable to any type of wood samples. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychogériatrie : à la croisée entre gériatrie et psychiatrie
Adam, Stéphane ULg; Schuerch, Mike ULg; PETERMANS, Jean ULg

Conference (2014, January 16)

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See detailEvaluation of pitch accuracy: from occasional to operatic singers
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Nowak, Marion; Roig-Sanchis, Virginie et al

Conference (2014, January 15)

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See detailBio-sourced compound to modulate innate immunity
Hamaïdia, Malik ULg

Conference (2014, January 10)

Présentation powerpoint meeting Axe 4 Agriculture Is life

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See detailDes répertoires en dialogue. Gemmes et monnaies à types isiaques
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Conference (2014, January 10)

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See detailCritique et clinique, de la psychanalyse existentielle à la schizo-analyse
Soskin, Jonathan ULg

Conference (2014, January 10)

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See detailCritique et modernité
Filipucci, Alexis ULg; Pieron, Julien ULg

Conference (2014, January 09)

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See detailOn the Vedic Yajamâna-
Swennen, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, January 07)

When he is consecrated, the Vedic Yajamâna symbolically becomes an embryo because he originally had the become a new Mârtânda in order to conquer the same divine status obtained by Vivasvant thanks to the ... [more ▼]

When he is consecrated, the Vedic Yajamâna symbolically becomes an embryo because he originally had the become a new Mârtânda in order to conquer the same divine status obtained by Vivasvant thanks to the realization of the first sacrifice. [less ▲]

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See detailRain-operated Foliar Disease Transmission
Gilet, Tristan ULg; Bourouiba, Lydia

Conference (2014, January 07)

Plant diseases are a major cause of crop loss worldwide. They are known to be triggered by rainfalls. We here combine high-speed visualizations and physical modelling to elucidate the causal link between ... [more ▼]

Plant diseases are a major cause of crop loss worldwide. They are known to be triggered by rainfalls. We here combine high-speed visualizations and physical modelling to elucidate the causal link between rain impact on foliage and pathogen spreading. We identify two dominant scenarios by which the pathogens get ejected from leaves. The leaf compliance is shown to strongly affect these mechanisms. The laws of fluid dynamics set tight limits on this epidemiological problem. They suggest a revision of the current agricultural practices in order to contain the spread of foliar diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailQuadratic reformulations of nonlinear binary optimization problems
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2014, January 06)

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See detailCardiac malformations in neonates born from mothers with gestational diabetes
Antole, Nathalie; Jacquemart, Caroline; GKIOUGKI, Evangelia ULg et al

Conference (2014, January)

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