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See detailThe Call for project proposals « Let’s live my village »: between free interpretations and compulsory readings regarding innovation and convivial village ambiance in Wallonia.
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Les campagnes: espaces d'innovation dans un monde urbain (2014, June)

The paper scrutinizes 186 rural development projects selected on the short list of the first and second “Lets’ live my village!” calls. It examines trends concerning rural community life and the identity ... [more ▼]

The paper scrutinizes 186 rural development projects selected on the short list of the first and second “Lets’ live my village!” calls. It examines trends concerning rural community life and the identity of the leaders/brokers. It pays attention to the way that associations define rurality. Question 14 of the application form « Does your association act in rural areas? Explain” is the main source of information for content analysis and contingency tables [less ▲]

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See detailDouble Sweep Preconditioners for propagation problems solved by Optimized Schwarz Methods
Vion, Alexandre ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced COmputational Methods in ENgineering, ACOMEN 2014 (2014, June)

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See detailSimple connectome inference from partial correlation statistics in calcium imaging
Sutera, Antonio ULg; Joly, Arnaud ULg; François-Lavet, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of Connectomics 2014 (ECML 2014) (2014, June)

In this work, we propose a simple yet effective solution to the problem of connectome inference in calcium imaging data. The proposed algorithm consists of two steps. First, processing the raw signals to ... [more ▼]

In this work, we propose a simple yet effective solution to the problem of connectome inference in calcium imaging data. The proposed algorithm consists of two steps. First, processing the raw signals to detect neural peak activities. Second, inferring the degree of association between neurons from partial correlation statistics. This paper summarises the methodology that led us to win the Connectomics Challenge, proposes a simplified version of our method, and finally compares our results with respect to other inference methods. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des changements de circulation au-dessus de l'océan Austral en été
Belleflamme, Alexandre ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Camberlin, Pierre; Richard, Yves (Eds.) Actes du XXVIIème colloque de l'Association de Climatologie - Climat : système & interactions (2014, June)

Over the five last decades, the reanalyses (ERA and NCEP/NCAR) show a strengthening of the pressure gradient between the southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclone belt and the southern circumpolar lows ... [more ▼]

Over the five last decades, the reanalyses (ERA and NCEP/NCAR) show a strengthening of the pressure gradient between the southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclone belt and the southern circumpolar lows during summer. With the help of an automatic circulation type classification, we show that the strengthening of the pressure gradient is generalised to all circulation types and, paradoxically, it does not cause circulation changes. It is probably implied by the strengthening of the temperature gradient between the tropics and the South Pole, without consequences on the general circulation. Our classification also allows a successful comparison between the two reanalyses in a region where the observation data are rare. [less ▲]

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See detailLe B.I.M et la maquette virtuelle comme moyen pédagogique permettant le rapprochement entre les cours d'informatique et l'enseignement du projet d'architecture
Boutemadja, Abdelkader ULg; Driesmans, Carine ULg; Jancart, Sylvie ULg

in Kubicki, Sylvain; Halin, Gilles; Bignon, Jean-Claude (Eds.) Scan 14 sémainaire de conception architecturale numérique : Interaction(s) des maquettes numériques (2014, June)

In the context of this paper, we pose the question of the conditions of possible link between computer courses and design projet. The integration of schools of architecture at universities is an ... [more ▼]

In the context of this paper, we pose the question of the conditions of possible link between computer courses and design projet. The integration of schools of architecture at universities is an opportunity to focus in the experiments made in this direction and to propose to implement the terms of this rapprochement. For us, it is important that this approach lies in the Bachelor years in a common core for all students. [less ▲]

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See detailBayes Adaptive Reinforcement Learning versus Off-line Prior-based Policy Search: an Empirical Comparison
Castronovo, Michaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg

in Proceedings of the 23rd annual machine learning conference of Belgium and the Netherlands (BENELEARN 2014) (2014, June)

This paper addresses the problem of decision making in unknown finite Markov decision processes (MDPs). The uncertainty about the MDPs is modeled using a prior distribution over a set of candidate MDPs ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of decision making in unknown finite Markov decision processes (MDPs). The uncertainty about the MDPs is modeled using a prior distribution over a set of candidate MDPs. The performance criterion is the expected sum of discounted rewards collected over an infinite length trajectory. Time constraints are defined as follows: (i) an off-line phase with a given time budget can be used to exploit the prior distribution and (ii) at every time step of the on-line phase, decisions have to be computed within a given time budget. In this setting, we compare two decision-making strategies: OPPS, a recently proposed meta-learning scheme which mainly exploits the off-line phase to perform policy search and BAMCP, a state-of-the-art model-based Bayesian reinforcement learning algorithm, which mainly exploits the on-line time budget. We empirically compare these approaches in a real Bayesian setting by computing their performances over a large set of problems. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that this is done in the reinforcement learning literature. Several settings are considered by varying the prior distribution and the distribution from which test problems are drawn. The main finding of these experiments is that there may be a significant benefit of having an off-line prior-based optimization phase in the case of informative and accurate priors, especially when on-line time constraints are tight. [less ▲]

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See detailWind Tunnel Testing of a VTOL MAV Propeller in Tilted Operating Mode
Theys, Bart; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Andrianne, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS 2014) (2014, May 30)

This paper presents experimental results of the full 3-axis force vector and 3-axis moment vector acting on a propeller, commonly used for a Vertical Take Off and Landing Micro Aerial Vehicle (VTOL MAV ... [more ▼]

This paper presents experimental results of the full 3-axis force vector and 3-axis moment vector acting on a propeller, commonly used for a Vertical Take Off and Landing Micro Aerial Vehicle (VTOL MAV). Measurements were carried out in a wind tunnel using a high resolution 6-axis force/moment sensor embedded in a customized test rig at several wind speeds, propeller rotational speeds and angles of the propeller shaft with respect to the air stream. Results show strong moments acting on the propeller in forward flight and unstable conditions in descending flight. Power calculations reveal a decrease in power consumption during slow forward flight and how motor efficiency can be maximized. [less ▲]

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See detailAvantages et inconvénients de l'expatriation
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Goemans, Adeline; Delagrange, Alexia et al

in Semaine du management (Ed.) Proceedings - semaine du management (2014, May 22)

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See detailLe conseiller techno-pédagogique, amplificateur du développement professionnel des enseignants ?
Van de Poël, Jean-François ULg; Lecomte, Béatrice ULg; Schaffer, Patrick ULg et al

in Actes du 28ème Congrès de l'Association internationale de pédagogie universitaire (2014, May 20)

La communication présentera trois parcours d’enseignants différents accompagnés par l’IFRES dans la mise en oeuvre d’activités destinées à leurs étudiants de 1er BAC suite à une série de constats liés aux ... [more ▼]

La communication présentera trois parcours d’enseignants différents accompagnés par l’IFRES dans la mise en oeuvre d’activités destinées à leurs étudiants de 1er BAC suite à une série de constats liés aux difficultés rencontrées notamment en matière d’hétérogénéité du public et en matière de taux d’échec important constaté. Les parcours réflexifs et les activités mises en place qui en ont découlé seront analysés au regard des dimensions présentées dans le TPACK. Cette réflexion sera réalisée suite à une prise de données qualitatives auprès des trois enseignants concernés. « Enseigner est un processus complexe qui requiert de la part de l’enseignant des compétences multiples » (Koelher& Mishra, 2006, p.1017-1018, Eberly Center, 2012) et issues de plusieurs domaines (Glaser, 1984, Schulmann 1986, 1987, cités par Koelher& Mishra, 2006, p.61). Intégrer les technologies dans son enseignement complexifie encore plus la tâche pour l’enseignant. Afin de mieux représenter les relations qui existent entre les différents types de connaissances requises pour enseigner, Koelher& Mishra (2006, p. 62-67) ont développé le modèle TPACK (« Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge ») sur la base du modèle du « Pedagogical Content Knowledge » de Schulman (1987, P. 8-10) auquel ils ont ajouté une dimension technologique qui interagit avec les composantes déjà présentes dans le modèle initial. Au confluent de l’enseignement et de la recherche, le conseiller techno-pédagogique est amené à accompagner les enseignants de son institution dans leurs « réflexions professionnelles » (Paquay, 1996, Perrenoud, 1998, Bass, 1999, Mc Kinney, 2004) ainsi que dans la mise en place d’activités d’enseignement dont la conception fait appel à un grand nombre de dimensions. Dans ce contexte d’accompagnement, le CTP représente donc une véritable interface entre l’enseignant et son questionnement et ce que la recherche en technologies éducatives et en pédagogie universitaire nous apprend. La communication s’interrogera donc également sur la contribution du conseiller technopédagogique (par ses attitudes, ses postures, etc.) à une accentuation, un renforcement de la dimension « recherche innovation » dans la professionnalisation des enseignants qu’il est amené à accompagner. [less ▲]

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See detailMédecine & sport de haut niveau
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

in Sport et Médecine : droit au but (2014, May 15)

L’engouement pour les activités sportives demeure croissant auprès du grand public grâce à toute une série d’activités sportives novatrices (Zumba, Kaerobic, etc…) et de programmes de remise en forme ... [more ▼]

L’engouement pour les activités sportives demeure croissant auprès du grand public grâce à toute une série d’activités sportives novatrices (Zumba, Kaerobic, etc…) et de programmes de remise en forme (« Je cours pour ma forme », etc…), bénéfiques pour la santé. Cependant, les sportifs de haut niveau, professionnels ou non, valides ou handicapés, représentant l’excellence sportive, reconnus par le code et la charte du sport de haut niveau, ne représentent qu’une infime partie de la totalité des sportifs. Le sport de haut niveau repose sur des critères bien établis: la reconnaissance du caractère de haut niveau des disciplines sportives ; les compétitions de références (jeux olympiques, championnats d’Europe et du Monde…) ; la liste des sportifs de haut niveau ; les filières d’accès au sport de haut niveau. Les sportifs pratiquant au meilleur niveau bénéficient généralement de prédispositions physiques, adéquates au sport pratiqué. Cependant, sans entrainement spécifique (au sport pratiqué), ils ne pourraient pas atteindre ce niveau. Le médecin, travaillant dans l’ombre de ces sportifs, est là pour veiller sur leur santé, développer des stratégies de prévention lésionnelle et les soigner en cas de nécessité. Même s’il a la possibilité de superviser médicalement les compétitions sportives « en première loge », il est également souvent sous la pression arbitrale, des médias, des coaches, des présidents, des sportifs eux-mêmes… Au cours de sa carrière, le sportif risque de se blesser plus ou moins gravement, et se voit obligé de quitter la compétition pour laquelle il s’est préparé durant de nombreuses semaines voire des mois ou des années… Dans ce cas, il sera pris en charge par toute une équipe (kiné, chirurgien, préparateur physique, psychologue…) travaillant en synergie afin de le rétablir au plus vite et de retrouver son plus haut niveau. Avant le retour en compétition, une réathlétisation demeure indispensable. Celle-ci correspond à la reprise d’activité physique, comprenant : toute la phase de réadaptation à l’exercice la phase de transition entre les soins et la reprise de l’entraînement. Il s’agit d’un processus nécessaire à la prévention des blessures et à l’adaptation de l’organisme à un programme d’entraînement poussé. Cependant, il se peut que cette période de l’entraînement soit négligée en raison d’un manque de temps en vue d’un objectif trop proche, majorant le risque de récidive ou de nouvelle blessure. Le sportif de haut niveau se doit de garder une hygiène de vie parfaite, en ayant une alimentation équilibrée, et dénuée de toxique (alcool, drogue…) et en respectant des périodes de repos nécessaires entre les différentes phases d’activité physique. De plus, afin d’améliorer ses performances sportives, la préparation physique (endurance, résistance, force musculaire, souplesse…) et l’entrainement spécifique à chaque sport (technique, tactique, adresse et précision…) demeurent indispensables. Dès lors, la tentation de les améliorer artificiellement existe. En effet, le dopage consiste à absorber des substances ou à utiliser des actes médicaux afin d’augmenter artificiellement ses capacités physiques et/ou mentales. Or, l’utilisation de tout médicament devrait être limitée à des indications médicalement justifiées. Le code mondial anti-dopage est régit par l’Agence Mondiale Antidopage (AMA / WADA ; www.wada-ama.org ou www.dopage.be) et la liste des produits dopants est revue chaque année. [less ▲]

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See detailConcept et agencement de la lutte contre la "fraude sociale"
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Vermeulen, Geert; Masset, Adrien; Flore, Daniel (Eds.) Comment s'en prendre à la fraude sociale, l'exploitation au travail et la traite des êtres humains : défis et solutions aux niveaux national et européen (2014, May 11)

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See detailProjet de recherche appliquée SpatioData : Spécification d’un système participatif pour la réutilisation de données sporadiques sur le bâtiment
Ben Rajeb, Samia ULg; Delfosse, Vincent ULg; Boulanger, Christelle ULg et al

in Proceedings du colloque 01'Design 9 (2014, May 09)

Cet article présente un projet de recherche nommé SpatioData qui a duré trois ans et dont l’objectif visait l’exploitation de nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) pour ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente un projet de recherche nommé SpatioData qui a duré trois ans et dont l’objectif visait l’exploitation de nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) pour proposer un outil innovant permettant la réutilisation d’informations liées au bâtiment. Nous montrerons, au travers d’enquêtes et d’interviews, l’importance de faciliter l’accès aux données rattachées à l’historique du bâtiment via un système innovant et intuitif qui permettra à tous les acteurs du secteur de la construction et de la gestion immobilière de trouver et de partager des informations utiles, c’est-à-dire des données spécialisées, contextualisées et spatialisées, en temps réel. Nous listerons des recommandations afin que ces données, qui auraient été perdues ou jetées, puissent être automatiquement mises en relation avec le lieu de l’intervention (géoréférencement) et le type d’intervenant (utilisateur) permettant ainsi de compléter une base de données spatialisées basée sur un modèle de bâtiment spécifique. [less ▲]

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See detailInspired bio- nanobiomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery systems
Grandfils, Christian ULg

in Vth International Workshop on "NANOPARTICLES, COATINGS AND MICROCONTAINERS: TECHNOLOGY, PROPERTIES, APPLICATIONS" Conference Materials (2014, May 09)

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See detailNumerical Simulation of a Conical Shape Made by Single Point Incremental Forming
Velosa De Sena, José ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

in Incremental sheet forming (2014, May 08)

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See detailEstimating the revenues of a hydrogen-based high-capacity storage device: methodology and results
François-Lavet, Vincent ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

in Proceedings des 9èmes Journée Francophones de Planification, Décision et Apprentissage (2014, May)

This paper proposes a methodology to estimate the maximum revenue that can be generated by a company that operates a high-capacity storage device to buy or sell electricity on the day-ahead electricity ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a methodology to estimate the maximum revenue that can be generated by a company that operates a high-capacity storage device to buy or sell electricity on the day-ahead electricity market. The methodology exploits the Dynamic Programming (DP) principle and is specified for hydrogen-based storage devices that use electrolysis to produce hydrogen and fuel cells to generate electricity from hydrogen. Experimental results are generated using historical data of energy prices on the Belgian market. They show how the storage capacity and other parameters of the storage device influence the optimal revenue. The main conclusion drawn from the experiments is that it may be interesting to invest in large storage tanks to exploit the inter-seasonal price fluctuations of electricity. [less ▲]

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See detailA hybrid human-computer approach for large-scale image-based measurements using web services and machine learning
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Rollus, Loïc ULg; Stevens, Benjamin ULg et al

in Proceedings IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (2014, May)

We present a novel methodology combining web-based software development practices, machine learning, and spatial databases for computer-aided quantification of regions of interest (ROIs) in large-scale ... [more ▼]

We present a novel methodology combining web-based software development practices, machine learning, and spatial databases for computer-aided quantification of regions of interest (ROIs) in large-scale imaging data. We describe our main methodological choices, and then illustrate the benefits of the approach (workload reduction, improved precision, scalability, and traceability) on hundreds of whole-slide images of biological tissue slices in cancer research. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a reliable processing pipeline for the non-intrusive measurement of feet trajectories with lasers
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Azrour, Samir ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2014, May)

Reliable measurements of feet trajectories are needed in some applications, such as biomedical applications. This paper describes the data processing pipeline used in GAIMS, which is a non-intrusive ... [more ▼]

Reliable measurements of feet trajectories are needed in some applications, such as biomedical applications. This paper describes the data processing pipeline used in GAIMS, which is a non-intrusive system that measures feet trajectories based on multiple range laser scanners. Our processing pipeline relies on a new tracking paradigm, and it is based on two innovative algorithms: the first algorithm localizes the feet directly from the observed point cloud without any clustering, and the other algorithm identifies the feet. After reviewing the various types of noise affecting the point cloud, this paper explains the limitations of the classical processing approach and gives an overview of our new pipeline. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is established by discussing the results that have been obtained in several studies based on GAIMS. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement in non-linear guitar loudspeaker sound reproduction
Schmitz, Thomas ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in International Conference on Systems, Signals and Image Processing (2014, May)

This paper proposes a study of the accuracy of a guitar amplifier loudspeaker simulation. The simulation is based on a non-linear convolution of a signal using Volterra kernels, which are measured in ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a study of the accuracy of a guitar amplifier loudspeaker simulation. The simulation is based on a non-linear convolution of a signal using Volterra kernels, which are measured in anechoic conditions with a sine-sweep technique. In this paper, we propose an evaluation of the method to minimise the cost in CPU load, while keeping the best performance in the sound reproduction. To assess the performance of the method, we measure errors between the simulated and real sounds. Human listening tests are moreover proposed in order to determine the minimum level of accuracy leading to unaudible differences with the real loudspeaker.. [less ▲]

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See detailApprentissage par renforcement bayésien versus recherche directe de politique hors-ligne en utilisant une distribution a priori: comparaison empirique
Castronovo, Michaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg

in Proceedings des 9èmes Journée Francophones de Planification, Décision et Apprentissage (2014, May)

Cet article aborde le problème de prise de décision séquentielle dans des processus de déci- sion de Markov (MDPs) finis et inconnus. L’absence de connaissance sur le MDP est modélisée sous la forme ... [more ▼]

Cet article aborde le problème de prise de décision séquentielle dans des processus de déci- sion de Markov (MDPs) finis et inconnus. L’absence de connaissance sur le MDP est modélisée sous la forme d’une distribution de probabilité sur un ensemble de MDPs candidats connue a priori. Le cri- tère de performance utilisé est l’espérance de la somme des récompenses actualisées sur une trajectoire infinie. En parallèle du critère d’optimalité, les contraintes liées au temps de calcul sont formalisées rigoureusement. Tout d’abord, une phase « hors-ligne » précédant l’interaction avec le MDP inconnu offre à l’agent la possibilité d’exploiter la distribution a priori pendant un temps limité. Ensuite, durant la phase d’interaction avec le MDP, à chaque pas de temps, l’agent doit prendre une décision dans un laps de temps contraint déterminé. Dans ce contexte, nous comparons deux stratégies de prise de déci- sion : OPPS, une approche récente exploitant essentiellement la phase hors-ligne pour sélectionner une politique dans un ensemble de politiques candidates et BAMCP, une approche récente de planification en-ligne bayésienne. Nous comparons empiriquement ces approches dans un contexte bayésien, en ce sens que nous évaluons leurs performances sur un large ensemble de problèmes tirés selon une distribution de test. A notre connaissance, il s’agit des premiers tests expérimentaux de ce type en apprentissage par renforcement. Nous étudions plusieurs cas de figure en considérant diverses distributions pouvant être utilisées aussi bien en tant que distribution a priori qu’en tant que distribution de test. Les résultats obtenus suggèrent qu’exploiter une distribution a priori durant une phase d’optimisation hors-ligne est un avantage non- négligeable pour des distributions a priori précises et/ou contraintes à de petits budgets temps en-ligne. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor alpha in pituitary tumours
Rotondi, S; Modarelli, A; Rostomyan, Liliya ULg et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2014, May)

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See detailPerformances of low-level audio classifiers for large-scale music similarity
Osmalsky, Julien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in International Conference on Systems, Signals and Image Processing (2014, May)

This paper proposes a survey of the performances of binary classifiers based on low-level audio features, for music similarity in large-scale databases. Various low-level descriptors are used individually ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a survey of the performances of binary classifiers based on low-level audio features, for music similarity in large-scale databases. Various low-level descriptors are used individually and then combined using several fusion schemes in a content-based audio retrieval system. We show the performances of the classifiers in terms of pruning and loss and we demonstrate that some combination schemes achieve a better performance at a minimum computational cost. [less ▲]

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See detailToggling a genetic switch using reinforcement learning
Sootla, Aivar; Strelkowa, Natalja; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th French Meeting on Planning, Decision Making and Learning (2014, May)

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q iteration. This algorithm infers the control law directly from the measurements of the system’s response to external control inputs without the use of a mathematical model of the system. The measurement data set can either be collected from wet-lab experiments or artificially created by computer simulations of dynamical models of the system. The algorithm is applicable to a wide range of biological systems due to its ability to deal with nonlinear and stochastic system dynamics. To illustrate the application of the algorithm to a gene regulatory network, the regulation of the toggle switch system is considered. The control objective of this problem is to drive the concentrations of two specific proteins to a target region in the state space. [less ▲]

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See detailTest equipments for characterizing the behavior of materials, bearings and dynamic seals in cryogenic fluid environments
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg; Servais, Christophe ULg; Duquenne, Marc ULg et al

in Space Propulsion 2014 (2014, May)

Test rigs available at the cryogenic test site of the University of Liège concern quite delicate high rotational speed components of cryogenic rocket engines. That is to say bearings and dynamic seals ... [more ▼]

Test rigs available at the cryogenic test site of the University of Liège concern quite delicate high rotational speed components of cryogenic rocket engines. That is to say bearings and dynamic seals. These rigs gave successfully important results for the understanding and the improvement of the running of the so called components. Until now the test zone is equipped for handling liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen. [less ▲]

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See detailToggling a genetic switch using reinforcement learning
Sootla, Aivar; Strelkowa, Natalja; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th French Meeting on Planning, Decision Making and Learning (2014, May)

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q iteration. This algorithm infers the control law directly from the measurements of the system’s response to external control inputs without the use of a mathematical model of the system. The measurement data set can either be collected from wet-lab experiments or artificially created by computer simulations of dynamical models of the system. The algorithm is applicable to a wide range of biological systems due to its ability to deal with nonlinear and stochastic system dynamics. To illustrate the application of the algorithm to a gene regulatory network, the regulation of the toggle switch system is considered. The control objective of this problem is to drive the concentrations of two specific proteins to a target region in the state space. [less ▲]

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See detailEviter la tour d'ivoire, éviter les allées du pouvoir
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Delchambre, Jean-Pierre (Ed.) Le sociologue comme médiateur ? Accords, désaccords et malentendus (2014, May)

L'article s'interroge sur la nature de l'expertise en sciences sociales. En partant de la définition de l'expertise en général par Philippe Roqueplo, on défend que la sociologie ne peut prétendre à une ... [more ▼]

L'article s'interroge sur la nature de l'expertise en sciences sociales. En partant de la définition de l'expertise en général par Philippe Roqueplo, on défend que la sociologie ne peut prétendre à une connaissance scientifique que dans le cadre des questions qu'elle pose elle-même en tant que discipline. Cela ne la dispense pas de répondre aux questions que se pose la société et, en particulier, les pouvoirs publics, mais les réponses n'ont pas le statut de réponses scientifiques. [less ▲]

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See detailEulerian Formulation of the Torque and Drag Problem
Huynen, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent; van de Wouw, Nathan (Eds.) Third International Colloquium on Nonlinear Dynamics and Control of Deep Drilling Systems (2014, May)

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Gemine, Quentin ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg

in Proceedings des 9èmes Journées Francophones de Planification, Décision et Apprentissage (2014, May)

Afin d’opérer un réseau de distribution d’électricité de manière fiable et efficace, c’est-à-dire de respecter les contraintes physiques tout en évitant des coûts de renforcement prohibitifs, il devient ... [more ▼]

Afin d’opérer un réseau de distribution d’électricité de manière fiable et efficace, c’est-à-dire de respecter les contraintes physiques tout en évitant des coûts de renforcement prohibitifs, il devient nécessaire de recourir à des stratégies de gestion active du réseau. Ces stratégies, rendues nécessaires notamment par l’essor de la production distribuée, reposent sur des politiques de contrôle à court-terme du niveau de puissance des dispositifs producteurs ou consommateurs d’électricité. Alors qu’une solution simple consisterait à moduler à la baisse la production des générateurs, il paraît néan- moins plus intéressant de déplacer la consommation aux moments adéquats afin d’exploiter au mieux les sources d’énergie renouvelables sur lesquelles reposent généralement ces générateurs. Un tel moyen de contrôle introduit néanmoins un couplage temporel au problème, menant à un problème d’optimisation non-linéaire, séquentiel sous incertitude et à variables mixtes. Afin de favoriser la recherche dans ce domaine très complexe, nous proposons une formalisation générique du problème de ges- tion active d’un réseau de distribution moyenne tension (MT). Plus spécifiquement, cette formalisa- tion se présente sous la forme d’un processus de décision markovien. Dans cette article, nous pré- sentons également une spécification de ce modèle décisionnel à un réseau de 75 noeuds et pour un ensemble de services de modulation donnés. L’instance de test qui en résulte est disponible à l’adresse http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~anm/ et a pour objectif de mesurer et de comparer les performances des techniques de résolution qui seront développées. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal tracer tests for characterizing a shallow alluvial aquifer
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Klepikova, Maria ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014, April 28)

Using heat as an active tracer in different types of aquifers is a topic of increasing interest [e.g. Vandenbohede et al.; 2008, Wagner et al., 2013; Read et al., 2013]. In this study, we investigate the ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer in different types of aquifers is a topic of increasing interest [e.g. Vandenbohede et al.; 2008, Wagner et al., 2013; Read et al., 2013]. In this study, we investigate the potential interest of coupling heat and solute tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the recovery well and in nine monitoring wells located according to three transects with regards to the main groundwater flow direction. The breakthrough curves measured in the recovery well showed that heat transfer in the alluvial aquifer is slower and more dispersive than solute transport. Recovery is very low for heat while in the same time it is measured as relatively high for the solute tracer. This is due to the fact that heat diffusion is larger than molecular diffusion, implying that exchange between groundwater and the porous medium matrix is far more significant for heat than for solute tracers. Temperature and concentrations in the recovery well are then used for estimating the specific heat capacity with the energy balance approach and the estimated value is found to be consistent with those found in the literature. Temperature breakthrough curves in other piezometers are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. By means of a numerical heat transport model, we provide a preliminary interpretation of these temperature breakthrough curves. Furthermore, these data could be included in the calibration of a complex heat transfer model for estimating the entire set of heat transfer parameters and their spatial distribution by inverse modeling. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of multiple-point geostatistics on modelling pumping tests and tracer tests in heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures
Huysmans, Marijke; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014, April 28)

In heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures, analysis of pumping and tracer tests is often problematic. Standard interpretation methods do not account for heterogeneity or simulate ... [more ▼]

In heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures, analysis of pumping and tracer tests is often problematic. Standard interpretation methods do not account for heterogeneity or simulate this heterogeneity introducing empirical zonation of the calibrated parameters or using variogram-based geostatistical techniques that are often not able to describe realistic heterogeneity in complex geological environments where e.g. sedimentary structures, multi-facies deposits, structures with large connectivity or curvi-linear structures can be present. Multiple-point geostatistics aims to overcome the limitations of the variogram and can be applied in different research domains to simulate heterogeneity in complex environments. In this project, multiple-point geostatistics is applied to the interpretation of pumping tests and a tracer test in an actual case of a sandy heterogeneous aquifer. This study allows to deduce the main advantages and disadvantages of this technique compared to variogram-based techniques for interpretation of pumping tests and tracer tests. A pumping test and a tracer test were performed in the same sandbar deposit consisting of cross-bedded units composed of materials with different grain sizes and hydraulic conductivities. The pumping test and the tracer test are analyzed with a local 3D groundwater model in which fine-scale sedimentary heterogeneity is modelled using multiple-point geostatistics. To reduce CPU and RAM requirements of the multiple-point geostatistical simulation steps, edge properties indicating the presence of irregularly-shaped surfaces are directly simulated. Results show that for the pumping test as well as for the tracer test, incorporating heterogeneity results in a better fit between observed and calculated drawdowns/concentrations. The improvement of the fit is however not as large as expected. In this paper, the reasons for these somewhat unsatisfactory results are explored and recommendations for future applications of multiple-point geostatistics on pumping tests and tracer tests are formulated. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrofossils’ diversity from the Proterozoic Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania
Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Houzay, Jean-Pierre et al

in European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014 Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 02 May 2014 (abstract book) (2014, April 27)

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See detailMachine learning techniques to assess the performance of a gait analysis system
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Phan-Ba, Rémy; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning (ESANN) (2014, April 24)

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with multiple sclerosis. We show how we have established, with the help of machine learning, four important properties about this system: (1) an automated analysis of gait characteristics provides an improved analysis with respect to that of a human expert, (2) after learning, the gait characteristics provided by this system are valuable compared to measures taken by stopwatches, as used in the standardized tests, (3) the motion of the lower limbs extremities contains a lot of useful information about the gait, even if it is only a small part of the body motion, (4) a measurement system combined with a machine learning tool is sensitive to intra-subject modifications of the walking pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailPredicting Grain Protein Content of Winter Wheat
Mansouri, Majdi ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in ESANN 2014 Proceedings (2014, April 24)

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See detailLa Belgique, un pays complexe
Hermans, Michel ULg

in Perdigon, Marie-France (Ed.) Actes des VIIème entretiens sur l'identité européenne (2014, April 19)

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See detailAtrial Natriuretic Peptide in cardiac horses
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Al-Haidar, Ali; Remy, Benoît ULg et al

in Voorjaarsdagen Proceedings (2014, April 17)

Background: Natriuretic peptides are cardiac biomarkers that have been shown to have high potential for diagnosis, prognosis, and guidance of treatment in human and small animal cardiology. However, their ... [more ▼]

Background: Natriuretic peptides are cardiac biomarkers that have been shown to have high potential for diagnosis, prognosis, and guidance of treatment in human and small animal cardiology. However, their diagnostic and prognosis value in the equine species has only been studied in a limited number of cases. Objective: To investigate the plasma atrial natriuretic peptide concentration (ANPPl) in a large group of horses with various degrees of valvular regurgitation (VR) and heart failure (HF). Animals: Ninety-one horses, admitted at the equine teaching hospital of the University of Liege, and with no, mild, moderate or severe VR and presenting various stages of HF, according to human and canine grading system (A: no VR, B1: asymptomatic VR without cardiac remodelling, B2: asymptomatic VR with cardiac remodelling, C: symptomatic VR). Methods: All horses underwent clinical and Doppler echocardiographic examination, which allowed determining the presence, nature, and severity of VR, and the HF stage. The ANPPl was measured using a commercially available human RIA test. The mean values of body weight, age, ANPPl and each echocardiographic parameter were compared between horses in stage A, B1, B2 or C of HF and between horses with no, mild, moderate or severe VR, using a one-way ANOVA test. Then, correlations between ANPPl and each echocardiographic parameter were assessed using a Pearson’s product-moment analysis. Results: Horses with severe and moderate VR had significantly higher ANPPl than horses with mild or no VR. ANPPl was significantly higher in horses at stage B2 and C of HF than horses at stage A and B1. Moreover, ANPPl was significantly correlated with most of the measured echocardiographic variables. This correlation was especially strong with the left atrial diameter and its percentage of dilation. Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Those results suggest that ANPPl in horses suffering from VR could have a high diagnostic value of HF, especially in horses with tricuspid or mitral insufficiency and with enlargement or dysfunction of the atria. [less ▲]

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See detailObserving the Sun with micro-interferometric devices: a didactic experiment
Defrere, D.; Absil, Olivier ULg; Hanot, C. et al

in Surdej, Jean; Le Coroller, Hervé; Arnold, Luc (Eds.) Improving the Performances of Current Optical Interferometers & Future Designs (2014, April 01)

Measuring the angular diameter of celestial bodies has long been the main purpose of stellar interferometry and was its historical motivation. Nowadays, stellar interferometry is widely used for various ... [more ▼]

Measuring the angular diameter of celestial bodies has long been the main purpose of stellar interferometry and was its historical motivation. Nowadays, stellar interferometry is widely used for various other scientific purposes that require very high angular resolution measurements. In terms of angular spatial scales probed, o [less ▲]

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See detailPIONIER : A Four Telescope VLTI Instrument
Lazareff, B.; Le Bouquin, J.-L.; Berger, J.-P. et al

in Surdej, Jean; Le Coroller, Hervé; Arnold, Luc (Eds.) Improving the Performances of Current Optical Interferometers & Future Designs (2014, April 01)

Pionier is a guest instrument, the first four-telescope recombiner at ESO's VLTI. We discuss salient design features and illustrate selected scientific results from the fi

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See detailOptimized Waveform Relaxation Methods for Modeling Electromagnetic Field-Circuit Problems
Nshimiyimana, Jean de Dieu ULg; Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg et al

in Proceedings of Sixteenth Biennal IEEE Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (2014, April)

The convergence of classical and optimized waveform relaxation methods is compared for the simulation of field-circuit problems, where a finite element solver is used for the solution of the field problem ... [more ▼]

The convergence of classical and optimized waveform relaxation methods is compared for the simulation of field-circuit problems, where a finite element solver is used for the solution of the field problem and a circuit simulator is used for the electronic circuit. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of a Strongly Nonlinear Spacecraft Structure Part I: Experimental Identification
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing (2014, April)

The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing a strongly nonlinear component with multiple mechanical stops. The complete identification procedure, from ... [more ▼]

The present paper addresses the identification of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing a strongly nonlinear component with multiple mechanical stops. The complete identification procedure, from nonlinearity detection and characterization to parameter estimation, is carried out based upon experimental sine-sweep data collected during a classical spacecraft qualification campaign. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tale of Sinuhe: History of a literary text
Winand, Jean ULg

in Hays, Harold; Feder, Frank; Morenz, Ludwig (Eds.) Interpretations of Sinuhe (2014, April)

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See detailINFLUENCE OF WHEY PROTEIN DENATURATION ON ADHERENCE
Toure, Yetioman ULg; Rouxhet, G. Paul; Dupont-Gillain, C. Christine et al

in Dr Wilson, I.; Chew, Y.M.J. (Eds.) Fouling and Cleaning in Food Processing (2014, April)

This work reports on the influence of -lactoglobulin (β-LGB) and of its denaturation on the adherence of quartz particles, taken as a model of particulate soil, on stainless steel AISI 304 with mirror ... [more ▼]

This work reports on the influence of -lactoglobulin (β-LGB) and of its denaturation on the adherence of quartz particles, taken as a model of particulate soil, on stainless steel AISI 304 with mirror finish. The substrate was soiled with quartz suspensions in water or in β-LGB solutions as such or previously heated at 75°C, and dried at room temperature or in an oven at 75°C. Cleanability was evaluated after exposure to water in a radial flow chamber. Auxiliary characterizations were the surface tension and protein concentration of the solution, surface analysis of the substrate by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle measurements. The contact of stainless steel with -LGB led to adsorption of the protein, which dominated the composition of the organic layer with respect to contaminants initially present, and was not markedly desorbed upon rinsing. The presence of β-LGB at the quartz particle/substrate interface slightly increased the adherence, which was further increased when the protein was denatured. On the other hand, denaturation of -LGB enhanced its surfactant effect at the water/air interface. Comparison with systems investigated before suggests that the influence of protein via droplet spreading and soiling particles aggregation may be of minor importance compared to direct effects on the substrate/quartz interface. Stainless steel does not behave as a hydrophilic substrate owing to its surface contamination with organic compounds. It appears suitable to examine the influence of the initial surface state of stainless steel on its behavior regarding soiling and cleaning. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of printed circuit boards from scrap printers
Silvas, Flávia; de Moraes, Viviane; Bortolini, Guilherme et al

in Yurko, James; Zhang, Lifeng; Allanore, Antoine (Eds.) Proceedings TMS 2014 143rd ANNUAL MEETING & EXHIBITION (2014, April)

Printed circuit boards (PCB) are particularly problematic to recycle because of the heterogeneous mix of organic materials, metals, and glass fiber. PCBs are found in almost every electroelectronic ... [more ▼]

Printed circuit boards (PCB) are particularly problematic to recycle because of the heterogeneous mix of organic materials, metals, and glass fiber. PCBs are found in almost every electroelectronic equipment and their recycling process involves a pre-treatment to separate the products which contain targeted metals. In this work, a physical processing involving sequential shredding and hammer milling were used to obtain a comminuted sample from scrap printers PCBs. The thus prepared sample was analyzed for particle size distribution and by optical microscopy as well was subjected to pyrolysis, leachabilty and chemical composition determination by XRF. The metals concentration was determined by ICP and AAS. The PCBs have been also analyzed by SEM-EDS (micro-analysis and X-ray mapping). The results show that the studied PCBs are lead free, multilayer with 4 copper layers, have 45% of metals and the copper is present in significantly higher concentration than the rest of the metals. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of a Strongly Nonlinear Spacecraft Structure Part II: Modal Analysis
Renson, Ludovic ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials & Environmental Testing (2014, April)

The present paper investigates the dynamics of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing a strongly nonlinear component with multiple mechanical stops. A full-scale finite element model is built for ... [more ▼]

The present paper investigates the dynamics of a real-life spacecraft structure possessing a strongly nonlinear component with multiple mechanical stops. A full-scale finite element model is built for gaining additional insight into the nonlinear dynamics that was observed experimentally in a companion paper (Part I). To this end, advanced techniques and theoretical concepts such as numerical continuation and nonlinear normal modes are exploited. [less ▲]

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See detailData normalization and supervised learning to assess the condition of patients with multiple sclerosis based on gait analysis
Azrour, Samir ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning (ESANN) (2014, April)

Gait impairment is considered as an important feature of disability in multiple sclerosis but its evaluation in the clinical routine remains limited. In this paper, we assess, by means of supervised ... [more ▼]

Gait impairment is considered as an important feature of disability in multiple sclerosis but its evaluation in the clinical routine remains limited. In this paper, we assess, by means of supervised learning, the condition of patients with multiple sclerosis based on their gait descriptors obtained with a gait analysis system. As the morphological characteristics of individuals influence their gait while being in first approximation independent of the disease level, an original strategy of data normalization with respect to these characteristics is described and applied beforehand in order to obtain more reliable predictions. In addition, we explain how we address the problem of missing data which is a common issue in the field of clinical evaluation. Results show that, based on machine learning combined to the proposed data handling techniques, we can predict a score highly correlated with the condition of patients. [less ▲]

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See detailEtiologie de la myopathie atypique : conditions de toxicité de l’agent causal – étude préliminaire
Patarin; van Galen, Gaby; Dopagne, Claude ULg et al

in 40ème journée de la recherche équine (2014, March 18)

Recently it has been shown that atypical myopathy in Europe results from hypoglycin A ingestion, a toxin produced in the seeds (samares) of some trees of the genus Acer. Grasslands of 12 cases of atypical ... [more ▼]

Recently it has been shown that atypical myopathy in Europe results from hypoglycin A ingestion, a toxin produced in the seeds (samares) of some trees of the genus Acer. Grasslands of 12 cases of atypical myopathy for whom the toxic metabolite of hypoglycin A was found in the blood were visited by two experienced botanists in order to establish the list of the different species of trees found in or around these pastures. For all visited pastures, horses had the opportunity to ingest samaras from various maple species. The sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) was the only common tree in all pastures visited (n = 12 /12). Other trees with samaras were also found near or around the pastures. Since June 2013, a study is conducted to define the conditions of toxicity of several species of trees via the sampling, at regular intervals, of samaras and leaves. The study of the seasonal evolution of the toxicity of these trees in relation to weather conditions and specific biotopes will aim [less ▲]

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See detailParallel Computing and Localization Techniques for Faster Power System Dynamic Simulations
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of Cigre 2014 Belgium Conference (2014, March 13)

Dynamic simulation studies are used to analyze the behavior of power systems after a disturbance has occurred. This type of simulation is essential when the system is operating close to its stability ... [more ▼]

Dynamic simulation studies are used to analyze the behavior of power systems after a disturbance has occurred. This type of simulation is essential when the system is operating close to its stability limits or its behavior is dictated by complex control and protection schemes modifying its trajectory. These simulations can be computationally very demanding, especially if performed over a time interval of several minutes. In this paper, new shared- memory parallel computing techniques to increase the performance of large-scale power system dynamic simulations are described. The algorithms presented achieve this by utilizing the parallel processing resources available in modern, inexpensive, multi-core machines. In addition, the localized response of power systems after a disturbance is exploited to further accelerate simulations without decreasing accuracy. The medium-scale model of a real power system and a realistic large-scale test system have been used for the performance evaluation of the proposed methods. [less ▲]

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See detailWearable respiratory belt for human breathing control
Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Léonard, Jean; Bellier, Pierre ULg et al

in Conf. Proc. Smart Systems Integration Conf. (SSI2014) (2014, March 12)

We designed and manufactured a working prototype of a wearable respiratory belt. The belt can work as a stand along system or can be embedded into clothes. The system is intended for remote health ... [more ▼]

We designed and manufactured a working prototype of a wearable respiratory belt. The belt can work as a stand along system or can be embedded into clothes. The system is intended for remote health monitoring (particularly to monitor human respiration) such as home healthcare, remote medicine and remote socio-medical assistance as well as to monitor patients. The fully functional prototype proofs the concept that the elongation in the respiratory belt causes by human respiration is accurate enough to measure and to monitor human respiration. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights for an old topic: seagrasses as bioindicators of coastal trace element pollution
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

in ARGYRO ZENETOS, ZENETOS (Ed.) Mediterranean Marine Science (2014, March)

The marine magnoliophyte Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor the coastal pollution of the Mediterranean in Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb and/or Fe. In contrast ... [more ▼]

The marine magnoliophyte Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor the coastal pollution of the Mediterranean in Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb and/or Fe. In contrast, other trace elements (TEs) like As, V, Ag, Be, Al, Mn, Co, Se, Mo, Sn, Sb and Bi, many of them categorized as TEs of environmental emerging concern, have been subject to nearly no ecotoxicological survey with that species. It has been shown that the French Mediterranean littoral was submitted to local, diffuse and/or chronic contaminations both by TEs broadly or little biomonitored with P. oceanica; high TE levels could further be linked to specific anthropic activities such as agriculture (Mo), mining (Cr, Sb, Zn), industries (As), storage and refinement of oil products (V, Pb) or presence of major ports and urban centres (Sn, Bi, Ag). It seems therefore necessary to expand the short list of the seven metals commonly monitored to other TEs, what is today easily achievable as current analytical methods allow the simultaneous determination of all a series of TEs within the same sample. Furthermore, only a multielement analysis in appropriate bioindicator species allow to correctly intercompare the pollution status of numerous sampling sites. To do this, we have calculated proper environmental indices, the trace element pollution index TEPI and the trace element spatial variation index TESVI. The TEPI is an index of the global contamination of a site, giving the same weight to each TE after mean normalization of their environmental concentrations. The TESVI estimates the global spatial variability of environmental concentrations of each TE levels, taking into account both punctual contaminations in impacted sites and the overall coastal spatial heterogeneity between all monitored sites.These two indices were successfully applied both at large (French Mediterranean littoral) and small (a Bay) spatial scales. Furthermore, they can be used in the framework of an intercomparative study compiling data from any previous monitoring surveys. We also highlighted that the ecophysiology and surrounding levels of TEs influenced in an equivalent manner the bioaccumulation process of TEs in P. oceanica. Consequently, this natural cyclic evolution of TE concentrations should be systematically quantified in regional reference sites. Finally, the rapid and proportionnal accumulation of TEs in P. oceanica traps huge amounts of contaminants and can stock them for longer periods of time in their bellow grounds tissues. P. oceanica meadows therefore play an efficient role of natural filter of TE coastal pollutions. [less ▲]

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See detailContributions to transnational flood risk management in the Meuse basin
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in European Symposium on Flood Frequency Estimation and Implications for Risk Management (2014, March)

Experience in transboundary river basins emphasizes the need for more cooperative transnational water management. In this respect, the Interreg IVB project AMICE aims at developing a shared adaptation ... [more ▼]

Experience in transboundary river basins emphasizes the need for more cooperative transnational water management. In this respect, the Interreg IVB project AMICE aims at developing a shared adaptation strategy of the basin of the river Meuse to the hydrological impacts of climate change. The basin covers parts of France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The project combines scientific research with innovative natural and structural water retention measures, as well as enhanced transnational crisis management. In this framework, common climate and hydrological scenarios were derived for the time horizons 2021-2050 and 2071-2100. A “coordinated” procedure was set up to conduct the first hydraulic modelling of the entire river Meuse, from its spring to its mouth. For the considered climate scenarios, the increases in future flood levels were found about twice higher in the central part of the Meuse basin compared to the upper and lower parts. This distinctive spatial pattern results from the morphology of the valley. The characteristics of the hydraulic models used for this “coordinated” analysis differed significantly from one region to the other (e.g., 1D vs. 2D, steady vs. unsteady). Therefore, a more refined analysis was undertaken on a 100 km long stretch of the Meuse, crossing the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, using very similar (“harmonized”) models for the whole computation (2D unsteady models). As a result, the influence of using different interconnected models could be appreciated. The results of hydraulic modelling were used to conduct damage assessment based on a common methodology throughout the Meuse basin and combined with landuse change scenarios in the floodplains (change in vulnerability of the floodplains). In turn, several adaptation measures were tested, including upstream water retention, dredging as well as upgrade of flood defences and mobile weirs. Hydrological and hydraulic modelling was also performed for a sub-basin of the river Meuse, partly controlled by two large reservoirs. A detailed model of the operation rules of these reservoirs was implemented. This enabled to investigate the impact of the considered climate change scenarios on the performance of these multi-purpose reservoirs as well as to investigate possible enhancements in the operation rules, which may serve as adaptation measures to compensate for the detrimental effects of climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailRupture et repli sur soi. À propos de quelques traits posturaux de Rousseau dans sa correspondance entre 1762 et 1765
Biquet, Stéphanie ULg

in Francalanza, Eric (Ed.) Actes du colloque international "Rousseau en toutes lettres", Brest 22-24 mars 2012 (2014, March)

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See detailLearning to Learn: Assessment of Metacognitive competencies
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg; Nobile, Debora ULg

in IATED (Ed.) INTED2014 Proceedings (2014, March)

Numerous students are having school difficulties linked to the way they learn. Some authors speak of a “metacognitive deficit”. We refer to a “sleeping potential” instead (Frenkel, 2013, in press; Frenkel ... [more ▼]

Numerous students are having school difficulties linked to the way they learn. Some authors speak of a “metacognitive deficit”. We refer to a “sleeping potential” instead (Frenkel, 2013, in press; Frenkel & Deforge, in press; Frenkel & Nobile, 2013). Be it psychologists, teachers or parents, all wish to develop their skills in order to help these students. This is the case in primary and secondary school. Metacognitive abilities play a central role in learning (e.g., Frenkel & Deforge, in press; Giasson, 2001; Grangeat, 1997; Hessels & Hessels-Schlatter, 2010b; Lumbelli, 2003; Poissant, Poëllhuber & Falardeau, 1994; Rozencwajg, 2003; Veenman, Kok & Blöte, 2005) and thus in successful school learning (Büchel, 2013a, 2013b; Van der Stel & Veenman, 2010; Wang, Haertel & Walberg, 1994). However, studying them requires that we clarify what is meant by “metacognition” and “metacognitive abilities”. In this framework, we developed the EDUCA + project which is intended to provide possible solutions. EDUCA + is based on wide field experience. Its theoretical background is based on a substantial review of the literature. Its objective is to increase the expertise of “front line” field workers by developing specific products such as tools, training courses, services, and a website (Frenkel, in press). This will notably enable them to develop their expertise, detect « sleeping » potential, diagnose, give advice when necessary, intervene (prevention and remediation) and use the tools efficiently. Two types of tools are being designed. On the one hand, assessment tools (tests allowing to put forward the learner’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the scope of his/her “sleeping potential”). On the other hand, intervention tools (short prevention vs. remediation programs). This also includes training courses and services. The creation of a website also aims to reinforce the actions of EDUCA + (personalized access depending on the internaut’s profile: students, parents, professionals). The aim of this paper is to present this research project and its main theoretical background. [less ▲]

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See detailDo large companies ignore formal sustainability management controls? An exploration amongst corporate practices
Crutzen, Nathalie ULg; Schaltegger, Stefan

in EMAN (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2014 EMAN conference (2014, March)

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See detail4. La fumure azotée
Meza Morales, Walter ULg; Monfort, Bruno; Dumont, Benjamin ULg et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detail9. Nutrition azotée de l'épeautre en Ardenne et en région limoneuse
Escarnot, Emmanuelle ULg; Meza Morales, Walter ULg; De Toffoli, Marc et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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Henriet, François; Jaunard, Delphine; Gilleman, Alice ULg et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detail6. Lutte intégrée contre les maladies
Duvivier, Maxime; Bataille, Charlotte; Mahieu, Olivier et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detail10. Perspectives - 2. Perspectives offertes par la culture en association de froment et de pois protéagineux d'hiver
Pierreux, Jérome ULg; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; Roisin, Christian et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detail2. Implantation des cultures
Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Meza Morales, Walter ULg et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2014, February 26)

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Meza Morales, Walter ULg; Monfort, Bruno; Mahieu, Olivier et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2014, February 26)

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See detailStrategic Decision Making For Zero Energy Buildings in Jordan
Attia, Shady ULg; Zawaydeh, Samer

in Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy & Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (2014, February 24)

This paper presents the results of combined economic and computational study of different integrated passive and active design strategies for the Jordanian residential building sector. A representative ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of combined economic and computational study of different integrated passive and active design strategies for the Jordanian residential building sector. A representative house prototype, located in Amman is selected as a case study for the zero energy design and performance objective. The aim of the study is to investigate the potential of achieving thermal comfort and delivering thermal and electrical energy demands for existing buildings on site for different Jordanian Cities. Jordan has a semi-arid climate with an annual total irradiation above 2000 bankable kWh/m2 per year with approximately 2000 hours of full sunshine. Therefore, different passive and active design strategies are discussed and compared to reach an annual net zero energy demand for the existing building stock. In order to achieve zero energy buildings certain strategies are examined. For example, internal loads reduction, envelope insulation in addition to the installation of solar water heater and photovoltaic. Based on a month-by–month demand analysis, internal loads and envelope performance are analyzed in order to explore the existing economical potential. Simulation software DesignBuilder is used to examine the strategies proposed to achieve annual net zero energy performance for a prototype. The final result of this study compares the potential and constraints of each strategy and assesses them based on economical feasibility. For the considered location and weather conditions the prototype can provide thermal comfort for occupants and meets the zero energy objectives. The research also proofs that some strategies are cost effective rewarding with a payback period ranging from 3 to 9 years. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating the Impact of Different Thermal Comfort Models for Zero Energy Buildings in Hot Climates
Attia, Shady ULg; Hensen, JLM

in Proceeding of: Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (2014, February 24)

The selection of a thermal comfort model has a major impact on energy consumption of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) in hot climates. The objective of this paper is to compare the influence of using ... [more ▼]

The selection of a thermal comfort model has a major impact on energy consumption of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) in hot climates. The objective of this paper is to compare the influence of using different comfort models for zero energy buildings in hot climates. The paper compares the impact of applying Givoni’s model, ASHRAE 55 adaptive comfort standard, EN 15251 adaptive comfort standard and EN ISO 7730 on energy consumption and comfort. Using ZEBO and EnergyPlus for energy simulation, an existing prototype of a residential apartment module will be used to evaluate energy performance and thermal comfort in two parametric series. The first one is the result of coupling natural ventilation and mechanical cooling and the second one is guided coupling natural ventilation, mechanical cooling and ceiling fans. Results show a significant difference of cooling loads and total energy generation for the compared comfort models. However, the study remains theoretical and requires post occupancy evaluation for a better reliability of the results. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the Thermal Performance of Bedouin Tents in Hot Climates
Attia, Shady ULg

in ASHRAE Energy & Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (2014, February 24)

The aims of this study it to improve conditions inside Bedouin tents shelters and to develop tools to assess shelter quality and comfort. A prototype tent was tested in hot conditions with an internal ... [more ▼]

The aims of this study it to improve conditions inside Bedouin tents shelters and to develop tools to assess shelter quality and comfort. A prototype tent was tested in hot conditions with an internal vapor load. Temperature, humidity measurements and air speed were taken inside the shelter while the external temperature was maintained at 40°C (104°F). Building performance simulation was conducted to produce a simulation model. A model of a tent was constructed using the EnergyPlus simulation software and were calibrated with the test data. The shelter models were simulated in Wadi Rum, Jordan using real data from. The feasibility of heating the tent using only the casual gains from occupants and solar radiation was investigated, although it was found that a tent heated in this way would only be appropriate in spring and autumn. Design issues included coping with stratification of air temperature inside the tent, improving thermal comfort without compromising fabricating the materials cheaply and simply. The validity of the results is limited by the lack of measured data for rates of air infiltration. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Usability of Green Building Rating Systems in Hot Arid Climates
Attia, Shady ULg

in ASHRAE Energy & Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (2014, February 24)

To develop adaptable and context sensitive building rating systems, the present work aimed to evaluate four rating systems that emerged recently in the Middle East. Literature review and cross comparison ... [more ▼]

To develop adaptable and context sensitive building rating systems, the present work aimed to evaluate four rating systems that emerged recently in the Middle East. Literature review and cross comparison analysis showed that the four examined rating systems namely, Green Pyramid Rating System (Egypt), Green Building Standard SI 5281 (Israel), Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) and Pearl Building Rating System (UAE) are not enough adopted to local environmental, cultural, historical, societal and economic context. They showed also a comparable similarity since they all imitate the American LEED and British BREEAM rating systems. The paper elaborates on the comparison results and presents recommendations to improve the questioned rating systems and remind designers with the principles and strategies of sustainable design that goes beyond the existing rating systems in hot climate. The evaluation of the four systems might provide a new approach for regional harmonization among the four systems and the development of adaptable and context sensitive rating system. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation d'une application internet pour quantifier la charge de travail chez le rugbyman de haut niveau
Paulus, Julien ULg; Laly, Arnaud; Guns, Sébastien et al

in Jidovtseff, Boris; Halleux, Philippe; Lambert, Eric (Eds.) Livre des résumés (2014, February 22)

La détection précoce du dépassement (over-reching) (et du syndrôme de surentrainement) est capitale compte-tenu de ses effets négatifs sur la performance. Dans ce processus, le contrôle individuel de la ... [more ▼]

La détection précoce du dépassement (over-reching) (et du syndrôme de surentrainement) est capitale compte-tenu de ses effets négatifs sur la performance. Dans ce processus, le contrôle individuel de la charge d'entrainement du joueur est indispensable. [less ▲]

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See detail1er Colloque Guy Namurois : Livre des résumés
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Halleux, Philippe; Lambert, Eric et al

in Jidovtseff, Boris (Ed.) 1er Colloque Guy Namurois : Livre des résumés (2014, February 22)

Colloque multi-disciplinaire en l'honneur de Guy Namurois

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See detailLe contrôle moteur lombopelvien du joueur de footbal élite
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Namurois, Guy et al

in Abstarct Book de la 1ère Journée Guy Namurois (2014, February 22)

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See detailPathologies des bétons: causes et effets
Courard, Luc ULg

in Evaluation des structures en béton (2014, February 20)

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See detailLes herbivores, transformateurs de produits fourragers et de coproduits issus de l'agro-industrie en aliments nobles pour l'homme
Decruyenaere, Virginie; Lessire, Françoise ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in CRA-W (Ed.) La viande bovine remise en question: De sa production à sa consommation (2014, February 19)

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour ... [more ▼]

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour celles-ci bien souvent, les sommes de température et la durée de végétation active sont faibles et limitent considérablement le choix des cultures susceptibles d’atteindre la maturité avant récolte avec certitude. Dans d’autres régions, les prairies s’imposent davantage en raison de contraintes agronomiques : nature du sol, disposition des parcelles, relief du territoire, intérêt dans la rotation pour les prairies temporaires… Ainsi, la grande majorité des prairies de notre Région ne peut pas être remplacée par des cultures ; elles doivent dès lors être perçues comme une bonne alternative à la valorisation du territoire. Grâce à la présence du rumen en amont de l’estomac, les ruminants ont la capacité de transformer des productions non éligibles pour l’homme, tels que les fourrages et les co-produits des industries agro-alimentaires. Ces aliments, de nature essentiellement fibreuse mais pas pour autant pauvres en protéine et en énergie, sont largement fermentés par les micro-organismes du rumen qui les dégradent en composés plus simples, valorisables ensuite par l’animal. Par ce mécanisme, les ruminants contribuent à transformer ces aliments grossiers en produits nobles, tels que le lait et la viande. On comprend dès lors aisément que la présence des ruminants est étroitement liée aux superficies enherbées, elles-mêmes dépendantes des conditions pédo-climatiques d’une région. Malgré des systèmes de production intensifs et l’amélioration continue du potentiel génétique des animaux, les bovins restent peu dépendants des aliments du commerce comparativement aux autres spéculations animales. Ainsi, selon l’APFACA, de l’ordre de 16% des aliments composés produits en Belgique et importés sont utilisés pour les bovins, dont seulement 1/3 est écoulé dans la filière viande bovine. L’herbe, les produits herbagers et les aliments produits sur l’exploitation tels que le maïs restent donc majoritaires dans la ration des bovins élevés pour la production de viande. La valorisation de l’herbe et des produits herbagers dépend fortement des performances zootechniques recherchées. Les objectifs de croissance sont établis, en autre, sur base des prix offerts par la cheville variant avec les catégories d’âge et de poids d’abattage. Ces dernières années, il semble que les animaux abattus un peu plus tardivement soient moins dépréciés qu’auparavant, facilitant la formulation de rations à base de matières premières herbagères. A l’inverse, l’intensification dans le but de produire des animaux abattus plus jeunes ou à un poids supérieur, implique une croissance plus soutenue, et de ce fait la distribution de rations plus denses en énergie. Pour la formulation de telles rations, certains coproduits disposent de valeurs nutritionnelles intéressantes, permettant de satisfaire des besoins nutritionnels élevés, tout en conservant une certaine autonomie alimentaire. Leur valorisation au niveau local représente en outre un intérêt considérable pour la rentabilité des industries agro-alimentaires qui, sans la présence de l’animal, devraient trouver d’autres débouchés pour les coproduits sous peine d’être dans l’obligation de financer leur élimination. Cet exposé a pour objectif d’illustrer les potentiels, mais aussi les limites, des aliments produits localement pour les bovins viande, que ce soit selon leur type (vache de réforme- taurillon…), leur race et leurs performances zootechniques, mais aussi l’intérêt de ces aliments en termes d’efficiences alimentaire et économique. Il analyse les atouts et faiblesses de la spéculation viande bovine en ne se limitant pas à l’échelle de l’animal seul, mais en le replaçant en tant que véritable maillon de la chaîne agro-alimentaire. Ce positionnement permet non seulement de mieux cerner les enjeux de ces élevages au niveau de la production primaire, mais aussi leur importance dans les secteurs amont et aval. [less ▲]

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Decruyenaere, Virginie; Lessire, Françoise ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in CRA-W (Ed.) La viande bovine remise en question: De sa production à sa consommation (2014, February 19)

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour ... [more ▼]

Les prairies recouvrent près de 50% de la surface agricole utile en Wallonie. Dans certaines régions, la prépondérance des prairies dans le paysage wallon se justifie par des contraintes climatiques. Pour celles-ci bien souvent, les sommes de température et la durée de végétation active sont faibles et limitent considérablement le choix des cultures susceptibles d’atteindre la maturité avant récolte avec certitude. Dans d’autres régions, les prairies s’imposent davantage en raison de contraintes agronomiques : nature du sol, disposition des parcelles, relief du territoire, intérêt dans la rotation pour les prairies temporaires… Ainsi, la grande majorité des prairies de notre Région ne peut pas être remplacée par des cultures ; elles doivent dès lors être perçues comme une bonne alternative à la valorisation du territoire. Grâce à la présence du rumen en amont de l’estomac, les ruminants ont la capacité de transformer des productions non éligibles pour l’homme, tels que les fourrages et les co-produits des industries agro-alimentaires. Ces aliments, de nature essentiellement fibreuse mais pas pour autant pauvres en protéine et en énergie, sont largement fermentés par les micro-organismes du rumen qui les dégradent en composés plus simples, valorisables ensuite par l’animal. Par ce mécanisme, les ruminants contribuent à transformer ces aliments grossiers en produits nobles, tels que le lait et la viande. On comprend dès lors aisément que la présence des ruminants est étroitement liée aux superficies enherbées, elles-mêmes dépendantes des conditions pédo-climatiques d’une région. Malgré des systèmes de production intensifs et l’amélioration continue du potentiel génétique des animaux, les bovins restent peu dépendants des aliments du commerce comparativement aux autres spéculations animales. Ainsi, selon l’APFACA, de l’ordre de 16% des aliments composés produits en Belgique et importés sont utilisés pour les bovins, dont seulement 1/3 est écoulé dans la filière viande bovine. L’herbe, les produits herbagers et les aliments produits sur l’exploitation tels que le maïs restent donc majoritaires dans la ration des bovins élevés pour la production de viande. La valorisation de l’herbe et des produits herbagers dépend fortement des performances zootechniques recherchées. Les objectifs de croissance sont établis, en autre, sur base des prix offerts par la cheville variant avec les catégories d’âge et de poids d’abattage. Ces dernières années, il semble que les animaux abattus un peu plus tardivement soient moins dépréciés qu’auparavant, facilitant la formulation de rations à base de matières premières herbagères. A l’inverse, l’intensification dans le but de produire des animaux abattus plus jeunes ou à un poids supérieur, implique une croissance plus soutenue, et de ce fait la distribution de rations plus denses en énergie. Pour la formulation de telles rations, certains coproduits disposent de valeurs nutritionnelles intéressantes, permettant de satisfaire des besoins nutritionnels élevés, tout en conservant une certaine autonomie alimentaire. Leur valorisation au niveau local représente en outre un intérêt considérable pour la rentabilité des industries agro-alimentaires qui, sans la présence de l’animal, devraient trouver d’autres débouchés pour les coproduits sous peine d’être dans l’obligation de financer leur élimination. Cet exposé a pour objectif d’illustrer les potentiels, mais aussi les limites, des aliments produits localement pour les bovins viande, que ce soit selon leur type (vache de réforme- taurillon…), leur race et leurs performances zootechniques, mais aussi l’intérêt de ces aliments en termes d’efficiences alimentaire et économique. Il analyse les atouts et faiblesses de la spéculation viande bovine en ne se limitant pas à l’échelle de l’animal seul, mais en le replaçant en tant que véritable maillon de la chaîne agro-alimentaire. Ce positionnement permet non seulement de mieux cerner les enjeux de ces élevages au niveau de la production primaire, mais aussi leur importance dans les secteurs amont et aval. [less ▲]

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See detailPaints based on renewable materials
Olive, Gilles ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

in BOOK OF SHORT ABSTRACTS - POSTER PRESENTATIONS 19TH NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (2014, February 07)

Paints, at the coating meaning, are known since a long time. Typically, paint is a dispersion of one or more powders (pigments and fillers) in a macromolecular substance ("resin"), called film-forming ... [more ▼]

Paints, at the coating meaning, are known since a long time. Typically, paint is a dispersion of one or more powders (pigments and fillers) in a macromolecular substance ("resin"), called film-forming material, diluted in solvents. Pigments are solid particles, used to give opacity and/or color. Today almost all pigments have a synthetic origin. The fillers are often natural compounds. Unlike pigments, fillers have low opacity and are colorless. These very cheap products achieve the required solid content under satisfactory economic conditions. Resins used in paints have the property of forming a continuous solid (hard or flexible) film under specific conditions. They are often called “resins”. They can be solid or liquid at room temperature. The solvents are used to control the viscosity of the paint in order to facilitate its production and application. The solvents used are volatile compounds. Additives are minor compounds (a few percent), whose function is to either promote or prevent some developments of the product. For example, surfactants improve the homogeneity of the dispersion. Some additives protect the film against mold or ultraviolet radiation, or against the formation of free radicals under the action of sunlight. Since the end of the 18th century most of those paints are petroleum-based. But the near disappearance of the petroleum causes a renewed interest in bio-based preparations. In this communication, we present an overview of bio-based alternatives. [less ▲]

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See detailOld inks: pigments extracted from plants
Despy, Jessica; Wymeersch, Noémie; Bouchat, Isabelle et al

in BOOK OF SHORT ABSTRACTS - POSTER PRESENTATIONS 19TH NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (2014, February 07)

Thousands of years ago, natural pigments were discovered and they have been used ever since. Indeed, prehistoric people already used them to paint the walls of the caves in which they were living. A ... [more ▼]

Thousands of years ago, natural pigments were discovered and they have been used ever since. Indeed, prehistoric people already used them to paint the walls of the caves in which they were living. A significant example of this is the Cosquer cave (-19,000 to -27,000 years) located near Marseilles. Pigments and dyes can be classified into two broad categories and five families: natural pigments and dyes and those called artificial. The first one of these five families includes the mineral pigments. Among these we can find the clays (yellow ochre, red ochre, green clay, brown clay) and the stones like lapis lazuli (blue). The second and third families gather the organic dyes and pigments. Those that have vegetal origins like indigo (blue) and madder (red) compose the second family and those that have animal origins like cochineal (red) and kermes dyers (carmine) form the third family. One family includes pigments and dyes stemming from chemical reactions such as verdigris or red lead (family 4) and the other one is made of the miscellaneous inks such as iron-gall type who are vegetal and mineral one (family 5). All these pigments, although they have been used for centuries, have been replaced by synthetic dyes from the oil industry at the end of the 19th century. Indeed, they have the advantage of reproducibility of the properties unlike natural pigments. But the scarcity of oil causes a renewed interest in natural preparations. We report the extraction of pigments from plants. [less ▲]

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See detailCoMBiSpeC: A novel approach in the modelling of massive binaries
Palate, Matthieu ULg

in EAS Publications Series (2014, February 01)

Spectral modelling and especially for massive stars is not a straightforward problem and over the past decades many advances have been made in this field. We now have sophisticated model atmosphere codes ... [more ▼]

Spectral modelling and especially for massive stars is not a straightforward problem and over the past decades many advances have been made in this field. We now have sophisticated model atmosphere codes that allow to derive the stellar parameters. However, these codes are based on the assumption that the star is single and spherical which is no longer valid for the components of a binary system. On the other hand, observational studies indicate that binarity has an impact on the spectra. This is why we have developed a model called CoMBiSpeC (code of massive binary spectral computation) that specifically accounts for the impact of binarity on the spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelations of the High Resolution MRI aspect of GH-secreting pituitary adenomas prior to treatment
Potorac, Iulia ULg; PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Schillo, F et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailNovel fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 mutation causing normosmic idiopathic hypogonadotropic hypogonadism
Chachati, AS; Potorac, I; DEBRAY, François-Guillaume ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailA giant treated with growth hormone
Rostomyan, Liliya ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailInternal Resonance and Stall-Flutter in a pitch-Flap Wing in the Wind-Tunnel
Verstraelen, Edouard ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Proceedings of the SEM IMAC XXXII (2014, February)

Nonlinear aeroelastic phenomena such as store-induced LCOs, transonic buzz and stall flutter are the burden or modern aircraft: they reduce the performance and can even limit the flight envelope in both ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear aeroelastic phenomena such as store-induced LCOs, transonic buzz and stall flutter are the burden or modern aircraft: they reduce the performance and can even limit the flight envelope in both civil and military cases. Several nonlinear setups were studied experimentally in the last decades by the scientific community but most of them have pitch and plunge degrees of freedom and feature a rigid wing. In this paper, we study a new nonlinear aeroelastic apparatus that features nonlinear pitch and flap degrees of freedom, coupled with a flexible wing. The model is tested experimentally in the wind tunnel to determine its dynamic behaviour. Preliminary observations demonstrate that the system undergoes a supercritical Hopf bifurcation due to the hardening nonlinearity followed by an amplitude jump that is the consequence of either dynamic stall (i.e. stall flutter) or internal resonance (i.e. interaction between the hardening nonlinearity and higher modes). [less ▲]

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See detailMetal Enhanced Fluorescence: effect of surface coating
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; François, Alexandre; Dreesen, Laurent ULg et al

in SPIE proceeding (2014, February)

Among the emerging treatments for cancer, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is thought to be one of the most promising. PDT uses light sensitive molecules, or photosensitizer, to produce, under specific ... [more ▼]

Among the emerging treatments for cancer, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is thought to be one of the most promising. PDT uses light sensitive molecules, or photosensitizer, to produce, under specific irradiation, toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill cancer cells. However, the amount of ROS generated is limited by both the fluorescence lifetime of the photosensitizer and its concentration around the cancer cells. Metal Enhanced Fluorescence (MEF), a phenomenon arising when a fluorophore is in closed proximity to a metallic structure such as metallic films or nanostructures, is seen as a way to solve these problems by reducing the fluorescence lifetime and increasing the fluorescence emission of the fluorophore. Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is a commonly used photosensitizer to treat skin cancers, which presents an intense absorption band around 400 nm while emitting around 630 nm. Because silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) exhibit a strong Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance (LSPR) around 400 nm, MEF of the PpIX is expected when immobilized onto Ag NPs. Here, we investigate the relevant parameters influencing the coupling effects between the LSPR in Ag NPs and PpIX attached onto the Ag NPs surface when the Ag NPs are dispersed in solution or electrostatically bound to a glass slide. In particular, we study the distance-dependent of MEF by applying multiple layers of polyelectrolyte to progressively increase the distance between Ag NPs and PpIX, covalently bond to the last polyelectrolyte layer as well as exploring the use of Ag NPs of different sizes ranging from 40 to 100 nm. [less ▲]

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See detailDamage Detection in Civil Engineering Structure Considering Temperature Effect
Nguyen, Viet Ha; Mahowald, Jean; Maas, Stefan et al

in Proceedings of IMAC XXXII Dynamics of Coupled Structures (2014, February)

This paper concerns damage identification of a bridge located in Luxembourg. Vibration responses were captured from measurable and adjustable harmonic swept sine excitation and hammer impact. Different ... [more ▼]

This paper concerns damage identification of a bridge located in Luxembourg. Vibration responses were captured from measurable and adjustable harmonic swept sine excitation and hammer impact. Different analysis methods were applied to the data measured from the structure showing interesting results. However, some difficulties arise, especially due to environmental influences (temperature and soil-behaviour variations) which overlay the structural changes caused by damage. These environmental effects are investigated in detail in this work. First, the modal parameters are identified from the response data. In the next step, they are statistically collected and processed through Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Kernel PCA. Damage indexes are based on outlier analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the Response of Shear Critical Walls Using a Three-Parameter Kinematic Theory
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg; Hannewald, Pia; Beyer, Katrin

in The 4th International fib Congress 2014 Mumbai - Proceedings (2014, February)

This paper discusses a newly developed three-parameter kinematic theory (3PKT) for shear critical walls with the help of four wall tests. The 3PKT is used to predict the pre- and post- peak response of ... [more ▼]

This paper discusses a newly developed three-parameter kinematic theory (3PKT) for shear critical walls with the help of four wall tests. The 3PKT is used to predict the pre- and post- peak response of the test units. Comparisons are performed with finite element (FE) models and plastic hinge models in combination with a shear degradation model. It is found that the latter underestimate the displacement capacity of the walls while the former do not predict well the post-peak response. The 3PKT with only three degrees of freedom captures the complete response of the walls provided that the size of the critical loading zone (CLZ) of the wall is well predicted. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical characteristics of patients with AIP mutation-related prolactinomas
Camby, S; Daly, Adrian ULg; VROONEN, Laurent ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailHypopituitarism in pituitary gigantism (results of an international study)
Rostomyan, L; Daly, Adrian ULg; Shah, N et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailLiege acromegay Survey : An epidemiological study about the average age of death and the causes of mortality of acromegalic patients managed in liege
Petignot, S; PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailA stochastic framework for subspace identification of a strongly nonlinear aerospace structure
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Schoukens, Johan; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXII (2014, February)

The present study exploits the maximum likelihood identification framework for deriving statistically-optimal models of nonlinear mechanical systems. The identification problem is formulated in the ... [more ▼]

The present study exploits the maximum likelihood identification framework for deriving statistically-optimal models of nonlinear mechanical systems. The identification problem is formulated in the frequency domain, and model parameters are calculated by minimising a weighted least-squares cost function. Initial values of the model parameters are obtained by means of a nonlinear subspace algorithm. The complete identification methodology is first demonstrated on a Duffing oscillator, prior to being applied to a full-scale aerospace structure. [less ▲]

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See detailLong fibrosis
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in proceedings 35 Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten (2014, February)

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See detailBacterial and viral pneumonia
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings 35 Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten (2014, February)

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Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings 35 Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten (2014, February)

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See detailReceptor expression in craniopharyngiomas causing tumor growth in pregnancy : case report and review of the literature
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Tome Garcia, M; THIRY, Albert ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailEffective stress method to be used in beam finite elements to take local instabilities into account
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Cowez, Baptiste; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Proceedings of the 11th IAFSS Symposium (2014, February)

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in numerical calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as class ... [more ▼]

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in numerical calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as class 1 (stocky) sections whatever the slenderness of the plates that make the section, allowing the development of a full plastic stress distribution in the section which leads to complete plastic redistribution along the members in the structure. This type of element is thus not adapted for modeling structures that contain slender sections of class 2, 3 or 4. This document presents a new approach to take into account local instabilities in slender sections using beam finite elements. The new approach is based on an effective constitutive law of steel. The effective law is not symmetrical with respect to tension and compression because, in tension, the stress-strain relationship is not modified whereas, in compression, the stress-strain relationship is modified. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of a Time-varying Beam Using Hilbert Vibration Decomposition
Bertha, Mathieu ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXII (2014, February)

The present work is concerned by modal identification of time-varying systems. For this purpose, a method based on instantaneous frequency identification and synchronous demodulation is used to extract ... [more ▼]

The present work is concerned by modal identification of time-varying systems. For this purpose, a method based on instantaneous frequency identification and synchronous demodulation is used to extract modal components from recorded signals. The proposed method of iterated sifting process is based on the Hilbert Vibration Decomposition (HVD) technique which is used to extract the instantaneous dominant vibrating component at each iteration. A source separation preprocessing step is introduced to treat multiple degree-of-freedom systems in an optimal way. Sources are used as reference signals to get a single instantaneous frequency of each mode for the demodulation on all the channels. The algorithm is presented and is applied to numerical simulation of a randomly excited time-varying structure for illustration purpose. The investigated structure is made up of a beam on which a non-negligible mass is traveling. The variable location of the mass results in changes in modal parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchiectasis
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings 35 Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten (2014, February)

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See detail7. Lutte intégrée contre les ravageurs
Chavalle, Sandrine; Censier, Florence ULg; Jacquemin, Guillaume et al

in Destain, Jean-Pierre; Bodson, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2014, February)

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See detailLe PPNAD, une cause rare de syndrome de Cushing
Petignot, S; VROONEN, Laurent ULg; HAMOIR, Etienne ULg et al

in Abstract book - Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" Congresses Highlights 2013:ECE Copenhagen, ENDO SF, SFE Paris (2014, February)

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See detailSubspace and nonlinear-normal-modes-based identification of a beam with softening-hardening behaviour
Grappasonni, Chiara ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXII (2014, February)

The capability to reproduce and predict with high accuracy the behaviour of a real system is a fundamental task of numerical models. In nonlinear structural dynamics, additional parameters compared to ... [more ▼]

The capability to reproduce and predict with high accuracy the behaviour of a real system is a fundamental task of numerical models. In nonlinear structural dynamics, additional parameters compared to classical linear modelling, which include the nonlinear coefficient and the mathematical form of the nonlinearity, need to be identified to bring the numerical predictions in good agreement with the experimental observations. In this context, the present paper presents a method for the identification of an experimental cantilever beam with a geometrically nonlinear thin beam clamped with a prestress, hence giving rise to a softening-hardening nonlinearity. A novel nonlinear subspace identification method formulated in the frequency domain is first exploited to estimate the nonlinear parameters of the real structure together with the underlying linear system directly from the experimental tests. Then a finite element model, built from the estimated parameters, is used to compute the backbone of the first nonlinear normal mode motion. These numerical evaluations are compared to a nonlinear normal modes-based identification of the structure using system responses to stepped sine excitation at different forcing levels. [less ▲]

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See detailThe small Heat Shock Proteins (HSPs) response following eccentric exercise
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; Simonet, Arnaud; Lacrosse, Zoé ULg et al

in Abstract Book GIGA Day 2014 (2014, January 27)

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See detailSpray retention assment combining high-speed shadow imagery and fluorescence techniques
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

in International Advances in Pesticide Application: Aspects of Applied Biology 122, 2014 (2014, January 08)

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and ... [more ▼]

Droplet behaviour during impact affects retention by leaves. The increase of droplet adhesion to plant leaves is the objective when applying crop protection products, while droplet bouncing and fragmentation are usually seen as detrimental to spray retention. However, observation of droplet impacts on barley using high speed imaging showed that fragmentation impact outcome can occur in two different wetting regimes: Cassie-Baxter or Wenzel’s regime. In the latter, a fraction of the droplet is anchored in the surface roughness, what contributes to retention. Three mixtures were sprayed on excised barley leaves with an 11003 flat-fan nozzle operating at 0.2 MPa. Simultaneous measurements were performed using high speed imaging for droplet impact characterisation. A fluorescent tracer was added to the spray mixture for retention assessment. Retention was related to impact type considering the fraction of the droplet remaining on the leaf surface after a droplet splashing occurring in Wenzel’s wetting regime. This fraction varied from 28‒46% depending on the spray mixture and was correlated to the Volume Median Diameter DV0.5 of the impacting droplets. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Simulation of a Conical Shape Made By Single Point Incremental
Velosa De Sena, José ULg; Guzmán Inostroza, Carlos Felipe ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg et al

in Incremental sheet forming (2014, January 06)

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