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See detailTracking a table tennis ball for umpiring purposes using a multi-agent system
Myint, Hnin; Wong, Patrick; Dooley, Laurence et al

in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, & Pattern Recognition (IPCV'16) (2016)

Tracking a table tennis ball for umpiring purposes is a challenging task as, in real-match scenarios, the ball travels fast and can become occluded or merged with other background objects. This paper ... [more ▼]

Tracking a table tennis ball for umpiring purposes is a challenging task as, in real-match scenarios, the ball travels fast and can become occluded or merged with other background objects. This paper presents the design of a multi-view based tracking system that can overcome the challenges of tracking a ball in real match sequences. The system has been tested on a complete table tennis rally and the results are very promising. The system is able to continuously track the ball with only marginal variations in detection. Furthermore, the initialization of the multi-camera system means it is both a portable and cost-effective solution for umpiring purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the effect of traveler's nationality on daily travel time expenditure using Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial Regression models: results from the Belgian national household travel survey.
Eftekhar, Hamed ULg; Creemers, Lieve; Cools, Mario ULg

in Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (2016)

In this paper, the effect of traveler's nationality on daily travel time expenditure is assessed using data stemming from the 2010 Belgian national household travel survey. In particular, different (zero ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the effect of traveler's nationality on daily travel time expenditure is assessed using data stemming from the 2010 Belgian national household travel survey. In particular, different (zero-inflated) negative binomial models were estimated to isolate the effect of nationality, after controlling for other contributing factors such as socio-demographics, residential characteristics, transport options and temporal characteristics. The results indicate that, even if one controls for a series of other influencing factors, nationality plays a significant role in differences in travel time expenditure. This finding is especially relevant in the development of policy packages that are targeted to tackle social inequalities. From a methodological perspective, different methodological options, i.e. two weighting schemes and two bootstrap solutions, were presented to provide sufficient support for the conclusions. In order to generalize the results in further studies, an oversampling of travelers with a different nationality is strongly recommended. Future research should focus more on the underlying psychological constructs of why ethnic and cultural differences persist, even if one accounts for other determinants. [less ▲]

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See detail: « Les aventures de Leo Frobenius au Congo » : l’histoire d’une expédition ethnographique et de ses suites judiciaires, à la lumière des archives coloniales
Braillon, Charlotte ULg

in Leo Frobenius : histoire croisée de la constitution et de l'approche d'un savoir ethnologique en France et en Allemagne. Actes du colloque des 19 -20 février 2014 à la Goethe-Universität (2016)

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See detailHandling Intra-Household Correlations in Modeling Travel: A Comparison of Hierarchical (Random Effect) Models and Marginal (GEE) Models
Cools, Mario ULg; Moons, Elke

in Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (2016)

In this paper, the necessity for treating intra-household correlation is investigated by analyzing two travel behavior indices, i.e. travel time and travel distance, for three important travel motives ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the necessity for treating intra-household correlation is investigated by analyzing two travel behavior indices, i.e. travel time and travel distance, for three important travel motives (commuting, shopping, and leisure). Data stemming from the 2010 Belgian National Household Travel Survey are used in the analysis. Two model approaches that accommodate for intra-household correlation are compared, namely the generalized linear mixed model (GLMM) and GEE model approach. Both model approaches show that high levels of intra-household correlation are present, and therefore the use of models that take into account intra-household correlation, is strongly recommend. Results indicate that this requirement is the most urgent for non-commuting trips. Moreover, the results show that GLMM and GEE yield comparable estimates in the case of normally distributed data. Furthermore, evidence was provided that the more the estimates of the intra-household correlation provided by the two approaches differ, the less the homogeneity of the parameters is assured. In this regard, if one has to choose between the GLMM and GEE methodology, especially the negative consequences of choosing an inappropriate covariance model in the case of a GLMM model favor the selection of the GEE methodology. Further research is needed to compare the two approaches in the context of non-normally distributed travel behavior data. [less ▲]

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See detail« “Semen est sanguis christianorum” (Apol. 50, 13). Tertullien et l'hagiographie africaine »
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Lagouanère, Jérôme; Fialon, Sabine (Eds.) Tertullianus Afer. Tertullien et la littérature chrétienne d'Afrique, IIe-VIe siècle (2016)

Despite his long expositions and treatises dealing with martyrial heroism, Tertullian does not seem to have influenced the North African hagiographical production (iind-vith centuries), while Cyprian did ... [more ▼]

Despite his long expositions and treatises dealing with martyrial heroism, Tertullian does not seem to have influenced the North African hagiographical production (iind-vith centuries), while Cyprian did it deeply. This article aims to show that the influence of the african rhetor was yet genuine. If it is difficult to detect in the Passio sanctarum Perpetuae et Felicitatis, we can find it in donatist hagiography and above all in hagiographic texts from Mauretania Caesariensis. By studying themes and literary echoes coming from Tertullian’s work, this contribution wants to help with a better comprehension of the legacy left by the rhetor in a literary genre which is not much examine from this point of view. It also wants to highlight the cultural vitality of Mauretania Caesariensis during late Antiquity. [less ▲]

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See detailcolour in the urban environment: a tool for the chromatic analysis of spatial coherence
Nguyen, Ngoc Luan ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in XII Conferenza del Colore : Book of Abstracts (2016)

Colour is an essential component of urban landscapes that inform us about the status and history of a place, through relations of dominance, integration or uniformity that can be observed between its ... [more ▼]

Colour is an essential component of urban landscapes that inform us about the status and history of a place, through relations of dominance, integration or uniformity that can be observed between its built components. It can be shown that many traditional cities appear to be « chromatically polynuclear » in Europe and that each epoch, each type of urban area, each city is characterized by its own colour palette, which can be more or less homogeneous. Still the urban mutations observed in the second part of the 20th century generated a significant increase in the entropy of contemporary extentions of cities, which induced a loss of meaning and coherence by dislocating permanent structures set up in the past that maintained some integrity of urban landscapes. City entrances for instance, where old buildings mix with commercial equipment, show an unprecedented heterogeneity in their colour palettes. Few studies have focused on the description of these emerging configurations. Their complexity both in formal and chromatic aspects is certainly a difficulty from the perspective of their characterization. This can be explained by the lack of tools for an objective analysis of colour palettes in an urban environment. Given this lack of both affordable and reliable assessment method of colour that has been observed in the field of urban design, the research presents the implementation of a tool that can be used to characterize chromatic attributes of an urban area. The challenge is to provide statistical and quantitative answers to these questions: how is colour organized, how does it develop its own structure in the city? How can colour appear as an indicator of homogeneity and spatial coherence? As colour can be represented in a tri-dimensional space, we use a k-means statistical clustering technique, based on a data partitioning algorithm, to produce a chromatic classification of building facades. Once the chromatic categories are defined through the developed assessment method, the question of spatial coherence is investigated using Shannon entropy. Our method was tested through an application to several urban fragments of the city of Liège (Belgium) and the research highlights the differences between historic urban areas (historic center, 19th century developments) with new urban configurations (city entrances, commercial and periurban zones). [less ▲]

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See detailSparse plus low-rank autoregressive identification in neuroimaging time series
Liegeois, Raphaël ULg; Mishra, Bamdev ULg; Zorzi, Mattia et al

in Proceedings of CDC 2015 (2016)

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See detailstochastic stability of a rotational oscillator under gusty winds
Vanvinckenroye, Hélène ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the XIV Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering (2016)

This work studies the rotational stability of an oscillator in a random wind velocity field. Its susceptibility to autorotation is assessed by the time necessary to reach a given energy barrier departing ... [more ▼]

This work studies the rotational stability of an oscillator in a random wind velocity field. Its susceptibility to autorotation is assessed by the time necessary to reach a given energy barrier departing from an initial energy level. This first passage time problem is solved by replacing the actual power spectral density of the loading by an equivalent δ-correlated noise. [less ▲]

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See detailSymboles et abréviation chrétiens dans les papyrus littéraires grecs à contenu profane (IVe-VIIe siècles)
Carlig, Nathan ULg

in Derda, Tomasz; Urbanik, Jakub; Lajtar, Adam (Eds.) Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology, Warsaw 29.07—3.08 2013 (2016)

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See detailSocial Life Cycle Assessment in Biobased Industries: Identifying Main Indicators and Impacts
Rafiaani, Parisa; Van Passel, Steven; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

in Benoit Norris, Catherine; Norris, Gregory (Eds.) 5th International Social LCA Conference Harvard, Cambridge, USA, June 13 - 15, 2016: book of abstracts (2016)

Assessing social impacts of various products, services and human activities has achieved an increasing interest worldwide. The nature of sustainability of biobased industries from a social point of view ... [more ▼]

Assessing social impacts of various products, services and human activities has achieved an increasing interest worldwide. The nature of sustainability of biobased industries from a social point of view is how and to what extent they are perceived by society, and how various societies take advantages from such activities. However, an important issue is that social factors are not usually easy to be quantitatively analyzed and although the social impacts might be very remarkable, especially at the local scale, they have been not possible to be investigated in the majority of impact evaluations in the past. Despite the existence of many different methodologies towards Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) to address social impacts of various businesses and industries, most of them impartially address social performances of an industry. The aim of this paper is to highlight the main criteria that need to be taken into account in SLCA approaches for identifying the social indicators and impacts of biobased industries that is a timely topic worldwide toward climate change mitigation goals. Accordingly, considering the general approach of SLCA and particularly its inventory analysis phase for impact categories and indicator determinations, the paper provides an overview of the existing guidelines and frameworks for identifying social indicators and impact categories associated with bio-industries. In conclusion, main impact categories and indicators formulated in the existing frameworks applied to biobased industries are demonstrated as a basic set of applicable elements of social dimensions in evaluating bio-industries’ sustainability when conducting SLCAs. The state of the art for this study mainly includes leading journal articles, international reports and conference papers up to and including 2016 on SLCA in biobased industries. According to the reviewed frameworks in this study, quantitative, midpoint and site-specific data are the main elements taken into account when collecting the data for biobased product social impact assessment. This study also reveals that although SLCA is in its early steps of development and despite in numerous cases, conducting a comprehensive SLCA is not yet feasible, it has been considered to have substantially promising methodological attributes that can help policymakers and other stakeholders to quantify and assess sustainability of bio-industries from the social perspective. Recommendations for further research work concerning SLCA in bio-industries are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailStochastic rotational stability of tower cranes under gusty winds
Vanvinckenroye, Hélène ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (2016)

This work aims to study the rotational stability of a tower crane left free to rotate. Indeed, in case of important wind velocities, small oscillations can increase and build up into autorotations due to ... [more ▼]

This work aims to study the rotational stability of a tower crane left free to rotate. Indeed, in case of important wind velocities, small oscillations can increase and build up into autorotations due to autoparametric excitation of the structure. Many references in the literature describe the limit between oscillation and autorotation for simple cases like the deterministic pendulum and evidence the importance of the Hamiltonian of a system on its stability. In this context the susceptibility of the structure to this dynamical instability is characterized by the average time necessary to reach a given energy barrier departing from an initial energy level. This first passage time is the solution of the Pontryagin equation and is approached by an asymptotic expansion. First- and second-order terms are calculated as well as the boundary layer solution providing a correction when the initial energy is close to the barrier level. [less ▲]

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See detailDu texte littéraire au document : les connexions entre les papyrus littéraires et documentaires grecs et latins
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Urbanik, Jakub; Derda, Tomasz; Lajtar, Adam (Eds.) Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Papyrology (Warsaw, 29 July - 3 August 2013) (2016)

Si l'on distingue généralement les papyrus littéraires et les papyrus documentaires grecs et latins, ces deux catégories présentent cependant, à côté du support, de l'écriture et des scribes, d'autres ... [more ▼]

Si l'on distingue généralement les papyrus littéraires et les papyrus documentaires grecs et latins, ces deux catégories présentent cependant, à côté du support, de l'écriture et des scribes, d'autres caractéristiques communes : certains papyrus paralittéraires présentent des traits documentaires ; d'autres papyrus sont trop fragmentaires pour être sûrement identifiés, soit comme littéraires, soit comme documentaires ; certains écrits comme les lettres et les discours peuvent, soit être liés à une profession ou à une circonstance particulière (documents), soit être fictifs (littéraires) ; des papyrus documentaires contiennent des citations ou des réminiscences littéraires ; des papyrus littéraires présentent un document sur l'autre face ; des papyrus littéraires font partie d'archives documentaires . Appliquant aux textes documentaires ou indéterminés la même grille d'analyse qu'aux textes littéraires, la nouvelle base de données du CEDOPAL permet de rendre compte de ces connexions et de les exploiter en vue de mieux évaluer les écrits concernés, les méthodes scribales mises en œuvre, ainsi que leur contexte de production et d'utilisation. [less ▲]

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See detailConception of a near-IR spectrometer for ground-based observations of massive stars
Kintziger, Christian ULg; Desselle, Richard ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in Proc. SPIE Volume 9908 Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI (2016)

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships ... [more ▼]

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships from the scientific requirements and telescope characteristics, the entire optical design of the spectrograph is presented. Specific optical elements, such as a toroidal lens, are introduced to improve the instrument’s performances. Then, the verification of predicted optical performances is investigated through optical analyses such as resolution checking. Eventually, the star positioning system onto the central fiber core is explained. [less ▲]

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See detailWater retention behaviour of compacted bentonites: experimental observations and constitutive model
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Gatabin, Claude; Talandier, Jean et al

in Delage, Pierre; Cui, Yu-Jun; Ghabezloo (Eds.) et al 3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils – “E-UNSAT 2016” (2016)

Bentonite-based materials are studied as potential barriers for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. In this context, the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the engineered barrier is first ... [more ▼]

Bentonite-based materials are studied as potential barriers for the geological disposal of radioactive waste. In this context, the hydro-mechanical behaviour of the engineered barrier is first characterized by free swelling conditions followed by constant volume conditions. This paper presents an experimental study conducted in order to characterize the water retention behaviour of a compacted MX-80 bentonite/sand mixture. Then, based on observations of the material double structure and the water retention mechanisms in compacted bentonites, a new water retention model is proposed. The model considers adsorbed water in the microstructure and capillary water in the aggregate-porosity. The model is calibrated and validated against the experimental data. It is used for better understanding competing effects between volume change and water uptake observed during hydration under free swelling conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ultimate role of the perirhinal cortex in familiarity: a novel hypothesis
Besson, Gabriel ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Memory (2016)

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See detailThe syntax-semantics Interface in Earlier Egyptian: A Case study in Verbs of Cognition
Winand, Jean ULg

in Coping with Obscurity: The Brown Workshop on Earlier Egyptian Grammar (2016)

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See detailCharacterization of Nappe Vibration on a Weir
Lodomez, Maurine ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Sustainable Hydraulics in the Era of Global Change (2016)

The nappe vibration phenomenon may affect numerous prototype structures, such as gates and spillways, when they operate under low head conditions. This phenomenon, which is far not well understood and ... [more ▼]

The nappe vibration phenomenon may affect numerous prototype structures, such as gates and spillways, when they operate under low head conditions. This phenomenon, which is far not well understood and poorly controlled, produces frequency oscillations in the thin flow nappe cascading downstream of the weir. These oscillations result in a disturbing noise production that increases the environmental and societal impacts of the hydraulic structure. Given limited information available regarding the physical processes of this phenomenon, a detailed investigation has been undertaken to characterize the flow for free-overfall structures where nappe vibration may be of concern. The research conducted on a prototype-scale linear weir model (weir length of 3.5 m and a fall height of 3 m) at the Engineering Hydraulics laboratory of the University of Liège enable to describe the flow and nappe vibration by using image and sound analysis. The paper presents the first quantitative results of the study. [less ▲]

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See detailLinkages in the chicken chain of Vietnam: A case study in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province
Bui Thi, Nga; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Global Business Research Journals (Ed.) Proceedings of the Fourth European Academic Research Conference on Global Business, Economics, Finance and Banking (EAR16Swiss Conference) (2016)

Chicken raising in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province of Vietnam is currently still in the first stage of development with spontaneous, small-scale, and easily vulnerable. These things lead to the ... [more ▼]

Chicken raising in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province of Vietnam is currently still in the first stage of development with spontaneous, small-scale, and easily vulnerable. These things lead to the inefficiency in the chain activities, and in the long run, all the chain actors will have less benefit. This study aims to analyze and assess the real situation of linkages in the chicken chain and proposed some recommendations to strengthen the linkages and improve the chicken chain in the Kim Dong district based on the questionaire survey data of chicken chain actors. The findings showed that the chicken chain in the study site was undeveloped. The chain actors included input suppliers, chicken raising farmers, traders, retailers and some restaurants and supermarkets. Farmers accounted for the most important role. The other actors in the chain play a role of a bridge between producers and consumers. Processing agent did not appear in the chain. The linkages in the chain were simple, informal and loose. The actors were discrete and lack of cooperation. To promote the linkage of the chicken chain, farmers should improve their linkages to improve their strength, their voice and their power. Farmers could establish cooperation groups or cooperatives to support each other. Cooperative among chain actors should be enhance to form a tight and official chain. Local authorities should support in finding markets, creating a bridge and an environment for chain actors. Extension and educational institutions should support farmers and other actors and stakeholders to improve knowledge of the chain, so they could understand the benefit and form effective chain. [less ▲]

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See detailintroduction et inter-duction; les règles du jeu.
Bodart, Céline ULg

in YOUNES, Chris; BONNAUD, Xavier; Bodart, Céline (Eds.) Encore l'architecture, encore la philosophie. (2016)

The international conference « encore l'architecture – encore la philosophie » is an initiative of the GERPHAU lab, research group for Philosophy, Architecture, Urban (Architecture School of Paris La ... [more ▼]

The international conference « encore l'architecture – encore la philosophie » is an initiative of the GERPHAU lab, research group for Philosophy, Architecture, Urban (Architecture School of Paris La Villette, UMR 7218 CNRS-Lavue), in partnership with Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, UMR-Lavue (Laboratoire Architecture, Ville, Urbanisme, Environnement) and philAU (a scientific thematic network : Philosophy, Architecture, Urban). This conference is the first ARENA conference (Architectural Research in Europe Network Association), a shared platform that aims to promote, support, develop and disseminate high-quality research in all fields of architecture in the widest sense. The network already includes researchers from leading European architecture schools. Synopsis. In Paris in 1987, a first event was held to celebrate the meeting of two disciplinary fields, entitled “Mesure pour mesure, architecture et philosophie”. Architects and philosophers were invited to discuss together how philosophy could capture better what determines architecture itself. Now, on the occasion of a new international conference, the GERPHAU Lab seeks to restate and refresh the question of the meeting of architecture and philosophy, by asking: what still remains today of our cross-over practices? ENCORE L'ARCHITECTURE, ENCORE LA PHILOSOPHIE. To build together these reflections about the future of our respective practices, why don't we hold to the hypothesis that our recent histories, in architecture as well as philosophy, could be written through the addition of a few prefixes? In linguistics, a prefix does not only serve the formation of a new word: it also regenerates the question of the meaning of the word. It is a discursive invention and its real strength lies in its ability to engage a new type of relationship with the world. Re-, alter-, eco-, co-, bio-, etc., these prefixes have clung to both our discourses as well as our disciplines. But in what way do they question the meaning of our practices? In archi-tecture as in philo-sophy, how do these successive re-definitions put the fundamentals into question, and how do they disturb their alleged unity inherited from Ancient Greece? And, moreover, how does the over-use of prefixes help us to understand what still makes sense in philosophy, or what still makes sense in architecture? The key issue of this conference, ‘Encore l'architecture, Encore la philosophie’, will be to trace backwards the stream of architectural and philosophical ideas through the thematic of the prefix as constituting a form of narrative. The conference will aim to trace the paths of their development, and other influencing factors, so as to return to those meetings between architecture and philosophy which already have oriented, re-oriented and sometimes dis-oriented our speech. It will be a meeting at which we invite participants to retell the story of our disciplines in order to grasp what it is still unique today about our practices. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of preexisting semantic integration on associative memory in normal aging
Bastin, Christine ULg

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Memory (2016)

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See detailLes anaphores rhétoriques : des rafales de motifs ?
Longrée, Dominique ULg; Mayaffre, Damon; Mellet, Sylvie

in Mayaffre, Damon; Poudat, Céline; Vanni, Laurent (Eds.) et al Statistical Analysis of Textual Data, Proccedings of 13th International Conference on Statistical Analysis od Textual Data, 7-10 June 2016, Nice (2016)

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See detailExperimental Passive Flutter Mitigation Using a Linear Tuned Vibrations Absorber
Verstraelen, Edouard ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the IMAC XXXIV Conference (2016)

The current drive for increased efficiency in aeronautic structures such as aircraft, wind turbine blades and helicopter blades often leads to weight reduction. A consequence of this tendency can be ... [more ▼]

The current drive for increased efficiency in aeronautic structures such as aircraft, wind turbine blades and helicopter blades often leads to weight reduction. A consequence of this tendency can be increased flexibility, which in turn can lead to unfavourable aeroelastic phenomena involving large amplitude oscillations and nonlinear effects such as geometric hardening and stall flutter. Vibration mitigation is one of the approaches currently under study for avoiding these phenomena. In the present work, passive vibration mitigation is applied to an experimental aeroelastic system by means of a linear tuned vibration absorber. The aeroelastic apparatus is a pitch and flap wing that features a continuously hardening restoring torque in pitch and a linear one in flap. Extensive analysis of the system with and without absorber at subcritical and supercritical airspeeds showed an improvement in flutter speed around 34%, a suppression of a jump due to stall flutter, and a reduction in LCO amplitude. Mathematical modelling of the experimental system showed that optimal flutter delay can be obtained when two of the system modes flutter simultaneously. However, the absorber quickly loses effectiveness as it is detuned. The wind tunnel measurements showed that the tested absorbers were much slower to lose effectiveness than those of the mathematical predictions. [less ▲]

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See detailIrrigated food systems in Maradi, Republic of Niger: a comparison between operating accounts
Andres, Ludovic ULg; Dambo, Sambo; Baboussouna, Awal et al

in Kovacevic, Dusan (Ed.) VII International Scientific Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2016”, Jahorina, October 06-09, 2016 : book of proceedings (2016)

In Niger, most food systems are based on pluvial crops (millet, sorghum and cowpea).However, during the last decade, agricultural policy and technical and financial partners focused on increasing the ... [more ▼]

In Niger, most food systems are based on pluvial crops (millet, sorghum and cowpea).However, during the last decade, agricultural policy and technical and financial partners focused on increasing the productivity of irrigated food products. The region of Maradi, located in the Centre-South of Niger, is an area traditionally dedicated to agriculture. Some parts of this region are particularly adapted for irrigation, especially the Goulbi of Kaba and the Goulbi of Maradi valleys. The goal of this study is to establish the socio-economic situation of the main irrigated food productions, based on the following indicators: (i) the crop management technics used; (ii) the results of the operating account; and (iii) the comparison between the village and the adoption of new technic (farmer field school). This paper is based on direct surveys conducted in three areas of the Maradi’s region: Soumarana (commune of Safo, department of Madarounfa); N’Yelwa (commune of Madarounfa, department of Madarounfa); Madarounfa (commune of Madarounfa, department of Guidan Roumdji). The software used is Minitab and Excel. The results highlighta good perspective for the irrigation system but this food system is conditioned by the petroleum price and some other input (fertilizer and seed). The operating accounts show that irrigation is a non-negligible income source, which increases the resilience of the farmers. [less ▲]

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See detailLe théâtre en vers d'Apollinaire
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Purnelle, Gérald; Delbreil, Daniel (Eds.) Apollinaire et le théâtre. Actes du XXIIIe colloque international de Stavelot (2016)

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See detailCASTLE4D: An Archaeological Information System Based on 3D Point Clouds
Luczfalvy Jancsó, Andrea ULg; Billen, Roland ULg; Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg et al

in Lerma, José Luis; Cabrelles, Miriam (Eds.) Proceedings of the Arqueológica 2.0 - 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation : Universitat Politècnica de València, Valence 5-7 septembre 2016 (2016)

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See detailTechno-economic optimization of isolate micro-grids including PV and Li-Ion Batteries in the Bolivian context
Balderrama, Sergio; Canedo, Walter; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of ECOS 2016 - the 29th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (2016)

In Bolivia 44 % of the people living in rural areas do not have reliable access to electric energy. This is due to a combination of unfavourable geography and the lack of economic resources to achieve the ... [more ▼]

In Bolivia 44 % of the people living in rural areas do not have reliable access to electric energy. This is due to a combination of unfavourable geography and the lack of economic resources to achieve the necessary infrastructure. In this context, the main goal of this study is to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of micro-grids including photovoltaic panels (PV), batteries systems and the possible inclusion of diesel generators for off-grid applications. To that aim, a linear optimization model was developed within the Pyomo framework in order to optimize both the installed capacities and dispatch of the PV, battery and diesel sub-systems. The defined objective function is the net present cost. The exogenous inputs of the optimization are the typical demand and solar irradiation of a region of Bolivia in order to achieve results close to real Bolivian systems. Results indicate that due to the high levels of subvention to hydrocarbons, the PV and Li-Ion technology are not yet competitive with a diesel generator for the electrification of rural areas. On the other hand a sensitivity analysis is performed and proves that if the government decide to stop part of the subvention or shared it between conventional and non-conventional sources, the PV becomes competitive and the Li-Ion batteries enter the market around 2020. [less ▲]

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See detailLes conceptions des futurs enseignants du secondaire en matière d'évaluation : frein ou levier à un changement de pratiques ?
Goffin, Christelle ULg; Fagnant, Annick ULg

in Cavaco, Carmen; Alves, Natãlia; Guimarães, Paula (Eds.) et al Actes du colloque de l’Admée-Europe. Actes du 28e colloque qui s’est tenu en janvier 2016 à Lisbonne : Avaliação e aprindizagem = Evaluations et apprentissages (2016)

Plusieurs recherches se sont intéressées aux conceptions des enseignants ou futurs enseignants en matière d’évaluation (Boraita & Issaieva, 2013 ; Issaieva & Crahay, 2010 ; Goffin, Renson & Fagnant, 2014 ... [more ▼]

Plusieurs recherches se sont intéressées aux conceptions des enseignants ou futurs enseignants en matière d’évaluation (Boraita & Issaieva, 2013 ; Issaieva & Crahay, 2010 ; Goffin, Renson & Fagnant, 2014 ; Soussi, Ducrey, Ferrez, Nidegger & Viry, 2006). Elles pointent des conceptions relativement positives à propos des évaluations formatives, tout en en marquant les limites quant aux retombées dans les classes. Les modifications des pratiques seraient en effet tributaires de résistances diverses, liées notamment « à la complexité et la lourdeur qui caractérise la mise en place des démarches concrètes en vue de réguler au mieux les apprentissages » (Boraita & Issaieva, p. 1). Les résistances pourraient aussi s’expliquer par une non-prise en compte des conceptions à l’entrée en formation et par la difficulté de réellement les infléchir (Crahay, Wanlin, Issaieva & Laduron, 2010). La présente étude s’intéresse aux conceptions des futurs enseignants du secondaire. S’appuyant sur un questionnaire soumis à environ 250 étudiants à leur entrée en formation initiale, elle cherche à cerner la façon dont ils perçoivent, spontanément d’abord puis de manière plus ou moins incitative ensuite, les liens entre évaluation et apprentissage. Considérant que les conceptions des futurs enseignants proviennent de sources diverses, dont notamment les expériences qu’ils ont vécues eux-mêmes en tant qu’élève (Crahay & al., 2010 ; Vause, 2010), l’étude s’intéresse également aux différentes formes d’évaluation auxquelles ils ont été confrontés dans leur parcours scolaire et à anticiper des leviers et freins potentiels pour leurs pratiques futures. A plus long terme, l’objectif est de prendre en compte ces conceptions dans le cadre de la formation, pariant sur l’idée qu’une réelle prise en compte des conceptions les plus ancrées et des freins anticipés pourraient être bénéfique pour un transfert vers la pratique. [less ▲]

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See detail"Nos coeurs pendent aux citronniers". Fruits et fleurs de la Méditerranée dans la poésie d'Apollinaire
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Debon, Claude (Ed.) Apollinaire méditerranéen. Actes du XXIIe colloque international. Aix-en-Provence, 11, 12 et 13 avril 2013 (2016)

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See detailFranz Thedieck (1900-1995) und das Verhältnis zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik "von Weimar nach Bonn": eine biographische Annäherung
Brüll, Christoph ULg

in Thomes, Paul (Ed.) Von der Narration zur Methode. Neue Impulse in der historischen Biographieforschung (2016)

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See detailMethod for detecting interest points in images using angular signatures
Grogna, David ULg; Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

in IEEE Xplore Digital Library (2016)

We present an innovative method for detecting interest points (IPs) in grayscale and color images. It is based on the use of angular signatures (ASs), produced by spinning, at each pixel in the image, an ... [more ▼]

We present an innovative method for detecting interest points (IPs) in grayscale and color images. It is based on the use of angular signatures (ASs), produced by spinning, at each pixel in the image, an "x-tapered, y-derivative, half-Gaussian kernel" in discrete angular steps. By exploiting the AS(s) produced at each pixel, it automatically "classifies" the pixel as being an IP or not. We present preliminary results on synthetic grayscale and real color 2D images, and these confirm the potential value of the method. It can easily be extended from grayscale and color images to images with any number of components, as well as to 3D volumetric images and images on grids of higher dimensionality. It is useful for stereo matching and video tracking. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a New Design Equation for Piano Key Weirs Discharge Capacity
Bashiri Atrabi, Hamid ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in Proc. of the 6th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (2016)

Piano Key weirs are Labyrinth like weirs which can be placed on the top of gravity dams. They represent a powerful solution to increase the discharge capacity of existing dam spillways. For proper design ... [more ▼]

Piano Key weirs are Labyrinth like weirs which can be placed on the top of gravity dams. They represent a powerful solution to increase the discharge capacity of existing dam spillways. For proper design it is necessary to accurately predict this discharge capacity. In this research, artificial neural network, multiple linear and nonlinear regressions are used to set up a new design equation for the discharge capacity of Piano Key weirs. The effect of each parameter on the discharge capacity of Piano Key weirs is tested in these models. Several non-dimensional parameters are used to define a functional relationship between the inputs and output. These parameters are built from the geometric dimensions of the structure such as weir height, inlet and outlet keys width, overhangs length, water head and side crest length. Previous experimental data, which were collected at the experimental laboratory of the research group Hydraulics in Environmental and Civil Engineering (HECE), University of Liege, are used for training and testing patterns of the models. Root mean square errors (RMSE) and coefficient of determination (R2) are used as comparing criteria for the evaluation of the models. The models’ results are compared with experimental results and other existing equations. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Groupe de Liège autour de Jacques Izoard
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Saint-Amand, Denis (Ed.) La Dynamique des groupes littéraires (2016)

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See detailÉvaluation des réparations en béton et identification des principaux facteurs d’influence
Bissonnette, Benoît; Courard, Luc ULg; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in Courard, Luc; Collin, Frédéric; Cerfontaine, Benjamin (Eds.) RUGC 2016 (2016)

La réparation et le renforcement des structures existantes en béton comptent parmi les plus importants défis auxquels les ingénieurs civils sont confrontés aujourd’hui et qu’ils devront relever dans les ... [more ▼]

La réparation et le renforcement des structures existantes en béton comptent parmi les plus importants défis auxquels les ingénieurs civils sont confrontés aujourd’hui et qu’ils devront relever dans les années à venir. Les préoccupations actuelles concernant le développement durable favorisent la réfection au détriment de la construction neuve et ne peuvent que renforcer cette tendance. Des efforts concertés de la part des scientifiques et ingénieurs sont encore nécessaires afin d’améliorer la conception des réparations en béton et d’en assurer la qualité et la fiabilité attendues. L’un des aspects essentiels de la durabilité des réparations en béton et des revêtements ou traitements de surface est la qualité de l’adhérence entre le matériau de réparation et le béton existant. Le présent article résume les principales conclusions de travaux réalisés en collaboration en vue d’identifier les facteurs influençant l’adhérence des réparations (la rugosité, le degré de saturation et la carbonatation du substrat) et l’évaluation de celle-ci en conditions in situ (type de chargement, alignement de l’appareil). Sur la base des résultats recueillis, des recommandations ont été émises dans un guide du USBR [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of acoustic degradations on cover song identification systems
Osmalsky, Julien ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in International Congress on Acoustics: ICA 2016 (2016)

Cover song identification systems deal with the problem of identifying different versions of an audio query in a reference database. Such systems involve the computation of pairwise similarity scores ... [more ▼]

Cover song identification systems deal with the problem of identifying different versions of an audio query in a reference database. Such systems involve the computation of pairwise similarity scores between a query and all the tracks of a database. The usual way of evaluating such systems is to use a set of audio queries, extract features from them, and compare them to other tracks in the database to report diverse statistics. Databases in such research are usually designed in a controlled environment, with relatively clean audio signals. However, in real life conditions, audio signals can be seriously modified due to acoustic degradations. For example, depending on the context, audio can be modified by room reverberation, or by added hands clapping noise in a live concert, etc. In this paper, we study how environmental audio degradations affect the performance of several state-of-the-arty cover song recognition systems. In particular, we study how reverberation, ambient noise and distortion affect the performance of the systems. We further investigate the effect of recording or playing music through a smartphone for music recognition. To achieve this, we use an audio degradation toolbox to degrade the set of queries to be evaluated. We propose a comparison of the performance achieved with cover song identification systems based on several harmonic and timbre features under ideal and noisy conditions. We demonstrate that the performance depends strongly on the degradation method applied to the source, and quantify the performance using multiple statistics. [less ▲]

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See detailLes documents officiels romains d’époque républicaine et du Principat d’Auguste
Famerie, Etienne ULg

in Pierangelo Buongirno (Ed.) Texte regenerieren, Kontexte rekonstruieren (2016)

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See detailTechniques for modulating error resilience in emerging multi-value technologies
Sjalander, Magnus; Borgstr, Gustaf; Klymenko, Mykhailo ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers (2016)

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See detailLaBGen-P: A Pixel-Level Stationary Background Generation Method Based on LaBGen
Laugraud, Benjamin ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in 2016 International Conference on Pattern Recognition Contest Proceedings (2016)

Estimating the stationary background of a video sequence is useful in many applications like surveillance, segmentation, compression, inpainting, privacy protection, and computational photography. To ... [more ▼]

Estimating the stationary background of a video sequence is useful in many applications like surveillance, segmentation, compression, inpainting, privacy protection, and computational photography. To perform this task, we introduce the LaBGen-P method based on the principles of LaBGen and the conclusions drawn in the corresponding paper. It combines a pixel-wise median filter and a pixel selection mechanism based on a motion detection performed by the frame difference algorithm. By working with pixels instead of patches, as originally done in LaBGen, it avoids some discontinuities between different spatial areas and generates better visual results. In this paper, we describe the LaBGen-P method, study its performance on the sequences of the SBMnet dataset, and compare it to that of LaBGen and other methods on the same dataset. Both algorithms emerged as the best ones during the IEEE Scene Background Modeling Contest (SBMC) organized in 2016. However, as there is not yet a good understanding of the recommended metrics, and due to the small amount of video sequences provided with the corresponding ground truth, we have performed a subjective evaluation. More precisely, 35 human experts were asked to compare background images estimated by LaBGen-P and LaBGen, and select the best one. From these experiments, it turns out that the results of LaBGen-P are preferred for about two thirds of the video sequences. Note that we provide an open-source C++ implementation at http://www.telecom.ulg.ac.be/labgen. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Cybernetic Tower by Nicolas Schöffer: the conservator’s role between continuity and historicity of the production
D'Haenens, Manon ULg

in Hermens, E, Robertson, Fr. (Ed.) Authenticity in Transition, Changing practices in art making and conservation, Proceedings of the NeCCAR Conference, Glasgow december 2014 (2016)

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See detailIndoor Joinery and Furniture Made for Eighteenth-Century Houses in Liège (Belgium)
Gilles, Isabelle ULg

in Sosnowska, Philippe; Charruadas, Paulo; Fraiture, Pascale (Eds.) et al From Carpentry to joinery : floors and ceilings, shutters and frames, doors and panelling in medieval and modern architecture (2016)

Though few eighteenth-century houses in Liège have conserved their original wooden furniture or fittings, archival research reveals that these elements constituted a key aspect of the domestic interior ... [more ▼]

Though few eighteenth-century houses in Liège have conserved their original wooden furniture or fittings, archival research reveals that these elements constituted a key aspect of the domestic interior. The present work draws largely on a series of public announcements known as Rendages proclamatoires which concerned property belonging to orphans sold by public auction, that exist. From 1697 to 1765, these sources provided descriptions of 257 houses situated within the city walls. The wooden furniture and fittings of eighteenth-century Liegerian houses can clearly be seen to be pertain to far more than the sole history of joinery: they also tell the story of Liege’s domestic living spaces in terms of social structure and cultural change. As such they eloquently illustrate the fact that it is only by taking into account the Old Regime’s conception of architecture as a total entity that we can today work towards establishing an increasingly just, coherent and complete understanding of ancient edifices. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle des ecclésiastiques dans les armées françaises d’Italie à l’époque du Grand Schisme d’Occident (1382-1411)
Masson, Christophe ULg

in Jalabert, Laurent; Simiz, Stefano (Eds.) Le solat face au clerc. Armée et religion en Europe occidentale (XVe–XIXe siècles) (2016)

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See detailPresentazione del Tesoro dei Lessici degli Antichi Volgari Italiani (TLAVI)
Aresti, Alessandro ULg

in Bozzi, Andrea; Fairon, Cédric; Trotter, David (Eds.) Actes du XXVIIe Congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (Nancy, 15-20 juillet 2013). Section 16 : Projets en cours ; ressources et outils nouveaux. Nancy, ATILF (2016)

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See detailDevelopment and use of foamed recycled fibers to control shrinkage cracking of cementitious mortars
Coppola, Bartolomeo ULg; Di Maio, Luciano; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 4rd Workshop "The New Boundaries of Structural Concrete" (2016)

In this study a new class of engineered fibers were produced using end of waste materials obtained from post-consumer plastics. Taking into account the rising issue of plastic waste disposal and the ... [more ▼]

In this study a new class of engineered fibers were produced using end of waste materials obtained from post-consumer plastics. Taking into account the rising issue of plastic waste disposal and the importance of fiber/matrix adhesion for composites materials, recycled plastic fibers with improved adhesion were developed. In particular, foamed fibers presenting a rough surface and a porous morphology were obtained by a foam extrusion process using a chemical blowing agent. Fiber reinforced mortars (FRMs) were produced containing foamed fibers at three volume fractions (0.50, 1 and 2 %) and two lengths (15 and 30 mm). FRM plastic shrinkage cracking resistance was investigated: the better adhesion of foamed fibers influenced cracks propagation, reducing crack area and delaying crack openings during shrinkage. Moreover, shorter fibers are better efficient in controlling cracks length while longer fibers are able to reduce cracks width and number. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ULg Multimodality Drowsiness Database (called DROZY) and examples of use
Massoz, Quentin ULg; Langohr, Thomas ULg; François, Clémentine ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) (2016)

Drowsiness is a major cause of accidents, in particular in road transportation. It is thus crucial to develop robust drowsiness monitoring systems. There is a widespread agreement that the best way to ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is a major cause of accidents, in particular in road transportation. It is thus crucial to develop robust drowsiness monitoring systems. There is a widespread agreement that the best way to monitor drowsiness is by closely monitoring symptoms of drowsiness that are directly linked to the physiology of an operator such as a driver. The best systems are completely transparent to the operator until the moment he/she must react. In transportation, cameras placed in the passenger compartment and looking at least at the face of the driver are most likely the best way to sense physiology related symptoms such as facial expressions and the fine behavior of the eyeballs and eyelids. We present here the new database (available on http://www.drozy.ulg.ac.be) called DROZY that provides multiple modalities of data to tackle the design of drowsiness monitoring systems and related experiments. We also present two novel systems developed using this database that can make predictions about the speed of reaction of an operator by using near-infrared intensity and range images of his/her face. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroanalyzes of remarkable microfossils of the Late Mesoproterozoic–Early Neoproterozoic
Cornet, Yohan ULg; Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Kabamba Baludikay, Blaise ULg et al

in European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016 Vienna, Austria, 2016 (2016)

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See detailAgriculture towards a more sustainable development: the case of Wallonia (South of Belgium)
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Svatos, Miroslav et al. (Ed.) International Scientific Conference Agrarian Perspectives XXV "Global and European Challenges for Production, Agribusiness and the Rural Economy", Prague, Czech Republic, September 14-16, 2016: book of abstracts (2016)

The new Common Agricultural Policy defined in 2013 and implemented since 2015 created the so-called "green payment" and also supports organic farming and origin-labelled products in order to produce more ... [more ▼]

The new Common Agricultural Policy defined in 2013 and implemented since 2015 created the so-called "green payment" and also supports organic farming and origin-labelled products in order to produce more sustainable agricultural activities. This paper analyses the impact of the green payment on Walloon agriculture in 2015 and the evolution of organic farming and origin-labelled products in the South of Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailRuptures et démesures de l'architecture non standard à l'ère du numérique: la paramétrisation comme outil de réconciliation.
Stals, Adeline ULg; Elsen, Catherine ULg; Jancart, Sylvie ULg

in Goulette, Jean-Pierre; Ferries, Bernard (Eds.) Actes du Séminaire de Conception Architecturale Numérique (2016)

L’intégration de l’outil numérique au processus de conception architectural a ouvert les champs morphologiques et a favorisé l’émergence de l’architecture non standard. Cette contribution identifie les ... [more ▼]

L’intégration de l’outil numérique au processus de conception architectural a ouvert les champs morphologiques et a favorisé l’émergence de l’architecture non standard. Cette contribution identifie les principaux bouleversements pratiques et réflexifs liés à l’émergence de cette architecture parfois démesurée. Il les résume en trois ruptures entre les différentes phases du projet-objet et les acteurs du projet. Nous proposons ensuite de considérer la modélisation paramétrique comme l’un des outils d’une maîtrise renouvelée du processus de génération de la forme, et de la forme elle-même. [less ▲]

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See detailLes compétences et les modes de saisine de la Cour constitutionnelle : état des lieux au lendemain de la sixième réforme de l’État
Miny, Xavier ULg

in La Cour constitutionnelle - De l'art de modeler le Droit pour préserver l'Egalité - Actes du colloque du 28 avril 2016 organisé par la Conférence libre du Jeune Barreau de Liège (2016)

La contribution est dédiée à la présentation générale de la Cour constitutionnelle, ainsi qu'aux méthodes pour la saisir. Dans cette perspective, l'étude retrace également en détail l'évolution des ... [more ▼]

La contribution est dédiée à la présentation générale de la Cour constitutionnelle, ainsi qu'aux méthodes pour la saisir. Dans cette perspective, l'étude retrace également en détail l'évolution des compétences de la Cour constitutionnelle depuis sa création, jusqu'à sa situation après la sixième réforme de l'État. [less ▲]

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See detailFrequencies of Nappe Vibration for Free-overfall Structures
Lodomez, Maurine ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in 6th IAHR IJREWHS (2016)

Under relatively low-head discharges, the occurrence of nappe oscillation, otherwise known as nappe vibration, may be observed on hydraulic structures with a free overfall, such as weirs, crest gates and ... [more ▼]

Under relatively low-head discharges, the occurrence of nappe oscillation, otherwise known as nappe vibration, may be observed on hydraulic structures with a free overfall, such as weirs, crest gates and fountains. This phenomenon, which has been early identified as undesirable and potentially dangerous on gates, is characterized by oscillations in the thin flow nappe cascading downstream of the crest. In addition, these oscillations produce a significant level of noise and acoustic pressure waves that increase the environmental and societal impacts of the structure. A review of the scientific literature shows a lack of consensus regarding the causes and source of the oscillations development. In this context of relatively poor understanding of the dominant processes, a detailed investigation has been undertaken to identify and quantify the nappe vibration mechanism. The research is being performed with a prototype-scale linear weir located at the Engineering Hydraulics laboratory of the University of Liège. The study employs high-speed cameras and audio equipment to characterize the nappe vibration. This paper presents first characteristics of the nappe vibrations gained from images and sound analysis, especially in terms of vibration frequency, for a quarter round and a half round weir crest. This study shows that frequencies measured by sound and image analyses are identical and depend on the crest shape, the fall height and the unit discharge. [less ▲]

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See detailLes frontières du droit à l'épreuve des films de mafias
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Pasteger, David ULg

in Flores-Lonjou, Magalie (Ed.) Frontière(s) au cinéma - Actes des septièmes rencontres "Droit et cinéma" (2016)

demander dans quelle mesure l’injonction du brigand qui exige « la bourse ou la vie ! » peut être comparée à la norme de comportement édictée par un Etat sous la forme d’une loi, c’est poser la ... [more ▼]

demander dans quelle mesure l’injonction du brigand qui exige « la bourse ou la vie ! » peut être comparée à la norme de comportement édictée par un Etat sous la forme d’une loi, c’est poser la sempiternelle question de la frontière qui sépare le droit du non-droit, tout au moins dans une perspective juspositiviste, en tant que cette école de théorie du droit refuse de définir le phénomène juridique en se référant à une valeur ou un ensemble de valeurs. La frontière du droit et du non-droit est en effet particulièrement difficile à tracer, nonobstant plusieurs siècles de discussions philosophiques à ce sujet. Lorsque, fatigué de parcourir les chemins, le brigand décide de s’installer en ville pour s’y adonner au racket des commerçants du quartier et qu’il s’adjoint ensuite le concours d’autres bandits, c’est un gang de malfaiteurs qui voit le jour. Si, ultérieurement, ce gang se concerte avec d’autres bandes de truands pour s’épauler mutuellement dans les exactions auxquelles ils se livrent sur leurs territoires respectifs, il prend alors la forme d’une organisation criminelle ou, au sens large du terme, d’une « mafia ». Le cinéma de Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Sergio Leone ou bien encore Matteo Garrone, entre autres, dépeint, souvent avec réalisme, la genèse et le fonctionnement de telles organisations criminelles. La communication a proposé, au moyen d’illustrations tirées des films de ces grands cinéastes, une analyse de microscopie juridique du crime organisé. Une description serrée de la particule élémentaire du phénomène juridique, identifiée par Lucien François dans son ouvrage de théorie du droit Le cap des Tempêtes sous l’appellation de « jurème », met en lumière une indéniable proximité entre les techniques de pouvoir utilisées respectivement par le brigand isolé, la bande organisée et l’Etat souverain. En remontant ensuite vers la structure plus complexe d’un système étatique, on se demandera si, en fin de compte, dans la vision juspositiviste poussée au bout de sa logique par Lucien François, l’Etat ne pourrait être réduit, d’un point de vue ontologique, à un pouvoir de fait comparable, par les techniques de contrainte qu’il exerce sur ses sujets, à une organisation criminelle – abstraction faite des valeurs promues ou poursuivies par tel ou tel appareil étatique. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do small and medium architectural firms deal with architectural complexity? A look into digital practices
Stals, Adeline ULg; Jancart, Sylvie ULg; Elsen, Catherine ULg

in Hentila, Helka-Liisa; Herneoja, Aulikki; Pihlajaniemi, Henrika (Eds.) et al Proceedings of te 34th eCAADe annual conference: Complexity and Simplicity (2016)

Digital design tools are nowadays deeply rooted in most architectural design processes. Either used as a way to communicate a designed artifact, or rather as a medium to test innovative morphologies ... [more ▼]

Digital design tools are nowadays deeply rooted in most architectural design processes. Either used as a way to communicate a designed artifact, or rather as a medium to test innovative morphologies (lately referred to as non-standard architecture), these design tools profoundly shape the way architects envision complexity all along their day-to-day tasks. The large teams of "star-architects" were able to develop dedicated and specific strategies and digital tools to overcome some of the technological gaps they were faced to when using commercial packages. But how are small and medium firms dealing with the inherent complexities of such software? This contribution analyzes how those firms (and more specifically the Walloon ones) deal with the growing complexity of digital tools, both in terms of use and interdisciplinarity. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh rate monitoring CH4 production dynamics and their link with behavioral phases in cattle
Blaise, Yannick ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg et al

in EAAP – 67 th Annual Meeting, Belfast 2016 (2016)

Microbial fermentation in the rumen produces methane (CH4) which is a loss of energy for ruminants and also contributes to global warming. While the respiration chamber is the standard reference for CH4 ... [more ▼]

Microbial fermentation in the rumen produces methane (CH4) which is a loss of energy for ruminants and also contributes to global warming. While the respiration chamber is the standard reference for CH4 emissions quantification, daily CH4 production dynamics can be measured only by steps of 30 min and measurements on pasture are impossible. The alternative method using SF6 as tracer gas can be applied for grazing animals but provides average CH4 production values over at least several hours, making it impossible to measure short term dynamics of rumen CH4 production with changing animal behavior along the day. Newly developed methods using CO2 as internal tracer gas extrapolate CH4 emissions from few short measurements. However, both CO2 and CH4 emissions fluctuate during the day depending on the behavior and the post-feeding times questioning the validity of this method. Therefore, an innovative device was developed to monitor at a high rate CH4 and CO2 emission dynamics in order to investigate the link between CH4 dynamics and the animal behavior on pasture. Preliminary results showed the ability of the device to record differences in CH4:CO2 ratios and eructation frequencies according to the individual and the behavior. Results from complementary experiments in barn with animals fed contrasting diets regarding CH4 production (with and without linseed) and on pasture with different forage allowance will be presented in order to highlight how post-feeding time and grazing behavior impact CO2 and CH4 emission dynamics along the day. [less ▲]

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See detailNoWaste: waste heat re-use for greener truck
Bettoja, Federica; Perosino, Andrea; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of 6th Transport Research Arena (2016)

The present paper summarizes the key points of the European NoWaste Project, which aims at developing Rankine cycle systems for integration into long-haul trucks with the aim to convert the waste heat of ... [more ▼]

The present paper summarizes the key points of the European NoWaste Project, which aims at developing Rankine cycle systems for integration into long-haul trucks with the aim to convert the waste heat of the exhaust gases into useful energy usable in mechanical or electrical form. The first part of the paper describes the ORC system architectures defined for two different truck engines: one with EGR and the other one without EGR. For both engines, different cycle configurations and working fluids are compared in terms of energy performance and technical constraints. For both ORC systems, the paper shows the final technical choices made in terms of main components: boiler, condenser, expander and pump. The second part of the paper presents preliminary experimental results carried out on demonstrators of the two ORC systems. The objectives of these tests were to check the performance announced by the components’ manufacturers. Finally, the last part of the paper compares the cost of both systems. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal and visual comfort under different trees cover in urban spaces at Constantine city centre - hot and dry climate
LOUAFI BELLARA, Samira; ABDOU, Saliha; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Proceedings of the International Conference PLEA 2016 : "Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments" (2016)

In urban environments, vegetated spaces have proven to act as ameliorating factors of some climatic features related to heat stress, reducing their effects and providing comfortable outdoor settings for ... [more ▼]

In urban environments, vegetated spaces have proven to act as ameliorating factors of some climatic features related to heat stress, reducing their effects and providing comfortable outdoor settings for people. The consideration of the thermal and visual outdoor conditions in cities is increasingly important for the well-being of man and the use of public spaces. Tree shaded areas can reduce the heat effect by amelioration of microclimate and human outdoor thermal comfort. The objective of this research is to investigate thermal and visual comfort and perception in tree shaded area in open urban spaces and to compare the performance of areas shaded by different types of tree coverage, including an open area without vegetation, located in a hot and dry climate. The methodology is based on a combination of an investigation conducted by structured interview, microclimate measurement. Measurements of air temperature, air humidity, wind speed, solar global radiation, luminance and the sky view factor combined with comfort surveys were performed during summer in different areas in the city center of Constantine in Algeria (a hot and dry climate). The results indicate that the percentage of tree coverage of a space is a highly important metric to assess outdoor comfort in a hot-dry climate and that it influences mainly the use of outdoor recreational areas. Dense vegetation cover optimises the microclimatic environment for pedestrians' thermal and visual comfort in urban spaces, under these climatic conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLes obligations, la responsabilité et l’assurance de l’architecte. Panorama général et pistes de réflexion
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Uytterhoeven, Kristof (Ed.) L’architecte au 21ième siècle. Profession libérale ou entreprise protégée ? La loi du 20 février 1939 : 75 ans (2016)

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See detailA new index to measure the human well-being in Wallonia and its communes (South of Belgium)
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Petropoulos, D.; Kyriazopoulos, G. (Eds.) 1st International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) 2-4 October 2015: The advantages and disadvantages of Economic Crises: Conference proceedings (2016)

In 2012, the Walloon Government ordered the Walloon Institute for Prospective, Evaluation and Statistics (IWEPS) to calculate five indexes in order to guide and evaluate the public actions, together with ... [more ▼]

In 2012, the Walloon Government ordered the Walloon Institute for Prospective, Evaluation and Statistics (IWEPS) to calculate five indexes in order to guide and evaluate the public actions, together with the GDP. The index for the conditions of human well-being (CWBI) is presently the first step in the elaboration of the wellbeing index. The methodology is the one used by the Council of Europe. Actually, the CWBI is calculated by using 60 basic indicators, gathered into 8 families. After normalisation, the CWBI is the arithmetic mean of the 60 basic indicators, each of them having the same weight. The CWBI was calculated for the 262 communes of Wallonia and varies from 0.428 to 0.674, with a regional mean of 0.572. An opposition between urban and rural communes clearly appears, the last ones having the best scores. Communes along the borders of Germany and Luxemburg have the highest indexes, while communes in the old industrial areas have the lowest scores. Employment, income, family relations and security are the factors which are the most narrowly linked to the CWBI. At the communal level, social and security expenses per capita have a significant and negative correlation coefficient with the CWBI. In the future, in order to elaborate a finer index, new data, up to now not directly available, will be collected at the communal level, about quantitative and qualitative aspects. [less ▲]

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See detailBack to the Text: Artists’ Recipe Books as Source for Historical Research in Art Technology
Neven, Sylvie ULg

in Sources on Art Technology : Back to Basics (2016)

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See detailBiotechnolgia w rozrodzie koni
Deleuze, Stefan ULg; Gajewski, Zdzislaw; Faundez, Ricardo et al

in Rozrod koni, Wybrane aspekty IV Monograph (2016)

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See detailSocial Life Cycle Assessment in Bio-Based Industries: Identifying Main Indicators and Impacts
Rafiaani, P.; Van Passel, S.; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

in Ban, Marko et al. (Ed.) 11th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems : book of abstracts (2016)

Assessing social impacts of various products, services and human activities has achieved an increasing interest worldwide. The nature of sustainability of biobased industries from a social point of view ... [more ▼]

Assessing social impacts of various products, services and human activities has achieved an increasing interest worldwide. The nature of sustainability of biobased industries from a social point of view is how and to what extent they are perceived by society, and how various societies take advantages from such activities. However, an important issue is that social factors are not usually easy to be quantitatively analyzed and although the social impacts might be very remarkable, especially at the local scale, they have been not possible to be investigated in the majority of impact evaluations in the past. Despite the existence of many different methodologies towards Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) to address social impacts of various businesses and industries, most of them impartially address social performances of an industry. The aim of this paper is to highlight the main criteria that need to be taken into account in SLCA approaches for identifying the social indicators and impacts of biobased industries that is a timely topic worldwide toward climate change mitigation goals. Accordingly, considering the general approach of SLCA and particularly its inventory analysis phase for impact categories and indicator determinations, the paper provides an overview of the existing guidelines and frameworks for identifying social indicators and impact categories associated with bio-industries. In conclusion, main impact categories and indicators formulated in the existing frameworks applied to biobased industries are demonstrated as a basic set of applicable elements of social dimensions in evaluating bio-industries’ sustainability when conducting SLCAs. The state of the art for this study mainly includes leading journal articles, international reports and conference papers up to and including 2016 on SLCA in biobased industries. According to the reviewed frameworks in this study, quantitative, midpoint and sitespecific data are the main elements taken into account when collecting the data for biobased product social impact assessment. This study also reveals that although SLCA is in its early steps of development and despite in numerous cases, conducting a comprehensive SLCA is not yet feasible, it has been considered to have substantially promising methodological attributes that can help policymakers and other stakeholders to quantify and assess sustainability of bio-industries from the social perspective. Recommendations for further research work concerning SLCA in bio-industries are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailAutonomes ou dépendantes ? Les Filles de la Charité en principauté de Liège, XVIIe-XIXe siècle
Henneau, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

in Brejon de Lavergnée, Matthieu (Ed.) Des Filles de la Charité aux sœurs de Saint-Vincent-de-Paul : quatre siècles de « cornettes » (XVIIe-XXe siècle) (2016)

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See detailAn approach for detection of glomeruli in multisite digital pathology
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Olivo-Marin, Jean-Christophe; Meas-Yedid, Vannary

in Proceedings International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (2016)

We present a novel bioimage informatics workflow that combines Icy and Cytomine software and their algorithms to enable large-scale analysis of digital slides from multiple sites. In particular, we apply ... [more ▼]

We present a novel bioimage informatics workflow that combines Icy and Cytomine software and their algorithms to enable large-scale analysis of digital slides from multiple sites. In particular, we apply this workflow on renal biopsies and evaluate empirically our approach for the automatic detection of glomeruli in hundreds of tissue sections. [less ▲]

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See detailContract farming application in the Vietnamese shrimp value chain
Ho, T. M. H.; Burny, Philippe ULg

in Petropoulos, D.; Kyriazopoulos, G. (Eds.) 2nd International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) 9-12 June 2016 : book of abstracts (2016)

Shrimp value chain in Vietnam functions with a large number of farmers. They stayed in the weakest position in the chain due to their small individual scale with an average land of about 0.5 ha/farm, and ... [more ▼]

Shrimp value chain in Vietnam functions with a large number of farmers. They stayed in the weakest position in the chain due to their small individual scale with an average land of about 0.5 ha/farm, and low skills [1]. As a leader and holding the strongest power in the shrimp value chain, the processors determine shrimp prices and set up requirements of shrimp quality and size in the market though quality control has not been completely implemented due to the limitations of financial capital, knowledge, awareness, as well as the quality of raw material supplied by collectors and farmers. In order to help the shrimp sector working more efficiently, the Vietnamese government brought together shrimp farmers and plant processors through a farming contract. Two years after this application, the contract farming model failed due to the floor price mechanism, risk sharing, small scale of the model while there are excess suppliers in the market, administrative misconception and inefficient public management. As a result, farmers still stay at the weakest position and the shrimp sector could not improve its product safety to adapt the requirement of import markets. The study results recommend necessarily a planning and projection of shrimp production zones, re-organizing shrimp farmers into legal teams or groups or cooperatives to increase the size of the existing shrimp cultivation units in Vietnam. [less ▲]

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See detailL'appartement des bains et le cabinet des peintures du château de Fontainebleau sous le règne d'Henri IV
Fagnart, Laure ULg

in Nativel, Colette (Ed.) Henri IV. Art et pouvoir (2016)

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See detailTime-Varying Modal Parameters Identification in the Modal Domain
Bertha, Mathieu ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Proceedings of ISMA 2016 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (2016)

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See detailMethodology to model the energy vulnerability of households in Europe based on the current mapping of fuel poverty and transport poverty and its likely evolution until 2040
Pierson, Charlotte; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Proceedings of the Urban Transition Global Summit 2016 (2016)

Fuel poverty refers to a situation in which an individual or household is not able to meet their basic energy needs. Fuel poverty is currently growing in the European Union. Research in this field is ... [more ▼]

Fuel poverty refers to a situation in which an individual or household is not able to meet their basic energy needs. Fuel poverty is currently growing in the European Union. Research in this field is often limited to the assessment of the current risk of fuel poverty based on energy consumptions due to housing. Urban sprawl generates a significant increase in energy consumption related to daily mobility, which generates energy poverty related to transportation needs. This article presents a methodology for modeling the current and future energy poverty of households in Europe on the basis of energy consumptions due to housing, to daily mobility and their combination. Indicators for fuel poverty and transport poverty will be based on Hills’ method, which is widely recognized internationally for fuel poverty assessment and which takes into account two thresholds: energy expenses of households and their available residual income. This article will outline the spatial modeling process of energy costs due to dwellings and mobility thanks to the coupling of a GIS tool, cadastral datasets, existing methods for the assessment of buildings and transport energy consumptions and updated databases (EPB certificates, detailed mobility surveys, data from smart meters, mobile phones and GPS). Different scenarios will be selected to predict the evolution of fuel and transport poverty until 2040 on the basis of national and European prospective studies or, alternatively, based on the historical evaluation of some key parameters and their extrapolation. The evolution of built-up areas will be model thanks to the multinomial logistic regression model (MLR) that enables to visualize the consequence of different urban densities expansion. The different parameters that will influence the evolution of fuel and transport poverty until 2040 will be highlighted (climate change, urban expansion, fuel prices, energy performance of buildings and vehicles, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailBridging familiarity and novelty detection: a matter of timing?
Delhaye, Emma ULg; Barbeau, Emmanuel; Moulin, Christopher et al

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Memory (2016)

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See detailInfluence de la fraction granulaire et de l'origine des granulats recyclés sur leurs propriétés
Zhao, Zengfeng ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg et al

in Courard, Luc; Collin, Frédéric; Cerfontaine, Benjamin (Eds.) RUGC 2016 (2016)

De très grandes quantités de déchets de construction et de démolition sont produites chaque année. Afin de faire bon usage des granulats recyclés (GR) dans le béton, il est très important d’étudier ... [more ▼]

De très grandes quantités de déchets de construction et de démolition sont produites chaque année. Afin de faire bon usage des granulats recyclés (GR) dans le béton, il est très important d’étudier l’influence de la fraction granulaire et de l’origine des granulats recyclés sur leurs propriétés. Dans cette étude, les granulats recyclés de blocs (GR_Blocs) et de hourdis (GR_Hourdis) ont été concassés et puis séparés en 4 fractions granulaires (0/2, 2/6,3, 6,3/14, 14/20mm). Chaque fraction granulaire des GR a été caractérisée. Les résultats montrent que la teneur en pâte de ciment durcie des GR augmente lorsque la taille des particules diminue. Les sables recyclés possèdent ainsi des teneurs en pâte de ciment nettement plus élevées que les gravillons recyclés. Les sables recyclés possèdent en particulier un coefficient d’absorption d’eau très élevé par rapport aux gravillons recyclés. Les valeurs de teneur en pâte de ciment durcie obtenues pour les GR_Blocs sont plus faibles que celles mesurées sur les GR_Hourdis, ce qui provient d’une plus faible quantité de pâte de ciment initiale du bloc. Les résultats montrent que pour toutes les fractions des GR, les GR_Hourdis sont plus anguleux que les GR_Blocs. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the new Common Agricultural Policy (2015-2020) on the value of direct payments and on farmers’ income in Wallonia (South of Belgium)
Burny, Philippe ULg; Terrones Gavira, François ULg

in Kyriazopoulos, G.; Petropoulos, D. (Eds.) 1st International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) 2-4 October 2015: The advantages and disadvantages of Economic Crises: Conference proceedings (2016)

A new Common Agricultural Policy was defined in 2013, with a new structure for direct payment. In Wallonia, the government implemented the following scheme: 30% for the green payment, 29.9% for the basic ... [more ▼]

A new Common Agricultural Policy was defined in 2013, with a new structure for direct payment. In Wallonia, the government implemented the following scheme: 30% for the green payment, 29.9% for the basic payment, 17% for the additional payment for the first 30 ha, 1.8% for young farmers and 21.3% for couple payments. Due to convergence, the mean support through direct payments will decline from 21,900 € in 2014 to 19,283 € in 2019. The number of losers will be equivalent to the number of gainers. Regions where cereals and sugar beet are produced will lose the most, where the region suitable for cattle raising will gain somewhat. There will be a better distribution of direct payments among farmers: the Gini index will decline from 0.55 to 0.49. The highest negative impact on income will occur for the specialties “green crops”, “crops and dairy cattle” and “crops and non-dairy cattle”: the least negative impact will be observed within the specialties “dairy cattle”, “meat cattle” and “dairy and meat cattle”. The reform will be more profitable for the farms from 30 to 50 ha and will mainly impact the largest farms. Finally, the CAP reform implemented in Wallonia guarantees a smooth evolution to 2020. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a more sustainable development model in Belgium: the role of organic farming
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Petropoulos, D.; Kyriazopoulos, G. (Eds.) 2nd International Conference of Development and Economy (ICODECON) 9-12 June 2016 : book of abstracts (2016)

During the last years, organic farming considerably developed in Belgium. In 2014, it represented 5% of the total agricultural area and 4.5% of the number of farms [1]. Organic farming is mainly developed ... [more ▼]

During the last years, organic farming considerably developed in Belgium. In 2014, it represented 5% of the total agricultural area and 4.5% of the number of farms [1]. Organic farming is mainly developed in Wallonia where its share of the agricultural area exceeded 10% in 2014. Pastures for bovine production (meat and milk) and general crops (mainly cereals) are the most common cultivated areas. Poultry, eggs and vegetables recorded the highest increases. This success is partly the result of a strategic plan for the development of organic farming in Wallonia towards 2020 [2] and of remarkable financial support for the farmers [3]. More than 8,400 food and non-food organic products are available for the consumers. The number of prepared and processed food products is increasing. The market share of food organic products is still low, but continuously increasing: 1.3% in 2008, 2.3% in 2014. Remarkably, the expenses for organic food products still increased by 50% in 2014, while the total expenses for common food products declined for the first time since many years. The most important expenses per capita concern dairy products (5.40€), vegetables (4.74€), fruits (3.71€) and bovine and pork meat (2.84€). The main locations where food organic products are bought are supermarkets (45%) and specialized shops (31%). Families with children and high income and retired people with high income count for more than 5% of the expenses for organic food, while single persons aged over 40 are the category which spend the highest share of its income (4.1%) for organic food. In such conditions, organic farming is an important topic of the strategic plan for sustainable development presently proposed for discussion to the Walloon citizens. [less ▲]

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See detailAn investigation of inland water soundscapes: Which sonic sources influence acoustic levels?
Bolgan, Marta ULg; O' Brien, Joanne; Winfield, Ian J. et al

in Proceedings of meetings on acoustics Acoustical Society of America 27(1) (2016)

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See detailÉvaluation des impacts économiques indirects selon un scénario de risque d’inondation
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg et al

in Recueil des articles des 34èmes Rencontres Universitaires de Génie Civil de l'AUGC (2016)

In this paper, we propose an integrated framework to estimate the indirect economic impact due to flood risk in Belgium. By taking into account the land-use change and different scenarios of climate ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose an integrated framework to estimate the indirect economic impact due to flood risk in Belgium. By taking into account the land-use change and different scenarios of climate change, the economic impact can be estimated at the micro-scale level using an Input-Output (I-O) approach. I-O is an econometric model that represents the structure of an economy in the form of a Production-Consumption (P-C) matrix. From a physical point of view, it corresponds to commodity flows between different sectors classified according to the NACE code. This approach is implemented to describe and to better understand the propagation of higher order damage through the entire economic structure. This tool can be used to take strategic decisions in the case of transport and land-use policies within vulnerable areas. [less ▲]

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See detailAn integrated framework for forecasting travel behavior using Markov Chain Monte-Carlo simulation and profile Hidden Markov Models
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (2016)

Recent advances in agent-based micro-simulation modelling have further underlined the importance of a thorough full synthetic population procedure to guarantee a correct characterization of the true ... [more ▼]

Recent advances in agent-based micro-simulation modelling have further underlined the importance of a thorough full synthetic population procedure to guarantee a correct characterization of the true population. We propose an integrated approach including Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation and profiling based methods to catch the complexity and the diversity of agents of the true population through representative micro samples. The population synthesis method is capable of building the joint distribution of a given population with its corresponding marginal distributions (e.g. age, gender, socio-professional status etc.) using complete, partial conditional probabilities or both of them at the same time. Particularly, the estimation of socio-demographic variables and characterization of daily activity-travel patterns are included within the framework. Data stemming from the 2010 Belgian Household Daily Travel Survey (BELDAM) are used to calibrate the modelling framework. We illustrate that this framework catches in an efficient way the behavioral heterogeneity of travelers. Furthermore, we show that the proposed framework is adequately adapted to build large scale micro-simulation scenarios of transportation and urban systems. [less ▲]

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See detailImitative Learning for Online Planning in Microgrids
Aittahar, Samy ULg; François-Lavet, Vincent ULg; Lodeweyckx, Stefan et al

in Woon, Wei Lee; Zeyar, Aung; Stuart, Madnick (Eds.) Data Analytics for Renewable Energy Integration (2015, December 15)

This paper aims to design an algorithm dedicated to operational planning for microgrids in the challenging case where the scenarios of production and consumption are not known in advance. Using expert ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design an algorithm dedicated to operational planning for microgrids in the challenging case where the scenarios of production and consumption are not known in advance. Using expert knowledge obtained from solving a family of linear programs, we build a learning set for training a decision-making agent. The empirical performances in terms of Levelized Energy Cost (LEC) of the obtained agent are compared to the expert performances obtained in the case where the scenarios are known in advance. Preliminary results are promising. [less ▲]

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See detailLa renonciation, l'abdication et la rupture du contrat de travail
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in La rupture du contrat de travail : entre harmonisation et discrimination (2015, December 04)

L’étude, limitée au contexte de la dissolution du contrat de travail, aborde, dans une première partie, la possibilité pour les parties au contrat de travail de renoncer au bénéfice d’une disposition ... [more ▼]

L’étude, limitée au contexte de la dissolution du contrat de travail, aborde, dans une première partie, la possibilité pour les parties au contrat de travail de renoncer au bénéfice d’une disposition, possibilité liée au caractère impératif ou d’ordre de la disposition en cause. Est particulièrement étudié le lien entre le rapport de subordination et la faculté d’abdiquer un droit. Le document effectue ensuite une incursion dans la question de la preuve de la renonciation. La troisième partie passe en revue un large éventail de droits auxquels les parties pourraient être tentées de renoncer : clauses d’écolage, clauses de stabilité d’emploi, renonciation au droit d’invoquer la rupture du contrat de travail en cas d’acte équipollent à rupture ou de préavis nul, renonciation à la durée du préavis ou à l’indemnité en tenant lieu, renonciation au reclassement professionnel, aux droits découlant d’une convention collective, renonciation par un délégué du personnel, renonciation par la voie d’une convention collective, etc. Si la matière reste incertaine à bien des égards, elle est aussi en évolution, tant par l’effet de la jurisprudence que par l’action de la loi, et notamment celle du 26 décembre 2013 dite « statut unique », qui a modifié de manière sensible le champ de la licéité des renonciations au délai ou à l’indemnité compensatoire de préavis. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation de la quantité de matière sèche ingérée par les vaches laitières au pâturage en traite robotisée, utilisation de l’analyse des fèces en spectrométrie dans le proche infrarouge
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Decruyenaere, Virginie

in Agabriel, Jacques; Boichard, Didier; Choisis, Jean-Philippe (Eds.) et al 22èmes Rencontres autour des recherches sur les ruminants. (2015, December 02)

Malgré l’intérêt nutritionnel et économique de l’herbe dans la ration des vaches laitières, le pâturage est de plus en plus délaissé en raison notamment de l’automatisation de la traite et de l’extension ... [more ▼]

Malgré l’intérêt nutritionnel et économique de l’herbe dans la ration des vaches laitières, le pâturage est de plus en plus délaissé en raison notamment de l’automatisation de la traite et de l’extension de la taille des troupeaux. Une des raisons invoquées par les éleveurs pour cet abandon est leur manque de confiance par rapport aux quantités d’herbe réellement ingérées par les animaux et la crainte que ces apports inconstants se traduisent par des fluctuations de production laitière tant qualitative que quantitative. Or Decruyenaere et al. (2009, 2012) ont développé une méthode d’estimation de la matière sèche volontairement ingérée (MSVI) par analyse des bouses par spectrométrie dans le proche infra-rouge. Cette méthode présente l’avantage d’être non invasive, facile à mettre en œuvre sur le terrain et peu onéreuse. Le but de cette étude était donc d’évaluer l’utilisation de cette méthode dans un troupeau de vaches laitières traites par un robot mobile en pâture. Le troupeau (n=53) était divisé en 2 groupes dont le niveau de complémentation journalière était différent. Lors de la traite, le groupe 1 (GR1) recevait en moyenne 2,6 kg de concentrés/vache alors que le groupe 2 (GR2) en recevait 4,2 kg/vache. L’objectif était de vérifier l’impact du niveau de complémentation sur les résultats obtenus. Des prélèvements de fèces ont été faits une fois par mois sur 10 vaches (5 vaches par groupe) pendant 4 mois. Les spectres d’absorption dans le proche infra-rouge (NIR) ont été confrontés à des étalonnages NIR permettant l’estimation de la MSVI exprimée soit par rapport au poids vif (MSVI1), soit par rapport au poids métabolique (MSVI2). Ces estimations d’ingestion ont permis le calcul de la matière sèche journalière ingérée par vache (MSI1 et MSI2). Par ailleurs, les mesures d’herbe à l’entrée et à la sortie des parcelles pâturées ont été relevées ainsi que la densité du couvert herbacé pour évaluer la quantité d’herbe disponible. A ces valeurs de biomasses disponibles ont été additionnées des quantités de concentrés distribuées lors du passage des animaux au robot. Les valeurs moyennes de matière sèche ingérée (kg/vache/jour) pour le GR1 étaient de 15,20 ± 2,60 kg MS par la MSI1 et de 16,99 ± 1,80 kg MS pour la MSI2. Pour le GR2, la MSI1moyenne était de 20,20 ± 4,95 kg MS et la MSI2 moyenne de 21,95 ± 3,36 kg MS. L’estimation de la ration disponible par vache (kg MS herbe + kg MS concentrés) était de 17,25 ± 0,73 kg MS pour le GR1 et de 18,69 ±0,83 kg MS pour le GR2. Les valeurs obtenues par l’analyse NIR sont donc compatibles avec les quantités d’herbe et de concentrés disponibles. Les valeurs estimées par les 2 méthodes étaient hautement corrélées entre elles à part en période de faible ingestion (<10 kgMS). En ce cas la MSI2 semble donner des résultats plus fiables. En conclusion, l’analyse NIR des bouses apparaît une technique intéressante pour l’estimation de la quantité d’herbe ingérée au pâturage. [less ▲]

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See detailAsteroseismic hare & hound exercises: the case of β Cephei stars
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalbán, J.; Miglio, A. et al

in Martins, F.; Boissier, S.; Buat, V. (Eds.) et al SF2A-2015: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Eds.: F. Martins, S. Boissier, V. Buat, L. Cambrésy, P. Petit, pp.423-428 (2015, December 01)

The β Cephei pulsating stars present a unique opportunity to test and probe our knowledge of the interior of massive stars. The information that we can get depends on the quality and number of ... [more ▼]

The β Cephei pulsating stars present a unique opportunity to test and probe our knowledge of the interior of massive stars. The information that we can get depends on the quality and number of observational constraints, both seismic and classical ones. The asteroseismology of β Cephei stars proceeds by a forward approach, which can result in multiple solutions, without clear indication on the level of confidence. We seek a method to derive confidence intervals on stellar parameters and investigate how these latter behave depending on the seismic data accessible to the observer. We realise forward modelling with the help of a grid of pre-computed models. We also use Monte-Carlo simulations to build confidence intervals on the inferred stellar parameters. We apply and test this method in a series of hare and hound exercises on a subset of theoretical models simulating observed stars. Results show that a set of 5 frequencies (with knowledge of their associated angular degree) yields precise seismic constraints. Significant errors on the determination of the extent of the central mixed region may result when the theoretical models do not present the same chemical mixture as the observed star. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial thyrogastric autoimmune syndrome : a study of 22 kindreds
Sid, Sélim ULg; LUTTERI, Laurence ULg; BEGUIN, Yves ULg et al

in Abstract book - 20th Annual Congress of the Belgian Society of Internal Medicine (2015, December)

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See detailTowards DisNETPerf: a Distributed Internet Paths Performance Analyzer
Wassermann, Sarah ULg; Casas, Pedro; Donnet, Benoît ULg

in ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop: Heidelberg 1 décembre 2015 (2015, December)

For more than 25 years now, traceroute has demonstrated its supremacy for network-path measurement, becoming the most widely used Internet path diagnosis tool today. A major limitation of traceroute when ... [more ▼]

For more than 25 years now, traceroute has demonstrated its supremacy for network-path measurement, becoming the most widely used Internet path diagnosis tool today. A major limitation of traceroute when the destination is not controllable by the user is its inability to measure reverse paths, i.e., the path from a destination back to the source. Proposed techniques to address this issue rely on IP address spoofing, which might lead to security concerns. In this paper we introduce and evaluate DisNETPerf, a new tool for locating probes that are the closest to a distant server. Those probes are then used to collect data from the server point-of-view to the service user for path performance monitoring and troubleshooting purposes. We propose two techniques for probe location, and demonstrate that the reverse path can be measured with very high accuracy in certain scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailSwitch from Hashimoto Thyroiditis (HT) to Graves Basedow (GB) disease : a controlled study in a series of 15 patients
Maiga, I; BETEA, Daniela ULg; Geenen, Vincent ULg et al

in Abstract book - 20th Annual Congress of the Belgian Society of Internal Medicine (2015, December)

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See detailHow to Discount Deep Reinforcement Learning: Towards New Dynamic Strategies
François-Lavet, Vincent ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

in NIPS 2015 Workshop on Deep Reinforcement Learning (2015, December)

Using deep neural nets as function approximator for reinforcement learning tasks have recently been shown to be very powerful for solving problems approaching real-world complexity. Using these results as ... [more ▼]

Using deep neural nets as function approximator for reinforcement learning tasks have recently been shown to be very powerful for solving problems approaching real-world complexity. Using these results as a benchmark, we discuss the role that the discount factor may play in the quality of the learning process of a deep Q-network (DQN). When the discount factor progressively increases up to its final value, we empirically show that it is possible to significantly reduce the number of learning steps. When used in conjunction with a varying learning rate, we empirically show that it outperforms original DQN on several experiments. We relate this phenomenon with the instabilities of neural networks when they are used in an approximate Dynamic Programming setting. We also describe the possibility to fall within a local optimum during the learning process, thus connecting our discussion with the exploration/exploitation dilemma. [less ▲]

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See detailSaint Paul 3D - Acquisition tridimensionnelle de la cathédrale via LaserScan
Hallot, Pierre ULg

in Journée d'étude organisée par l'Institut du Patrimoine Wallon et le Comité Patrimoine et Histoire de la FABI (2015, November 27)

Les nouvelles techniques LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) et photogrammétriques permettent d’acquérir rapidement un volume important de données 3D. Le terme LiDAR désigne tout instrument de mesure ... [more ▼]

Les nouvelles techniques LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) et photogrammétriques permettent d’acquérir rapidement un volume important de données 3D. Le terme LiDAR désigne tout instrument de mesure (terrestre, aéroporté) basé sur l’analyse des propriétés d’un faisceau renvoyé vers un émetteur (Poux et al. 2014). Conscient de l’énorme potentiel de ces techniques, l’Unité de Géomatique de l’Université de Liège a réalisé la numérisation de la Cathédrale Saint‐Paul de Liège. Ce projet a été initié via une collaboration avec le Matthieu Piavaux (FUNDP) et financée par le FNRS. Au‐delà des aspects de conservation et d’analyse du bâti, cette numérisation nous a permis de mettre en lumière les principes et limitations de la technique même d’acquisition de données 3D via LiDAR ainsi que ses limitations tant matérielles (sur terrain) que logicielles (traitement des données). Le jeu de donnée obtenu de la numérisation sert également de base fondamentale à un ensemble de projets de recherches (notamment via la réalisation de thèses de doctorats) visant à la segmentation automatique de nuages de points, de reconstruction d’objets tridimensionnelles, d’analyse de qualité d’ajustements. Par la suite, nous détaillons la méthodologie utilisée pour l’acquisition du nuage de points 3D ainsi que les différents principes de calage de nuages. Le chapitre suivant sera consacré à la présentation de résultats ainsi que de premiers développements en termes de segmentation automatique. Finalement, nous dresserons quelques perspectives de représentations. [less ▲]

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See detailCardio-pulmonary mechanics and minimal modelling in critical care
de Bournonville, Sébastien; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE-EMBS Benelux chapter 2015 meeting (2015, November 26)

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See detailParameter Correlation Analysis in Four Mathematical Models of Left Ventricular Relaxation
Pironet, Antoine ULg; MORIMONT, Philippe ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE-EMBS Benelux chapter 2015 meeting (2015, November 26)

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See detailL’Entéropathie Epizootique des lapins : passé, présent et futur
Marlier, Didier ULg

in ITAVI (Ed.) Proceedings des 16èmes journées de la recherche cunicole (2015, November 24)

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See detailA Lightweight Network Proximity Service Based On Neighborhood Models
Liao, Yongjun; Du, Wei; Leduc, Guy ULg

in 22nd IEEE Symposium on Communications and Vehicular Technology in the Benelux (SCVT) (2015, November 24)

This paper proposes a network proximity service based on the neighborhood models used in recommender systems. Unlike previous approaches, our service infers network proximity without trying to recover the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a network proximity service based on the neighborhood models used in recommender systems. Unlike previous approaches, our service infers network proximity without trying to recover the latency between network nodes. By asking each node to probe a number of landmark nodes which can be servers at Google, Yahoo and Facebook, etc., a simple proximity measure is computed and allows the direct ranking and rating of network nodes by their proximity to a target node. The service is thus lightweight and can be easily deployed in e.g. P2P and CDN applications. Simulations on existing datasets and experiments with a deployment over PlanetLab showed that our service achieves an accurate proximity inference that is comparable to state-of-the-art latency prediction approaches, while being much simpler. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterminants of Access to Agricultural Credits for Small Scale Farmers in the Southern Province of Rwanda
Musabanganji, Edouard ULg; Antoine, Karangwa; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Book of Proceedings Sixth International Scientific Agricultural Symposium "AgroSym 2015" (2015, November 15)

This study investigated the determinants of financial inclusion for small scale farmers by focusing on the access to formal and informal agricultural credits in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Data were ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the determinants of financial inclusion for small scale farmers by focusing on the access to formal and informal agricultural credits in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Data were collected from 310 farmers from Huye and Nyamagabe districts through an open-ended structured questionnaire and analysed using the binary logistic regression method. The major findings, on one hand, showed that among the requested and approved agricultural loans, 87.2% and 12.7% were from informal and formal financial institutions respectively. Among those who accessed agricultural credits, 59.7% were from Huye and 40.3% from Nyamagabe. On the other hand, it was revealed that the household characteristics and the community attributes are the most important determinants. Those household characteristics include household income and expenditure, Ubudehe socio-economic category of the household, off-farm employment and the size of the land owned by the household whereas community attributes involve residence area, transport and informal financial services availability. Regarding farmer characteristics, the education level was found to be the only factor affecting the smallholder farmers' access to agricultural credit. In light of the findings, it was recommended to conduct sensitization sessions focusing on the importance of agricultural credits for smallholder farmers especially in the areas with high level of poverty. In addition, there is need to work on alleviating the formal agricultural credits access barriers, and to conduct a study on the dynamics of informal and formal agricultural credits up take and usage by smallholder farmers to explore all dimensions of financial inclusion in the study area. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Roll of Small Businesses in Traditional Handcraft in Rural Development: A Case-Study Of Hanoi Suburban Rattan Enterprises
Nguyen, Thi Thu Hien ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; NGUYEN, Van Nghien

in International Conference on Emerging Challenges, Hanoi 12 november 2015 (2015, November 12)

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is ... [more ▼]

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is necessary to promote the development and encourage the contributions of small enterprise in general and small enterprise rural in particular because practices in many countries show the important role of small and micro enterprises in local development. This paper presents the initial results of research to understand the economic–social contributions of rural enterprises to local development through the mobilization of local resources as well as establishment of the economic-social relations in local of rattan’s enterprises in the suburb of Hanoi, and then propose some measures to facilitate the operation of enterprises and promote the contribution of rattan’s enterprises for local development. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic modeling and control strategies analysis of a novel small CSP biomass plant for cogeneration applications in building
Desideri, Adriano ULg; Amicabile, Simone; Alberti, Fabrizio et al

in Dynamic modeling and control strategies analysis of a novel small CSP biomass plant for cogeneration applications in building (2015, November 12)

A concentrated solar power (CSP) biomass combined heat and power (CHP) system based on organic Rankine cycle (ORC) technology developed in the framework of the EU founded BRICKER project is presented. The ... [more ▼]

A concentrated solar power (CSP) biomass combined heat and power (CHP) system based on organic Rankine cycle (ORC) technology developed in the framework of the EU founded BRICKER project is presented. The CHP system coupled with heat recovery ventilation technology and novel insulation material has the aim of reducing the energy consumption of existing building by up to 50%. A simplified approach to implement a dynamic model of the CHP system is proposed. The model is firstly used to investigate the performances of the CHP system control logic under extreme working condition. Secondly, the effectiveness in ensuring safe working conditions and in maximizing the sun power usage of two different solar field control approaches is investigated simulating the developed model over a reference day [less ▲]

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See detailETUDE DE LA MICROSTRUCTURE DU MORTIER DE CIMENT A TRAVERS LES COURBES DE SORPTION
Kahlerras, Loubna ULg; Belhamri, Azeddine; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in kahlerras, loubna (Ed.) Proceedings du séminaire International sur le Génie Climatique et l’Energétique, SIGCLE’2015 (2015, November 09)

La présente étude se focalise sur l’étude à travers les courbes de sorption de vapeur d’eau du comportement hydrique du mortier de ciment. Les expériences sont effectuées sur trois types de mortiers dont ... [more ▼]

La présente étude se focalise sur l’étude à travers les courbes de sorption de vapeur d’eau du comportement hydrique du mortier de ciment. Les expériences sont effectuées sur trois types de mortiers dont la seule différence est dans le rapport eau/ciment (E/C = 0,4, 0,5 et 0,6) afin d’étudier l’influence de ce rapport sur la microstructure du matériau. La méthode dynamique est utilisée pour l’obtention des isothermes de sorption en utilisant le « DVS (dynamic vapour sorption) Des échantillons en forme de concassât de quelques millimètres de diamètre sont utilisés, l’étude est complété par la porosité à mercure. Deux principaux modes poreux sont déterminés. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive Façades System Assessment: An initial review
Attia, Shady ULg; Favoino, Fabio; Loonen, Roel et al

in Advanced Building Skins (2015, November 03)

The assessment of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available building energy standards and codes ... [more ▼]

The assessment of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available building energy standards and codes have limited applicability for such advanced facades system. This paper reviews current evaluation methods for assessing adaptive facades system through a literature review. It also discusses occupant behaviour, post occupancy evaluation and commissioning issues and presents the procedures. The paper is part of the activities of Working Group 3 in COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network. So far we could not find a protocol for assessment of adaptive facades. The reviewed literature is scattered lacking a focus on adaptive facades. There is no agreement on defining what are adaptive facades (sometimes named intelligent, smart, dynamic). We could define specialized technology monitoring techniques to assess the performance of technologies such as fabric-integrated solutions (e.g. electrochromic glazing, phase-change materials, building-Integrated Photovoltaics with heat recovery (BIPV/T, shade shutters) and advanced controls. The review is used to identify gaps in existing assessment methods and helps develop strategies for the holistic evaluation and assessment of adaptive facade systems as part of high performance buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailGustave Serrurier-Bovy : un architecte à l’aube de la modernité
Folville, Xavier ULg

in Art nouveau et écologie : Mélanges (2015, November 01)

Abstract A l'extrême fin du 19e siècle, l'Art nouveau s’épanouit sous des formes diversifiées, parfois contradictoires, mais partageant généralement la même volonté de rompre avec l'académisme et l ... [more ▼]

Abstract A l'extrême fin du 19e siècle, l'Art nouveau s’épanouit sous des formes diversifiées, parfois contradictoires, mais partageant généralement la même volonté de rompre avec l'académisme et l'historicisme du siècle finissant. Parmi les acteurs de cet Art nouveau, certains ne retiennent que le côté décoratif d’une nouvelle esthétique. Très tôt cependant, au cœur même de ce mouvement d’avant-garde, apparaissent les prémices du renouvellement qui le condamnera et conduira au Modernisme. Quelques travaux de Gustave Serrurier – mobilier ou architecture – méritent d’être observés sous cet angle. [less ▲]

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See detailGustave Serrurier-Bovy, architecte, commerçant et industriel
Folville, Xavier ULg

in Art nouveau et écologie : Mélanges (2015, November 01)

« Il ne faut pas travailler pour un monde qui disparaît mais pour un monde nouveau dont on peut prévoir l’avènement ». Architecte par vocation et formation, puis commerçant, ensuite créateur et industriel ... [more ▼]

« Il ne faut pas travailler pour un monde qui disparaît mais pour un monde nouveau dont on peut prévoir l’avènement ». Architecte par vocation et formation, puis commerçant, ensuite créateur et industriel, le Liégeois Gustave Serrurier (1858-1910) est rapidement convaincu de la nécessité de lier l’architecture aux arts décoratifs. Il le fait avec la conviction politique et esthétique qu’une production industrialisée permettra de donner au plus grand nombre l’environnement artistique auquel tout être peut prétendre. Il pressent que le temps de l’artisanat est en passe d’être révolu et équipe progressivement ses ateliers de machines modernes. Si ses premières créations restent empreintes de l’esprit constructif des artisans néogothiques, s’il emploie ensuite des jeux de lignes courbes, tendues et maîtrisées, le début du XXe siècle le voit évoluer vers toujours plus de simplicité constructive et plus de rigueur géométrique. Grâce au mobilier, aux objets et aux aménagements d’intérieurs qu’il crée et fait réaliser par la centaine d’ouvriers de ses ateliers liégeois, sa firme prend rapidement une ampleur internationale et se fait remarquer dans les expositions universelles comme celle de Saint-Louis (U.S.A.) en 1904. Anticipant sur ce que seront les motivations d’un Bauhaus, ses préoccupations sociales et esthétiques conduisent Serrurier à imaginer un mobilier de plus en plus économique, rationnellement construit, adapté à l’usage et au lieu de destination, par exemple pour une habitation ouvrière à l’Exposition universelle de Liège en 1905. Là, un mobilier en orme équipe la salle commune égayée d’une frise au pochoir et de rideaux de lin garnis de carrés colorés. On y remarque un meuble à usage multiple, tout à la fois armoire, secrétaire et bibliothèque, sans autre décor que sa composition équilibrée ; banc, table et chaises sont faits d’éléments assemblés par des vis apparentes. C’est à cette même époque que Serrurier développe la ligne “Silex”, particulièrement représentative ; conçue de façon tout à fait originale et pragmatique, exécutée en bois blanc et décorée au pochoir, la plupart des assemblages de menuiserie sont remplacés par des vis apparentes. La découpe des planches se montre économe en matière. Une chaise, objet d’utilité commune, se doit d’être robuste, ergonomique et peu coûteuse à produire : ici, la production en série est aisée et pourra être assurée dans ses ateliers équipés de scies mécaniques et autres machines-outils. A l’examen, une chaise de cette série exprime bien les qualités de designer industriel de son concepteur et le place à l’avant-garde de son temps ; elle illustre aussi ses ambitions, tant sociales qu’esthétiques, et sa volonté d’un « art pour tous ». [less ▲]

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See detailPièges à considérer lors de l’évaluation isocinétique
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Abstract book des XVIIèmes RENCONTRES ISOCINETIQUES DE MEDIMEX (2015, November)

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See detailMASH2-0 electromechanical sigma-delta modulator for capacitive MEMS sensors with digital filter calibration using simulated annealing
Almutairy, Bader; Kraft, Michael ULg

in Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors Conference, Nov. 2015 (2015, November)

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See detailEvaluation isocinétique et fonctionnelle de la rupture de coiffe des rotateurs non opérée
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Schwartz, Cédric ULg; MAHIEU, Xavier ULg et al

in Abstract book des XVIIèmes RENCONTRES ISOCINETIQUES DE MEDIMEX (2015, November)

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See detailSensor based on the mode-localization effect in electrostatically-coupled MEMS resonators fabricated using an SOI process
Wood, Graham; Zhao, Chun; Pu, Suan et al

in Proceedings of the IEEE Sensors Conference, Nov. 2015 (2015, November)

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See detailERT monitoring of water infiltration process through a landfill cover layer
Dumont, Gaël ULg; Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

in Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, 112 (2015, November)

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See detailEtude technique et dendrochronologique de la roue découverte dans le puits du château fort de logne
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg; Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Wéry, Benoit

in Frébutte, Christian (Ed.) Pré-actes des Journées d'Archéologie en Wallonie (2015, November)

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See detailImproving the Installation of Offshore Wind Farms by the use of Discrete Event Simulation
Muhabie, Yohannes Tekle ULg; Caprace, Jean-David ULg; Petcu, Cristian ULg et al

in Improving the Installation of Offshore Wind Farms by the use of Discrete Event Simulation (2015, November)

The offshore wind energy development is highly affected by the condition of the weather at sea. Hence, it demands a well-organized planning of the overall process starting from the producers’ sites until ... [more ▼]

The offshore wind energy development is highly affected by the condition of the weather at sea. Hence, it demands a well-organized planning of the overall process starting from the producers’ sites until the offshore site where the turbines will finally be installed. The planning phase can be supported with the help of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) where weather restrictions, distance matrix, vessel characteristics and assembly scenarios are taken into account. The purpose of this paper is to simulate the overall transport, assembly and installation of the wind turbine components at sea. The analysis is carried out through DES considering both the real historical weather data (wind speed and wave height) and probabilistic approach. Results of the study, applied to the real Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) configuration, are showing a good agreement between the two proposed models. The results point out that the probabilistic approach is highly affected by the semi-random numbers used to model the stochastic behavior of the input variable so that several iterations (200 to 400) are required to reach the convergence of the simulation outputs. We suggest that seasonality of the outputs of both models are preserved, i.e. the variation of the results depending on the variation of the weather along the year. These findings provide a new framework to address risks and uncertainties in OWF installations. [less ▲]

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