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See detailMyeloperoxidase activity decreases in equine semen freezing extenders
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Niesten, Ariane ULg et al

in Amir, Arav (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd Cryo Congress (2013, March 23)

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils, and associated with decreased post-thaw motility of equine semen. This study aimed to compare MPO activity in pure ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils, and associated with decreased post-thaw motility of equine semen. This study aimed to compare MPO activity in pure equine freezing extender, raw and post-thaw semen. Active MPO Concentration (AMC) was measured with Specific Immunologic Extraction Followed by Enzymatic Detection in 20 ejaculates. Raw semen intra cellular AMC was determined in the supernatant after membrane lysis, each pellet containing 100x106 spermatozoa. AMC was also assayed in supernatants of semen frozen following a conventional method using INRA FreezeTM (IMV, France). Effect of freezing procedure on AMC was tested by experimentally adding 500ng of purified active MPO (Calbiochem, Germany) in 4 samples either with 5ml of PBS or INRA FreezeTM before assay. AMC was higher in sperm-rich pellet (0.306ng/ml) than in post-thaw semen (0.002ng/ml) (p=0.058). After experimental MPO addition, no activity variation was observed during the freezing procedure (after dilution, 1, 2 hours of cooling and post-thawing) within the same medium. Purified MPO activity was decreased in INRA FreezeTM when compared to PBS at all timings of sampling (p=0.0286). When all samples were pooled, remaining activity in INRA FreezeTM was 23.93±13.13%. MPO fixation on large proteins contained in the extender experimentally reduces AMC, as previously observed in plasma. However, AMC decrease observed during semen freezing is more important than after experimental addition. That could be explained by a MPO interaction with seminal plasma, a partial MPO release or a MPO inactivation during equine semen freezing. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to use Diigo for allowing the students from large classes to become active ?
Colaux, Catherine ULg

in 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain. 4-5 March, 2013. (2013, March 04)

Teaching in the early bachelor’s degrees at the university often comes down to classical ex cathedra courses for which the students take a passive role leading progressively to the lost of their ... [more ▼]

Teaching in the early bachelor’s degrees at the university often comes down to classical ex cathedra courses for which the students take a passive role leading progressively to the lost of their motivation which may result in school failure. In this work, we demonstrate that the use of a collaborative social bookmarking, such as Diigo, can help for preserving and promoting the student motivation within large classes. Diigo is a free online tool used in a bachelor class of Bio Engineering (270 students) at the Gembloux Agro Bio Tech Faculty (University of Liege, Belgium) in order to allow students to work actively in small groups of 6 students. During this activity, which is supervised by a tutor who is also a teacher, the students prepare themselves the subject of the course. The impacts of this learning activity are clear: the motivation is substantially increased and the teacher can assist each group in its research through the Network rather than merely transmit his knowledge to a large audience without close interactions with the students. bookmarking, such as Diigo, can help for preserving and promoting the student motivation within large classes. Diigo is a free online tool used in a bachelor class of Bio Engineering (270 students) at the Gembloux Agro Bio Tech Faculty (University of Liege, Belgium) in order to allow students to work actively in small groups of 6 students. During this activity, which is supervised by a tutor who is also a teacher, the students prepare themselves the subject of the course. The impacts of this learning activity are clear: the motivation is substantially increased and the teacher can assist each group in its research through the Network rather than merely transmit his knowledge to a large audience without close interactions with the students. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential population studies using asteroseismology: Solar-like oscillating giants in CoRoT fields LRc01 and LRa01
Miglio, A.; Chiappini, C.; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2013, March 01)

Solar-like oscillating giants observed by the space-borne satellites CoRoT and Kepler can be used as key tracers of stellar populations in the Milky Way. When combined with additional photometric ... [more ▼]

Solar-like oscillating giants observed by the space-borne satellites CoRoT and Kepler can be used as key tracers of stellar populations in the Milky Way. When combined with additional photometric/spectroscopic constraints, the pulsation spectra of solar-like oscillating giant stars not only reveal their radii, and hence distances, but also provide well-constrained estimates of their masses, which can be used as proxies for the ages of these evolved stars. In this contribution we provide supplementary material to the comparison we presented in Miglio et al. (2013) between populations of giants observed by CoRoT in the fields designated LRc01 and LRa01. [less ▲]

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See detailAn abundance study of the red giants in the seismology fields of the CoRoT satellite
Morel, Thierry ULg; Miglio, A.; Lagarde, N. et al

in European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2013, March 01)

A precise characterisation of the red giants in the seismology fields of the CoRoT satellite is a prerequisite for further in-depth seismic modelling. The optical spectra obtained for 19 targets have been ... [more ▼]

A precise characterisation of the red giants in the seismology fields of the CoRoT satellite is a prerequisite for further in-depth seismic modelling. The optical spectra obtained for 19 targets have been used to accurately estimate their fundamental parameters and chemical composition. The extent of internal mixing is also investigated through the abundances of Li, CNO and Na (as well as [SUP]12[/SUP]C/[SUP]13[/SUP]C in a few cases). [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of advanced models for transition to turbulence in hypersonic flows and prediction of transition under uncertainties
Serino, Gennaro ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Magin, Thierry et al

in Serino, Gennaro (Ed.) Review of the VKI Doctoral Research 2012-2013 (2013, March)

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See detailThe development and validation of nursing related groups based on the Belgian Nursing Minimum Dataset
THONON, Olivier ULg; VAN HERCK, Pieter; GILLAIN, Daniel ULg et al

in SHEERIN, Fintan; SERMEUS, Walter; EHRENBERG, Anna (Eds.) ACENDIO 2013 - Proceedings of 9th European Conference of ACENDIO (2013, March)

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See detailImpact of climate change on inundation hazard along the river Meuse
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Drogue, Gilles; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate (2013, March)

As a part of the effort to scientifically inform the development of the adaptation strategy for the Meuse basin, we detail hereafter the generation of integrated climate and hydrological scenarios for the ... [more ▼]

As a part of the effort to scientifically inform the development of the adaptation strategy for the Meuse basin, we detail hereafter the generation of integrated climate and hydrological scenarios for the whole basin. We also present the setup of a first coordinated hydraulic modelling from spring to mouth of the river Meuse. The latter has enabled to compute the range of change in inundation hazard under the “wet” transnational hydrological scenario for the time slices 2021-2050 and 2071-2100. A significantly higher impact of climate change has been found in the middle part of the Meuse basin, compared to the upper and the lower parts. These conclusions have been further confirmed by a refined analysis conducted for a 100 km-long stretch of the river Meuse crossing the Belgian-Dutch border. [less ▲]

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See detailA Verification-Based Approach to Memory Fence Insertion in PSO Memory Systems
Linden, Alexander ULg; Wolper, Pierre ULg

in Proceedings of the 19th international conference on Tools and algorithms for the construction and analysis of systems (2013, March)

This paper addresses the problem of verifying and correcting programs when they are moved from a sequential consistency execution environment to a relaxed memory context. Specifically, it considers the ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of verifying and correcting programs when they are moved from a sequential consistency execution environment to a relaxed memory context. Specifically, it considers the PSO (Partial Store Order) memory model, which corresponds to the use of a store buffer for each shared variable and each process. We also will consider, as an intermediate step, the TSO (Total Store Order) memory model, which corresponds to the use of one store buffer per process. The proposed approach extends a previously developed verification tool that uses finite automata to symbolically represent the possible contents of the store buffers. Its starting point is a program that is correct for the usual Sequential Consistency (SC) memory model, but that might be incorrect under PSO with respect to safety properties. This program is then first analyzed and corrected for the TSO memory model, and then this TSO-safe program is analyzed and corrected under PSO, producing a PSO-safe program. To obtain a TSO-safe program, only store-load fences (TSO only allows store-load relaxations) are introduced into the program. Finaly, to produce a PSO-safe program, only store-store fences (PSO additionally allows store-store relaxations) are introduced. An advantage of our technique is that the underlying symbolic verification tool makes a full exploration of program behaviors possible even for cyclic programs, which makes our approach broadly applicable. The method has been tested with an experimental implementation and can effectively handle a series of classical examples. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-method monitoring of odor emissions in agricultural biogas facilities.
Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Adam, Gilles ULg; Ubeda, Yolanda et al

in Proceedings of the 5th IWA conference on odours and air emissions, San Francisco, USA, March, 4-7, 2013 (2013, March)

The production of farm-based biogas and electricity is an area of alternative-energy interest to many livestock producers. However, it is still insignificant in comparison to the maximum potential of ... [more ▼]

The production of farm-based biogas and electricity is an area of alternative-energy interest to many livestock producers. However, it is still insignificant in comparison to the maximum potential of farms all over the world. Market penetration should involve better confidence in the technique and better understanding of its possible assets and limits. For instance, is the environmental impact of biomethanation positive or negative? What are the possible ways to avoid or to control process imbalances? In the context of a European project, the research group attempted to tackle those questions under the angle of gas emission and more particularly of odor annoyance. A multi-method approach was applied to monitor biogas and odor emissions, both at the laboratory level on pilot plants and at real scale in 4 agricultural biogas facilities, in Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. Results show that digested material is generally less odorant than crude manure or slurry, while preserving all the amendment and fertilizing qualities of the original material. Possible annoyance of agricultural biogas facilities in the surroundings remains limited and can be solved through simple techniques. [less ▲]

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

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detail2. Implantation des cultures
Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Pierreux, Jérome ULg; Dufranne, Delphine et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detail5. Les régulateurs de croissance
Meza Morales, Walter; Seutin, Benoît ULg; Monfort, Bruno et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detail10. Environnement et gaz à effet de serre
Moureaux, Christine ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detail11. Perspectives - 2. La culture en association de froment et de pois: une opportunité pour réduire l'abondance des pucerons en été
Lopes, T.; Bodson, Bernard ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detail3. Contrôle des populations de mauvaises herbes
Jaunard, Delphine ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

in Bodson, Bernard; Destain, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Livre Blanc - Céréales (2013, February 27)

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See detailObject-Based Approach and Tree-Based Ensemble Classifications for Mapping Building Changes
El Mansouri, Loubna ULg

in GEOProcessing 2013, The Fifth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Ser vices (2013, February 24)

The aim of this paper is to efficiently detect and identify the building changes from newly registered very high spatial resolution (VHSR) image by comparing with outdated map. The whole process is ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to efficiently detect and identify the building changes from newly registered very high spatial resolution (VHSR) image by comparing with outdated map. The whole process is performed mainly on four steps. First, the image was segmented to generate primitives, which are then represented by a feature vector composed from spectral, geometric, textural and contextual attributes. Thereafter, tree-based ensemble methods (Bagging, Random Forest and Extremely Randomized Trees) are used in a classification step. The final objects' prediction is deducted thanks to better classifier error rate. Last, a post classification change detection step allows to identify the segments which represent building changes. The data used in this research concerns the city of Rabat (Morocco). A Quickbird image has been used with an old map at the scale of 1:10,000. Regardless of the quality of the detected buildings' shape, the method achieves good rates of completeness (94%) and correctness (92%). [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of 3 months of controlled whole body vibrations with low exposure period on the risk of falls among nursing home residents
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Maquet, Didier ULg; Mannarino, Mélanie et al

in Proceeding of the meeting (2013, February 22)

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See detailFunctional screening of a metagenomic library from algal biofilms
Martin, Marjolaine ULg; Barbeyron, Tristan; Michel, Gurvan et al

in Smagghe, Guy; Boeckx, Pascal; Bossier, Peter (Eds.) et al Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, February 08)

Macroalgae, and particularly their lignin-free polysaccharides, are increasingly used for their gelling and therapeutic properties and for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical compounds. To ... [more ▼]

Macroalgae, and particularly their lignin-free polysaccharides, are increasingly used for their gelling and therapeutic properties and for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical compounds. To extract, hydrolyze and purify this biomass, algae hydrolyzing enzymes are needed. Our work aims to identify and characterize algal biomass hydrolyzing enzymes expressed by microorganisms living on the surface of algae, by functional metagenomics. Therefore, a microbial DNA extraction method was developed to isolate the gDNA from the microorganisms of the brown algae Ascophyllum nodosum and a metagenomic library was constructed in Escherichia coli. The library was screened for diverse enzymatic activities (esterases, xylanases, cellulases, α-amylases, arabinanases, caseinases and β-glucosidases) on agar plates with specific enzymes substrates. Several new microbial enzymes (esterases, β-glucosidases, α-amylases and cellulases) were identified revealing the wealth of our library. Furthermore, those enzymes had less than 50% sequence identity with known protein sequences; meaning that our approach allows to identify new microbial enzymes expressed by uncultured microorganisms. Plate tests for medium-throughput screening of specific enzymes hydrolyzing algal polysaccharides (agarases, carrageenases and alginate lyases) are currently being developed. Our approach will probably allow us to identify new families of those ill-known enzymes, with particular enzymatic activities. [less ▲]

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See detailLes clauses 'abusives' du contrat de travail
Kefer, Fabienne ULg; Mortier, Aurélie ULg

in Les clauses abusives dans les contrats usuels (2013, February 01)

Dans les relations de travail, l’équilibre du rapport contractuel s’établit par une conjugaison permanente des techniques du droit des obligations et de celles propres au droit du travail. L'article 1134 ... [more ▼]

Dans les relations de travail, l’équilibre du rapport contractuel s’établit par une conjugaison permanente des techniques du droit des obligations et de celles propres au droit du travail. L'article 1134 du Code civil ou la théorie de la cause sont autant de facteur de rééquilibrage du rapport contractuel que la liberté du travail ou les limitations du pouvoir potestatif de l'employeur. La sanction des clauses est également étudiées ainsi que les possiblités de renonciation à la protection légale. [less ▲]

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See detailAn unexpected result for the V444 Cyg binary
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Lomax, J.; Hoffman, J.

in EAS Publications Series (2013, February 01)

V444 Cyg is a short-period (4 d) binary composed of two massive objects, a WN star and an O star. The winds of the two massive components collide, generating X-ray emission. A monitoring campaign in the ... [more ▼]

V444 Cyg is a short-period (4 d) binary composed of two massive objects, a WN star and an O star. The winds of the two massive components collide, generating X-ray emission. A monitoring campaign in the high-energy domain was performed using Swift and XMM-Newton, with surprising results on the collision geometry (wide shock opening angle, clear Coriolis deflection). Polarimetric data further help to understand the system properties. This new information places strong constraints on the physical parameters of the two stars. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission of interacting wind binaries in Cyg OB2
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Cazorla, Constantin ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in EAS Publications Series (2013, February 01)

Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, and #9 are binary or multiple massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association displaying several peculiarities, such as bright X-ray emission and non-thermal radio emission. Our X-ray monitoring ... [more ▼]

Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, and #9 are binary or multiple massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association displaying several peculiarities, such as bright X-ray emission and non-thermal radio emission. Our X-ray monitoring of these stars reveals the details of their behaviours at high energies, which can be directly linked to wind-wind collisions (WWCs). In addition, the X-ray emission of Cyg OB2 #12, an evolved massive star, shows a long-term decrease, which could hint at the presence of a companion (with associated colliding winds) or indicate the return to quiescence of the star following a recent eruption. [less ▲]

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See detailInteracting winds in massive binaries
Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Pavlovski, Kresimir; Tkachenko, Andrew; Torres, Guillermo (Eds.) EAS Publications Series (2013, February 01)

Massive stars feature highly energetic stellar winds that interact whenever two such stars are bound in a binary system. The signatures of these interactions are nowadays found over a wide range of ... [more ▼]

Massive stars feature highly energetic stellar winds that interact whenever two such stars are bound in a binary system. The signatures of these interactions are nowadays found over a wide range of wavelengths, including the radio domain, the optical band, as well as X-rays and even γ-rays. A proper understanding of these effects is thus important to derive the fundamental parameters of the components of massive binaries from spectroscopic and photometric observations. [less ▲]

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See detail7. Lutte intégrée contre les ravageurs
Chavalle, Sandrine; Censier, Florence ULg; De Proft, Michel

in Destain, Jean-Pierre; Bodson, Bernard (Eds.) Livre Blanc Céréales (2013, February)

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See detailSur la voie de l’élevage laitier de précision en Wallonie - 2. ValLait, OptiVal et OptiVal+ : valoriser des données du contrôle des performances
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Gillon, A.; Massart, X. et al

in 18ème Carrefour des Productions agricoles: Nouvelles approches pour une optimisation de nos élevages laitiers (2013, February)

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See detailEosinophile Bronchopneumonie
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 34. Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten : “Thorax – Herz- und Lungenerkrankungen" - Flims -Switzerland (2013, February)

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See detailL'intérêt des races mixtes dans les systèmes laitiers : enseignements du projet BlueSel
Muchembled, A.; Beguin, E.; Glorieux, G. et al

in 18ième Carrefour des Productions animales : Nouvelles approches pour une optimisation de nos élevages laitiers (2013, February)

La « Bleue Mixte » (BM) est une race à petit effectif localisée de part et d’autre de la frontière franco-belge. Menacée de disparition, elle bénéficie d’un projet transfrontalier BlueSel soutenu par le ... [more ▼]

La « Bleue Mixte » (BM) est une race à petit effectif localisée de part et d’autre de la frontière franco-belge. Menacée de disparition, elle bénéficie d’un projet transfrontalier BlueSel soutenu par le programme européen INTERREG IV et les autorités françaises et wallonnes. L’objectif de ce projet est d’assurer la conservation, la sélection et la promotion de la BM. L’un des volets du programme a consisté à étudier la rentabilité économique des troupeaux BM. Il s’est appuyé sur un réseau de 16 fermes de références mis en place fin 2008 jusque mi 2012. La collecte des données techniques et économiques sur les 4 années comptables de 2007 à 2010 a reposé sur la méthodologie mise en oeuvre au sein du dispositif français des Réseaux d’élevage. Les exploitations BM ont été regroupées selon deux systèmes, herbivore et polyculture-élevage, et comparées aux exploitations laitières Prim’Holstein (PH) du Réseau d’élevage de Nord-Picardie. Les résultats démontrent la capacité des éleveurs de vaches BM à obtenir de bonnes performances économiques malgré de plus faibles productivité laitière (4225 l/VL) et taux (3,70 % de MG et 3,22 % de protéines), et un moindre prix du lait, grâce notamment à une conduite de troupeaux bien maîtrisée, des surfaces fourragères très bien valorisées, et la mixité lait-viande très affirmée de la race qui atténue les fluctuations du prix du lait. En système herbivore, les exploitations BM s’avèrent économes et autonomes avec une excellente valorisation des prairies. En système de polyculture-élevage, les troupeaux sont conduits de façon à peine plus intensive qu’en système herbivore, contrairement aux troupeaux PH. [less ▲]

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See detailCan changes in nutritional practice alter necrotizing enterocolitis ?
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in 8th International Neonatal Conference (2013, February)

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See detailA Continuum Damage Mechanics Model for the Analysis of the Crashworthiness of Composite Structures: A work in progress
Chiu, Louis N S; Falzon, Brian G; Boman, Romain ULg

in Proceedings of the 15th Australian Aeronautical Conference (2013, February)

The crashworthiness capability of an aircraft structure is dependent on its ability to attenuate crash loading via the controlled deformation of energy absorbing devices. An energy-based constitutive ... [more ▼]

The crashworthiness capability of an aircraft structure is dependent on its ability to attenuate crash loading via the controlled deformation of energy absorbing devices. An energy-based constitutive relation was employed to model the behaviour of carbon fibre reinforced epoxy resin composite material under crush loading. Each of the damage modes in the fibre and matrix was treated separately with its own damage initiation and progression relationships as well as a damage parameter that tracks damage progression. Each damage parameter dictates the reduction in stiffness in the respective principal loading directions. This model was implemented for a 3D solid brick element in contrast to shell-based formulations currently available. Crushing composite structures were modelled and the results validated against experimental data. The force-displacement response / specific energy absorption and the failure modes obtained from the simulation show that the underlying physics of the crushing have been captured by the proposed model but that further work is required for reliable quantitative correlation. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth, development and metabolic programming in premature infants
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in 8th International Neonatal Conference (2013, February)

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See detailEtude de la variabilité des aptitudes à la transformation laitière en Région wallonne basée sur l'utilisation de la spectrométrie infrarouge
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanden Bossche, S. et al

in 18ième Carrefour des Productions animales : Nouvelles approches pour une optimisation de nos élevages laitiers (2013, February)

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See detailAutomated platform for the quality control of PET-CT scanners following AFCN/FANC recommendations
Bernard, Claire ULg; Paulus, Cyril; JODOGNE, Sébastien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Belgian Hospital Physicists Association Symposium (2013, February)

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See detailRelating Local Permeability Changes to the Deformation of Preforms during the Manufacture of Complex-Shaped Composite Structures
Pierce, Robert S; Falzon, Brian G; Boman, Romain ULg

in Proceedings of the 15th Australian Aeronautical Conference (2013, February)

The transition to using carbon-fibre composites in the primary structure of passenger aircraft is now well established with focus shifting towards reducing manufacturing costs. This study reports on ... [more ▼]

The transition to using carbon-fibre composites in the primary structure of passenger aircraft is now well established with focus shifting towards reducing manufacturing costs. This study reports on initial results in the development of accurate numerical process modelling tools for resin-infused composite structures. A continuum-based, finite element material model has been developed to simulate the draping of a dry carbon fibre fabric, accurately tracking the changes in the warp and weft fibre orientations. A multiple ply draping example demonstrates the large variation of shear angles that are prevalent in forming processes. The relationship between shear angle and permeability was studied experimentally as it is integral to the accuracy of the resin infusion modelling process. The anisotropic permeability of the plain weave fabric was observed to increase by a factor of five as the shear locking angle was approached, with principal permeability values, K1 and K2, increasing and decreasing by a factor of approximately two, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailRobustness of steel building structures following a column loss
Huvelle, Clara ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in IABSE Workshop Helsinki 2013 "Safety, Failures and Robustness of Large Structures" Report (2013, February)

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See detailBronchiektasie
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 34. Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten : “Thorax – Herz- und Lungenerkrankungen" - Flims -Switzerland (2013, February)

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See detailOrthanc - Lightweight, scriptable DICOM server for image management in radiotherapy departments
JODOGNE, Sébastien ULg; Sobczak, Sonia; DEVILLERS, Magali ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Belgian Hospital Physicists Association Symposium (2013, February)

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See detailLa transition des territoires périurbains vers un modèle plus durable : perspectives pour le renouvellement périurbain.
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Van Ypersele, Jean-Pascal; Hudon, Marek (Eds.) 1er Congrès interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable : Quelle transition pour nos sociétés ? Thème 3 : Logement et Aménagement du territoire. Recueil. (2013, February)

L’article aborde la question du recyclage des quartiers périurbains existants sous l'angle énergétique. Deux leviers d’actions sont mobilisés à cet effet : la forme urbaine, qui est étudiée en ... [more ▼]

L’article aborde la question du recyclage des quartiers périurbains existants sous l'angle énergétique. Deux leviers d’actions sont mobilisés à cet effet : la forme urbaine, qui est étudiée en complémentarité de l’échelle du bâtiment individuel, et la mobilité, car l’étalement urbain est entretenu et favorisé, en grande partie par la dépendance à la voiture individuelle. Deux indicateurs principaux (les besoins de chauffage de différents types de formes périurbaines et un indice de performance des déplacements) sont développés et discutés pour mettre en évidence les scénarios de renouvellement les plus adaptés et répondre à deux questions : « comment intervenir dans les quartiers périurbains existants ? » et « où intervenir ? ». Des pistes concrètes visant à l’opérationnalisation d’un « renouvellement périurbain » plus durable sont ensuite proposées. [less ▲]

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See detailContexte géologique des sites mésolithiques de la Heid de Fer et de L’Ourlaine à Becco (Theux, Belgique)
Marion, Jean-Marc ULg; Simons, Justine; Mottequin, Bernard ULg

in Autour de l'hématite - Circulation et transformation au cours de la préhistoire récente. Méthodes d'analyse (2013, February)

The use of natural resources is a major source of information to study the socio-economic organization of the population from Prehistory to Antiquity, due to the fact that their exchange networks and ... [more ▼]

The use of natural resources is a major source of information to study the socio-economic organization of the population from Prehistory to Antiquity, due to the fact that their exchange networks and behaviors changed together with their lifestyles and know-how. If flint or other materials such as shale have been extensively studied, haematite, and particularly the oolitic haematite, remains hardly investigated as a material in terms of its origin and technical methods of utilization. The mesolithic sites of "L'Ourlaine" and the "Heid de Fer" (Becco, Theux, southern Belgium) are very close to an important Famennian (Upper Devonian) oolitic haematite outcrop. [less ▲]

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See detailChronische. Bronchitis Hund
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 34. Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten : “Thorax – Herz- und Lungenerkrankungen" - Flims -Switzerland (2013, February)

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See detailPhysical and numerical modelling in low-head structures design
Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Rulot, François ULg et al

in Bung, Daniel; Pagliara, Stefano (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Hydraulic Design of Low-Head Structures (2013, February)

Physical and numerical modelling may be combined within so-called composite or hybrid modelling. This enables to optimally take benefit of the respective strengths of each modelling approach, while ... [more ▼]

Physical and numerical modelling may be combined within so-called composite or hybrid modelling. This enables to optimally take benefit of the respective strengths of each modelling approach, while compensating for their specific drawbacks. Different types of composite modelling may be identified, such as embedding a detailed physical model within a broader scale numerical model, interconnecting different physical and numerical models focusing each on specific processes, or validating a numerical model from experimental data before exploiting the numerical model to generate more results than availa-ble from the experimental facility. Besides, specifically in more basic research, composite modelling may also be used to improve in-depth understanding of the relative importance of different processes which act simultaneously in the experimental test and may be artificially separated in numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritional requirements for premature infants
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in 8th International Neonatal Conference (2013, February)

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See detailA nap to recap: Reward strengthens relational memory during daytime sleep
Igloi, Kinga; Gaggioni, Giulia Alice ULg; Eryilmaz, Hamdi et al

in Abstract book of the NCCR Annual Research Forum (2013, February)

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See detailBakterielle und virale Pneumonien
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 34. Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten : “Thorax – Herz- und Lungenerkrankungen" - Flims -Switzerland (2013, February)

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Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the 34. Internationaler Fortbildungskurs Kleintierkrankheiten : “Thorax – Herz- und Lungenerkrankungen" - Flims -Switzerland (2013, February)

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See detailNouveaux modes d’action publique en faveur de la transition des quartiers urbains vers un développement durable.
Ruelle, Christine ULg; Stangherlin, Gregor; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Van Ypersele, Jean-Pascal; Hudon, Marek (Eds.) 1er Congrès Interdisciplinaire du Développement Durable - Thème 5: Rôle des pouvoirs publics dans la transition. (2013, January 31)

L’article aborde la question de l’action publique visant à promouvoir le développement durable des quartiers urbains existants. En particulier, il envisage la pertinence de développer cette action à ... [more ▼]

L’article aborde la question de l’action publique visant à promouvoir le développement durable des quartiers urbains existants. En particulier, il envisage la pertinence de développer cette action à partir d’une réorientation de la « politique des quartiers », modalité de l’action publique héritée de la fin du XXème siècle. Les structures publiques de quartier mises en place dans le cadre de cette politique pourraient en effet jouer un rôle d’accélérateurs de la transition de ces quartiers. Elles ont le potentiel pour cela, notamment grâce au réseau social qu’elles développent au sein de la population locale, sans l’engagement de laquelle les pouvoirs publics peuvent bien peu de choses. L’article envisage ensuite la pertinence d’une généralisation de cette politique à tous les quartiers urbains, selon des intensités variables et en complémentarité avec les politiques urbaines plus stratégiques, afin d’assurer un développement équilibré de nos territoires. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Proceedings of the 13th Fire and Materials Conference (2013, January 28)

Performance-based design in fire engineering leads to increasing demand for advanced temperature-dependent material models for the load bearing materials used in building structures. These models must be ... [more ▼]

Performance-based design in fire engineering leads to increasing demand for advanced temperature-dependent material models for the load bearing materials used in building structures. These models must be valid in natural fire situations including cooling down phase and must be sufficiently robust for complex numerical calculations such as, for example, the analysis of tensile membrane action in composite slabs. Although structural concrete is widely used in civil engineering, proper modelling of its thermo-mechanical behaviour remains a challenging issue for engineers mainly because of the complexity of the phenomena that result from the microcracking process in this material and because of the necessity to ensure the numerical robustness of the models. This paper presents a new multiaxial concrete model based on a plastic-damage formulation and developed to meet the specific requirements of structural fire engineers and researchers. The model, which incorporates an explicit term for transient creep strain and encompasses a limited number of material parameters, has been implemented in a finite element software dedicated to the nonlinear analysis of structures in fire. The paper presents a series of numerical simulations conducted to highlight the model ability to capture the main phenomena that develop in concrete under fire (permanent strains, degradation of the elastic properties, unilateral effect) as well as its ability to be used for the fire analysis of large-scale structural elements. As an example, the new concrete model is used in the numerical analysis of a full scale fire test on a composite steel-concrete slab and it is shown that the computed and measured results agree. [less ▲]

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See detailNew INTEGRAL Observations of η Carinae Close to Periastron
Leyder, J.-C.; Walter, R.; Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

The soft X-ray thermal emission of η Carinae varies strongly around the periastron, following the orbital period of 5.5 yr. We studied the hard X-ray non-thermal emission of η Car using new INTEGRAL ... [more ▼]

The soft X-ray thermal emission of η Carinae varies strongly around the periastron, following the orbital period of 5.5 yr. We studied the hard X-ray non-thermal emission of η Car using new INTEGRAL observations taken close to periastron. We showed that the hard X-ray emission is very likely to be associated with η Car, and not with any other source found within the INTEGRAL error circle. We also showed that the 3-σ detection during the soft X-ray minimum is consistent with a hydrogen column density that does not exceed 6×10[SUP]23[/SUP] cm[SUP]-2[/SUP]. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative NIR Spectroscopy of Massive Stars
Sana, H.; Stap, F. A.; de Koter, A. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to ... [more ▼]

Interest for near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy of massive stars has been dramatically increasing over the last decade. Because it allows one to observe objects inaccessible at optical wavelengths due to absorption, the infrared domain offers a privileged window to study highly extinguished objects. Yet, a detailed calibration of the massive star properties at NIR wavelength is still missing. Following the lines of the work of Repolust et al. (2005), we have acquired high resolution spectroscopy of several nearby massive stars using VLT/CRIRES, focusing on spectral lines of interest in the J, H, K, and L bands. In this work, we present the earliest results of our quantitative spectroscopic analysis of the main sequence stars in our sample. Using the unique combination of a genetic algorithm approach with the state-of-the-art non-LTE atmosphere model FASTWIND, we compare the stellar and wind properties as derived from the optical and the NIR regime. [less ▲]

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See detail2009: A Colliding-Wind Odyssey
Fahed, R.; Moffat, A. F. J.; Zorec, J. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

We present the results from two optical spectroscopic campaigns on colliding-wind binaries (CWB) which both occurred in 2009. The first one was on WR 140 (WC7pd + O5.5fc), the archetype of CWB, which ... [more ▼]

We present the results from two optical spectroscopic campaigns on colliding-wind binaries (CWB) which both occurred in 2009. The first one was on WR 140 (WC7pd + O5.5fc), the archetype of CWB, which experienced periastron passage of its highly elliptical 8-year orbit in January. The WR 140 campaign consisted of a unique and constructive collaboration between amateur and professional astronomers and took place at half a dozen locations, including Teide Observatory, Observatoire de Haute Provence, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic and at several small private observatories. The second campaign was on a selection of 5 short-period WR + O binaries not yet studied for colliding-wind effects: WR 12 (WN8h), WR 21 (WN5o + O7 V), WR 30 (WC6 + O7.5 V), WR 31 (WN4o + O8), and WR 47 (WN6o + O5). The campaign took place at Leoncito Observatory, Argentina, during 1 month. We provide updated values of most of these systems for the orbital parameters, new estimates for the WR and O star masses and new constraints on the mass-loss rates and colliding wind geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailGAUFRE: a tool for an automated determination of atmospheric parameters from spectroscopy
Valentini, Marica ULg; Morel, Thierry ULg; Miglio, Andrea et al

in 40th Liege International Astrophysical Colloquium 'Ageing low-mass stars: from red giants to white dwarfs' (2013, January 01)

We present an automated tool for measuring atmospheric parameters (T_eff, log(g), [Fe/H]) for F-G-K dwarf and giant stars. The tool, called GAUFRE, is written in C++ and composed of several routines ... [more ▼]

We present an automated tool for measuring atmospheric parameters (T_eff, log(g), [Fe/H]) for F-G-K dwarf and giant stars. The tool, called GAUFRE, is written in C++ and composed of several routines: GAUFRE-RV measures radial velocity from spectra via cross-correlation against a synthetic template, GAUFRE-EW measures atmospheric parameters through the classic line-by-line technique and GAUFRE-CHI2 performs a chi^2 fitting to a library of synthetic spectra. A set of F-G-K stars extensively studied in the literature were used as a benchmark for the program: their high signal-to-noise and high resolution spectra were analysed by using GAUFRE and results were compared with those present in literature. The tool is also implemented in order to perform the spectral analysis after fixing the surface gravity (log(g)) to the accurate value provided by asteroseismology. A set of CoRoT stars, belonging to LRc01 and LRa01 fields was used for first testing the performances and the behaviour of the program when using the seismic log(g). [less ▲]

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See detailCoRoT Observations of O Stars: Diverse Origins of Variability
Blomme, R.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Degroote, P. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Six O-type stars were observed continuously by the CoRoT satellite during a 34.3-day run. The unprecedented quality of the data allows us to detect even low-amplitude stellar pulsations in some of these ... [more ▼]

Six O-type stars were observed continuously by the CoRoT satellite during a 34.3-day run. The unprecedented quality of the data allows us to detect even low-amplitude stellar pulsations in some of these stars (HD 46202 and the binaries HD 46149 and Plaskett's star). These cover both opacity-driven modes and solar-like stochastic oscillations, both of importance to the asteroseismological modeling of O stars. Additional effects can be seen in the CoRoT light curves, such as binarity and rotational modulation. Some of the hottest O-type stars (HD 46223, HD 46150 and HD 46966) are dominated by the presence of red-noise: we speculate that this is related to a sub-surface convection zone. [less ▲]

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See detailMassive Non-Thermal Radio Emitters: New Data and their Modeling
Volpi, D.; Blomme, R.; De Becker, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

During recent years some non-thermal radio emitting OB stars have been discovered to be binary or multiple systems. The non-thermal emission is due to synchrotron radiation that is emitted by electrons ... [more ▼]

During recent years some non-thermal radio emitting OB stars have been discovered to be binary or multiple systems. The non-thermal emission is due to synchrotron radiation that is emitted by electrons accelerated up to high energies. The electron acceleration occurs at the strong shocks created by the collision of radiatively-driven winds. Here we summarize the available radio data and more recent observations for the binary Cyg OB2 No. 9. We also show a new emission model which is being developed to compare the theoretical total radio flux and the spectral index with the observed radio light curves. This comparison will be useful in order to solve fundamental questions, such as the determination of the stellar mass-loss rates, which are perturbed by clumping. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Magnetic OB Stars More Prone to Mixing? Still an Unsettled Issue
Morel, Thierry ULg

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

We review our knowledge of the mixing properties of magnetic OB stars and discuss whether the observational data presently available support, as predicted by some theoretical models, the idea that ... [more ▼]

We review our knowledge of the mixing properties of magnetic OB stars and discuss whether the observational data presently available support, as predicted by some theoretical models, the idea that magnetic phenomena favour the transport of chemical elements. A (likely statistical) relationship between enhanced mixing and the existence of a field has been emerging over the last few years. As discussed in this contribution, however, a clear answer to this question is presently hampered by the lack of large and well-defined samples of magnetic and non-magnetic stars. [less ▲]

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See detailX-Ray Plasma Temperature Distribution in the Wind of ζ Puppis
Hervé, Anthony ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2013, January 01)

Different scenarios try to explain the X-ray production in the O-type star wind (magnetic confinement, embedded shocks…) and their plasma temperature distribution. In this context, we have developed a new ... [more ▼]

Different scenarios try to explain the X-ray production in the O-type star wind (magnetic confinement, embedded shocks…) and their plasma temperature distribution. In this context, we have developed a new modeling code which computes synthetic spectra as a function of plasma temperature, abundances, and localization of the X-ray emitting shell in the wind. Then we combine several synthetic spectra in order to fit the observed high-resolution spectra. Our preliminary results on ζ Puppis reveal a non-porous wind as well as non-solar abundances for the CNO elements. More important, an extended region with a low temperature plasma begins to emit close to the star surface while small shells with hotter temperature plasmas emit farther in the wind. [less ▲]

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See detailLinearized Power Flow Equations Based Predictive Control of Transmission Voltages
Hajian, Mahdi; Rosehart, William; Glavic, Mevludin et al

in Proceedings of the 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-46) (2013, January)

In this paper, an approach based on the concept of Model Predictive Control (MPC) is used to control transmission voltages and prevent long-term voltage instability. The MPC model is based on a linearized ... [more ▼]

In this paper, an approach based on the concept of Model Predictive Control (MPC) is used to control transmission voltages and prevent long-term voltage instability. The MPC model is based on a linearized steady-state system model derived from power flow equations. Simulation results are presented for the case of Nordic32 test system. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom Fritz Teufel to Leo Bassi : Happening and provocation. Just a History of Overbidding and Inflation?
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

in Utopia and Critical Thinking in the Creative Process (2013, January)

Ludico-symbolic coups and assassination attempts, make-believe funerals and degeneration of trials into grotesque rhetorical jousting : everywhere throughout Europe and the United States in the mid ... [more ▼]

Ludico-symbolic coups and assassination attempts, make-believe funerals and degeneration of trials into grotesque rhetorical jousting : everywhere throughout Europe and the United States in the mid sixties, political happenings thrived. The acts/performances, which were for the most part carried out by groups or individuals close to the Marxist and pacifist student protest movement, can’t be dissociated from a situationnist understanding of the urban milieu, transformed into one large stage for militant theatre. Founded on the principal of diversion and provocation, these actions quickly led to inflation and overbidding. Caught in a hectic whirl which forced them to always push the limit further in order to evade, if only temporarily, a process of institutionalisation that threatens any act of provocation, they soon begin to loose their political effectiveness. Born from a common political and artistic origin as the leaders of the student left movement, several “terrorist” groups harden their tone at the beginning of the seventies and perpetrate acts of violence with a revolutionary intention. Breaking away from the theatrical and ludic student activity while also retaining their situationnist obedience and a certain theatrical conception of the urban place, these armed groups think up actions in the beginning of the seventies which induce a rupture in the performative and theatrical tradition of the end of the sixties. These acts have been the subject of in depths studies by authors who, however conscious of the theatrical origins of the actions of the extreme left terrorists, refer to a terminology which imposes a distinction between action (or happening/performance) and “terrorist” acts. On the basis of this terminological distinction, we will demonstrate not only that these actions of the beginning of the seventies must be considered in a direct lineage with the political-theatrical creation of the end of the sixties, but that they also offer a first escape route, politically efficient, to the inflation which threatens any act of provocation. If the actions of the RAF, the Red Brigades or the Weathermen evade institutionalisation which threatens any act of provocation, they nevertheless remain politically unsustainable and condemn those who imagine them as well as those who execute them to an inevitably tragic ending, incompatible with the pursuit of creative practice. This paradigm will guide us in identifying some more recent creative processes (fake conferences of the Yes Men, shows/performances of Leo Bassi) which try to overcome in turn the political precariousness of their predecessors in endowing themselves with an (auto)reflexive dimension. Beyond their heterogeneity, these actions/shows shall thus be perceived as objects which surpass the act of provocation, inevitably destined to wear out. Because, in actively implicating the spectator to a point where he becomes a full fledge component of an engaged and reflexive creative process, these practices reinstate the politico-theatrical performance in its indispensable efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailA nap to recap: Reward strengthens relational memory during daytime sleep
Igloi, Kinga; Gaggioni, Giulia Alice ULg; Eryilmaz, Hamdi et al

in Abstract book of the ABIM meeting (2013, January)

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See detailWindelband on Beurteilung
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

in Van der Schaar, Maria (Ed.) Judgement and the Epistemic Foundation of Logic (2013, January)

A main challenge for philosophers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was to construct judgements as acts of decision or position (thesis) rather than as acts of combination or synthesis ... [more ▼]

A main challenge for philosophers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was to construct judgements as acts of decision or position (thesis) rather than as acts of combination or synthesis. Let us call this the thetic view. Franz Brentano (1838–1917) is usually regarded as the best supporter of this view, since he takes advantage of the Kantian-Herbartian notion of ‘position’ (Setzung) to break with the traditional definition of judgement as symplokè (Martin 2006, 64 sq.; see Brentano 2008, 335). Generally speaking I think this usual line of interpretation is quite cor- rect, yet it could benefit from a more detailed account of the Brentano reception. What I would like to suggest is this: At stake in Brentano’s legacy is not just the rejection of the synthetic view but also the way in which the thetic dimension is itself conceived. There are, in fact, various ways of constructing judgements as thetic or positional phenomena. Brentano’s notion of ‘existential assertion’ is not the only way to do so. [less ▲]

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See detailQu’est-ce qu’une preuve de développement de compétence ? Témoignages autour de la récolte et de l’analyse critique de preuves de développement de compétences dans deux programmes faisant usages du portfolio pour l’évaluation finale de leurs étudiants
Poumay, Marianne ULg; Georges, François ULg

in Actes du 25ème colloque de l’ADMEE-Europe Fribourg - Evaluation et autoévaluation, quels espaces de formation (2013, January)

Il n’est pas « naturel » pour l’apprenant d’entrer dans une logique par laquelle il lui revient de démontrer ses progrès. Dans le présent article, nous tentons de mieux cerner la notion de preuves au ... [more ▼]

Il n’est pas « naturel » pour l’apprenant d’entrer dans une logique par laquelle il lui revient de démontrer ses progrès. Dans le présent article, nous tentons de mieux cerner la notion de preuves au travers de portfolios réalisés par des enseignants et formateurs inscrits dans deux programmes de l’université de Liège (Belgique). [less ▲]

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See detailScalable High-Performance Parallel Design for Network Intrusion Detection Systems on Many-Core Processors
Jiang, Hayang; Xie, Gaogang; Salamatian, Kavé et al

in Proceedings of ANCS 2013 (2013)

Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDSes) face significant challenges coming from the relentless network link speed growth and increasing complexity of threats. Both hardware accelerated and parallel ... [more ▼]

Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDSes) face significant challenges coming from the relentless network link speed growth and increasing complexity of threats. Both hardware accelerated and parallel software-based NIDS solutions, based on commodity multi-core and GPU processors, have been proposed to overcome these challenges. Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDSes) face significant challenges coming from the relentless network link speed growth and increasing complexity of threats. Both hardware accelerated and parallel software-based NIDS solutions, based on commodity multi-core and GPU processors, have been proposed to overcome these challenges. This work explores new parallel opportunities afforded by many-core processors for high performance, scalable and inexpensive NIDS. We exploit the huge many-core computational power by adopting a hybrid parallel architecture combining data and pipeline parallelism. We also design a hybrid load balancing scheme, using both ruleset and flow space partitioning. Furthermore, the proposed design leverages particular features of the processor to break the bottlenecks. We have integrated the open source NIDS Suricata into our proposed design and evaluated its performance with synthetic traffic. The prototype exhibits almost linear speedup and can handle up to 7.2 Gbps traffic with 100-bytes packets. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude tribologique sur des lubrifiants solides à haute température dans des machines de détente
Legros, Arnaud ULg; Zaïdi, Hamid; Diny, Mouad et al

in La tribologie : fondamentaux et applications complexes (2013)

Dans le cadre de la conception d’un expanseur dédié à la récupération d’énergie à l’échappement d’un moteur à combustion interne, une étude sur des lubrifiants solides a été menée afin de choisir le ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de la conception d’un expanseur dédié à la récupération d’énergie à l’échappement d’un moteur à combustion interne, une étude sur des lubrifiants solides a été menée afin de choisir le couple de matériaux adéquat pour le joint principal de la machine. Ce joint doit assurer à la fois une fonction d’étanchéité interne et limiter ainsi les pertes par fuites internes de l’expanseur. Il doit également présenter un coefficient de frottement la plus faible possible afin de réduire les pertes par friction. Ce joint est en effet sollicité par des contraintes en frottement plan dans un environnement sous vapeur d’eau à des températures pouvant atteindre 250°C. Ces températures rendent complexe l’utilisation d’huile et le recours à des matériaux auto lubrifiants est dès lors l’unique solution. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of organic farming in Wallonia : past, present and perspectives
Burny, Philippe ULg; Debode, Frédéric

in Lorencowicz, Edmund; Uziak, Jacek; Huyghebaert, Bruno (Eds.) VI International Scientific Symposium "Farm Machinery and Processes Management in Sustainable Agriculture" : Symposium Proceedings (2013)

Organic farming is today fully recognized as an alternative to conventional agriculture and its problems (water and air pollution, large use of pesticides and possible impacts on human health, vegetal and ... [more ▼]

Organic farming is today fully recognized as an alternative to conventional agriculture and its problems (water and air pollution, large use of pesticides and possible impacts on human health, vegetal and animal diseases, overproduction, ..) and is clearly supported by the Common Agricultural Policy and its "greening". Belgian (and Walloon) agriculture is an intensive one, with a high "labour force/agricultural area" ratio and high yields thanks to good soils, but also the use of large quantities of inputs like fertilizers and pesticides. However, organic farming increased in importance during the last years and th Walloon regional government has just launched a development plan in June 2013. So, this paper aims to analyse the evolution of organic farming in Wallonia and to present the goals and the measures of the new development plan. [less ▲]

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See detailIs organic farming a tool for sustainable development in Wallonia ?
Burny, Philippe ULg; Debode, Frédéric

in Socaciu, Carmen (Ed.) The 12th International Symposium "Prospects for the 3rd Millennium Agriculture" : Book of abstracts, volume 1 (2013)

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See detailGrammatical Markers and Grammatical Relations in the Simple Clause in Old French
Mazziotta, Nicolas ULg

in Hajičovà, Eva; Gerdes, Kim; Wanner, Leo (Eds.) Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (DepLing 2013) (2013)

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See detailLa typologie des objets sémiotiques dans le Résumé. Exercice de lecture
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Badir, Sémir; Cigana, Lorenzo (Eds.) Reading the Résumé of a Theory of Language / Lire le Résumé d'une théorie du langage (2013)

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See detailUnravelling the determinants of carpool behaviour in Flanders, Belgium: Integration of qualitative and quantitative research
Cools, Mario ULg; Tormans, Hans; Briers, Steffen et al

in Hesse, Markus; Caruso, Geoffrey; Gerber, Philippe (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013 (2013)

The goal of this study is to identify those factors that trigger carpoolers to share their rides and the barriers that restrain non-carpoolers from doing so. To this end, four focus group sessions were ... [more ▼]

The goal of this study is to identify those factors that trigger carpoolers to share their rides and the barriers that restrain non-carpoolers from doing so. To this end, four focus group sessions were organized. In addition, information from the 2009-2010 Flemish household travel survey was analysed. From the focus group discussions, it can be concluded that the concept of carpooling is generally well known, but that the media attention and stimuli for the topic seem to have faded away over time. The main motivations to carpool are the social aspect, the financial benefit or a combination of both. The quantitative analysis underlined for the difference between the distinct types of employees. Furthermore, the finding that the home-work distance increases the likelihood to carpool emphasizes the importance of the financial benefits of carpooling. Financial stimuli are thought to have the most potential to increase the share of carpooling in the modal split. [less ▲]

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See detailActive network management: planning under uncertainty for exploiting load modulation
Gemine, Quentin ULg; Karangelos, Efthymios ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2013 IREP Symposium - Bulk Power Systems Dynamics and Control - IX (2013)

This paper addresses the problem faced by a distribution system operator (DSO) when planning the operation of a network in the short-term. The problem is formulated in the context of high penetration of ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem faced by a distribution system operator (DSO) when planning the operation of a network in the short-term. The problem is formulated in the context of high penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) and distributed generation (DG), and when flexible demand is available. The problem is expressed as a sequential decision-making problem under uncertainty, where, in the first stage, the DSO has to decide whether or not to reserve the availability of flexible demand, and, in the subsequent stages, can curtail the generation and modulate the available flexible loads. We analyze the relevance of this formulation on a small test system, discuss the assumptions made, compare our approach to related work, and indicate further research directions. [less ▲]

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See detailLes matières colorantes en contexte Solutréen : Combe Saunière (Dordogne), Fressignes (Indre) et Les Maîtreaux (Indre-et-Loire)
Salomon, Hélène ULg; Vignaud, Colette; Aubry, Thierry et al

in Actes du Colloque : Le Solutréen... 40 ans après la publication du Smith’66 (2013)

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See detailComposite joints under M-N at elevated temperatures - Experimental investigations and analytical model
Demonceau, Jean-François ULg; Haremza, Cécile; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Proceeding of the Composite Construction VII conference (2013)

The Eurocodes recognise robustness as a way to ensure the structural integrity of a building frame subjected to an unforeseen event and therefore to avoid a so-called “progressive failure” mode in extreme ... [more ▼]

The Eurocodes recognise robustness as a way to ensure the structural integrity of a building frame subjected to an unforeseen event and therefore to avoid a so-called “progressive failure” mode in extreme loading situations. However few practical guidelines exist nowadays which would allow a designer to design a structure accordingly. Within the European RFCS ROBUSTFIRE project, the behaviour of steel and composite car parks subjected to localised fire leading to a column loss was investigated. Under such a scenario, the beam-to-column joints play a key role in the global structural response. Indeed, these joints, initially loaded in bending, may be subjected to elevated temperatures and to combined axial load “N” and bending moment “M”. In this paper, a methodology to predict the mechanical response of bolted composite beam-to-column joints at elevated temperatures under M-N is presented and validated through comparison to experimental tests conducted at the University of Coimbra. [less ▲]

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See detailL’imaginaire linguistique des historiens de la littérature, en France et en périphéries
Provenzano, François ULg

in Moussa, Sarga (Ed.) Le XIXe siècle et ses langues (2013)

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See detailLe congrès wallon de 1912: impact, significations et retombées
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Destatte, Philippe; Lanneau, Catherine; Meurant-Pailhe, Fabrice (Eds.) Jules Destrée, « La Lettre au roi » et au-delà (2013)

Pris en tenaille entre les élections du 2 juin et la publication de la Lettre au Roi, le congrès wallon de Liège du 7 juillet 1912 reste peu connu. En termes de souvenir collectif et d’inévitable ... [more ▼]

Pris en tenaille entre les élections du 2 juin et la publication de la Lettre au Roi, le congrès wallon de Liège du 7 juillet 1912 reste peu connu. En termes de souvenir collectif et d’inévitable hiérarchisation des événements historiques, ce sont bien deux autres congrès wallons, tenus à Liège également, qui surnagent : le congrès « identitaire » de 1905 et le fameux congrès national d’octobre 1945. Pourtant, le congrès de 1912 a eu au moins deux implications fondamentales : entretenir, au cœur de l’été le débat sur la séparation administrative, qui rebondira après la lettre de Destrée, et acter la désignation d’un comité d’action wallonne dont les premiers noms sont proposés en séance. C’est l’origine de l’Assemblée wallonne. Notre contribution proposera d’abord un bref résumé des débats ayant animé le congrès, en montrant les nuances entre le compte rendu officiel et celui des observateurs présents. Elle s’emploiera ensuite à analyser la réception du congrès dans l’opinion en insistant sur l’idée de séparation administrative. Qui se dit séparatiste ? Que recouvre cette expression, entre provincialisme et régionalisme ? Quels sont les arguments des partisans et des adversaires de la séparation ? Comment le contexte national et international de 1912 rejaillit-il sur ce débat ? [less ▲]

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See detailLocalizing and comparing weight maps generated from linear kernel machine learning models
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; CREMERS, Julien ULg; GARRAUX, Gaëtan ULg et al

in 2013 Third International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in NeuroImaging (PRNI 2013): proceedings (2013)

Recently, machine learning models have been applied to neuroimaging data, allowing to make predictions about a variable of interest based on the pattern of activation or anatomy over a set of voxels ... [more ▼]

Recently, machine learning models have been applied to neuroimaging data, allowing to make predictions about a variable of interest based on the pattern of activation or anatomy over a set of voxels. These pattern recognition based methods present undeniable assets over classical (univariate) techniques, by providing predictions for unseen data, as well as the weights of each voxel in the model. However, the obtained weight map cannot be thresholded to perform regionally specific inference, leading to a difficult localization of the variable of interest. In this work, we provide local averages of the weights according to regions defined by anatomical or functional atlases (e.g. Brodmann atlas). These averages can then be ranked, thereby providing a sorted list of regions that can be (to a certain extent) compared with univariate results. Furthermore, we defined a “ranking distance”, allowing for the quantitative comparison between localized patterns. These concepts are illustrated with two datasets. [less ▲]

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See detailConsiderations about the optimum design of piano key weirs
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of Africa 2013 Conference (CD-Rom) (2013)

Piano Key Weirs, a recent innovation in the Labyrinth Weirs geometry, have been studied for years by several research centers and laboratories all over the world. The first prototypes have already been ... [more ▼]

Piano Key Weirs, a recent innovation in the Labyrinth Weirs geometry, have been studied for years by several research centers and laboratories all over the world. The first prototypes have already been built, mainly in France, and others are under construction in Vietnam, Algeria and India. Despite some general design equations have been proposed recently, no optimum geometry has been defined yet. Whatever its geometry, a PKW is more efficient than a standard linear weir of same width. It is also more efficient than a labyrinth weir with the same cycle shape. But the PKW geometry may appear as complex as it involves a large set of parameters. Optimization of the weir design is thus not straightforward. Using the results of a large number of systematic scale model tests carried out to analyse the effect of the main geometric parameters on the PKW discharge capacity, the paper shows how a single optimum design doesn’t exist. This is especially true when economic and technical criteria are considered instead of a single hydraulic performance criteria. Despite this observation, some general rules to design a PKW can be suggested, as well as considerations about the best value of the main ratios defining the structure geometry. The relative influence of these parameters on the PKW efficiency is also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailLes industries à pointes foliacées du Paléolithique supérieur ancien dans le Nord-Ouest de l’Europe : le Lincombien-Ranisien-Jerzmanowicien
Flas, Damien ULg

in Bodu, Pierre; Chehmana, Lucie; Klaric, Laurent (Eds.) et al Le Paléolithique supérieur ancien de l’Europe du Nord-Ouest. Réflexions et synthèses à partir d’un projet collectif de recherche sur le centre et le sud du Bassin parisien (2013)

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See detailDevelopment of organic farming in Wallonia
Burny, Philippe ULg; Debode, Frédéric

in Bran, Florina; Ioan, Ildiko; Maruntelu, Tudor-George (Eds.) et al 5th International Conference "Ecological performance in a competitive economy", Bucharest 7-8 March 2013 : proceedings (2013)

Belgium is a highly densely populated country where agricultural methods usually consume large quantities of inputs, including pesticides and chemical fertilizers. However, organic farming is practiced ... [more ▼]

Belgium is a highly densely populated country where agricultural methods usually consume large quantities of inputs, including pesticides and chemical fertilizers. However, organic farming is practiced since many years and has registered a significant development during the last years, reaching 7% of the number of farmers in Wallonia (South of Belgium) and 7% of the Walloon agricultural area. Presently, the Walloon Minister for Agriculture strongly supports this sector and has proposed a strategic development plan of organic farming, the target being to reach 14% of the Walloon agricultural area in 2020. This paper presents and discusses the situation of organic farming in Wallonia and the main features and challenges of the new strategic development plan. [less ▲]

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See detailA DDM double sweep preconditioner for the Helmholtz equation with matrix probing of the DtN map
Vion, Alexandre ULg; Bélanger-Rioux, R.; Demanet, L. et al

in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mathematical and Numerical Aspects of Waves (WAVES 2013) (2013)

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See detailProfiles of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations during gestation in swamp buffalo
Van Hahn, N; Viet Linh, N; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th World Buffalo Congress and 7th Asian Buffalo Congress (2013)

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See detailQuelques considérations sur la préservation de l'authenticité des quartiers résidentiels modernes du nord de Bucarest
Dawans, Stéphane ULg; Houbart, Claudine ULg

in Crisan, Rodica (Ed.) Conservation / Regeneration. The modernist neighborhood (2013)

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See detailChildren’s Knowledge About Memory: Adaptation and French Validation of a Scale to Assess it.
Geurten, Marie ULg; Catale, Corinne ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in INS Abstract Book (2013)

The present study aimed at adapting and testing a French version of Kreutzer et al.’s metamemory interview (1975) in a group of 128 children aged of 4, 6, 9, and 12. Following Fritz et al. (2010 ... [more ▼]

The present study aimed at adapting and testing a French version of Kreutzer et al.’s metamemory interview (1975) in a group of 128 children aged of 4, 6, 9, and 12. Following Fritz et al. (2010), adjustments have been made to reduce language skill contamination as well as to increase the developmental appropriateness and sensibility of the scale. Results show the emergence of two sub-scales (“strategy knowledge” and “general memory knowledge”) on the factor analysis and reveal an excellent interrater reliability as well as a good internal consistency for the global scale and two sub-scales (respectively, Cronbach α = .79; .81 and .71). As expected with regard to the literature, a significant correlation has appeared between the metamemory scale and short-term memory capacities (convergent validity). Similarly, the metamemory score has shown its ability to predict children memory performance (predictive validity). Finally, the lack of correlation between most of the scale’s items and vocabulary measurement (Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test) and the very good ability of the scale to distinguish between age groups demonstrate that the adaptations made to improve the Kreutzer et al.’s scale in terms of language’s contamination and developmental sensibility have reached their goal. Regarding its psychometric properties, these results suggest that this interview can be considered as a useful and reliable tool for developmental research. Furthermore, they confirm the importance of metamemory knowledge in memory performance. Future studies will have to be carried out to show the utility of this scale in a clinical population. [less ▲]

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See detailNew mesh generation developments in GMSH
Remacle, Jean-François; Johnen, Amaury ULg; Lambrechts, Jonathan et al

in Actes du 11e Colloque National en Calcul des Structures (CSMA 2013), Giens, France (2013)

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See detailThe clinical and genetic characteristics of patients with gigantism
Rostomyan, Liliya ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg; Tichomirowa, M et al

in Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" - Congresses Highlights 2012: ECE Firenze, ENDO Houston, ESPE Leipzig, SFE Toulouse, IWMEN Liège (2013)

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See detailUnsupervised Learning Of Predictive Parts For Cross-object Grasp Transfer
Detry, Renaud ULg; Piater, Justus

in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (2013)

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See detailLe corps dans la médecine des moines au Moyen Age : autour de quelques Régimes de santé monastiques
Xhayet, Geneviève ULg

in Hüe, Denis; De Gramont, Jérôme; Baillaud, Bernard (Eds.) Corps et encyclopédies : Actes du colloque de Cerisy, 10-14 septembre 2008 (2013)

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See detailHealth screening to identify opportunities to improve preventive medicine in cats and dogs:focus on nutrition status
Diez, Marianne ULg; Picavet, Philippe; Ricci, Rebecca et al

in Hesta, Myriam (Ed.) Proceedings of the 17 th European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition Congress (2013)

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See detailDevelopment of a generalized steady-state simulation framework for positive displacement compressors and expanders
Bell, Ian ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Groll, Eckhard et al

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Compressors and their Systems 2013 (2013)

In this paper, a generalized framework is presented that can be used to simulate the steady-state performance of a wide range of positive displacement compressors and expanders (scroll, piston, screw ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a generalized framework is presented that can be used to simulate the steady-state performance of a wide range of positive displacement compressors and expanders (scroll, piston, screw, rotary, spool, etc.). The complete simulation algorithm is described, and an emphasis is placed on the numerical methods required to obtain robust behavior of the simulation. This formulation has been implemented into an open-source software package entitled PDSim written in the Python language. PDSim is the first open-source generalized compressor and expander simulation package. The source code can be freely obtained from http://pdsim.sf.net [less ▲]

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See detailPattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; Rosa, Maria; Rondina, Jane et al

in Suykens, J.A.K.; Argyriou, A.; De Brabanter, K. (Eds.) et al International workshop on advances in Regularization, Optimization, Kernel Methods and Support Vector Machines: theory and applications (ROKS 2013), Book of Abstracts (2013)

In the past years, mass univariate statistical analyses of neuroimaging data have been complemented by the use of multivariate pattern analyses, especially based on machine learning models. While these ... [more ▼]

In the past years, mass univariate statistical analyses of neuroimaging data have been complemented by the use of multivariate pattern analyses, especially based on machine learning models. While these allow an increased sensitivity for the detection of spatially distributed e ffects compared to univariate techniques, they lack an established and accessible software framework. Here we introduce the \Pattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox" (PRoNTo), an open-source, cross-platform and MATLAB-based software comprising many necessary functionalities for machine learning modelling of neuroimaging data. [less ▲]

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See detailSemantic Annotation of GPS Traces: Activity Type Inference
Reumers, Sofie; Liu, Feng; Janssens, Davy et al

in Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (DVD-ROM) (2013)

Due to the rapid development of technology, larger data sets concerning activity travel behavior become available. These data sets often lack semantic interpretation. This implies that annotation in terms ... [more ▼]

Due to the rapid development of technology, larger data sets concerning activity travel behavior become available. These data sets often lack semantic interpretation. This implies that annotation in terms of activity type and transportation mode is necessary. This paper aims to infer activity types from GPS traces by developing a decision tree-based model. The model only considers activity start times and activity durations. Based on the decision tree classification, a probability distribution and a point prediction model were constructed. The probability matrix describes the probability of each activity type for each class (i.e. combination of activity start time and activity duration). In each class, the point prediction model selects the activity type that has the highest probability. Two types of data were collected in 2006 and 2007 in Flanders, Belgium, i.e. activity travel data and GPS data. The optimal classification tree constructed comprises 18 leaves. Consequently, 18 if-then rules were derived. An accuracy of 74% was achieved when training the tree. The accuracy of the model for the validation set, i.e. 72.5%, shows that overfitting is minimal. When applying the model to the test set, the accuracy was almost 76%. The models indicate the importance of time information in the semantic enrichment process. This study contributes to future data collection in that it enables researchers to directly infer activity types from activity start time and duration information obtained from GPS data. Because no location information is needed, this research can be easily and readily implemented to millions of individual agents. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep: breeds, techniques and achievements
El Amiri, Bouchra; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Szenci, Otto et al

in Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Hungarian Association for Buiatrics (2013)

The aim of the present review is to summarize the achievements on pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep during the last 20 years on terms of results obtained after purifications, molecular biology ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present review is to summarize the achievements on pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in sheep during the last 20 years on terms of results obtained after purifications, molecular biology, radio-immunoassays (RIA), enzyme linked immune sorbent assay (ELISA), double radial immune-diffusion (Ouchterlony) and Western blot techniques. The analysis of documented papers that concerned these attempts showed that the animal genetic material used was composed of variable breeds from north Africa, Europe and USA (the Aragonesa, Ouled Djellal, Laucaun drairy sheep, Berrichone, Texel x Norvegian crossed ewes, Awassi x Merino, Blackheaded Moutton sheep x Blackheaded German Mutton sheep (BGM), Rhoen sheep crosses of BGM with Dorper sheep, Assaf, Chura, Merino, Texel, Suffolk, Boujaâd Moroccan breed). The RIA represents the wildspread technique used (54%) while Oucherlony and Western blot had been limited in use (4% each). From 1990 to 2000 only 27% of the achievements being available today were realized. The main data, profiles and studies were performed from 2000 to now (63%). To conclude, this review allows summarizing and updating the knowledge about the PAG in sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailDendrochronologie en région bruxelloise, en Wallonie et en France par l'Université de Liège (CEA) en 2012
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg; Lambert, Georges-Noel; Blain, Sophie ULg et al

in Chronique, Archaeologia Mediaevalis 36, Bruxelles, 2013. (2013)

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See detailUnderstanding rural economy of Kirundo farmers province in north of Burundi
Minani, Bonaventure ULg; Rurema, Déo-Guide; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Belgian Association of Agricultural Economists (Ed.) 2013 PHD Workshop 29-31 May Leuven : proceedings (2013)

This objective of this study is to analyze the socio-economic, political and environmental various constraints of farming systems that are on the basis of poverty observed in this area in order to ... [more ▼]

This objective of this study is to analyze the socio-economic, political and environmental various constraints of farming systems that are on the basis of poverty observed in this area in order to formulate realistic strategies for increasing the productivity and profitability of family farming in that province. [less ▲]

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See detailPremiers enseignements de l’étude DESCENDANCE : prévalence des dysglycémies méconnues chez des apparentés de diabétiques de type 2 sur deux générations
Cosson, E; Gourdy, p; Penformis, A et al

in Résumés des communications de la réunion scientifique de la SFD 2013 (2013)

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See detailOptimistic Planning for Belief-Augmented Markov Decision Processes
Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Busoniu, Lucian; Munos, Rémi

in Proceedings 2013 Symposium on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (ADPRL-13), Singapore, 15–19 April 2013 (2013)

This paper presents the Bayesian Optimistic Planning (BOP) algorithm, a novel model-based Bayesian reinforcement learning approach. BOP extends the planning approach of the Optimistic Planning for Markov ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the Bayesian Optimistic Planning (BOP) algorithm, a novel model-based Bayesian reinforcement learning approach. BOP extends the planning approach of the Optimistic Planning for Markov Decision Processes (OP-MDP) algorithm [Busoniu2011,Busoniu2012] to contexts where the transition model of the MDP is initially unknown and progressively learned through interactions within the environment. The knowledge about the unknown MDP is represented with a probability distribution over all possible transition models using Dirichlet distributions, and the BOP algorithm plans in the belief-augmented state space constructed by concatenating the original state vector with the current posterior distribution over transition models. We show that BOP becomes Bayesian optimal when the budget parameter increases to infinity. Preliminary empirical validations show promising performance. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of future floods and low flows on the economy in the Meuse basin
Sinaba, B; Döring, R; Kufeld, M et al

in Dewals, Benjamin; Fournier, Maïté (Eds.) Transboundary Water Management in a Changing Climate (2013)

Climate change in Western Europe is projected to result in more humid winters and drier summers. Further, the sverities of floods and low flows are assumed to increase in the future. The impacts of these ... [more ▼]

Climate change in Western Europe is projected to result in more humid winters and drier summers. Further, the sverities of floods and low flows are assumed to increase in the future. The impacts of these events could lead to adverse consequences on the economy. Given this framework, within the AMICE project, the impacts of future floods and low flow will be analyzed. A flood risk analysis in the Meuse basin is conducted taking into account future climate scenarios. Further, the impacts of future droughts and low flows are analyzed for the economic sectors energy production, agriculture and navigation. [less ▲]

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See detailEn quoi un espace en ligne peut-il aider les étudiants de premier bachelier à résoudre des problèmes de physique?
Jacquet, Maud ULg; Georges, François ULg; Gourdange, Brigitte ULg et al

in Colloque scientifique international portant sur les TIC en éducation : bilan, enjeux actuels et perspectives futures (2013)

L’article présente un dispositif mis en place à l’Université de Liège (ULg, Belgique) pour faire face aux échecs massifs des étudiants de première année (branches scientifiques) dans le cours de physique ... [more ▼]

L’article présente un dispositif mis en place à l’Université de Liège (ULg, Belgique) pour faire face aux échecs massifs des étudiants de première année (branches scientifiques) dans le cours de physique. En soutien aux activités conventionnelles, un site Web propose à ces étudiants de résoudre en ligne des problèmes de physique en décomposant leur processus de résolution et en prenant connaissance de feed-back détaillés, de façon à améliorer tant leur compréhension de la mécanique (matière abordée en début de première année) que la résolution de problèmes en tant que telle. La description du dispositif sera suivie de l’analyse des données d’usage par plus de neuf cents étudiants ainsi que des données subjectives d’avis de ces étudiants quant à l’intérêt du dispositif de 2009. Sur base de ces constats, nous résumons les pistes d’amélioration et présentons, de façon très illustrée, les régulations apportées en 2011 et 2012. L’accent est résolument placé sur le volet « feed-back », très apprécié des étudiants : un diagnostic individuel de la phase de résolution qui leur pose le plus problème, de nombreuses vidéos de résolution guidée et des animations qui permettent à chacun de revenir sur les concepts les plus difficiles à comprendre. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of social protection programs on economic resilience of poor households in Eastern Province of Rwanda
Militery Ngamata, Olivier ULg; Mbonyinkebe, Deo; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Kovacevic, Dusan (Ed.) Fourth International Scientific Symposium "Agrosym 2013“ : proceedings (2013)

This paper analyses the contribution of three programs of poverty reduction in Rwanda. It uses data from different reports and surveys with beneficiary poor households of social protection programs. The ... [more ▼]

This paper analyses the contribution of three programs of poverty reduction in Rwanda. It uses data from different reports and surveys with beneficiary poor households of social protection programs. The activities developed by these programs have allowed the poor in general and the widows of genocide in the Eastern Province of Rwanda in particular to improve their socioeconomic conditions, notably access to education, accommodation and medical care. Moreover, the beneficiaries have developed activities that diversify households’ revenues and improve their economic resilience. [less ▲]

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See detailConstraints analysis of family agriculture in Kirundo Province Northern of Burundi
Minani, Bonaventure ULg; Rurema, Déo-Guide; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture; University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture; Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB) (Eds.) IV International Symposium "Agrosym 2013" : Proceedings (2013)

In Burundi, family agriculture occupies more than 90% of the active population. That sector accounts more than 50% of GDP. Before the civil war of 1993, Kirundo province was deemed "breadbasket of the ... [more ▼]

In Burundi, family agriculture occupies more than 90% of the active population. That sector accounts more than 50% of GDP. Before the civil war of 1993, Kirundo province was deemed "breadbasket of the country" because the family farming was market-oriented. Today, this region is the first province in Burundi who accuses a high rate of householders who live in food insecurity. In order to conduct this study, 355 randomly selected farmers were surveyed in all municipalities of the province. This preliminary study revealed that the farmers had as major constraints: the small and land conflicts. The study case had identified 73 farmers among them who had not farmland and/ or land conflicts as constraints of agricultural productivity. Two groups emerged: 42 farmers who were not able to fully exploit their land and another group of 32 farmers with a high agricultural productivity. Results from this study show that the major problems in the first group were: lack of applying soil protection techniques, illiteracy, lack of credit which leads farmers to contract moneylenders, lack of improved seed, etc. Moreover, the main strategy used by the second group to boost their income is the practice of non-agricultural activities which influences whole production system. [less ▲]

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