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See detailThe impact of architectural representations on conveying design intent.
Cunin, Maxime; Yang, Maria C.; Elsen, Catherine ULg

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Architects express themselves graphically in order to communicate ideas both to clients and to themselves. In practice, they rely on a variety of representations such as free-hand drawings, 3D computer ... [more ▼]

Architects express themselves graphically in order to communicate ideas both to clients and to themselves. In practice, they rely on a variety of representations such as free-hand drawings, 3D computer rendered images, and photomontages to convey their design intent. Research to date has demonstrated differences and commonalities in the ways in which expert designers and laymen perceive visual understanding. It is still unclear how architects themselves use different types of representations to express different intentions, and how accurately their expected audience perceives those intentions. The purpose of this research is to investigate how laymen interpret the initial design intent of an architect’s design, and what role different forms of representations play in this process of understanding a design. This paper describes a five-step process for developing a survey that was used to gather data from 686 laymen respondents. It was found that certain types of simpler representations presented in specific contexts are unexpectedly found to be a more efficient way to faithfully transmit an architectural intent. [less ▲]

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See detailSostanza e forma nella tradizione del romanzo arturiano in prosa
Leonardi, Lino; Morato, Nicola ULg

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See detailAn Optimal Control Formulation of Pulse-Based Control Using Koopman Operator
Sootla, Aivar; Mauroy, Alexandre; Ernst, Damien ULg

E-print/Working paper (2018)

In many applications, and in systems/synthetic biology in particular, it is desirable to compute control policies that force the trajectory of a bistable system from one equilibrium (the initial point) to ... [more ▼]

In many applications, and in systems/synthetic biology in particular, it is desirable to compute control policies that force the trajectory of a bistable system from one equilibrium (the initial point) to another equilibrium (the target point), or in other words to solve the switching problem. It was recently shown that, for monotone bistable systems, this problem admits easyto-implement open-loop solutions in terms of temporal pulses (i.e., step functions of fixed length and fixed magnitude). In this paper, we develop this idea further and formulate a problem of convergence to an equilibrium from an arbitrary initial point. We show that this problem can be solved using a static optimization problem in the case of monotone systems. Changing the initial point to an arbitrary state allows to build closed-loop, event-based or open-loop policies for the switching/convergence problems. In our derivations we exploit the Koopman operator, which offers a linear infinite-dimensional representation of an autonomous nonlinear system. One of the main advantages of using the Koopman operator is the powerful computational tools developed for this framework. Besides the presence of numerical solutions, the switching/convergence problem can also serve as a building block for solving more complicated control problems and can potentially be applied to non-monotone systems. We illustrate this argument on the problem of synchronizing cardiac cells by defibrillation. Potentially, our approach can be extended to problems with different parametrizations of control signals since the only fundamental limitation is the finite time application of the control signal. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom justification to phenomenology The moral Imaginary of Solidarity Economy
Frère, Bruno ULg

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See detail« Proudhon, le premier pragmatiste? Petite histoire de l’autre sociologie »
Frère, Bruno ULg

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See detailBeyond Critical Sociology Bourdieu’s Positivism and the Sociology of Critique
Frère, Bruno ULg

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See detailTesting revealed preference: An algorithmic outlook
Smeulders, Bart ULg; Crama, Yves ULg; Spieksma, Frits C.R.

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Revealed preference theory is a domain within economics that studies rationalizability of behavior by (certain types of) utility functions. Given observed behavior in the form of choice data, testing ... [more ▼]

Revealed preference theory is a domain within economics that studies rationalizability of behavior by (certain types of) utility functions. Given observed behavior in the form of choice data, testing whether certain conditions are satisfied gives rise to a variety of computational problems that can be analyzed using operations research techniques. In this survey, we provide an overview of these problems, their theoretical complexity, and available algorithms for tackling them. We focus on consumer choice settings, in particular individual choice, collective choice and stochastic choice settings. [less ▲]

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See detailMéditations expérimenées sur la TSUM (Transition Secondaire-Université en Mathématiques)
Bair, Jacques ULg

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L’objectif de ce travail est de mettre par écrit quelques idées personnelles à propos de l’enseignement des mathématiques dans une première année de l’enseignement supérieur et ainsi de réfléchir à propos ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de ce travail est de mettre par écrit quelques idées personnelles à propos de l’enseignement des mathématiques dans une première année de l’enseignement supérieur et ainsi de réfléchir à propos de la transition entre le secondaire et l’Université (TSU, en abrégé) pour un cours de mathématiques. A cet effet, on compare les enseignements secondaire et universitaire, on précise une certaine conception des mathématiques et de leur enseignement au niveau de la TSU. Dans une première annexe se trouve également une étude plus théorique et technique sur la métacognition. Une particularité de ce travail est probablement de relier des idées issues de la littérature spécialisée relative à trois thèmes qui sont souvent développés indépendamment les uns des autres, à savoir l’épistémologie des mathématiques, la pédagogie universitaire et la didactique des mathématiques, le tout étant agencé d’après des convictions personnelles et des expériences professionnelles. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une Politique de la Ville en Wallonie : recommandation pour la mise en oeuvre d'une politique transversale et intégrée de dynamisation des quartiers urbains
Ruelle, Christine ULg; Mercenier, Chloé ULg; Bastin, Florine et al

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La note de recherche propose les principaux résultats de la recherche CPDT 2015-2016 sur la Politique de la Ville en Wallonie. Elle concerne, plus précisément, les constats et recommandations pour le ... [more ▼]

La note de recherche propose les principaux résultats de la recherche CPDT 2015-2016 sur la Politique de la Ville en Wallonie. Elle concerne, plus précisément, les constats et recommandations pour le développement des quartiers urbains selon trois grandes catégories de difficultés : le cadre de vie dégradé, le contexte social défavorable et le contexte économique défavorable. [less ▲]

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See detail"888" Tweets on the Art and Science of Internet-Based Investing
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

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Here we are! Exactly “888” Tweets, regularly updated, on The Art and Science of Investing to “show you the way”, to share some observations on the evolution of the world, the behavior of the financial ... [more ▼]

Here we are! Exactly “888” Tweets, regularly updated, on The Art and Science of Investing to “show you the way”, to share some observations on the evolution of the world, the behavior of the financial markets, and to illustrate the key heuristics that I learned over the last twenty years. As, without any doubt, I am no Warren Buffett, feel free to disagree and develop you own “theory” of investing. Painful and solitary work... Success is at that price! And, based on what I did - and did not! - achieve, it shouldn’t be hard to do much better... That’s my wish for you! [less ▲]

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See detailGreen Biotechnology in Belgium: The Ghent Innovation District.
Segers, Jean Pierre ULg

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This contribution explores the long-standing evolution of the green biotechnology cluster in the bioRegion of Flanders (Belgium), in particular in the Ghent innovation district.

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See detailJavier Cercas, Le mobile
Licata, Nicolas ULg

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Synopsis d'une nouvelle de Javier Cercas intitulée Le mobile (1987), rédigé dans le cadre du dossier "Les lectures pour l'été 2017" de la revue Culture.

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See detailDevelopment of an HPTLC method for determination of hypoglycin A in aqueous extracts of seedlings and samaras of Acer species.
Habyarimana, Jean Belt Adélite ULg; Baise, Etienne; Douny, Caroline ULg et al

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Hypoglycin A (HGA) is a toxin contained in seeds of the sycamore maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus). Ingestion of this amino acid causes equine atypical myopathy (AM) in Europe. Another variety, A. negundo ... [more ▼]

Hypoglycin A (HGA) is a toxin contained in seeds of the sycamore maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus). Ingestion of this amino acid causes equine atypical myopathy (AM) in Europe. Another variety, A. negundo, is claimed to be present where AM cases were reported in the US. For unknown reasons, occurrence of this disease has increased. It is important to define environmental key factors that may influence toxicity of samaras from Acer species. In addition, the content of HGA in seedlings needs to be determined since AM outbreaks, during autumn period when the seeds fall but also during spring when seeds are germinating. The present study aims to validate a reliable method using high performance thin layer chromatography for determination and comparison of HGA in samaras and seedlings. The working range of the method was between 20 μg HGA to 408 μg HGA per ml water, corresponding to 12 - 244 mg/kg fresh weight or 40 - 816 mg/kg dry weight, taking into account of an arbitrary average dry matter content of 30%. Instrumental limit of detection and limit of quantification were of 10 µg HGA/ml and 20 µg HGA/ml water, respectively. Instrumental precision was 4% (RSD on 20 repeated measurements) while instrumental accuracy ranged between 86% and 121% of expected value. The HGA recovery of the analytical method estimated from spiked samaras and seedlings samples ranged between 63 and 103%. The method was applied to 9 samples of samaras from Acer pseudoplatanus, A. platanoides and A. campestre and 5 seedlings samples from A. pseudoplatanus. The results confirm detection of HGA in samaras from A. pseudoplatanus and the absence of detection in samaras of other tested species. They also suggest that detected levels of HGA are highly variable. This confirmed the suitability of the method for HGA detection in samaras or seedling. [less ▲]

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See detailRaman Hyperspectral Imaging: An essential tool in the pharmaceutical field
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg et al

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Resulting from the combination of Raman spectroscopy and optical microscopy, Raman hyperspectral imaging has proven to be an indispensable tool in the pharmaceutical field. This article will broach a ... [more ▼]

Resulting from the combination of Raman spectroscopy and optical microscopy, Raman hyperspectral imaging has proven to be an indispensable tool in the pharmaceutical field. This article will broach a number of Raman hyperspectral imaging applications that were developed in our laboratory, in order to demonstrate the significance of the technique. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Open Access en Belgique francophone : bientôt une réalité ?
Desseilles, François ULg; Thys, Laurence ULg

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See detailBalanced sequences of complexity 2n+1
Cassaigne, Julien; Labbé, Sébastien; Leroy, Julien ULg

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See detailClap 48- Le 48è NO Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017 - Le festival de la démesure
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Compte rendu du 48è Festival de la Nouvelle Orleans

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See detailWhat should be forgotten? Time to make sense of Article 17 GDPR from the point of view of data controllers
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

This blog post highlights a key gap in the interpretation and envisaged application of the EU's right to be forgotten, as introduced in the General Data Protection Regulation.

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See detailParticipative Management as a Key Success Factor in Merger and Acquisition
Souply-Pierrard, Fernand; Robert, Jocelyne ULg

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In this working paper, we will examine in which way the participative management can be a key success factor in a context of organizational change. We tried to determine whether the use/implementation of ... [more ▼]

In this working paper, we will examine in which way the participative management can be a key success factor in a context of organizational change. We tried to determine whether the use/implementation of participative management and its tools is perceived as an increasing success factor of the mergers and acquisitions process. One of the interest of this study is to bring back a managerial aspect, nearly forgot in Europe but yet still relevant in Canada, that has proven is great interest within different studies over last decades and to apply the previous researches to a specific event in the life of a company, but also to a really particular context which is the one of a SME employing people with disabilities. To perform this research, we focused on the perception of participation, and its tools, that have workers and managers though a qualitative and a quantitative survey. The perspectives of this study open the way to more in depth researches in order to define audit processes and advises about the implementation of participative management (tools) to influence positively the probabilities of success for mergers and acquisitions. [less ▲]

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See detailLe New orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Compte rendu de la 48è édition du N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017 avec photos

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See detailBien raisonner en TSUM (Transition Secondaire-Université en Mathématiques)
Bair, Jacques ULg

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Bien raisonner est assurément une des compétences clés que doivent acquérir et développer les étudiants entrant à l’Université. Nous y consacrons entièrement ce travail illustré par de nombreux exemples ... [more ▼]

Bien raisonner est assurément une des compétences clés que doivent acquérir et développer les étudiants entrant à l’Université. Nous y consacrons entièrement ce travail illustré par de nombreux exemples construits à partir de notre expérience professionnelle. En premier lieu, nous distinguons, à la suite de G. Polya, les raisonnements plausibles des raisonnements démonstratifs. Ensuite, nous nous intéressons à certains éléments de logique qui nous paraissent importants au niveau d’une TSUM. Puis, nous analysons la nature de preuves mathématiques à ce stade de l’apprentissage. Enfin, nous dissertons quelque peu sur l’usage des démonstrations dans l’enseignement. Ce travail se termine par deux annexes techniques, relatives respectivement à différents types de syllogismes et à quelques éléments plus formels de logique mathématique. [less ▲]

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See detailRaman Hyperspectral Imaging: An essential tool in the pharmaceutical field
Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg et al

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Raman hyperspectral imaging results from the powerful combination of spatial (imaging) and spectral (Raman) information. It is increasingly used both in R&D and in the industry because it allows the ... [more ▼]

Raman hyperspectral imaging results from the powerful combination of spatial (imaging) and spectral (Raman) information. It is increasingly used both in R&D and in the industry because it allows the investigation of many characteristics of solid samples. This technique provides an accurate tool for qualitative and quantitative analysis of a pharmaceutical solid formulation. In this webinar, Assoc. Prof. Ziemons will present fundamental concepts of hyperspectral imaging data analysis and key applications in pharmaceutical and biomedical field. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mathématiques: une science comme les autres ?
Bair, Jacques ULg

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Les mathématiques sont-elles une science et, dans l'affirmative, sont-elles comparables aux autres disciplines scientifiques comme la physique, la biologie, ... ? Nous apportons des éléments de réponse à ... [more ▼]

Les mathématiques sont-elles une science et, dans l'affirmative, sont-elles comparables aux autres disciplines scientifiques comme la physique, la biologie, ... ? Nous apportons des éléments de réponse à de telles questions en basant principalement nos arguments sur la distinction, due au mathématicien-épistémologue G. Polya, entre les raisonnements plausibles ou démonstratifs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Borders of Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Camps, Actors and Insecurity
Da Silva, Amanda Carolina ULg

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I explore the securitization of the immigration process developed between France and the UK as units of the EU regional security complex. My main intention was to not only identify how both countries ... [more ▼]

I explore the securitization of the immigration process developed between France and the UK as units of the EU regional security complex. My main intention was to not only identify how both countries securitized immigration together, but also to identify the social consequences its produces for the city of Calais. The FR-UK immigration policy has been implemented in the city of Calais since 2002, and over time security apparatus has become more sophisticated, which sums up the transposition of the UK border and construction of refugee camps and jungles. As a result of this process, it was possible to identify the appearance of self-established camps, emergence of new actors, and rise of nationalism. I aim to highlight the relevance of bilateral policies developed between both countries and its impacts in Calais. From this, policies’ and migrants’ representations of emerging camps, new actors and nationalism will produce considerable changes in the city. [less ▲]

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See detailMusic 4 A While - entretien avec deux des musiciens de ce projet
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Entretien avec Jean François Foliez ( clarinette) et Johan Dupont, pianiste, arrangeur et concepteur du projet Music 4 A While paru chez Igloo Records

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See detailCorde à Corde - Le duo Philippe AERTS ( contrebasse) - Raphaëlle BROCHET (chant) - interview
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Interview des 2 musiciens sur leur carrière et sur la sortie de l'album KALAMAMBA chez Igloo Records ( IGL282)

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See detailCreative Playground ( Jean François Foliez) - vidéo "Home" ( composition Johan Dupont)
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Spectacle "Creative Playground 2017" Théâtre de Liège, 4 mars 2017; en vidéo "Home" une composition du pianiste Johan Dupont

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See detailChris BEARD - The Prince of the Blues
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Interview de Chris BEARD + record reviews

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See detailRussie – Venezuela : l’alliance stratégique à l’épreuve des faits
Regnier, Cindy ULg

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See detailLiens entre mathématiques et jeux
Bair, Jacques ULg

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Le présent travail se compose de plusieurs parties. En premier lieu, nous définissons le concept général de jeu et présentons quelques mathématiciens célèbres, de toutes époques, qui étaient (ou sont ... [more ▼]

Le présent travail se compose de plusieurs parties. En premier lieu, nous définissons le concept général de jeu et présentons quelques mathématiciens célèbres, de toutes époques, qui étaient (ou sont encore) des adeptes de jeux mathématiques. Ensuite, nous établissons une typologie des jeux mathématiques. Une deuxième partie est consacrée à l’intervention des jeux dans l’enseignement des mathématiques. Nous donnons divers avantages des activités ludiques en classe, mais également des objections relatives à leur usage à des fins pédagogiques. Nous nous demandons aussi comment sélectionner un jeu pour des élèves et exhibons des exemples concrets de jeux exploitables en classe. Ce travail se termine par une bibliographie sur le sujet, ainsi que par une annexe composée de diapositives présentées lors d’un exposé réalisé à l’Université du Luxembourg dans le cadre de la Formation Pédagogique (FOPED) : nous y décrivons brièvement différentes épreuves ludiques proposées ces dernières années à des élèves de l’enseignement secondaire en France, Belgique et au Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-period vehicle allocation with uncertain transportation requests
Crama, Yves ULg; Pironet, Thierry ULg

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This work investigates optimization techniques for a multi-period vehicle allocation problem with uncertain requests. A company owning a limited fleet of trucks attempts to maximize its operational profit ... [more ▼]

This work investigates optimization techniques for a multi-period vehicle allocation problem with uncertain requests. A company owning a limited fleet of trucks attempts to maximize its operational profit over an infinite horizon by optimally assigning transportation orders to the vehicles. Its profit stems from profits collected when transporting full truckloads, minus costs incurred when waiting or when moving unladen. The stochastic component of the problem arises from the uncertainty on the realization of each transportation order. The methodology is based on optimizing decisions for deterministic scenarios. Several policies are generated in this way, either by simple heuristics, or by more complex approaches, such as consensus and restricted expectation algorithms, or from network flow formulations over subtrees of scenarios. Myopic and a-posteriori deterministic optimization models are used to compute bounds allowing for performance evaluation. Numerical experiments are performed on various instances featuring different numbers of orders, graph sizes, sparsity, and probability distributions, and the performance of the algorithms is assessed by statistical tests. The robustness of various policies with respect to erroneous evaluations of the probability distributions is also analyzed. [less ▲]

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See detailSur l'évaluation de compétences en mathématiques
Bair, Jacques ULg

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Ce document comprend deux parties. Tout d’abord, un texte est consacré à des généralités sur la mesure de compétences, ainsi qu’à la présentation, illustrée par des exemples concrets, de différents types ... [more ▼]

Ce document comprend deux parties. Tout d’abord, un texte est consacré à des généralités sur la mesure de compétences, ainsi qu’à la présentation, illustrée par des exemples concrets, de différents types d’échelles (universelle, descriptive, globale) et de grilles d’évaluation. Enfin, ce travail se termine par la reproduction de diapositives (initialement réalisées à l’aide du logiciel Power Point) préparées pour accompagner une leçon sur l’évaluation ; l’exposé oral correspondant a été donné, dans le cadre de la FOPED (Formation Pédagogique), à plusieurs cohortes de stagiaires en mathématiques à l’Université du Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailTransparency Under Scrutiny. Information disclosure by the Parliamentary Land Investigation Commission in Myanmar
San Thein; Pyae Sone; Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULg

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This case study presents a country-wide quantitative analysis of a Parliamentary Commission established in 2012 in Myanmar to examine ‘land grab’ cases considered and to propose solutions towards ... [more ▼]

This case study presents a country-wide quantitative analysis of a Parliamentary Commission established in 2012 in Myanmar to examine ‘land grab’ cases considered and to propose solutions towards releasing the land to its original owners, in most cases smallholder farming families. The study analyses the information contained in four reports released to the public, but also aims to elicit information they do not reveal. First of all, the paper suggests the commission has failed to provide detailed information about land grabs by the military. Second, the Commission seems to have targeted urban areas and urbanization projects and has underestimated land grab cases in rural areas. Third, by contrasting the locations of land confiscation cases with those of agro-industrial concessions as of 2011, the paper also shows how the Commission has evaded, rather than tackled, some very critical land confiscation issues driven by these concessions. Eventually, the authors argue for a mechanism that gathers, manages and releases relevant data on land confiscation and redistribution in a manner that allows for full disclosure. [less ▲]

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See detailPetite apologie de l'analogie en mathématiques
Bair, Jacques ULg

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L'analogie est souvent utilisée par les mathématiciens car elle s'avère déterminante très souvent dans la création de mathématiques nouvelles. Pour illustrer simplement ces propos, nous présentons deux ... [more ▼]

L'analogie est souvent utilisée par les mathématiciens car elle s'avère déterminante très souvent dans la création de mathématiques nouvelles. Pour illustrer simplement ces propos, nous présentons deux exemples, l'un de géométrie et l'autre d'analyse, qui ont été initialement développés par G. Polya. Une brève biographie de cet auteur est présentée en fin d'article. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated approach for ethics in research for young researchers at the University of Liege
Halleux, Isabelle ULg

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For ensuring good practices in research from the beginning and developing a culture of ethics, ULg developed an integrated approach focusing on young researchers. The objective is to instill, as soon as ... [more ▼]

For ensuring good practices in research from the beginning and developing a culture of ethics, ULg developed an integrated approach focusing on young researchers. The objective is to instill, as soon as possible, a good perception of what is quality in research, considering methodology, project management and ethics as norms and moral positioning for solving dilemma. Actions, coordinated by the Council for Ethics and Scientific Integrity (CEIS), are developed simultaneously through 5 axes. Young researchers are involved at all levels of the process, directly or as representative of the PhD Association. 1. Training: Sensitization and education to ethics; development of professional capacities, incl. data analysis & open data; seminaries with supervisors and PhDs ("duos") 2. Forum: ethics on the public space – Seminaries, conference, round tables, intervision, discussion and exchange on questions, dilemma, case-studies, with the help of external experts 3. Research appraisal: requirement for an ethics appraisal of each research project, with a special focus on human and social sciences, with the help of disciplinary ethics committees 4. Ethics analysis: Analysis of special questions, complains, problems, and decision making in case of violation of integrity 5. Regulation: Writing of procedures, dissemination of documents, recommendations and case-studies, link to the HR Strategy for researchers and the Charter and Code. In 2016, successful activities took place : - about 500 PhDs (25%) participated directly in the "Go2thesis training" (incl. 1 day on project management and ethics), dedicated trainings (introduction, special questions) and forum-debates - all the research projects, incl. PhD grants, supported by ULg were requested to provide an ethical issue check list, based on the H2020 standards. The R&D Office helped to explain about the issues and resources, and to orient the applicant to the ad hoc ethics committee - special requests were analyzed by the CEIS for several PhD's sensitive projects - Information was provided to PhDs regarding authorship, crowdfunding, privacy, open data and security while travelling New projects will be developed for (1) strengthening the relation between CEIS-ethics committee-doctoral school-supervisor-PhD (2) involving all the new PhDs in the training and forum, and (3) ensure the ethics appraisal during the whole duration of the PhD thesis (i.e. special chapter in the annual report). This presentation aims to exchange about what was done, the actual and expected impact of actions, what is going right and wrong, and how ULg is managing this dynamics as part of the HR Strategy for researchers project. A discussion with participants is expected on results and new projects. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques idées générales à propos de la compréhension en mathématiques
Bair, Jacques ULg

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Dans cet article, nous apportons des éléments de réponse à la question générale suivante : "Que signifie bien comprendre en mathématiques ?" Nous nous demandons pourquoi il est difficile d'y répondre et ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous apportons des éléments de réponse à la question générale suivante : "Que signifie bien comprendre en mathématiques ?" Nous nous demandons pourquoi il est difficile d'y répondre et apportons une piste de solution en distinguant les activités de production de celles de reproduction. De plus, nous abordons le problème étudié d'un point de vue aussi bien local que global. Enfin, nous nous interrogeons sur l'incompréhension en mathématiques en proposant une typologie, en repérant des causes possibles d'incompréhension et en donnant quelques conseils pratiques. [less ▲]

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See detailDecidable properties of extension graphs for substitutive languages
Dolce, Francesco; Kyriakoglou, Revekka; Leroy, Julien ULg

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See detailLa Ceinture Aliment-Terre Liégeoise : des initiatives locales au projet de transition territoriale
Feyereisen, Marlène ULg; Stassart, Pierre M ULg

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Depuis une dizaine d’années, des initiatives qui cherchent à territorialiser la production et la consommation de produits alimentaires se développent dans le paysage agroalimentaire wallon. Parmi celles ... [more ▼]

Depuis une dizaine d’années, des initiatives qui cherchent à territorialiser la production et la consommation de produits alimentaires se développent dans le paysage agroalimentaire wallon. Parmi celles-ci, la Ceinture aliment-terre liégeoise (CATL) est une dynamique qui s’est construite autour d’un diagnostic du système agroalimentaire conventionnel et propose des alternatives en région liégeoise. La CATL a pour caractéristique principale de constituer un « mouvement citoyen », c’est-à-dire qu’elle mobilise les citoyens dans la transformation du système agroalimentaire. Pour analyser cette initiative, nous allons retracer la trajectoire de la CATL depuis sa naissance jusqu’à aujourd’hui, ainsi que les dilemmes et questionnements auxquels elle a dû faire face tout au long de son évolution et comment elle propose d’y répondre. Cette analyse permet de comprendre que le potentiel de transformation de la CATL pour la transition réside surtout dans sa capacité à intégrer une série d’initiatives du territoire dans une vision commune pour construire une « niche globale territoriale » plus à même d’influencer le régime et d’engager une transition du système agroalimentaire liégeois et wallon. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Massacre des Innocents de Marcantonio Raimondi, d'après Raphaël (notice)
Trizzullo, Eva ULg

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See detailDivergence of wavelet series: A multifractal analysis
Esser, Céline ULg; Jaffard, Stéphane ULg

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We show the relevance of a multifractal-type analysis for pointwise convergence and divergence properties of wavelet series: Depending on the sequence space which the wavelet coefficients sequence belongs ... [more ▼]

We show the relevance of a multifractal-type analysis for pointwise convergence and divergence properties of wavelet series: Depending on the sequence space which the wavelet coefficients sequence belongs to, we obtain deterministic upper bounds for the Hausdorff dimensions of the sets of points where a given rate of divergence occurs, and we show that these bounds are generically optimal, according to several notions of genericity. [less ▲]

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See detailMario Vargas Llosa, Qui a tué Palomino Molero?
Belleflamme, Clémence ULg

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Résumé apéritif du roman de Vargas Llosa intitulé Qui a tué Palomino Molero? (1986), rédigé dans le cadre du dossier "Les lectures pour l'été 2017" de la revue Culture.

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See detailBack to materialism Reflections on Marx’s labour, praxis, cooperative and libertarian socialism in the 19th century
Frère, Bruno ULg

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From Marx to Althusser, the materialist approach has tended to assume that individuals (that is, workers, proletarians and other social actors), unconsciously reproduce the social structures of capitalism ... [more ▼]

From Marx to Althusser, the materialist approach has tended to assume that individuals (that is, workers, proletarians and other social actors), unconsciously reproduce the social structures of capitalism which alienate them. It is assumed that individuals accept the conditions forced upon them and no longer seek to rebel against a world which substantially impoverishes their labour, their spirit and their creativity. In this paper, I will try to show that by dint of favouring almost exclusively Marx's concept of alienation, there is a considerable risk that materialist thought will adopt only a negative path. Whilst I acknowledge Marx’s significance to materialism, I wish to argue that his stance should be combined with that of the anarchist and libertarian French thinker Proudhon. Proudhon has succeeded in presenting a conception of the worker as more than just alienated. Workers can also cooperate and experience a reciprocity seemingly at odds with the character of capitalism. Under Proudhon’s influence materialism takes a positive turn, enabling us to avoid falling into the utopianism that the theory of social economy employs to critique capitalism – a utopianism that renders its critique even less effective than that of Marx. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to account for new forms of resistance to domination: An argument for a materialist renewal in European social theory
Frère, Bruno ULg; Tulle, Emmanuelle

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Many significant intellectual developments have taken place in 20th century European social theories. Notably the first Frankfurt School and Bourdieu’s work have successfully shown how workers, social ... [more ▼]

Many significant intellectual developments have taken place in 20th century European social theories. Notably the first Frankfurt School and Bourdieu’s work have successfully shown how workers, social actors, etc. are alienated or dominated by capitalist social structures. But according to Habermas, neither perspective successfully allows for the possibility that people could contribute to their own emancipation. The emergence of new forms of social resistance to domination such as those embodied by the Indignados, Anonymous, Femen, the practitioners of alternative economy, movements of unemployed people or illegals compels us to envisage the possibility for emancipation, but how? In this paper we explore opportunities for accounting for this by considering the work of a range of other European social theorists, more specifically Boltanski whose critical intent is embodied in his pragmatic sociology, and evident in his coining and use of the concept of the world. In addition we will consider Latour’s own pragmatic stance as we believe that despite his disinterest in new social movements, his work, informed by pure immanence, might offer potential solutions. But we would argue that even in these innovations there is either a persistent tendency to imagine emancipation primarily as a return to some ideal state or a lack of critical engagement with alienation. In response, we propose a materialist renewal, which will lead us to ponder on the political role of sociologists. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeted advertising and consumer information
Broos, Sébastien ULg

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See detailRigidity and substitutive tree words
Berthé, Valérie; Dolce, Francesco; Durand, Fabien et al

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See detailA tailored two-phase constructive heuristic for the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem with transportation constraints
Paquay, Célia ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

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This paper considers the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem which consists in packing a set of cuboid boxes into containers of various shapes with minimising unused space. The problem ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem which consists in packing a set of cuboid boxes into containers of various shapes with minimising unused space. The problem is extended to air cargo where bins are Unit Load Devices, especially designed for fitting in aircraft. We developed a fast constructive heuristic able to manage the different constraints met in transportation. The heuristic is split into two distinct phases. The first phase deals with the packing of boxes into identical bins using an extension of the Extreme Points. During this phase, the fragility, stability and orientations of the boxes are taken into account as well as the special shape of the bins and their weight capacity. The second phase takes into account the multiple types of available bins. If necessary, the best found loading pattern is finally enhanced with respect to weight distribution in a post processing. After parametrisation, computational experiments have been performed on data sets especially designed for this application. The heuristic requires really short computational times to achieve promising results. [less ▲]

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See detailAn intermediary's geographical expansion choice under uncertainty
Lefevre, Mélanie ULg; Tharakan, Joseph ULg

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See detail"On se débrouille". How to be a good judge when the state lets you down
Andreetta, Sophie ULg; Kolloch, Annalena

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Over the last couple of years, Beninese magistrates have gone on multiple strikes. Most of them complain about their substantial workload, low pay, and poor working conditions. They also highlight the ... [more ▼]

Over the last couple of years, Beninese magistrates have gone on multiple strikes. Most of them complain about their substantial workload, low pay, and poor working conditions. They also highlight the discrepancies between the magistrates’ social status and what their families expect from them. While there seems to be a professional malaise within the Beninese bench, judges and prosecutors also insist on the importance of their work and the ethics that goes together with it. This is why we will be looking at the discourses and representations of the social and professional status of Beninese judges. Why do young lawyers choose the path of being a magistrate over other legal careers? How do judges and prosecutors in the Republic of Benin balance professional ethos with practical work routine? [less ▲]

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See detailPermutations and negative beta-shifts
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Steiner, Wolfgang

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Elizalde (2011) characterized which permutations can be obtained by ordering consecutive elements in the trajectories of (positive) beta-transformations and beta-shifts. We prove similar results for ... [more ▼]

Elizalde (2011) characterized which permutations can be obtained by ordering consecutive elements in the trajectories of (positive) beta-transformations and beta-shifts. We prove similar results for negative bases beta. [less ▲]

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See detailExtracting oscillating components from nonstationary time series: A wavelet-induced method
Deliège, Adrien ULg

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This paper consists in the description and application of a new method named Wavelet-Induced Mode Extraction (WIME) in the context of time-frequency analysis. WIME aims to extract the oscillating ... [more ▼]

This paper consists in the description and application of a new method named Wavelet-Induced Mode Extraction (WIME) in the context of time-frequency analysis. WIME aims to extract the oscillating components that build amplitude modulated-frequency modulated signals. The essence of this technique relies on the successive extractions of the dominant ridges of wavelet-based timefrequency representations of the signal under consideration. Our tests on simulated examples indicate strong decomposition and reconstruction skills, trouble-free handling of crossing trajectories in the time-frequency plane, sharp performances in frequency detection in the case of mode-mixing problems and a natural tolerance to noise. These results are compared with those obtained with the Empirical Mode Decomposition. We also show that WIME still gives meaningful results with real-life data, namely the Oceanic Niño Index. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy Protocol: Effect of prenatal wheel-running exercise (before and during gestation) on cocaine psychomotor sensitization expressed in the offspring in periadolescent females and males C57BL/6J mice
Lespine, Louis-Ferdinand ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

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The present study principally aims at determining to which extent prenatal exercise (before and during gestation) could affect the initiation (establishment) and the expression of psychomotor ... [more ▼]

The present study principally aims at determining to which extent prenatal exercise (before and during gestation) could affect the initiation (establishment) and the expression of psychomotor sensitization induced by a representative dose of cocaine in young female and male mice. More specifically, we will assess cocaine-induced acute psychomotor-activating effects, psychomotor sensitization developing over 9 daily sessions (daily peritoneal injections of cocaine or saline) and the long-term expression of the sensitized response (30 days after the last sensitizing injection) in C57BL/6J mice born from mothers housed with or without a running wheel before and during gestation. Based on literature and on our prior results, the mice born from exercised mothers are expected to show significantly reduced levels of cocaine responsiveness in comparison with the control mice (born from unexercised mothers). [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction
Masson, Christophe ULg

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Introduction de l'Assemblée générale de Ménestrel – 35e journée d'étude du Réseau des Médiévistes belges de Langue française. Le Moyen Âge dans les (nouveaux) médias. Quelle place pour les médiévistes  ... [more ▼]

Introduction de l'Assemblée générale de Ménestrel – 35e journée d'étude du Réseau des Médiévistes belges de Langue française. Le Moyen Âge dans les (nouveaux) médias. Quelle place pour les médiévistes ? Université de Liège, 7-8 octobre 2016 [less ▲]

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See detailThe prosumers and the grid
Gautier, Axel ULg; Jacqmin, Julien ULg; Poudou, Jean-Christophe

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Prosumers are households that are both producers and consumers of electricity. A prosumer has a grid-connected decentralized production unit (DPU) and makes two types of exchanges with the grid: energy ... [more ▼]

Prosumers are households that are both producers and consumers of electricity. A prosumer has a grid-connected decentralized production unit (DPU) and makes two types of exchanges with the grid: energy imports when the local production is insufficient to match the local consumption and energy exports when local production exceeds it. There exists two systems to measure the exchanges : a net metering system that uses a single meter to measure the balance between exports and imports and a net purchasing system that uses two meters to measure separately power exports and imports. Both systems are currently used for residential consumption. We build a model to compare the two metering systems. Under net metering, the price of exports paid to prosumers is implicitly set at the price of the electricity that they import. We show that net metering leads to (1) too many prosumers, (2) a decrease in the bills of prosumers, compensated via a higher bill for traditional consumers, and (3) a lack of incentives to synchronize local production and consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailThe new Russian quotative tipa: pragmatic scope and functions
Kolyaseva, Alena ULg

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See detailBerge-acyclic multilinear 0-1 optimization problems
Buchheim, Christoph; Crama, Yves ULg; Rodriguez Heck, Elisabeth ULg

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See detailVorzeitigkeit als Herausforderung beim Übersetzen narrativer Texte
Münzberg, Franziska ULg

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See detailCellwise Robust regularized discriminant analysis
Aerts, Stéphanie ULg; Wilms, Ines

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Quadratic and Linear Discriminant Analysis (QDA/LDA) are the most often applied classification rules under normality. In QDA, a separate covariance matrix is estimated for each group. If there are more ... [more ▼]

Quadratic and Linear Discriminant Analysis (QDA/LDA) are the most often applied classification rules under normality. In QDA, a separate covariance matrix is estimated for each group. If there are more variables than observations in the groups, the usual estimates are singular and cannot be used anymore. Assuming homoscedasticity, as in LDA, reduces the number of parameters to estimate. This rather strong assumption is however rarely verified in practice. Regularized discriminant techniques that are computable in high-dimension and cover the path between the two extremes QDA and LDA have been proposed in the literature. However, these procedures rely on sample covariance matrices. As such, they become inappropriate in presence of cellwise outliers, a type of outliers that is very likely to occur in high-dimensional datasets. In this paper, we propose cellwise robust counterparts of these regularized discriminant techniques by inserting cellwise robust covariance matrices. Our methodology results in a family of discriminant methods that (i) are robust against outlying cells, (ii) cover the gap between LDA and QDA and (iii) are computable in high-dimension. The good performance of the new methods is illustrated through simulated and real data examples. As a by-product, visual tools are provided for the detection of outliers. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential, opportunities and benefits of electric vehicles as frequency regulation resources
Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Alvarado, Fernando

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Any imbalance between electric power supply and demand results in power system frequency deviations from its nominal value. Frequency regulation is one of the most important services that regional system ... [more ▼]

Any imbalance between electric power supply and demand results in power system frequency deviations from its nominal value. Frequency regulation is one of the most important services that regional system operators perform to ensure reliable system operation. Traditional power supply sources such as generators are usually automatically modulated to help balance generation and demand by adjusting their output based in part on system frequency. As a result of the decreased inertia of the system caused by decommissioning of traditional power plants and the increase in the penetration of renewable energy sources, the increased use of demand side controls for the purpose of frequency regulation is receiving increased attention. Demand control can provide fast response to any imbalance. This opens up the possibility for Electric Vehicles (EVs) to be used as frequency regulation grid resources. This write-up discusses the potential, opportunities and benefit of doing so. [less ▲]

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See detailPREDetector 2.0: Online and Enhanced Version of the Prokaryotic Regulatory Elements Detector Tool
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Naomé, Aymeric ULg; Jourdan, Samuel ULg et al

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In the era that huge numbers of microbial genomes are being released in the databases, it becomes increasingly important to rapidly mine genes as well as predict the regulatory networks that control their ... [more ▼]

In the era that huge numbers of microbial genomes are being released in the databases, it becomes increasingly important to rapidly mine genes as well as predict the regulatory networks that control their expression. To this end, we have developed an improved and online version of the PREDetector software aimed at identifying putative transcription factor-binding sites (TFBS) in bacterial genomes. The original philosophy of PREDetector 1.0 is maintained, i.e. to allow users to freely fix the DNA-motif screening parameters, and to provide a statistical means to estimate the reliability of the prediction output. This new version offers an interactive table as well as graphics to dynamically alter the main screening parameters with automatic update of the list of identified putative TFBS. PREDetector 2.0 also has the following additional options: (i) access to genome sequences from different databases, (ii) access to weight matrices from public repositories, (iii) visualization of the predicted hits in their genomic context, (iv) grouping of hits identified in the same upstream region, (v) possibility to store the performed jobs, and (vi) automated export of the results in various formats. PREDetector 2.0 is available at http://predetector.fsc.ulg.ac.be/. [less ▲]

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See detailAlejandro Zambra, la mirada del hijo
Licata, Nicolas ULg

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Presentación general, en lenguas española y francesa, del escritor chileno Alejandro Zambra (1975) en el marco de su participación en el coloquio "Escribir, leer, pensar la literatura hoy" (ULg).

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See detailStatus and Coordination in Organizations
Lam, Wing Man Wynne ULg

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See detailMerger incentives under yardstick competition: A theoretical model
Teusch, Jonas ULg

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See detailThe smallholder development by remittances of migrants
Yao Namé, Juste Michel ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

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The following pages report the results of our survey conducted among (Malian, Senegalese and Mauritanian) Soninké migrants during the period of 14th to 4 December 2015, living in the social residences of ... [more ▼]

The following pages report the results of our survey conducted among (Malian, Senegalese and Mauritanian) Soninké migrants during the period of 14th to 4 December 2015, living in the social residences of the former home Pinel (first home of migrant workers in France). This survey had to aim to discuss the implementation and use of a new tool to transfer the money in order to reduce use of informal channels, to promote financial inclusion, to finance smallholding and to develop entrepreneurship in rural by granting of credits medium or long term via Microfinance Institutions (IMF). [less ▲]

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See detailLE COMPROMIS ENTRE CULTURE NON PUNITIVE ET CULTURE JUSTE : ANALYSE DES SOUS-CULTURES DE SÉCURITÉ DES PATIENTS DANS UN SERVICE DE RADIOTHÉRAPIE
Kamto Kenmogne, Marius ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg; BOGA, Deniz ULg et al

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The recent publication of the report "Medical error-the third leading causes of death in the US" (Makary & Daniel, 2016) has led to a renewed attention to the issue of patient safety in many developed ... [more ▼]

The recent publication of the report "Medical error-the third leading causes of death in the US" (Makary & Daniel, 2016) has led to a renewed attention to the issue of patient safety in many developed countries. The main issue involved is the role played by medical staff work in the occurrence of deaths from the medical care. According to Makary & Daniel, communication failures, misdiagnosis, bad judgments and inadequate skills have caused an average of 251,454 deaths per year in the United States in 2013. This report has taken the opposite view of the proponents of "No shame no blame" approach characterizing a non-punitive culture in which people are led to blame the system even though human responsibility is obvious. While the no-blame culture has often been presented as the success factor of an efficient safety /quality policy in medical settings (Amalberti et al., 2005; Woynar et al, 2007), discordant voices now stand to underline the limits of this approach (see eg Dekker & Breakey, 2016; Levitt, 2014 or Shojania & Dixon-Woods, 2013). These authors argue that the no-blame culture is difficult to implement in practice and suggest the implementation of a just culture that places more emphasis on individuals' behavior and performance and on their responsibility at work. In this context, this study examines – based on an in-depth longitudinal case study of a radiotherapy department that has implemented a reporting system for adverse events - the extent to which non-punitive culture and just culture can live together in the same organizational unit. By combining in-depth interviews with members of the quality team and a questionnaire survey administered to all staff, we evaluate the current safety subcultures in the service. The content analysis of the interviews and the treatment of questionnaires following the methodology of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality allows to see the emergence of three subcultures in the radiotherapy department studied: a reporting subculture, a non-punitive subculture and, to some extent, a just subculture. The study shows that the development of the safety culture in this department is based primarily on the establishment of a non-punitive subculture used as a way to encourage spontaneous reporting of adverse events. The reporting culture is therefore the more controlled dimension of the safety culture of the department. Concerning responsibility of workers, the study shows that they have no fear of punishment and are not even familiar with the term in the workplace. On the contrary, instead of a retributive just culture, the department has focused its safety culture on learning from mistakes and substantial just culture based on a system of worker participation in the preparation of procedures that prescribe the right way to work. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Cour pénale internationale et les entorses aux droits essentiels des personnes privées de liberté
Deprez, Christophe ULg

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Ce texte propose un bref aperçu des faiblesses de la pratique de la Cour pénale internationale en matière de privation de liberté.

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See detailIT formulae for gamma target: mutual information and relative entropy
Arras, Benjamin ULg; Swan, Yvik ULg

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See detailLARCH: A package for estimating multinomial, nested, and cross-nested logit models that account for semi-aggregate data
Newman, Jeffrey; Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Garrow, Laurie

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We present a summary of important computational issues and opportunities that arise from the use of semi-aggregate data (where the explanatory data for choice scenarios are not necessarily unique for each ... [more ▼]

We present a summary of important computational issues and opportunities that arise from the use of semi-aggregate data (where the explanatory data for choice scenarios are not necessarily unique for each decision-maker) in discrete choice models. This data feature is commonly encountered with large transactional databases that have limited consumer information, such as itinerary choice modeling. We developed a software package called Larch, written in Python and C++, to take advantage of this kind of data to greatly speed the estimation of discrete choice model parameters. Benchmarking experiments against Stata (a commonly used commercial package) and Biogeme (a commonly used freeware package) based on an industry dataset for airline itinerary choice modeling applications shows that the size of the input estimation files are 50 to 100 times larger in Stata and Biogeme, respectively. Estimation times are also much faster in Larch; e.g., for a small itinerary choice problem, a multinomial logit model estimated in Larch converged in less than one second whereas the same model took almost 15 seconds in Stata and more than three minutes in Biogeme. For more complex discrete choice models, such as the ordered generalized extreme value model, estimation times were two seconds in Larch and four to five days in Biogeme. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE BEAT GENERATION Beat Generation - L’Anthologie Musicale - Hep Cats, Hipsters & Beatniks 1936-1962 (FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES)
Sacré, Robert ULg

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The Beat Generation - L’Anthologie Musicale - Compte rendu Hep Cats, Hipsters & Beatniks 1936-1962 FREMEAUX & ASSOCIES

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See detailBIG NOISE - Un orchestre belge- Un nouvel hommage, en live, au JAZZ style NEW ORLEANS
Sacré, Robert ULg

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Compte Rendu du 3è opus du groupe BIG NOISE, un orchestre belge qui remet à l'honneur le jazz traditionnel style NEW ORLEANS ( album IGLOO RECORDS)

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See detailThe np- Control Charts with the Guaranteed In-Control Performance
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg

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In this paper, we evaluate the in-control performance of np-control charts with estimated parameters. We then apply the bootstrap method to adjust the control charts’ limits to guarantee the desired in ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we evaluate the in-control performance of np-control charts with estimated parameters. We then apply the bootstrap method to adjust the control charts’ limits to guarantee the desired in-control average run length (ARL0) value in monitoring stage. The adjusted limits ensure that ARL0 would take a value greater than the desired value (say, B) with a certain specified probability, that is Pr⁡(ARL_0>B)=1-ρ. We finally provide users with tables which with practitioners do not need to do bootstrapping Phase I data set to obtain the control limit thresholds. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-86b and WASP-102b: super-dense versus bloated planets
Faedi, F.; Gómez Maqueo Chew, Y.; Pollacco, D. et al

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We report the discovery of two transiting planetary systems: a super dense, sub-Jupiter mass planet WASP-86b (\mpl\ = 0.82 $\pm$ 0.06 \mj, \rpl\ = 0.63 $\pm$ 0.01 \rj), and a bloated, Saturn-like planet ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of two transiting planetary systems: a super dense, sub-Jupiter mass planet WASP-86b (\mpl\ = 0.82 $\pm$ 0.06 \mj, \rpl\ = 0.63 $\pm$ 0.01 \rj), and a bloated, Saturn-like planet WASP-102b (\mpl\ = 0.62 $\pm$ 0.04 \mj, \rpl\=1.27 $\pm$ 0.03 \rj). They orbit their host star every $\sim$5.03, and $\sim$2.71 days, respectively. The planet hosting WASP-86 is a F7 star (\teff\ = 6330$\pm$110 K, \feh\ = $+$0.23 $\pm$ 0.14 dex, and age $\sim$0.8--1~Gyr), WASP-102 is a G0 star (\teff\ = 5940$\pm$140 K, \feh\ = $-$0.09$\pm$ 0.19 dex, and age $\sim$1~Gyr). These two systems highlight the diversity of planetary radii over similar masses for giant planets with masses between Saturn and Jupiter. WASP-102b shows a larger than model-predicted radius, indicating that the planet is receiving a strong incident flux which contributes to the inflation of its radius. On the other hand, with a density of $\rho_{pl}$ = 3.24$\pm$~0.3~$\rho_{jup}$, WASP-86b is the densest gas giant planet among planets with masses in the range 0.05 $<M$_{pl}$<$ 2.0 \mj. With a stellar mass of 1.34 M$_{\odot}$ and \feh = $+$0.23 dex, WASP-86 could host additional massive and dense planets given that its protoplanetary disc is expected to also have been enriched with heavy elements. In order to match WASP-86b's density, an extrapolation of theoretical models predicts a planet composition of more than 80\% in heavy elements (whether confined in a core or mixed in the envelope). This fraction corresponds to a core mass of approximately 210\me\ for WASP-86b's mass of \mpl$\sim$260\,\me. Only planets with masses larger than about 2\mj\ have larger densities than that of WASP-86b, making it exceptional in its mass range. [less ▲]

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See detailÉcrire, lire, penser la littérature aujourd'hui
Licata, Nicolas ULg

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En décembre 2015 se tenait à l'Université de Liège le colloque international « Écrire, lire, penser la littérature aujourd’hui », organisé en collaboration avec l’Université Paris 8. Au terme de la ... [more ▼]

En décembre 2015 se tenait à l'Université de Liège le colloque international « Écrire, lire, penser la littérature aujourd’hui », organisé en collaboration avec l’Université Paris 8. Au terme de la première journée quatre écrivains sud-américains ont participé à une table ronde intitulée « Théorie, critique et réception : les écrivains face aux savoirs », présidée par les professeurs Kristine Vanden Berghe (ULg) et Diego Vecchio (Paris 8). Il s’agit d’Alejandro Zambra, Hernán Ronsino, Sergio Chejfec et David Toscana. L’objectif était de recueillir l’avis de ces différentes personnalités quant aux grandes questions de la littérature : d’une part, en leur demandant de réagir aux affirmations controversées du critique Rafael Lemus, qui dénonce « l’autisme » de la littérature mexicaine, Kristine Vanden Berghe a interrogé les invités sur la manière dont ils conçoivent la relation entre la littérature et la réalité ainsi que sur l’hétérogénéité de la scène littéraire hispano-américaine ; de l’autre, Diego Vecchio a abordé avec eux la place du lecteur et les recoupements de la littérature avec les autres disciplines étudiant la réalité humaine, telles que la philosophie, la sociologie ou la psychologie. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Economic Forces Behind Deindustrialization: An Empirical Investigation
Van Neuss, Leif ULg

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth study of deindustrialization and to systematically analyze the reasons why the world’s most economically successful countries have experienced a sharp ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth study of deindustrialization and to systematically analyze the reasons why the world’s most economically successful countries have experienced a sharp decline in relative manufacturing employment over the last decades. A large strand of empirical literature on deindustrialization aims at quantifying the relative importance of the economic forces behind deindustrialization, especially of the ‘internal’ and ‘external’ factors. While this study does not contradict the widespread belief that internal factors are quantitatively more important in explaining deindustrialization in advanced countries taken as a whole, our results, based on both static and dynamic techniques and panel data on 18 OECD countries from 1977 to 2007, however suggest that the role of globalization may be revised upwards when resorting to appropriate and well-defined indicators of trade in manufactures. [less ▲]

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See detailThey will need land! The current land tenure situation and future land allocation needs of smallholder farmers in Cambodia
Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULg

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The objective of this background paper is to provide a succinct description of the land tenure situation in Cambodia and, on that basis, discuss the needs smallholder farmers have for land, projected up ... [more ▼]

The objective of this background paper is to provide a succinct description of the land tenure situation in Cambodia and, on that basis, discuss the needs smallholder farmers have for land, projected up to the year 2030. The main problem it examines lies at the intersection between, on one hand, the demographic increase in the rural smallholder population and its associated need for land in the future (the demand side) and, on the other hand, the possibility offered by the different land tenure regimes to meet this demand (the supply side); the central question focuses on how supply can meet demand.By looking first at how much land is available under different categories (the supply side), the paper succinctly presents and maps the different land tenure regimes with updated statistics and discusses their main outcomes and shortcomings. On that basis, we present a preliminary assessment of land distribution by main land tenure systems in Cambodia. The land under cultivation by smallholders represents 19 percent of the total area of the national territory and is itself sub-divided into agricultural land with land titles (systematic land registration, 6 percent and land covered by the Order 01, 6 percent), under Social Land Concession arrangements (1 percent) and untitled (6 percent). The forest cover includes forest concessions (10 percent), Community Forestry (2 percent), Protected Areas and Protection Forests (20 percent) and an unclassified forest cover area (14 percent). Economic Land Concessions under operation represent 12 percent while cancelled concessions represent 2 percent of the total territory. The actual tenure of a large non-forested area (14 percent) remains undetermined and further updates are needed to shed light on this issue. The paper suggests that the central problem of the current Cambodian land reform is its ineffectiveness in coordinating the processes of land rights security and formalization in lowland and upland areas, although both regions are closely linked through land-driven migration movements that have intensified over the past 20 years. This has been particularly contentious given the fact that in a parallel process, and driven by a strong, state-based political economy, large land deals have been concentrated in the uplands of the entire country along processes that are exclusionary in nature. The overlap of competing land claims has created a widespread conflict situation in all uplands region of the country. By looking at how much land is needed for family farmers in the future (the demand side), the paper anticipates the land requirements of smallholder farmers by 2030 based on the projected demographic increase in the economically active population in rural Cambodia and on two sets of scenarios i) the transfer of unskilled labour from the agricultural to the secondary and tertiary sectors (industries and services) and ii) the provision of land for smallholder farmers. The analysis suggests that by the year 2030, the transfer of unskilled labour from agriculture to the secondary and tertiary sectors will lag behind the demographic increase in the active rural population. With 2015 as a baseline, the scenarios suggests that by 2030 smallholder farmers will need an additional land area ranging from 320,600 ha (+10 percent in relation to the actual area at the present time) to 1,962,400 (+64 percent), with an average desirable scenario of 1,622.000 ha based on an allocation of 1ha per active labourer (in accordance with the present social concession policy) and on the continuation of the present transfer rate of unskilled manpower from agriculture to the secondary and tertiary sectors (i.e. the transfer of 40.000 workers per year). So the question that needs to be formulated does not revolve around whether or not the rural population will need land in the future, but rather around how this can occur. Along these lines, the paper discusses different options, which are not mutually exclusive, to allocate this land without further impact on the forest cover: i) by redistribution of land from cancelled Economic Land Concessions, ii) through a firmer recognition of swidden agriculture inside Protected Areas, iii) through a far more ambitious Social Land Concession programme and iv) through further reform of the forest concession system. The paper concludes by stressing the need for relevant ministries to engage in open and constructive research-based discussion so that these options can materialize into concrete actions. [less ▲]

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See detailThymectomy in myasthenia gravis: removal of the defective 'sick' organ?
Geenen, Vincent ULg

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As evidenced by this randomized trial, thymectomy clearly improved clinical status of patients with nonthymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG) and this study ends a very long controversy about the interest of ... [more ▼]

As evidenced by this randomized trial, thymectomy clearly improved clinical status of patients with nonthymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG) and this study ends a very long controversy about the interest of this surgical procedure mainly based on previous empirical observations. Although they are not discussed in this important paper, a series of experimental arguments reviewed in joint references argue for the idea that the clinical benefit of thymectomy is primarily due to the removal of the organ primarily implicated in MG pathophysiology. The thymus plays a central role in programming central immunological self-tolerance [1,2], and a thymus dysfunction is a primary event in the development of organ-specific autoimmunity [3,4]. It is therefore not surprising that the surgical removal of the primary 'sick' organ contributes to improve clinical outcomes and to reduce immunosuppressive therapy in MG patients. References: 1. Kamradt T, Mitchison NA. N Engl J Med 2001; 344:655-64. 2. Kyewski B, Klein L. Annu Rev Immunol 2006; 24:571-606. 3. Giraud M, Taubert R, Vandiedonck C, et al. Nature 2007; 448:934-7. 4. Geenen V, Bodart G, Henry S, et al. Front Neurosc 2013; 7:art 187. [less ▲]

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See detailMany-Body Spin Echo
Engl, Thomas; Urbina, Juan Diego; Richter, Klaus et al

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We predict a universal echo phenomenon present in the time evolution of many-body states of interacting quantum systems described by Fermi-Hubbard models. It consists of the coherent revival of transition ... [more ▼]

We predict a universal echo phenomenon present in the time evolution of many-body states of interacting quantum systems described by Fermi-Hubbard models. It consists of the coherent revival of transition probabilities echoing a sudden flip of the spins that, contrary to its single-particle (Hahn) version, is not dephased by interactions or spin-orbit coupling. The many-body spin echo signal has a universal shape independent of the interaction strength, and an amplitude and sign depending only on combinatorial relations between the number of particles and the number of applied spin flips. Our analytical predictions, based on semiclassical interfering amplitudes in Fock space associated with chaotic mean-field solutions, are tested against extensive numerical simulations confirming that the coherent origin of the echo lies in the existence of anti-unitary symmetries. [less ▲]

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See detailRepenser l'insensé : une analyse des catégories d'espace et de temps dans cinq autofictions néofantastiques hispano-américaines
Licata, Nicolas ULg

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Le présent travail d’investigation incline la perspective sur la modalité fantastique de l’autofiction telle qu’elle s’est présentée au cours des vingt dernières années dans différents pays hispano ... [more ▼]

Le présent travail d’investigation incline la perspective sur la modalité fantastique de l’autofiction telle qu’elle s’est présentée au cours des vingt dernières années dans différents pays hispano-américains. Sur base d’un corpus représentatif, composé de cinq romans hispano-américains récents, à savoir Cómo me hice monja de César Aira (1993), Wasabi d’Alan Pauls (1994), El gran vidrio de Mario Bellatín (2007), Los ingrávidos de Valeria Luiselli (2011) et Los topos de Félix Bruzzone (2014), nous nous proposons d’y examiner la représentation particulière dont font l’objet les catégories d’espace et de temps. La trame de ces romans, de fait, semble délibérément entretenir un mouvement permanent et multiplier les espaces narratifs étranges (cimetières), marginaux (prisons et maisons closes entre autres) ou situés en périphérie des villes. L’autofiction comme le fantastique supposent une difficulté voire une impossibilité d’accéder à la vérité, c’est une des raisons pour lesquelles le premier confond faits et fictions et que le second privilégie une approche irrationnelle de la réalité. L’hypothèse de départ est la suivante : le type d’hybridation effectué respectivement dans ces genre et ce mode littérairess radicaliserait le postulat selon lequel la réalité « véritable » nous échappe. Nous sommes convaincus que les invraisemblances spatiales et temporelles de ces autofictions ne sont en aucun cas une forme d’évasion de la réalité ; au contraire, elles seraient un moyen de l’appréhender différemment et d’en communiquer certains aspects de façon innovante, essentiellement intuitive, en provoquant chez le lecteur une rupture épistémologique radicale. Outre le fait que le mode fantastique pourrait, pour les écrivains concernés, constituer un moyen d’explorer la notion d’identité au-delà de toute détermination spatiale et temporelle, ces autofictions d’un nouveau genre pourraient également, de façon plus générale, être le miroir de la société d’aujourd’hui, leurs excès et autres invraisemblances reflétant quelques limites du système actuel : le capitalisme néolibéral et la « tyrannie du je » qu’il encourage suscitent un rapport toujours plus superficiel à la réalité, réalité qu’il serait par ailleurs aujourd’hui plus que jamais difficile de remettre en question (Alberca 2007). Et si, dans un monde globalisé où l’ailleurs n’existe plus, s’interner dans d’autres espaces, dans d’autres temps, était devenu le meilleur moyen d’en parler ? [less ▲]

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See detailWaveguides for walking droplets
Filoux, Boris ULg; Hubert, Maxime ULg; Schlagheck, Peter ULg et al

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When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, a drop can bounce without coalescing. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the droplet is propelled by the wave it generates and becomes ... [more ▼]

When gently placing a droplet onto a vertically vibrated bath, a drop can bounce without coalescing. Upon increasing the forcing acceleration, the droplet is propelled by the wave it generates and becomes a walker with a well defined speed. We investigate the confinement of a walker in different rectangular cavities, used as waveguides for the Faraday waves emitted by successive droplet bounces. By studying the walker velocities, we discover that 1d confinement is optimal for narrow channels of width of D≃1.5λF. We also propose an analogy with waveguide models based on the observation of the Faraday instability within the channels. [less ▲]

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See detailNouvelles normes sylvicoles pour les peuplements purs équiennes d'épicéa et de douglas
Perin, Jérôme ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

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Ces documents rassemblent les tables de production (version 2016) représentant les nouvelles normes sylvicoles recommandées pour les peuplements purs équiennes d'épicéa commun et de douglas. Un ensemble ... [more ▼]

Ces documents rassemblent les tables de production (version 2016) représentant les nouvelles normes sylvicoles recommandées pour les peuplements purs équiennes d'épicéa commun et de douglas. Un ensemble de 10 tables de production est présentée pour chaque essence, associant deux densités de plantation (2.5 x 2 m et 2 x 2 m) et 5 classes de productivité (0 à IV). [less ▲]

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See detailLars Gustafsson, Strindberg et l'ordinateur [critique]
Dupont, Bruno ULg

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See detailStein's method, many interacting worlds and quantum mechanics
McKeague, Ian; Peköz, Erol; Swan, Yvik ULg

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See detailEarly Detection of University Students in Potential Difficulty
Hoffait, Anne-Sophie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

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Using data mining methods, this paper presents a new means of identifying freshmen's profiles likely to face major difficulties to complete their first academic year. Academic failure is a relevant issue ... [more ▼]

Using data mining methods, this paper presents a new means of identifying freshmen's profiles likely to face major difficulties to complete their first academic year. Academic failure is a relevant issue at a time when post-secondary education is ever more critical to economic success. We aim at early detection of potential failure using student data available at registration, i.e. school records and environmental factors, with a view to timely and efficient remediation and/or study reorientation. For the sake of accuracy, we adapt three data mining methods, namely random forest, logistic regression and artificial neural network algorithms. Real data pertaining to undergraduates at the University of Liège (Belgium), illustrates our methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailDistances between probability distributions via characteristic functions and biasing
Azmoodeh, Ehsan; Arras, Benjamin; Poly, Guillaume et al

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See detailStein operators for product distributions, with applications
Mijoule, Guillaume; Gaunt, Robert; Swan, Yvik ULg

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See detailAppropriability and the European Commission’s Android Investigation
Auer, Dirk ULg

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This paper seeks to ascertain whether Google’s Android licensing terms, which are currently under scrutiny from the European Commission, could be excused under an innovation defense framework. The paper ... [more ▼]

This paper seeks to ascertain whether Google’s Android licensing terms, which are currently under scrutiny from the European Commission, could be excused under an innovation defense framework. The paper starts by analyzing Google’s business model with regard to its Android OS. It then identifies the Commission’s main concerns. It argues that Google is simply pursuing a sensible appropriation strategy. Finally, it puts forward a framework which hinges on the concept of “appropriability”, and tentatively applies it to Google’s behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailStein's method on the second Wiener chaos : 2-Wasserstein distance
Arras, Benjamin; Mijoule, Guillaume; Poly, Guillaume et al

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See detailPublic Education Expenditures, Growth and Income Inequality
Artige, Lionel ULg; Cavenaile, Laurent

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See detailThe Impact of Vulnerability and Resilience to Environmental Changes on Mobility Patterns in West Africa
Zickgraf, Caroline ULg; Vigil Diaz Telenti, Sara ULg; de Longueville, Florence et al

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From the Sahel to the coast, West Africa is experiencing a variety of climate change impacts, including sea level rise, soil salinization, floods, drought, and desertification, while simultaneously ... [more ▼]

From the Sahel to the coast, West Africa is experiencing a variety of climate change impacts, including sea level rise, soil salinization, floods, drought, and desertification, while simultaneously suffering from other forms of environmental degradation. Together, these environmental changes are significantly influencing migration patterns in and out of West Africa. This paper seeks to analyze vulnerability and resilience to environmental changes as they affect and are affected by mobility patterns in the region. We assert that the impact of environmental changes cannot be isolated from other political, social, economic, and demographic pressures that together drive human mobility. In a region where natural resources form the foundation of livelihoods and food security (fishing and agriculture), the relationship between environmental changes and socioeconomic vulnerabilities is of particular concern. This paper therefore draws from four distinct case studies to grasp the variegated and cumulative vulnerability and resilience among local populations as they relate to internal and intraregional migration. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccess SMB:Leadership And Multidimensional Management. An exploratory Study.
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Renerken, Alexandre

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Some small and medium-sized businesses achieve incredible success: their financial indicators increase and their employment rate rises for several years without failing. How are these businesses lead? How ... [more ▼]

Some small and medium-sized businesses achieve incredible success: their financial indicators increase and their employment rate rises for several years without failing. How are these businesses lead? How is their leadership perceived? On which values do they rely? How can their strategy be described? What is their human resources policy? These are among the many questions we will attempt to examine. Indeed, one can be intrigued by the success of such businesses, as keeping afloat is not always easy. The very competitive environment in which these enterprises evolve can cause them to lose everything they had gathered in just a single day. In our challenging socio-economical context, where financial success remains fragile and larger companies are forced to lay off parts of their workforce, small and mediumsized businesses are a significant source of employment. They are more and more involved in the economic revival. It is therefore not surprising that many studies have examined the questions of business growth, performances or efficiency (Lescure, 1991 ; St Pierre, Janssen, Julien, Therrien, 2005 ; Colot, 2008 ; Witmeur, 2008a). The success of a company rests on many factors. Among these, leadership seems fundamental but is actually far from alone; other elements play their part, such as strategic orientation and partnerships. In order to understand these exceptional cases, we must consider a whole series of factors. Nowadays, when mention is made of a situation of growth, one can be tempted to visualize a fierce race driven only by financial results. As we will observe, this theory needs to be reviewed. Among the companies that have been interviewed, the ones which have the most significant growth are those that grant much importance to the human and relational factors. They organize the various facets of business management according to their specific situation. Situations are complex and, to a certain extent, different from one another. Our purpose was precisely to understand this complexity. [less ▲]

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See detailLe législateur wallon sommé de revoir le découpage des circonscriptions électorales
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

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Le caractère proportionnel de notre système électoral n’est pas un vain mot et ne peut être contourné. C’est ce que viennent de rappeler deux arrêts, le premier, prononcé par le Conseil d’État, datant du ... [more ▼]

Le caractère proportionnel de notre système électoral n’est pas un vain mot et ne peut être contourné. C’est ce que viennent de rappeler deux arrêts, le premier, prononcé par le Conseil d’État, datant du 20 novembre 2014 (n° 229.252) , le second, rendu par la Cour constitutionnelle le 26 novembre 2015 (n° 169/2015) . Le Parlement wallon doit revoir la carte électorale en vue des prochaines élections. [less ▲]

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See detailCore Content Classification in General Practice Family medicine (3CGP) The Q-Codes user guide
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

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user guide and general explanation pages for the Q-codes, a classification of managerial issues in General Practice / Family Medicine

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