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See detailA Gaussian mixture approach to model stochastic processes in power systems
Gemine, Quentin ULg; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg; Glavic, Mevludin ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC'16) (in press)

Probabilistic methods are emerging for operating electrical networks, driven by the integration of renewable generation. We present an algorithm that models a stochastic process as a Markov process using ... [more ▼]

Probabilistic methods are emerging for operating electrical networks, driven by the integration of renewable generation. We present an algorithm that models a stochastic process as a Markov process using a multivariate Gaussian Mixture Model, as well as a model selection technique to search for the adequate Markov order and number of components. The main motivation is to sample future trajectories of these processes from their last available observations (i.e. measurements). An accurate model that can generate these synthetic trajectories is critical for applications such as security analysis or decision making based on lookahead models. The proposed approach is evaluated in a lookahead security analysis framework, i.e. by estimating the probability of future system states to respect operational constraints. The evaluation is performed using a 33-bus distribution test system, for power consumption and wind speed processes. Empirical results show that the GMM approach slightly outperforms an ARMA approach. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and floristic composition of Kibira rainforest, Burundi
Hakizimana, Dismas; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Hambuckers, Alain ULg

in Tropical Ecology (in press), 59(1),

This paper gives the results of the first census of trees in the 32.15 ha plot in order to provide tree species richness in Kibira rainforest (Burundi). All trees ≥ 10 cm dbh were permanently tagged and ... [more ▼]

This paper gives the results of the first census of trees in the 32.15 ha plot in order to provide tree species richness in Kibira rainforest (Burundi). All trees ≥ 10 cm dbh were permanently tagged and their girth measured. The forest structure pattern analysed were diameter at breast height (dbh), basal area, relative dominance, and relative density, Importance Value Index (IVI) and Family Importance Value (FIV). In total, 6504 trees representing 70 species, 67 genera and 37 families were recorded. Tree density was 202 stems/ha, with a basal area of 21.05m²/ha. Seventeen families were represented by a single species each, eleven families were represented by two species each, five families were represented by three species each, and four families were represented by four species each. The most important families in relation to FIV were Euphorbiaceae, Myrtaceae and Araliaceae. Macaranga kilimandscharica, Syzygium guineense and Polyscias fulva were the most important species in relation to IVI. Two tree species were found to be endemic to the Albertine Rift and one species probably endemic to the Albertine Rift. The Shannon-Weiner index (H') and eveness index (J') were respectively 3.18 and 0.75. This study provides a baseline for the management of Kibira National Park. As local communities still depend on forest resources, conservation awareness-raising and education actions have to focus in nearby villages, and growing some fast-growing native trees in the vicinity of the settlement, would be helpful for local communities, this would reduce their dependence on forest resources. [less ▲]

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See detailConfesseur du Prince : un profil singulier ? L’exemple de la cour espagnole de Bruxelles au XVIIe siècle.
Pirlet, Pierre-François ULg

in Les clergés de cour en Europe (fin XVe siècle - XVIIIe siècle). Service religieux et service politique dans les systèmes curiaux - Actes du colloque[Titre à préciser] (in press)

Au cœur de l'espace de la cour, le confesseur du Prince présente un profil singulier. La relation qu'il entretient avec son pénitent est unique : tenu à l'obéissance envers le souverain ou son ... [more ▼]

Au cœur de l'espace de la cour, le confesseur du Prince présente un profil singulier. La relation qu'il entretient avec son pénitent est unique : tenu à l'obéissance envers le souverain ou son représentant pour les aspects temporels, ce religieux a la faculté unique d'examiner, de conseiller et de juger la spiritualité du premier personnage de l'État. Attaché à la personne du Prince, les relations de cet ecclésiastique avec les autres courtisans ne peuvent être appréhendées au moyen d'une grille de lecture hiérarchisant les rapports sociaux : échappant à l'organisation laïque – mais pas protocolaire – de la cour et ne dépendant pas directement de la Chapelle royale, le confesseur bénéficie d'une autonomie relative. En outre, son pouvoir politique, en partie officiel grâce aux dignités et charges dont ce religieux est pourvu, est avant tout perçu comme une magistrature d'influence à la portée difficilement mesurable. Enfin, les obligations matérielles liées à l'appartenance de ce prélat à un ordre religieux achèvent de distinguer cet ecclésiastique des autres serviteurs princiers. Cette communication visera à distinguer les particularités de la charge de confesseur princier au sein de la société de cour. L'étude portera particulièrement sur la cour de Bruxelles durant la première moitié du xviie siècle. [less ▲]

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See detailThe right dorsal premotor mosaic: organization, functions, and connectivity
Genon, Sarah ULg; Li, Hai; Fan, Lingzhong et al

in Cerebral Cortex (in press)

The right dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of humans has been reported to be involved in a broad range of motor and cognitive functions. We explored the basis of this behavioral heterogeneity by performing a ... [more ▼]

The right dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) of humans has been reported to be involved in a broad range of motor and cognitive functions. We explored the basis of this behavioral heterogeneity by performing a connectivity-based parcellation using meta-analytic approach applied to PMd coactivations. We compared our CBP results to parcellations obtained through resting-state functional connectivity and probabilistic diffusion tractography,. Functional connectivity profiles and behavioral decoding of the resulting PMd subregions allowed characterizing their respective behavior profile. These procedures divided the right PMd into five distinct subregions that formed a cognitive-motor gradient along a rostro-caudal axis. In particular, we found (i) a rostral subregion functionally connected with prefrontal cortex, which likely supports high-level cognitive processes, such as working memory (ii) a central subregion showing a mixed behavioral profile and functional connectivity to parietal regions of the dorsal attention network, and (iii) a caudal subregion closely integrated with the motor system. Additionally, we found (iv) a dorsal subregion, preferentially related to hand movements and connected to both cognitive and motor regions, and (v) a ventral subregion, whose functional profile fits the concept of an eye-movement related field. In conclusion, right PMd may be considered as a functional mosaic formed by five subregions. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the modeling of MMC for use in large scale dynamic simulations
Freytes, Julian; Papangelis, Lampros ULg; Saad, Hani et al

in Proceedings of the 19th PSCC (in press)

This paper focuses on simplified models of the Modular Multilevel Converter suitable for large-scale dynamic studies, in particular simulations under the phasor approximation. Compared to the existing ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on simplified models of the Modular Multilevel Converter suitable for large-scale dynamic studies, in particular simulations under the phasor approximation. Compared to the existing literature, this paper does not a priori adopt the modeling approach followed for the original twolevel or three-level Voltage Source Converter. On the contrary, a model is derived following a physical analysis that preserves its average internal dynamic behavior. An equivalent control structure is proposed and various alternatives are highlighted. The proposed model with its controllers has been implemented in a phasor simulation software and its response has been validated against a detailed Electromagnetic Transient model. Finally, an illustrative example is presented with the application of the proposed model on a large grid consisting of AC areas interconnected with a multi-terminal DC grid. [less ▲]

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See detailReceding-Horizon Control of Distributed Generation to Correct Voltage or Thermal Violations and Track Desired Schedules
Soleimani Bidgoli, Hamid ULg; Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 19th PSCC (in press)

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The control resorts on multi-step receding-horizon optimization. The objective is to minimize the deviations of Dispersed Generation Units (DGU) active and reactive powers from reference values. The reactive power corrections have priority over the active ones. Furthermore, the formulation is such that DGU powers are restored to their desired schedule as soon as operating conditions allow doing so. Three modes of operation of the proposed controller are presented, involving dispatchable units as well as DGUs operated to track maximum power output. The effectiveness of the proposed control is illustrated through detailed simulations of a 75-bus, 11-kV system hosting 22 DGUs. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic reliability management approach and criteria for power system real-time operation
Karangelos, Efthymios ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Power Systems Computation Conference (in press)

This paper develops a probabilistic approach for power system reliability management in real-time operation where risk is a product of i) the potential occurrence of contingencies, ii) the possible ... [more ▼]

This paper develops a probabilistic approach for power system reliability management in real-time operation where risk is a product of i) the potential occurrence of contingencies, ii) the possible failure of corrective (i.e., post-contingency) control and, iii) the socio-economic impact of service interruptions to end-users. Stressing the spatiotemporal variability of these factors, we argue for reliability criteria assuring a high enough probability of avoiding service interruptions of severe socio-economic impact by dynamically identifying events of nonnegligible implied risk. We formalise the corresponding decision making problem as a chance-constrained two-stage stochastic programming problem, and study its main features on the single area IEEE RTS-96 system. We also discuss how to leverage this proposal for the construction of a globally coherent reliability management framework for long-term system development, midterm asset management, and short-term operation planning. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobiological zoonotic emerging risks, transmitted between livestock animals and humans (2007-2015)
Filippitzi, ME; Goumperis, T; Robinson, T et al

in Transboundary and emerging diseases (in press)

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See detailArrêt(s) sur image(s) : usages et pratiques du photogramme
Thonon, Jonathan ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (in press)

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See detailThe Sensitivity of Children with SLI to Phonotactic Probabilities During Lexical Access
Quémart, Pauline; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Journal of Communication Disorders (in press)

The procedural deficit hypothesis (Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) has been proposed to account for the combination of linguistic and nonlinguistic deficits observed in specific language impairment (SLI ... [more ▼]

The procedural deficit hypothesis (Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) has been proposed to account for the combination of linguistic and nonlinguistic deficits observed in specific language impairment (SLI). According to this proposal, SLI results from a deficit in procedural memory that prevents children from developing sensitivity to probabilistic sequences. We tested the ability of children with SLI to rely on a specific type of probabilities characterizing sequences that occur in a given language: phonotactic probabilities. Twenty French-speaking children with SLI (M = 10;1), 20 typically developing children matched for chronological age (M = 10;0) and 20 typically developing children matched for receptive vocabulary (M = 7;4) performed an auditory lexical decision task. Pseudoword stimuli were built with combinations of either frequently associated phonemes (high phonotactic probability) or infrequently associated phonemes (low phonotactic probability). Phonotactic probabilities had a significant impact on the accuracy and speed of pseudoword rejection in children with SLI, but not in the two control groups. SLI children's greater reliance on phonotactic probabilities relative to typically developing children appears to contradict the PD hypothesis. Phonotactic probabilities may help them to partially overcome their difficulties in accessing the phonological lexicon during spoken word recognition. [less ▲]

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See detailDeep Background Subtraction with Scene-Specific Convolutional Neural Networks
Braham, Marc ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International Conference on Systems, Signals and Image Processing, Bratislava 23-25 May 2016 (in press)

Background subtraction is usually based on low-level or hand-crafted features such as raw color components, gradients, or local binary patterns. As an improvement, we present a background subtraction ... [more ▼]

Background subtraction is usually based on low-level or hand-crafted features such as raw color components, gradients, or local binary patterns. As an improvement, we present a background subtraction algorithm based on spatial features learned with convolutional neural networks (ConvNets). Our algorithm uses a background model reduced to a single background image and a scene-specific training dataset to feed ConvNets that prove able to learn how to subtract the background from an input image patch. Experiments led on 2014 ChangeDetection.net dataset show that our ConvNet based algorithm at least reproduces the performance of state-of-the-art methods, and that it even outperforms them significantly when scene-specific knowledge is considered. [less ▲]

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See detailLa question du diagnostic en psychiatrie infanto-juvénile
de Becker, Emmanuel; François, Anne; Kinoo, Philippe et al

in Psychiatrie de l'Enfant (La) (in press)

Dans le vaste champ de l’aide et des soins à l’égard de l’enfant et de l’adolescent, les questions liées au diagnostic transcendent souvent les aspects de prises en charge et de liens thérapeutiques ainsi ... [more ▼]

Dans le vaste champ de l’aide et des soins à l’égard de l’enfant et de l’adolescent, les questions liées au diagnostic transcendent souvent les aspects de prises en charge et de liens thérapeutiques ainsi que les multiples échanges entre professionnels concernés. Le diagnostic pédopsychiatrique est un processus dynamique, modifiable et momentané, les organisations pathologiques étant pour la plupart en transformation permanente. De manière spécifique et en fonction du processus développemental, la thématique du diagnostic en pédopsychiatrie renvoie plus à la question du risque évolutif qu’à la question d’un état pathologique en soi. Les aspects de la continuité des troubles mentaux de l’enfance à l’âge adulte représentent en effet un véritable enjeu développemental. Deux points de vue s’opposent dans la littérature. Le premier, en lien avec un prédéterminisme, estime que les trajectoires sont toutes tracées, l’incertitude reposant dans le diagnostic ; concrètement, il s’agit de repérer de manière précoce des individus à risque parce qu’ils sont porteurs d’un trouble qu’il faut traiter. Le second point de vue considère que les trajectoires ne sont pas déterminées mais sont en réécriture permanente ; ici, le risque ne se situe plus au niveau du diagnostic mais du pronostic, dans un souci de prévention et non de prédiction. L’article propose les réflexions de quatre cliniciens psychiatres infanto-juvéniles sur cette thématique, à la lumière de leur pratique et de leurs échanges. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Pleistocene molecular dating of past population fragmentation and demographic changes in African rain forest tree species supports the forest refuge hypothesis
Duminil, Jérôme; Mona, Stefano; Mardulyn, Patrick et al

in Journal of Biogeography (in press)

Aim : Phylogeographical signatures of past population fragmentation and demographic change have been reported in several African rain forest trees. These signatures have usually been interpreted in the ... [more ▼]

Aim : Phylogeographical signatures of past population fragmentation and demographic change have been reported in several African rain forest trees. These signatures have usually been interpreted in the light of the Pleistocene forest refuge hypothesis, although dating these events has remained impracticable because of inadequate genetic markers. We assess the timing of interspecific and intraspecific genetic differentiation and demographic changes within two rain forest Erythrophleum tree species (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae). Location : Tropical forests of Upper Guinea (West Africa) and Lower Guinea (Atlantic Central Africa). Methods : Six single-copy nuclear genes were used to characterize the phylogeographical patterns of the parapatric sister species Erythrophleum suaveolens (characteristic of semi-deciduous or gallery forests) and Erythrophleum ivorense (characteristic of evergreen forests). The number of gene pools within each species was determined and the timings of their divergence and past demographic changes were estimated using Bayesian-based coalescent approaches. Results : Three geographically separated gene pools were identified within E. suaveolens, and a single gene pool was inferred in E. ivorense. All gene pools show signatures of demographic bottlenecks concomitant with the last glacial period (c. 120–12 ka). Species-tree inferences show that the two species diverged c. 600 ka, whereas the divergence between E. suaveolens gene pools was dated to the late Pleistocene (first divergence c. 120 ka, second c. 60 ka). Main conclusions : (1) Molecular dating of demographic changes of two African tropical forest tree species is consistent with the Pleistocene forest refuge hypothesis. (2) Tree species from Guinean evergreen tropical forests might have been less affected by past climate change than semi-deciduous species. (3) Our phylogeographical data support a recent date (Holocene) of the last opening of the Dahomey Gap. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and modelisation of a straylight facility for space optical instrument
Mazy, Emmanuel ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg

in SPIE (Ed.) 2012 Optical system Design (in press)

In the framework of instrument calibration, straylight issues are a critical aspect that can deteriorate the optical performances of instrument. To cope with this, a new facility is designed dedicated for ... [more ▼]

In the framework of instrument calibration, straylight issues are a critical aspect that can deteriorate the optical performances of instrument. To cope with this, a new facility is designed dedicated for in-field and far field straylight characterization: up to 10-8 for in-field and up to 10-10 for far field straylight in the visible to NIR spectral ranges. Moreover, from previous straylight test performed at CSL, vacuum conditions are needed for reaching the 10-10 rejection requirement mainly to avoid air/dust diffusion. The major constrains are to design a straylight facility either for in-field and out-field straylight measurements. That requires high dynamic range at source level and a high radiance point source allowing small diverging collimated beam. Moreover, the straylight facility has to be implemented into a limited envelope and has to be built with vacuum compatible materials and black coating. As checking the facility performance requires an instrument better than the facility itself, that is no easy to find, so that the performances have been estimated through a modelisation into a non sequential optical software. This modelisation is based on CAD importation of mechanical design, on BRDF characteristics of black coating and on statistical averaging of ray tracing at instrument entrance. [less ▲]

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See detailLinguistic variation in Ancient Egyptian. An introduction to the state of the art (with special attention to the community of Deir el-Medina)
Polis, Stéphane ULg

in Cromwell, Jennifer; Grossman, Eitan (Eds.) Beyond Free Variation: Scribal Repertoires from Old Kingdom to Early Islamic Egypt (in press)

In this chapter, I explore different aspects of the variability ‘inherent to human languages’ as it manifests itself in the corpus of pre-Demotic texts from Ancient Egypt. More specifically, I adopt a ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, I explore different aspects of the variability ‘inherent to human languages’ as it manifests itself in the corpus of pre-Demotic texts from Ancient Egypt. More specifically, I adopt a sociolinguistic perspective and describe the types of impact that extra-linguistic factors have had on the written performance in this specific socio-cultural setting. [less ▲]

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See detailMinor compounds and oxidative stability of mono-varietal virgin olive oils produced in eastern of Morocco
Mansouri, Farid; Benmoumen, Abdessamad; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in Food Chemistry (in press)

The aim of this study is to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of new high-density plantings system of three cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki) which have been recently ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of new high-density plantings system of three cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki) which have been recently introduced in the eastern mediterranean region of Morocco. In this study, we have also conducted comparison between those monovarietal VOOs and olive oil of the local olive cultivar Picholine marocaine. Monovarietal VOOs characterization has been carried out by analysing several parameters, including quality index and olive oil stability to oxidation. Significant differences between the analysed olive oils were highlighted. They depend on cultivars and technological conditions of processing. We have noticed that Koroneiki olive oil have higher content of phenols (459.48 mg kg-1) and have the best value of oxidative stability (93.16 h). On the other hand Arbrosana’s VOO has low content of total phenols (260.85 mg kg-1) but it was distinguished by its higher content of alpha-tocopherol (460.07 mg kg-1). In addition, ten phenolic compounds present in virgin olive oils, were identified and quantitatively assessed by HPLC. Hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, luteoline, pinoresinol and apigenin were the main phenolic compounds in those analyzed monovarietal VOOS. [less ▲]

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See detailInsecticidal activity of Lavandula angustifolia Mill. against Acyrtosiphum pisum
Attia, Sabrine; Lognay, Georges ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg et al

in journal of entomology and zoology studies (in press)

The essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia was investigated for its biocide activity against Acyrtosiphum pisum by fumigation. The oil was characterised by GC-MS revealing that linalool was the most ... [more ▼]

The essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia was investigated for its biocide activity against Acyrtosiphum pisum by fumigation. The oil was characterised by GC-MS revealing that linalool was the most abundant component (38.57%), followed by linalyl acetate (29.95%), 1,8-cineole (13,66%), camphor (13,13%), -pinene (3,14%) and terpinene-4-ol (1,54%). The Mortality was measured upon treatment with oil concentrations ranging from 5 to 25 µl.l-1 of air. The mortality of aphids increased with oil concentration and LC50 values were determined to be 11.2 µl.l-1 of air. The full mixture was also prepared and toxicity was compared with individual constituents. The results showed that the presence of all constituents were necessary to equal the toxicity of the natural oils L. angustifolia oil can provide valuable pesticide activity with significantly lower LC50 values [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the secondary endosymbiont Serratia Symbiotica on the resistance to the parasitism in the aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum
Attia, Sabrine; Foray, Vincent; Louâpre, Philippe et al

in Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies (in press)

Aphids have an obligate association with the primary symbiont Buchnera aphidicola and is known to affect aphid fitness. Aphids commonly harbour other facultative bacterial endosymbionts and may benefit ... [more ▼]

Aphids have an obligate association with the primary symbiont Buchnera aphidicola and is known to affect aphid fitness. Aphids commonly harbour other facultative bacterial endosymbionts and may benefit from their presence through increased resistance to parasitoids [1]. Present results suggest that the ability of hosts to defend against natural enemies depend not only on the presence of symbionts but also on the host genotype. Aphids represent a complex micro-environment for the parasitoid larvae and both the aphid physiology and endosymbiont influence their survival until mummification. [less ▲]

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See detailArsinoe II come dea attraverso le sue epiclesi cultuali
Caneva, Stefano ULg

in Athenaeum : Studii Periodici di Letteratura e Storia (in press), 103(1), 95-122

Dopo una introduzione storica e storiografica sul significato dei culti regali ellenistici, l’intervento esamina alcuni dei nomi divini attribuiti ad Arsinoe II nelle fonti letterarie e documentarie, con ... [more ▼]

Dopo una introduzione storica e storiografica sul significato dei culti regali ellenistici, l’intervento esamina alcuni dei nomi divini attribuiti ad Arsinoe II nelle fonti letterarie e documentarie, con l’eccezione dell’epiclesi esclusiva Philadelphos. Scopo della ricerca è 1) una valutazione delle strategie di inserimento della nuova dea nel pantheon tradizionale; 2) una riflessione sull’autoconsapevolezza degli antichi in relazione alla propria tradizione religiosa, per come essa si manifesta attraverso l’oculata manipolazione di un elemento essenziale nella definizione della divinità, qual è il nome divino. Un’Appendice elenca, in tre tabelle, tutte le denominazioni greche di Arsinoe II (esclusa Philadelphos), fornendo indicazioni sulla fonte, la sua collocazione spaziale e temporale e sulla divinità tradizionale di riferimento. [less ▲]

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See detailPower System Dynamic Simulations using a Parallel Two-level Schur-complement Decomposition
Aristidou, Petros; Lebeau, Simon; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (in press)

As the need for faster power system dynamic simulations increases, it is essential to develop new algorithms that exploit parallel computing to accelerate those simulations. This paper proposes a parallel ... [more ▼]

As the need for faster power system dynamic simulations increases, it is essential to develop new algorithms that exploit parallel computing to accelerate those simulations. This paper proposes a parallel algorithm based on a two-level, Schur complement-based, domain decomposition method. The two-level partitioning provides high parallelization potential (coarse and fine-grained). In addition, due to the Schur-complement approach used to update the sub-domain interface variables, the algorithm exhibits high global convergence rate. Finally, it provides significant numerical and computational acceleration. The algorithm is implemented using the shared-memory parallel programming model, targeting inexpensive multi-core machines. Its performance is reported on a real system as well as on a large test system combining transmission and distribution networks. [less ▲]

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