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See detailIdentifying codes in vertex-transitive graphs
Gravier, Sylvain; Parreau, Aline ULg; Rottey, Sara et al

Conference (2014, July)

We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the ... [more ▼]

We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the set of vertices of the graph. We focus on vertex-transitive graphs for which we can compute the exact fractional solution. There are known examples of vertex-transitive graphs that reach both bounds. We exhibit infinite families of vertex-transitive graphs with integer and fractional identifying codes of order |V|^a with a in {1/4, 1/3, 2/5}. These families are generalized quadrangles (strongly regular graphs based on finite geometries). They also provide examples for metric dimension of graphs. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk assessment of soil compaction in Walloon Region
D'Or, Dimitri; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Proceedings of geoENV2014 (2014, July)

It is well established that soil compaction affects the growth and functioning of roots and disrupts the activity of microfauna and soil microorganisms, resulting in a loss of yields. Agriculture and ... [more ▼]

It is well established that soil compaction affects the growth and functioning of roots and disrupts the activity of microfauna and soil microorganisms, resulting in a loss of yields. Agriculture and forestry using increasingly heavy machines, the risk of soil compaction is increasing accordingly. Chosen as indicator of the susceptibility of soils to compaction, the precompression stress (Pc) is calculated using the pedotransfer functions (PTFs) proposed by Horn and Fleige (2003). These PTFs involve eight parameters linked to the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils: organic matter content, bulk density, air capacity, available and non-plant available water capacity, saturated hydraulic conductivity, cohesion and angle of internal friction. The challenge consists in producing Pc maps at the regional scale for Wallonia. Those maps should also be accompanied by estimation uncertainty map. Finally, the results should be exploited to produce compaction risk maps according to various frequent scenarios. In this paper, a methodology is proposed, combining geostatistics and Monte Carlo simulations, to achieve these goals. [less ▲]

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See detailEvent-driven integration of linear structural dynamics models under unilateral elastic constraints
Depouhon, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2014), 276

This paper proposes an algorithm for the numerical simulation of linear structural dynamics problems under unilateral elastic constraints, i.e., constraints with a linear force/displacement characteristic ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes an algorithm for the numerical simulation of linear structural dynamics problems under unilateral elastic constraints, i.e., constraints with a linear force/displacement characteristic whenever active. The presented procedure relies on an event-driven strategy for the handling of the contact constraints, in combination with one-step schemes dedicated to the time integration of the second-order equations of motion. Efficiency of the procedure follows from the use of cubic Hermite interpolation to continuously extend the normal gap functions that reflect the openings of the contact interfaces. Robustness follows from the proper handling of complex numerical situations, e.g., numerical grazing or discontinuity sticking, through appropriate algorithm structure and numerical implementation. And, integration stability is guaranteed by the very nature of the algorithm and that of the one-step integration scheme. Following a detailed coverage of the integration procedure and the countermeasures to the expected numerical difficulties, three application examples are treated for illustration purposes. A MATLAB implementation of the procedure is provided online; download and usage information are given in the Appendix. [less ▲]

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See detailExcavation damaged zone modelling including hydraulic permeability evolution in unsaturated argilaceous rock
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (2014, July)

The drilling of galleries induces damage propagation in the surrounding medium and creates the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) in which the material properties are modified. The prediction of the fracture ... [more ▼]

The drilling of galleries induces damage propagation in the surrounding medium and creates the Excavation Damaged Zone (EDZ) in which the material properties are modified. The prediction of the fracture structure and flow properties evolution within this zone are major issues especially in the context of underground nuclear waste storage. Since experimental results indicate that shear strain localisation appears prior to fractures, we model the EDZ with strain localisation in shear band mode using the coupled local second gradient model. The evolution of the intrinsic hydraulic permeability inside the fractures is taken into consideration as well as the influence of gallery ventilation on the rock desaturation. The numerical results provide information about the damaged zone extension, structure and behaviour with good correspondence to in situ measurements and observations. [less ▲]

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See detailSoil compaction resulting from different soil tillage systems
Destain, Marie-France ULg; Roisin, Christian; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg

in ASABE - CSBE/ASABE Joint Meeting Presentation (2014, July)

The effects of long-term use (8 years) of two different tillage systems were assessed on a Luvisol, under temperate climate (Belgium). The tillage treatments were (i) conventional tillage (CT) with ... [more ▼]

The effects of long-term use (8 years) of two different tillage systems were assessed on a Luvisol, under temperate climate (Belgium). The tillage treatments were (i) conventional tillage (CT) with moldboard ploughing to 27 cm depth and (ii) reduced tillage (RT) with a spring tine cultivator to 10 cm depth. The measurements included bulk density (BD) and precompression stress (Pc) chosen as indicators of mechanical strength, and the pore size distribution (PSD) measured by mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP). The tillage systems, the depth and their interaction had a significant effect on BD, Pc and PSD. In CT, in the topsoil, the soil strength was low and the total porosity n was about 50 %. In the subsoil, n decreased to 43 %. The PSD of CT was uni-modal in topsoil and subsoil in the MIP measurement range. The mean value of the mode rmax diminished from the topsoil toward the subsoil (from 2.5 microns to 1.9 microns). In RT, in the topsoil, the soil strength was higher than CT. BD did not vary much according to the depth. The total porosity n of RT was comprised between 40-45 % in the soil profile. The PSD was uni-modal and rmax increased from topsoil (around 2 microns) to subsoil (> 3 microns). This suggested the agglomeration of fine particles under the long-term action of mechanical loads, climatic agents, biological organisms or clay minerals acting as cementing agents. These phenomena could be at the origin of the increase of Pc with the depth without significant modification of BD. Such high values of Pc could be responsible of negative effects on root-growth leading to a more superficial root lateral development. [less ▲]

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See detailOrthanc - Logiciel libre pour l'imagerie médicale en milieu hospitalier
JODOGNE, Sébastien ULg; LENAERTS, Eric ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Communications de la Conférence Francophone en Gestion et Ingénierie des Systèmes Hospitaliers (GISEH 2014) (2014, July)

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See detailMovements of endemic and exotic fish in a large river ecosystem (Rhône, France)
Capra, Hervé; Pella, Hervé; Ovidio, Michaël ULg

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2014, July)

The aim of this study is to characterise the mobility templates of two patrimonial species of rheophilic cyprinids (Barbus barbus and Squalius cephalus) and of a species of exotic fish, the catfish ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to characterise the mobility templates of two patrimonial species of rheophilic cyprinids (Barbus barbus and Squalius cephalus) and of a species of exotic fish, the catfish (Silurus glanis), in an area of the upper Rhône River characterised by significant disruptions of flow and thermal regimes (caused by hydroelectric and nuclear power plants). Results reveal contrasted mobility patterns, habitat uses and home-range sizes between endemic and exogenous fish species, but with a high interindividual variability. [less ▲]

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See detailLa bande dessinée en dissidence : alternative, indépendance, auto-édition / Comics in Dissent: Alternative, Independence, Self-Publishing
Dony, Christophe ULg; Habrand, Tanguy ULg; Meesters, Gert

Book published by Presses Universitaires de Liège (2014)

This volume investigates the complex notion of dissent as it can be applied to contemporary comics in confronting field and market logic, legitimation strategies, and social, cultural, political and ... [more ▼]

This volume investigates the complex notion of dissent as it can be applied to contemporary comics in confronting field and market logic, legitimation strategies, and social, cultural, political and aesthetic discourses. How do artists and/or publishing structures distance themselves from a certain idea of the established order? In what ways do they challenge the existing systems and environments in which they operate? How can we characterize the many guises and sometimes conflicting objectives of a generally self-conscious (counter-)culture? And what kinds of symbolic exchanges can we observe between artistic and critical discourses? These are some of the questions that the here gathered essays explore in considering the practices and strategies of either so-called and/or selfproclaimed independent or alternative comics artists or publishers. [less ▲]

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See detailViBe: A Disruptive Method for Background Subtraction
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Barnich, Olivier

in Bouwans; Porikli; Hoferlin (Eds.) et al Background Modeling and Foreground Detection for Video Surveillance (2014)

This chapter presents ViBe and the underlying ideas of the algorithm. ViBe is an algorithm for the dection of motion by background subtraction. It is a very fast algorithm, based on samples and several ... [more ▼]

This chapter presents ViBe and the underlying ideas of the algorithm. ViBe is an algorithm for the dection of motion by background subtraction. It is a very fast algorithm, based on samples and several innovative processes (time subsampling, random substitution, spatial diffusion, etc). In addtion, we propose a way to measure the computation time by introducing the notion of complexity factor. [less ▲]

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See detailOverview and Benchmarking of Motion Detection Methods
Jodoin, Pierre-Marc; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Wang, Yi et al

in Bouwmans; Porikli; Hoferlin (Eds.) et al Background Modeling and Foreground Detection for Video Surveillance (2014)

In this chapter, we provide an overview of the most highly cited motion detection meth- ods. We identify the most commonly used background models together with their features, the kind of updating scheme ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, we provide an overview of the most highly cited motion detection meth- ods. We identify the most commonly used background models together with their features, the kind of updating scheme they use, some spatial aggregation models as well as the most widely used post-processing operations. We also provide an overview of datasets used to validate motion detection methods. Please note that this literature review is by no means exhaustive and thus we provide a list of surveys that the reader can rely on for further details. [less ▲]

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See detailDroplet synchronization in multiple interconnected parallel channels
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg

Poster (2014, July)

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that ... [more ▼]

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that passive synchronization could be achieved with bubbles in a ladder-like channel network. Bubbles flow in the rails and induce recirculation in the interconnecting rungs, which supposedly provides the feedback and subsequent synchronization. Ahn et al. recently extended this study to trains of droplets in flow-rate-driven conditions [2]. We here present an extensive experimental and theoretical investigation of droplets synchonization in multiple parallel channels. Droplets are produced with independent flow-focusing structures. Several experimental conditions are tested, including several geometries (and subsequent flow resistance) and inlet conditions (pressure-driven vs. flow-rate-driven). An extension to three rails is also considered. The microfluidic chips are designed with the help of a lumped-element model in which droplets are driven by the flows. [1] M. Prakash and N. Gershenfeld, Science 2007, 315, 832-835 [2] Ahn et al., Lab-on-a-chip, 2011, 11, 3956-3962 [less ▲]

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See detail« Sémiotique de l’action : textualisation et notation »
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in CASA - Cadernos de Semiótica Aplicada (2014), 12(1), 15-57

Our essay focuses on some methodological issues concerning the semiotic analysis of practice. We will initially retrace the debate about the epistemological relationship between text and action, outlining ... [more ▼]

Our essay focuses on some methodological issues concerning the semiotic analysis of practice. We will initially retrace the debate about the epistemological relationship between text and action, outlining the forms of enunciative praxis through different levels of pertinence analysis. Secondly, we propose the concept of ‘textualization’ as a mediation between text and action: textualizations (photographs, videos, notes) organize and represent practices which are in themselves ephemeral and elusive. Finally, we will consider the textual diagrammatization that we call ‘notation’: this analytical form of mediation between text and practice does not have the same status of in-vivo textualisations, but it works like an ex-post reconstruction which highlights the main gestures and exchanges while performing their grammaticalization. A more general aim of this essay is an enquiry into the legitimate objects of textual semiotics: what are the objects that it can analyze without betraying its principle of immanence, but also without being confined to it and, as a consequence, being unable to analyze practices and respond to topical questions on social issues and on the research in the human sciences? [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical modeling of HIV dynamics after antiretroviral therapy initiation: A clinical research
Moog, Claude; Rivadeneira, Pablo; Stan, Guy-Bart et al

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2014)

Immunological failure is identified from the estimation of certain parameters of a mathematical model of the HIV infection dynamics. This identification is supported by clinical research results from an ... [more ▼]

Immunological failure is identified from the estimation of certain parameters of a mathematical model of the HIV infection dynamics. This identification is supported by clinical research results from an original clinical trial. Standard clinical data were collected from infected patients starting Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART), just after one month following therapy initiation and were used to carry out the model identification. The early diagnosis is shown to be consistent with the patients monitoring after six months. [less ▲]

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See detailThe puzzling new class of variable stars in NGC 3766 : old friend pulsators?
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Reese, Daniel et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014)

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the ... [more ▼]

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the instability strips of the delta Scuti and SPB stars. Moreover the periods of the new phenomenon, P~0.1-0.7 d, do not allow to associate it a priori to either of these two types of pulsations. Stars in the NGC 3766 cluster are known as fast rotators with rotational velocities typically larger than half of their critical velocity. Rotation can affect both the geometrical properties and period domain of pulsations. It also alters the apparent stellar luminosity through gravity darkening, effect seldom taken considered in theoretical studies of the rotation-pulsation interaction. We explore if both of these effects are able to deliver a consistent interpretation for the observed properties of the "new variables" in NGC 3766: explaining their presence outside the known instability strips and their variability periods. We carry out an instability analysis of SPB models within the framework of the Traditional Approximation of Rotation and study the visibility of modes according to the angle of view and rotation. We also check how gravity darkening affects the effective temperature and luminosity of stellar models for different angles of view and rotation velocities. At the red (cold) border of the instability strip, prograde sectoral modes are preferentially excited and their visibilities are maximum when seen equator-on. Furthermore low-mass SPB models seen equator-on can appear in the gap between non-rotating SPB and delta Scuti stars due to gravity darkening. In that case, periods of these most visible modes are shifted to the 0.2-0.5 d range due to the effects of the Coriolis force. We hence suggest that the new variable stars observed in NGC 3766 are actually fast rotating SPB pulsators. [less ▲]

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See detailAgisme et jeunisme: Conséquences trop méconnues par les cliniciens et les chercheurs
Adam, Stéphane ULg

Scientific conference (2014, June 26)

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See detailRasa3 Controls Megakaryocyte Rap1 Activation, Integrin Signaling and Differentiation into Proplatelet
Molina Ortiz, Patricia ULg; Polizzi, Séléna; Ramery, Eve ULg et al

in PLoS Genetics (2014), 10(6), 1004420

Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets Ras and Rap1. Ubiquitous Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse results in early embryonic lethality. Here, we show that Rasa3 ... [more ▼]

Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets Ras and Rap1. Ubiquitous Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse results in early embryonic lethality. Here, we show that Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse hematopoietic cells results in a lethal syndrome characterized by severe defects during megakaryopoiesis, thrombocytopenia and a predisposition to develop preleukemia. The main objective of this study was to define the cellular and the molecular mechanisms of terminal megakaryopoiesis alterations. We found that Rasa3 catalytic inactivation altered megakaryocyte development, adherence, migration, actin cytoskeleton organization and differentiation into proplatelet forming megakaryocytes. These megakaryocyte alterations were associated with an increased active Rap1 level and a constitutive integrin activation. Thus, these mice presented a severe thrombocytopenia, bleeding and anemia associated with an increased percentage of megakaryocytes in the bone marrow, bone marrow fibrosis, extramedular hematopoiesis, splenomegaly and premature death. Altogether, our results indicate that Rasa3 catalytic activity controls Rap1 activation and integrin signaling during megakaryocyte differentiation in mouse. [less ▲]

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See detailA probabilistic model of the adhesive contact forces between rough surfaces in the MEMS stiction context
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 26)

Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface ... [more ▼]

Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface forces (e.g. Van der Waals forces, capillary forces) and body forces in the MEMS context. To predict the adhesive contact forces coupled with stiction phenomenon, the combination of the Nayak statistical approach with the asperity-based theories is a common solution. However, this method contains some limitations due to the underlying assumptions: infinite size of the interacting rough surfaces and negligibility of asperity interactions. Furthermore, the Nayak solution suffers from a considerable dependency on the choice of the minimum wave length considered in the surface representation, which remains diXcult to select. The main goal of our research is to propose an improved method (i) which accounts for the Vnite size of the interacting surfaces, (ii) accounts for the uncertainties related to these surface topologies, (iii) in which the minimum wave length selection is physically based, and (iv) in which the validity of the asperity-based theories is demonstrated. From the topology measurements of MEMS samples, an analysis of the power spectral density function is carried out to determine the minimum relevant wave length for the problem of interest (here capillary stiction). We also show that at this scale of interest the asperity-based theories remain valid for polysilicon materials. Moreover, instead of considering inVnite surfaces as in the Nayak approach, a set of surfaces, whose sizes are representative of the MEMS structure, is generated based on the approximated power spectral density analysis and using the Monte Carlo method. From this description of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive contact forces can be evaluated by applying the asperity contact theories, leading to a probabilistic distribution of the adhesive contact forces. In addition, as the contact forces are rooted from the micro-scale adhesive forces, while their consequence, stiction, happens at the macro-scale of the considered device, the multi-scale nature of the phenomenon is accounted for. To predict this macro-scale behavior in a probabilistic form, the uncertainty quantiVcation process is coupled with a multiscale analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailL’ancrage dans les herbiers à Posidonia oceanica. Conséquences chimiques de la destruction mécanique ?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg

Poster (2014, June 26)

La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un ... [more ▼]

La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un véritable écosystème, l’un des plus riches en espèces de Méditerranée. Ils jouent un rôle écologique essentiel en oxygénant le milieu grâce à la photosynthèse et en séquestrant du CO2 au sein de leur complexe racinaire dans le sédiment (ou "matte"). Ces activités métaboliques entraînent une importante modification des conditions biogéochimiques du substrat qui favorisent le maintien de la plante. Les herbiers ont également une grande importance économique servant de nurserie pour de nombreuses espèces exploitées par la pêche commerciale et récréative. Les herbiers de posidonie se développant dans les zones côtières, ils sont impactés par les activités anthropiques (urbanisation, pollution, fermes aquacoles, ancrage) qui peuvent entraîner d’importantes destructions et des régressions de leur zone de recouvrement. L’ancrage intensif dans les herbiers à faible profondeur y génère des trouées, ou "intermattes". Les destructions engendrées par les navires de petite taille (< 10 m) peuvent, dans certaines conditions, être recolonisées par la posidonie. Cependant, dans la plupart des zones d’ancrage intensif en Corse, les intermattes ne sont pas recolonisées et leur surface peut souvent augmenter. De plus, certaines zones sont soumises à l’ancrage intensif de navires de plaisance de grande taille (> 20m), susceptibles de générer des intermattes d’une étendue plus importante. Ce phénomène d’expansion ne peut s’expliquer par la seule destruction mécanique. L’arrachage de la strate foliaire de la posidonie par les ancres semble entraîner de profondes modifications physiques et chimiques dans le sédiment. La photosynthèse via les feuilles étant ainsi altérée, il n’y a plus d’oxygénation du sédiment via les racines de la posidonie et un milieu anoxique défavorable à son développement paraît se créer. Des composés toxiques pour la plante, tel que le sulfure d’hydrogène (H2S), pourraient alors s’introduire dans ses tissues entraînant une limitation de son développement, voire sa disparition menant ainsi à une amplification des dégâts mécaniques de l’ancrage. Des observations seront réalisées tout autour de la Corse et notamment dans la Baie de Calvi, site atelier de la Méditerranée, qui a été définie pour mener la phase d’expérimentation. Les données récoltées à l’issue de ces travaux de recherches, réalisés dans le cadre d’un doctorat en entreprise (bourse CIFRE), seront compilées afin de mettre au point de nouveaux outils d’analyse de l’impact de l’ancrage. [less ▲]

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See detailPLANTIGRADY DUE TO A LOCALIZED MYOPATHY IN TWO NEWBORN BELGIAN BLUE CALVES
Genart, Marie; Evrard, Laurence ULg; Garcia da Fonseca et al

Poster (2014, June 26)