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See detailAnalysing spatiotemporal changes in sediment contamination
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Pini, Jennifer; White, Shannon et al

Poster (2014, November)

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in ... [more ▼]

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in biota and their persistence in sediment. Aware of these threats, monitoring agencies perform large environmental surveys. However, the databases generated often remain underexploited, even though they represent an important source of information for scientists. As a case study, we focused on the highly industrialized and developed coastal area of the Solent, south coast of the UK, which is also a European Marine site with protected habitats and species. To date, no scientific-based spatiotemporal trend has been published regarding its pollution in TEs. But mining of existing databases requested from the Environmental Agency and the Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database showed that sediment from 32 sites were/are indeed monitored for that purpose, covering a 22 years period (1992-2013). Temporal trend analysis showed that sediment contamination significantly decreased during that time interval (45 % decrease in median). However, all TEs still show concentrations above Sediment Quality Guidelines. Important spatial variability is also present, presumably linked to the distribution of pollutant anthropogenic sources. Taken together, these data have been used to provide stakeholders with relevant scientific based tools, i.e. GIS maps of the contamination in TEs in the Solent. This regional-level assessment enables local stakeholders to create bridges between environmental scientists and local authorities and valorizes the existing databases, for future governance at the regional and national scales. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping French terms in a Belgian guideline on heart failure to international classifications and nomenclatures: the devil is in the detail.
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Cardillo, Elena; Roumier, Joseph et al

in Informatics in Primary Care (2014), 4

Introduction: With growing sophistication of eHealth platforms, the ability increases to share medical information across patients, health care providers, institutions and across borders. This implies ... [more ▼]

Introduction: With growing sophistication of eHealth platforms, the ability increases to share medical information across patients, health care providers, institutions and across borders. This implies more stringent demands on the quality of data-entry at the point-of-care. Non-native English speaking general practitioners experience difficulties in interacting with international classification systems and nomenclatures to facilitate the secondary use of their data and to ensure semantic interoperability. Aim: To identify words and phrases pertaining to the heart failure domain and to explore the difficulties in mapping to corresponding concepts in ICPC-2, ICD-10, SNOMED-CT, and UMLS. Methods: The medical concepts in a Belgian guideline for General Practitioners (GPs) in its French version were extracted manually and coded first in ICPC-2, then ICD-10 by a physician, an expert in classification systems. In addition, mappings were sought with SNOMED-CT and UMLS concepts, using the UMLS SNOMED-CT browser. Results: We retained 143 words and phrases, of which 128 referred to a single concept (1-to-1 mapping), while 15 referred to 2 or more concepts (1-to-n mapping to ICPC rubrics or to the other nomenclatures). In the guideline, words or phrases were often too general for adequate correspondence. Marked discrepancy between semantic tags and types was found. Conclusion: This study illustrates the variability of the various international classifications and nomenclatures, the need for structured guidelines with more attention to precise wording, and the need for classification expertise embedded in sophisticated terminological resources. End-users need support to perform their clinical work in their own language, while still assuring standardized and semantic interoperable medical registration. Collaboration between computational linguists, knowledge engineers, health informaticians and domain experts is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes progrès de la poésie en 1867. Portrait de Gautier en grand rapporteur
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin de la societe Theophile Gautier (2014), 36

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See detailLe TSM (Test Spectral Métacognitif) : 10 caractéristiques pour relever 5 défis de la formation
Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg

in Actes du 28° Congrès de l'AIPU 2014 Mons Belgique du 18 au 22 mai 2014 (2014, October 30)

Les cinq défis de l'éducation auxquels le TSM vise à apporter des réponses relèvent (1) de la maîtrise d'un domaine disciplinaire, (2) de la maîtrise de'habiletés et compétences générales comme la ... [more ▼]

Les cinq défis de l'éducation auxquels le TSM vise à apporter des réponses relèvent (1) de la maîtrise d'un domaine disciplinaire, (2) de la maîtrise de'habiletés et compétences générales comme la vigilance cognitive et la lecture de consignes, (3) de compétences métacognitives, (4) du développement épistémique et (5) de la motivation à apprendre. Par 10 caractéristiques, le TSM vise à contribuer à ces cinq défis A LA FOIS. Après une introduction théorique à la problématique, un TSM de démonstration (de 16 questions) est présenté. l-Le lecteur peut l'expérimenter sur lui-même, puis télécharger les réponses correctes et enfin traiter ses résultats. [less ▲]

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See detailBrix, contre la modernité
Lorent, Fanny ULg

in COnTEXTES : Revue de Sociologie de la Littérature (2014)

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See detailWhy and how to repair concrete? Compatibility assessment
Courard, Luc ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 27)

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See detailThe marauder's map or the use of non-intrusive range laser scanners in the context of smart rooms
Pierard, Sébastien ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 24)

Dans cette présentation, je vais expliquer comment des capteurs laser peuvent être utilisés pour réaliser différentes fonctionnalités importantes pour les environnements intelligents. Je montrerai comment ... [more ▼]

Dans cette présentation, je vais expliquer comment des capteurs laser peuvent être utilisés pour réaliser différentes fonctionnalités importantes pour les environnements intelligents. Je montrerai comment créer une carte précise et y représenter le mouvement de toutes les personnes, en particulier les trajectoires de leurs pieds. Celles-ci peuvent servir à identifier la personne observée, car chacune a sa propre démarche. Ceci ouvre des voies dans les domaines de la domotique, des environnements intelligents et de la sécurité. Les trajectoires de pieds ont également de nombreuses applications dans le domaine médical, en particulier pour la gériatrie, la kinésithérapie et la neurologie, ce que je détaillerai. Je démontrerai également que cette technologie permet de détecter les situations de piggybacking et de tailgating. Tout ceci étant rendu possible par une chaîne de traitement de signal minutieusement étudiée et par des techniques d'apprentissage automatique. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling serial offenders’ spatial behaviours: new assumptions for geographic profiling
Trotta, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The geographic profiling is amethodology of investigation which uses the crime sites of a criminal series in order to delineate prior areas for searching the offender. Its implementation is currently ... [more ▼]

The geographic profiling is amethodology of investigation which uses the crime sites of a criminal series in order to delineate prior areas for searching the offender. Its implementation is currently limited by too simplistic assumptions that are difficult to assess during an investigation or even not corroborated at an individual level of observation. This thesis studies the predictive capacities of geographic profiling in the context of Belgium, a dense country where the road network is not suitable for classical algorithmimplemented with Euclidean or Manhattan distances. More precisely, the thesis has for first objective to integrate space anisotropy with two improvements: (1) the integration of the road network in the journey-to-crime and (2) the integration of the structure of opportunities for series of sexual offences. Beyond this objective, the thesis questions a hypothesis underlying this type of research methodology: the kind of spatial relationship between the offender’s residence and the crime sites. An alternative to the distance decay effect is developed, minimising the variance in travelled distances between the offender anchor point and the initial contact sites of the offences (MOV hypothesis). The sensitivity of this methodology is measured and its effectiveness is compared to the one of the distance decay effect. A major result of the thesis is that the share of behaviours than can be modelled by this new hypothesis is similar to the one of the distance decay effect. However, a large number of series did not meet the required conditions to implement an efficientmethodology given the multiplicity of offender’s residences or the scarcity of sites composing the series; those applicability criteria are analysed in this work. Nevertheless, theMOV hypothesis is particularly valuable for long series of offences. Then, the thesis analyses the impact of the geometry of crime series locations on the effectiveness of the chosen spatial assumption (distance decay effect orMOV) with graph theory. It highlights the superiority of the MOV hypothesis for offenders travelling in some preferred direction. The analysis also shows that both hypotheses are not mutually exclusive but can be combined to build offender geographic profiles. Finally, this thesis focuses on the modelling of neutral areas in terms of criminal attractiveness on the Belgian territory. The work presents the originality of analysing data on a whole country, integrating both urban and non-urban areas. The objective of the modelling is the integration of the opportunity structure of sexual offences in the geographic profile and the estimation of the perturbing effect of a differentiated attractiveness. In order to assess this perturbation, we propose a two-steps process. Firstly, a regression model combining factors fromthe crime pattern and social disorganisation theories models the spatial distribution of crimes. The regression model identifies a centre-periphery relationship in the spatial distribution of crime locations. Still, the model underestimates the number of positive sectors, omitting some attractors. Then, the impact of attractive location (i.e. presenting the favourable factors for crime concentration)is evaluated for the series of sexual offences. In fine, the two spatial hypotheses do not seem affected by the attractors identified by the modelling except when the contact sites are clustered in attractive areas. In addition, the share of serial offenders committing their offences in the most attractive locations is smaller than that of single offenders. This observation strengthens the need for working on spatial distribution models instead of calibrated functions with solved cases. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble stigmatization influence in oncogeriatry
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg et al

in Psycho-oncology (2014, October 24)

Introduction Cancer is a major health problem widespread in elderly, which is inscribed in ageism context1. Negative influence of the vision that older people possess on aging on mental and physical ... [more ▼]

Introduction Cancer is a major health problem widespread in elderly, which is inscribed in ageism context1. Negative influence of the vision that older people possess on aging on mental and physical health2 is well established within “normal” aging. Consequently, we can ask ourselves what consequences age stigmas have in the realm of oncogeriatry. Moreover, cancerous patients face pathology-related stigmas because nowadays cancer still conveys a lot of negative representations. Method A group of 120 patients aged of 65 years old and more suffering from cancer (lung, breast or gynecological) will be followed during one year (0-3-6-12 months). Different instruments measuring quality of life, depression, symptoms, etc. are used as well as questions about their vision of aging and of cancer. Clinical parameters (weight, biologicals values, comorbidity…) are recorded too. Currently, we have 63 patients (31 breast cancer, 14 gynecological cancer and 18 lung cancer with distinction between smokers and non-smokers). Our analysis is only on the baseline at this moment, without any distinction between kinds of cancers. Results Double ANOVAs were used to analyze the data. A positive vision of aging is linked to a lower level of depression in comparison to a negative vision of aging (p = .04). Vision of pathology approach significance: less depression when vision is positive (p = .077). Concerning daily functioning (physical, emotional, social...), a positive vision of aging is related to a better functioning (p = .03) whereas vision of pathology has no effect. Eventually, a positive vision of aging and of cancer is related to a better quality of life (respectively p=.02, p=.002). Concerning clinical parameters, no results are observed. Conclusion These first results suggest that the vision patients have themselves of the age and of cancer is in relation with subjective mental and physical health. As we observe influence on vision of aging as well as pathology, we can talk about “double stigmatization”. Needless to say, more studies are needed to analyze the direction of these observation and longitudinal data analysis could bring some answers: is stigmatization provoke a less good mental and physical health or is it because I have health problem that I have a negative vision of aging and of my disease? 1. Penson, R. T., et al. (2004). The Oncologist, 9, 343-352. 2. Levy, B. (2009). Curr Dir Psychol Sci, 18, 332-336. [less ▲]

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See detailEnjeux de « Horizon 2020 » : Conséquences pour les chercheurs
Thirion, Paul ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 24)

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See detailReformage catalytique du toluène
Claude, Vincent ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Courson, Claire

Poster (2014, October 23)

This poster summarizes results obtained for the catalytic reforming of tar in the oultlet gas of a biomass gasifier. All samples were synthesized with aluminum nitrate and an organosilane (EDAS) in order ... [more ▼]

This poster summarizes results obtained for the catalytic reforming of tar in the oultlet gas of a biomass gasifier. All samples were synthesized with aluminum nitrate and an organosilane (EDAS) in order to enhance the metallic dispersion and surface area. Three different compositions have been studied (Al2O3-SiO2; Al2O3-SiO2+2%wt Ni; Al2O3-SiO2+10%wt Fe). The catalytic tests highlight the fact that the sample containing 2%Ni wt is the more appropriate in our conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailMontage de projets de Recherche et d’Innovation : A la recherche de financements
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 23)

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See detailDebatte über Kollaboration. Tristes Spektakel
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailRetrievals of formaldehyde from ground-based FTIR and MAX-DOAS observations at the Jungfraujoch station and comparisons with GEOS-Chem and IMAGES model simulations
Franco, Bruno ULg; Hendrick, François; Van Roozendael, Michel et al

in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. Papers in Open Discussion (2014), 7

As a ubiquitous product of the oxidation of many Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde (HCHO) plays a key role as a short-lived and reactive intermediate in the atmospheric photo-oxidation ... [more ▼]

As a ubiquitous product of the oxidation of many Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde (HCHO) plays a key role as a short-lived and reactive intermediate in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways leading to the formation of tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosols. In this study, HCHO profiles have been successfully retrieved from ground-based Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) solar spectra and UV-Visible Multi-AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) scans recorded during the July 2010–December 2012 time period at the Jungfraujoch station (Swiss Alps, 46.5 N, 8.0 E, 3580ma.s.l.). Analysis of the retrieved products has revealed different vertical sensitivity between both remote sensing techniques. Furthermore, HCHO amounts simulated by two state-of-the-art Chemical Transport Models (CTMs), GEOS-Chem and IMAGESv2, have been compared to FTIR total columns and MAX-DOAS 3.6–8 km partial columns, accounting for the respective vertical resolution of each ground-based instrument. Using the CTMs outputs as intermediate, FTIR and MAX-DOAS retrievals have shown consistent seasonal modulations of HCHO throughout the investigated period, characterized by summertime maximum and wintertime minimum. Such comparisons have also highlighted that FTIR and MAX-DOAS provide complementary products for the HCHO retrieval above the Jungfraujoch station. [less ▲]

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See detailManaging understory light to maintain the coexistence of forest tree species with different shade tolerances
Ligot, Gauthier ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Similar to the management of the other environmental resources, forest management has been questioned and more sustainable practices of forest management are being sought. New close-to-nature practices ... [more ▼]

Similar to the management of the other environmental resources, forest management has been questioned and more sustainable practices of forest management are being sought. New close-to-nature practices aim to favor natural processes over human interventions. Particularly, continuous-cover forestry has the goal of relying on natural regeneration, and maintaining irregular stand structure and tree species mixture. However, maintaining mixture of species with different shade tolerances appears arduous with such a silvicultural system. Successfully managing irregular and mixed forests, relying on natural processes, requires a strong knowledge of the ecology of natural regeneration. In particular, strong knowledge is required to predict the result of the interspecific competition in the understory depending upon light availability. The amount of radiation transmitted to the understory is indeed a critical factor determining regeneration dynamics. It determines, at least in part, regeneration composition because of interspecific differences of growth and survival under shade. Moreover, our quantitative understanding of understory light in uneven-aged and mixed stands remains incomplete. A better quantitative understanding of understory light is needed to provide quantitative guidelines for the management of understory light in uneven-aged and mixed stands and, hence, for the management of natural regeneration. The purpose of this thesis is to determine how close-to-nature forest management can maintain mixtures of species with contrasting shade tolerances. I consider ecological conditions with good water and nutrient supplies. In these conditions, partially closed canopy limits the amount of light that reaches the understory, and light is the major factor driving regeneration composition. Consequently, I study the dynamics of natural regeneration with regards to light availability as well as the interception of light by the canopy of heterogeneous stands. Studying the regeneration ecology of two species with contrasting shade tolerances (Fagus sylvatica L. and Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.), I find that the shade-tolerant species outgrow the less shade-tolerant species in all light conditions. Even though the control of understory light with continuous-cover silviculture is required to sustain the growth of less shade-tolerant regenerations, it might not be sufficient to maintain the coexistence of species with contrasting shade tolerances. In order to examine the effects of canopy structure and composition on understory light availability, I use a model of light interception by heterogeneous canopies after synthesizing and discussing the approaches reported in the literature. The model predicts satisfactorily measures of transmitted light even though it is a relatively simple radiative transfer model. I next explore how various silvicultural treatments can be manipulated to provide favorable understory light conditions for natural regeneration. These silvicultural strategies correspond to selective thinnings of five different types, e.g., harvesting preferentially small trees, large trees, or trees of shade-tolerant species or creating circular gaps. The results underline that creating favorable understory light conditions for natural regeneration can be achieved with various regeneration treatments. However, the adequate reduction of stand density depends upon the chosen silvicultural strategies. In particular, creating gaps of about 500 m2 provides adequate light for small regeneration clumps. Harvesting preferentially small and trees of shade-tolerant species are also appropriate but required higher harvest intensity. Harvesting preferentially large trees slightly increases understory light and promotes more shade-tolerant species than less shade-tolerant species. In order to maintain the coexistence of species with contrasting shade tolerances, forest manager must control understory light and manually suppress the regeneration of the shade-tolerant species. The outcome of this study provides foresters with the necessary tools to evaluate how silvicultural treatments can be manipulated to create or maintain favorable light conditions for the regeneration of species of different shade tolerances. Guidelines are additionally proposed for forest managers wanting to maintain the coexistence of species with contrasting shade tolerances. [less ▲]

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See detailUn savoir enfermé est un savoir stérile : Subir ou agir ?
Rentier, Bernard ULg; Thirion, Paul ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 22)

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See detailRegularity of functions: Genericity and multifractal analysis
Esser, Céline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

As surprising as it may seem, there exist functions of C∞(R) which are nowhere analytic. When such an unexpected object is found, a natural question is to ask whether many similar ones may exist. A ... [more ▼]

As surprising as it may seem, there exist functions of C∞(R) which are nowhere analytic. When such an unexpected object is found, a natural question is to ask whether many similar ones may exist. A classical technique is to use the Baire category theorem and the notion of residuality. This notion is purely topological and does not give any information about the measure of the set of objects satisfying such a property. In this purpose, the notion of prevalence has been introduced. Moreover, one could also wonder whether large algebraic structures of such objects can be constructed. This question is formalized by the notion of lineability. The first objective of the thesis is to go further into the study of nowhere analytic functions. It is known that the set of nowhere analytic functions is residual and lineable in C∞([0, 1]). We prove that the set of nowhere analytic functions is also prevalent in C∞([0, 1]). Those results of genericity are then generalized using Gevrey classes, which can be seen as intermediate between the space of analytic functions and the space of infinitely differentiable functions. We also study how far such results of genericity could be extended to spaces of ultradifferentiable functions, defined using weight sequences or using weight functions. The second main objective is to study the pointwise regularity of functions via their multifractal spectrum. Computing the multifractal spectrum of a function using directly its definition is an unattainable goal in most of the practical cases, but there exist heuristic methods, called multifractal formalisms, which allow to estimate this spectrum and which give satisfactory results in many situations. The Frisch-Parisi conjecture, classically used and based on Besov spaces, presents two disadvantages: it can only hold for spectra that are concave and it can only yield the increasing part of spectra. Concerning the first problem, the use of Snu spaces allows to deal with non-concave increasing spectra. Concerning the second problem, a generalization of the Frisch-Parisi conjecture obtained by replacing the role played by wavelet coefficients by wavelet leaders allows to recover the decreasing part of concave spectra. Our purpose in this thesis is to combine both approaches and define a new formalism derived from large deviations based on statistics of wavelet leaders. As expected, we show that this method yields non-concave spectra and is not limited to their increasing part. From the theoretical point of view, we prove that this formalism is more efficient than the previous wavelet-based multifractal formalisms. We present the underlying function space and endow it with a topology. [less ▲]

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