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See detailReproducible Testing of Distributed Software with Middleware Virtualization and Simulation
Briquet, Cyril ULg; de Marneffe, Pierre-Arnoul ULg

in Ur, Shmuel (Ed.) Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Parallel And Distributed systems: Testing, Analysis, and Debugging (2008, June 20)

P2P Grids are Grids organized into P2P networks where participant exchange computing time so as to complete computational tasks. Evaluating the performance of scheduling algorithms enables one to deploy ... [more ▼]

P2P Grids are Grids organized into P2P networks where participant exchange computing time so as to complete computational tasks. Evaluating the performance of scheduling algorithms enables one to deploy those that are efficient. Performance is often evaluated experimentally or through simulation because these algorithms (typically heuristics) are too complex to model analytically. Testing the implementation of P2P Grid middleware before it is deployed is also important: Reproducing configurations or conditions that lead to unexpected outcomes is thus valuable. A P2P Grid environment exhibits multiple sources of failure and is typically dynamic and uncontrollable. Reproducing even basic behavior of Grid nodes in a controllable and repeatable manner is thus exceedingly difficult. Such lack of control over the environment is a major challenge in the software engineering of P2P Grid middleware. Simulators have been proposed to evaluate the performance of scheduling algorithms, but are often limited in scope, reusability and accuracy, i.e. they rely on simplified models. We introduce a software engineering pattern - that we call code once, deploy twice - to both reduce the distance between simulated and implemented algorithms and reproduce, at will, Grid configurations and environments: A simulator implementation of a Grid architecture is built by virtualizing its middleware implementation. An immediate benefit is that most of the code can be reused between both implementations; only communications between Grid nodes, multithreading within Grid nodes and actual task execution are coded differently. As a derived benefit, most of the code of the middleware can be tested within the controlled environment of the simulator, before it is deployed as-is. Another benefit is high simulation accuracy. We describe the implementation of a P2P Grid following the code once, deploy twice pattern, that we believe is also relevant to other Grid types (certainly Volunteer Grids and Desktop Grids, and possibly Globus-based Grids). [less ▲]

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See detailSur le concept de "valeur pure" chez Ferdinand de Saussure
Sofia, Estanislao ULg

Conference (2008, June 17)

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See detailImportation de notices BIB dans ALEPH & création de HOL et Z30 : retour d'expériences
Renaville, François ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2008)

Synthèse de quelques expériences du Réseau des Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège, entre mai 2007 et mai 2008, en matière d'importation de notices bibliographiques (intégration d'un catalogue ... [more ▼]

Synthèse de quelques expériences du Réseau des Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège, entre mai 2007 et mai 2008, en matière d'importation de notices bibliographiques (intégration d'un catalogue, importation d'e-journaux, importation d'e-books) et de création de notices holdings et d'exemplaires. Avec exemples de scripts utilisés. - Analyse de la qualité des données ; - Créer un fichier en ALEPH séquentiel (services ALEPH & conversion xls -> ALEPH séquentiel) ; - Importation de notices BIB (manage-18) et exemples de scripts correctifs et d'amélioration ; - Manage-50 (création de Z30 et HOL) ; - Manage-500 (création de HOL seuls). [less ▲]

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See detailIMPROVE - Design of Improved and Competitive Products
Giuglea, S.; Chirica, I.; Giuglea, V. et al

in DBlaS'2008, I&CT Intern. Conf. (2008)

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See detailDiversity of planktonic cyanobacteria and microcystin occurrence in Polish water bodies investigated using a polyphasic approach
Boutte, Christophe; Mankiewicz-Boczek, Joanna; Komarkova, Jarka et al

in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (2008), 51

Microscopic measurements of fresh biomass and 16S rRNA gene sequences from clone libraries and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) were used to investigate cyanobacterial diversity in Polish ... [more ▼]

Microscopic measurements of fresh biomass and 16S rRNA gene sequences from clone libraries and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) were used to investigate cyanobacterial diversity in Polish water bodies in 2002. In addition, measurements of microcystin (MC) concentrations were made. Thirty water samples were taken from 11 water bodies; of these samples, 18 were obtained from the Sulejow Reservoir during regular monitoring from June to October. Intraand extracellular MC concentrations in Sulejow samples were measured by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The extracellular MC concentration was assessed using a protein phosphatase inhibition assay (PPIA) in additional lakes. Additionally, physicochemical parameters were measured (total nitrogen [TN], total phosphorus [TP], TN:TP ratio, chlorophyll a concentration, temperature). In Sulejow, high intracellular MC concentrations corresponded to large cyanobacterial biovolumes and to low TN:TP ratios. In the other lakes, extracellular MCs were not linked to any measured parameters. The combination of the microscopic and molecular data showed that Aphanizomenon and Microcystis were the dominant genera during the summer period in the Sulejow Reservoir. At the genetic level, there was a succession of 2 different operational taxonomic units (OTUs) belonging to the lineage Anabaena/Aphanizomenon. In the other water bodies, the most frequent populations were Aphanizomenon, Anabaena, Microcystis and Planktothrix. Small populations of Romeria, Snowella, Woronichinia, Limnothrix and Pseudanabaena were observed, and an enigmatic cluster affiliated with Prochlorothrix was genetically retrieved. Anabaena and Microcystis were presumed to be the main genera responsible for the MC production. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential Estimation of Minerals Content in Cow Milk Using Mid-Infrared Spectrometry
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bruwier, Damien; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in ICAR Proceedings of the Biennial Sessions (2008, June 16)

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See detailLogistique humanitaire
Nondonfaz, Robert ULg

Article for general public (2008)

Organisation logistique en cas de désastre naturel ou provoqué par l'homme

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See detailDo monitoring and counselling boost the job finding rates of the long-term unemployed ?
Fonder, Muriel; Lejeune, Bernard ULg

Conference (2008, June 13)

In July 2004, the Belgian government launched a new monitoring and counselling program targeted at the long-term unemployed. In this new program, people over 13 months unemployment are warned that their ... [more ▼]

In July 2004, the Belgian government launched a new monitoring and counselling program targeted at the long-term unemployed. In this new program, people over 13 months unemployment are warned that their job-search efforts will be monitored 8 months later. At the same time, they are invited to participate actively in the support (job search, training) programs provided for by the Regional Employment Agencies, whose supply was expanded. This reform has been implemented gradually : it focused the unemployed under 30 years in 2004, then the 30-40 year-old unemployed in 2005, and finally the 40-50 year-old unemployed in 2006. This paper aims at evaluate the effect, in terms of transition from unemployment to employment and/or training, of this new program for the 30-40 years old in Wallonia. Using the fact that the reform was implemented gradually, the effect of the program is estimated by difference-in-differences, based on (single exit and two exits) discrete duration models. The results suggest that the program has had a very large relative effect, although limited in absolute terms, regarding transition to training for almost all the treated unemployed. They also show that the program has had a substantial relative effect, although limited in absolute terms as well, with regard to transition to employment for the majority of the treated unemployed. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer composite material structures comprising carbon based conductive loads
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Patent (2008)

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 wt% to 6 wt% carbon ... [more ▼]

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 wt% to 6 wt% carbon based conductive loads, such as e.g. carbon nanotubes, dispersed in the foamed polymer matrix. The polymer composite material structure according to embodiments of the present invention shows good shielding and absorbing properties notwithstanding the low amount of carbon based conductive loads. The present invention furthermore provides a method for forming a polymer composite material structure comprising carbon based conductive loads. [less ▲]

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See detailIS EPIZOOTIC RABBIT ENTEROPATHY (ERE) A BACTERIAL DISEASE?
Huybens, Nathalie ULg; Houeix, Julien ULg; Szalo, Ioan Mihai ULg et al

in Proceeding of the 9th World Rabbit Congress (2008, June 12)

The etiology of epizootic rabbit enteropathy (ERE) is still unknown despite ten years of continuous research. A putative bacterial etiology is at the basis of current research. The fractionation of the ... [more ▼]

The etiology of epizootic rabbit enteropathy (ERE) is still unknown despite ten years of continuous research. A putative bacterial etiology is at the basis of current research. The fractionation of the reference inoculum (TEC4) is a major step to find the potential bacterial agent(s). In this study, TEC4 was fractionated with two techniques: centrifugation on discontinuous sucrose gradient then cell adhesion. Two selected fractions were inoculated to SPF rabbits and analyzed with classical bacteriological techniques. ERE was reproduced with both fractions. The 16S rDNA gene was amplified in all fractions and in three negative controls and subsequently analyzed with Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) and Denaturating Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE). A difference in bacterial DNA composition was found between virulent and non-virulent fractions which reinforce the potential role of bacteria in the etiology of ERE. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer composite material structures comprising carbon based conductive loads
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Patent (2008)

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 to 6 wt% carbon based ... [more ▼]

The present invention provides a polymer composite material structure comprising at least one layer of a foamed polymer composite material comprising a foamed polymer matrix and 0.1 to 6 wt% carbon based conductive loads, such as e.g. carbon nanotubes, dispersed in the foamed polymer matrix. The polymer composite material structure according to embodiments of the present invention shows good shielding and absorbing properties notwithstanding the low amount of carbon based conductive loads. The present invention furthermore provides a method for forming a polymer composite material structure comprising carbon based conductive loads. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de Lemercier (Claire) et Zalc (Claire), Méthodes quantitatives pour l’historien
Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

in COnTEXTES : Revue de Sociologie de la Littérature (2008)

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See detailRecent advances in the synthesis of aliphatic polyesters by ring-opening polymerization
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg

in Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews (2008), 60(9), 1056-1076

Advanced drug delivery systems rely on the availability of biocompatible materials. Moreover, biodegradability is highly desirable in the design of those systems. Consequently, aliphatic polyesters appear ... [more ▼]

Advanced drug delivery systems rely on the availability of biocompatible materials. Moreover, biodegradability is highly desirable in the design of those systems. Consequently, aliphatic polyesters appear as a class of promising materials since they combine both properties. Nevertheless, their use in practical biomedical systems relies on clinical approval which not only depends on the material itself but also on its reproducible synthesis with the absence of residual toxics. The first sections of this review aim at reporting on the evolution of the initiators/catalytic systems and of the synthesis conditions (particularly the use of supercritical CO2 as polymerization medium) in order to produce aliphatic polyesters with controlled macromolecular parameters by still "greener" ways. In addition, the further development of delivery systems also depends on the synthesis of materials exhibiting novel properties, such as amphiphilicity or pH-sensitivity that are emerging from the active research in macromolecular engineering. Functionalizing aliphatic polyesters is quite tedious due to their sensitivity towards hydrolytic degradation. The last section of this review is discussing several strategies to obtain functional (co)polyesters of various architectures providing them with novel properties. [less ▲]

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See detailLe positionnement des organisations de commerce équitable entre l’économique, le social et le politique : essai de typologie et illustrations en Belgique, en France et au Royaume-Uni
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

Conference (2008, June 05)

Parallèlement à la croissance exponentielle de ses ventes et de sa notoriété, le mouvement du commerce équitable (CE) connaît une diversification croissante de son paysage organisationnel (Nicholls & Opal ... [more ▼]

Parallèlement à la croissance exponentielle de ses ventes et de sa notoriété, le mouvement du commerce équitable (CE) connaît une diversification croissante de son paysage organisationnel (Nicholls & Opal, 2005; Wilkinson, 2007). Alors qu’à ses débuts, le mouvement était porté par des organisations militantes relativement homogènes, celles-ci se sont progressivement diversifiées, tandis que de nouveaux acteurs sont apparus avec une dynamique commerciale plus marquée (Gendron, 2004; Moore, 2004; Renard, 2003). Si toutes les organisations de commerce équitable (OCE) ont en commun de chercher à soutenir des organisations de producteurs au Sud à travers une activité commerciale « équitable » dans le cadre d'un développement durable Nord-Sud, les stratégies adoptées peuvent fortement différer (Wilkinson, 2007). Ainsi, en caricaturant quelque peu, certaines OCE misent principalement sur le partenariat commercial, encadré par un processus de labellisation, et prônent un développement essentiellement quantitatif de la filière, notamment à travers la distribution des produits en grandes surfaces. D'autres, par contre, insistent plus sur la qualité des partenariats avec les producteurs marginalisés et misent sur les activités de sensibilisation des citoyens et de lobbying auprès des pouvoirs publics dans le but de modifier en profondeur les règles du commerce international. Quelle que soit leur stratégie, les OCE sont inévitablement confrontées aux tensions traversant l’ensemble du mouvement équitable. Ces tensions semblent pouvoir se résumer, globalement et malgré certaines nuances dans les appellations, à deux grands pôles : le pôle économique, de « marché » d’une part, et le pôle socio-politique, de « solidarité » d’autre part. Ce qui différencie les OCE, c’est donc la manière de gérer cette tension et de se positionner par rapport à ces différentes logiques. L’objectif de cette contribution est précisément d’éclairer ces différents positionnements organisationnels sur le « continuum » entre l’économique et le socio-politique. Nous commençons par présenter ce continuum du CE sur lequel les acteurs se positionnent. Nous proposons ensuite différents indicateurs organisationnels susceptibles d'appréhender ces positionnements. A partir de la théorie des organisations appliquée à différentes formes organisationnelles, nous nous penchons sur les objectifs organisationnels, les ressources, le statut juridique et la composition des éventuelles instances de gouvernance (principalement l'assemblée générale et le conseil d'administration). Nous rappelons dans quelle mesure, selon la littérature, ces indicateurs peuvent être révélateurs du positionnement stratégique de l'organisation. Ensuite, nous proposons quatre profils organisationnels possibles pour gérer les tensions entre les différents pôles du CE. Chacun de ces profils est caractérisé par rapport aux indicateurs organisationnels proposés : objectifs déclarés, types de ressources mobilisées (ventes, dons, subventions, bénévolat), statut juridique (association, coopérative, entreprise individuelle, société anonyme,...) et composition des instances de gouvernance (types de parties prenantes impliquées). Chaque profil est ensuite illustré par des exemples d'organisations provenant de trois études de terrain réalisées auprès d’OCE en Belgique, en France (dans la région Rhône-Alpes) et au Royaume-Uni. Enfin, après une synthèse de ces quatre profils, nous nous penchons sur leurs implications sur l’avenir du mouvement équitable. Nous cherchons à percevoir l'évolution des stratégies de positionnement des OCE de manière à distinguer les perspectives futures de la filière. La question posée est de savoir si les différents profils de positionnement peuvent continuer à coexister de manière complémentaire ou si, au contraire, ils mènent à l'apparition de différentes formes de CE n'ayant plus en commun que leur appellation. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of new radiation-curing binders
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Weikard, Jan; Greszta-Franz, Dorota et al

Patent (2008)

Process for preparing binders including reacting A) one or more NCO-functional compounds containing uretdione groups with B) one or more compounds containing groups capable of participating in ... [more ▼]

Process for preparing binders including reacting A) one or more NCO-functional compounds containing uretdione groups with B) one or more compounds containing groups capable of participating in polymerization reaction with ethylenically unsaturated compounds on exposure to actinic radiation, and contain isocyanate-reactive groups, followed by C) reaction with one or more hydroxyl-containing compounds other than B), wherein at least one of these compounds has an OH functionality of>=2, D) in the presence of one or more compounds containing phenoxide groups, as catalysts, and E) optionally auxiliaries and additives, where the reaction with compounds of component C); proceeds at least proportionally with the formation of allophanate groups and where and including binders containing allophanate groups and groups capable of participating in a polymerization reaction with ethylenically unsaturated compounds on exposure to actinic radiation, and optionally also contain NCO-reactive groups. The binders are used in coating compositions used to coat substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailVorticity balance in the Northwestern African Upwelling
Troupin, Charles ULg; Mason, Evan; Sangrà, Pablo

Conference (2008, June 02)

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See detailClimatology and circulation of the Azores-Canary region by Data-Interpolation Variational Analysis
Troupin, Charles ULg; Machín, Francisco; Ouberdous, Mohamed ULg et al

Poster (2008, June 02)

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See detailPrésence de la publicité automobile dans la presse écrite belge : Analyse des quotidiens La Libre Belgique et Le Soir et des hebdomadaires Trends-Tendances et Le Vif-L’Express
Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Cybergeo : Revue Européenne de Géographie = Cybergeo - European Journal of Geography (2008)

Aspects relating to the environment, and more particularly climate change, are increasingly holding the stage when it comes to the way the media processes information. Of course, the link between climate ... [more ▼]

Aspects relating to the environment, and more particularly climate change, are increasingly holding the stage when it comes to the way the media processes information. Of course, the link between climate change and winters without snow, so-called exceptional flooding, devastating hurricanes or summer heatwaves is perfect material for the headlines of dailies and weeklies. But, what’s more, the concept of global warming is systematically in the headlines because it has become a major stake for society, the environment and the economy. Thus, the written press is calling upon its readers to be conscious of this problem but also to play an active role in this domain. Subsequently, the press tends to call upon us – to its credit – in relation to “good practices” to stop us from wasting energy, and proposes alternatives, which, in general, are not very restrictive. Often, the choice of a “clean” car appears to be an alternative. But compared with the car industry, is the written press coherent with what it puts on paper and the actions it promotes through the adverts it authorises for publication? Therefore, the objective of this paper is to provide an answer to the following three questions: 1] What is the position of car advertising in the written press? 2] What level of emissions are promoted in this advertising in relation to the objectives to be achieved? 3] What could be the solutions to this problem? A detailed analysis of car advertising was carried out in 2006 in four bodies of the Belgian French-speaking written press. The results of this study show that advertising boasts of cars which, in terms of CO2 emissions per kilometre, are from another age, and clearly contradict the values recommended in the in-depth articles written by the journalists of this type of media. [less ▲]

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