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See detailModelling of solar thermo-chemical system for energy storage in buildings
Skrylnyk, Alexandre; Courbon, Emilie; Frère, Marc et al

in Proceedings of Innostock 2012 - The 12th International Conference on Energy Storage - 16th to 18 th May 2012 (2012, May)

The goal of this paper is the demonstration of the methodological design principles within theoretical modelling of thermal heat storage apparatus and simulation of inter-seasonal heat storage system. The ... [more ▼]

The goal of this paper is the demonstration of the methodological design principles within theoretical modelling of thermal heat storage apparatus and simulation of inter-seasonal heat storage system. The designing procedure starts from the modelling of thermal plant behaviour, based on the simplifications in the basic hypothesis. Afterwards, a more detailed modelling, involving dynamic aspects and additional features of plant components, is presented. The accomplishment of the designing procedure follows by the optimisation of key parameters of the thermal storage plant. [less ▲]

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See detailUniversités: réapprendre la lenteur
Thoreau, François ULg

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See detailUse of graphical modality in a collaborative design distant setting
Safin, Stéphane ULg; Juchmes, Roland ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in Dugdale, Julie; Masclet, Cédric; Grasso, Maria Antonietta (Eds.) et al Proceedings of COOP 2012 : 10th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (2012, May)

In this chapter, we are interested in studying the use of the graphical modality (digital sketch and document annotations) as a tool for collective design and remote communication. This study takes place ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, we are interested in studying the use of the graphical modality (digital sketch and document annotations) as a tool for collective design and remote communication. This study takes place in the framework of a 3 months long collaborative architectural design studio, gathering students from Belgium and France to remotely work together in 3 small groups. The study focuses on the role of the graphical modality inside synchronous remote meetings supported by the Distributed Collaborative Design Studio (DCDS). The DCDS enables multi- modal real-time remote exchanges, and aims at remotely re-creating the conditions of co-present meetings. This environment associates a videoconference tool (sup- porting verbal and non-verbal communication) and an original real-time shared digital hand-drawn sketches system (supporting graphical communication). We identify the types of digital annotations made on the imported document (thanks to the electronic pen), as well as their role in the cognitive design processes and in the collaborative and communication processes. We also identify the different practices of digital sketching, in regard to each group and its collaborative strate- gies. We discuss the utility of the graphical modality as an efficient support for collaborative synchronous activities and show that the DCDS environment sup- ports different strategies of collaborative design (co-design and distributed de- sign). We conclude on recommendations for improving the system and for design- ing sketch-based collaborative environments. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementing a National Routine Genetic Evaluation for Milk Fat Compositions as First Step Towards Genomic Predictions
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanderick, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2012, May)

Currently the Walloon Region of Belgium is one of the first regions in the World where mid-infra red (MIR) spectral data is recorded in routine for nearly all cows under milk recording. Based on this data ... [more ▼]

Currently the Walloon Region of Belgium is one of the first regions in the World where mid-infra red (MIR) spectral data is recorded in routine for nearly all cows under milk recording. Based on this data, in some herds collected since 2007, saturated (SFA) and monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) contents in milk are predicted for each test-day. Together with correlated traits as milk, fat and protein yields, estimated breeding values (EBV) are now computed in routine for SFA and MUFA starting in June 2012. A total of 499 821, 392 255, 277 465 fatty acid records were available in first, second and third lactation for this run. A restricted selection index, called NQI (nutritional quality index) was developed that puts a negative weight on SFA, a positive weight on MUFA and restricts changes in milk and fat yields to zero. By using this index for a constant fat content, milk fat will be selected to be less saturated with a high contribution from MUFA. Based on this system a single-step genomic evaluation is under development including the introduction of MACE breeding values for correlated traits. The final step is to offer for owners of genotyped animals, a service to provide them with genomically enhanced NQI. Similar systems are under development in Wallonia for other novel traits (e.g., methane emissions) based on the ability to predict them from MIR spectral data. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementing a National Routine Genetic Evaluation for Milk Fat Compositions as First Step Towards Genomic Predictions
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanderick, Sylvie ULg et al

in Interbull Bulletin (2012), 46

Currently the Walloon Region of Belgium is one of the first regions in the World where mid-infra red (MIR) spectral data is recorded in routine for nearly all cows under milk recording. Based on this data ... [more ▼]

Currently the Walloon Region of Belgium is one of the first regions in the World where mid-infra red (MIR) spectral data is recorded in routine for nearly all cows under milk recording. Based on this data, in some herds collected since 2007, saturated (SFA) and monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) contents in milk are predicted for each test-day. Together with correlated traits as milk, fat and protein yields, estimated breeding values (EBV) are now computed in routine for SFA and MUFA starting in June 2012. A total of 499 821, 392 255, 277 465 fatty acid records were available in first, second and third lactation for this run. A restricted selection index, called NQI (nutritional quality index) was developed that puts a negative weight on SFA, a positive weight on MUFA and restricts changes in milk and fat yields to zero. By using this index for a constant fat content, milk fat will be selected to be less saturated with a high contribution from MUFA. Based on this system a single-step genomic evaluation is under development including the introduction of MACE breeding values for correlated traits. The final step is to offer for owners of genotyped animals, a service to provide them with genomically enhanced NQI. Similar systems are under development in Wallonia for other novel traits (e.g., methane emissions) based on the ability to predict them from MIR spectral data. [less ▲]

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See detailINTRA-TUMORAL HETEROGENEITY AND RATIONAL SELECTION OF ANTIGENS FOR TARGETED THERAPY OF LIVER METASTASES
Turtoi, Andrei ULg; Blomme, Arnaud ULg; Delvaux, David ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2012, May), 112(3), 8953

Objectives: Targeted therapies of liver metastases are gaining a major stake in current and future treatment options. However, the malignant lesions are heterogeneous in nature offering niches for cancer ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Targeted therapies of liver metastases are gaining a major stake in current and future treatment options. However, the malignant lesions are heterogeneous in nature offering niches for cancer cells causing treatment resistance and relapse. Therefore, a rational strategy is needed to select targetable antigens that would overcome this intra-tumoral heterogeneity. Methods: After ethical committee approval, 48 fresh liver metastases of colorectal origin were prospectively collected from patients undergoing liver resection. Here we macroscopically divided the lesion in different zones and generated a unique quantitative picture of the proteome heterogeneity in colorectal carcinoma liver metastases. Particular focus was laid on accessible proteins, a protein subclass comprising cell membrane associated and extracellular proteins. Accordingly, the tissues were ex-vivo biotinylated, affinity purified and analyzed for each zone separately using nano-UPLC-MSe proteomics technique. In total over 1500 unique proteins were statistically divided into different patterns of expression. Results: We have generated a quantitative picture of the proteome heterogeneity in colorectal carcinoma liver metastases. The study offers insight into novel targets but also antigens against which the antibodies are already involved in clinical trials or treatment of liver metastases. Extensive clustering and validation experiments highlight novel markers that offer the potential to homogeneously cover the metastatic lesion and become better targets. Conclusions: Two such antigens, LTBP2 and TGFBI were selected for functional analysis in colorectal carcinoma cells. In vitro and in vivo experiments showed that in particular TGFBI is relevant for migration and proliferation capacity of colorectal cancer cells. The suppression of this protein led to significant inhibition of tumor growth, crystalizing it as bona fide target for the development of anti-metastases therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailLiège experience in donation after cardiac death liver transplantation: 2003-2011
Le Dinh, Hieu ULg; DELWAIDE, Jean ULg; MONARD, Josée ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2012, May), 112(3), 6811

Objectives: Results of DCD-LT at the University Hospital of Liège were evaluated from 2003 to 2011. Methods: Medical records of 56 DCD liver recipients were retrospectively reviewed with regard to patient ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Results of DCD-LT at the University Hospital of Liège were evaluated from 2003 to 2011. Methods: Medical records of 56 DCD liver recipients were retrospectively reviewed with regard to patient and graft survivals and biliary complications. Mean follow-up was 26.4 months. Mean donor age was 56.3±14.5 years (25 - 83). Donor causes of death were due to anoxia (51.8%), stroke (32.1%) and head trauma (14.3%). Mean WIT, CIT and suture time were 20.5±7.1min (10 – 39), 265.6±85.1min (105 – 576), and 40.8±7.8 min (25 – 61), respectively. 95% of liver grafts were locally shared. HTK was the most commonly used perfusion solution (86%). Mean recipient age was 56.6±10.5 years (29 – 73). Indications for LT included ESLD (53.6%) and HCC (46.6%). Mean MELD score at transplant was 15.6±6.1points (6 – 40). Results: No primary non-function grafts. Mean peak serum AST and bilirubin levels were 2520±3621UI/L and 50.2±49.2mg/L, respectively. Eight patients (14.3%) developed biliary complications. No intra-hepatic bile duct strictures or re-transplantation. Global patient and graft survival was 92.6% at 3 months, 92.6% at 1 year, 73.8% at 3 years and 60% at 5 years. Death-censored patient and graft survival at the corresponding time points was 92.6%, 92.6%, 87.7% and 87.7%. Thirteen liver grafts were lost during follow-up exclusively due to recipient deaths. The rate of HCC recurrence was 33.3%. Conclusions: Controlled DCD donors are a valuable source of transplantable liver grafts. Primary results are encouraging and apparently as good as those from brain-dead donation LT essentially due to short WIT and CIT. [less ▲]

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See detailDo Mutual Fund Investors Still Trust Standard Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures?
Sougné, Danielle ULg; Bodson, Laurent ULg; Cave, Arnaud

E-print/Working paper (2012)

We study the relationship between the past performance of mutual funds and their capital flows (i.e. their subscriptions and redemptions). Testing the most traditional risk-adjusted performance measures ... [more ▼]

We study the relationship between the past performance of mutual funds and their capital flows (i.e. their subscriptions and redemptions). Testing the most traditional risk-adjusted performance measures, we identify the ones which best explain the flows of US equity mutual funds. [less ▲]

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See detailLimit cycling behavior of a hybrid system: Application to percussive drilling
Depouhon, Alexandre ULg; Detournay, Emmanuel; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 2nd International Colloquium on Non-Linear Dynamics and Control of Deep Drilling Systems, Eindhoven, May 2012 (2012, May)

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See detailLes débuts de la vie sur Terre, et ailleurs ?
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

Article for general public (2012)

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See detailAube dorée ou crépuscule ?
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

Article for general public (2012)

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See detailEvolution de la répartition de la loutre d'Europe (Lutra lutra) au Maroc
Libois, Roland ULg; Rosoux, René; Fareh, Mostafa

Conference (2012, May)

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See detailHubert Nyssen, écrivain et fondateur des éditions Actes Sud
Durand, Pascal ULg; Nuttens, Bruno

Book published by Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles (2012)

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See detailEtude du régime alimentaire et la stratégie trophique saisonnière de la loutre d'Europe (Lutra lutra) sur l'oued Beht (Maroc)
Fareh, Mostafa; Libois, Roland ULg; Gmira, Najib et al

Conference (2012, May)

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See detailLocating Migration: Rescaling Cities and Migrants
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (2012), 41(3), 364-365

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See detailChaque étudiant de master est-il capable d'auto-évaluer efficacement ses ressources, dans le cadre d'une approche par compétences ?
Sadzot, Agnès ULg; Poumay, Marianne ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg

Conference (2012, May)

La communication expose les résultats issus de la comparaison entre performance réelle des étudiants et auto-évaluation de celle-ci. Elle tente de répondre aux questions de recherche suivantes : l ... [more ▼]

La communication expose les résultats issus de la comparaison entre performance réelle des étudiants et auto-évaluation de celle-ci. Elle tente de répondre aux questions de recherche suivantes : l'étudiant est-il capable de s'autoévaluer efficacement ? Sont-ce véritablement les meilleurs étudiants qui s'autoévaluent le mieux ? Les étudiants s'améliorent-ils en cours d'année ? Observe-t-on des différences en termes d'auto-évaluation selon le type de ressources évaluées (savoir versus savoir-faire) ? Elle discute ensuite des pistes de régulation du Master (orthophonie, ULg) issues de cette étude. [less ▲]

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