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See detailTracking dialects in late Egyptian
Winand, Jean ULg

Scientific conference (2014, May 15)

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See detailDétection automatique des changements du bâti à partir des images satellitaires à haute résolution spatiale et des données cartographiques existantes.
El Mansouri, Loubna ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

La révision des données cartographiques (DC) est un processus réalisé actuellement d'une manière entièrement manuelle en cherchant les changements entre la donnée existante et une image plus récente ou ... [more ▼]

La révision des données cartographiques (DC) est un processus réalisé actuellement d'une manière entièrement manuelle en cherchant les changements entre la donnée existante et une image plus récente ou carrément par une nouvelle cartographique du territoire comme le cas au Maroc. La tâche étant lourde, lente et coûteuse, de nombreux travaux sont menés pour l'automatiser. L'idée développée dans plusieurs agences de cartographie collaborativement avec des institutions de recherche est d'adopter un mode de mise à jour semi automatique, où des procédures de détection automatique de changements sont mises en place pour extraire les zones de changement potentielles et les présenter à un technicien cartographe pour les valider avant de les intégrer à la DC à mettre à jour. Dans cette thèse, nous nous focalisons sur la détection des changements du bâti par comparaison automatique d'une carte numérique (CN) existante à une image satellitaire à haute résolution spatiale (HRS) plus récente, en vue d'une mise à jour semi automatique. L'approche proposée décompose le processus de détection de changements en deux étapes. Dans la première, les bâtiments sont extraits de l'image en se basant sur la classification de l'image pré-segmentée. Nous avons utilisé conjointement les avancées en algorithmes de classification d'images et les connaissances dérivées de la carte et des relations entre les objets urbains afin de s'affranchir des difficultés liées à l'extraction d'objets à partir d'images à HRS. Les objets de la carte sont intervenus à plus d'un niveau pour soutenir et automatiser l'extraction. Dans la seconde étape, la couche de bâtiments extraits est comparée à l'ancienne couche de bâtiments pour déduire les changements à l'échelle du "bâtiment". Ces changements représentent les mises à jour à valider par le technicien avant de les intégrer dans la carte. Nous illustrons l'efficacité de notre approche par des expériences menées avec une carte et une image QuickBird de la ville de Rabat au Maroc, qui connait depuis la dernière décennie une forte extension urbaine au détriment des zones de végétation. [less ▲]

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See detailMédecine & sport de haut niveau
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

in Sport et Médecine : droit au but (2014, May 15)

L’engouement pour les activités sportives demeure croissant auprès du grand public grâce à toute une série d’activités sportives novatrices (Zumba, Kaerobic, etc…) et de programmes de remise en forme ... [more ▼]

L’engouement pour les activités sportives demeure croissant auprès du grand public grâce à toute une série d’activités sportives novatrices (Zumba, Kaerobic, etc…) et de programmes de remise en forme (« Je cours pour ma forme », etc…), bénéfiques pour la santé. Cependant, les sportifs de haut niveau, professionnels ou non, valides ou handicapés, représentant l’excellence sportive, reconnus par le code et la charte du sport de haut niveau, ne représentent qu’une infime partie de la totalité des sportifs. Le sport de haut niveau repose sur des critères bien établis: la reconnaissance du caractère de haut niveau des disciplines sportives ; les compétitions de références (jeux olympiques, championnats d’Europe et du Monde…) ; la liste des sportifs de haut niveau ; les filières d’accès au sport de haut niveau. Les sportifs pratiquant au meilleur niveau bénéficient généralement de prédispositions physiques, adéquates au sport pratiqué. Cependant, sans entrainement spécifique (au sport pratiqué), ils ne pourraient pas atteindre ce niveau. Le médecin, travaillant dans l’ombre de ces sportifs, est là pour veiller sur leur santé, développer des stratégies de prévention lésionnelle et les soigner en cas de nécessité. Même s’il a la possibilité de superviser médicalement les compétitions sportives « en première loge », il est également souvent sous la pression arbitrale, des médias, des coaches, des présidents, des sportifs eux-mêmes… Au cours de sa carrière, le sportif risque de se blesser plus ou moins gravement, et se voit obligé de quitter la compétition pour laquelle il s’est préparé durant de nombreuses semaines voire des mois ou des années… Dans ce cas, il sera pris en charge par toute une équipe (kiné, chirurgien, préparateur physique, psychologue…) travaillant en synergie afin de le rétablir au plus vite et de retrouver son plus haut niveau. Avant le retour en compétition, une réathlétisation demeure indispensable. Celle-ci correspond à la reprise d’activité physique, comprenant : toute la phase de réadaptation à l’exercice la phase de transition entre les soins et la reprise de l’entraînement. Il s’agit d’un processus nécessaire à la prévention des blessures et à l’adaptation de l’organisme à un programme d’entraînement poussé. Cependant, il se peut que cette période de l’entraînement soit négligée en raison d’un manque de temps en vue d’un objectif trop proche, majorant le risque de récidive ou de nouvelle blessure. Le sportif de haut niveau se doit de garder une hygiène de vie parfaite, en ayant une alimentation équilibrée, et dénuée de toxique (alcool, drogue…) et en respectant des périodes de repos nécessaires entre les différentes phases d’activité physique. De plus, afin d’améliorer ses performances sportives, la préparation physique (endurance, résistance, force musculaire, souplesse…) et l’entrainement spécifique à chaque sport (technique, tactique, adresse et précision…) demeurent indispensables. Dès lors, la tentation de les améliorer artificiellement existe. En effet, le dopage consiste à absorber des substances ou à utiliser des actes médicaux afin d’augmenter artificiellement ses capacités physiques et/ou mentales. Or, l’utilisation de tout médicament devrait être limitée à des indications médicalement justifiées. Le code mondial anti-dopage est régit par l’Agence Mondiale Antidopage (AMA / WADA ; www.wada-ama.org ou www.dopage.be) et la liste des produits dopants est revue chaque année. [less ▲]

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See detailA 'price balance statistic' for optimizing pricing strategies: a better estimation of elasticities and cross-elasticities
Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg; Garrow, Laurie A. et al

Conference (2014, May 15)

Demand forecasting, price optimization and capacity controls form three major tools of revenue management. Over the past few decades, each discipline has generated a great deal of research but has ... [more ▼]

Demand forecasting, price optimization and capacity controls form three major tools of revenue management. Over the past few decades, each discipline has generated a great deal of research but has typically been studied separately from the others. Yet, better understanding their relationship gives an airline the opportunity to increase its profitability. In prior work, Tim Jacobs and colleagues introduced a macro-level metric known as the ‘Price Balance Statistic (PBS)’ for evaluating the quality of a given pricing strategy and guiding a search algorithm to identify an optimal alignment between pricing structure, scheduled capacity and RM controls using marginal revenue principles. The aim of our work is to incorporate additional modeling improvements to the PBS. The current model formulation uses price elasticity as input parameters and assumes perfect independency between the different fare classes. However, in reality, a passenger demand fluctuates between classes based on differences in prices. We propose to use instrumented variable linear regression methods to obtain parameter estimates for price elasticities and cross-elasticities. This modification incorporates accurate price elasticities but also the impact of a change in one fare class on another through the cross-elasticities. [less ▲]

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See detailÉvolution géomorphologique du littoral occidental de la péninsule tingitane (Maroc)
El Abdellaoui, Jamal ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

This work traces the geomorphological evolution of the western coast of the tingitane Peninsula (Morocco) in two time scales: the current scale and the Quaternary scale. Geomorphological characteristics ... [more ▼]

This work traces the geomorphological evolution of the western coast of the tingitane Peninsula (Morocco) in two time scales: the current scale and the Quaternary scale. Geomorphological characteristics have been identified and placed into their morphotectonic and/or morphodynamic contexts. To make our work more interesting, fruitful and realistic, we adopted an empirical approach. Firstly, we based our research on collection of data and analysis of available documents. Secondly, we made measurements, using appropriate techniques to answer specific questions, or to argue the hypotheses. It appears from this study, that the organization of geological units in a NNW-SSE direction has created a rugged shore, mainly in rocky cliff and pocket beaches on the Strait of Gibraltar coast, and a low sandy coast on the Atlantic coast. The geological and geomorphological quaternary history of Gibraltar Strait coast is characterized by a series of marine abrasion stepped and raised surfaces. The history of the Atlantic coast is rather marked by tectonic subsidence. This tectonic subsidence is manifested on the surface by a system of closed depressions (daya) arranged in a NNW-SSE axis, almost parallel to the orientation of geological units. The evolution of the geomorphological depressions is also controlled by the fluvio-marine action and wind activity. The last interglacial period is marked by two transgressive pulsations of eustatic origin. They were recorded at the marine terraces on both coasts. The second pulsation is aged at least 119.6 ± 2.3 ky. After the last interglacial, the central area of the Strait of Gibraltar was raised by an average of 8.1mm/100year from 117ky. The Ouljien was raised to a height of 13 to 16m. The Atlantic coast was stable at 117ky. Marine terraces are 5-6m high. The analysis shows that the current morphodynamics of the Atlantic coast are characterized by a barred beach geomorphology with a high spatio-temporal variability. It appears that a land wind plays a key role in the morphosedimentary evolution of backshore and foreshore. Indeed, the backshore develops, by negative retroaction, a geomorphology with a dune system to slow transport operated by land winds from the east. The foreshore, meanwhile, develops, by a positive retroaction, a system of bar and rip channels to counter a change in slope generated by the wind. On the one hand, risk analysis shows that the succession of anthropic changes at Tangier Bay has brooked the internal sediment balance. Erosion has affected both the sandy and rugged beaches of the eastern sector. The Atlantic coast doesn’t show signs of erosion, but it has a high vulnerability, because it evolves in a closed sedimentary system. On the other hand, the characteristic of a low open ocean coast facilitates the penetration of marine waters within the continent, especially the lower areas. Finally, a barred beach geomorphology creates problems of harbor silting and access disruption. [less ▲]

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See detailLes huiles essentielles
Rotschild, Aude; Benini, Céline; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg

Scientific conference (2014, May 14)

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See detailPeripheral Synergism Between Tramadol and Ibuprofen in the Formalin Test
Chavarria Bolanos, Daniel ULg; Perez-Urizar, Jose; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

in Drug Development Research (2014), 75(4), 224-230

Analgesics with different mechanisms of action can be combined in order to obtain Pharmacological synergism, employing lower doses of each agent, thus diminishing side effects. For instance, an atypical ... [more ▼]

Analgesics with different mechanisms of action can be combined in order to obtain Pharmacological synergism, employing lower doses of each agent, thus diminishing side effects. For instance, an atypical dual analgesic such as tramadol (TMD) and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen (IBU) are good candidates to be evaluated when combined and applied peripherally. The present study was conducted to evaluate possible local synergism between TMD and IBU when combined peripherally using the formalin test in rats. The effects of the individual analgesics and their combinations were evaluated simultaneously using a 5% formalin dilution. Dose–effect curves were determined for TMD (50–400 μg/paw) and IBU (1–100 μg/paw). Experimental effective doses were evaluated and isobolographic analyses were constructed to evaluate TMD-IBU combination synergism. Both drugs produced a dose-dependent analgesic effect when applied separately. Isobolographic analysis showed synergism during phase 1 (0–10 min) and phase 2 (15–60 min) when compared with theoretical doses (P < 0.05), with interaction indexes of 0.06 and 0.09, respectively. The present information supports the peripheral analgesic effect of TMD and IBU, especially when combined at appropriate doses. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation to beach erosion in the African coastal cities: from the procrastination by the Government to the forced migration of the most precarious population. The case of Cotonou, Benin
Ozer, Pierre ULg; De Longueville, Florence ULg; Hountondji, Yvon Carmen et al

Poster (2014, May 14)

This analysis shows that the current impacts of geomorphological changes result mainly from the sum of human activities. However, it is necessary to consider the risk of coastal erosion and forced ... [more ▼]

This analysis shows that the current impacts of geomorphological changes result mainly from the sum of human activities. However, it is necessary to consider the risk of coastal erosion and forced migration (of mostly poor people) in the coming decades with the amplification of sea level rise due to global warming. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian Grasshoppers: A Nutritious Food Source
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 14)

Rapid urbanization and rising economies are creating shifts in the composition of global food demand, so it is necessary to explore new sources of food with better nutritional profile. Among the ... [more ▼]

Rapid urbanization and rising economies are creating shifts in the composition of global food demand, so it is necessary to explore new sources of food with better nutritional profile. Among the alternative food that exists are the grasshoppers, about 80 species of which are consumed worldwide. Grasshoppers are not only rich source of proteins and lipids but also some important minor component like vitamins and minerals. Edible species of grasshopper in Belgium were identified and attempts were made for the lab rearing of meadow grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus). The lipids as well as protein contents of meadow grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus) & long winged conehead (Conocephalus discolor) were investigated. The fatty acid compositions of these two species were determined by gas chromatography. Some of the physicochemical properties of the lipids extracted were also analyzed. These two grasshopper species could be really nutritious source of food. [less ▲]

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See detailImportant roles of SoHo proteins in vascular development: Sorbs1 and Sorbs2 have related but distinct functions in endothelial cells angiogenic properties
Bleuart, Anouck ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Vascular system in all vertebrate organisms has in charge essential functions such as to bring nutrients, oxygen and signalling molecules to distant organs. Vascular network is established through ... [more ▼]

Vascular system in all vertebrate organisms has in charge essential functions such as to bring nutrients, oxygen and signalling molecules to distant organs. Vascular network is established through sequential and distinct processes. During embryogenesis, angioblasts give rise to differentiated endothelial cells, which form primary vessels through vasculogenesis. Expansion of this primary network is then achieved through a multistep process known as angiogenesis. During angiogenesis, remodelling of endothelial cell shape relies on cytoskeleton dynamics. In this study, our goal was to investigate the potential role of the SoHo family of adaptor proteins in angiogenesis. The SoHo family comprises three members, Sorbs1, Sorbs2 and Sorbs3. Although accumulative evidence links this protein family to the regulation of cell adhesion and actin cytoskeletal organisation, their expression and potential functions in endothelial cells remain unknown. Using zebrafish loss of function experiments combined with confocal imaging, we show that loss of Sorbs1 affects caudal vein-derived vessel formation, whereas Sorbs2 depletion impairs ISV development essentially derived from the dorsal aorta. We then demonstrated that both members impact on EC behaviour via regulation of RhoGTPases activity, leading to the vascular defects observed in vivo. Using a series of in vitro functional assays, we found that Sorbs1 and Sorbs2 have opposite effects on adhesives properties of HUVECs related to their ability to regulate different RhoGTPases. Sorbs1 depleted ECs adhere excessively to the ECM due to decrease in Rac1 activity. In contrast, loss of Sorbs2 impaired RhoA activation during adhesion and decreases cell adhesiveness to the matrix. Interestingly, these opposite effects on cell adhesion lead to similar outcome on EC migratory abilities, a decrease in cell migration. Here, for the first time, we establish a role for Sorbs1 and Sorbs2 in angiogenesis and demonstrate that these SoHo members are essential for EC adhesiveness and subsequent migratory abilities. [less ▲]

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See detailLes PPP comme nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l'emploi
Remy, Céline ULg

Conference (2014, May 14)

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See detailImproving soil conservation through an adapted tillage: experience from the cultivation of potatoes in Bamiléké's hills of Cameroon
Djoukeng, Henri Grisseur ULg; Tankou, Christopher Mubeteneh; Degré, Aurore ULg

Poster (2014, May 14)

The western highlands of Cameroon are an area where the population density and growth rates are the highest in the country. In this region, the main activity is agriculture, and rivers are the main source ... [more ▼]

The western highlands of Cameroon are an area where the population density and growth rates are the highest in the country. In this region, the main activity is agriculture, and rivers are the main source of safe drinking water. Lacks of arable land and especially against very complex land tenure, farmers are increasingly exploiting the hills (9-30 % slope) for the production of vegetable crops, mainly potatoes. The methods of preparation of soil found there are ridging in the direction of the slope and the culture dish. These practices promote erosion by runoff, generally compromises the multiple functions of agriculture, and in particular the environmental function (soil degradation, pollution and silting up of rivers) and the production function (incomes). In order to ensure soil stability and maintain good water quality of rivers, we put it up a new way of preparing the ground: the tied ridging. To quantify the effectiveness of the latter, we conducted tests of erosion by runoff with Wischmeier’s plots on the most exploited slopes, namely 11% and 29%. The run-off water and sediments were collected per plot and per block after every rain. The first analyses show that there is a significant difference between the culture dish or ridging along the slope and tied ridging. The major constraint of this practice lies in the increase of about 17% of the labor. Tied ridging reported losses in average land 16% lower compared with the ridging in the direction of the slope and 22% compared with the culture dish, he also presented higher yields of 65 % compared with the culture dish and the ridging in the direction of the slope. Despite the hardship, the test results have convinced the participants and some curious farmers which have adopted the technology during the next growing season. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévention quaternaire : agir est-il toujours justifié en médecine de famille ?
Widmer, Daniel; Herzig, Lilly; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2014), 10(430), 1052-6

La prévention quaternaire vise à protéger le patient ou la po- pulation de la surmédicalisation. Elle imprègne toute l’activité du médecin de famille par une interrogation tant sur l’utilité de la ... [more ▼]

La prévention quaternaire vise à protéger le patient ou la po- pulation de la surmédicalisation. Elle imprègne toute l’activité du médecin de famille par une interrogation tant sur l’utilité de la prévention primaire que du diagnostic précoce, ou sur les risques de la création de nouvelles entités pathologiques et d’une médecine maximaliste. Le médecin de famille favorise la prévention quaternaire en se centrant sur les priorités du patient et sur les ressources locales d’un système de soins efficace. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon monoxide retrieved from ground based FTIR remote sensing in the mid-­‐ and near infrared spectral region
Petri, Christof; Blumenstock, Thomas; Hase, Frank et al

Conference (2014, May 14)

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See detailFrom propaganda to commemoration: reworking the national narrative.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg; Van Cauwenberge, Geneviève ULg

in Rethinking History (2014), 18(3), 423-437

In Belgium, memories of the World War I have contributed to the production and the perpetuation of a fractured national narrative. While the official narration emphasizes the unity of the Belgian state ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, memories of the World War I have contributed to the production and the perpetuation of a fractured national narrative. While the official narration emphasizes the unity of the Belgian state and glorifies the heroism of Belgian soldiers acting as a unified force against the German invader, a counter-narrative presents the Flemish soldiers as victims who were used as cannon fodder by the French-speaking commanding elite. In the immediate postwar period, newsreels largely reinforced the image of a national unity during the Great War. Ten years later, however, cinema took an active part in the production of a counter-memory. Met onze jogens aan den IJzer/With Our Troops on the Yser (Clemens De Landtsheer, 1928), a Flemish film, is a key work in this regard. This article first examines the narratives and formal strategies the film resorts to in order to forcefully deconstruct the patriotic narrative and to forge a ‘Flamingant,’ Flemish activist collective memory. It subsequently analyzes more recent Frenchspeaking documentary film projects aiming to commemorate the memory of the Great War. Lacking any overt problematization of their relationship to the Flemish separatist narrative, the documentaries are still shaped by it. Indeed, they either attempt to overcome it by reinforcing Belgium’s sense of national identity or to counterbalance it by putting forward a regional narrative that specifically revives the French-speaking Belgians’ memory of the War. [less ▲]

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