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See detailLes catégories du verbe français : temporalité, modalité et aspect
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2015, December 15)

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See detailLa dialectique de la durée historique : Sartre et Braudel
Oulc'hen, Hervé ULg

Scientific conference (2015, December 15)

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See detailFirst Analysis of Martian Nightglow Seasonal Variations Observed by MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; IUVS team

Poster (2015, December 15)

We report results from a study of nitric oxide nightglow over the northern hemisphere of Mars during winter and southern hemisphere during equinox. We present observations of the nitric oxide δ and γ band ... [more ▼]

We report results from a study of nitric oxide nightglow over the northern hemisphere of Mars during winter and southern hemisphere during equinox. We present observations of the nitric oxide δ and γ band emissions between 190 and 270 nm by the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph on the MAVEN spacecraft. The emission reveals recombination of N and O atoms dissociated on the dayside of Mars, and is known to trace upper atmosphere hemispheric circulation patterns. We extend previous studies to higher latitudes, finding brighter emissions closer to the poles as predicted from global circulation models. Statistically significant variability suggests variation of the fluxes of N and O carried from the dayside thermosphere, as well as possible variations of the wind pattern in the nightside thermosphere and mesosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailImitative Learning for Online Planning in Microgrids
Aittahar, Samy ULg; François-Lavet, Vincent ULg; Lodeweyckx, Stefan et al

in Woon, Wei Lee; Zeyar, Aung; Stuart, Madnick (Eds.) Data Analytics for Renewable Energy Integration (2015, December 15)

This paper aims to design an algorithm dedicated to operational planning for microgrids in the challenging case where the scenarios of production and consumption are not known in advance. Using expert ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design an algorithm dedicated to operational planning for microgrids in the challenging case where the scenarios of production and consumption are not known in advance. Using expert knowledge obtained from solving a family of linear programs, we build a learning set for training a decision-making agent. The empirical performances in terms of Levelized Energy Cost (LEC) of the obtained agent are compared to the expert performances obtained in the case where the scenarios are known in advance. Preliminary results are promising. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating the performance of short-term heat storage in alluvial aquifer with 4D electrical resistivity tomography and hydrological monitoring
Robert, Tanguy; Paulus, Claire; Bolly, Pierre-Yves et al

Poster (2015, December 14)

In the context of energy demand side management (DSM), energy storage solutions are needed to stock energy during high production periods and recover energy during high demand periods. Among currently ... [more ▼]

In the context of energy demand side management (DSM), energy storage solutions are needed to stock energy during high production periods and recover energy during high demand periods. Among currently studied solutions, storing energy in the subsurface through heat pumps and/or exchangers (thermal energy storage) is relatively simple with low investment costs. However, the design and functioning of such systems have strong interconnections with the geology of the site which may be complex and heterogeneous, making predictions difficult. In this context, local temperature measurements are necessary but not sufficient to model heat flow and transport in the subsurface. Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) provides spatially distributed information on the temperature distribution in the subsurface. In this study, we monitored, with 4D ERT combined with multiple hydrological measurements in available wells, a short-term heat storage experiment in a confined alluvial aquifer. We injected heated water (ΔT=30K) during 6 hours with a rate of 3 m³/h, stored during 3 days, and then we pumped it back to estimate the energy balance. We collected ERT data sets using 9 parallel profiles of 21 electrodes and cross-lines measurements. Inversion results clearly show the ability of ERT to delimit the thermal plume growth during injection, the diffusion and decrease of temperature during storage, and the decrease in size after pumping. Quantitative interpretation of ERT is difficult at this stage due to strong spatial variations of the total dissolved solid content in the aquifer, due to historical chloride contamination of the site. Energy balance shows that up to 75% of the energy can be easily recovered with an adapted strategy in the context of DSM. Short-term heat storage in alluvial aquifer is efficient and ERT is a valuable tool to image and estimate the temperature distribution in the subsurface. [less ▲]

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See detailCan the maximum power principle predict effective conductivities of a confined aquifer? A lab experiment
Westhoff, Martijn ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2015, December 14)

Power can be performed by a system driven by a potential difference. From a given potential difference, the power that can be subtracted is constraint by the Carnot limit, which follows from the first and ... [more ▼]

Power can be performed by a system driven by a potential difference. From a given potential difference, the power that can be subtracted is constraint by the Carnot limit, which follows from the first and second laws of thermodynamics. If the system is such that the flux producing power (with power being the flux times its driving potential difference) also influences the potential difference, a maximum in power can be obtained as a result of the trade-off between the flux and the potential difference. This is referred to as the maximum power principle. It has already been shown that the atmosphere operates close to this maximum power limit when it comes to heat transport from the Equator to the poles, or vertically, from the surface to the atmospheric boundary layer. To reach this state of maximum power, the effective thermal conductivity of the atmosphere is adapted by the creation of convection cells. The aim of this study is to test if the soil’s effective hydraulic conductivity also adapts in such a way that it produces maximum power. However, the soil’s hydraulic conductivity adapts differently; for example by the creation of preferential flow paths. Here, this process is simulated in a lab experiment, which focuses on preferential flow paths created by piping. In the lab, we created a hydrological analogue to the atmospheric model dealing with heat transport between Equator and poles, with the aim to test if the effective hydraulic conductivity of the sand bed can be predicted with the maximum power principle. The experimental setup consists of two freely draining reservoir connected with each other by a confined aquifer. By adding water to only one reservoir, a potential difference will build up until a steady state is reached. The results will indicate whether the maximum power principle does apply for groundwater flow and how it should be applied. Because of the different way of adaptation of flow conductivity, the results differ from that of the atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailL'éthique chevaleresque à l'épreuve du combat, ou comment dépasser les mythes des romans
Masson, Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2015, December 14)

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See detailWhy is it necessary to change the physical activity representations in women?
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, December 14)

Various (inter)national organizations and institutions expend a great deal of effort on fighting against the dramatic grow of the sedentariness of the modern society. In consumer magazines as well as in ... [more ▼]

Various (inter)national organizations and institutions expend a great deal of effort on fighting against the dramatic grow of the sedentariness of the modern society. In consumer magazines as well as in prestigious scientific journals, number of publications emphasize the interest that each of us can withdraw from a regular active lifestyle. So, nowadays, in the Western countries, everyone is supposed to know that physical activity is one of the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, it is clear that the population seems to paradoxically misunderstand the concept of physical activity. Moreover, in terms of sedentariness, the female audience is considered as particularly at risk and requires specific attention. According to the socioecological models, physical activity behaviors are influenced by a large array of variables belonging to the person itself as well as for its social, built, natural environments, and policies. In parallel, the transtheoretical model of health behavior change emphasizes that a person who changes his/her behavior goes through five stages (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance). Following that theory, the starting point of the change process consists of the awareness of the individual about the behavior. This stage refers to the individual factors linked to psychological, cognitive and emotional aspects (knowledge about PA, expected benefits, motivation, perceived pleasure …) that can be related to the people’s representations about PA. A representation can be defined as a mental phenomenon that corresponds to a more or less conscientious, organized and consistent set of cognitive and affective elements concerning one particular object. The goal of this paper is to underline the interest of the analysis of the representations about PA in a way to understand the reasons of reluctance, motivation and/or blockages demonstrated by individuals - and by women in particular - in their changing process. Study on such topic could become a key aspect in the search for useful tools in the habits transformation. In fact, despite representations’ central role, very few studies focusing on this variable have been published in the literature. This is especially surprising as it was demonstrated that representations about PA have a bigger influence on the lifestyle modification than concrete environmental variables do. When considering representations about PA, we consider five elements: definition, believes about the impacts, knowledge of the recommendations, self-evaluation, and identification of the change strategies). These questions will be the focus of the paper. Data will support and illustrate their legitimacy in the physical activity promotion. [less ▲]

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See detailINVESTIGATING MODEL DEFICIENCIES IN THE GLOBAL BUDGET OF ETHANE
Tzompa-Sosa, Z. A.; Keller, C. A.; Turner, A. J. et al

Poster (2015, December 14)

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See detailGeneral Chair and Co-Organizer of (2015) "3D Stereo MEDIA: The International 3D Summit for Science, Technology, Art, and Business". Held in Liège, Belgium, on 14-17 Dec 2015, at Theater of Liège and University of Liège. 7th edition. J. G. Verly initiated event in 2008.
Verly, Jacques ULg

Book published by Image&3D Europe ASBL (2015)

3D Stereo MEDIA 2015 was held in Liège, Belgium, on 14-15 Dec 2015, and comprised the following sub-events: 3D Workshop in Cannes (Festival de Cannes, American Pavilion, Cannes, France, 15 May 2015 ... [more ▼]

3D Stereo MEDIA 2015 was held in Liège, Belgium, on 14-15 Dec 2015, and comprised the following sub-events: 3D Workshop in Cannes (Festival de Cannes, American Pavilion, Cannes, France, 15 May 2015), Scientific Conference: 2015 International Conference on 3D Imaging (IC3D 2015), 3D Content Financing Market, International 3D Festival, Professional Conference, 3D Academy, Awards Evening. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude des principes supranationaux de prévention des conflits armés - Exemple du système éducatif primaire de Prishtina (Kosovo)
Pierre, Alexia ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

The Unmik, United Nations Mission in Kosovo, was launched in the aftermath of mass violations of War Law and of International Humanitarian Law, perpetrated by the Republika Srpska against the Albanian ... [more ▼]

The Unmik, United Nations Mission in Kosovo, was launched in the aftermath of mass violations of War Law and of International Humanitarian Law, perpetrated by the Republika Srpska against the Albanian civilian of Kosovo. The Unmik was mandated to prevent the interethnic violence and to neutralise the roots of conflict, and to let emerge a new society where intercommunity antagonisms do not exist anymore. The mass education appears to be a tool that leads to a sustainable development of society. Therefore, the International Community links education and conflict prevention due to the role of education in social integration and development, and through specific contents. The supranational principles of education to conflict prevention are framed by an international framework, mostly developed in the nineties. Finally, education was at stake and was instrumentalised by the nationalist propagandas during the conflict between Serbs and Albanian in Kosovo. The main object of this research is to explore the way these principles of education to conflict prevention are operationalized in the primary public education system in Kosovo, through the study case of the main city Prishtina. The premise is that the operationalization can carry some boundaries to the complete expression of these supranational principles. The first step was dedicated to the research of the supranational principles in a normative and legislative corpus of local texts. The second step was a study of the expression of the principles of prevention in the primary public schools of Prishtina and with some members of the education system of Kosovo. This work highlights the sustainability of the operationalized principles on the formal and structural stages, due to the integration in the local normative and legislative frame. However, the operationalization can lead to an incomplete or a limited expression of the principles of an education involved in the conflict prevention. The top down approach of the Unmik and its lack of practical application of the principles are important elements in the limited expression of these principles. The boundaries are linked to the failure in questioning the education model applied in Kosovo as well, and to the assumptions it carries. Finally, the inadequate support to the educational staff and the inadequacy of this education model to the specificities of Kosovo are equally major factors of the limited operationalization of the supranational principles of conflict prevention in the primary schools of Prishtina. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Oedipe des Temps modernes: Athanase Kircher et l'interprétation des hiéroglyphes de l'Egypte ancienne
Winand, Jean ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

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See detailAnalysing the response of European ecosystems to droughts and heat waves within ISI-MIP2 simulations
Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Dury, Marie ULg; François, Louis ULg et al

Conference (2015, December 14)

With unprecedented speed and extent, the future climate change can be expected to severely impact terrestrial ecosystems due to more frequent extreme events, such as droughts or heat waves. What will be ... [more ▼]

With unprecedented speed and extent, the future climate change can be expected to severely impact terrestrial ecosystems due to more frequent extreme events, such as droughts or heat waves. What will be the impacts of these extreme events on ecosystem functioning and structure? How far will net primary production be reduced by such events? What will be the impact on plant mortality? Could such events trigger changes in the abundance of plant species, thus leading to biome shifts? In this contribution, we propose to use ISI-MIP2 model historical simulations from the biome sector to analyse the response of ecosystems to droughts or heat waves, trying to understand the differences between several vegetation models (e.g. CARAIB, HYBRID, LPJ). The analysis will focus on Europe. It will compare and assess the model responses for a series of well-marked drought or heat wave events in the simulated historical period, such as those that occurred in 1976, 2003 or 2010. This analysis will be performed in terms of several important environmental variables, like soil water and hydric stress, runoff, PFT abundance, net primary productivity and biomass, fire frequency, turnover of soil organic matter, etc. Whenever possible, the response of the model will be compared to available data for the most recent well-marked events. Examples of data to be used are eddy covariance, satellite data (including leaf area and fire occurrence) or tree rings. [less ▲]

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See detailPublic health impact and cost-effectiveness of dairy products supplemented with vitamin D in prevention of osteoporotic fractures
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Hiligsmann, Mickaël; Burlet, Nansa et al

in Archives of Public Health (2015)

Background: Dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D are recommended as a first-line strategy in prevention of osteoporosis-related fractures but their public health and economic impact has never been ... [more ▼]

Background: Dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D are recommended as a first-line strategy in prevention of osteoporosis-related fractures but their public health and economic impact has never been studied. Methods: We designed a population-based model to forecast the potential health outcomes and medical effectiveness of the daily administration of dairy supplements containing 800 IU of vitamin D and 1 g of calcium in cohorts of subjects, from both genders, aged 50, 60, 70 and 80 years. Annual costs of dairy products were tested at €150, €250 and €350. Results: In total, the daily intake of vitamin-D rich dairy products reduces by 30,376 and 16,105 events the number of osteoporotic fractures in women and men respectively and permits to gain 6605 and 6144 life-years, in women and men respectively. This intervention is cost-effective from 70 years on in the general population and from 60 years on in patients at increased risk of osteoporotic fractures. Conclusion: The recommendation to use dairy products as the preferred source of calcium and vitamin D in aging males and females is supported by public health and health economic analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailUsages du montage cinématographique : entre renfort de l'idéologie et résistance critique (sur Siegfried Kracauer)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Scientific conference (2015, December 14)

Je voudrais commencer par sonder/éprouver – à partir des textes de S. Kracauer – la possibilité d’un usage politiquement émancipateur de l’image à travers le montage. À larges traits, ma proposition ... [more ▼]

Je voudrais commencer par sonder/éprouver – à partir des textes de S. Kracauer – la possibilité d’un usage politiquement émancipateur de l’image à travers le montage. À larges traits, ma proposition consiste à tester l’hypothèse selon laquelle le montage cinématographique n’a peut-être pas (ou n’avait peut-être pas dans les années 1920-1930) toutes les vertus « ouvrantes », « critiques » et « libératrices » que plusieurs auteurs actuels lui prêtent. Ou plutôt que le montage cinématographique, en soi et par nature, est loin de ces effets émancipateurs. Pour le dire encore autrement : seul un usage singulier (et en fait très détourné) du montage – usage qu’il faudrait essayer de définir avec précision – peut prétendre déstabiliser les idéologies les plus fermes, plutôt que de les conforter, au minimum, ou de les renforcer, au pire. En réalité, Kracauer ne semble pas au premier abord voir positivement les effets du montage au cinéma. Il commence en effet par penser le montage comme force déréalisante dans son opposition au principe de réalité. [less ▲]

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See detailLe financement de l’agriculture au Bénin : stratégies de gestion et d’adaptation des exploitations agricoles
Sossou, Comlan Hervé ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Benin is highly dominated by agriculture: about 80 % of the population are rural and involved in farming activities. The challenge now is to create suitable conditions for the improvement and ... [more ▼]

Benin is highly dominated by agriculture: about 80 % of the population are rural and involved in farming activities. The challenge now is to create suitable conditions for the improvement and competitiveness of farming systems and the creation of small and medium enterprises along the different chains of agricultural value. One such challenge involves facilitating the access of farmers and other stakeholders, to input markets, products and especially financial services. This highlights the need to establish an optimal framework for financing agricultural activities based on lessons learned from current experiences and using the best recent institutional innovations in the field. This thesis focuses on the issue of funding for agriculture and strategies developed by producers and other stakeholders including the public sector. To understand agricultural activities financing problems in rural areas, a research was conducted from 2010 to 2014. The research targets are farms and their access to financial services. A survey of 475 farms was conducted in 2011. In 2014, a deepening phase was performed on 40 farms. Research results revealed that financial needs of farms are not totally satisfied. The loans granted are small amounts, mostly. Productive investments that constitute investments in medium and long term, which can lead to significant improvements in agricultural production, are almost unsatisfied. Moreover, analysis showed that income determines access to credit. This factor reflects to a certain level the ability of farmers to provide the financial guarantees required by microfinance institutions. Also, producer's ability to invest and to provide the required guarantees, his loyalty and compliance with the rules of microfinance institutions (MFIs) facilitate access to high loan amounts. Analysis also showed that credit rationing affects a large number of producers. The consequence of this rationing is the reduction in agricultural inputs use, in hired labour, in acreage, etc. And therefore, decrease in yields and producers incomes. In summary, current conditions offered by microfinance institutions is not conducive to agricultural development and livelihoods improvement of rural populations. It is therefore necessary to rethink agricultural activities funding and develop a sustainable financing mechanism for both producers and funding agencies. To this end, the initiative for the establishment of a National Fund for Agricultural Development (NFAD) should be accelerated to allow farmers easier access to credit and adequate. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-vivo parcellation and structure-function relationships
Genon, Sarah ULg; Eickhoff, Simon

Scientific conference (2015, December 14)

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