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See detailLeveraging orientation knowledge to enhance human pose estimation methods
Azrour, Samir ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Articulated Motion and Deformable Objects AMDO 2016 (2016, July)

Predicting accurately and in real-time 3D body joint positions from a depth image is the cornerstone for many safety, biomedical, and entertainment applications. Despite the high quality of the depth ... [more ▼]

Predicting accurately and in real-time 3D body joint positions from a depth image is the cornerstone for many safety, biomedical, and entertainment applications. Despite the high quality of the depth images, the accuracy of existing human pose estimation methods from single depth images remains insufficient for some applications. In order to enhance the accuracy, we suggest to leverage a rough orientation estimation to dynamically select a 3D joint position prediction model specialized for this orientation. This orientation estimation can be obtained in real-time either from the image itself, or from any other clue like tracking. We demonstrate the merits of this general principle on a pose estimation method similar to the one used with Kinect cameras. Our results show that the accuracy is improved by up to 45.1 %, with respect to a method using the same model for all orientations. [less ▲]

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See detailBioclimatism in Architecture : an evolutionary perspective from vernacular architecture to eco-adaptive architecture
Nguyen, Anh Tuan; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

Conference (2016, July)

The well-known Darwinian evolutionary theory (1859) introduced natural selection as the most important mechanism of evolutionary processes at every level from biological systems, including species ... [more ▼]

The well-known Darwinian evolutionary theory (1859) introduced natural selection as the most important mechanism of evolutionary processes at every level from biological systems, including species, individual organisms… to molecules such as DNA or proteins. In architecture we observe similar evolution processes which lead to the development of various architectural movements and concepts from common primitive living structures. The study points out that the development of bioclimatism in architecture has followed the pattern of a natural evolutionary process in which “natural selection” is likely motivated by several factors, including resources and environment problems, and driven by different mechanisms including novel building design concepts and methods, new standards and codes, discoveries in building science and construction costs. Finally, this study investigates new motivations in the era of climate change whose effects are expected to introduce more challenges as well as more trends towards a sustainable built environment through the new concept of Eco-adaptive architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of the breaching process in the case of overtopping induced fluvial dike failure
Rifai, Ismail ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in River Flow 2016 Proceedings (2016, July)

Fluvial dikes are common structures constructed for flow channelization, prevention of river bed lateral migration and for flood protection purposes. Their aging increases their vulnerability to extreme ... [more ▼]

Fluvial dikes are common structures constructed for flow channelization, prevention of river bed lateral migration and for flood protection purposes. Their aging increases their vulnerability to extreme hydro-logical events, and subsequently may cause their failure. Many laboratory studies of overtopping induced dike failure were conducted, dealing mainly on normal configurations (i.e. dam break configuration) without ac-counting for the influence of a parallel flow. The fluvial dike breaching process remains, therefore, insuffi-ciently studied. A simplified model assuming a parameterized evolution of the breach geometry has been de-veloped to evaluate the fluvial breaching process. Results showed a sensitivity of the breaching process to the main channel configuration and to the flow conditions. Also, the evolution mode that was prescribed for the breach cross-section strongly influences the breaching duration and the sediment discharge [less ▲]

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See detailPaleoenvironmental implications in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. Mineralogical (XRD), and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the studied site. The 4000 years (since ~1800 BC) long record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand led to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron Age transition. At that time, the rivers yielded a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related mainly to deforestation and exploitation of mineral resources. During the Roman and later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization (anthropic) that led to a marshification of the Amik Basin [1]. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Periods with strong aggradation linked to major increase in erosion were identified and characterized by high amount of Cr, Ni and Zr. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richterite, enstatite, hornblende and chrysotile are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as periods of relatively high physical erosion, while more humid periods led to more intensive weathering. Consequently, the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc indicates a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent period a marked increase in terrigenous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [1] T.J. Wilkinson, L. Rayne, Water History, 2, 115-144 (2010). [less ▲]

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See detailLes puissances émergentes dans la bataille mondiale de l'attraction: Bollywood, vecteur du soft power de l'Inde?
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Interventions Economiques = Papers in Political Economy (2016), 55(July),

This article deals with the importance of the Indian film industry for the strengthening of India’s soft power and with the capability of the country to build an international status of active cultural ... [more ▼]

This article deals with the importance of the Indian film industry for the strengthening of India’s soft power and with the capability of the country to build an international status of active cultural power. As such, on the one hand, I seek to analyze the institutional features of the Indian movie system and to focus on the role of India within the international regime for audiovisual sector, and on the other hand, I aim to emphasize the worldwide cultural competition that India faces. The findings will show that the domestic structures are a major factor in order to understand the influence of India and its status within the world audiovisual economy, within which Hollywood has highly financing abilities and global distribution strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand Caïn scrute Abel. Reflets mutuels des neutralités belge et suisse autour de la Première Guerre mondiale
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Revue Générale (2016), 2016/4(juillet-août),

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See detailPlant mitochondrial complex I composition and assembly: a review
Subrahmanian, Nitya; Remacle, Claire ULg; Hamel, Patrice

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics (2016), 1857(7), 1001-1014

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See detailGlobal changes, human activities and (re-) emerging of mosquito-borne pathogens: diversity, ecology and control of potential vectors
Boukraa, Slimane ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Worldwide, mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) are known as potential vectors of pathogens that cause infectious diseases, affecting both humans and animals, such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile ... [more ▼]

Worldwide, mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) are known as potential vectors of pathogens that cause infectious diseases, affecting both humans and animals, such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, West Nile fever and dirofilariasis. In terms of morbidity and mortality, mosquitoes are considered as the most dangerous animals confronting mankind. Indeed, over three billion people live at risk of becoming infected by a mosquito-borne disease. Focus on mosquitoes has greatly increased not only in the tropic areas but also in the Palearctic region like Europe and Mediterranean areas. Researches on re-emerging vector-borne diseases are become a major issue in human and animal health worldwide, both in the North and South hemisphere. The spread in space and time of these many vector-borne diseases is strongly influenced by environmental factors (landscape, location and abundance of hosts and vectors, etc.) and climate (temperature, humidity, etc.) that influence population dynamics of the vector and the reservoir hots of pathogens. The acquisition of bio-ecological and taxonomic knowledges of mosquitoes is nevertheless an essential step for the understanding, preventing and management of current risks of the (re)-emergence of mosquito-borne parasites and mainly the preparation and prevention against future threats. The absence of vaccine and treatments against most of mosquito-borne diseases implies efficient vector control strategies, which are up to date mainly based on the use of chemical insecticides. However, most vectors develop resistance against currently used products whereas new chemical compounds was limited firstly by financial costs in research and development, and secondly by the toxicity of derivatives to human population, biodiversity, and environment. The exploitation of new methods, such as the use of microbial communities (mainly bacteria or entomopathogenic fungi) for vector control, will be therefore a promoted strategy at the global level. This doctoral thesis focuses on five main objectives: (i) to inventory and identify mosquito fauna in the livestock areas and their surroundings, especially in the equestrian farms; (ii) to study the population genetic structure of the potential vector complex Cx. pipiens s.l.; iii) to study the phylogeny and the origin of exotic mosquito species (Ae. albopictus & Ae. koreicus) as well as the potential tracks of their introduction; (iv) to know the bioecology and spatiotemporal dynamic of potential vectors; and finally (v) to suggest a biocontrol tool that can prevent and fight the proliferation of mosquitoes especially potential vectors and those causing nuisance problems. Obtained results in this thesis allowed highlighting identification and record of new mosquito species in the studied areas. It also allowed updating the list of mosquito fauna in the two countries, Belgium (31 species including three invasive mosquitoes) and Algeria (53 species including four new records form this research: Culex brumpti, Coquillettidia richiardii, Cq. Buxtoni and Uranotaenia balfouri). The phylogenetic analyses (COI and ND4) performed during this thesis allowed to confirm that Aedes koreicus and Ae. japonicas complex constitute two distinct species. In addition, given the phylogenetic analyses (COI and ND5 genes) and information about the origin of used tires inspected during this study in Belgium, Ae. albopictus was very probably reintroduced from the United States. In both Belgium and Algeria, this work permitted identifying and confirming the presence of different molecular forms of the Cx. pipiens complex: Cx. pipiens form pipiens, Cx. pipiens f. molestus as well as their hybrid form. Medical and veterinary importance of identified mosquito species and the risk of (re-)emerging of mosquito-borne diseases in Belgium and Algeria are discussed. Finally, the endosymbiont bacteria Pseudomonas seemed to be an interesting candidate for paratransgenic bacteria in order to reduce and/or inhibit the transmission of pathogens by mosquito vectors. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards an Observatory for Network Transparency Research
Neuhaus, Stephan; Münter, Roman; Edeline, Korian ULg et al

in Applied Networking Research Workshop (2016, July)

The Internet is full of middleboxes that change packets and flows. In fact, there is probably no IP or TCP header that is not affected by at least one middlebox. Obviously, middleboxes impede path ... [more ▼]

The Internet is full of middleboxes that change packets and flows. In fact, there is probably no IP or TCP header that is not affected by at least one middlebox. Obviously, middleboxes impede path transparency, i.e., the idea that an exchange of messages results in more or less the same packets, no matter what path the packets takes. But no one seems to have a truly global view of what middleboxes do to packets on what Internet paths, which would however be an essential knowledge for new transport protocols to be successfully deployed. We address these concerns in the MAMI project by building an observatory of path transparency measurements. The project hosts an extensive set of path transparency measurements - we believe it to be the first dataset to deal specifically with middlebox involvement. In this paper, we describe that Observatory and a number of questions that we want to address with the data in that Observatory. Eventually, the project will provide public access to that Observatory so that researchers and the interested public can ask their own questions about path transparency issues and middlebox involvement. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a Multipath TCP Aware Load Balancer
Lienardy, Simon ULg; Donnet, Benoît ULg

in Applied Networking Research Workshop (2016, July)

Multipath TCP has been recently introduced in order to allow a better resource consumption and user quality-of-experience. This is achieved by allowing a connection between two hosts through multiple ... [more ▼]

Multipath TCP has been recently introduced in order to allow a better resource consumption and user quality-of-experience. This is achieved by allowing a connection between two hosts through multiple subflows. However, with the rise of middleboxes and inherent Internet ossification, the large-scale deployment of this TCP extension is difficult. In particular, a load balancer at the entry point of a data center may forward subflows to different servers, canceling so the advantages of Multipath TCP. In this paper, we introduce MpLB, a Multipath TCP aware load balancer that fixes this particular issue without any modification to the Multipath TCP protocol itself. We demonstrate advantages of MpLB through a proof-of-concept. [less ▲]

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See detailEnonciation et modes d'existence
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Nouveaux Actes Sémiotiques (2016)

Cet article aborde les relations entre sémiotique et philosophie latourienne à partir de la théorie de l’énonciation, cette dernière se situant tant aux fondements du projet disciplinaire de la sémiotique ... [more ▼]

Cet article aborde les relations entre sémiotique et philosophie latourienne à partir de la théorie de l’énonciation, cette dernière se situant tant aux fondements du projet disciplinaire de la sémiotique francophone contemporaine qu’à la base de la réflexion de Bruno Latour, des années 1970 jusqu’à présent . Notre propos se déploie en deux moments : dans un premier temps, nous revenons sur l’article "Petite Philosophie de l’énonciation" (1998), et nous en suivons le développement dans l’Enquête sur les modes d’existence (2012). Dans un second temps, nous réalisons une rapide archéologie de la théorie de l’énonciation dans la sémiotique contemporaine, afin de mettre en lumière les liens entre différentes traditions sémiotiques et la théorie latourienne. Plus précisément, nous nous attachons aux propositions récentes de Jacques Fontanille et de Claudio Paolucci, en prenant également en considération les contributions d’Umberto Eco et Patrizia Violi. Il s’agit de voir comment les sémioticiens peuvent tirer profit de la théorie latourienne des modes d’existence et vice versa. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart co-phasing system for segmented mirror telescopes
Simar, Juan Felipe ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

Poster (2016, June 30)

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror ... [more ▼]

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror diameters of the telescopes is the challenge solution but it is technically impossible to manufacture monolithic mirrors larger than 10m in diameter. The use of segmented mirrors thus becomes mandatory. This paper describes the results of a light co-phasing setup mounted in laboratory. This setup is able to correct a piston from 200μm to 15 nm based on coarse (200μm to 300nm) and fine (300nm to 15nm) measurement methods. Both measurements are then chained in a feedback system in order to completely co-phase and keep the segments aligned. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation phénotypique, morphologique et fonctionnelle des éosinophiles résidents du poumon
Raulier, Stéfanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Eosinophils have long been considered as destructive effector cells implicated in parasitic infections and allergic reactions such as asthma. This traditional restrictive view of eosinophils has now been ... [more ▼]

Eosinophils have long been considered as destructive effector cells implicated in parasitic infections and allergic reactions such as asthma. This traditional restrictive view of eosinophils has now been considerably extended. Indeed, beside their pro-inflammatory functions, eosinophils are also able to finely shape local innate and adaptative immune responses. Moreover, recent studies indicate that steady-state resident eosinophils are now thought to contribute to immune homeostasis at mucosal sites such as the gut. In the normal lung, resident eosinophils (rEOS) have been little-studied so far. Here, we report that in mice, steady-state pulmonary rEOS are parenchymal Siglec-Fint CD125int cells characterized by a ring-shaped nucleus. [less ▲]

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See detail"Les Diables rouges sont-ils instrumentalisés en politique ?"
Verjans, Pierre ULg

Article for general public (2016)

"Les hommes politiques flamands - dont tous les partis se réfèrent à la nation flamande- sont en porte-à-faux avec le "fait belge". On perçoit que la N-VA a donné comme consigne à ses militants de ... [more ▼]

"Les hommes politiques flamands - dont tous les partis se réfèrent à la nation flamande- sont en porte-à-faux avec le "fait belge". On perçoit que la N-VA a donné comme consigne à ses militants de s’abstenir. Ils ne vont pas s’enthousiasmer un drapeau tricolore à la main. Il y a une évidente contradiction entre leur vision flamande avant tout et la diversité et le bilinguisme qu’affichent les Diables." [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating roots into a whole plant network of flowering time genes in Arabidopsis thaliana
Bouché, Frédéric ULg; D'Aloia, Maria; Tocquin, Pierre ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Molecular data concerning the involvement of roots in the genetic pathways regulating floral transition are lacking. In this study, we performed global analyses of the root transcriptome in Arabidopsis in ... [more ▼]

Molecular data concerning the involvement of roots in the genetic pathways regulating floral transition are lacking. In this study, we performed global analyses of the root transcriptome in Arabidopsis in order to identify flowering time genes that are expressed in the roots and genes that are differentially expressed in the roots during the induction of flowering. Data mining of public microarray experiments uncovered that about 200 genes whose mutations are reported to alter flowering time are expressed in the roots (i.e. were detected in more than 50% of the microarrays). However, only a few flowering integrator genes passed the analysis cutoff. Comparison of root transcriptome in short days and during synchronized induction of flowering by a single 22-h long day revealed that 595 genes were differentially expressed. Enrichment analyses of differentially expressed genes in root tissues, gene ontology categories, and cis-regulatory elements converged towards sugar signaling. We concluded that roots are integrated in systemic signaling, whereby carbon supply coordinates growth at the whole plant level during the induction of flowering. This coordination could involve the root circadian clock and cytokinin biosynthesis as a feed forward loop towards the shoot. [less ▲]

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See detailHolocene paleoclimate reconstructions from belgian continental archives
Allan, Mohammed ULg; VERHEYDEN, sophie; CRUCIFIX, Michel et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high ... [more ▼]

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high interest due to their dating possibilities and their possibility to preserve multi-proxy records of environmental and climatic dynamics. Combining studies on speleothems and peatbogs from the same area will provide an age-constrained reconstruction of climatic variability at annual resolution for key intervals of the Holocene. The reconstructed precipitation and temperature curves in NW European settings, as proposed in HOPES, are essential to better constrain the Northern Hemisphere climatic record and to test climate models. Our strategy is derived from a comparative study of two continental archives speleothems and peatbogs. Time series of elemental and stable isotope geochemistry will be established for the 2 archives. For peatbog, the reconstructions of temperature (derived from stable C and O isotope), precipitation (derived from humification) and dust flux (from elementary geochemical signature) would track climate changes with subdecadal resolution. As an innovative part, Laser Ablation analyse of elemental geochemistry on impregnated peat section will allow to reach an annual resolution in the dust flux. For speleothems, records of temperature (derived from oxygen and carbon isotopic composition of calcite) and effective rainfall (derived from geochemical ratios) would reach a seasonal resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailA Selective and Highly Sensitive MIR Photoacuostic Sensor for Trace Gas Monitoring
Lassen, M; Lamar, L; Balslev-Harder, D et al

Conference (2016, June 28)

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