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See detailOrder reduction in time integration caused by velocity projection
Arnold, Martin; Cardona, Alberto; Bruls, Olivier ULg

in Proceedings of the 3rd Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics and the 7th Asian Conference on Multibody Dynamics (2014, July)

Holonomic constraints restrict the configuration of a multibody system to a subset of the configuration space. They imply so called hidden constraints at the level of velocity coordinates that may ... [more ▼]

Holonomic constraints restrict the configuration of a multibody system to a subset of the configuration space. They imply so called hidden constraints at the level of velocity coordinates that may formally be obtained from time derivatives of the original holonomic constraints. A numerical solution that satisfies hidden constraints as well as the original constraint equations may be obtained considering both types of constraints simultaneously in each time step (stabilized index-2 formulation) or using projection techniques. Both approaches are well established in the time integration of differential-algebraic equations. Recently, we have introduced a generalized- alpha Lie group time integration method for the stabilized index-2 formulation that achieves second order convergence for all solution components. In the present paper, we show that a separate velocity projection would be less favourable since it may result in an order reduction and in large transient errors after each projection step. This undesired numerical behaviour is analysed by a one-step error recursion that considers the coupled error propagation in differential and algebraic solution components. This one-step error recursion has been used before to prove second order convergence for the application of generalized-alpha methods to constrained systems. As a technical detail, we discuss the extension of these results from symmetric, positive definite mass matrices to the rank deficient case. [less ▲]

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See detailSentence repetition task as a powerful diagnostic tool in French children with SLI
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg

Poster (2014, July)

Sentence repetition is considered as a psycholinguistic marker of specific language impairment (SLI) (i.e., Redmond et al., 2011). However, little is known about specificity and sensitivity for most ... [more ▼]

Sentence repetition is considered as a psycholinguistic marker of specific language impairment (SLI) (i.e., Redmond et al., 2011). However, little is known about specificity and sensitivity for most language tests, especially in French (Thordardottir et al., 2011). This study aims at assessing the specificity and sensitivity of a sentence repetition task frequently used in clinical evaluations (Chevrie-Muller et al., 2010). This task could be especially interesting because clinicians can compute separate linguistic scores depending on the answers produced by the children, enabling them to get a glimpse of the areas of language difficulties in these children. Fourty-four school-age children with SLI, and 34 age-and-IQ-matched controls participated in this study. Children with SLI were diagnosed by certified speech-language pathologists and attained specific language classes in special needs schools from at least one year. Moreover, they scored more than -1.25 SD below expected normative performance in at least 2 language areas on other standardised tests used in previous studies including French children with SLI. Results show that both sensitivity and specificity of general scores were high (over 80%) at three cut-off points widely used in clinical practice: -1SD, -1.25 SD, -2 SD. Moreover, an exploratory factorial analysis indicates that two distinct factors can be dissociated in children productions: a morphosyntactic factor and a lexico-semantic factor, together explaining 96.48% of the variance in production scores. These results reveal that the sentence repetition task is a powerful diagnostic tool in French children with SLI. [less ▲]

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See detailGay and Lesbian Families Well-Beeing: Respectively Ten and Seven years after the legalization of Same-sex Marriage and Same-sex Adoption in Belgium, understanding heterosexual adults' attitudes.
Scali, Thérèse ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore ULg; Green, Robert-Jay

Conference (2014, July)

Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization ... [more ▼]

Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization, what can we say about adults’ attitudes? This study is part of an international project, and aims at studying the attitudes towards different kind of same-sex constellations – single gays and lesbians, couples, and families – and at examining the correlates to those attitudes. Attitudes were assessed through self-report questionnaires in a cohort of 366 heterosexual participants resident in Belgium, 72% females and 28% males aged from 26 to 40 (age class corresponding to transition lifecycle and parenting choices). Participants were asked to answer socio-demographic questions and to self-report their contact with homosexual people (frequency and satisfaction). Then different scales assessed their attitudes toward homosexuality (General Attitudes Toward Homosexuality, Da Costa, 2011; ATLG, Herek), same-sex marriage (Katuzny Scale on Same-Sex Marriage, 2012) and different types of same¬-sex parenting – adoption, alternative insemination, in vitro, ovocyte donation (D’Amore & Green Homoparentality Scale, 2012). It is hypothesized that correlates to positive attitudes will be associated with female gender, lower religiosity, non-protestant religions, liberal political ideology, and higher education and socioeconomic status. This presentation contributes to a better understanding of Belgian’s attitudes toward same-sex couples and same-sex families, by measuring the predictive variables of positive and negative attitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailVibration analysis by speckle interferometry with CO2 lasers and microbolometers arrays
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg; Georges, Marc ULg

in OSA Technical Digest (online) (2014, July)

Speckle interferometry in the time-average mode in long wave infrared is shown for observing the mode shapes of vibrating objects. The long wavelength allows observing larger vibration displacements than ... [more ▼]

Speckle interferometry in the time-average mode in long wave infrared is shown for observing the mode shapes of vibrating objects. The long wavelength allows observing larger vibration displacements than what is achieved with visible wavelengths. [less ▲]

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See detailBoard attributes and accounting conservatism: Evidence from French firms
Boussaid, Nabila ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg; Hamza, Taher

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailNghiên cứu và thiết kế hai kiểu chuồng nuôi nhông cát Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829) phù hợp với điều kiện nuôi và vốn đầu tư tại huyện Bắc Bình, tỉnh Bình Thuận
Tran, Tinh ULg; Tran, Ngoc Nguyen Kim Dieu; Vo, Kim Thong et al

in Journal of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (2014), 1/2014

Building of an enclosure for rearing of the spotted butterfly lizard, Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829), by the first farmer in 2004 (in Hong Chinh commune, Hoa Thang ward, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan ... [more ▼]

Building of an enclosure for rearing of the spotted butterfly lizard, Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829), by the first farmer in 2004 (in Hong Chinh commune, Hoa Thang ward, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province) is considered as a fortuitous discovery which was the initiator of the current expanding trend of its rearing. Because L. guttata is a wild animal, with strong disease resistance and adaptation capacity, livestock farmers are presently not very interested in important aspects: rearing techniques, enclosure’s types, sex ratio, diseases’ prevention, etc. Notably the building of enclosures not perfectly suitable breeds a noticeable loss of the number of lizards and a reduction in the profits for the farmers. To this end, the building of two types of enclosures adapted to local rearing conditions and the investing capital available in Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province is presently essential. We descrite two types of enclosure: the first one surrounded by a bricks (or breeze blocks) wall, the second one fended by a fiber cement corrugated sheets wall. Moreover, we suggest to introduce plants in order to build a vegetal cover nearer to the natural environment of L. guttata: shrubs and a plant carpet becoming the preferential refuge area of the spotted butterfly lizard. [less ▲]

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See detailRecollection and familiarity in normal and pathological aging
Bastin, Christine ULg

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See detailBiological indicators of soil quality over landscape spatial scales: a case study in Southern Belgium
Krüger, Inken ULg; Chartin, Caroline; Van Wesemael, Bas et al

Poster (2014, July)

Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short ... [more ▼]

Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short timescales. Five biological indicators (basal respiration, nitrogen mineralisation, microbial carbon and nitrogen, earthworm abundance and biomass, functional microbial diversity) as well as two ecophysiological indices (microbial quotient and metabolic quotient) were tested for their power to characterize the biological soil quality on a landscape level at 60 sites in two South-Belgian landscape units were investigated. All biological indicators differed significantly between the two landscape units showing the biological indicators to be discriminatory on a landscape level. Within each landscape unit, no relationships between biological indicators were found, underlining the need to measure multiple biological indicators. The results represent the first data for a South-Belgian monitoring network of biological soil quality. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Computational Modeling of Deformation Mechanics andIntergranular Fracture in Nanocrystalline Copper
Péron-Lührs, Vincent ULg; Sansoz, Frédéric; Jérusalem, Antoine et al

in Computational Materials Science (2014), 90

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum ... [more ▼]

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum (QC) method by simulating the plastic deformation of [110] tilt crystalline interfaces undergoing simple shear, tension and nano-indentation. Unlike our previous work [V. Péron-Lührs et al., JMPS, 2013] however, the GB thickness is here calibrated in the model, providing more accurate insight into the GB widths according to the interface misorientation angle. In this contribution, the new two-scale model is also validated against fullyatomistic NC simulations tests for two low-angle and high-angle textures and two grain sizes. A simplified strategy aimed at predicting the mechanical behavior of more general textures without the need to run more QC simulations is also proposed, demonstrating significant reduction in computational cost compared to full atomistic simulations. Finally, by studying the response of dogbone samples made of NC copper, we show in this paper that such a two-scale model is able to quantitatively capture the differences in mechanical behavior of NC metals as a function of the texture and grain size, as well as to accurately predict the processes of inter-granular fracture for different GB character distributions. This two-scale method is found to be an effective alternative to other atomistic methods for the prediction of plasticity and fracture in NC materials with a substantial number of 2-D grains such as columnar-grained thin films for micro-scale electro-mechanical devices. [less ▲]

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See detailInverting Hydraulic Heads In An Alluvial Aquifer Constrained With Electrical Resistivity Tomography Data Through Multiple-Point Statistics And Probability Perturbation Method: A Case Study
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Scheidt, Celine; Caers, Jef et al

Conference (2014, July)

Solving spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and as a result the ill ... [more ▼]

Solving spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and as a result the ill-posedness of the problem. Geostatistics is therefore needed to specify prior models, more particularly, information to control the spatial features of the inverse solutions. We used multiple-point statistics (MPS) to build models of pre-defined hydrofacies: clay, sand and gravel facies constrained to geological data (hard data) and geophysical data (soft data). The electrical resistivity tomography method was chosen to bring relevant spatially distributed information on the presence of the facies, given its sensitivity to variations in lithology and porosity. The comparison of the geophysical signature of the deposits with direct observations in boreholes enables to derive the conditional probability of observing a facies given its electrical resistivity. This is used to produce probability maps for each facies and constrain stochastic simulations of the alluvial aquifer. Then, the probability perturbation method (PPM) is used to integrate hydraulic heads data, using MPS to generate models. This process enables us to obtain calibrated models of the aquifer. The PPM algorithm will automatically seek solutions fitting both hydrogeological data and training-image based geostatistical constraints. Only geometrical features of the model are affected by the perturbation, i.e. we do not attempt to directly find the optimal value of hydrogeological parameters (chosen a priori), but the optimal spatial distribution of facies whose prior distribution is quantified in a training image. The methodology is first tested with a synthetic benchmark. The tests performed show that the choice of the training image is a major source of uncertainty. Therefore, one first needs to select those training images consistent with the geophysical data (and hence reject the inconsistent ones). Then, we proceed with them to hydrogeological inversions. Geophysical data (soft constraints) acts as an accelerator of convergence by reducing prior uncertainty. The hydraulic conductivity of each facies is a sensitive parameter, but it can be easily optimized prior to the PPM process. The stochastic method is then successfully applied within the context of an alluvial aquifer submitted to a pumping experiment. We show how the integration of various sources of data (borehole logs, geophysics, hydraulic heads) aids in calibrating hydrogeological models, locating high hydraulic conductivity zones and reducing uncertainty. The developed methodology proposes a common framework (multiple-point statistics) to integrate various information sources with variable resolutions relevant for hydrogeology: geological, geophysical and hydrogeological data. The method can be extended to integrate tracer tests to enable the calibration of transport parameters as well. The originality of the method is to use geophysical data both to refine the choice of the training image and to constrain the inversion of hydrogeological models. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogenetic placement, species delimitation, and cyanobiont identity of endangered aquatic Peltigera species (lichen-forming Ascomycota, Lecanoromycetes)
Miadlikowska, Jolanta; Richardson, David; Magain, Nicolas ULg et al

in American Journal of Botany (2014)

Premise of this study: Aquatic cyanolichens from the genus Peltigera section Hydrothyriae are subject to anthropogenic threats and, therefore, are considered endangered. In this study we addressed the ... [more ▼]

Premise of this study: Aquatic cyanolichens from the genus Peltigera section Hydrothyriae are subject to anthropogenic threats and, therefore, are considered endangered. In this study we addressed the phylogenetic placement of section Hydrothyriae within Peltigera. We delimited species within the section and identified their symbiotic cyanobacteria. • Methods: Species delimitation and population structure were explored using monophyly as a grouping criterion (RAxML) and Structurama based on three protein-coding genes in combination with two nuclear ribosomal loci. The 16S and rbcLX sequences for the cyanobionts were analyzed in the broad phylogenetic context of free-living and symbiotic cyanobacteria. • Key results: We confirm with high confidence the placement of section Hydrothyriae within the monophyletic genus Peltigera; however, its phylogenetic position within the genus remains unsettled. We recovered three distinct monophyletic groups corresponding to three species: P. hydrothyria, P. gowardii s.s., and P. aquatica Miadl. & Lendemer, the latter being formally introduced here. Each species was associated with an exclusive set of Nostoc haplotypes. • Conclusions: The ITS region alone provides sufficient genetic information to distinguish the three morphologically cryptic species within section Hydrothyriae. Section Hydrothyriae seems to be associated with a monophyletic lineage of Nostoc, that has not been found in symbiotic association with other members of Peltigera. Capsosira lowei should be transferred to the genus Nostoc. Potential threats to P. aquatica should be re-examined based on the recognition of two aquatic species in western North America. [less ▲]

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See detailThe development of a safety culture: a fanciful hope in the health care sector ?
COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Belgian Journal of Medical Oncology [=BJMO] (2014), 8(3), 66-71

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See detailBeyond the limits of a deductive approach based on ideal types and configurations
Moreau, Charlotte ULg; Pichault, François ULg; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg

Conference (2014, July)

This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social enterprises. This theoretical model elaborated from a literature review fits into a deductive approach. The first objective of this contribution is to show the added values and limits of such an a priori conceptualization. By replacing that model within the contextualist framework of analysis (Pettigrew, 1987) and by equipping that approach with adapted methodologies, some limits inherent in a deductive approach are avoided. The second goal of this paper is then to demonstrate how such a combination helps to pass over the limits of the theoretical model based on bundles and ideal types. [less ▲]

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See detailAtelier jeux vidéo, paroles d'amateurs
Hurel, Pierre-Yves ULg

Article for general public (2014)

"Dans le dernier numéro de C4, nous vous expliquions le défi que l'association s'était lancé à travers un nouvel atelier multimédia : rassembler une dizaine de personnes totalement néophytes en ... [more ▼]

"Dans le dernier numéro de C4, nous vous expliquions le défi que l'association s'était lancé à travers un nouvel atelier multimédia : rassembler une dizaine de personnes totalement néophytes en programmation pour créer un prototype de jeu vidéo. Son déroulement s'est construit à la croisée de la création assistée et du do it yourself, du serious game et du jeu traditionnel, de l'humour et de l'engagement politique. Douze séances de trois à quatre heures, une release party et une couverture de l'affaire par La Meuse plus tard, retour sur cette aventure à travers quelques citations entendues lors de l'atelier." [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a new automatic drowsiness quantification system for drivers
Wertz, Jérôme ULg; François, Clémentine ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

Poster (2014, July)

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents. Drowsiness can result from, among others, sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, alcohol, some medications, or performing a monotonous task. While all persons are likely to be drowsy at some point during the day, some persons are more prone than others to being drowsy at almost any time of the day; e.g. 6 to 11% of the population suffers from severe chronic excessive daytime sleepiness. Three main classes of methods can be used to characterize the level of drowsiness of a driver without disturbing him. These classes are respectively related to vehicle behavior (e.g. via lateral movements), driver behavior (e.g. via steering wheel movements), and driver physiological state (e.g. via eye movements). Since drowsiness is a physiological state, it seems particularly meaningful to use physiology-based methods to characterize it. Among these, the most significant ones rely on polysomnography and/or oculography. Polysomnography is viewed by some practitioners as the reference in the domain, but it is very sensitive to artifacts, and it is not very practical for use while driving. Ocular parameters are recognized to be good and reliable physiological indicators of drowsiness, and, thus, oculography seems to be the most sensible way to characterize drowsiness in practice. We have thus developed an experimental, fully automatic drowsiness monitoring system (software/algorithms) based on the physiological state of a person. This system uses ocular parameters extracted from images of the eye (i.e. photooculography) to determine a level of drowsiness on a continuous numerical scale from 0 to 10, with 0 corresponding to "very awake" (or "very vigilant") and 10 to "very drowsy". The ultimate goal of this system is to prevent drowsiness-related accidents for driving and other applications. The reported study shows that our system exhibits promising capability for road safety. Fourteen healthy volunteers (7 M, 7 F, mean age 23.7, range 21-33 years) participated in an experiment in a driving simulator, where they were asked to perform three driving sessions/runs (two of 45 minutes and one of 60 minutes) in different sleep-deprivation conditions (with up to 28 hours of complete sleep deprivation). During each session, we recorded both a high frame rate video of one eye and a set of driving parameters. Subsequently, for each successive minute in the session, we used our algorithms to extract ocular parameters from the video images and to produce a level of drowsiness, and we computed the standard deviation of lateral position (SDLP) from the driving parameters. The results show (1) that the (computed) SDLP increases when the (computed) level of drowsiness increases, and (2) that the level of drowsiness increases when the level of sleep deprivation increases. These results indicate that our algorithms for producing a level of drowsiness work in a meaningful way. The experiment protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of our university. [less ▲]

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See detailPrecision Asteroseismology of the Pulsating White Dwarf GD 1212 Using a Two-wheel-controlled Kepler Spacecraft
Hermes, J.J.; Charpinet, Stéphane; Barclay, Thomas et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2014), 789

We present a preliminary analysis of the cool pulsating white dwarf (WD) GD 1212, enabled by more than 11.5 days of space-based photometry obtained during an engineering test of the two-reaction-wheel ... [more ▼]

We present a preliminary analysis of the cool pulsating white dwarf (WD) GD 1212, enabled by more than 11.5 days of space-based photometry obtained during an engineering test of the two-reaction-wheel-controlled Kepler spacecraft. We detect at least 19 independent pulsation modes, ranging from 828.2-1220.8 s, and at least 17 nonlinear combination frequencies of those independent pulsations. Our longest uninterrupted light curve, 9.0 days in length, evidences coherent difference frequencies at periods inaccessible from the ground, up to 14.5 hr, the longest-period signals ever detected in a pulsating WD. These results mark some of the first science to come from a two-wheel-controlled Kepler spacecraft, proving the capability for unprecedented discoveries afforded by extending Kepler observations to the ecliptic. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Econometric Analysis of Homeownership Determinants in Belgium
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Cools, Mario ULg et al

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2014, July), 8581

In market economies, homeownership is associated with positive ex- ternalities. Increasing the levels of homeownership has been an objective of governments for the last decades. The analysis of the ... [more ▼]

In market economies, homeownership is associated with positive ex- ternalities. Increasing the levels of homeownership has been an objective of governments for the last decades. The analysis of the determinants of tenure sta- tus provides information to this end. This paper proposes an econometric analysis of housing tenure in Belgium. We review the main variables that have been considered in the literature as influencing housing tenure, after what we estimate a logit model. We observe a strong influence of income and age on the probability of homeownership. Couple relationship and the presence of dependent children have a positive influence, but this influence is less significant. Urban location is associated with lower probability of homeownership, compared with other areas. Our observations follow the trends described for other countries in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of Pt/Carbon Xerogel Electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC): Effect of the Reduction Procedure
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

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See detailDesign of Pt/carbon xerogel catalysts for PEM fuel cells
Job, Nathalie ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

Conference (2014, July)

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