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See detailEconomic Statistical Design of the VP( X) ̅ Control Charts for Monitoring a Process under Non-normality
Seif, Asghar; Faraz, Alireza ULg; Saniga, Erwin

in International Journal of Operational Research (2014)

Recent studies proved that variable parameters (VP) X ̅ control charts not only detects process mean shifts quicker than the classical X ̅ control chart but also has better economic properties ... [more ▼]

Recent studies proved that variable parameters (VP) X ̅ control charts not only detects process mean shifts quicker than the classical X ̅ control chart but also has better economic properties. Furthermore, like most papers in control chart design, the fundamental assumption is that process data are normally distributed. Nevertheless, process quality variables may not be normal in application. In this paper, we investigate the economic statistical design of the VP X ̅ control chart when the underlying process distribution is non-normal. We illustrate the design procedure and perform a sensitivity analysis on the process and cost parameters based upon the degrees of skewness and kurtosis of the population using an industrial application. [less ▲]

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See detailLe langage et l’homme
Dubuisson, Francois ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique [En ligne] (2014), 10(11),

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See detailBuilding galaxies, stars, planets and the ingredients for life between the stars. The science behind the European Ultraviolet-Visible Observatory
Gómez de Castro, Ana I.; Appourchaux, Thierry; Barstow, Martin A. et al

in Astrophysics and Space Science (2014), 354

This contribution gathers the contents of the white paper submitted by the UV community to the Call issued by the European Space Agency in March 2013, for the definition of the L2 and L3 missions in the ... [more ▼]

This contribution gathers the contents of the white paper submitted by the UV community to the Call issued by the European Space Agency in March 2013, for the definition of the L2 and L3 missions in the ESA science program. We outlined the key science that a large UV facility would make possible and the instrumentation to be implemented. The growth of luminous structures and the building blocks of life in the Universe began as primordial gas was processed in stars and mixed at galactic scales. The mechanisms responsible for this development are not well-understood and have changed over the intervening 13 billion years. To follow the evolution of matter over cosmic time, it is necessary to study the strongest (resonance) transitions of the most abundant species in the Universe. Most of them are in the ultraviolet (UV; 950 Å-3000 Å) spectral range that is unobservable from the ground. A versatile space observatory with UV sensitivity a factor of 50-100 greater than existing facilities will revolutionize our understanding of the Universe. Habitable planets grow in protostellar discs under ultraviolet irradiation, a by-product of the star-disk interaction that drives the physical and chemical evolution of discs and young planetary systems. The electronic transitions of the most abundant molecules are pumped by this UV field, providing unique diagnostics of the planet-forming environment that cannot be accessed from the ground. Earth's atmosphere is in constant interaction with the interplanetary medium and the solar UV radiation field. A 50-100 times improvement in sensitivity would enable the observation of the key atmospheric ingredients of Earth-like exoplanets (carbon, oxygen, ozone), provide crucial input for models of biologically active worlds outside the solar system, and provide the phenomenological baseline to understand the Earth atmosphere in context. [less ▲]

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See detailTMS can selectively activate and condition two different sets of excitatory synaptic inputs to corticospinal neurons in humans
Sommer, Martin; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Cioccia, Matteo et al

Poster (2014, November)

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now ... [more ▼]

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now become available. We sought to investigate the impact of current direction and pulse width on intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) effects on human motor cortex excitability. Also, we estimated strength-duration time constants from motor threshold and input-output (IO) curves for PA and AP orientations. Methods: We stimulated the dominant hand representation of the motor cortex in 15 healthy subjects, using “unidirectional biphasic” pulses generated by a controllable TMS machine (cTMS-3, Rogue Resolutions Ltd., Cardiff, UK), connected to a standard figure-8 coil. iTBS was applied conventionally, using 20 sequences of 2 seconds iTBS (10 bursts at 5 Hz burst repetition frequency, each burst consisting of 3 pulses of 80 % AMT intensity repeated at 50 Hz frequency). In separate sessions pulses differing in current direction and shape were applied: a) posterio-anterior (PA) current direction in the brain, 75 μs (iTBS_PA75). b) AP current direction, 45 μs (iTBS_AP45). Before and for 30 minutes after iTBS, we monitored the modulation of motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude from the dominant first dorsal interosseus using conventional, monophasic, suprathreshold pulses generated by a Magstim 2002 stimulator, inducing PA currents in the brain, at 0.2 Hz frequency. In an additional study on ten healthy subjects, we investigated the effect the two coil orientations with three different pulse widths (30, 60 and 120 μs) on the IO curve and the latency of the motor evoked potentials (MEPs). Results: iTBS_AP45 yielded a pronounced and slightly delayed inhibition of MEP amplitude in all but one subjects, it was unrelated to the MEP latency differences. iTBS_PA75 had a variable and inconsistent effect that was in part related to the latency differenceAP-LM , in that long latency differences were correlated with the induction of inhibition rather than facilitation. We found a longer time constant for AP than PA orientation. MEP latencies yielded an interaction between pulse width and orientation, due mainly to longer onset latencies following AP stimuli of short duration. Conclusions: Current direction influences the outcome of iTBS, with a preference for AP currents. PA and AP stimuli activate the axons of neurones with different time constants. Those activated by AP pulses excite corticospinal outputs with a longer latency than those activated by PA pulses. AP pulses of short duration recruit long latency inputs most selectively. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the dialysis membrane on the Vitamin D metabolims markers
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DUBOIS, Bernard ULg; Urena, Pablo et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailA BCool magnetic snapshot survey of solar-type stars
Marsden, S.C.; Petit, P.; Jeffers, S.V. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), 444

We present the results of a major high-resolution spectropolarimetric BCool project magnetic survey of 170 solar-type stars. Surface magnetic fields were detected on 67 stars, with 21 classified as mature ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a major high-resolution spectropolarimetric BCool project magnetic survey of 170 solar-type stars. Surface magnetic fields were detected on 67 stars, with 21 classified as mature solar-type stars, a result that increases by a factor of 4 the number of mature solar-type stars on which magnetic fields have been observed. In addition, a magnetic field was detected for 3 out of 18 of the subgiant stars surveyed. For the population of K-dwarfs, the mean value of |Bl| (|Bl|mean) was also found to be higher (5.7 G) than |Bl|mean measured for the G-dwarfs (3.2 G) and the F-dwarfs (3.3 G). For the sample as a whole, |Bl|mean increases with rotation rate and decreases with age, and the upper envelope for |Bl| correlates well with the observed chromospheric emission. Stars with a chromospheric S-index greater than about 0.2 show a high magnetic field detection rate and so offer optimal targets for future studies. This survey constitutes the most extensive spectropolarimetric survey of cool stars undertaken to date, and suggests that it is feasible to pursue magnetic mapping of a wide range of moderately active solar-type stars to improve our understanding of their surface fields and dynamos. [less ▲]

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See detailLe matérialisme est-il mort ? petite critique de l'idéalisme critique
Frère, Bruno ULg

in Frère, Bruno (Ed.) Le tournant de la théorie critique (2014)

This article is concerned with the lack of effectiveness of contemporary critical theories in explaining the conditions for social change. These theories, I would argue, continue to rely on a narrow ... [more ▼]

This article is concerned with the lack of effectiveness of contemporary critical theories in explaining the conditions for social change. These theories, I would argue, continue to rely on a narrow construction of social actors. Indeed from Lukács to Bourdieu or even Habermas, many significant intellectual developments have taken place which continue to be based on one key assumption: that individuals (workers, social actors, etc.) unconsciously reproduce the social structures of capitalism whilst being alienated by them. They accept the conditions enforced on them and no longer seek to rebel against a system which impoverishes not only their work and culture, but also their soul and their creativity. What is more: they ensure the reproduction of the system by seeking to engage in mass consumption at any cost, or by glorifying the dominant values. In this paper I would like to show that today, no new critical perspective has emerged out of this negative representation of the world. Indeed, critical works present ‘man’ living here and now as nothing more than a deeply bastardized being, corrupted, denatured, soiled by a civilizing process. What we have is in effect a social actor who, in Rousseau’s philosophical tradition, has been perverted by a civilizing process informed by modernity or capitalism. This view of social actors rests on a form of disgust towards the world. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de "Où est passé la critique sociale", P. Corcuff, La découverte, 2013
Frère, Bruno ULg

in SociologieS (2014)

L’ouvrage dont Philippe Corcuff nous suggère ici un grand résumé est stimulant à plus d’un titre. Comme à son habitude l’auteur fait montre d’une étonnante faculté à circuler entre les différents espaces ... [more ▼]

L’ouvrage dont Philippe Corcuff nous suggère ici un grand résumé est stimulant à plus d’un titre. Comme à son habitude l’auteur fait montre d’une étonnante faculté à circuler entre les différents espaces de réflexion de l’agir humain, balayant tour à tour le champ de la sociologie, de la philosophie, du cinéma, de la littérature, de l’engagement social et politique ou de la culture populaire. Passant de Michel Jonaz à Foucault, de Weber à Al Pacino, de Marcos à Magris, Corcuff jongle assez magistralement avec des univers distincts que nos habitudes intellectuelles aiment séparer tantôt par souci prétendu de « scientificité » tantôt parce que, bon gré mal gré, nos esprits de chercheurs en sciences humaines ont été configurés de telle sorte que les passerelles entre divers champs de réflexions possibles (artistiques, politiques, sociologiques, etc.) ne se construisent même plus. Je voudrais donc ouvrir la discussion autour de Où est passé la critique sociale ? en saluant l’audace des ponts entrepris par Philippe Corcuff. Que l’on accepte de le suivre sur chacun d’entre eux ou pas n’enlève rien à la qualité de cette tentative intellectuellement risquée (tant les espaces parcourus sont vastes) à l’heure où la doxa académique, comme dirait Bourdieu, voudrait que nous nous enfermions tous exclusivement dans l’ultra-spécialisation scientifique de micro-catégories du savoir rassemblées dans une case de la sous-spécialité de la discipline que nous avons choisi. Cela afin de parvenir à pointer du doigt un détail qui sera jugé suffisamment original par les rares pairs aussi spécialisés que nous pour décrocher le graal d’une publication dans une sacro-sainte revue rankée. Ainsi, Corcuff semble nous dire : je ne suis pas spécialiste des gender studies mais j’ose évoquer le féminisme. Je ne suis pas spécialiste de la Grèce Antique mais j’ose citer Aristote. On se moque du contenu des textes de tel chanteur populaire, mais j’ose indiquer en quoi il recèle, au même titre que le féminisme ou Aristote, des ressources pour construire une sociologie ou, plus simplement, une esquisse de pensée analytique. Corcuff démontre qu’il est possible de rompre les barrières, de fréquenter des terres improbables pour faire naître le plaisir de la réflexion. Et c’est très heureux. Cette appréciation globale posée, je voudrais à présent entrer dans le vif du sujet et structurer mon commentaire en deux temps. Le premier voudrait insister sur les deux principales qualités des deux textes. De par la variété des paradigmes sociologiques, philosophiques, anthropologiques ou historiques convoqués, Où est passée la critique sociale ? et son résumé dévoilent un intérêt pédagogique singulier pour tout qui désire fréquenter ces disciplines. D’autre part, l’un des trois axes de l’ouvrage repérés par Corcuff dans son grand résumé mérite pour sa part clairement l’intérêt des spécialistes contemporains de la critique sociale. Le second temps de mon commentaire traitera alors de l’écueil que je pense cette fois déceler dans le résumé et l’ouvrage. Cet écueil illustre d’ailleurs une légère insatisfaction ressentie à l’égard de plusieurs ouvrages de l’auteur, insatisfaction précisément due à la frustration de ne pas voir l’originalité de sa démarche être conduite à son terme. Pour le dire rapidement, je chercherai à indiquer que, d’une certaine manière, la tentative de Corcuff a le défaut de ses qualités : il en fait trop et trop peu à la fois. Tout se passe comme si l’ouvrage – et le résumé – n’étaient qu’un succession de notes éparses qui se succèdent au sujet d’un très grand nombre d’auteurs, cités parfois lapidairement, souvent très rapidement, sur un concept ou l’autre, jamais développé de façon systématique, en arguant qu’au bout du compte, la démarche se justifie par la légitimité du bricolage en sociologie. A ce titre, l’ouvrage peut parfois apparaître redondant. Il semble en effet ressasser tout du long la même idée (intéressante au demeurant) d’une sociologie comme boîte à outil, assumant son incomplétude et ses insuffisances, en la déclinant il est vrai sous plusieurs angles. Ceci sans jamais véritablement entrer dans le vif du sujet et entreprendre soit l’approfondissement théorique de son intuition fondamentale soit son application empirique dans une enquête approfondie. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysing spatiotemporal changes in sediment contamination
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Pini, Jennifer; White, Shannon et al

Poster (2014, November)

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in ... [more ▼]

Coastal environments are subjected to anthropogenic threats, of which pollution by trace elements (TEs). They remain chemicals of concern because of their toxicity, their ability to be concentrated in biota and their persistence in sediment. Aware of these threats, monitoring agencies perform large environmental surveys. However, the databases generated often remain underexploited, even though they represent an important source of information for scientists. As a case study, we focused on the highly industrialized and developed coastal area of the Solent, south coast of the UK, which is also a European Marine site with protected habitats and species. To date, no scientific-based spatiotemporal trend has been published regarding its pollution in TEs. But mining of existing databases requested from the Environmental Agency and the Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database showed that sediment from 32 sites were/are indeed monitored for that purpose, covering a 22 years period (1992-2013). Temporal trend analysis showed that sediment contamination significantly decreased during that time interval (45 % decrease in median). However, all TEs still show concentrations above Sediment Quality Guidelines. Important spatial variability is also present, presumably linked to the distribution of pollutant anthropogenic sources. Taken together, these data have been used to provide stakeholders with relevant scientific based tools, i.e. GIS maps of the contamination in TEs in the Solent. This regional-level assessment enables local stakeholders to create bridges between environmental scientists and local authorities and valorizes the existing databases, for future governance at the regional and national scales. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping French terms in a Belgian guideline on heart failure to international classifications and nomenclatures: the devil is in the detail.
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Cardillo, Elena; Roumier, Joseph et al

in Informatics in Primary Care (2014), 4

Introduction: With growing sophistication of eHealth platforms, the ability increases to share medical information across patients, health care providers, institutions and across borders. This implies ... [more ▼]

Introduction: With growing sophistication of eHealth platforms, the ability increases to share medical information across patients, health care providers, institutions and across borders. This implies more stringent demands on the quality of data-entry at the point-of-care. Non-native English speaking general practitioners experience difficulties in interacting with international classification systems and nomenclatures to facilitate the secondary use of their data and to ensure semantic interoperability. Aim: To identify words and phrases pertaining to the heart failure domain and to explore the difficulties in mapping to corresponding concepts in ICPC-2, ICD-10, SNOMED-CT, and UMLS. Methods: The medical concepts in a Belgian guideline for General Practitioners (GPs) in its French version were extracted manually and coded first in ICPC-2, then ICD-10 by a physician, an expert in classification systems. In addition, mappings were sought with SNOMED-CT and UMLS concepts, using the UMLS SNOMED-CT browser. Results: We retained 143 words and phrases, of which 128 referred to a single concept (1-to-1 mapping), while 15 referred to 2 or more concepts (1-to-n mapping to ICPC rubrics or to the other nomenclatures). In the guideline, words or phrases were often too general for adequate correspondence. Marked discrepancy between semantic tags and types was found. Conclusion: This study illustrates the variability of the various international classifications and nomenclatures, the need for structured guidelines with more attention to precise wording, and the need for classification expertise embedded in sophisticated terminological resources. End-users need support to perform their clinical work in their own language, while still assuring standardized and semantic interoperable medical registration. Collaboration between computational linguists, knowledge engineers, health informaticians and domain experts is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailInfinite self-shuffling words
Charlier, Emilie ULg

in Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series A (2014), 128

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words: An infinite word x, with values in a finite set A, is said to be k-self-shuffling (k≥2) if there exists a shuffle of k copies of x ... [more ▼]

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words: An infinite word x, with values in a finite set A, is said to be k-self-shuffling (k≥2) if there exists a shuffle of k copies of x which produces x. We are particularly interested in the case k=2, in which case we say x is self-shuffling. This property of infinite words is shown to be independent of the complexity of the word as measured by the number of distinct factors of each length. Examples exist from bounded to full complexity. It is also an intrinsic property of the word and not of its language (set of factors). For instance, every aperiodic word contains a non-self-shuffling word in its shift orbit closure. While the property of being self-shuffling is a relatively strong condition, many important words arising in the area of symbolic dynamics are verified to be self-shuffling. They include for instance the Thue–Morse word fixed by the morphism 0↦01, 1↦10. As another example we show that all Sturmian words of intercept 0<ρ<1 are self-shuffling (while those of intercept ρ=0 are not). Our characterization of self-shuffling Sturmian words can be interpreted arithmetically in terms of a dynamical embedding and defines an arithmetic process we call the stepping stone model. One important feature of self-shuffling words stems from their morphic invariance: The morphic image of a self-shuffling word is self-shuffling. This provides a useful tool for showing that one word is not the morphic image of another. In addition to its morphic invariance, this new notion has other unexpected applications particularly in the area of substitutive dynamical systems. For example, as a consequence of our characterization of self-shuffling Sturmian words, we recover a number theoretic result, originally due to Yasutomi, on a classification of pure morphic Sturmian words in the orbit of the characteristic. [less ▲]

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See detailGBS and antibiotic resistance: threat to therapy
MELIN, Pierrette ULg

in XIX Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases, Program and Abstract book (2014, November)

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See detailPrediction of mean and turbulent kinetic energy in rectangular shallow reservoirs
Camnasio, Erica; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics (2014), 8(4),

Shallow rectangular reservoirs are common structures in urban hydraulics and river engineering. Despite their simple geometry, complex symmetric and asymmetric flow fields develop in such reservoirs ... [more ▼]

Shallow rectangular reservoirs are common structures in urban hydraulics and river engineering. Despite their simple geometry, complex symmetric and asymmetric flow fields develop in such reservoirs, depending on their expansion ratio and length-to-width ratio. The original contribution of this study is the analysis of the kinetic energy content of the mean flow, based on UVP velocity measurements carried throughout the reservoir in eleven different geometric configurations. A new relationship is derived between the specific mean kinetic energy and the reservoir shape factor. For most considered geometric configurations, leading to four different flow patterns, the experimentally observed flow fields and mean kinetic energy contents are successfully reproduced by an operational numerical model based on the depth-averaged flow equations and a two-length-scale k-e turbulence closure. The analysis also highlights the better performance of this depth-averaged k-e model compared to an algebraic turbulence model. Finally, the turbulent kinetic energy in the reservoir is derived from the experimental measurements and the corresponding numerical predictions based on the k-e model agree satisfactorily in the main jet but not in the recirculation zones. [less ▲]

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See detailDissensus, n°7. Dossier "Technique et politique" (Edition en cours)
Pieron, Julien ULg

Book published by PoPuPS (2014)

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See detailDescartes en Brentano: Le problème d'évidence des propositions empiriques
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November)

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See detailAu cœur de la réforme des soins de santé mentale en Belgique : les coordinateurs de réseau
Thunus, Sophie ULg; Lorquet, Nadège ULg

in SociologieS (2014)

Inside the Belgian reform of mental health care delivery: network coordinators This article analyses the Belgian reform of mental health care delivery as a two steps-translation (Callon 1986): the ... [more ▼]

Inside the Belgian reform of mental health care delivery: network coordinators This article analyses the Belgian reform of mental health care delivery as a two steps-translation (Callon 1986): the problematization – the devising of a new mental health care model by policy makers, and the interessement – through which “local coordinators” tried to interest local actors to the new model. Based on empirical data, two evidences are stressed: the coordination function is conceived in different ways, ranging from intermediaries to mediators; and the interessement is influenced by systems of concrete action (Friedberg, 1997). Thus, it is argued that in case where translators are appointed to interest local actors to a problematization from the policy arena, their performance is better appraised by considering their commitment to behave as faithful intermediaries or as strategic mediators, and the informal games regulating their system of action. [less ▲]

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See detailAn inverse modelling approach to estimate the hygric parameters of clay-based masonry during a Moisture Buffer Value test
Dubois, Samuel ULg; McGregor, Fionn; Evrard, Arnaud et al

in Building & Environment (2014), 81

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour of unfired clay-based masonry samples is specifically studied here and the Moisture Buffer Value (MBV) protocol is proposed as a data source from which it is possible to estimate several parameters at once. Those include materials properties and experimental parameters. For this purpose, the mass of two clay samples with different compositions is continuously monitored during several consecutive humidity cycles in isothermal conditions. Independently of these dynamic experimental tests, their moisture storage and transport parameters are measured with standard steady-state methods. A simple moisture transfer model developed in COMSOL Multiphysics is used to predict the moisture uptake/release behaviour during the MBV tests. The set of model parameters values that minimizes the difference between simulated and experimental results is then automatically estimated using an inverse modelling algorithm based on Bayesian techniques. For materials properties, the optimized parameters values are compared to values that were experimentally measured in steady state. And because a precise understanding of parameters is needed to assess the confidence in the inverse modelling results, a sensitivity analysis of the model is also provided. [less ▲]

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