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See detailLa Présidence de la Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Français
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Vivre le Français : Revue de l'Association Belge des Professeurs de Français (2016), 249

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See detailA quoi sert un astrophysicien?
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailAux astres, citoyens! Oufti! Liège dans l'espace!
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

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See detailBenchmarking for Bayesian Reinforcement Learning
Castronovo, Michaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Couëtoux, Adrien ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016)

In the Bayesian Reinforcement Learning (BRL) setting, agents try to maximise the col- lected rewards while interacting with their environment while using some prior knowledge that is accessed beforehand ... [more ▼]

In the Bayesian Reinforcement Learning (BRL) setting, agents try to maximise the col- lected rewards while interacting with their environment while using some prior knowledge that is accessed beforehand. Many BRL algorithms have already been proposed, but even though a few toy examples exist in the literature, there are still no extensive or rigorous benchmarks to compare them. The paper addresses this problem, and provides a new BRL comparison methodology along with the corresponding open source library. In this methodology, a comparison criterion that measures the performance of algorithms on large sets of Markov Decision Processes (MDPs) drawn from some probability distributions is defined. In order to enable the comparison of non-anytime algorithms, our methodology also includes a detailed analysis of the computation time requirement of each algorithm. Our library is released with all source code and documentation: it includes three test prob- lems, each of which has two different prior distributions, and seven state-of-the-art RL algorithms. Finally, our library is illustrated by comparing all the available algorithms and the results are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFreeze-dried mucoadhesive polymeric system containing pegylated lipoplexes: Towards a vaginal sustained released system for siRNA
Furst, Tania ULg; Dakwar, George R.; Zagato, Elisa et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (2016)

Topical vaginal sustained delivery of siRNA presents a significant challenge due to the short residence time of formulations. Therefore, a drug delivery system capable to adhere to the vaginal mucosa is ... [more ▼]

Topical vaginal sustained delivery of siRNA presents a significant challenge due to the short residence time of formulations. Therefore, a drug delivery system capable to adhere to the vaginal mucosa is desirable, as it could allow a prolonged delivery and increase the effectiveness of the therapy. The aim of this project is to develop a polymeric solid mucoadhesive system, loaded with lipoplexes, able to be progressively rehydrated by the vaginal fluids to form a hydrogel and to deliver siRNA to vaginal tissues. To minimize adhesive interactions with vaginal mucus components, lipoplexes were coated with different derivatives of polyethylene glycol: DPSE-PEG2000, DPSE-PEG750 and ceramide-PEG2000. Based on stability and diffusion properties in simulated vaginal fluids, lipoplexes containing DSPE-PEG2000 were selected and incorporated in hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) hydrogels. Solid systems, called sponges, were then obtained by freeze-drying. Sponges meet acceptable mechanical characteristics and their hardness, eformability and mucoadhesive properties are not influenced by the presence of lipoplexes. Finally, mobility and stability of lipoplexes inside sponges rehydrated with vaginal mucus, mimicking in situ conditions, were evaluated by advanced fluorescence microscopy. The release rate was found to be influenced by the HEC concentration and consequently by the viscosity after rehydration. This study demonstrates the feasibility of entrapping pegylated lipoplexes into a solid matrix system for a prolonged delivery of siRNA into the vagina. [less ▲]

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See detail(Re)producing others: diversity and discrimination in the discourse of Northern League
Mazzola, Alessandro ULg; Mandin, Jérémy ULg

in Jamin, Jérôme (Ed.) L'extrême droite en Europe (2016)

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See detailDevelopment of a semi-analytical model of volumetric expander for system-level simulation.
Oudkerk, Jean-François ULg

in Proceedings of ECOS 2016 (2016, June)

Organic Rankine cycles are particularly well suited for recovering energy from low-grade heat sources, such as industrial waste, engine exhaust gas or solar concentrated power. In ow-capacity systems ... [more ▼]

Organic Rankine cycles are particularly well suited for recovering energy from low-grade heat sources, such as industrial waste, engine exhaust gas or solar concentrated power. In ow-capacity systems, volumetric expanders are often preferred to turbomachines because of their reliability, robustness, low rotational speed and their ability to handle high pressure ratios… Different types of machines have been investigated and successfully tested by the uthors and tools have been developed in order to analyse experimental data. Semi-empirical odel was built to analyse losses, detect potential improvement and simulate performances. This paper present a simple and fastcomputing semi-analytical model useful for simulate dynamic system integrating volumetric expander. This model is validated on experimental data and compare to black-box model. [less ▲]

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See detailDu programme d'origine à la restauration des charpentes et couvertures
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg

in Monumental : Revue Scientifique et Technique des Monuments Historiques (2016), 2016 1(1), 6-11

Les toitures des monuments historiques en France représentent un patrimoine pour l'histoire de l'architecture et l'histoire de la construction. Leur typologie dépend de nombreux facteurs: type de bâtiment ... [more ▼]

Les toitures des monuments historiques en France représentent un patrimoine pour l'histoire de l'architecture et l'histoire de la construction. Leur typologie dépend de nombreux facteurs: type de bâtiment, contexte historique, géographique. Leur conservation exige une analyse profonde de leur état et impose certains choix au moment de la restauration en fonction de leur réaffectation. [less ▲]

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See detailJuli Zeh, Corpus delicti: Un procès
Houscheid, Karin ULg

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailBelgium v. NN (L) International: Tax, Yes; Penalty, No
Docclo, Caroline ULg

in Tax Planning International (2016)

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See detailSibylle Lewitscharoff, Apostoloff
Houscheid, Karin ULg

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailEtude de cas, cathédrale de Beauvais (Oise), histoire de la construction et datations grâce à l'archéologie du bois
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg

in Monumental : Revue Scientifique et Technique des Monuments Historiques (2016), 2016 1

L'archéologie des charpentes de la cathédrale de Beauvais combinée à la dendrochronologie et aux analyses de la couverture en plomb a largement contribué à l'enrichissement des connaissances à propos de l ... [more ▼]

L'archéologie des charpentes de la cathédrale de Beauvais combinée à la dendrochronologie et aux analyses de la couverture en plomb a largement contribué à l'enrichissement des connaissances à propos de l'histoire mouvementée du plus haut chœur gothique. [less ▲]

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See detailUn outil e-Health pour tous ? Le cas de l'informatisation du dossier infirmier au sein d'un hôpital belge
Slomian, Cynthia ULg; Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Lovis, Christian; Séroussi, Brigitte; Ugon, Adrien (Eds.) et al eSanté pour tous (2016, June)

Contexte. Les soins de santé en Belgique et ailleurs sont confrontés à deux réalités : l’augmentation de la demande de soins, d’une part, et la volonté de l’Etat de diminuer les dépenses de santé, d’autre ... [more ▼]

Contexte. Les soins de santé en Belgique et ailleurs sont confrontés à deux réalités : l’augmentation de la demande de soins, d’une part, et la volonté de l’Etat de diminuer les dépenses de santé, d’autre part. Dans ce contexte, l’e-Health est souvent présentée comme la solution qui permettra de rationaliser les moyens, mais également d’augmenter l’efficience du système. Cet article se propose d’étudier une facette de l’e-Health : l’informatisation du dossier infirmier au sein d’un hôpital belge. Méthodes. Le matériau empirique rassemble des entretiens semi-directifs (n=30), des heures d’observation du travail infirmier (n=25) ainsi que l’étude de documents organisationnels. L’analyse du matériau repose sur la sociologie de l’action organisée. Résultats. L’introduction de l’ordinateur provoque des changements, mais également la persistance de routines organisationnelles. Discussion. Les infirmières s’approprient le dossier infirmier informatisé et tentent de maximiser leur pouvoir au sein de l’organisation. Conclusion. Un outil informatique n’est jamais totalement contraignant. Les acteurs se saisissent des marges de manœuvre laissée par celui-ci pour maximiser leur pouvoir. L’appropriation contingente du dispositif est au cœur de cette démarche de changement. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory identification of anaerobic bacteria isolated on Clostridium difficile selective medium
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Warszawski, Nathalie; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg et al

in Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica (2016)

Despite increasing interest in the bacterium, the methodology for Clostridium difficile recovery has not yet been standardised. Cycloserine cefoxitin fructose taurocholate (CCFT) has historically been the ... [more ▼]

Despite increasing interest in the bacterium, the methodology for Clostridium difficile recovery has not yet been standardised. Cycloserine cefoxitin fructose taurocholate (CCFT) has historically been the most used medium for C. difficile isolation from human, animal, environmental and food samples, and presumptive identification is usually based on colony morphologies. However, CCFT is not totally selective. This study describes the recovery of 24 bacteria species belonging to 10 different genera other than C. difficile, present in the environment and foods of a retirement establishment that were not inhibited in the C. difficile selective medium. These findings provide insight for further environmental and food studies as well as for isolation of C. difficile on supplemented CCFT. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of improved preservation techniques for cyanobacterial and diatom strains in the BCCM collections
Crahay, Charlotte ULg; Chepurnova, Olga; Day, John G et al

Poster (2016, June)

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See detailCerebral metabolism before and after external trigeminal nerve stimulation in episodic migraine
MAGIS, Delphine ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Thibaut, Aurore ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2016)

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See detailUpdating Failure Probability Of A Welded Joint In Offshore Wind Turbine Substructures
Mai, Anh Quang ULg; Sørensen, John D.; Rigo, Philippe ULg

in The 35th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) (2016, June)

For offshore wind turbines, the support structure contributes with a significant part to the Levelized Cost Of Energy (LCOE). LCOE is the total cost to build and operate a whole offshore wind turbine ... [more ▼]

For offshore wind turbines, the support structure contributes with a significant part to the Levelized Cost Of Energy (LCOE). LCOE is the total cost to build and operate a whole offshore wind turbine structure over its lifetime divided by the total energy output of the wind turbine over that lifetime. That total expected cost of operation & maintenance may be lowered by application of reliability- and risk-based maintenance strategies and updating of the reliability based on e.g. inspections performed during the design lifetime. Updating the reliability (or alternatively the failure probability) of a welded joint can theoretically be done using Bayesian updating. However, for tubular joints in offshore wind turbine substructure when considering a two dimensional crack growth and a failure criterion combined brittle fracture and material strength, the updating is quite complex due to the wind turbine loading obtained during operation. This paper considers how the reliability (or the probability of failure) of welded steel details can be updated in the case where the fatigue failure is modelled by a fracture mechanics approach and a Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) is used to define a limit state equation. Besides, it is shown how the probability of failure of fatigue critical joints can be updated for various inspection scenarios. A two dimensional bi-linear model is considered for the crack growth. Calculation of the crack depth and the crack length are coupled. The stress intensity factor is calculated following the sophisticated procedure in BS 7910:2005. The initial crack size, the yield and ultimate strengths of steel, the fracture toughness, the stress intensity factor, and the stress-ranges are considered as uncertain and modelled by random variables. The probability of detection is used to account for uncertainty in crack inspections. By using Monte Carlo simulations, stress-range histories are generated randomly and together with the calculated stress intensity factors used to check the limit state condition using the FAD approach. The probability of failure updating is done for three inspection scenarios: No crack detected; Crack detected and repaired; Crack detected but not repaired. The paper presents illustrative results for offshore wind applications for the three scenarios, including comparisons of application of the FAD approach for modelling the limit state equation with a ‘conventional’ approach where it is assumed that failure happens when crack-depth reaches the plate thickness or the stress intensity factor is equal to or larger than the fracture toughness of the material. Finally, it is discussed how application of the updating procedure can be used for inspection planning for offshore wind turbine support structures, and thus also for reducing the required safety factors at the design stage. [less ▲]

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See detailContext-dependent feature analysis with random forests
Sutera, Antonio ULg; Louppe, Gilles; Huynh-Thu, Vân Anh ULg et al

in Uncertainty In Artificial Intelligence: Proceedings of the Thirty-Two Conference (2016) (2016, June)

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