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See detailAnalysis of transient scattering problems using a discontinuous Galerkin method: application to the shielding effectiveness of enclosures with heterogeneous walls
Boubekeur, Mohamed; Kameni, Abelin; Pichon, Lionel et al

in International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields (2014), 27(3), 626-635

In this paper, different formulations of Maxwell equations are combined for computing the shielding effectiveness of enclosures made from heterogeneous periodic materials. The validity of the homogenized ... [more ▼]

In this paper, different formulations of Maxwell equations are combined for computing the shielding effectiveness of enclosures made from heterogeneous periodic materials. The validity of the homogenized parameters given by Maxwell-Garnett rules in the frequency domain are tested in the time domain using a nodal discontinuous Galerkin method, which uses an interface condition based on analytical solution in the frequency domain to replace a conductive sheet. This interface condition allows to avoid meshing the thin sheet, thus reducing the computational cost. Results of scattering by composite enclosures are presented in the frequency domain thanks to a Fast Fourier Transform. [less ▲]

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See detailBiologie cellulaire. Exercices et méthodes
Thiry, Marc ULg; Racano, Sandra; Rigo, Pierre

Book published by Dunod (2014)

Cet ouvrage propose aux étudiants des premières années d’études supérieures une méthode progressive et conviviale pour comprendre et appliquer les concepts fondamentaux de la biologie cellulaire. Des ... [more ▼]

Cet ouvrage propose aux étudiants des premières années d’études supérieures une méthode progressive et conviviale pour comprendre et appliquer les concepts fondamentaux de la biologie cellulaire. Des bonus web avec des exercices d'entrainement supplémentaires complètent l'ouvrage. Cet ouvrage propose aux étudiants des premières années d’études supérieures une méthode progressive et conviviale pour comprendre et appliquer les concepts fondamentaux de la biologie cellulaire. À la suite de rappels de cours, sous forme de fiches, chaque chapitre propose des exercices de difficulté croissante pour s’évaluer : QCM, questions Vrai/Faux et exercices de synthèse. Les corrigés détaillés mettent en évidence la méthodologie. Des bonus web avec des exercices d’entraînement supplémentaires complètent l’ouvrage. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterochrony in a complex world: disentangling environmental processes of facultative paedomorphosis in an amphibian
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Ficetola, Gentile Francesco

in Journal of Animal Ecology (2014), 83(606-615),

1. Heterochrony, the change in the rate or timing of development between ancestors and their descendants, plays a major role in evolution. When heterochrony produces polymorphisms, it offers the ... [more ▼]

1. Heterochrony, the change in the rate or timing of development between ancestors and their descendants, plays a major role in evolution. When heterochrony produces polymorphisms, it offers the possibility to test hypotheses that could explain its success across environments. Amphibians are particularly suitable to exploring these questions because they express complex life cycles (i.e. metamorphosis) that have been disrupted by heterochronic processes (paedomorphosis: retention of larval traits in adults). The large phenotypic variation across populations suggests that more complex processes than expected are operating, but they remain to be investigated through multivariate analyses over a large range of natural populations across time. 2. In this study we compared the likelihood of multiple potential environmental determinants of heterochrony. We gathered data on the proportion of paedomorphic and metamorphic palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) across more than 150 populations during 10 years, and used an information-theoretic approach to compare the support of multiple potential processes. 3. Six environmental processes jointly explained the proportion of paedomorphs in populations: predation, water availability, dispersal limitation, aquatic breathing, terrestrial habitat suitability, and anti-predator refuges. Analyses of variation across space and time supported models based on the advantage of paedomorphosis in favourable aquatic habitats. 4. Paedomorphs were favoured in deep ponds, in conditions favourable to aquatic breathing (high oxygen content), with lack of fish, and surrounded by suitable terrestrial habitat. Metamorphs were favoured by banks allowing easy dispersal. 5. These results indicate that heterochrony relies on complex processes involving multiple ecological variables and exemplifies why heterochronic patterns occur in contrasted environments. On the other hand, the fast selection of alternative morphs shows that metamorphosis and paedomorphosis developmental modes could be easily disrupted in natural populations. [less ▲]

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See detailTransit confirmation and improved stellar and planet parameters for the super-Earth HD 97658 b and its host star
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Valencia, D. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2014), 786

Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition ... [more ▼]

Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition. We present here the confirmation, based on Spitzer transit observations, that the super-Earth HD 97658 b transits its host star. HD 97658 is a low-mass ($M_*=0.77\pm0.05\,M_{\odot}$) K1 dwarf, as determined from the Hipparcos parallax and stellar evolution modeling. To constrain the planet parameters, we carry out Bayesian global analyses of Keck-HIRES radial velocities, and MOST and Spitzer photometry. HD 97658 b is a massive ($M_P=7.55^{+0.83}_{-0.79} M_{\oplus}$) and large ($R_{P} = 2.247^{+0.098}_{-0.095} R_{\oplus}$ at 4.5 $\mu$m) super-Earth. We investigate the possible internal compositions for HD 97658 b. Our results indicate a large rocky component, by at least 60% by mass, and very little H-He components, at most 2% by mass. We also discuss how future asteroseismic observations can improve the knowledge of the HD 97658 system, in particular by constraining its age. Orbiting a bright host star, HD 97658 b will be a key target for coming space missions TESS, CHEOPS, PLATO, and also JWST, to characterize thoroughly its structure and atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre recettes du Soi et recettes de l'Autre. Ethnographie de pratiques culinaires marocaines à Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italie)
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

La thèse porte sur les processus de subjectivation d’un groupe de femmes marocaines résidant dans la ville de Sesto San Giovanni, dans le nord de l’Italie. Elsa Mescoli considère les habitudes ... [more ▼]

La thèse porte sur les processus de subjectivation d’un groupe de femmes marocaines résidant dans la ville de Sesto San Giovanni, dans le nord de l’Italie. Elsa Mescoli considère les habitudes alimentaires et les pratiques culinaires de ces femmes et de leurs familles, facteurs qui agissent dans la construction de soi à plusieurs niveau : celui intime, en contexte domestique ; celui partagé/contesté, en contexte publique. L’étude se situe au croisement entre l’anthropologie de l’alimentation, l’anthropologie de la culture matérielle et l’anthropologie des migrations. En fait, ces processus sont analysés en adoptant une perspective praxéologique, c’est-à-dire en portant l’attention sur la matérialité. La thèse met en évidence les « ingrédients » concrets de la définition de soi des femmes considérées, ainsi que de leurs rapports interpersonnels et « interculturels ». [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale modelling of angiogenesis during normal and impaired bone regeneration
Carlier, Aurélie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Bone regeneration is, like many other healing events, a complex, well-orchestrated process involving a myriad of different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical ... [more ▼]

Bone regeneration is, like many other healing events, a complex, well-orchestrated process involving a myriad of different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical factors. But unlike other adult biological tissues, the majority of bone fractures can heal without the production of scar tissue, eventually recovering the original bone shape, size and strength. Despite bone’s remarkable healing capacity and the continuing research efforts, the impaired healing of complex orthopaedic cases is still not fully understood. This PhD work hypothesises that computational modelling can make a substantial contribution to the bone regeneration field by proposing and testing the underlying mechanisms of action as well as by designing and optimising experimental strategies in silico. In the first part of this work, an existing bioregulatory model of fracture healing is extended with an intracellular module of Dll4-Notch1 signalling in order to capture the ingrowth of new blood vessels through sprouting angiogenesis. The predictions of the new MOSAIC model are compared to experimental results and an extensive sensitivity analysis is performed on the newly introduced parameters. The potential of the MOSAIC model to investigate the influence of the molecular mechanisms on angiogenesis and consequently the bone formation process is illustrated. In the second part of this work, the MOSAIC model is further improved with a rigorous implementation of the influence of oxygen on the behaviour of skeletal cells. A comprehensive literature study is performed in order to ensure the correspondence of the oxygen ranges of the cell-specific oxygen-dependent processes with the state-of-the-art experimental knowledge. The oxygen model is corroborated with previously published experimental results. The robustness of the oxygen model with respect to the newly introduced oxygen thresholds is demonstrated by a sensitivity analysis. Some limitations and shortcomings of the oxygen model are identified together with suggestions for future work. In the last part of this work, the added value of the oxygen model is shown by applying it to three cases of impaired bone healing: the occurrence of nonunions in critical size defects, bone graft healing in a compromised environment and the impaired healing of bone fractures in NF1 patients. Not only is the oxygen model used to determine the underlying mechanisms of action, potential treatment strategies for the respective challenging orthopaedic conditions are also designed and optimised in silico. In conclusion, this PhD thesis demonstrates the potential of an integrative in vivo-in silico approach to advance our current understanding of bone regeneration as well as to design effective treatments of complex bone fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of attosecond electronic dynamics in molecules
Mignolet, Benoît ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

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See detailDioxin Analyses. The Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Goes on...
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2014, April 28)

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See detailMicrofossils’ diversity from the Proterozoic Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania
Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Houzay, Jean-Pierre et al

in European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014 Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 02 May 2014 (abstract book) (2014, April 27)

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See detailTendinopathies chroniques et Plasma Riche en Plaquettes
KAUX, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014)

Platelets contain growth factors released during their degranulation following activation. These growth factors promote tissue remodeling, wound healing and angiogenesis. Currently, the clinical effect of ... [more ▼]

Platelets contain growth factors released during their degranulation following activation. These growth factors promote tissue remodeling, wound healing and angiogenesis. Currently, the clinical effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is still discussed or even controversial. Our researches have evaluated the effectiveness of PRP on the healing of animal tendons and human suffering from chronic jumper's knee. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction aux travaux de Luciano Del Pistoia : corps et psychose
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Scientific conference (2014, April 25)

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See detailNanostructured catalysts by sol-gel process
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

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See detailPredicting Grain Protein Content of Winter Wheat
Mansouri, Majdi ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in ESANN 2014 Proceedings (2014, April 24)

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See detailA Frequency-domain Approach to Subspace Identification of Nonlinear Systems, Application to Aerospace Structures
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The construction of mathematical models from experimental data is an essential step in the design process of engineering systems. The different tasks involved in this activity, from the measurement and ... [more ▼]

The construction of mathematical models from experimental data is an essential step in the design process of engineering systems. The different tasks involved in this activity, from the measurement and processing of data to the validation of the model, fall into the general field of system identification. In structural dynamics, the theoretical and experimental aspects of linear system identification have been successfully addressed since the early seventies, and mature analytical, computational and testing tools have emerged. Nonlinear system identification of vibrating structures has also enjoyed significant advances during the past few years. However, the common practice in industry is to ignore nonlinearities, arguably because their analysis is still regarded as impractical. The objective of this doctoral thesis is precisely to progress towards the development of a practical system identification methodology dedicated to real-life nonlinear structures. The first facet of the thesis is to introduce a nonlinear generalisation in the frequency domain of the so-called subspace identification methods. The proposed frequency-domain nonlinear subspace identification (FNSI) approach yields accurate models of large-scale systems comprising strong nonlinearities, closely-spaced modes and high damping. Because it can also estimate a large number of parameters while maintaining an acceptable computational burden, the second facet of this research is to investigate the utilisation of cubic splines as a very flexible means to model complex nonlinearities. Finally, the third facet of the present work is to derive nonlinear models with optimal statistical properties in the presence of measurement noise. This is achieved by embedding the FNSI method into the maximum likelihood identification framework. The scope of the identification and modelling tools developed in this thesis encompasses nonlinear structural systems originating from the various areas of vibration engineering, including the aerospace, mechanical or civil fields, amongst others. Throughout the dissertation, these tools are illustrated using numerical and experimental structures of increasing complexity, mainly related to aerospace applications. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine learning techniques to assess the performance of a gait analysis system
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Phan-Ba, Rémy; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, April 24)

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with multiple sclerosis. We show how we have established, with the help of machine learning, four important properties about this system: (1) an automated analysis of gait characteristics provides an improved analysis with respect to that of a human expert, (2) after learning, the gait characteristics provided by this system are valuable compared to measures taken by stopwatches, as used in the standardized tests, (3) the motion of the lower limbs extremities contains a lot of useful information about the gait, even if it is only a small part of the body motion, (4) a measurement system combined with a machine learning tool is sensitive to intra-subject modifications of the walking pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle du commerce frontalier des produits alimentaires avec le Rwanda dans l'approvisionnement des ménages de la ville de Bukavu (Province du Sud-Kivu)
Vwima Ngezirabona, Stany ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

This thesis aims at highlighting the importance of food supply from the Rusizi District (Rwanda) in the food security of the city Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo). Due to the informal nature of this ... [more ▼]

This thesis aims at highlighting the importance of food supply from the Rusizi District (Rwanda) in the food security of the city Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo). Due to the informal nature of this supply, it was necessary to characterize its magnitude, drivers, and consequences as well as to develop policies that are likely to improve this supply and facilitate regional integration. The fieldwork consisted of two series of investigations. The first series of data collection included scoring the flow of food supply from Rusizi District during three months and for each of the food supply axes of Bukavu city. Secondly, a questionnaire was administered to a sample of 233 households, wherein 76 consuming households and 157 reselling households. Results from the scoring exercise show that 2,021 households on average cross both borders (Rusizi 1 and Ruzizi 2) for their food supply daily. A total of 661 of these households (about 32.7%) are direct food consumers and 1,360 households (about 67.3%) are food resellers. Excepted for cassava (which is a traditional staple of South Kivu), plantains (because of conservation problem, much more coming from within the province), and beans (much more from North Kivu), other major food products are imported from Ruzizi district in Rwanda. In this regard, the dependency ratios towards Rwanda remain much higher for products such as maize (66%), potatoes (82%), sorghum (73%), groundnut (69%), sweet potato (98%), rice (70%), and beef and pork meat (85%). With such dependency ratios, Bukavu is a major food market of the Rusizi District (Rwanda) food products. This is however far from being confirmed by official import statistics of the Congolese Control Office (CC0) which, except for rice, underestimates the border trade for a large portion of food commodities flows. The commodities analyzed provide the population of the city of Bukavu 1027 kcal per person per day from which 593.5 kcal, 338.9 kcal and 92.4 kcal are provided by products respectively from Rwanda, North-Kivu and South-Kivu. The calories consumed in the city of Bukavu are mainly of vegetable origin dominated by maize (563.1 kcal), cassava (120 kcal) and beans (167.1 kcal), which play a strategic role given their importance in the food habits of Bukavu. The significant flows of food supplies from Rusizi district are a major contribution to the livelihood of thousands of families in the city of Bukavu. It emerges that all products supplied from Rusizi district by reselling households generate positive return per month demonstrating a positive remuneration not only for the invested capital, but also for the time and effort invested in the activity (average 5.67 hours). More than 68 % of reselling households claim are satisfied with the result of this activity and allocate the generated income mainly to cover subsistence needs. In this sense, the economic impact of border trade on incomes of reselling households is a reality. The analysis of budgets of consuming households shows that 69.1% of food expenditure and 48.8% of total expenditure of consuming households cross the border. The significant impact of food supplies from the Rusizi district on reducing households’ income poverty, reflects the interests of border trade which only reinforces the structural and relative decline of the agricultural sector in South Kivu already confronted to various problems. The free trade policy advocated by a large number of sub-regional and regional communities such as CEPGL and COMESA will make the Rusizi originating food supply of Bukavu more efficient, but it remains a short-term solution of food security of the city and the province in general. In the long term, it would be better to stimulate the production and promote local food trade. To achieve this, investments need to be channeled to the agricultural sector. It is at this price that the agricultural sector in South-Kivu can be revived and reach the threshold of self-sufficiency, and even create a surplus for export. Admittedly, this solution then poses the problem of reconversion of consuming households and sellers-households that we should rethink from the outset. [less ▲]

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See detailLe psychopathe : apprésentation, chosification de l’alter ego et compétences émotionnelles
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, April 23)

La psychopathie est une entité diagnostique « trouble », tant au sein de la tradition psychopathologique que dans les nosographies internationales contemporaines (DSM-IV et DSM-V). Le modèle faisant ... [more ▼]

La psychopathie est une entité diagnostique « trouble », tant au sein de la tradition psychopathologique que dans les nosographies internationales contemporaines (DSM-IV et DSM-V). Le modèle faisant autorité en psychologie forensic est celui développé par R.D. Hare (2003) à travers une échelle diagnostique appelée PCL-R. Ce modèle rencontre, d’un point de vue théorique, plusieurs apories, et, d’un point de vue clinique, de nombreuses impasses. Nous proposons de réaliser un exercice de compréhension psychopathologique axé sur notre pratique clinique en nous inspirant des recommandations du courant de la psychopathologie phénoménologique (Minkowski, 1966 ; Binswanger, 1960 ; Stanghellini, 2006 ; Sass, Parnas & Zahavi, 2011). Celui-ci suggère de procéder par la mise en évidence de la structure psychopathologique qui organise le fonctionnement psychologique du sujet. De façon plus précise, nous centrerons notre propos sur deux dimensions essentielles à l’être-au-monde psychopathique. D’une part, nous réaliserons une comparaison avec l’être-au-monde maniaque à travers les variables de l’apprésentation et de la chosification de l’alter ego – telles que les développe Binswanger (1960). Nous discuterons, d’autre part, du vécu émotionnel propre à la psychopathie qui est davantage source d’adaptation (du moins en certaines situations) que de carence véritable. Ce constat nous permettra de rediscuter brièvement de la notion d’empathie en psychopathologie. Nous verrons que ces dimensions propres à l’existence psychopathique font apparaitre une thématique explicitement absente de la nosographie de Hare, celle de la morale. [less ▲]

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