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See detailReinforcement Learning for Electric Power System Decision and Control: Past Considerations and Perspectives
Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

in The 20th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Toulouse 9-14 July 2017 (2017, July)

In this paper, we review past (including very recent) research considerations in using reinforcement learning (RL) to solve electric power system decision and control problems. The RL considerations are ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we review past (including very recent) research considerations in using reinforcement learning (RL) to solve electric power system decision and control problems. The RL considerations are reviewed in terms of speci c electric power system problems, type of control and RL method used. We also provide observations about past considerations based on a comprehensive review of available publications. The review reveals the RL is considered as viable solutions to many decision and control problems across di erent time scales and electric power system states. Furthermore, we analyse the perspectives of RL approaches in light of the emergence of new-generation, communications, and instrumentation technologies currently in use, or available for future use, in power systems. The perspectives are also analysed in terms of recent breakthroughs in RL algorithms (Safe RL, Deep RL and path integral control for RL) and other, not previously considered, problems for RL considerations (most notably restorative, emergency controls together with so-called system integrity protection schemes, fusion with existing robust controls, and combining preventive and emergency control). [less ▲]

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See detail"Exploring Experiences of Inequality in European Urban Centers: Towards an Intersectional and Transnational Approach."
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg; Ramos, Cristina

Conference (2017, June 28)

What strategies do migrants living in European cities use to challenge inequalities in access to healthcare, participation in the labor market and the creation of social support networks? The papers in ... [more ▼]

What strategies do migrants living in European cities use to challenge inequalities in access to healthcare, participation in the labor market and the creation of social support networks? The papers in this panel aim to respond to this question by drawing from transnational and intersectional approaches conceptualizing inequalities as sets of relationships between people and broader structures in which interactions generate better opportunity for some more than for others (Tilly, 2000). Panel participants consider that these interactions and the benefits that can be obtained through migration are affected by various social categories such as gender, class, sexual identity, transnational connections, and citizenship. Intersectional approaches allow to examine how these axes of inequality (Crenshaw, 1989; Anthias, 2001) simultaneously affect migration outcomes and also how they operate differently according to the geographical space in which they develop: origin and host societies as well as transnationally. Nonetheless, the papers presented in this panel will also emphasize migrants’ agency to resist or conform to the inequalities they face. Overall, this panel aims to contribute to the study of migration and inequality at the conceptual and methodological levels. At the theoretical level, the panel will build on new debates on the reproduction of intersectional inequalities in transnational settings (Faist, 2016, Amelina, 2017). At the methodological level, all paper presenters have use multi-sited ethnographic methods (working in cities such as Madrid, London, Milan, Brussels and Frankfurt) and will therefore use the panel as an opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of such method. [less ▲]

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See detailSartre et la radio : Création sonore et table ronde
Cormann, Grégory ULg; Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Conference (2017, June 24)

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See detailLa comparaison en Belgique
Delville, Michel ULg

Conference (2017, June 22)

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See detailAnalyse qualitative et méthodes (a)preceptives
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 13)

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See detailLegal presumptions of fault in the wake of the transposition of Directive 2014/104/EU
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2017, June 13)

This paper looks at the role played by legal presumptions in the transposition of the directive on damages and whether this differs from the use of legal presumptions in other contexts of EU competition ... [more ▼]

This paper looks at the role played by legal presumptions in the transposition of the directive on damages and whether this differs from the use of legal presumptions in other contexts of EU competition law enforcement. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards Mixed-Type Modelling of Structures with Slender and Deep Beam Elements
Liu, Jian ULg; Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

Conference (2017, June 12)

Concrete frame structures often include both slender and deep beams. Deep beams possess a large shear capacity, and thus are typically used as transfer girders to carry heavy loads over large spans. The ... [more ▼]

Concrete frame structures often include both slender and deep beams. Deep beams possess a large shear capacity, and thus are typically used as transfer girders to carry heavy loads over large spans. The overloading of such members due to extreme events such as earthquakes may result in the collapse of the entire structure. To evaluate the resilience of large frame structures under extreme loading, it is necessary to model the interaction between the deep girders and the rest of the structure in an accurate and computationally effective manner. To address this issue, this paper proposes a mixed-type modelling framework by formulating an innovative 1D macro deep-beam element and coupling it with 1D slender elements. The new macro element aims to combine the accuracy of 2D micro finite elements with the simplicity of 1D macro elements. The paper summarizes the formulations of this element, based on the three-parameter kinematic theory, and integrates it into an existing global nonlinear analysis procedure to create a mixed-type modeling framework. The verification study, including a frame structure with a deep transfer girder, has shown that this approach captures the response of the frame with an accuracy similar to that of 2D micro finite elements, while requiring approx. 20% of the analysis time. [less ▲]

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See detailFire risk assessment of multi-story buildings based on fragility analysis
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

in Proceedings of the 2nd International Fire Safety Symposium - IFireSS 2017 (2017, June 08)

Recent efforts aim at assessing the fire performance of structures in a probabilistic framework. But there is still no well-established method to quantify the reliability of entire buildings. Previous ... [more ▼]

Recent efforts aim at assessing the fire performance of structures in a probabilistic framework. But there is still no well-established method to quantify the reliability of entire buildings. Previous works focused on isolated structural members, therefore not allowing for a determination of the global safety level of buildings. Here, a new methodology is developed to quantify the reliability of buildings in fire. The methodology uses Monte Carlo simulations for constructing fragility functions associated with different fire breakout locations in a building, then combines the functions to characterize the overall building conditional probability of failure, and finally incorporates the probabilistic models for intensity measure and fire occurrence likelihood. The methodology is applied to multi-story steel buildings. This work addresses fire reliability at the building scale, and therefore is useful for standardizing safety level as well as for evaluating community resilience. [less ▲]

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See detailLa reconnaissance de la maladie mentale en psychopathologie légale
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2017, June 01)

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale ... [more ▼]

De nombreux programmes thérapeutiques recommandent d’orienter la thérapie sur la reconnaissance du trouble ou de la maladie. Nous évoquerons cette problématique dans le cadre de la psychiatrie légale (particulièrement avec des patients présentant un diagnostic de schizophrénie et ayant commis des faits de délinquance sexuelle). Avoir pour objectif de réduire l’anosognosie pose la question des représentations du trouble et de la connaissance de ces phénomènes complexes. La distinction des perspectives en première et troisième personnes est un apport récent et décisif de la phénoménologie à la psychologie clinique et à la psychopathologie (Parnas, Sass & Zahavi, 2012). La perspective en troisième personne consiste en l’attribution, depuis une position externe, de signes cliniques repérés indépendamment du ressenti exprimé par le patient. L’exemple typique de ces signes est le délire et l’hallucination du schizophrène. Ces symptômes cristallisent précisément les difficultés qu’éprouve le sujet à se reconnaitre affecté du trouble. La perspective en première personne concentre, quant à elle, son attention sur l’expérience subjective exprimée par le patient. Si l’on reprend le cas de la schizophrénie, ce sont la « perte de l’évidence naturelle » des choses ou un « sentiment de diminution du soi » qui sont verbalisés. Ce pas de côté de la vision omnisciente du médical, assumant une remise en cause du pouvoir de domination qu’entraine la perspective en troisième personne, se révèle être un outil psychothérapeutique pertinent. Il désacralise le problème de l’anosognosie et ouvre la voie à une perspective intersubjective, à une « co-reconnaissance ». [less ▲]

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See detailThe Delivery of Bad News to Customers in Service Encounters: An Employee Perspective
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne; Greer, Dominique

Conference (2017, June)

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that ... [more ▼]

During service encounters, customer contact employees often need to deliver bad news: unexpected information contrary to the customer’s wellbeing. For example, technicians regularly tell customers that none of the data on their computer hard drive can be retrieved, veterinarians often inform owners that a beloved pet has cancer and cannot be cured, and airline staff regularly tell travelers that their flights have been cancelled due to bad weather. For some customer-contact employees, delivering bad news is an unavoidable, delicate, and emotionally-charged task that occurs regularly. Disclosing bad news can be highly stressful and perhaps detrimental for (1) customers, (2) customer- contact employees, and (3) service firms in general. Accordingly, it is crucial for service organizations to better understand bad news encounters (i.e., situations during which customer contact employees must deliver negative information) to better equip their managers and employees to deliver such news to customers. The topic of how to best deliver bad news has been broached in various disciplines, including the medical literature (e.g., Baile et al. 2000, 2002; Rosenbaum et al. 2004), the management literature (e.g., Bies 2013; Kothari, Shu, and Wysocki 2009), and the sociology literature (e.g., Clark and LaBeff 1986). These literatures have (1) examined the attitudes and emotions of the discloser of extreme bad news in very specific contexts, (2) identified the tactics used by disclosers, and (3) developed protocols for delivering extremely negative information. Surprisingly, studies of bad news delivered by contact employees are scarce in service research. Service failure and service recovery have received much attention, but this literature has two major gaps when it comes to understanding the delivery of negative information. First, service recovery research generally skips over the initial part of the process where employees first communicate bad news to customers, and instead focuses primarily on the process involved to resolve the situation. Second, there are many situations in which employees must deliver negative information to customers where it is clear that a service failure has not occurred (e.g., informing a customer that his 30-year old dishwasher is beyond repair). We use the critical incident technique (CIT) (Flanagan 1954; Gremler 2004) to analyze 200 incidents where service employees from a wide range of service sectors had to deliver bad news to a customer. [less ▲]

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See detailA computational stochastic multiscale methodology for MEMS structures involving adhesive contact
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Tribology International (2017), 110

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS ... [more ▼]

This work aims at developing a computational stochastic multiscale methodology to quantify the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems due to capillary effects and van der Waals forces in MEMS. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the involved structural behaviors suffer from a scatter. To numerically predict the probabilistic behaviors of structures involving adhesion, the proposed method introduces stochastic meso-scale random apparent contact forces which can be integrated into a stochastic finite element model. Because the evaluation of their realizations is expensive, a generator for the random apparent contact force using the polynomial chaos expansion is constructed in an efficient way. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a unified model for flow-material interaction applied to porous charring ablators
Coheur, Joffrey ULg; Schrooyen, Pierre; Turchi, Alessandro et al

Conference (2017, June)

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See detailMagnetic Shielding Above 1 T at 20 K With Bulk, Large Grain YBCO Tubes Made by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Kumar, Numbury Devendra et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (2017), 27(4),

YBCO tubes of ~ 10 mm diameter closed at one extremity were engineered by a Buffer-Aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). These tubes can act as efficient “dc” magnetic shields and ... [more ▼]

YBCO tubes of ~ 10 mm diameter closed at one extremity were engineered by a Buffer-Aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). These tubes can act as efficient “dc” magnetic shields and are observed to reduce axial flux densities of 1.5 T by a factor of 100 at 20 K. Such performances are comparable in magnitude to the record threshold inductions reported for bulk MgB2 and Bi-2212 materials at lower temperatures. Magnetic shielding measurements for open and closed tubes at 77 K also show that the presence of the cap improves substantially the shielding performance at the closed extremity since it reduces the penetration through the open end. This fabrication technique is extremely promising for shielding “dc” stray fields generated by HTS magnets operated in a temperature range obtained by cryocoolers, liquid hydrogen (20 K) or liquid neon (27 K). [less ▲]

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See detailL'Année sartrienne, n° 31
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Book published by Groupe d'Etudes Sartriennes (2017)

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See detailInsect fatty acids: A comparison of lipids from three Orthopterans and Tenebrio molitor L. larvae
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2017), 20(2), 337-340

In order to explore some potential insect sources of food lipids, the lipid compositions of three Orthopterans (Acheta domesticus, Conocephalus discolor and Chorthippus parallelus) were analyzed and ... [more ▼]

In order to explore some potential insect sources of food lipids, the lipid compositions of three Orthopterans (Acheta domesticus, Conocephalus discolor and Chorthippus parallelus) were analyzed and compared with those of Tenebrio molitor larvae. A. domesticus, Co. discolor, Ch. parallelus and T. molitor larvae were found to contain approximately 15%, 13%, 10% and 32% lipids on dry weight, respectively. The lipids from three Orthopterans contain much higher amounts of essential fatty acids than those of T. molitor larvae. The two Orthopterans of the suborder Ensifera i.e., A. domesticus and Co. discolor contain linoleic acid in major quantities, while Ch. parallelus of the suborder Caelifera, contain α-linolenic acid in major quantities. The consumption of linoleic and α-linolenic fatty acid is linked with numerous health promoting effects. The factors that contribute to differences in fatty acid profiles of these insects are being discussed. At last the nutritional parameters including polyunsaturated to saturated and omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratios of these insect lipids are also being discussed to understand the potential role of these lipids in human nutrition. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic phase identification of smart meter measurement data
Olivier, Frédéric ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg

in Proc. of CIRED 2017 (2017, June)

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we ... [more ▼]

This paper highlights the importance of the knowledge of the phase identification for the different measurement points inside a low-voltage distribution network. Besides considering existing solutions, we propose a novel method for identifying the phases of the measurement devices, based exclusively on voltage measurement correlation. It relies on graph theory and the notion of maximum spanning tree. It has been tested on a real Belgian LV network, first with simulated unbalanced voltage for which it managed to correctly identify the phases of all measurement points, second, on preliminary data from a real measurement campaign for which it shows encouraging results. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing electric vehicles as flexible resource in power systems: A case study in the Netherlands
Beltramo, Agnese; Julea, Andreea; Refa, Nazir et al

in Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the European Energy Market (2017, June)

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency ... [more ▼]

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency, contributing to ensure security of supply, decrease CO2 emission and decrease local (especially urban) air pollution coming from the transport sector. With the increasing associated charging infrastructure deployment all over European countries, the demand coming from these technologies might impact the power system and potentially offer a source of flexibility through variable charging profiles and battery storage capacity options. In the recent years, the Dutch government has adopted several policy support mechanisms for EVs uptake, which made the Netherlands the country with the highest market share of electric cars in 2015 in the EU, and the second-highest share worldwide after Norway. This country is therefore a unique case study for the analysis of EVs charging demand and impact of the power sector. The recent uptake of EVs provides a significant amount of historical data regarding charging profiles, connection times or utilisation patterns pertaining this technology. This paper aims at exploiting such data to evaluate the current and future impact of electric vehicle deployment on the power system. To that end, historical data from 2015 are used in conjunction with the Dispa-SET model, a unit commitment and power dispatch model developed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. This aims at investigating the impact of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging demand on the current Dutch power system, under different hypotheses for BEV technology penetration and renewable energy deployment (i.e. wind and solar) in the country. In addition, looking at the entire connection periods when vehicles are plugged to the grid, the battery capacity connected to the system is estimated, based on commercial BEV battery characteristics. This total capacity is finally used as variable storage unit in the model, in order to investigate the impact that Vehicle to Grid (V2G) strategies could have on the optimal use of power resources available, with particular attention to Variable Renewable Energy (VRE). [less ▲]

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See detailPeriod–luminosity relations of fast-rotating B-type stars in the young open cluster NGC 3766
Saio, H.; Ekström, S.; Mowlavi, N. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 467(4), 3864-3873

We study the pulsational properties of rapidly rotating main-sequence B-type stars using linear non-adiabatic analysis of non-radial low-frequency modes taking into account the effect of rotation. We ... [more ▼]

We study the pulsational properties of rapidly rotating main-sequence B-type stars using linear non-adiabatic analysis of non-radial low-frequency modes taking into account the effect of rotation. We compare the properties of prograde sectoral g and retrograde r modes excited by the κ mechanism at the Fe opacity peak with the newly discovered period–luminosity relation that is obeyed by a group of fast-rotating B-type stars in the young open cluster NGC 3766. The observed relation consists of two sequences in the period versus magnitude diagram, at periods shorter than 0.5 d. We find that this property is consistent with similar period–luminosity relations predicted for excited sectoral prograde g modes of azimuthal orders m = −1 and −2 in fast-rotating stars along an isochrone. We further show that some of the rapidly rotating stars that have photometric variability with periods longer than a day may be caused by r-mode pulsation predicted to be excited in these stars. One fast-rotating star, in particular, shows both short and long periods that can be explained by the simultaneous excitation of g- and r-mode pulsations in models of fast-rotating stars. [less ▲]

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See detailSartre, héritier de Heidegger ? Quelques remarques à propos du circuit de l'ipséité dans "L'Être et le Néant".
Recchia, Fabio ULg

in Revista Ética e Filosofia Política (2017), 1

Dans le champ de la philosophie française contemporaine, la filiation philosophique entre Heidegger et Sartre continue de poser question à leurs successeurs. Faut-il concevoir le second comme le simple ... [more ▼]

Dans le champ de la philosophie française contemporaine, la filiation philosophique entre Heidegger et Sartre continue de poser question à leurs successeurs. Faut-il concevoir le second comme le simple promulgateur des doctrines phénoménologiques du premier ? dans quelle mesure, en effet, Sartre est-il l'héritier de la pensée heideggérienne ? Telle est la question que nous réexaminons dans notre texte en mobilisant un développement précis de L'Être et le Néant : la théorie du circuit de l'ipséité. Sur cette base nous mettons en évidence la manière dont l'ontologie phénoménologique nuance la pensée heideggérienne à partir de la philosophie de Bergson et l'anthropologie de Mauss - ouvrant ainsi la voie au projet des psychanalyses existentielles qui articule un dialogue entre la phénoménologie et les sciences sociales françaises autour du problème de la constitution de l'identité personnelle. [less ▲]

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