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See detailLa reconnaissance des génocides et la répression du négationnisme
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

in Courrier Hebdomadaire du CRISP (2016), 2304-2305

La reconnaissance politique d’un génocide et la répression de la négation de celui-ci représentent deux enjeux d’une grande importance symbolique. Surtout, elles constituent un exercice très délicat pour ... [more ▼]

La reconnaissance politique d’un génocide et la répression de la négation de celui-ci représentent deux enjeux d’une grande importance symbolique. Surtout, elles constituent un exercice très délicat pour l’autorité politique qui pose de tels actes. Il s’agit en effet de consacrer une vérité historique et de dicter le souvenir qui doit en être véhiculé. L’intervention d’une instance politique dans le champ de l’histoire et de la mémoire est toujours entourée de nombreux débats. Les discussions, souvent vives, portent sur diverses questions. Le principe d’une action législative dans un tel domaine est-il recevable et pertinent ? Quelle définition de « génocide » convient-il d’adopter ? La répression du négationnisme est-elle de nature à justifier une limitation de la liberté d’expression ? Si oui, dans quelle mesure cette restriction s’applique-t-elle aussi aux chercheurs ? Lorsqu’il s’agit d’événements historiques relatifs à un autre État, faut-il faire primer l’éthique et la morale sur la diplomatie ? Les réponses à ces interrogations fondamentales se cristallisent dans des lignes de fracture qui échappent aux clivages partisans classiques. En Belgique, les initiatives de reconnaissance des crimes de génocide et de pénalisation de leur négation sont le fait des deux chambres du Parlement fédéral. Elles ont abouti à diverses dispositions législatives, telles la loi réprimant la négation du génocide commis par le régime nazi à l’encontre des Juifs pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale (1995), une résolution relative au génocide perpétré par l’Empire ottoman à l’encontre des Arméniens en 1915 (1998), une résolution sur le génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda en 1994 (2004) et une résolution relative à la commémoration du centenaire du génocide arménien (2015). G. Grandjean retrace et éclaire l’ensemble des débats parlementaires qui se sont tenus en Belgique depuis 1992 autour de la question de la mémoire des crimes de masse. Son Courrier hebdomadaire offre les clés de lecture pour la compréhension des débats en cours quant à une extension de la loi de 1995. [less ▲]

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See detailLa nostra «avvelenata» (Guccini non ne ha colpa)
Curreri, Luciano ULg; Belletti, Gabriele

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailLa fiction au défi du virtuel
Huppe, Justine ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December 02)

Dans un premier temps, nous reviendrons sur la manière dont on a tenté de définir la fiction, à partir de ses « attracteurs sémantiques » (Schaeffer, 2005), puis en nous attachant à sa définition ... [more ▼]

Dans un premier temps, nous reviendrons sur la manière dont on a tenté de définir la fiction, à partir de ses « attracteurs sémantiques » (Schaeffer, 2005), puis en nous attachant à sa définition pragmatique qui domine largement aujourd’hui (de Searle à Caïra, en passant par Walton, Currie ou encore Schaeffer). Nous interrogerons quelques uns des concepts fondamentaux de cette approche (la feintise, l’immersion, le pacte pragmatique). Ensuite, nous nous intéresserons de plus près à un imaginaire lui aussi dominant : celui de la fiction définie comme « monde » ou « ouvreuse de mondes ». Il s’agira d’éclairer les conditions historiques dans lequel ce paradigme s’est forgé (lassitude du paradigme formaliste, développement de la logique des mondes possibles, popularisation des sciences cognitives, avènement des technologies virtuelles). Dans un second temps, nous nous intéresserons précisément à ces technologies qualifiées de « virtuelles ». Nous décrirons les caractéristiques du codage numériques et les possibilités qu’il offre à la fiction, tout en le replaçant dans une histoire culturelle qui, à l’avènement de nouvelles pratiques et supports pour la fiction, a souvent vu resurgir un certain argumentaire anti-mimétique. Nous mettrons également en lumière les enjeux que le numérique représente pour la fiction : ce qu’il déstabilise (ou non), mais surtout ce qu'il questionne (immersion, identification, frontière juridique…). [less ▲]

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See detailSpace Thermal Analysis through Reduced Finite Element Modelling
Jacques, Lionel ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for structure design. However, it is not often exploited for the thermal analysis of space structures for which the ... [more ▼]

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for structure design. However, it is not often exploited for the thermal analysis of space structures for which the use of the lumped parameter method is still commonplace. To alleviate the computational burden of the FEM for thermal analyses involving conduction and radiation, an innovative global conductive-radiative reduction scheme based on the clustering of the finite element mesh is presented. The proposed method leads to a significant reduction of the number of radiative exchange factors (REFs) to compute and size of the corresponding matrix. It further keeps accurate conduction information by introducing the concept of physically meaningful super nodes associated to the clusters from which are derived the reduced conductive couplings. To complement the reduction of the number of faces, an improved Monte Carlo ray tracing algorithm is developed. It provides better accuracy and convergence rate than the classic Monte Carlo method. The algorithm is adapted to the partitioned FE mesh and includes quadrics fitting for accurate normal representation. The resulting conductive-radiative reduced model is solved using standard iterative techniques and the detailed mesh temperatures, recovered from the super nodes temperatures, can be directly exploited for thermo-mechanical analysis. The proposed global reduction method is validated on several space structures and is benchmarked against ESATAN-TMS, the standard thermal analysis software used in the European aerospace industry. [less ▲]

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See detailCooperative spontaneous emission with quantized atomic motion
Damanet, François ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

In this thesis, we present investigations on the cooperative dynamics of (ultra)cold atoms coupled to the electromagnetic field in vacuum. The main objective is to identify the consequences of the ... [more ▼]

In this thesis, we present investigations on the cooperative dynamics of (ultra)cold atoms coupled to the electromagnetic field in vacuum. The main objective is to identify the consequences of the quantization of the atomic center-of-mass motion on the atoms-field dynamics, more particularly the atomic \emph{internal} dynamics including dipole-dipole interactions and cooperative spontaneous emission processes. For this purpose, we derive a Markovian master equation for the internal state of a collection of two-level atoms coupled to vacuum accounting for all effects related to the quantization of their motion. These effects depend on three characteristic lengths that can be tuned experimentally: the interatomic distance $r$, the wavelength $\lambda$ of the emitted radiation, and the typical size $\ell$ of the atomic wave packets. This leads to a rich panel of phenomena depending on the hierarchy between these characteristic lengths. Our master equation provides a unifying picture of the consequences of recoil and quantum statistics (bosonic or fermionic) on both the internal dissipative and conservative dynamics, and applies equally well to distinguishable and indistinguishable atoms. It is valid even beyond the Lamb-Dicke regime, i.e.\ for large recoil effects. We give general expressions for the decay rates and the dipole-dipole shifts entering the master equation for arbitrary motional states, and we find closed-form formulas for a number of relevant states (Gaussian states, harmonic oscillator eigenstates, Bose-Einstein condensates motional states). In particular, we show they can be strongly influenced by the motional state of the atoms, which suggests the possibility to quantum program their internal dynamics through motional state engineering. Based on the derived master equation, we investigate in full detail the super- and subradiance phenomena arising from a collection of indistinguishable atoms. Due to the symmetry (for bosons) or antisymmetry (for fermions) of the global state under exchange of atoms, the internal dynamics is restricted to the permutation invariant subspace whose dimension grows as $N^2$ with $N$ the number of atoms. In this particular case, the master equation involves only three rates: a single-atom decay rate $\gamma_0$, a cooperative decay rate $\gamma$ and a collective dipole-dipole shift $\Delta_\mathrm{dd}$. We solve the dynamics exactly for $2$ atoms, numerically for up to $30$ atoms, and obtain the large-$N$ limit by a mean-field approach. We show that a superradiant enhancement of the radiated intensity is always observed for a sufficiently large number of atoms. As regards subradiance, we show that exact decoherence free subspaces that protect against spontaneous emission through destructive interference of individual spontaneous emission amplitudes exist only in the limit of classically localized atoms, i.e.\ for atoms in infinitely steep traps. We assess the validity of our master equation in the optical domain through the study of the exact atoms-field dynamics. Among others, this complementary approach gives access to the vibrational state populations of the atoms after a photon emission and to the angular dependence of the emission spectrum. It also highlights the complex interplay between the atomic internal and motional states, such as the entanglement transfer that can occur during the collective decay of the atoms. Moreover, it opens the door for the study of the non-Markovianity of the internal dynamics. In conclusion, our thesis provides a comprehensive picture of the consequences of the quantization of the atomic motion on cooperative spontaneous emission processes and contributes to the development of theoretical tools for the study of the internal dynamics of (ultra)cold atoms. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge neighborhood search for multi-trip vehicle routing
François, Véronique ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Operational Research (2016), 255(2), 422-441

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close ... [more ▼]

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close to each other or when their demands are large. A common approach consists of solving this problem by combining vehicle routing heuristics with bin packing routines in order to assign routes to vehicles. We compare this approach with a heuristic that makes use of specific operators designed to tackle the routing and the assignment aspects of the problem simultaneously. Two large neighborhood search heuristics are proposed to perform the comparison. We provide insights into the configuration of the proposed algorithms by analyzing the behavior of several of their components. In particular, we question the impact of the roulette wheel mechanism. We also observe that guiding the search with an objective function designed for the multi-trip case is crucial even when exploring the solution space of the vehicle routing problem. We provide several best known solutions for benchmark instances. [less ▲]

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See detailL'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs. Analyse comparée de la Belgique, la France et le Canada
Parotte, Céline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Comment l'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs, tel qu'il a évolué au cours des deux dernières décennies, a-t-il redéfini les enjeux sociotechniques du programme de gestion des déchets ... [more ▼]

Comment l'art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs, tel qu'il a évolué au cours des deux dernières décennies, a-t-il redéfini les enjeux sociotechniques du programme de gestion des déchets hautement radioactifs et réciproquement? Telle est la question qui traverse cette thèse. Combinant l'analytique de gouvernement (Dean 2010) à une approche co-productionniste forte (Joly 2015), trois régimes de pratiques de gouvernement, en France, en Belgique et au Canada sont scrutés et comparés. Cet écrit propose de suivre l'objet, en cinq chapitres, depuis sa définition (au travers des systèmes de classification), en passant par l’élaboration, la mise en oeuvre territoriale et l'évaluation régulière de son programme de gestion. Chemin faisant, nous cherchons à comprendre comment le dépôt géologique est resté l’option de référence clef pour la catégorie "déchet hautement radioactif". Différentes co-productions seront mises à jour révélant l'asymétrie de pouvoir entre les acteurs, la trajectoire (dis)continue du programme et le caractère expérimental de l’art de gouverner les déchets hautement radioactifs. Un art expérimental, dont nous soutenons que les formes peuvent varier, entre autres, selon l'attitude des expérimentateurs. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized Pascal triangles and binomial coefficients of words
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Poster (2016, December 01)

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word ... [more ▼]

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpinski gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. From the extended Pascal triangle obtained when p is equal to 2, we derive a sequence of which we study the regularity and the asymptotic behavior of the summatory function. Inspired from this regularity, we extend our results to another famous numeration systems, namely the Zeckendorff numeration system. [less ▲]

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See detailASSURANCE QUALITE et RECHERCHE …
Hubert, Philippe ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December 01)

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See detailAspects du bilinguisme à Rome
Rochette, Bruno ULg

Conference (2016, December 01)

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See detailHistoire politique de la construction européenne
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailNutritional Composition and Rearing Potential of the Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus parallelus Zetterstedt)
Paul, Aman ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg et al

in Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology (2016), 19(4), 1111-1116

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are ... [more ▼]

Insects, particularly those belonging to the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), are commonly consumed as human food in many parts of the world. Grasshoppers of the species Chorthippus parallelus are abundantly found throughout Europe. However, these insects were not consumed by Europeans till now, but could possibly be used as human food, which is why we investigated their chemical composition. We found that they contain high level of proteins (69%), with an excellent amino acid profile and protein digestibility (97%). Furthermore, specimens of C. parallelus have an interesting fatty acids profile and minerals composition. Preliminary toxicity assessment indicates that these insects do not exhibit toxicity towards neutrophil cells (white blood cells). These data suggest that C. parallelus could be considered for human consumption. Rearing trials done during the study show that commercial rearing could be developed to produce sufficient biomass for sustaining human consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailValidity and reliability of the French translation of the VISA-A questionnaire for Achilles tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

in Disability & Rehabilitation (2016), 38(26), 2593-2599

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA ... [more ▼]

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA-A into French and to study the reliability and validity of this French version, the VISA-AF. Method The VISA-A was translated into French to produce the VISA-AF using a validated methodology in six steps. Thereafter, several psychometric properties of this French version such as test–retest reliability, internal consistency, construct validity and floor and ceiling effects were evaluated. Therefore, we recruited 116 subjects, distributed into 3 groups: pathological patients (n¼31), at-risk athletes (n¼63) and healthy people (n¼22). Results The final version of the VISAAF was approved by an expert committee. On a scale ranging from 0 to 100, the average scores of the VISA-AF obtained were 59 (± 18) for the pathological group, 99 (± 1) for the healthy group and 94 (± 7) for the at-risk group. The VISA-AF shows excellent reliability, low correlations with the discriminant subscales of the SF-36 and moderate correlations with the convergent subscales of the SF-36. Conclusions The French version of the VISA-A is equivalent to its original version and is a reliable and valid questionnaire for French-speaking patients with Achilles tendinopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailTriclosan exposure results in alterations of thyroid hormone status and retarded early development and metamorphosis in Cyprinodon variegatus
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg; Dussenne, Mélanie ULg et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2016), 181

Thyroid hormones are critically involved in somatic growth, development and metamorphosis of vertebrates. The structural similarity between thyroid hormones and triclosan, an antimicrobial compound widely ... [more ▼]

Thyroid hormones are critically involved in somatic growth, development and metamorphosis of vertebrates. The structural similarity between thyroid hormones and triclosan, an antimicrobial compound widely employed in consumer personal care products, suggests triclosan can have adverse effects on the thyroid system. The sheepshead minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, is now used in ecotoxicological studies that have recently begun to focus on potential disruption of the thyroid axis by endocrine disrupting compounds. Here, we investigate the in vivo effects of exposure to triclosan (20, 50, and 100 μg L−1) on the thyroid system and the embryonic and larval development of C. variegatus. Triclosan exposure did not affect hatching success, but delayed hatching time by 6–13 h compared to control embryos. Triclosan exposure affected the ontogenetic variations of whole body thyroid hormone concentrations during the larval phase. The T3 peak around 12–15 dph, described to be indicative for the metamorphosis climax in C. variegatus, was absent in triclosan-exposed larvae. Triclosan exposure did not produce any deformity or allometric repatterning, but a delayed development of 18–32 h was observed. We conclude that the triclosan-induced disruption of the thyroid system delays in vivo the start of metamorphosis in our experimental model. We observed a global developmental delay of 24–45 h, equivalent to 4–7% prolongation of the developmental time in C. variegatus. The costs of delayed metamorphosis can lead to reduction of juvenile fitness and could be a determining factor in the outcome of competitive interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-lived subduction and exhumation in Western Papua (Wandamen peninsula): Co-existence of HP and HT metamorphic rocks in a young geodynamic setting
François, Camille ULg; de Sigoyer, Julia; Pubellier, Manuel et al

in Lithos (2016), 266-267

Understanding processes of formation of accretionary wedges requires studying young and well preserved examples. The Lengguru wedge (West Papua) is younger than 10 Myr and is a result of oblique and fast ... [more ▼]

Understanding processes of formation of accretionary wedges requires studying young and well preserved examples. The Lengguru wedge (West Papua) is younger than 10 Myr and is a result of oblique and fast subduction (11cm/yr) of the Bird’s Head (a part of the Australian margin beneath the Melanesian Arc). Thus, the rapid formation of this wedge (actually a Fold and Thrust Belt) may be attributed to a single tectonic event. High pressure (HP) metabasic and metasedimentary rocks have been discovered in the core of the wedge in the Wandamen peninsula. Locally, these rocks are overprinted by migmatization during the decompression. Field relationships indicate that migmatites and anatectic leucogranite crosscut the HP metamorphic rocks. This paper reports characterization of petrology and thermobarometry of metasediments and metabasic samples, all included in a former mélange-type rock association, as well as geochronology of metasediments. Pressure-Temperature (PT) conditions highlight two stages of metamorphism within a small time bracket. In metasediments, a first stage of relatively HP (~13-17 kbar) is observed as attested by a first paragenesis of garnet-kyanite-phengite. Garnet, kyanite and phengite are then destabilized in favor of biotite during the decompression (5-12 kbar and > 550°C). Late fractures filled with chlorite and a second generation of white mica crosscut the foliation (< 7 kbar and 500-600°C). In metabasic rocks, the peak of pressure is reached from 15 to 23 kbar and from 525 to 650°C. Geochronological study was conducted using U-Pb dating (LA-MC-ICPMS) on zircons from the metasedimentary and migmatitic rocks. Some zircon cores often present high Th/U ratio typical for magmatic origin, as confirmed by trace element signature of metasediments, and recorded ages older than 300 Ma, witness of the activity of a volcanic arc on the former margin of the Australian craton. Most others zircons presents a low Th/U ratio attesting their metamorphic origin, confirmed by inclusions of kyanite. The metamorphic zircons are dated between 5.61 ± 0.04 Ma and 8.1 ± 1.1 Ma. These very young metamorphic ages attest for a rapid subduction and exhumation event. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine Learning based Prediction of Internet Path Dynamics
Wassermann, Sarah ULg; Casas, Pedro; Donnet, Benoît ULg

in ACM CoNEXT Student Workshop: Irvine 12 décembre 2016 (2016, December)

We study the problem of predicting Internet path changes and path performance using traceroute and machine-learning techniques. Path changes are frequently linked to path inflation and performance ... [more ▼]

We study the problem of predicting Internet path changes and path performance using traceroute and machine-learning techniques. Path changes are frequently linked to path inflation and performance degradation. Therefore, predicting their occurrence could improve the analysis of path dynamics using traceroute. By relying on neural networks and using empirical distribution based input features, we show that we are able to predict (i) the remaining life time of a path before it actually changes, and (ii) the number of path changes in a certain time slot with relatively high accuracy. We also show that it is possible to predict path performance in terms of latency, opening the door to novel, machine-learning-based approaches for RTT prediction. [less ▲]

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See detailIncentives and barriers to environmental inequality mobilization: A case-study analysis in Wallonia, Belgium
Lejeune, Zoé ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Environmental Science and Policy (2016), 66

Environmental inequality scholarship has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and racial minorities, and to challenge public policies. Most studies are ... [more ▼]

Environmental inequality scholarship has sought to shed light on the unequal environmental conditions borne by poor people and racial minorities, and to challenge public policies. Most studies are concerned either with assessing the unequal distribution of environmental amenities and disamenities or with exploring the theoretical foundations of environmental justice movements. We propose an original approach to environmental inequality, focused not only on the unequal distribution of environmental burdens but also on two other types of factors: the capacity to mobilize and engage in community organizations on the one hand and the spatial dimension of environmental inequalities on the other. The evidence for this study is from an opinion survey carried out in 2012 with 1298 individuals. We use a two-step cluster analysis method to compute a classification system based on four categories of variables: socio-economic, environmental, spatial, and social capital. [less ▲]

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See detailRéforme du bonus logement et instauration du Chèque habitat en Wallonie
Voisin, Fanny ULg

in Les Echos du Logement (2016), 118

Description technique de la réforme du bonus logement entreprise en Région wallonne pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus au plus tard le 31 décembre 2015 et pour les contrats d’emprunt ... [more ▼]

Description technique de la réforme du bonus logement entreprise en Région wallonne pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus au plus tard le 31 décembre 2015 et pour les contrats d’emprunt hypothécaire conclus à partir du 1er janvier 2016. [less ▲]

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