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See detailGenetic parameters of mid-infrared methane predictions and their relationships with milk production traits in Holstein cattle
Kandel, Purna; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure; Vanlierde, Amélie et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2017), 100(7), 5578-5591

Many countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. In this context, the dairy sector is one of the identified sectors to adapt production circumstances to address socio-environmental constraints due ... [more ▼]

Many countries have pledged to reduce greenhouse gases. In this context, the dairy sector is one of the identified sectors to adapt production circumstances to address socio-environmental constraints due to its large carbon footprint related to CH4 emission. This study aimed mainly to estimate (1) the genetic parameters of 2 milk mid-infrared-based CH4 proxies [predicted daily CH4 emission (PME, g/d), and log-transformed predicted CH4 intensity (LMI)] and (2) their genetic correlations with milk production traits [milk (MY), fat (FY), and protein (PY) yields] from first- and second-parity Holstein cows. A total of 336,126 and 231,400 mid-infrared CH4 phenotypes were collected from 56,957 and 34,992 first- and second-parity cows, respectively. The PME increased from the first to the second lactation (433 vs. 453 g/d) and the LMI decreased (2.93 vs. 2.86). We used 20 bivariate random regression test-day models to estimate the variance components. Moderate heritability values were observed for both CH4 traits, and those values decreased slightly from the first to the second lactation (0.25 ± 0.01 and 0.22 ± 0.01 for PME; 0.18 ± 0.01 and 0.17 ± 0.02 for LMI). Lactation phenotypic and genetic correlations were negative between PME and MY in both first and second lactations (−0.07 vs. −0.07 and −0.19 vs. −0.24, respectively). More close scrutiny revealed that relative increase of PME was lower with high MY levels even reverting to decrease, and therefore explaining the negative correlations, indicating that higher producing cows could be a mitigation option for CH4 emission. The PME phenotypic correlations were almost equal to 0 with FY and PY for both lactations. However, the genetic correlations between PME and FY were slightly positive (0.11 and 0.12), whereas with PY the correlations were slightly negative (−0.05 and −0.04). Both phenotypic and genetic correlations between LMI and MY or PY or FY were always relatively highly negative (from −0.21 to −0.88). As the genetic correlations between PME and LMI were strong (0.71 and 0.72 in first and second lactation), the selection of one trait would also strongly influence the other trait. However, in animal breeding context, PME, as a direct quantity CH4 proxy, would be preferred to LMI, which is a ratio trait of PME with a trait already in the index. The range of PME sire estimated breeding values were 22.1 and 29.41 kg per lactation in first and second parity, respectively. Further studies must be conducted to evaluate the effect of the introduction of PME in a selection index on the other traits already included in this index, such as, for instance, fertility or longevity. [less ▲]

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See detailElfriede Jelinek und die europärischen Literaturen - Intermedialität
Neelsen, Sarah ULg

in Janke, Pia; Fladischer, Konstanze (Eds.) Jelinek(Jahr)Buch. Elfriede Jelinek - Forschungszentrum 2016-2017 (2017)

Bereits im vergangenen interdisziplinären Workshop für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, den die Forschungsplattform Elfriede Jelinek 2014 an der Universität Wien veranstaltet hatte (Elfriede Jelinek „Es ist ... [more ▼]

Bereits im vergangenen interdisziplinären Workshop für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, den die Forschungsplattform Elfriede Jelinek 2014 an der Universität Wien veranstaltet hatte (Elfriede Jelinek „Es ist sprechen und aus“), hatte sich eine Arbeitsgruppe intermedialen Fragestellungen in Jelineks Werk gewidmet. Damals ging es vornehmlich um Jelineks Essays zum Film (Susanne Teutsch), ihr Stück Rechnitz (der Würgeengel) (Bettina Wodianka, Aline Vennemann), sowie ihren Roman Die Klavierspielerin (Beate Schirrmacher). Während die Kurztexte und Rechnitz auch dieses Jahr von der Arbeitsgruppe unter Betracht gezogen wurden, kamen zwei Theaterstücke neu hinzu: das bisher wenig beachtete Kein Licht (2011) und das hingegen viel besprochene Die Schutzbefohlenen (2013). Diese Auswahl bestätigt den aktuellen Fokus auf Elfriede Jelineks Theater insbesondere auf ihre aktuellsten Stücke. Thematisch überschnitten sich die Diskussionen der zwei Gruppen eindeutig hinsichtlich der Frage von Körper und Performativität, sowie von Vermittlung und Übersetzung (ausgehend von der so bedeutungsvollen Figur des Boten in Rechnitz). Jedoch geschah auch eine Verlagerung von der medialen und zeitlichen Vermittlung (Übertragung zurückliegender Ereignisse in Körper und Sprache) hin zu einer kulturellen und räumlichen Vermittlung (Übertragung von Ereignissen zwischen verschiedenen Kontinenten). Ähnliches geschah auch bezüglich der Kernfrage der Intermedialität, die in eine breitere historische Perspektive gesetzt wurde (Jelinek und Leonardo da Vinci). Der Nachdruck lag weniger auf medialen Verknüpfungen innerhalb eines Kunstwerkes als auf den Beziehungen zwischen Kunstwerken verschiedener Sparten. Diese Tatsache erklärt auch den im Vergleich zu 2014 leicht veränderten Namen der Arbeitsgruppe, nämlich „(Inter)Medialität“. [less ▲]

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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 detailNondestructive inspection of aerospace composites by a fiber-coupled laser ultrasonics system
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Languy, Fabian ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2017, June)

Laser ultrasonics is a technique currently studied for nondestructive inspection of aerospace composite structures based on carbon fibers. It combines a pulsed laser impacting the surface generates an ... [more ▼]

Laser ultrasonics is a technique currently studied for nondestructive inspection of aerospace composite structures based on carbon fibers. It combines a pulsed laser impacting the surface generates an ultrasound inside the material, through the nondestructive thermoelastic effect. Second a detection interferometer probes the impacted point in order to measure the displacement of the surface resulting from the emitted ultrasound wave and the echo coming back from the different interfaces of the structure. Laser ultrasonics is of interest for inspecting complex shaped composites. We have studied the possibility of using frequency doubled YAG laser for the generation and which is fiber-coupled, together with a fiber-coupled interferometric probe using a YAG laser in the NIR. Our final system is a lightweight probe attached to a robot arm and which is able to scan complex shapes. The performances of the system are compared for different wavelengths of generations. Also we have studied some experimental parameters of interest such as tolerance to angle and focus distance, and different geometries of generation beams. We show some examples of inspection of reference parts with known defects. In particular C-scans of curved composites structures are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités dans le traitement des tendinopathies
Sauvant, Céline; Kaux, Jean-François ULg

in Journal de Traumatologie du Sport (2017), 34(2), 99-107

Tendon injuries caused by overuse have been described as “tendinitis” for years before it was demonstrated that the histopathological process wasnot due to intratendinous inflammation. Cook and Purdam ... [more ▼]

Tendon injuries caused by overuse have been described as “tendinitis” for years before it was demonstrated that the histopathological process wasnot due to intratendinous inflammation. Cook and Purdam proposed a continuum model of tendon pathology, which provides a better understandingof the condition and the possibility to adapt the treatment. This allows a better recovery and a lower recurrence rate of the tendinopathy. This articleis a review of current treatments used in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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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 detailMise en forme de principe actif par double émulsion pour application pharmaceutique
Roex, Edith ULg

Master's dissertation (2017)

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See detailTraumatologie des sports olympiques de ballon en salle. Partie 1: le basket-ball
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Roberjot, Mathieu; DELVAUX, François ULg et al

in Journal de Traumatologie du Sport (2017), 34(2), 108-113

Basketball, handball and volleyball are three indoor ball sports played in the Olympic Games. An important solicitation of the upper limbs is acommon characteristic of these three sports. The main ... [more ▼]

Basketball, handball and volleyball are three indoor ball sports played in the Olympic Games. An important solicitation of the upper limbs is acommon characteristic of these three sports. The main objective of this review of the literature is to analyze the types of injury occurring in thesethree indoor ball games, looking for the specific localizations and their potential causes. Each sport will be discussed in a specific publication.Basketball is a very popular sport with a growing number of participants. The intensity of the game has increased as it has become more physical,leading to an increasing number of injuries. Ankle sprain is the most common injury in basketball. Back pain, finger fracture and tendon injury(jumper’s knee) or knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament tears) are also common. The main mechanism of traumatic injury is direct contact withthe opponent (during games) but there is also an increasing number of over-solicitation injuries. The length of time players must avoid sportsactivities after injury depends on the type of injury involved. [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 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 detailForeign Policy & International Development
Carlsen, Henrik; Pearson, Nakia ULg

in High-end Climate Change Policy Booklet (2017)

The conceptual framework for the chapter is based on the notion of “transnational climate impacts” (Benzie et al, 2016). By this we mean impacts that will require adaptation in the EU as a result of ... [more ▼]

The conceptual framework for the chapter is based on the notion of “transnational climate impacts” (Benzie et al, 2016). By this we mean impacts that will require adaptation in the EU as a result of climate change in other countries. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Non-negative matrix Factorization of grey matter in age prediction
Varikuti, Deepthi; Genon, Sarah ULg; Sotiras, Aristeidis et al

Poster (2017, June)

Introduction: It has been shown that machine-learning methods applied to voxel-based morphometry (VBM) data allows the prediction of brain age [1]. Dimensionality reduction is a critical aspect of such ... [more ▼]

Introduction: It has been shown that machine-learning methods applied to voxel-based morphometry (VBM) data allows the prediction of brain age [1]. Dimensionality reduction is a critical aspect of such brain-based prediction of phenotypical characteristics to counter the curse of dimensionality associated with voxel-wise analysis. While previous age-predictions have employed PCA based compression, non-negative matrix factorization (NNMF) has recently been suggested as a plausible factorization of high-dimensional VBM data [4]. Non-negativity and sparsity of the components obtained from NNMF facilitate relatively more optimal solution than the PCA based compression [4]. Here, we evaluate, i) whether NNMF compression allows predictions of biological age that reproduce those from previously reported analyses [2], ii) the impact of the NNMF’s granularity on the prediction accuracy, iii) the possible effect of the factorizations derived from different datasets on the prediction, and iv) whether explicit adjustment can address the model bias inherent to many brain-based predictions. Methods: VBM8 preprocessing (using only non-linear modulation and 8 mm FWHM smoothing [3]) was used to compute voxel-wise GM volumes for two datasets, 1) 693 healthy older adults (age: 55-75 years) scanned at a single site (“1000BRAINS) [1], 2) 1084 healthy adults (age: 18-81 years), scanned at multiple sites (“Mixed”) (Fig 1A). NNMF solutions for both groups were derived at different levels of granularity. Age prediction was performed by fitting LASSO regression models either on the coefficient matrix from the respective NNMF or by those that were derived from projecting a group’s data on the respective other groups components. Model generalization was evaluated by 10-fold cross-validation replicated 25 times. To address the known bias towards the mean, i.e., overestimation of young and underestimation of older subjects, we additionally tested models that explicitly fitted the regression-slope between the real and predicted training set and used this to adjust the expected slope of the test set to 45 degrees. Results: In both datasets, NNMF components resembled neurobiologically reasonable patterning of the brain (Fig 1B). Prediction accuracy based on the projection of data on the components from either group was virtually identical (Fig 2A). For both datasets, mean absolute errors (MAE) declined with higher granularity of the components and reached values well comparable to previous approaches even when using components derived from an independent sample (MAE: 3.6 years for 1000BRAINS; 6.4 years for Mixed). Plotting the prediction error relative to the biological age of the subjects revealed the bias towards the mean across both datasets (Fig 2B). Adjusting for the slope estimated in the training set allows removing this bias, though it needs to be noted that this comes at the cost of reduced precision, i.e., unbiased estimates yield a slightly higher MAE. Conclusion: NNMF allows the definition of co-variation patterns in VBM data. Due to the non- negativity and sparseness, NNMF enable substantially easier and higher biological interpretation than other methods for data compression such as PCA [4]. We showed that NNMF compression of VBM data over the lifespan allows predicting previously unseen subjects’ age with a precision that is comparable to earlier reports using PCA for data compression [2], while offering the potential for neurobiological interpretation. Importantly, accuracy seems to be independent of whether the components were derived from the same dataset or from a dataset that is not only independent but also different in age distribution. We note that accuracies tend to continuously decrease with higher granularity, although performance tends to plateau at about 300 components. Finally, adjusting the inherent bias of sparse regression models yields unbiased out-of-sample predictions but comes at the expense of slightly higher mean errors. [less ▲]

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See detailProfiling inferior left dorsal premotor cortex: when Area 55b meets Premotor Eye-Field
Genon, Sarah ULg; Reid, Andrew; Langner, Robert et al

Poster (2017, June)

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See detailRegistered partnerships
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

in Basedow, Jürgen; Ferrari, Franco; de Miguel Asensio, Pedro (Eds.) et al EUROPEAN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW (2017)

This entry in the European Encyclopedia of Private International Law attempts to present the current state of the law in relation to registered partnerships. After an overview of the relevant sources ... [more ▼]

This entry in the European Encyclopedia of Private International Law attempts to present the current state of the law in relation to registered partnerships. After an overview of the relevant sources, attention is paid to the issue of characterization. The law applicable to the access to partnerships and effects of such partnerships is also covered. [less ▲]

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See detailA decision support tool for transient stability preventive control
Pertl, Michael; Weckesser, Johannes ULg; Rezkalla, Michel et al

in Electric Power Systems Research (2017), 147

The paper presents a decision support tool for transient stability preventive control contributing to increased situation awareness of control room operators by providing additional information about the ... [more ▼]

The paper presents a decision support tool for transient stability preventive control contributing to increased situation awareness of control room operators by providing additional information about the state of the power system in terms of transient stability. A time-domain approach is used to assess the transient stability for potentially critical faults. Potential critical fault locations are identified by a critical bus screening through analysis of pre-disturbance steady-state conditions. The identified buses are subject to a fast critical contingency screening determining the actual critical contingencies/buses. These two screenings aim at reducing the computational burden of the assessment, since only contingencies considered as critical are taken into account. The critical clearing times for the critical contingencies are determined. A preventive re-dispatch of generators to ensure a predefined minimum critical clearing time for faults at all buses is proposed, while costs are minimized. The results of the assessment are presented to the control room operator, who decides to accept the suggested dispatch or to repeat the assessment considering additional user-specific constraints. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated on a standard nine-bus and the New England test system. [less ▲]

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See detailInitiatives et mécanismes correcteurs
Guisset, AL; Dispas, H; Meunier, P et al

in Santé Conjuguée (2017), 79

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