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See detailL’e-commerce profite-t-il de l’harmonisation européenne des règles de protection du consommateur ?
Jacob, Damien ULg

in Carneroli, Sandrine; Colantonio, Fred; Laurent, Philippe (Eds.) et al Les entreprises et l'e-business: nouvelles tendances (2016)

Le 13 juin 2014 marquait la date limite d’entrée en vigueur dans tous les États membres de la législation harmonisée sur les règles de protection du consommateur en cas d’achat à distance. Pourquoi cette ... [more ▼]

Le 13 juin 2014 marquait la date limite d’entrée en vigueur dans tous les États membres de la législation harmonisée sur les règles de protection du consommateur en cas d’achat à distance. Pourquoi cette législation a-t-elle été mise en œuvre ? Comment cela s’est-il passé sur le terrain ? La réglementation protège-t-elle mieux l’e-consommateur ? Comment les professionnels de l’e-commerce l’ont-ils perçue ? Peut-on maintenant parler d’un marché unique de l’e-commerce au niveau européen ? [less ▲]

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See detailCost-effectiveness of personalized supplementation with vitamin D-rich dairy products in the prevention of osteoporotic fractures
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Hiligsmann, Mickaël; Burlet, Nansa et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016), 27

Summary: Titrated supplementations with vitamin D-fortified yogurt, based on spontaneous calcium and vitamin D intakes, can be cost-effective in postmenopausal women with or without increased risk of ... [more ▼]

Summary: Titrated supplementations with vitamin D-fortified yogurt, based on spontaneous calcium and vitamin D intakes, can be cost-effective in postmenopausal women with or without increased risk of osteoporotic fractures. Introduction: The objective of this study is to assess the costeffectiveness of the vitamin D-fortified yogurt given to women with and without an increased risk of osteoporotic fracture. Methods: Avalidated cost-effectiveness microsimulation Markov model of osteoporosis management was used. Three personalized supplementation scenarios to reflect the Ca/Vit D needs taking into account the well-known variations in dietary habits and a possible pharmacological supplementation in Ca/ Vit D, given above or in combination with anti-osteoporosis medications: one yogurt per day, i.e., 400 mg of Ca+200 IU of Vit D (scenario 1 U), two yogurts per day, i.e., 800 mg of Ca+ 400 IU of Vit D (scenario 2 U), or three yogurts per day, i.e., 1, 200 mg of Ca+600 IU of Vit D (scenario 3 U). Results: One yogurt is cost-effective in the general population above the age of 70 years and in all age groups in women with low bone mineral density (BMD) or prevalent vertebral fracture (PVF). The daily intake of two yogurts is cost-effective above 80 years in the general population and above 70 years in the two groups of women at increased risk of fractures. However, an intake of three yogurts per day is only cost-effective above 80 years old in the general population, as well as in women with low BMD or PVF. Conclusions: Our study is the first economic analysis supporting the cost-effectiveness of dairy products, fortified with vitamin D, in the armamentarium against osteoporotic fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailVaricella paediatric hospitalisations in Belgium: a 1-year national survey.
Blumental, Sophie; Sabbe, Martine; Lepage, Philippe et al

in Archives of disease in childhood (2016), 101(1), 16-22

BACKGROUND: Varicella universal vaccination (UV) has been implemented in many countries for several years. Nevertheless, varicella UV remains debated in Europe and few data are available on the real ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Varicella universal vaccination (UV) has been implemented in many countries for several years. Nevertheless, varicella UV remains debated in Europe and few data are available on the real burden of infection. We assessed the burden of varicella in Belgium through analysis of hospitalised cases during a 1-year period. METHODS: Data on children admitted to hospital with varicella were collected through a national network from November 2011 to October 2012. Inclusion criteria were either acute varicella or related complications up to 3 weeks after the rash. RESULTS: Participation of 101 hospitals was obtained, covering 97.7% of the total paediatric beds in Belgium. 552 children were included with a median age of 2.1 years. Incidence of paediatric varicella hospitalisations reached 29.5/10(5) person-years, with the highest impact among those 0-4 years old (global incidence and odds of hospitalisation: 79/10(5) person-years and 1.6/100 varicella cases, respectively). Only 14% (79/552) of the cohort had an underlying chronic condition. 65% (357/552) of children had >/=1 complication justifying their admission, 49% were bacterial superinfections and 10% neurological disorders. Only a quarter of children (141/552) received acyclovir. Incidence of complicated hospitalised cases was 19/10(5) person-years. Paediatric intensive care unit admission and surgery were required in 4% and 3% of hospitalised cases, respectively. Mortality among Belgian paediatric population was 0.5/10(6) and fatality ratio 0.2% among our cohort. CONCLUSIONS: Varicella demonstrated a substantial burden of disease in Belgian children, especially among the youngest. Our thorough nationwide study, run in a country without varicella UV, offers data to support varicella UV in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamical thermalization in Bose-Hubbard systems
Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Shepelyansky, Dima L.

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016), 93

We numerically study a Bose-Hubbard ring of finite size with disorder containing a finite number of bosons that are subject to an on-site two-body interaction. Our results show that moderate interactions ... [more ▼]

We numerically study a Bose-Hubbard ring of finite size with disorder containing a finite number of bosons that are subject to an on-site two-body interaction. Our results show that moderate interactions induce dynamical thermalization in this isolated system. In this regime the individual many-body eigenstates are well described by the standard thermal Bose-Einstein distribution for well-defined values of the temperature and the chemical potential, which depend on the eigenstate under consideration. We show that the dynamical thermalization conjecture works well at both positive and negative temperatures. The relations to quantum chaos, quantum ergodicity, and the Åberg criterion are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMultistep Reaction Telescoping
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2016, January)

https://www.uhasselt.be/flow-chemistry-workshop-2016

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See detailRe-visiting plant plasma membrane lipids in tobacco: a focus on sphingolipids
Cacas, Jean Luc; Buré, Corinne; Grosjean, Kevin et al

in Plant Physiology (2016), 170

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See detailL'observation foncière en France, à Bruxelles et en Flandre
Hendrickx, Sébastien ULg; Sarciat, Jordane ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Notes de recherche - Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial Région Wallonne (2016), 64

Depuis quelques années, un intérêt accru se développe pour l’observation des marchés fonciers et la recherche de gisements fonciers, indispensables à une mise en œuvre efficace des politiques ... [more ▼]

Depuis quelques années, un intérêt accru se développe pour l’observation des marchés fonciers et la recherche de gisements fonciers, indispensables à une mise en œuvre efficace des politiques d’aménagement du territoire et des politiques sectorielles. La note de recherche n° 64 s’intéresse aux pratiques d’observation dans les territoires adjacents à la Wallonie et plus exactement aux outils développés en France, en Flandre et en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale. L’analyse de ces différents cas a mis en exergue l'avance évidente de nos voisins sur ces problématiques et permet d'apprécier l’utilité d’une connaissance territoriale accrue pour l’élaboration des stratégies de développement territorial et pour la prise de décision politique. Elle aboutit à diverses recommandations relatives à l’amélioration du système d’informations foncières et des politiques foncières en Wallonie. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes the Budyko curve reflect a maximum power state of hydrological systems? A backward analysis
Westhoff, Martijn ULg; Zehe, Erwin; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (2016), 20

Almost all catchments plot within a small envelope around the Budyko curve. This apparent behaviour suggests that organizing principles may play a role in the evolution of catchments. In this paper we ... [more ▼]

Almost all catchments plot within a small envelope around the Budyko curve. This apparent behaviour suggests that organizing principles may play a role in the evolution of catchments. In this paper we applied the thermodynamic principle of maximum power as the organizing principle. In a top-down approach we derived mathematical formulations of the relation between relative wetness and gradients driving runoff and evaporation for a simple one-box model. We did this in an inverse manner such that when the conductances are optimized with the maximum power principle, the steady state behaviour of the model leads exactly to a point on the asymptotes of the Budyko curve. Subsequently, we added dynamics in forcing and actual evaporations, causing the Budyko curve to deviate from the asymptotes. Despite the simplicity of the model, catchment observations compare reasonably well with the Budyko curves subject to observed dynamics in rainfall and actual evaporation. Thus by constraining the model with the asymptotes of the Budyko curve we were able to derive more realistic values of the aridity and evaporation index without any calibration parameter. Future work should focus on better representing the boundary conditions of real catchments and eventually adding more complexity to the model. [less ▲]

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See detailHysteresis identification using nonlinear state-space models
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Esfahani, Alireza; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIV (2016, January)

Most studies tackling hysteresis identification in the technical literature follow white-box approaches, i.e. they rely on the assumption that measured data obey a specific hysteretic model. Such an ... [more ▼]

Most studies tackling hysteresis identification in the technical literature follow white-box approaches, i.e. they rely on the assumption that measured data obey a specific hysteretic model. Such an assumption may be a hard requirement to handle in real applications, since hysteresis is a highly individualistic nonlinear behaviour. The present paper adopts a black-box approach based on nonlinear state-space models to identify hysteresis dynamics. This approach is shown to provide a general framework to hysteresis identification, featuring flexibility and parsimony of representation. Nonlinear model terms are constructed as a multivariate polynomial in the state variables, and parameter estimation is performed by minimising weighted least-squares cost functions. Technical issues, including the selection of the model order and the polynomial degree, are discussed, and model validation is achieved in both broadband and sine conditions. The study is carried out numerically by exploiting synthetic data generated via the Bouc-Wen equations. [less ▲]

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See detailNous sommes en direct.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailComment je traite... la sténose aortique asymptomatique
MEURICE, Caroline ULg; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; PIERARD, Luc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), (71), 6-10

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See detailRobust Subspace Identification of a Nonlinear Satellite Using Model Reduction
Dossogne, Tilàn ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIV (2016, January)

The frequency-domain nonlinear subspace identification (FNSI) method has recently been successfully applied to large-scale nonlinear structures. One of the key features of FNSI is the nonlinear ... [more ▼]

The frequency-domain nonlinear subspace identification (FNSI) method has recently been successfully applied to large-scale nonlinear structures. One of the key features of FNSI is the nonlinear generalisation of the stabilisation diagram. However, as in linear system identification, the selection of the model order in the diagram is complicated by the presence of spurious poles, resulting from noise and modelling errors. Spurious poles have been shown to strongly perturb the estimation of the nonlinear coefficients. The present paper establishes a constructive procedure to discriminate between spurious and genuine poles. This procedure is derived in modal space and is based on a dominancy index and on model reduction techniques. It is demonstrated on a complete satellite structure possessing nonsmooth nonlinearities and high modal density. Spurious frequency variations in the nonlinear coefficients are proved to be effectively removed, significantly improving the quality of the overall identified model. [less ▲]

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See detailA Comparison of Reduced Order Modeling Techniques Used in Dynamic Substructuring
Roettgen, Daniel; Seeger, Benjamin; Tai, Wei Che et al

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXIV (2016, January)

Experimental dynamic substructuring is a means whereby a mathematical model for a substructure can be obtained experimentally and then coupled to a model for the rest of the assembly to predict the ... [more ▼]

Experimental dynamic substructuring is a means whereby a mathematical model for a substructure can be obtained experimentally and then coupled to a model for the rest of the assembly to predict the response. Recently, various methods have been proposed that use a transmission simulator to overcome sensitivity to measurement errors and to exercise the interface between the substructures; including the Craig-Bampton, Dual Craig-Bampton, and Craig-Mayes methods. This work compares the advantages and disadvantages of these reduced order modeling strategies for two dynamic substructuring problems. The methods are first used on an analytical beam model to validate the methodologies. Then they are used to obtain an experimental model for structure consisting of a cylinder with several components inside connected to the outside case by foam with uncertain properties. This represents an exceedingly difficult structure to model and so experimental substructuring could be an attractive way to obtain a model of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterizing the morphology of suburban settlements: a method based on a semi-automatic classification of building clusters
de Smet, Fabian; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Landscape Research (2016), 41(1), 113-130

Urban sprawl is transforming our landscapes and rural areas at a spectacular pace. Measuring the strength of the phenomenon and proposing dynamic ways to delineate suburban areas have been the object of ... [more ▼]

Urban sprawl is transforming our landscapes and rural areas at a spectacular pace. Measuring the strength of the phenomenon and proposing dynamic ways to delineate suburban areas have been the object of much debate amongst scientists. The present article takes the view that, beyond measuring and delineating suburban areas, more efforts should be directed to qualifying the morphology of built settlements within these areas. Therefore it proposes a method based on a semi-automatic classification system of building clusters, designed to describe and interpret the phenomenon from a morphological perspective. This method is based on a combination of field surveys with numerical analyses of digital land cadastre maps. The application of this classification system to the suburban area around Liege reveals that, far from developing in a complete indifference of local conditions, contemporary suburban settlements are influenced by landscape structures inherited from the past. [less ▲]

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See detailShaping Pulses to Control Bistable Systems: Analysis, Computation and Counterexamples
Sootla, Aivar ULg; Oyarzun, Diego; Angeli, David et al

in Automatica (2016), 63

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