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See detailConférence-débat "Comment enseigner les médias en secondaire ?"
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

Scientific conference (2012, December 20)

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See detailImpact des services publics et sociaux sur le revenu des ménages belges
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Fortemps, Françoise ULg; Sak, Barbara

in D'autres Repères (2012)

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See detailRisk Horizon and Equilibrium Asset Prices
Hübner, Georges ULg; Lejeune, Thomas ULg

Conference (2012, December 18)

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See detailMulti-row approaches to cutting plane generation
Poirrier, Laurent ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

This thesis focuses on the use of cutting-plane techniques to improve general-purpose mixed-integer linear programming solvers. The first topic covered here is a fast separation method for two-row cuts ... [more ▼]

This thesis focuses on the use of cutting-plane techniques to improve general-purpose mixed-integer linear programming solvers. The first topic covered here is a fast separation method for two-row cuts. Two-row cuts are intersection cuts from two rows of a simplex tableau describing the LP relaxation of the problem. This type of cuts recently gathered a lot of attention from the scientific community following a paper by Andersen, Louveaux, Weismantel and Wolsey describing the facets of the underlying two-row model and providing an intuitive geometric classification the the derived cuts. The specificity of the approach adopted here is that it does not rely on an "infinite relaxation" point of view and generate intersection cuts from fixed lattice-free sets. Instead, given a fractional point, it aims at always finding a most violated facet-defining inequality for the two-row model. This can be achieved by optimizing over the polar set of the integer hull of the model. A fast way of performing this is provided, by means of a polyhedron that is equivalent to the polar for that purpose, but has a more compact representation. Moreover, a row-generation algorithm is developed in order to avoid the costly computations of integer hulls of two-dimensional cones. An implementation of the resulting algorithm performs separation of two-row cuts in a few milliseconds on average, on the standard MIPLIB 3 and 2003 testsets. While this two-row separator is quick, the measurements of the computational usefulness of the cuts do not yield satisfactory results. Since all the cuts generated are facet-defining, this might suggest that the underlying two-row models are too weak. This observation prompted the second part of this thesis, an attempt to evaluate the strength of various multi-row relaxations, on small instances, using a generic separator. To that end, a separator is developed, which is able to compute facet-defining inequalities from arbitrary (yet reasonably small) mixed-integer sets. A row-generation approach is again adopted, but this time the slave part consists in the resolution of a mixed-integer problem instead of a closed-form oracle. Some interesting computational tricks are developed, in order to speedup the inherently hard computations. [less ▲]

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See detailReprogramming of replication origin firing and checkpoint adaptation in adult T cell leukemia
Barez, Pierre-Yves ULg; Carpentier, Alexandre ULg; Willems, Luc ULg

Conference (2012, December 14)

Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a retrovirus that infects about twenty million individuals worldwide. HTLV-1 is the causative agent of different diseases among which the most common are the ... [more ▼]

Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a retrovirus that infects about twenty million individuals worldwide. HTLV-1 is the causative agent of different diseases among which the most common are the adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) and a neurodegenerative disorder called HAM/TSP (Human associated myelopathy/ Tropical spastic paraparesis). A key parameter of HTLV-1 pathogenesis is faster replication of provirus-carrying lymphocytes allowing clonal expansion of infected cell populations. The virally-encoded Tax oncoprotein plays an essential role in this process by interacting with DNA replication origins and accelerating S phase progression. By reprogramming the timing of origin firing, Tax also creates a replicative stress leading to DNA double strand breaks. This mechanism further triggers the DNA damage response (DDR) that induces cell cycle arrest and initiates either apoptosis or senescence. However, HTLV-1 infected cells have developed strategies to interfere with the DDR and are adapted to checkpoint control. These cells are thus able to proliferate despite occurrence of DNA damage. Based on these observations, we now propose a novel therapeutic approach based on the principle of synthetic lethality. [less ▲]

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See detailLa politique de l'air
Habran, Maxime ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailIMPACT DE LA STEAM EXPLOSION ET DE L’HOMOGENEISATION SUR LES PROPRIETES PHYSICOCHIMIQUES ET L’HYDROLYSE ENZYMATIQUE DE LA CELLULOSE
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

In the economic and energetic context of our society, it is universally recognized that an alternative to fossil fuels and oil based product will be needed in the nearest future. A potential solution is ... [more ▼]

In the economic and energetic context of our society, it is universally recognized that an alternative to fossil fuels and oil based product will be needed in the nearest future. A potential solution is to develop second generation biofuel and biobased product that utilizes non-food plant materials. The major component of these materials is lignocellulose, which is a complex composed by widely available biological polymers such as cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. This thesis is a part of this approach and is focused on a well-define part of these materials: the cellulose. The first part of this work was focused on the impact of two pretraitements (steam explosion and homogenization) on physico-chemical properties and hydrolysis yield of pure cellulose fiber. In contrast with literature, results obtained showed that moderate steam explosion treatments did not appear to improve the enzymatic hydrolysis yield of the cellulose fibers. In Parralel, a model that predicts the effect of the intensity of the steam explosion treatment in correlation with temperature and time was assessed. Links between this model and the evolution physico-chemical properties of the cellulose during pretreatment and cellulose hydrolysis yield were established In a second way, a theoretical diagram predicting the degradation of the cellulose during the steam explosion treatment was established. Regarding the homogenization, it was shown that homogenization increase significatively the cellulose hydrolysis (from 25 to 100%). Results highlights potential of this technology to be used as a pretreatment Finally, enzymatic hydrolysis step has been studied in order to improve cellulose hydrolysis and to obtain high concentrated hydrolysate. In this way, two methods based on successive addition of enzyme and substrate were assessed [less ▲]

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See detailExtending Donor Pool with Donation after Cardiac Death in Kidney and Liver Transplantation:What is the Price to Pay?
Le Dinh, Hieu ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Through a series of clinical studies, this thesis aims to clarify the contribution of donation after cardiac death (DCD) to the deceased donor (DD) pool and results of kidney and liver transplantation ... [more ▼]

Through a series of clinical studies, this thesis aims to clarify the contribution of donation after cardiac death (DCD) to the deceased donor (DD) pool and results of kidney and liver transplantation coming from this donor source in Liège and Belgium. Additionally, an adapted DCD Maastricht classification is also discussed. Chapters 2.1 and 2.2 summarize the DCD procurement and transplant activity in Liège and Belgium from 2000 to 2009 with an update on data up to 2011. In Liège, DCD really contributes to the DD pool and boosts the transplant activity of the center in both kidneys and livers by on average 30%. By contrast, the steady rise in DCD activity in Belgium does not lead to major increase in the DD donation and transplantation. In other words, some kind of donor-type redistribution within the DD pool might occur. Chapters 2.2, 3.1, and 3.2 discuss the results of kidney transplantation (KT) from DCD. We demonstrate that Liège‟s experience is comparable to the national level in Belgium and does not differ from the general results in the world with regard to early graft dysfunction, medium-term graft function, graft and patient survival. The excellent results of DCD-KT are attributed to the relatively short warm and cold ischemia, favorable donor factors, and the role of hypothermic machine perfusion (in Belgian series). Chapters 4.1, and 4.2 discuss the results of liver transplantation (LT) from DCD. Liège‟s results are encouraging and apparently as good as those from donation-after-brain-death LT because of short warm and cold ischemia times. Belgian results show an increased incidence of primary non-function and ischemic cholangiopathy which is in agreement with previously published data. Chapter 5 proposes an adapted DCD Maastricht classification which maintains the original categories 1 to 4 that are now well-known and widely accepted, and adds a fifth category, so-called „DCD after euthanasia‟. Each category is divided into two or three sub-categories: sub-category A is linked to longer warm ischemia (and worse results) than sub-category B; and B versus C, respectively. In addition, sub-categories A (2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A) are mostly linked to DCD processes occurring in the ICU, which helps to understand and memorize this classification. By keeping the original skeleton of the 1995 Maastricht classification, room is left to add new sub-categories in the future, if deemed clinically relevant. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of chemotherapy-induced cell death in glioblastoma
Coupienne, Isabelle ULg; Fettweis, Grégory ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg

Poster (2012, December 10)

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest type of brain tumors. Their annual incidence is estimated between 5 and 8 cases per 100,000 people in Europe and North America. They are resistant ... [more ▼]

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest type of brain tumors. Their annual incidence is estimated between 5 and 8 cases per 100,000 people in Europe and North America. They are resistant to all current therapies and are associated with a very high rate of recurrence. The associated prognosis is generally very poor and most patients die within a year after diagnosis. Unfortunately, despite extensive research and use of multimodality treatments combining surgical resection, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, survival hasn’t really much improved over the last 20 years. Indeed, these tumors were shown to be characterized by a high radio- and chemo-resistance. Glioblastoma cells exhibit overexpression of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins and downregulation of its pro-apoptotic members, high expression of the IAPs (Inhibitors of Apoptosis Proteins) and constitutive activation of the pro-survival NF-κB pathway. Currently, the most commonly used treatment offering the best prognosis to patients consists in a combination of maximal surgical tumor resection (when feasible) with subsequent radio- and/or chemotherapy. Among the most commonly used chemotherapeutic agents, the alkylating agent temozolomide and the topoisomerase I inhibitor camptothecin occupy a central position. Therefore, in this study, the impact of both temozolomide and irinotecan (a soluble derivative of camptothecin) on glioma cell survival will be investigated. Important progress was made in the comprehension of the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor development and progression however, survival benefits conferred by the use of new drugs and therapeutic strategies are counted in months rather than years. Consequently, there is an urge to rapidly improve the efficiency of the currently used treatments. This research project consists in (i) the study of the mechanisms implicated in glioblastoma cell death induced by two chemotherapeutic agents : temozolomide and irinotecan, (ii) the identification of the mechanisms underlying the resistance of glioblastoma to these treatments, (iii) the use of pharmacological tools to interfere with those resistance strategies to enhance chemotherapy efficiency. Necrosis was, until recently, long thought to be only accidental. However, it was shown to be finely regulated by specific signalling pathways. Programmed necrosis often takes place in cells in which apoptosis cannot be properly activated and serves as a back-up cell death pathway. Previous work from our lab having already demonstrated that glioblastoma are, at least partially, apoptosis-defective, special emphasis is put on the study of necrotic parameters. Results from survival tests performed on several glioblastoma cell lines in the presence of necrotic inhibitors like necrostatin-1 (an inhibitor of the central regulator of the necrotic pathway RIP1) allows to partially overcome temozolomide and irinotecan-induced glioblastoma cell death, highlighting the role played by programmed necrosis in chemotherapy sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailOnline monitoring of the interaction of balls and slurry with the Sensomag ®
Köttgen, Axel; Leroy, Sophie ULg; Bastin, David ULg et al

Poster (2012, December 10)

Presentation of Optimag Project results. Optimag aims to optimize the ball milling operations through the use of an embarked sensor, called the Sensomag, and developed by Magotteaux to monitor in real ... [more ▼]

Presentation of Optimag Project results. Optimag aims to optimize the ball milling operations through the use of an embarked sensor, called the Sensomag, and developed by Magotteaux to monitor in real time the position of the slurry and the grinding balls. [less ▲]

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See detailPlaidoyer universitaire pour le rail
Arnsperger, Christian; Cassiers, Isabelle; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg et al

Article for general public (2012)

[Chapeau] Le réseau ferré en Wallonie s’apparentera bientôt à un train touristique reliant deux gares Calatrava plutôt que d’assurer à chacun le droit à sa mobilité.

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See detailAbundance and phenological model of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in field crops
Vandereycken, Axel ULg; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Joie, Emilie ULg et al

Poster (2012, December 07)

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. This exotic and invasive species is known to thrive ... [more ▼]

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) was introduced into Western Europe in the late 1990s. This exotic and invasive species is known to thrive principally in shrubs and arboreal habitats. We focus on a phonological model and on annual abundance in various field crops. The abundance of H. axyridis adults and larvae were evaluated during a three-year period, from 2009 to 2011, in four important agronomical crops (wheat, corn, broad bean and potato) in Belgium. H. axyridis colonizes and reproduces in all four crops studied, with larger densities observed in corn and broad bean. The reproduction of H. axyridis occurs principally in corn and occurred much less in wheat and potato. From 2009 to 2011, abundances of H. axyridis populations were constant except in corn, where the observed densities of all immature stages and adults were higher in 2011 than in 2009. The population dynamics of aphids and H. axyridis were characterized by a symmetric logistic function (S-shape) based on the cumulative population size. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Proper Orthogonal Decomposition Methods for Comparing CFD Results to Experimental Measurements
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Guissart, Amandine ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg et al

Scientific conference (2012, December 07)

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in ... [more ▼]

This work presents a method for quantitative comparison of numerical results to experimental measurements. It is based on the concept of Proper Orthogonal Decomposition. This technique is selected in order to compare the unsteady aerodynamic flows around static and oscillating bodies obtained from wind tunnel testing and numerical simulations. Two dimensional Time-resolved Particle Image Velocimetry measurements are carried out on the upper surface a 4:1 rectangular cylinder. Simulations are performed using unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes and an unsteady Discrete Vortex Method. It is demonstrated that the proposed technique is a good preliminary step for comparing the main characteristics of unsteady aerodynamic data. [less ▲]

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