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See detailAbondance et variabilité des méduses en Baie de Calvi (Corse)
Collignon, Amandine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

L’importance et la variabilité temporelle des méduses calycophores et de la méduse schyphozoaire, Pelagia noctiluca en Baie de Calvi (Corse) ont été étudiées en utilisant une série temporelle planctonique ... [more ▼]

L’importance et la variabilité temporelle des méduses calycophores et de la méduse schyphozoaire, Pelagia noctiluca en Baie de Calvi (Corse) ont été étudiées en utilisant une série temporelle planctonique hebdomadaire de 2003 à 2013. Cette variabilité a été comparée à celles des variables biotiques et abiotiques grâce à la technique du calcul des anomalies saisonnières et interannuelles. La diversité des méduses siphonophores calycophores a été décrite et les critères taxonomiques permettant d’identifier les espèces dominantes (Chelophyes appendiculata, Lensia subtilis, Abylopsis tetragona et Muggiaea atlantica) et de leurs stades de développement ont été précisés. Le cycle de développement de Chelophyes appendiculata a été établi sur base de la variation saisonnière climatique des différents stades moyennée sur les 10 années. Cette espèce est rencontrée toute l’année et présente deux générations, par an. Ce cycle est en phase avec les périodes d’abondance du zooplancton et en particulier des copépodes. Il s’inscrit dans la séquence des événements planctoniques liés à stratification de la colone d’eau. La variation interannuelle se marque par la succession des différentes espèces dont l’abondance augmente sur une période de quatre ans environ. Ainsi au cours des 10 ans, Chelophyes est progressivement remplacé par Lensia. La corrélation entre la moyenne annuelle de l’abondance des eudoxies et celle de la température de surface est très significative et suggère le contrôle de la reproduction par la température. Une relation inverse de l’abondance des stades polygastriques et l’abondance du zooplancton suggère un contrôle de ces méduses sur ce dernier. La distribution spatiale des calycophores a été étudiée au large de la Corse en relation avec les différentes masses d’eau et structures hydrologiques associées au front Liguro-provençal. Les plus fortes abondances sont situées au niveau du plateau continental. Dans 90% des échantillons de surface de fortes abondances de microplastiques étaient associées au zooplancton et aux méduses en particulier. L’étude de la variabilité de la méduse Pelagia noctiluca en Baie de Calvi a confirmé que les invasions obéissent à un cycle pluriannuel indépendamment de la pollution. La distribution en essaims a été étudiée en relation avec les contraintes du milieu. [less ▲]

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See detailWearable respiratory belt for human breathing control
Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Léonard, Jean; Bellier, Pierre ULg et al

in Conf. Proc. Smart Systems Integration Conf. (SSI2014) (2014, March 12)

We designed and manufactured a working prototype of a wearable respiratory belt. The belt can work as a stand along system or can be embedded into clothes. The system is intended for remote health ... [more ▼]

We designed and manufactured a working prototype of a wearable respiratory belt. The belt can work as a stand along system or can be embedded into clothes. The system is intended for remote health monitoring (particularly to monitor human respiration) such as home healthcare, remote medicine and remote socio-medical assistance as well as to monitor patients. The fully functional prototype proofs the concept that the elongation in the respiratory belt causes by human respiration is accurate enough to measure and to monitor human respiration. [less ▲]

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See detailNotre cerveau reptilien
Scholtes, Félix ULg; Martin, Didier ULg

Scientific conference (2014, March 12)

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See detailOpen-source CAT software: R packages and Concerto
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2014, March 12)

Together with the investigation of new or updated CAT procedures, it is of primary importance to ensure development of appropriate, flexible and useful CAT software. Open-source CAT algorithms have been ... [more ▼]

Together with the investigation of new or updated CAT procedures, it is of primary importance to ensure development of appropriate, flexible and useful CAT software. Open-source CAT algorithms have been recently proposed and are offering very promising tools for future practical CAT implementations, though yet under development. After a brief overview of available (commercial) software, I will present and compare the characteristics of some open-source R packages as CAT solutions: catR (Magis, & Raîche, 2012), catIrt (Nydick, 2013) and MAT (Choi, 2011), as well as the R-based software Firestar (Choi, 2009). A more complete description of catR will be given and (depending on time and computer constraints) a short illustrative session will be proposed. Finally, the web platform Concerto (Kosinski & Rust, 2011) will be shortly introduced. References: Choi, S. W. (2009). Firestar: Computerized adaptive testing simulation program for polytomous item response theory models. Applied Psychological Measurement, 33, 644-645. Choi, S. W. (2011). MAT: Multidimensional Adaptive Testing (MAT). R package version 0.1-3. Kosinski, M., & Rust, J. (2011). The development of Concerto: An open source online adaptive testing platform. Paper presented at the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing, Pacific Grove, CA. Magis, D., & Raîche, G. (2012). Random generation of response patterns under computerized adaptive testing with the R package catR. Journal of Statistical Software, 48 (8), 1-31. Nydick, S. W. (2013). catIrt: An R package for simulating IRT-based computerized adaptive tests. R package version 0.4-1. [less ▲]

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See detailOndes de choc et tendinopathies : expérience clinique du CHU de Liège
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2014, March 11)

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See detailOn the Identication of Symmetric N-qubit Maximally Entangled States
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, March 11)

Maximally entangled states can serve as a useful resource in many different contexts. It is therefore important to identify those states. Here we are interested in the identification of maximally ... [more ▼]

Maximally entangled states can serve as a useful resource in many different contexts. It is therefore important to identify those states. Here we are interested in the identification of maximally entangled states in the symmetric subspace of an N-qubit system. By maximally entangled states, we refer to symmetric states characterized by a one qubit reduced density matrix proportional to the identity. These states maximise various entanglement measures [1] such as von Neumann and Meyer-Wallach entropy and are unique up to LU in their SLOCC class [2]. We identify and characterize all maximally entangled symmetric states up to 4 qubits. We provide general conditions for a symmetric state with an arbitrary number of qubits to be maximally entangled and identify families of SLOCC classes which do not contain any maximally entangled states. [1] F. Verstraete, J. Dehaene, B. De Moor, Phys. Rev. A 68, 012103 (2003). [2] G. Gour, N. Wallach, N. J. Phys. 13, 073013 (2011) [less ▲]

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See detailMédias et acteurs économiques en Europe. De la crise du journalisme aux discours de crise
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailLes pratiques de détournement du jeu vidéo: modding, speedrun, fanfictions et machinimas
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

Scientific conference (2014, March 11)

Cours sur les pratiques de détournement du jeu vidéo par les joueurs: leurs enjeux, leurs statuts, leurs dispositifs formels.

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See detailBringing regenerating tissues to life: the importance of angiogenesis in tissue engineering
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Van Gastel, Nick; Geris, Liesbet ULg et al

Poster (2014, March 11)

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See detailComputational homogenization of cellular materials capturing micro-buckling, macro-localization and size effects
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The objective of this thesis is to develop an efficient multi-scale finite element framework to capture the macroscopic localization due to the micro-buckling of cell walls and the size effect phenomena ... [more ▼]

The objective of this thesis is to develop an efficient multi-scale finite element framework to capture the macroscopic localization due to the micro-buckling of cell walls and the size effect phenomena arising in structures made of cellular materials. Under the compression loading, the buckling phenomenon (so--called micro--buckling) of the slender components (cell walls, cell faces) of cellular solids can occur. Even if the tangent operator of the material of which the micro--structure is made, is still elliptic, the presence of the micro--buckling can lead to the loss of ellipticity of the resulting homogenized tangent operator. In that case, localization bands are formed and propagate in the macroscopic structure. Moreover, when considering a cellular structure whose dimensions are close to the cell size, the size effect phenomenon cannot be neglected since deformations are characterized by a strain gradient. On the one hand, a classical multi-scale computational homogenization scheme (so-called first-order scheme) looses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localization or the high strain gradient arising in cellular materials because the underlying assumption of the local action principle, in which the stress state on a macroscopic material point depends only on the strain state at that point, is no--longer suitable. On the other hand, the second-order multi-scale computational homogenization scheme proposed by Kouznetsova exhibits a good ability to capture such phenomena. Thus this second--order scheme is improved in this thesis with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. First, at the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second-order scheme by the displacement-based finite element framework, the presence of high order terms (related to the higher stress and strain) leads to many complications in the numerical treatment. Indeed, the resolution requires the continuities not only of the displacement field but also of its first derivatives. This work uses the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose these continuities. This proposed second--order DG--based FE2 scheme appears to be easily integrated into conventional parallel finite element codes. Finally, the proposed second-order DG-based FE2 scheme is used to model cellular materials. As the instability phenomena are considered at both scales, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems. The micro--buckling leading to the macroscopic localization and the size effect phenomena can be captured within the proposed framework. [less ▲]

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See detailLangue, culture, littérature
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2014, March 10)

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See detailL'Homme de Spy, 125 ans plus tard
Flas, Damien ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailPerforming Emotions at the Canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Xavier
Delfosse, Annick ULg; Vermeir, Koen; Delbeke, Maarten et al

Conference (2014, March 08)

This paper will approach the celebrations of the canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Xavier in different localities of the Southern Netherlands over the course of 1622 as performances of emotion. We will ... [more ▼]

This paper will approach the celebrations of the canonization of St. Ignatius and St. Xavier in different localities of the Southern Netherlands over the course of 1622 as performances of emotion. We will analyze little known visual and textual testimonials of festivals and theatrical representations in Antwerp, Douai, Brussels, Dunkerque and Leuven to examine which means were used to represent, convey and enhance emotions, which actors were involved, how emotions were meant to address and affect the audience, and to what end emotions were activated. The double canonization of 1622 consecrated the Jesuits as stalwarts of the Roman papacy. In the Southern Netherlands, the celebrations of 1622 were a key moment in confirming the legitimacy of the order by displaying both how it was embedded in the local political and religious arena, and how it mastered the most advanced artistic means to support its mission. After a sketch of the celebrations and their political and religious context, we will analyze how and why emotion was performed in three steps. The sources attach enormous attention to the material, architectural and urban setting of the celebrations, by emphasizing the splendor and artistic sophistication of the events, and by pointing out the prestigious patronage that had accrued around them. We will examine whether and how the sources charged the material context of the celebration with emotion. What was the intended effect of this context on the audience? How did this context enable the performance of emotion in different forms of public display (pageantry, performances, …)? In order to answer this last question, in a second step we will have a closer look at the Triumphus dedicated to St Ignatius and St. Xavier performed in Brussels. We will examine how, in this ensemble, the material context is activated by the movement of the viewer. The description of the Triumphus singles out moments of transition as instances of heightened emotivity, suggesting that emotions are not mobilized by singular details but by overall views that impress themselves when the beholder crosses a treshold. In a third step we will describe the intended effect of the performance of emotions as a sacer horror, the bodily manifestation of religious awe, the organic sensation of respect mixed with fear and wonder felt in the presence of gods or cosmic forces. The performance of emotions, engendered by multiple layers of transformation (of the material context by means of ephemeral architecture, of the views and the experiences of the viewer, and ultimately, of their affective state) was directed at effectuating a lasting change of heart. [less ▲]

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See detailCorsican seagrass detritus: An opportune shelter or a copepod Eldorado?
Mascart, Thibaud ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Remy, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, March 07)

Seagrass ecosystems are extensive beds of marine flowering plants bordering tropical and temperate coastal regions. They play an important role in maintaining biological productivity and bio-geochemical ... [more ▼]

Seagrass ecosystems are extensive beds of marine flowering plants bordering tropical and temperate coastal regions. They play an important role in maintaining biological productivity and bio-geochemical cycles in the sea and support higher diversity and abundance of fauna in comparison to adjacent non-vegetated areas. The seagrass meadow primary production can be directly consumed through herbivory but the majority of the plant material falls on the sea floor during the autumnal leaf senescence. The leaf litter then degrades within the meadow or accumulates with other micro- and macrophytodetritus to form detritus accumulations on the adjacent non-vegetated sand patches. These exported accumulations are quite dynamic in relation to seafloor geomorphology and local hydrodynamics. Thus, the detritus accumulations are an easily disturbed ephemeral environment with one large influx a year. Consequently the physico-chemical characteristics can change very fast and impact the sheltering capacity and food supply present. Nonetheless, fishes, macrofauna and meiofauna are omnipresent throughout the year. In our study site along the shore of N-W Corsica, Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows are characterised by substantial detritus accumulations. The present study aimed to analyse the biodiversity of the copepod species communities (Crustacea, Copepoda) in those detritus accumulations. The results showed that the copepod detritus community consisted of a mixture of species that are also found in adjacent habitats (seagrass meadow, sediment, epilithic habitats, water column). Each adjacent habitat is characterised by organisms that are morphologically adapted to the specific features of that habitat. The majority of copepods are epiphytic (order Harpacticoida), that occur typically on seagrass leaves and macroalgae. Other species are planktonic (orders Cyclopoida and Calanoida) and some were benthic (order Harpacticoida), known from the nearby sediment. A minority of the copepod community were parasitic on fish or invertebrate (order Siphonostomatoida). In order to clarify their origin, we assume that passive transport by currents plays a significant role next to the active migration from the anoxic sediments under the detritus. For sure they also reproduce within the detritus packages as we found many nauplii, copepodites and gravid females. The above mentioned suggestions cannot explain such high density of copepods by themselves. Other attraction mechanisms are needed to explain the important amount of planktonic and epiphytic species with good swimming ability, such as higher food accessibility. In the detritus no plant-defence mechanisms are present anymore and a lot of micro-organisms and thus potential food sources are present. Furthermore, the dense detritus package provides shelter and protection from potential predators. Subsequently we may consider the detritus accumulations as a copepod species-specific opportune Eldorado for sheltering, nursing and feeding. [less ▲]

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See detailA framework for using decision-support tools at various spatial scales for the management of irrigated agriculture in semi-arid West-Africa
Wellens, Joost ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The Kou watershed, situated in the Southwestern part of Burkina Faso, has succumbed since a couple of decades to a typical theater play of anarchistic water management. With its 1.800 km², this small ... [more ▼]

The Kou watershed, situated in the Southwestern part of Burkina Faso, has succumbed since a couple of decades to a typical theater play of anarchistic water management. With its 1.800 km², this small watershed includes the second largest city of Burkina Faso (Bobo-Dioulasso), a former state run irrigated rice scheme and several informal agricultural zones. Despite the abundance of water resources, most water users find themselves regularly faced with shortages due to an increase in population and low irrigation efficiencies. Local stakeholders are hence in need of easy to use and low-cost decision support tools for the monitoring and exploitation of the water resources at different spatial and user levels. A top-to-bottom string of adapted water management tools has successfully been installed to tackle the problems: from watershed (top) to field level (bottom), not to mention the 1200 ha irrigation scheme. Land use maps have been derived from satellite and aerial images. Combined with data from a network of hydrologic gauging stations, regional water use maps were established. Hot spots in inefficient water use could be geographically identified and more detailed actions undertaken. Scheme Information Management Information System (SIMIS) was put in place for the management of the regions irrigated rice scheme. A more equitable distribution for the ever diminishing available water resources could be elaborated. A public-private partnership was installed to guarantee its sustainability. Day to day water use on irrigated plots was monitored by soil humidity and crop canopy measurements. A simple field-crop-water balance model AquaCrop was calibrated and validated, and is used by extension workers to draft optimal irrigation charts. Each tool is applied independently, requiring only limited data; but their combined results contribute to an improved integrated water management. [less ▲]

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