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See detailAgroforestry in temperate regions: where does the water go?   A case study with ERT in a corn field bordered by poplar trees.
MALOTEAU, Sophie ULg; Coussement, Tom; Pardon, Paul et al

Conference (2017, April 28)

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See detailPhotosensitive polydimethylsiloxane networks for adjustable-patterned films
Jellali, Rachid; Alexandre, Michaël; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Polymer Chemistry (2017), 8(16), 2499-2508

Polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMSs) bearing photoreactive coumarin groups have been synthesized by amida- tion of a coumarin acid chloride derivative with various amine-functionalized PDMSs. Upon exposure to UV ... [more ▼]

Polydimethylsiloxanes (PDMSs) bearing photoreactive coumarin groups have been synthesized by amida- tion of a coumarin acid chloride derivative with various amine-functionalized PDMSs. Upon exposure to UV light having a wavelength of above 300 nm, multifunctional coumarin-PDMSs are transformed into covalent networks via [2 + 2] photocycloaddition of two coumarin moieties forming a cyclobutane ring. Taking advantage of the possible localized irradiation through a photomask, a novel concept to generate patterned PDMS films with various surface topologies was demonstrated. This concept is based on the combination of a low molar mass difunctional PDMS with a multifunctional PDMS of a high molar mass forming a photoreversible network allowing osmotic diffusion of a linear PDMS-coumarin of low mole- cular weight in a loosely crosslinked network. Advantageously, illumination by a light source at 254 nm induces the photocleavage of the cyclobutane cross-links offering some photo-induced reversibility to the PDMS network. These novel photo-responsive networks are interesting for several applications, in photo-adaptable biomedical implants (particularly photo-adjustable intra-ocular lenses), photo-tuneable patterned microsystems (e.g. for microfluidics) and photo-switchable controlled release systems. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen expertise isn't enough for making policy: illustrations from the university field
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 28)

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See detailGrazing-induced BVOC fluxes from a managed grassland
Mozaffar, Ahsan ULg; Schoon, N.; Bachy, Aurélie ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 28)

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See detailThe role of coordinators in the internment public policy translation
Darcis, Coralie ULg

Conference (2017, April 28)

With this presentation, we would like to focus on the particular role of “coordinators” within a context of policy implementation process (Multiannual plans and Masterplan). We will show that the TSI ... [more ▼]

With this presentation, we would like to focus on the particular role of “coordinators” within a context of policy implementation process (Multiannual plans and Masterplan). We will show that the TSI Coordinators endorsed a role of “Translators” [Latour and Callon] since they are at the heart of this implementation process. We therefore argue that those Health Coordinators circulate knowledge between policy-makers and field professionals, between justice and health professionals and between other health coordinators and themselves. This circulation of knowledge can be observed in meetings organised at both the local and federal levels, as well as through more informal meetings and participation in working groups. Coordinators are also inscribing knowledge by writing documents, mails and minutes of meetings. Finally, we would like to argue that this circulation and inscription of knowledge allow the policy implementation process by reinforcing the articulation [Strauss] both between local and policy levels and between justice and health sectors. [less ▲]

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See detailLa stigmatisation liée à l’âge … Impact sur la santé physique et mentale de nos aînés!
Missotten, Pierre ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailCaractérisation et élaboration d'un outil de surveillance des cuvettes oasiennes et de leurs alentours par télédétection et système d'information
Karimou Barké, Mahamadou Salifou ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Situées en zone semi-aride, les cuvettes oasiennes du centre-est du Niger sont des agro-écosystèmes à hautes potentialités. C’est seulement à l’intérieur de ces dernières que l’agriculture est possible ... [more ▼]

Situées en zone semi-aride, les cuvettes oasiennes du centre-est du Niger sont des agro-écosystèmes à hautes potentialités. C’est seulement à l’intérieur de ces dernières que l’agriculture est possible durant toute l’année. Ces cuvettes oasiennes ont connu de nombreux investissements de la part de plusieurs ONGs et projets au cours des dernières années. Cependant, elles sont souvent peu connues par ces acteurs du développement du fait de leur grand nombre et de leur extrême diversité. Cette thèse cherche à réduire cette méconnaissance à travers les activités suivantes: • évaluer les performances de trois méthodes de classification d’images appliquées à la détection de ces cuvettes oasiennes dans le Département de Gouré. Ces méthodes sont l’analyse pixellaire, l’analyse texturale et l’analyse par objet. Elles sont appliquées à des images SPOT 5-THX de 2.5 m de résolution ; • caractériser la forme des cuvettes oasiennes avec deux indices morphologiques (l’indice de compacité de Gravelius et l’indice fractale de leurs contours) ainsi que leurs orientations en utilisant les secteurs de la rose de vent comme repères ; • évaluer les contraintes et potentialités liées aux unités de paysage des cuvettes et de leurs alentours pour l’ensemble des cuvettes oasiennes à partir des extensions de ces unités de paysage, élaborer des indicateurs spatiaux de caractérisation des cuvettes ; • analyser la dynamique de l’occupation des sols de cuvettes oasiennes et de leurs alentours en utilisant les images Landsat 5-TM de 1984, les images SPOT 3 de 1996 et les images SPOT 5-THX de 2013. • proposer un outil de monitoring et une esquisse de système expert orienté à partir des données récoltées par ce biais sur l’ensemble des cuvettes de la zone d’étude. L’évaluation des résultats montre que l’approche par objet (précision globale égale à 97.12%, coefficient Kappa égal à 0.97) est plus performante que celles utilisant la texture (précision globale égale à 89.61%, coefficient Kappa égal à 0,90) et l’analyse par pixel (précision globale égale à 80.58 %, coefficient Kappa égal à 0.80). Une première information originale, à savoir le nombre, la position et la surface de l’ensemble des cuvettes sur la zone d’étude est fournie. Le nombre total de cuvettes oasiennes dans le Département de Gouré est ainsi estimé à 10717. Cet inventaire de ces lieux stocks de ressources est une première étape obligatoire pour leur caractérisation morphologique et pour l’évaluation de leurs potentialités agricoles. L’indice de forme de Gravelius met en évidence une certaine diversité de leurs contours : des cuvettes circulaires (9%), ovales (47%), amiboïdes (11%), étirées (18%) et très étirées ou étirées-amiboïdes (16%). La dimension fractale permet de distinguer trois classes de cuvette selon le degré de lissage de ces contours : très lissées (39%), lissées (50%) et moyennement lissées (10%). Le lissage est interprété ici comme un indicateur d’éolisation des pourtours des cuvettes. Enfin la détermination de l’orientation des grands axes des cuvettes a permis d’identifier quatre secteurs majeurs : E-W (23%), N-S (21%), NE-SW (22%) et SE-NW (34%). Ces analyses morphologiques et d’orientation appliquées pour la première fois à l’ensemble des cuvettes oasiennes du Département de Gouré offrent des éléments permettant de comprendre les processus d’ensablement des cuvettes oasiennes dans cette zone. L’analyse des indicateurs des potentialités naturelles à la mise en valeur agricole montre que les cuvettes oasiennes sont des espaces multi-usages, avec des aptitudes en arboriculture, maraîchage, en natron et en foresterie selon les unités géomorphologiques. Le pourcentage des surfaces cultivables est faible pour 45.8% des cuvettes et fort à très fort pour seulement 3.9 %. Celui des surfaces boisées est très fort sur 61.6 % des cuvettes soit 51.4 % en superficie. Les cuvettes possédant un sol nu à natron et/ou une nappe d’eau affleurante représentent 17.6 % des cuvettes. Quant aux indicateurs de risque de dégradation, ils montrent que 3.3 % et 0.5 % des cuvettes ont respectivement une menace d’ensablement fort et très fort à moyen terme. Alors qu’à terme immédiat, c’est respectivement 3% et 0.8 % des cuvettes dont la menace d’ensablement est fort et très fort. Concernant l’évolution récente de ces milieux, les superficies des cuvettes oasiennes ont régressé de 46783 ha en 1984, à 40831 ha en 1996 et 34553 ha en 2013. Inversement, leur nombre a augmenté de 1984 (8911) à 2013 (10717). Ceci s’explique certes pour partie par les résolutions différentes des images satellitaires utilisées, mais surtout par la fragmentation de certaines cuvettes du fait de leur dégradation et la création de nouvelles cuvettes par l’érosion éolienne. Cette dynamique est accentuée par celle de l’occupation humaine des paysages. Les abords des cuvettes et des vallées sèches constitués souvent d’édifices dunaires sont de plus en plus occupés par les cultures pluviales qui les exposent davantage à l’érosion. En 1984, les édifices dunaires et vallées sèches à culture pluviale représentent 295697 ha alors, qu’en 1996 et 2013, elles occupent respectivement 368153 ha et 423876 ha. Les systèmes d’information à référence spatiale esquissés permettent d’observer et de suivre la totalité des cuvettes oasiennes. Ce système, conçu en utilisant le langage UML, a permis non seulement d’établir des relations entre les indicateurs de potentiel valorisable et de dégradation mais aussi des informations supplémentaires récoltées sur le terrain (village, marché, zone de fixation biologique et mécanique des dunes). Ils offrent un accès aisé à ces indicateurs grâce à une interface informatique. À travers des requêtes sur cette base de données, les cuvettes à menace très forte nécessitant une intervention urgente pour leur conservation ont été mises en évidence ainsi que les variables explicatives du niveau d’exploitation des cuvettes. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher Needs for Enacted Knowledge. The case of Belgian Prison Governors
Dubois, Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 27)

Considering that Belgian prison policy has been characterized by an increase of managerial and legal regulations in the last fifteen years, this rise of “inscribed knowledge” (Freeman & Sturdy, 2015 ... [more ▼]

Considering that Belgian prison policy has been characterized by an increase of managerial and legal regulations in the last fifteen years, this rise of “inscribed knowledge” (Freeman & Sturdy, 2015) leads to a sharper need of prison managers for “practical wisdom” (Chia and Holt, 2009). Two statements enlighten this paradoxical irony. Firstly, law and policy don't apply automatically, but must always be interpreted by human actors in relation to the situation. Secondly, the increase in legal and managerial demands reinforces prison governors’ more general inclinations to “satisficing” decisions (Simon, 1956). Drawing on two years of qualitative research with 30 Belgian prison governors, Christophe aims at analysing how prison governors are “enacting” prison policy and organisations (Weick, 1988), rather than being simply determined by it. [less ▲]

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See detailWater chemical evolution in Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower plants and induced consequences.
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg; Jurado Elices, Anna ULg et al

Conference (2017, April 27)

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) using abandoned mines is an alternative to manage the elec- tricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs; the upper reservoir is ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) using abandoned mines is an alternative to manage the elec- tricity production in flat regions. UPSH plants consist of two reservoirs; the upper reservoir is located at the surface or at shallow depth, while the lower reservoir is underground. These plants have potentially less constraints that the classical Pumped Storage Hydropower plants because more sites are available and impacts on landscape, land use, environment and society seem lower. Still, it is needed to consider the consequences of the groundwater exchanges occurring between the underground reservoir and surrounding porous media. Previous studies have been focused on the influence of these groundwater exchanges on the efficiency and on groundwater flow impacts. However, hydrochemical variations induced by the surface exposure of pumped water and their consequences have not been yet addressed. The objective of this work is to evaluate the hydrochemical evolution of the water in UPSH plants and its effects on the environment and on the UPSH efficiency. The problem is studied numerically by means of reactive transport modelling. Different scenarios are considered varying the chemical properties of the surrounding porous medium and groundwater. Results show that the dissolution and/or precipitation of some compounds may affect (1) the groundwater quality, and (2) the efficiency and the useful life of the used pumps and turbines of the UPSH system. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid places : a conceptual framework
Uyttebrouck, Constance ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

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See detailSedimentation influx and volcanic interactions in the Fuji Five Lakes: implications for paleoseismological records
Lamair, Laura ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Yamamoto, Shinya et al

Conference (2017, April 27)

The Fuji Fives Lakes are located at the foot of Mount Fuji volcano close to the triple junction, where the North American Plate, the Eurasian plate and the Philippine Sea Plate meet. These lakes are ... [more ▼]

The Fuji Fives Lakes are located at the foot of Mount Fuji volcano close to the triple junction, where the North American Plate, the Eurasian plate and the Philippine Sea Plate meet. These lakes are ideally situated to study Mount Fuji volcanism and the interaction between volcanism, changes in lake sedimentation rates and the ability of lakes to record paleoearthquakes. Here, we present newly acquired geological data of Lake Yamanaka and Lake Motosu, including seismic reflection profiles, gravity and piston cores. These two lakes and their respective watersheds were affected by several eruptions of Mount Fuji. Lake Yamanaka, a very shallow lake (max. depth 14 m), was heavily impacted by the scoria fall-out of the A.D. 1707 Hoei eruption of Mount Fuji. A detailed investigation of the effect of the Hoei eruption was conducted on short gravity cores, using high resolution XRD, C/N and 210Pb/137Cs analyses. The preliminary results suggest that the sedimentation rate of Lake Yamanaka drastically reduced after the Hoei eruption, followed by an increase until the present day. Similarly, lacustrine sedimentation in Lake Motosu (max. depth 122 m) was disturbed by Mount Fuji volcanism at a larger scale. The watershed of Lake Motosu was impacted by several lava flows and scoria cones. For example, the Omuro scoria cone reduced the catchment size of Lake Motosu and modified its physiography. The related scoria fall out covered an extensive part of the lake catchment and reduced terrigenous sedimentary influx to Lake Motosu. Within the deep basin of Lake Motosu, seismic reflection data shows two different periods that are distinguished by a major change in the dominant sedimentary processes. During the first period, sublacustrine landslides and turbidity currents were the dominant sedimentation processes. During the second one, the seismic stratigraphy evidences only deposition of numerous turbidites interrupting the hemipelagic sedimentation. Changes in sedimentary processes can be linked to the modification of the lake watershed by Mount Fuji volcanism, leading to a decrease in the sediment volume that can be remobilized, and therefore disappearance of large sublacustrine landslides. Turbidites are deposited due to surficial remobilization of lake slope sediments most probably as a result of earthquake shaking. When studying sedimentological records of lakes to define the paleoearthquake record, eruptions of nearby volcanoes should be taken into account. This study suggests that a large magnitude earthquake occurring few decades after a volcanic eruption (with large scale scoria fall-out), might not be recorded in a lake, or would only be fingerprinted in the sedimentary record by small turbiditic flows. References: Miyaji N., Kan'no A., Kanamaru T., Mannen K. 2011. High-resolution reconstruction of the Hoei eruption (AD 1707) of Fuji volcano, Japan. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 207, 113–129. [less ▲]

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See detailBotanical and Physicochemical characterization of almond population varietal in eastern Morocco
Melhaoui, Reda; Houmy, Nadia ULg; Mihamou, Atika et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Abstract: Cooperatives play an important role in socio-economic development. In this regard, the Eastern Morocco adopts this strategy via the PROFAO* Project as a way of promoting local development, which ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Cooperatives play an important role in socio-economic development. In this regard, the Eastern Morocco adopts this strategy via the PROFAO* Project as a way of promoting local development, which guarantees sustainable jobs. This project is based on planting 6000 ha of new almond orchards and creating three cooperatives to value post-harvest Almond products. Currently the Eastern Moroccan regions could benefit of the new project PRD** which will include local Almond varieties characterization to safeguard its biodiversity and the valorization of its products. This study concerns two mains points 1) Botanical characterization of local varieties named "almond Beldi (Be)" based on the flowering period and determination of the color of the flowers 2) Physicochemical characterization of some parameters such as the oil yield, acid and peroxide values. This botanical study shows the result of the early flowering variety (Be) (beginning in February). The color results of 100 flowers analyzed by chromametre , shows two different color categories. The first is very light pink to white (L*=81,58 ; a*=7.43 ;b*=8.06) and the second is a dark pink (L*=71,64 ;a*= 18,34 ;b*= 4,97), with a difference in color between the two categories ∆E=15.07. This almond variety shows an oil yield of 50%, a low acidity value 0,039 (% of Linoleic acid ) and a peroxide value of 16.39 (meq/o2/Kg). [less ▲]

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See detailTowards standardisation of practitioners' knowledge: the case of private intermediaries of the labour market
Gérard, Julie ULg

Conference (2017, April 27)

This contribution analyses the stakes of activation policies in the French-speaking part of Belgium. It focuses on the private intermediaries of the labour market in "public-private partnership" with ... [more ▼]

This contribution analyses the stakes of activation policies in the French-speaking part of Belgium. It focuses on the private intermediaries of the labour market in "public-private partnership" with Belgian public employment services. It examines intermediaries‘work in devising and implementing employment policies and more precisely a particular activation measure called the job seeker’s support. This measure intends to improve job seekers’ socio-professional reinsertion by reducing exclusion and encouraging the return to employment. The sociological analysis of this activation measure relies on in-depth analyses of four categories of private intermediaries mandated by Belgian public employment services to support job seekers towards employment. The analyses are based on a qualitative and empirical research combining direct observations (N=254), semi-structured interviews and documentary analyses (N=29). Theoretically, they rely on the sociology of public action. This contribution demonstrates that, despite organisational contingencies and the discretionary power of the involved actors in implementing employment policies, the work of the private intermediaries of the labour market participates in increasing the standardisation of public action. This standardisation represents the transformation of knowledge that is enacted through interaction between job seekers’ and practitioners, private intermediaries of the labour market. This one inscribes and standardises knowledge into norms, figures and instruments (such as reporting, dashboards). This process, from enacted to inscribed knowledge, embodies institutional pressures in supporting job seekers and relies on new modes of delivery and implementation employment policies. [less ▲]

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See detailA Belgian reform towards an integrated care system for chronic patients: the ubiquity of knowledge
De Winter, Mélanie ULg

Conference (2017, April 27)

Countries all over Europe are currently facing budgetary pressures regarding their health care systems due to scientific progress, population ageing and a sharp rise in chronic diseases. In the European ... [more ▼]

Countries all over Europe are currently facing budgetary pressures regarding their health care systems due to scientific progress, population ageing and a sharp rise in chronic diseases. In the European Union, chronic diseases are now the leading cause of death and the most important item of health expenditures (Schokkaert &Van de Voorde, 2011). In 2015, the Belgian Health Ministers launched a joint public health plan called “Integrated Care for Better Health” (2015) to bring about a transition from an institutional system to an integrated care system for patients with chronic diseases. The authorities are nevertheless uncertain of the solutions to adopt in the Belgian context. Consequently, they have chosen to turn this plan into practice through 4-year pilot projects as part of an iterative and incremental implementation strategy. These iterative and incremental aspects entail a constant production and circulation of knowledge by and between actors involved in the co-construction process, between policy-makers and field actors responsible for policy implementation. As a result, this presentation focuses on concrete practices (preparatory meetings, plenary sessions, recourse to websites and forums, writing documents, etc.) that enact and stabilize knowledge that is produced, transformed and circulated between the different actors of the care production chain. These practices will be identified thanks to the methodological triangulation approach (policy documentary analysis, direct observation, semi-structured interviews). [less ▲]

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See detailProfil d'acides gras et acides aminés essentiels de la vainde ovine de la race Beni-Guil conduite en élevage semi-extensif dans l'est du Maroc
Belhaj, Kamal; Mansouri, Farid; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

Les viandes sont commercialisées sous forme de muscles prêts à découper ou de portions « pièces »prêtes à cuire. La couleur de la viande est le premier paramètre de qualité perçue par le consommateur ... [more ▼]

Les viandes sont commercialisées sous forme de muscles prêts à découper ou de portions « pièces »prêtes à cuire. La couleur de la viande est le premier paramètre de qualité perçue par le consommateur, ensuite les paramètres de qualité organoleptiques, hygiénique et nutritionnelle deviennent déterminants et le guide dans son choix. La viande ovine de la race Béni-Guil, qui bénéficie de l’Indication géographique protégée est réputée pour sa qualité gustative et nutritionnelle mais uniquement sur la base de tests hédonique. De ce fait, vient cette étude sur l’analyse de la couleur et des profils lipidiques et protéiques du muscle long dorsal (LDM), un muscle de référence et morceau de viande apprécié par le consommateur. L’analyse de la couleur a montré que LDM de la race béni-guil a une couleur rouge vif très recherché par le consommateur avec un indice de rouge de 14,74. Les résultats d’analyse par GC-FID a permis l’identification de 27 d’acide gras (AG). Comme il a été signalé dans d’autres études (1,2). On observe, qu’un apport de suppléments alimentaires à base d’orge et de son en période critique (sécheresse, ou période de soudure), engendrerait des variations assez importantes par rapport à une conduite au pâturage. En effet, au niveau du profil lipidique le taux d’AG saturés augmente de 40% à 49% au dépend du taux d’AG insaturés qui chute de 60 à 51%. Pour les AG majoritaires, les plus importantes variations ont été enregistrées pour la teneur en acide oléique (C18:1n9) qui chute de 38% à 35%, en faveur de l’acide palmitique (C16:0) qui augmente de 20 à 24%. L’analyse de la composition en acides aminés par HPLC a permis l’identification de 17 acides aminés dont 8 essentiels (His, Mét, Ile, Leu, Lys, Thr, Val, Phe). [less ▲]

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See detailHighlights from two years of remote sensing at Mars with MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph
Chaffin; Schneider; Deighan et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observes Mars in the far and mid ultraviolet (110-340 nm), investigating lower and upper atmospheric structure and indirectly probing neutral atmospheric escape. After two Earth years in orbit (one Mars year), IUVS has assembled a large quantity of data and made many discoveries, some of which we report here. Among the key results obtained by IUVS are: (1) discovery of the widespread occurrence of a diffuse proton aurora, representing a newly discovered means of energy deposition into the atmospheres of unmagnetized planets; (2) continued investigation of time-variability in H and O escape, which have dessicated the planet over its history; and (3) synoptic characterization of thermospheric variability and response to solar input. We will present an overview of these results and a discussion of their implications for the state of the atmosphere and its evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailReinventing chemical manufacturing: toward a compact and mobile factory?
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 27)

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