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See detailAnalyser et rédiger en recherche qualitative : le journal de bord de Cassandre
Lejeune, Christophe ULiege

Learning material (2017)

Développé par Christophe Lejeune, Cassandre est un logiciel d'analyse qualitative (libre, open source et gratuit). À la différence des logiciels envisageant l'analyse comme une étape séparée de la ... [more ▼]

Développé par Christophe Lejeune, Cassandre est un logiciel d'analyse qualitative (libre, open source et gratuit). À la différence des logiciels envisageant l'analyse comme une étape séparée de la recherche, la nouvelle version de Cassandre (3.0) accompagne le chercheur de ses premiers questionnements jusqu'à la publication des résultats. Plutôt que de rassembler un "corpus" et de retarder le saut interprétatif, l'analyse débute dès le premier jour de la recherche, avant même le premier contact avec le terrain. Le développement de Cassandre prolonge les enseignements méthodologiques du Manuel d'analyse qualitative (De Boeck, 2014), rédigé par Chr. Lejeune. Résolument qualitative, son approche invite à Analyser sans compter ni classer. La tenue du journal de bord réside au cœur du logiciel. En écrivant, le chercheur formule son questionnement, prépare le terrain, met en forme son matériau empirique, y repère les dimensions porteuses, les articule et les conceptualise. Encourager la collaboration et le débat scientifique. En tant que plateforme collaborative, Cassandre facilite le travail en équipe. Ces fonctionnalités profitent également au chercheur isolé. Cassandre lui permet en effet partager des résultats intermédiaires avec des informateurs, un client, des collègues, un comité d'accompagnement ou un directeur de thèse. Leurs commentaires l'encouragent à affiner son analyse au fil de l'eau. Pour une recherche qualitative rigoureuse & créative ! Favorisant une organisation souple du travail scientifique, le logiciel Cassandre participe à l'émergence d'idées neuves. Chaque étape du processus de recherche est documentée dans le journal de bord. L'ancrage et la validation de la démarche du chercheur sont de la sorte assurés : "En documentant le maillage entre le terrain et la théorie, les traces en question assurent que la théorie s'appuie toujours sur des éléments attestés". (Chr. Lejeune, op. cit. p. 29) [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la géométrie du quadrant amont et comportement hydraulique sous forte charge des seuils profilés standard
Erpicum, Sébastien ULiege; Pirotton, Michel ULiege; Blancher, Benoit et al

in Loudière, Daniel (Ed.) Hydraulique des barrages et des digues (2017, November)

In order to study the variation of the hydraulic characteristics of ogee-crested weirs for upstream heads higher than the design head, several profiles have been tested on an experimental facility ... [more ▼]

In order to study the variation of the hydraulic characteristics of ogee-crested weirs for upstream heads higher than the design head, several profiles have been tested on an experimental facility specifically designed and instrumented. These profiles have been defined regarding the real profiles of spillways of dams operated by EDF as well as the most used geometry of the literature. The experimental tests have been supplemented by numerical modeling, whose results were found to be very similar. The analysis shows that the discharge coefficient increases with the upstream head until head ratios around 5.5. This evolution follows very well the power equations from the literature. For higher head ratios, the discharge coefficient abruptly decreases from a value around 0.6 to a value around 0.55. This decrease corresponds to the apparition between the main flow and the weir of a low velocity area (the lower nappe does no more correspond to the weir profile). The analysis also shows a significant reduction of the discharge coefficient (around 10%) if the upstream quadrant design head is higher than 2 times the design head of the downstream quadrant. On the contrary, no modification of the discharge coefficient is measured if the upstream quadrant design head is smaller than the downstream quadrant one. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of damage and residual load bearing capacity of a concrete slab after fire: Applied reliability-based methodology
Molkens, Tom; Van Coile, Ruben; Gernay, Thomas ULiege

in Engineering Structures (2017), 150

For most fires occurring in buildings with a concrete structural frame, the structural elements do not collapse during fire exposure, and further use of the building after fire may be possible. Fire can ... [more ▼]

For most fires occurring in buildings with a concrete structural frame, the structural elements do not collapse during fire exposure, and further use of the building after fire may be possible. Fire can nevertheless result in a permanent loss of strength and thus a post-fire evaluation of the residual load bearing capacity has to be made to inform decisions on continued use and the need for structural repairs. This evaluation is however particularly difficult due to the many uncertainties associated with both the fire exposure and the characteristics of the structural elements. These uncertainties cannot be neglected when determining the residual capacity since adequate safety is a major societal concern as indicated by the predominance of safety in current design standards and guidance documents. In this paper a comprehensive methodology is presented for the assessment of the residual capacity of concrete structures after exposure to fire. The methodology is introduced through application to a real-life case study of an apartment fire with a focus on the end-span of the affected continuous concrete slab. It results in a reliability-based evaluation of the maximum allowable characteristic value for the imposed load on the slab. The presented methodology is useful to make informed decision about continued use of structures after a fire event. [less ▲]

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See detailKülpe on Cognitive Attitudes
Dewalque, Arnaud ULiege

in Discipline Filosofiche (2017), 27(2), 157-176

This paper offers a reconstruction of Külpe’s theory of cognitive attitudes from the perspective of contemporary debates about cognitive phenomenology. I argue that Külpe’s view constrasts with analytic ... [more ▼]

This paper offers a reconstruction of Külpe’s theory of cognitive attitudes from the perspective of contemporary debates about cognitive phenomenology. I argue that Külpe’s view constrasts with analytic mainstream approaches to the same phenomena in at least two respects. First, Külpe claims, cognitive experiences are best described in terms of occurrent cognitive acts or attitudes toward sensory, imagistic or intellectual contents. Second, occurrent cognitive attitudes are intransitively conscious in the sense that they are experienced by, or phenomenally manifest to, the subject. I call the combination of those two claims the conscious cognitive attitudes theory. I suggest that, despite some difficulties, this theory offers a worth-considering alternative to contentual and/or nonphenomenological theories of cognitive phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailIs oral feeding compatible with an unresponsive wakefulness syndrome?
MELOTTE, Evelyne ULiege

Poster (2017, November)

Introduction : Vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (VS/UWS) is defined by the presence of eye-opening and the absence of awareness and voluntary movement [1]. VS/UWS patients classically ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (VS/UWS) is defined by the presence of eye-opening and the absence of awareness and voluntary movement [1]. VS/UWS patients classically receive hydration and nutrition through an enteral feeding tube. Objective - Methods : We retrospectively reviewed the clinical information of 65 VS/UWS patients (aged 45±12; range 16-85 years) evaluated at the CHU hospital of liege searching for mention of oral feeding. VS/UWS diagnosis was made after repeated behavioral assessments using the standardized coma recovery scale–revised (CRS-R, [2]) in association with complementary evaluations using neuroimaging techniques. Results : Of the 65 VS/UWS patients, two could resume oral feeding (3%). One could achieve full oral feeding and the other had oral feeding in addition to gastrostomy feeding. Neuroimaging evaluations showed in both patients a massive decrease in the spontaneous brain activity and its functional connectivity (using functional magnetic resonance imaging), bilateral cerebral cortex hypometabolism and preserved metabolism in the brainstem and cerebellum (using positron emission tomography). Discussion – Conclusion – Clinical message : oral feeding is rare in VS/UWS patients (3% in our cohort). Based on neuroimaging results, this behaviour does not seem to be incompatible with the diagnosis of VS/UWS but the neuromecanistic root, which allows this behavior, still needs to be elucidate. This study also emphasizes the importance of assess and manage deglutition in patients with altered state of consciousness regardless of their level of consciousness. Tactile oro-facial stimulation, manual therapy, taste stimulation and therapeutic feeding can be another “gateway” to interact with these patients and improve their quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Edge of Comics Criticism
Crucifix, Benoît ULiege

in CLOSURE. Kieler e-Journal für Comicforschung (2017), 4

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See detailFrom combinatorial games to shape-symmetric morphisms
Rigo, Michel ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, November)

The general aim of these lectures is to present some interplay between combinatorial game theory (CGT) and combinatorics on (multidimensional) words. In the first introductory lecture, we present some ... [more ▼]

The general aim of these lectures is to present some interplay between combinatorial game theory (CGT) and combinatorics on (multidimensional) words. In the first introductory lecture, we present some basic concepts from combinatorial game theory (positions of a game, Nim-sum, Sprague-Grundy function, Wythoff's game, ...). We also review some concepts from combinatorics on words. We thus introduce the well-known k-automatic sequences and review some of their characterizations (in terms of morphisms, finiteness of their k-kernel,...). These sequences take values in a finite set but the Sprague-Grundy function of a game, such as Nim of Wythoff, is usually unbounded. This provides a motivation to introduce k-regular sequences (in the sense of Allouche and Shallit) whose k-kernel is not finite, but finitely generated. In the second lecture, games played on several piles of token naturally give rise to a multidimensional setting. Thus, we reconsider k-automatic and k-regular sequences in this extended framework. In particular, determining the structure of the bidimensional array encoding the (loosing) P-positions of the Wythoff's game is a long-standing and challenging problem in CGT. Wythoff's game is linked to non-standard numeration system: P-positions can be determined by writing those in the Fibonacci system. Next, we present the concept of shape-symmetric morphism: instead of iterating a morphism where images of letters are (hyper-)cubes of a fixed length k, one can generalize the procedure to images of various parallelepipedic shape. The shape-symmetry condition introduced twenty years ago by Maes permits to have well-defined fixed point. In the last lecture, we move to generalized numeration systems: abstract numeration systems (built on a regular language) and link them to morphic (multidimensional) words. In particular, pictures obtained by shape-symmetric morphisms coincide with automatic sequences associated with an abstract numeration system. We conclude these lectures with some work in progress about games with a finite rule-set. This permits us to discuss a bit Presburger definable sets. [less ▲]

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See detailStand-level wind damage can be assessed using diachronic photogrammetric canopy height models
Renaud, Jean-Pierre; Vega, Cédric; Durrieu, Sylvie et al

in Annals of Forest Science : a Multidisciplinary and International Journal (2017)

-Key message Diachronic photogrammetric canopy height models can be used to quantify at a fine scale changes in dominant height and wood volume following storms. The regular renewal of aerial surveys ... [more ▼]

-Key message Diachronic photogrammetric canopy height models can be used to quantify at a fine scale changes in dominant height and wood volume following storms. The regular renewal of aerial surveys makes this approach appealing for monitoring forest changes. -Context The increasing availability of aerial photographs and the development of dense matching algorithms open up new possibilities to assess the effects of storm events on forest canopies. -Aims The objective of this research is to assess the potential of diachronic canopy height models derived from photogrammetric point clouds (PCHM) to quantify changes in dominant height and wood volume of a broadleaved forest following a major storm. -Methods PCHMs derived from aerial photographs acquired before and after a storm event were calibrated using 25 field plots to estimate dominant height and volume using various modeling approaches. The calibrated models were combined with a reference damage maps to estimate both the withinstand damage variability, and the amount of volume impacted. -Results Dominant height was predicted with a root mean squared error (RMSE) of 4%, and volume with RMSEs ranging from 24 to 32% according to the type of model. The volume impacted by storm was in the range of 42–76%. Overall, the maps of dominant height changes provided more details about within-stand damage variability than conventional photointerpretation do. -Conclusion The study suggests a promising potential for exploiting PCHM in pursuit of a rapid localization and quantification of wind-throw damages, given an adapted sampling design to calibrate models. [less ▲]

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See detailDu texte à la pratique : pour une sémiotique expérimentale
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULiege

in Semiotica (2017), 219

Our essay aims at continuing the work of Jacques Fontanille, who developed a Semiotics of Practice next to a Semiotics of Text. This work, and especially Pratiques sémiotiques (2008), takes up a problem ... [more ▼]

Our essay aims at continuing the work of Jacques Fontanille, who developed a Semiotics of Practice next to a Semiotics of Text. This work, and especially Pratiques sémiotiques (2008), takes up a problem already formulated by Jean-Marie Floch in the article « Êtes-vous arpenteurs ou somnambules ? L’élaboration d’une typologie comportementale des voyageurs du métro » (1990). We will initially retrace the debate about the epistemological relationship between text and practice, outlining the forms of enunciative praxis. Secondly, we propose the concept of we will consider the visualization that we call ‘notation’: this analytical form of mediation between text and practice does not have the same status of in-vivo textualisations, but it works like an ex-post reconstruction which highlights the main gestures and exchanges while performing their grammaticalization. A more general aim of this essay is an enquiry into the legitimate objects of textual semiotics: what are the objects that it can analyze without betraying its principle of immanence, but also without being unable to analyze practice [less ▲]

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See detailInappropriate claims from non-equivalent medications in osteoarthritis: a position paper endorsed by the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO)
Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Cooper, Cyrus ULiege; Al-Daghri, Nasser ULiege et al

in Aging Clinical and Experimental Research (2017), (Online first),

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive joint disease, that occurs frequently in the aging population and is a major cause of disability worldwide. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are biologically active ... [more ▼]

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive joint disease, that occurs frequently in the aging population and is a major cause of disability worldwide. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are biologically active molecules that are substrates for proteoglycan, an essential component of the cartilage matrix. Evidence supports the use of glucosamine and chondroitin as symptomatic slow-acting drugs for osteoarthritis (SYSADOAs) with impact on OA symptoms and disease-modifying effects in the long term. Glucosamine and chondroitin are administered in exogenous form as a sulfate salt and multiple formulations of these agents are available, both as prescription-grade products and nutritional supplements. However, while all preparations may claim to deliver a therapeutic level of glucosamine or chondroitin not all are supported by clinical evidence. Only patented crystalline glucosamine sulfate (pCGS) is shown to deliver consistently high glucosamine bioavailability and plasma concentration in humans, which corresponds to demonstrated clinical efficacy. Similarly, clinical evidence supports only the pharmaceutical-grade chondroitin sulfate. The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) advocates, through careful consideration of the evidence base, that judicious choice of glucosamine and chondroitin formulation is essential to maximize clinical benefit, patient adherence and satisfaction with treatment. In future, the ESCEO recommends that complex molecules with biological activity such as pCGS may be treated as “biosimilars” akin to the European Medicines Agency guidance on biological medicinal products. It seems likely that for all other complex molecules classed as SYSADOAs, the recommendation to use only formulations clearly supported by the evidence-base should apply. [less ▲]

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See detailCoordinated Supervisory Control of Multi-Terminal HVDC Grids: a Model Predictive Control Approach
Papangelis, Lampros ULiege; Debry, Marie-Sophie; Panciatici, Patrick et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2017), 32(6), 4673-4683

A coordinated supervisory control scheme for future multi-terminal High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) grids is proposed. The purpose is to supervise the grid and take appropriate actions to ensure power ... [more ▼]

A coordinated supervisory control scheme for future multi-terminal High-Voltage Direct-Current (HVDC) grids is proposed. The purpose is to supervise the grid and take appropriate actions to ensure power balance and prevent or remove voltage or current limit violations. First, using DC current and voltage measurements, the power references of the various Voltage Sources Converters (VSC) are updated according to participation factors. Next, the setpoints of the converters are smoothly adjusted to track those power references, while avoiding or correcting limit violations. The latter function resorts to Model Predictive Control and a sensitivity model of the system. The efficiency of the proposed scheme has been tested through dynamic simulations of a five-terminal HVDC grid interconnecting two asynchronous AC areas and a wind farm. [less ▲]

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See detailDemeter's Arrival at Eleusis on an Apulian Oinochoe kept in Foggia
Cuvelier, Graham ULiege

in Babesch : Bulletin Antieke Beschaving (2017), 92

This article offers an interpretation of the scene depicted on the body of an Apulian red-figured oinochoe, assigned to the Darius Painter, now kept in the storage of the Museo Civico of Foggia. This ... [more ▼]

This article offers an interpretation of the scene depicted on the body of an Apulian red-figured oinochoe, assigned to the Darius Painter, now kept in the storage of the Museo Civico of Foggia. This interpretation is based on the analysis of the iconographic language of the Apulian imagery as well as on the connexion in series of this scene with those appearing on contemporary vases produced in the same cultural community. This article is also accompanied by a set of previously unpublished colour pictures (of the entire vase and of several details) taken on site by the author. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between employment quality and intention to quit: Focus on PhD candidates as traditional workers
Travaglianti, Fabrice ULiege; Babic, Audrey ULiege; Hansez, Isabelle ULiege

in Studies in Continuing Education (2017)

Current statistics show that the attrition rate among PhD candidates is high (i.e. from 30% to 40% depending on the discipline and the country). This high-attrition rate has an impact on both economic (e ... [more ▼]

Current statistics show that the attrition rate among PhD candidates is high (i.e. from 30% to 40% depending on the discipline and the country). This high-attrition rate has an impact on both economic (e.g. negative impact on the return-on investment in doctoral education) and human levels (e.g. negative consequences on candidates’ self-esteem and well-being). Therefore, it seems important to better understand and to prevent the attrition among PhD candidates. Based on the needs–supplies fit theory, the present research focused on the perception of a fit between several PhD candidates’ work-related needs in terms of employment quality and the characteristics of their job to explain their intention to quit their PhD thesis process. This study was based on 160 Belgian PhD candidates, viewed as traditional workers in the Belgian doctoral system, who were still in their thesis process. Data were collected in one Belgian university. Globally, results shown that only the fit perception between the needs for fairness/recognition from the supervisor and the current job situation was significantly associated with lower intention to quit. Thus, we encourage Universities to develop and boost fairness and recognition from thesis supervisors through notably specific training programmes including supportive and justice-based practices. [less ▲]

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See detailLife Cycle Assessment of railway infrastructure in Belgium
Merchan Arribas, Angel ULiege; Belboom, Sandra ULiege; Léonard, Angélique ULiege

in [avniR] conference. Life Cycle Management, the pathway for ecotransition. 2017 Conference proceedings (2017, November)

In the framework of the BRAIN-TRAINS project, the environmental impact of rail freight transport in Belgium has been analysed using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. The rail freight transport ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the BRAIN-TRAINS project, the environmental impact of rail freight transport in Belgium has been analysed using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. The rail freight transport system has been divided in three sub-systems: rail transport operation, rail equipment (locomotives and wagons) and rail infrastructure. For the sub-system rail infrastructure, a detailed study of the life cycle phases of construction, maintenance and disposal of infrastructure has been conducted. We have collected specific information related to the Belgian railway infrastructure from both literature sources and directly from Infrabel (the Belgian railway infrastructure manager) through the use of questionnaires. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the methodology used to analyse the LCA of the railway infrastructure in Belgium as a part of the rail freight transport system. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardized Settling Cell to Characterize Liquid-Liquid Dispersion
Leleu, David ULiege; Pfennig, Andreas ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, November)

Continuous settlers are used in many bio-based processes for separating liquid-liquid dispersion. In an efficient process, this downstream operation must be sufficiently well designed. Since coalescence ... [more ▼]

Continuous settlers are used in many bio-based processes for separating liquid-liquid dispersion. In an efficient process, this downstream operation must be sufficiently well designed. Since coalescence depends strongly on trace components, the dispersion needs to be characterized experimentally for each material system of interest, e.g. with respect to settling time. This can be realized in a standardized settling cells at lab scale. Different standardized settling cells have been developed which lead to different characterization procedures and results. It would be desirable to find an optimal standardized settling cell. [less ▲]

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See detailCoalescence in Highly Viscous System
Leleu, David ULiege; Pfennig, Andreas ULiege; Bruns, Nicole

in Proceedings of ISEC2017 (2017, November)

study of the coalescence in liquid-liquid dispersion by comparing batch settling cell experiment with a numerical tool, based on ReDrop concept.