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See detailAmerican Literature and the Toxic Sublime
Lombard, David ULg

Book published by Quodlibet (2018)

According to Jennifer A. Peeples, the “toxic sublime” refers to “the tensions that arise from recognizing the toxicity of a place, object or situation, while simultaneously appreciating its mystery ... [more ▼]

According to Jennifer A. Peeples, the “toxic sublime” refers to “the tensions that arise from recognizing the toxicity of a place, object or situation, while simultaneously appreciating its mystery, magnificence and ability to inspire awe”. As an alternative to the “technological sublime”, which creates awe through the contemplation of human efforts to master the environment, it urges us to consider the negative and noxious aspects of such endeavours. Through her analysis of Edward Burtynsky’s “Manufactured Landscapes”, Peeples introduces a new form of sublime aesthetics, which may also be used as a valuable trope in the study of the relationship between literature and our physical environment. My goal in this study is to extend such considerations to the recent history of American literature, using examples such as Rachel Carson’s “A Fable for Tomorrow” (1962), which describes the invisible “lethal film” made of “systemic insecticides” that converts natural species into carcinogenic poison, thus depicting landscapes as intoxicated “places of beauty” that no longer symbolise human abilities to dominate the environment but rather their lack of control over it. Likewise, in Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise (1985), the protagonist Jack Gladney experiences his daughter’s “utterance” of the car brand “Toyota Celica” as “beautiful and mysterious”, which “str[ikes] [him] with the impact of a moment of splendid transcendence”. Gladney then proceeds to relate his family’s “garbage” to his relatives’ selves as it is a “sign[] of [their] deepest nature”. Jack’s approach to human waste shows that what Cynthia Deitering defines as the “toxic consciousness”—the general awareness of the existence of toxicity in the landscape—is to be associated with the protagonist’s idea of “consumer consciousness”. Indeed, the term toxicity can also metaphorically refer to the “poisoned” nature of our relationship to and perception of specific places, objects, or situations. The viewer in national parks, for instance, tends to see the “sublime landscape” as a “series of picturesque scenes”, which allows him to consume the scene as an “object of artistic consumption”. Such examples point to different but related ways of examining distinct forms of toxicity that characterise our relationship with our physical environment. They also prompt us to examine the problematic nature of technology and progress while dealing with the elusive and paradoxical nature of the technological sublime. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Optimal Control Formulation of Pulse-Based Control Using Koopman Operator
Sootla, Aivar; Mauroy, Alexandre; Ernst, Damien ULg

E-print/Working paper (2018)

In many applications, and in systems/synthetic biology in particular, it is desirable to compute control policies that force the trajectory of a bistable system from one equilibrium (the initial point) to ... [more ▼]

In many applications, and in systems/synthetic biology in particular, it is desirable to compute control policies that force the trajectory of a bistable system from one equilibrium (the initial point) to another equilibrium (the target point), or in other words to solve the switching problem. It was recently shown that, for monotone bistable systems, this problem admits easyto-implement open-loop solutions in terms of temporal pulses (i.e., step functions of fixed length and fixed magnitude). In this paper, we develop this idea further and formulate a problem of convergence to an equilibrium from an arbitrary initial point. We show that this problem can be solved using a static optimization problem in the case of monotone systems. Changing the initial point to an arbitrary state allows to build closed-loop, event-based or open-loop policies for the switching/convergence problems. In our derivations we exploit the Koopman operator, which offers a linear infinite-dimensional representation of an autonomous nonlinear system. One of the main advantages of using the Koopman operator is the powerful computational tools developed for this framework. Besides the presence of numerical solutions, the switching/convergence problem can also serve as a building block for solving more complicated control problems and can potentially be applied to non-monotone systems. We illustrate this argument on the problem of synchronizing cardiac cells by defibrillation. Potentially, our approach can be extended to problems with different parametrizations of control signals since the only fundamental limitation is the finite time application of the control signal. [less ▲]

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See detailIntersubjectivité et anomalies de l’expérience dans la schizophrénie
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Valentiny, Caroline

Scientific conference (2018, June 13)

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See detailNet Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation
Attia, Shady ULg

Book published by Elsevier (2018)

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation the author provide readers elements to understand, combine and contextualize their design ... [more ▼]

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation the author provide readers elements to understand, combine and contextualize their design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings. The book is based on learned lessons from NZEB design, construction, operation and integrating the most relevant topics such as Multidisciplinarity, Climate Sensitivity, Comfort requirements, Carbon footprint, Technology, Construction Quality, and Evidence Based Design. Chapter one introduces the context of high performance buildings, chapter two overviews the definition of NZEB, chapter tree covers the performance thresholds for efficient buildings, chapter four covers the design process and its tools, chapter five covers comfort and indoor environmental quality, chapter six covers materials, chapter seven covers systems and building automation, chapter eight covers micro-grid and smart grid, chapter nine discusses construction quality, chapter ten discusses performance monitoring and post occupancy evaluation, chapter eleven brings case studies and the final chapter covers NZEB Roadmap and tools. Professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries will benefit of the definitions of the fundamental concepts of the area as well as from the practical approach to evaluating energy efficient building projects. Researchers and students in the area will find particularly interesting the worldwide case studies and articulation of concepts into an evaluation framework. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavior of steel frame structures under natural fire and collapse mechanisms during cooling
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Gamba, Antonio; Elhami Khorasani, Negar

Conference (2018, April 20)

Structural fire engineering has long relied on a prescriptive approach based on isolated member behavior under continuously heating standard fire. By definition, this approach does not allow comprehending ... [more ▼]

Structural fire engineering has long relied on a prescriptive approach based on isolated member behavior under continuously heating standard fire. By definition, this approach does not allow comprehending the effects of interaction between members of a complete structure nor the effects of real fire exposure. Yet, such effects can have a significant influence on the response of real buildings to fire. Notably, when a structure has survived a fully developed fire, the cooling phase that inevitably follows generates effects that may endanger the structure stability. This has been attested by real structural collapses and poses a specific threat to firefighters. However, the behavior of structures under natural fire and the causes of failure during cooling are still not well understood. This research investigates the response of steel-framed structures to natural fires with the aim to analyze the possible collapse mechanisms during cooling. Numerical simulations by nonlinear finite element method are conducted for different fire scenarios and structural designs. The simulations model the thermo-mechanical behavior of the frames accounting for the interaction between members during the entire fire duration until burnout. Different collapse mechanisms during cooling are highlighted and discussed, including connection failure and progressive collapse under localized fire. In the latter case, collapse of members not directly affected by the fire occurs during the cooling phase. These mechanisms result from a complex combination of several factors, such as the recovery of thermal elongation, the recovery of stiffness, and the prior development of permanent strains in the heated members. The results show that steel-framed structures are subject to collapse during the cooling phase of natural fires. Therefore, natural fires with heating-cooling sequences represent a loading case that should be considered in structural fire analyses and could lead to specific design provisions to prevent the occurrence of collapse during cooling. [less ▲]

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See detailSchizophrénie et perspective en première personne
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Valentiny, Caroline

Scientific conference (2018, February 28)

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See detailLe travailleur du futur et la loi
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2018)

Le travailleur du futur et la loi A quoi ressemble le travailleur de demain dans un monde où règnent toujours davantage les technologies de l’information ? Cette question est envisagée sous deux angles ... [more ▼]

Le travailleur du futur et la loi A quoi ressemble le travailleur de demain dans un monde où règnent toujours davantage les technologies de l’information ? Cette question est envisagée sous deux angles. Tout d’abord, l’économie numérique a fait naitre de nouvelles formes de production et d’emploi, telles que « l’économie des plateformes » (Uber, Deliveroo, ….). Celle-ci présente divers atouts pour les entreprises et pour les travailleurs, notamment en termes de flexibilité, mais elles est aussi la source de nouvelles formes de travail précaire. Le travailleur de demain est-il un travailleur du numérique sans protection sociale ? Le deuxième angle est celui du travailleur hyperconnecté. Faut-il envisager de créer un droit à la déconnexion ? [less ▲]

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See detailDes indices pour la définition de l'état des masses d'eau en milieu marin, mises au point, applications et aide à la gestion
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Richir, Jonathan ULg

in L’eau pour le développement La Gestion Intégrée des Ressources en Eau dans les Pays en développement (2018, February)

Comme les écosystèmes dulçaquicoles, les écosystèmes marins sont soumis à une pression humaine croissante qui altère la qualité de l’eau et les communautés aquatiques. Près de 98 pourcents de l’eau de ... [more ▼]

Comme les écosystèmes dulçaquicoles, les écosystèmes marins sont soumis à une pression humaine croissante qui altère la qualité de l’eau et les communautés aquatiques. Près de 98 pourcents de l’eau de notre planète bleue est contenue dans les océans qui constituent le réceptacle final de tout ce que nous rejetons comme déchets (volontairement ou non). Moins accessible, les océans sont méconnus, souvent oubliés ou négligés et considérés comme une zone inépuisable et où tout se dilue ; actuellement encore 80% des eaux usées sont rejetées en mer sans traitement préalable, à peine 2 % des surfaces marines sont protégées. La Méditerranée est particulière à plus d’un égard, bassin de concentration, de faible surface (1% des océans) abritant pourtant plus de 10% de la biodiversité mondiale. Cette petite mer est un modèle pour les océanographes : en mesurant ce qui s’y passe, nous pouvons prédire ce que se déroulera à court ou moyen terme dans le reste des océans. Le laboratoire d’Océanologie est activement impliqué depuis une quinzaine d’années dans la mise au point d’indice de la qualité des masses d’eau côtières. Ces indices sont construits sur base des connaissances du milieu (variations naturelles), par la mesure des niveaux de contamination et des effets (observation et contamination en mésocosme) de cette pollution sur les communautés. Nous avons développé et validé des indices biologiques (PREI : Posidonia Rapid and Easy Index, ICAR Indice Caulerpa cylindracea ; espèce envahissante), de pollution (TEPI : Trace Element Pollution Index, TESVI : Trace Element Spatial Variation Index), de qualité paysagère (LIMA LIttoral MArin) … Ces indices sont utilisés actuellement dans le cadre de la DCE (Directive Cadre Eau), la DCSMM (Directive Cadre Stratégie pour le Milieu Marin) et dans des réseaux de surveillance en Méditerranée, ils sont un relais et un moyen de communication entre les scientifiques et les politiques, les gestionnaires. L’exportation et l’apprentissage de l’utilisation de ces indices sont un atout pour une gestion globale de l’eau à l’échelle de la Méditerranée. Leurs applications sur l’ensemble de la façade méditerranéenne ont, entre autre, mis en évidence l’impact positif de l’application de directives européennes en matière de gestion des eaux par rapport aux côtes de Nord de l’Afrique. [less ▲]

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See detailSchizophrénie et intersubjectivité : Propositions pour une phénoménologie relationnelle
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Scientific conference (2018, January 25)

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See detailHistoire politique de la construction européenne
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Learning material (2018)

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See detailPartenariats transrégionaux, technologies numériques et culture : de la convergence numérique aux divergences normatives
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Deblock, Chrstian; Levesque, Céline; Paquin, Stephane (Eds.) et al Les partenariats commerciaux à l'ére de l'interconnexion (2018)

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See detailInternet of Things : learning and practices. Application to Smart Home
Debauche, Olivier ULg; Mahmoudi, Saïd; Belarbi, Mohammed Amin et al

Conference (2018, January)

Internet of Things is becoming widely present in our daily life. In fact, more and more devices able to interact together have been recently designed and launched in the market. Learning Internet of ... [more ▼]

Internet of Things is becoming widely present in our daily life. In fact, more and more devices able to interact together have been recently designed and launched in the market. Learning Internet of Things technologies is becoming unavoidable in education. In this paper, we propose a practical approach allowing to progressively learn, by practice the, essential concepts of Internet of Things applied to Smart Homes. From basic knowledge of C++ language and the use of Arduino or its derived, students can develop skills and also smart applications in the field of Internet of Things. [less ▲]

See detailPsychopathologie du sens commun
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Recchia, Fabio ULg

Book published by Cercle Herméneutique (Le) (2018)

Traduction en français et présentation de "Psicopatologia del senso commune" de Giovanni Stanghellini.

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See detailFrom Ontology to Psychoanalysis. Benussi and Musatti on the Concept of Mental Reality
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

in Meinong Studies / Meinong Studien (2018), 9

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See detailL'Oeil de la mouche d'André-Joseph Dubois
Dechene, Antoine ULg

in Deux siècles au service des sciences humains: contributions de l'Université de Liège (1817-2017) (2018)

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See detailLes systèmes électoraux de la Belgique. 2e édition
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg; Reuchamps, Min

Book published by Bruylant (2018)

Il s'agit de la seconde édition d'un ouvrage collectif publié pour la première fois en 2012 qui propose une étude multidisciplinaire des élections en Belgique.

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