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See detailCeramic Materials for Dental Prostheses
MAINJOT, Amélie ULg

in Biomaterials (2014)

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See detailImpact of the dialysis membrane on the Vitamin D metabolims markers
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DUBOIS, Bernard ULg; Urena, Pablo et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailInfinite self-shuffling words
Charlier, Emilie ULg

in Journal of Combinatorial Theory - Series A (2014), 128

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words: An infinite word x, with values in a finite set A, is said to be k-self-shuffling (k≥2) if there exists a shuffle of k copies of x ... [more ▼]

In this paper we introduce and study a new property of infinite words: An infinite word x, with values in a finite set A, is said to be k-self-shuffling (k≥2) if there exists a shuffle of k copies of x which produces x. We are particularly interested in the case k=2, in which case we say x is self-shuffling. This property of infinite words is shown to be independent of the complexity of the word as measured by the number of distinct factors of each length. Examples exist from bounded to full complexity. It is also an intrinsic property of the word and not of its language (set of factors). For instance, every aperiodic word contains a non-self-shuffling word in its shift orbit closure. While the property of being self-shuffling is a relatively strong condition, many important words arising in the area of symbolic dynamics are verified to be self-shuffling. They include for instance the Thue–Morse word fixed by the morphism 0↦01, 1↦10. As another example we show that all Sturmian words of intercept 0<ρ<1 are self-shuffling (while those of intercept ρ=0 are not). Our characterization of self-shuffling Sturmian words can be interpreted arithmetically in terms of a dynamical embedding and defines an arithmetic process we call the stepping stone model. One important feature of self-shuffling words stems from their morphic invariance: The morphic image of a self-shuffling word is self-shuffling. This provides a useful tool for showing that one word is not the morphic image of another. In addition to its morphic invariance, this new notion has other unexpected applications particularly in the area of substitutive dynamical systems. For example, as a consequence of our characterization of self-shuffling Sturmian words, we recover a number theoretic result, originally due to Yasutomi, on a classification of pure morphic Sturmian words in the orbit of the characteristic. [less ▲]

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See detailcaractérisation physico-chimique et minéralogique de matériaux calcaro-dolomitiques en vue de la production de liants et produits dérivés
Matamba Jibikila, Raphaël ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Due to their abundance and availability, limestone and dolomitic rocks are among the most valued resources in the world. As natural stones, they have many applications, both in trade and industrial ... [more ▼]

Due to their abundance and availability, limestone and dolomitic rocks are among the most valued resources in the world. As natural stones, they have many applications, both in trade and industrial sectors. Moreover, regardless of the scope of these materials, they must meet specific mineralogical and mechanical or physico-chemical properties, depending on the sector. Environmental requirements and sustainable management of mineral resources, have forced companies to reduce the value of naturally occurring materials, focusing oriented processing of waste materials or alternative approach. Moreover, technological developments have led to new applications requiring maximum purity of the material also led farmers to manage natural resources in a more rational manner. Mbuji-Mayi Region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has huge limestone and dolomitic deposit; located in the " Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup". Nevertheless, the city suffers from a serious lack of sustainable infrastructure to consolidate its development and remains dependent on the supply of construction and building materials from other regions, located sometimes more than 1000 km from the Mbuji-Mayi site. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the potential use of Mbuji-Mayi supergroup materials to produce binder or derivated products in a sustainable management of mineral resources way. Thus, dolomitic samples were taken from Kanshi S13B and S70 Lubi drill cores, while limestone facies are from artisanal quarries in the region. They were then prepared and characterized. Techniques used are: X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis and the differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy combined with chemical microanalysis (SEM / EDX). The results obtained after raw materials characterization showed that the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup contains pure dolomite (respective mean CaO and MgO contents of 20.5 and 30%), impure dolomites and impure limestones. uniaxial compressive strength test, water absorption coefficient, and porosity were measured. Results were satisfactory in terms of the use of materials such as rubbles or building stones. Thermal and microscopic analyzes of pure dolomite, showed that these materials have high added value in the areas of refractory, glass manufacture or dolomitic lime production. Finally, a binder (CS1c) prepared from impure limestone, posted quite sufficient characteristics for applications with low mechanical stress. Metakaolin prepared from local raw material, was used to improve the characteristics of the binder CS1c. The analysis of the properties of the mixture CS1c-metakaolin, helped us to understand the role of some mineral phases, in contributing to the development of mechanical strength of such binders.   [less ▲]

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See detailInjections de PRP et tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2014, October 30)

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See detailBetween dialect and idiolect in Deir el-Medineh
Winand, Jean ULg

Conference (2014, October 29)

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See detailRevealed preference tests of collectively rational consumption behavior
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2014, October 28)

To verify the empirical adequacy of a particular household consumption model, it is important to develop efficient tests that can be applied to real-world data. These tests check whether the observed ... [more ▼]

To verify the empirical adequacy of a particular household consumption model, it is important to develop efficient tests that can be applied to real-world data. These tests check whether the observed household behavior is "rational", in the sense that it is consistent with the predictions of the model. In this talk, we present different approaches based on revealed preferences to test collective models of household consumption. Testing collective rationality is computationally difficult (NP-hard). In order to overcome this negative result, we introduce mixed-integer programming formulations which can be used for medium-sized data sets. Next, we propose simulated annealing heuristics, which allow for efficient testing of the collective model on large data sets. We present the results of computational experiments using our approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailRecyclage des briques cassées pour améliorer les propriétés céramiques des argiles plastiques (Meknès, Maroc)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 27)

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite ... [more ▼]

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite et en carbonates, ont une granulométrie très fine, marquée par la quasi absence de la fraction sableuse. Ces propriétés les rendent très plastiques, ce qui engendre des taux de retrait importants au séchage et à la cuisson et des problèmes de qualité du produit fini qui s’en suivent (fissurations, déformations et casses pendant les processus de séchage et de cuisson). Dans le but de palier à ce problème et d’améliorer la qualité du produit fini, nous proposons au cours de cette étude de recycler les déchets de briques cassées. Afin d'atteindre ces objectifs, 4 formulations ont été réalisées à base d’argiles plastiques, riches en smectite et des casses de briques broyées. Des quantités de 5, 10, 15 et 20% de briques broyées ont été ajoutées à la pâte destinée à la confection des briques. Des analyses minéralogiques par diffraction des rayons X (DRX), chimiques par spectrométrie de fluorescence (XRF), granulométrique par granulométrie laser, ainsi que les limites d’Atterberg ont été effectuées. Les résultats minéralogiques montrent une diminution de la teneur en carbonates (calcite) et en argile totale (principalement smectite), lors des ajouts successifs de briques broyées. La fraction sableuse augmente progressivement, jusqu’à atteindre 30% pour une formulation avec 20% de casses de briques. Cette granulométrie plus grossière diminue la plasticité de la pâte et permet d’éviter les déformations et les fissures pendant le processus du séchage. De plus, l’ajout des casses de briques dilue les carbonates, ce qui permet d’améliorer la qualité du produit cuit. Ces résultats indiquent que le recyclage des déchets de briques, présente un intérêt à la fois économique et écologique. Des essais de comportement au séchage et à la cuisson ainsi que des essais mécaniques complèteront cette étude. [less ▲]

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See detailUTILISATION DES RESIDUS DE LAVAGE DES GRANULATS DE CARRIERES DANS L’ELABORATION DE PIECES CERAMIQUES (REGION DE TAMAZOUZT, MAROC).
El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

Conference (2014, October 27)

Le site potier de Tamazouzt est situé à 40 km au Sud-Est de la ville de Marrakech. La production est sous forme de poterie décorative d’ustensiles rustiques. La matière première utilisée dans ... [more ▼]

Le site potier de Tamazouzt est situé à 40 km au Sud-Est de la ville de Marrakech. La production est sous forme de poterie décorative d’ustensiles rustiques. La matière première utilisée dans l’élaboration de ces produits est issue de résidus de lavage des carrières de granulats exploités le long des oueds. En plus de la qualité des produits et des rendements élevés, ce site donne un bon exemple de valorisation des résidus de lavage qui causent des problèmes pour l’environnement et pour les industriels. Nous avons caractérisé cette matière première afin d’en faire la promotion et d’encourager l’exploitation de tels matériaux dans le domaine de la céramique à l’échelle globale. Les résultats des analyses montrent que la pâte est constituée de 62% d’argiles, 23% de limons et 15% de sables ; l’indice de plasticité est de l’ordre de 16. Pour 27% d’humidité, le degré de retrait au séchage ne dépasse pas 6%. La minéralogie indique la présence de quartz (32%), plagioclase (20%), feldspaths potassiques (10%), calcite (3%) et argile (31%). Les minéraux argileux sont constitués d’illite (16%), de chlorite (7%), de kaolinite (4%) et de vermiculite (4%). La teneur en matière organique est de 4%. La composition chimique est surtout silico-alumineuse (64% de SiO2, 17% d’Al2O3). Les autres éléments majeurs dont la teneur est significative (> 1%) sont : Fe2O3 (8%), MgO (4%), K2O (3%), CaO (3%), Na2O (2%). Les pièces cuites à 1050°C présentent 2% de retrait, 13% de porosité à l’eau, la résistance mécanique à la compression et à la flexion est respectivement de 63 et 20 Mpa. L’analyse DRX des pièces cuites à 1050°C a montré l’apparition de géhlénite, anorthite, diopside et d’hématite. Ces résultats indiquent qu’en plus de l’utilisation locale dans la poterie décorative ces argiles pourraient être valorisées comme matériaux de construction vue leur caractère isolant (bonne porosité), résistance (bon comportement mécanique) et leur couleur rouge (présence de l’hématite). [less ▲]

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See detailWhy and how to repair concrete? Compatibility assessment
Courard, Luc ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 27)

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See detailModelling serial offenders’ spatial behaviours: new assumptions for geographic profiling
Trotta, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The geographic profiling is amethodology of investigation which uses the crime sites of a criminal series in order to delineate prior areas for searching the offender. Its implementation is currently ... [more ▼]

The geographic profiling is amethodology of investigation which uses the crime sites of a criminal series in order to delineate prior areas for searching the offender. Its implementation is currently limited by too simplistic assumptions that are difficult to assess during an investigation or even not corroborated at an individual level of observation. This thesis studies the predictive capacities of geographic profiling in the context of Belgium, a dense country where the road network is not suitable for classical algorithmimplemented with Euclidean or Manhattan distances. More precisely, the thesis has for first objective to integrate space anisotropy with two improvements: (1) the integration of the road network in the journey-to-crime and (2) the integration of the structure of opportunities for series of sexual offences. Beyond this objective, the thesis questions a hypothesis underlying this type of research methodology: the kind of spatial relationship between the offender’s residence and the crime sites. An alternative to the distance decay effect is developed, minimising the variance in travelled distances between the offender anchor point and the initial contact sites of the offences (MOV hypothesis). The sensitivity of this methodology is measured and its effectiveness is compared to the one of the distance decay effect. A major result of the thesis is that the share of behaviours than can be modelled by this new hypothesis is similar to the one of the distance decay effect. However, a large number of series did not meet the required conditions to implement an efficientmethodology given the multiplicity of offender’s residences or the scarcity of sites composing the series; those applicability criteria are analysed in this work. Nevertheless, theMOV hypothesis is particularly valuable for long series of offences. Then, the thesis analyses the impact of the geometry of crime series locations on the effectiveness of the chosen spatial assumption (distance decay effect orMOV) with graph theory. It highlights the superiority of the MOV hypothesis for offenders travelling in some preferred direction. The analysis also shows that both hypotheses are not mutually exclusive but can be combined to build offender geographic profiles. Finally, this thesis focuses on the modelling of neutral areas in terms of criminal attractiveness on the Belgian territory. The work presents the originality of analysing data on a whole country, integrating both urban and non-urban areas. The objective of the modelling is the integration of the opportunity structure of sexual offences in the geographic profile and the estimation of the perturbing effect of a differentiated attractiveness. In order to assess this perturbation, we propose a two-steps process. Firstly, a regression model combining factors fromthe crime pattern and social disorganisation theories models the spatial distribution of crimes. The regression model identifies a centre-periphery relationship in the spatial distribution of crime locations. Still, the model underestimates the number of positive sectors, omitting some attractors. Then, the impact of attractive location (i.e. presenting the favourable factors for crime concentration)is evaluated for the series of sexual offences. In fine, the two spatial hypotheses do not seem affected by the attractors identified by the modelling except when the contact sites are clustered in attractive areas. In addition, the share of serial offenders committing their offences in the most attractive locations is smaller than that of single offenders. This observation strengthens the need for working on spatial distribution models instead of calibrated functions with solved cases. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble stigmatization influence in oncogeriatry
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; JERUSALEM, Guy ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 24)

Introduction Cancer is a major health problem widespread in elderly, which is inscribed in ageism context1. Negative influence of the vision that older people possess on aging on mental and physical ... [more ▼]

Introduction Cancer is a major health problem widespread in elderly, which is inscribed in ageism context1. Negative influence of the vision that older people possess on aging on mental and physical health2 is well established within “normal” aging. Consequently, we can ask ourselves what consequences age stigmas have in the realm of oncogeriatry. Moreover, cancerous patients face pathology-related stigmas because nowadays cancer still conveys a lot of negative representations. Method A group of 120 patients aged of 65 years old and more suffering from cancer (lung, breast or gynecological) will be followed during one year (0-3-6-12 months). Different instruments measuring quality of life, depression, symptoms, etc. are used as well as questions about their vision of aging and of cancer. Clinical parameters (weight, biologicals values, comorbidity…) are recorded too. Currently, we have 63 patients (31 breast cancer, 14 gynecological cancer and 18 lung cancer with distinction between smokers and non-smokers). Our analysis is only on the baseline at this moment, without any distinction between kinds of cancers. Results Double ANOVAs were used to analyze the data. A positive vision of aging is linked to a lower level of depression in comparison to a negative vision of aging (p = .04). Vision of pathology approach significance: less depression when vision is positive (p = .077). Concerning daily functioning (physical, emotional, social...), a positive vision of aging is related to a better functioning (p = .03) whereas vision of pathology has no effect. Eventually, a positive vision of aging and of cancer is related to a better quality of life (respectively p=.02, p=.002). Concerning clinical parameters, no results are observed. Conclusion These first results suggest that the vision patients have themselves of the age and of cancer is in relation with subjective mental and physical health. As we observe influence on vision of aging as well as pathology, we can talk about “double stigmatization”. Needless to say, more studies are needed to analyze the direction of these observation and longitudinal data analysis could bring some answers: is stigmatization provoke a less good mental and physical health or is it because I have health problem that I have a negative vision of aging and of my disease? 1. Penson, R. T., et al. (2004). The Oncologist, 9, 343-352. 2. Levy, B. (2009). Curr Dir Psychol Sci, 18, 332-336. [less ▲]

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See detailThe marauder's map or the use of non-intrusive range laser scanners in the context of smart rooms
Pierard, Sébastien ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 24)

Dans cette présentation, je vais expliquer comment des capteurs laser peuvent être utilisés pour réaliser différentes fonctionnalités importantes pour les environnements intelligents. Je montrerai comment ... [more ▼]

Dans cette présentation, je vais expliquer comment des capteurs laser peuvent être utilisés pour réaliser différentes fonctionnalités importantes pour les environnements intelligents. Je montrerai comment créer une carte précise et y représenter le mouvement de toutes les personnes, en particulier les trajectoires de leurs pieds. Celles-ci peuvent servir à identifier la personne observée, car chacune a sa propre démarche. Ceci ouvre des voies dans les domaines de la domotique, des environnements intelligents et de la sécurité. Les trajectoires de pieds ont également de nombreuses applications dans le domaine médical, en particulier pour la gériatrie, la kinésithérapie et la neurologie, ce que je détaillerai. Je démontrerai également que cette technologie permet de détecter les situations de piggybacking et de tailgating. Tout ceci étant rendu possible par une chaîne de traitement de signal minutieusement étudiée et par des techniques d'apprentissage automatique. [less ▲]

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See detailL’exemple historique dans la pensée de Machiavel et de Guichardin
Moreno, Paola ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 23)

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See detailTraining alters the innate immune response in the lower airway of horses
Frellstedt, Linda ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Many human and animal studies have examined various markers of the innate and/or adaptive immunity in association with exercise and have come to the general conclusion that exercise, either acute or ... [more ▼]

Many human and animal studies have examined various markers of the innate and/or adaptive immunity in association with exercise and have come to the general conclusion that exercise, either acute or chronic, modifies the immune response. Regular moderate exercise has beneficial and protective effects on immunity because it results in a balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory effects. This balance may be disturbed during exhaustive exercise, such as that experienced during competition and overtraining, resulting in immunosuppression. Humans frequently suffer from upper respiratory tract infections after prolonged intense exercise, whereas horses suffer primarily from lower airway inflammation and/or infection. The underlying mechanism for this difference remains unknown at this time. The sampling of different cell types is limited in humans and therefore, these studies focus on the evaluation of cells in peripheral blood or markers in saliva. Two groups of researchers in human sports medicine have compared populations of sedentary and regularly exercising people. The expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) 1, 2, 3 and 4 was decreased in peripheral blood monocytes in exercising subjects. This altered expression of TLRs was also associated with a lower production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-1α, TNF-α). Regular exercise induced circulating anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-10, IL-6) and, therefore, limited the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The first line of defense in the airways is provided by pulmonary alveolar macrophages and bronchial epithelial cells. Strenuous exercise impairs the viability of bronchial epithelial cells, reduces the viral defense mechanisms, and decreases oxidative burst activity of pulmonary alveolar macrophages. The altered immune response in association with exercise/training does not only lead to an increased risk for infection but may also cause the development of allergies and chronic inflammation in the lower airway. This may explain why young equine athletes frequently suffer from Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD). The etiology of IAD remains unknown but an association with subclinical viral infections as well as inflammatory stimuli from the environment has been suspected. The objective of this work was to increase our knowledge of immune mechanisms in young equine athletes by evaluating the effect of acute exercise and training on the innate immune responses of pulmonary alveolar macrophages (PAM), bronchial epithelial cells (BEC) and monocytes. The hypothesis was that exercise and training modify the TLR mRNA expression as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and interferons in these three cell types. Eight Standardbred horses were studied over a period of 9 months during which they were acclimatized, trained and deconditioned. Standardized exercise tests were performed regularly and biological samples (blood, bronchoalveolar lavages, and biopsies of the bronchial epithelium) were taken at defined intervals in order to allow a longitudinal evaluation of the different parameters. Monocytes, PAM and BEC were harvested and analyzed. The expression of TLR3 was decreased in equine PAM and monocytes after a period of training, but not after a single strenuous exercise session. In addition, the expression of TLR4 was increased in equine monocytes after training. The production of TNF-α and IFN-β was also examined in PAM and monocytes ex vivo after the stimulation with different TLR ligands. The production of these cytokines was reduced in PAM after a defined period of training and remained decreased for three months thereafter. In contrast, the synthesis of TNF-α was increased after a period of training in equine monocytes and remained increased thereafter. In a second study, a model for the culture of equine bronchial epithelial cells (EBEC) was developed which allowed us to evaluate the effect of exercise and training on the innate immune response of these cells. Acute exercise or training did not alter the TLR mRNA expression in EBEC. The production of IFN-β was increased in EBEC from trained horses after stimulation with a TLR3 ligand. Concurrently, the secretion of TNF-α and IL-6 was impaired in EBEC from trained horses after the stimulation with TLR2 and TLR3 ligands. This study focused on a single aspect of the innate immunity in horses, gaining knowledge of the TLR expression in three cell types and their response to specific TLR agonists. These results have to be considered in the global context of the innate immunity remembering that they represent only a small part of the complex immune system. Only one type of training (Standardbred race training) and one model of acute exercise (standardized exercise test on a treadmill) were evaluated in this study. This should be considered when drawing conclusions, because it is currently understood that the effects on immune responses vary with different types, intensity and duration of exercise and/or training. Nonetheless, this work has established that a local immunosuppression develops within the lungs in trained horses, and may explain the increased susceptibility of exercising horses to pulmonary viral infections. This local immunosuppression is associated with an increased potential of monocytes to produce pro-inflammatory cytokines when challenged with pathogens. The effects of exercise on innate immunity are complex and further studies are needed to continue the work in this field. In addition to the response to training in young sport horses, a number of environmental factors associated with their nutrition and housing may play important roles in the development of pulmonary infections and inflammation (e.g. IAD). To confirm the significance of the presented results, it would be interesting to investigate the innate immune response in trained horses when challenged with equine pathogens, such as equine influenza and equine herpesviruses. The ultimate goal of this work and other studies in the future is to develop immuno-modulating molecules that could be used for the prevention and treatment of equine respiratory diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Initial Upper Paleolithic in Northeast Asia: toward the definition of a techno-complex
Zwyns, N.; Teyssandier, N.; Izuho, M. et al

Conference (2014, October 23)

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See detailUniversité : Les interactions possibles avec l’enseignement non-universitaire
Winand, Jean ULg

Conference (2014, October 23)

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See detailProblèmes du plurilinguisme dans l'antiquité gréco-romaine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 23)

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