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See detailThe European Parliament within the global governance of culture: voice and influence
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

Conference (2015, June 23)

Abstract: The paper deals with the international actorness of the European Parliament (EP) within the global governance of cultural industries, and in particular with its ability to promote the ... [more ▼]

Abstract: The paper deals with the international actorness of the European Parliament (EP) within the global governance of cultural industries, and in particular with its ability to promote the Convention on diversity of cultural expressions (CDCE) on its international relations and on the EU international agreements. In this respect, it attempts to analyse empirically not only the EP’s interests and strategies about the CDCE and its place within the EU external relations, but also the ways that the EP shapes the process of the global governance of cultural industries, challenging its political asymmetries and hierarchies. In this sense, the paper draws five main conclusions: a. it illustrates a recent multiplication of EP resolutions and of written parliamentary questions towards the culture in EU external relations, and especially the link between trade agreements and culture; b. the EP seeks to promote a more normative position for the global governance of cultural industries, taking cultural concerns seriously into account; c. the negotiations between EU and United States reveal that the EP does not follow the pro-liberalization agenda of the European Commission and especially of DG Trade. On the contrary, the EP sided with the French government and the cultural professional organizations and it interpreted the CDCE as a normative tool protecting and promoting the cultural policies in the context of the trade negotiations; d. the EP’s votes towards the culture in EU external relations follow more the national cleavages existing within the European Council rather than a left-right divide, showing that the national lines seem to be a substantial factor in order to understand the EP’s preferences; e. despite the establishment of an international normative framework towards the cultural sector and the inclusion of the culture as a component of the EU foreign policy, the EP’s diplomacy has not yet fully integrated the culture among its priorities. In this sense, the different aspects of the cultural sector such as the cultural and creative industries or the tangible, natural and intangible cultural heritage are absent from the discussions of the EP with national and other regional parliaments. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning Artificial Intelligence in Large-Scale Video Games: A First Case Study with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Taralla, David ULg

Master's dissertation (2015)

Over the past twenty years, video games have become more and more complex thanks to the emergence of new computing technologies. The challenges players face now involve the simultaneous consideration of ... [more ▼]

Over the past twenty years, video games have become more and more complex thanks to the emergence of new computing technologies. The challenges players face now involve the simultaneous consideration of many game environment variables — they usually wander in rich 3D environments and have the choice to take numerous actions at any time, and taking an action has combinatorial consequences. However, the artificial intelligence (AI) featured in those games is often not complex enough to feel natural (human). Today's AI is still most of the time hard-coded, but as the game environments become increasingly complex, this task becomes exponentially difficult. To circumvent this issue and come with rich autonomous agents in large-scale video games, many research works already tried and succeeded in making video game AI learn instead of being taught. This thesis does its bit towards this goal. In this work, supervised learning classification based on extremely randomized trees is attempted as a solution to the problem of selecting an action amongst the set of available ones in a given state. In particular, we place ourselves in the context where no assumptions are made on the kind of actions available and where action simulations are not possible to find out what consequences these have on the game. This approach is tested on the collectible card game Hearthstone: HoW, for which an easily-extensible simulator was built. Encouraging results were obtained when facing Nora, the resulting Mage agent, against random and scripted (medium-level) Mage players. Furthermore, besides quantitative results, a qualitative experiment showed that the agent successfully learned to exhibit a board control behavior without having been explicitly taught to do so. [less ▲]

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouseplatelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LECUT, Christelle ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used ... [more ▼]

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used in clinical trials as vaccine adjuvants. Cellular uptake and activation depends on the interaction of CpG ODNs with the C-type lectin receptor DEC-205 and subsequent stimulation of the Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) and myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MyD88) signaling cascade. Platelets express TLR9, MyD88, and the C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC-2). However, the impacts of CpG ODNs on platelet function have been elusive. Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiencyabolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailChanger son système d'information, penser l'organisation plus que la technique : illustration avec le passage à Alma à l’Université de Liège
Renaville, François ULg

Scientific conference (2015, June 22)

Présentation du projet de migration de Aleph et SFX vers le système de gestion de bibliothèque (SGB) Alma d'août 2014 à février 2015.

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See detailTowards an “integrated conservation” : the contribution of R.M. Lemaire and Piero Gazzola during the first decade of ICOMOS (1965-1975)
Houbart, Claudine ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

Respectively elected first President and first Secretary General during the first general assembly of ICOMOS in Cracow in 1965, Piero Gazzola and Raymond M. Lemaire have deeply contributed to the success ... [more ▼]

Respectively elected first President and first Secretary General during the first general assembly of ICOMOS in Cracow in 1965, Piero Gazzola and Raymond M. Lemaire have deeply contributed to the success of the newly born organisation. During the first years, they didn’t only provoke the creation of numerous national committees around the world, but they also positioned ICOMOS as a major actor of the international conservation scene, through the organisation of conferences and an active participation in the debates initiated by Unesco and the Council of Europe, for which ICOMOS acted as a consultant. The study of Raymond M. Lemaire’s archive, kept at the KU Leuven in Belgium, clearly shows that one of the major concerns of both Lemaire and Gazzola, who had been, in 1964, amongst the main authors of the Venice Charter, was to broaden the scope of the document in order to address the issue of pre-industrial city centres, threatened by late reconstruction or development projects mostly promoting functionalist approaches. Depending on the time available, this presentation will address one or various aspects of Lemaire’s and Gazzola’s contribution to the emergence of integrated conservation, consecrated by the European Charter and the Amsterdam Declaration of 1975, that is: the new ideas (social value of heritage for example) developed during the expert meetings organised by the Council of Europe in 1965-1968, where they both represented ICOMOS. These ideas are synthesised in the report “Saving the face of Europe” in 1973, the relation between these theoretical contributions and Lemaire and Gazzola’s contemporary field experience, the role of Eastern Europe experiences (D. Libal in Prague and M. Horler in Budapest) in the development of an appropriate methodology to address urban issues, the differences between the concept of “integral planning” proposed by Lemaire in 1973 and the “integrated conservation” that was promoted by the 1975 Council of Europe charters, an epilogue could mention the revision projects of the Venice Charter between 1975 and 1981. Based on my PhD about R.M. Lemaire, recently presented at the KU Leuven (Belgium), this presentation aims at clarifying and illustrating the shift from monument restoration towards city “reanimation” or “rehabilitation” during the late sixties and seventies, as well as paying tribute to the action of two of the most important figures of the beginnings of ICOMOS. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom the spirit to the letter of the charters : mind the gap for the future
Houbart, Claudine ULg; Dawans, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

Since the 1960’s and the foundation of ICOMOS, charters have been considered as a sort of conservation gospel. In this presentation, we would like to question this fact, in the light of the very ... [more ▼]

Since the 1960’s and the foundation of ICOMOS, charters have been considered as a sort of conservation gospel. In this presentation, we would like to question this fact, in the light of the very particular production and reception conditions of the documents. What may be perceived as a mostly provocative approach seems to us a constructive basis for future reflections. When we read and use charters – in this presentation, we will mainly focus on the Venice Charter, the Nara document and the Riga Charter – , we forget too often that they have been written by human beings, sometimes very tired, in a hurry, and even arguing with each other. The study of the archival material related to the writing of the Venice Charter and the Nara document very clearly illustrates that these documents are rather a conceptual “bricolage” than indisputable normative texts as if they had been written by lawyers. In the case of the Venice Charter, the archive as well as the records of Raymond M. Lemaire, Paul Philippot or Gertrud Tripp make clear that the document has been written at the last moment and adopted too rapidly by an assembly too glad to finally have a updated version of the Athens charter. As a consequence, only a few years later, Raymond Lemaire and Piero Gazzola already questioned the validity of the new text in the light of the extension of heritage debates to the city centers. On the other hand, the fact that a French and an English version of the Nara document were written in parallel by Raymond M. Lemaire and Herb Stovel in 1994 has had immediate consequences on the content and the formulation of the text, which logically left both of them unsatisfied with the result. Even so, the Venice charter and the Nara document still have force of law today. Yet, besides the particular circumstances of their writing, we must keep in mind that these texts answered specific questions, closely linked to the context: a critical answer to postwar reconstruction for the first, and apparently opposed visions of authenticity between East and West for the second. As far as the Riga charter is concerned, the influence of the delicate context of the Eastern bloc collapse is evident. For this reason, using such documents today requires at least a critical reading, going back to the spirit beyond the text. Our presentation will illustrate ad absurdum, through recent case studies, how a cynical reading of such documents can lead to interventions dangerously in conflict with this spirit and the fundamental ideals of conservation philosophy. In the era of late capitalism and heritage globalization, are we allowed to forget the conditions and the context in which our doctrinal documents have been written to justify anything and everything and to meet, for example, the “tourist gaze”, the “nouveaux riches” taste or the architect’s egomania? Do architects really want to know what the writers of the Venice charter’s article 9 meant by the “contemporary stamp”? What are the limits of the tolerance towards reconstruction first expressed by the Nara document, and a few years later, the charter of Riga? So many questions that ICOMOS must face if it wants to pursue its guiding mission in a mostly financial world. [less ▲]

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouse platelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LECUT, Christelle ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice ... [more ▼]

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiency abolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of hunting pressure and forest fragmentation on seed dispersal of Staudtia kamerunensis (Myristicaceae) in the Western Congolian forest-savanna mosaic
Trolliet, Franck ULg; Forget, Pierre-Michel; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Numerous studies have investigated the impact of hunting and forest fragmentation on seed dispersal processes, but few of them in Africa. The African continent, however, holds the greatest abundance of ... [more ▼]

Numerous studies have investigated the impact of hunting and forest fragmentation on seed dispersal processes, but few of them in Africa. The African continent, however, holds the greatest abundance of large frugivores on Earth and is subject to increasing levels of hunting and forest fragmentation. Frugivory and seed dispersal in the pan-tropical family Myristicaceae has been well studied in the Neotropics, but remain barely known in Afro-tropical forests. Here we investigated how hunting, forest cover, and fruit availability influence the dispersal capacities of Staudtia kamerunensis in a mosaic composed of forest patches and savannas in D.R. Congo. We selected 34 fertile female S. kamerunensis trees distributed, at a landscape scale (300 km²), across 5 sites characterized by a gradient of hunting pressures and density of the study trees. The trees varied in size and surrounding forest cover (patch and corridors). We quantified the percentages of seed dispersal failure using litter trap and fruit remains during the entire 2013 fruiting season, and identified fruit eaters through focal observations. The most frequently observed frugivore was the White-thighed Hornbill (Bycanistes albotibialis). Our GLMM analyses show that increasing hunting pressure, decreasing abundance of B. albotibialis and decreasing forest cover near focal trees significantly increased dispersal failure. The limited forest cover of some patches, resulting from the highly fragmented feature of the landscape, and hunting pressure, are likely to impact negatively the abundance of B. albotibialis. Consequently, we suggest the dispersal system reached saturation because of a lack of effective seed dispersal away from parent trees. [less ▲]

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See detailDiaspora Contributions to Democratic Processes at Home: The External Vote of Andean Migrants
Bermudez Torres, Anastasia ULg; Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

This paper focuses on the external vote and wider transnational political participation of Andean migrants from Colombia and Bolivia. Its main aim is to discuss the contributions of these diasporas to ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on the external vote and wider transnational political participation of Andean migrants from Colombia and Bolivia. Its main aim is to discuss the contributions of these diasporas to democratic and wider political processes in the home countries. The two cases considered offer a good opportunity to do so, since in the last few decades they have put forward new mechanisms for the political inclusion of their nationals abroad, but in different historical, socioeconomic and political contexts. Key amongst these initiatives has been the extension of voting rights to nationals abroad. One of the objectives is thus to compare the different reasons and mechanisms used by states to implement external voting policies, as well as migrant participation in elections. Migrants from the three countries have participated to a lesser or greater degree in the development of such policies and the practice of voting from abroad. A comparison of their participation rates in each case and the reasons for voting or not might allow us to find out more about the success or failure of such processes. Equally, different governments, parties and other state and political institutions in the home countries have related differently to the diasporas, often based on the supposed political allegiances or ideological inclinations of these groups. Based on all this, the two national communities abroad studied have played different roles in key recent political processes in their home countries, such as the emergence of an ethno- nationalist-left government in Bolivia, and efforts for greater democracy and the end of the armed conflict in Colombia. This paper is based on quantitative and qualitative data, as well as secondary information, obtained by the authors through different research projects carried out over the last few years with migrants from the two countries studied. The text looks next at the theoretical framework for the research, before analysing in detail the two cases considered. The last develops a comparative discussion and presents concluding perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble hydrophilic polyphosphoester containing copolymers as efficient templating agnets for calcium carbonate microparticles
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Calvignac, Brice et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled drug release. In this respect, CaCO3 particles are appropriate ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled drug release. In this respect, CaCO3 particles are appropriate drug carriers that have excellent properties such as low density, high specific surface areas and porosity for drugs and proteins encapsulation. Here, degradable synthetic copolymers based on polyphosphoester (PPE) were used to template CaCO3 particles. PPE is a promising candidate due to its biocompatibility, biodegradability and low toxicity of its degradation products such as phosphates. In particular, PPE copolymers with carboxylic acid pendant groups and negatively charged polyphosphodiester-based copolymers were prepared by organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization (ROP) initiated from poly(ethylene oxide). The moieties introduced along the polymer chains enhance the calcium affinity and so the ability of the copolymers to tune the morphology of the CaCO3 particles. The copolymers were tested as templating agents for the preparation of CaCO3 particles by the classical chemical pathway and the supercritical CO2 (Sc-CO2) route. The morphology of the resulting particles was then compared to the one of particles obtained using hyaluronic acid (HA) as a templating agent. The synthesis involving Sc-CO2 and the copolymer with pendant carboxylic groups was particularly interesting and led to smaller (~1.5 µm) and non-aggregated particles. In the future, the impact of the copolymer structure and of the particle size on the encapsulation and release processes will be investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailTransnational routes for hyper-local practices. Homemade food of Moroccan migrant women in Italy.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, June 22)

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food ... [more ▼]

Stemming from a doctoral research on the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in the north of Italy, this paper will focus on some narratives and habits concerning homemade food. This food was the result of the combination of hyper-local and transnational practices. In fact, preparing some food at home instead of buying it (bread, for example) was possible also thanks to the use of some ingredients that were bought in or coming from Morocco. The issue at stake was that of control: a control exerted at a hyper-local level (in one’s home) on procedures and at a transnational level (by personally knowing ingredients’ producers) on food elements. This combination let women prepare some representative food of their memory by using the traditional techniques learnt from their mothers and by excluding intermediations. Homemade food translated the reassuring utopia of keeping a link with a cultural belonging in spite of migration and of reducing the fear of being contaminated by the unknown products of the diversity. Some ethnographic data will be presented to show these dynamics, and they will be supported by the visual material collected through participant observation. [less ▲]

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See detailCronache d'amianto dalla colonia irpina. Una lotta operaia infinita
De Biase, Marco ULg

in Petrillo, Antonello (Ed.) Il silenzio della polvere. Capitale, verità e morte in una storia meridionale di amianto (2015)

Dal 1983 al 1988 l'Irpinia è stata teatro di una delle storie più tristi dello sviluppo industriale della regione Campania, ovvero la vicenda dell'apertura e della chiusura dello stabilimento Isochimica ... [more ▼]

Dal 1983 al 1988 l'Irpinia è stata teatro di una delle storie più tristi dello sviluppo industriale della regione Campania, ovvero la vicenda dell'apertura e della chiusura dello stabilimento Isochimica. Una fabbrica progettata per la scoibentazione dei pannelli di amianto dalle carrozze dei treni su commissione delle Ferrovie dello Stato (FS). Se da un lato la storia produttiva della fabbrica è stata molto breve, dall'altro lato l'impatto disastroso che essa ha avuto sul territorio e sulla vita di centinaia di operai è, oggi più che mai, attuale. Infatti, dopo circa 25 anni dalla chiusura della fabbrica, installata in un borgo popolare alla periferia di Avellino (Borgo Ferrovia), gli operai, per la maggior parte ammalati di patologie asbesto-correlate, sono ancora in lotta per veder riconosciuti i loro diritti dalle istituzioni competenti. Inoltre, il sito in cui era collocata l'ex fabbrica non è stato ancora bonificato e centinaia di cubi di amianto sono ancora depositati all'aria aperta in prossimità di scuole, campi di calcio e abitazioni. In questo contesto, l'installazione della fabbrica, la sua attività, la sua chiusura e il successivo occultamento delle responsabilità da parte delle autorità, hanno svelato uno scenario socio-economico e politico che ha anticipato alcune dinamiche di riproduzione del capitale apportate dalla globalizzazione economica. Infatti, l'installazione illegale della fabbrica avvenuta senza i permessi delle autorità, l'organizzazione della produzione che oscillava tra il formale, informale e illegale, le relazioni di lavoro precarie e lo sversamento abusivo di tonnellate di amianto nel territorio circostante, hanno fatto dell'Irpinia, all'inizio degli anni '80, uno dei laboratori delle dinamiche del capitalismo deregolamentato di matrice neoliberista (Harvey 2005; Sennet 2006; Portes, Sassen-Koob 1987). Allo stesso tempo, la vicenda Isochimica si inscrive profondamente nelle storiche relazioni economico-politiche tra il Nord e il Sud dell'Italia in cui le forme embrionali di economia neoliberista si sono riprodotte all'interno di relazioni di potere di natura coloniale (Saitta 2013; Mezzadra 2005; Stoler, Cooper 1997). Dunque, partendo dall'analisi di questo scenario, l'articolo punta a studiare la lotta dei lavoratori dell'ex Isochimica, dalla prima occupazione della fabbrica avvenuta nel 1985 al movimento degli ex-operai dei giorni nostri. L'obiettivo è quello di analizzare nello specifico la lotta operaia degli anni '80 per il diritto a un lavoro sicuro e duraturo, comparandola alle recenti rivendicazioni per per il diritto alla vita. Questo studio prende in considerazione 20 biografie di ex operai dell'Isochimica, focalizzando l'attenzione soltanto su alcune e analizzandole all'interno del quadro politico-economico e istituzionale che, dagli anni '80 fino a oggi, è riuscito è impedire agli operai il riconoscimento dei loro diritti. L'ipotesi dell'articolo è che la lotta degli operai dell'ex-Isochimica, all'interno del sistema di potere locale, sia da inscrivere nei mutamenti del sistema di produzione e di rappresentazione apportato dalle politiche neoliberali in cui, nel caso paradigmatico del Sud Italia, la mistura tra «passato» coloniale e «modernità» neoliberale ha generato nuove forme di subordinazione (Petrillo 2011; Saitta 2013). In questo contesto, le rivendicazioni operaie dei lavoratori dell'Isochimica negli anni '80 e quelle attuali per il diritto alla vita (riconoscimento delle patologie, assegnazione di una rendita sociale, invalidità civile, cure dignitose) sono state estromesse dal terreno del conflitto tra capitale e lavoro in un'epoca in cui la fabbrica non è più il terreno in cui si giocano le lotte per una società più giusta (Fassin, Memmi 2004; Petrillo 2009). [less ▲]

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See detailUrban Development as a Continuum: A Multinomial Logistic Regression Approach
El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Cools, Mario ULg; Saadi, Ismaïl ULg et al

in Gervasi, Osvaldo; Murgante, Beniamino; Misra, Sanjay (Eds.) et al Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2015, Part III (2015)

Urban development is a complex process influenced by a number of driving forces, including spatial planning, topography and urban economics. Identifying these drivers is crucial for the regulation of ... [more ▼]

Urban development is a complex process influenced by a number of driving forces, including spatial planning, topography and urban economics. Identifying these drivers is crucial for the regulation of urban development and the calibration of predictive models. Existing land-use models generally consider urban development as a binary process, through the identification of built versus non-built areas. This study considers urban development as a continuum, characterized by different level of densities, which can be related to different driving forces. A multinomial logistic regression model was employed to investigate the effects of drivers on different urban densities during the past decade in Wallonia, Belgium. Sixteen drivers were selected from sets of driving forces including accessibility, geophysical features, policies and socioeconomic factors. It appears that urban development in Wallonia is remarkably influenced by land-use policies and accessibility. Most importantly, our results highlight that the impact of different drivers varies along with urban density. [less ▲]

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See detailEngager le littéraire : le cas Sartre/Fanon
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2015, June 20)

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See detailQui sait ce que je veux dire ? Externalisme sémantique versus phénoménologie
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

Conference (2015, June 19)

L’objectivisme sémantique de Bolzano et Frege se présente d’abord comme une critique du psychologisme des théories modernes de la signification entendue comme idée, représentation ou image mentale ... [more ▼]

L’objectivisme sémantique de Bolzano et Frege se présente d’abord comme une critique du psychologisme des théories modernes de la signification entendue comme idée, représentation ou image mentale. Quoique solidaire de cette critique, Husserl entend bien, quant à lui, montrer que les significations sont néanmoins constituées dans des actes mentaux, les « intentions de signification ». En cela, il s’oppose au platonisme autant qu’au psychologisme. Or il en va exactement de même des thèses de Wittgenstein et Quine, qui, rejetant le(s) mythe(s) de la signification, insistent sur la constitution du sens dans les pratiques linguistiques. Mais l’assimilation du sens à l’usage social dépsychologise aussi les intentions de signification (le « vouloir dire » (meinen, mean)) ainsi que la « compréhension » (le « saisir » (begreifen, grasp)). A l’heure de l’externalisme (social mais aussi indexical), y a-t-il alors encore une place pour la phénoménologie en philosophie du langage ? [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a new design method for the cross-section capacity of steel hollow sections
Nseir, Joanna ULg

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The cross-sectional behaviour of steel sections can be shown to be influenced by two extreme behaviors: the resistance and the instability. These boundaries are accounted for in current standards through ... [more ▼]

The cross-sectional behaviour of steel sections can be shown to be influenced by two extreme behaviors: the resistance and the instability. These boundaries are accounted for in current standards through a classification system consisting on rules depending on the cross-section dimensions. For example, in EN 1993-1-1, classes are defined spanning from stocky sections (class 1) able to develop their full plastic capacity, to slender sections (class 4) for which the effective properties are used with the use of the effective width method (EWM). However, for cold-formed steel sections, characterized by a non-linear material law, the cross-section resistance can go beyond its plastic capacity due to strain hardening effects. Moreover, with the emergence of high strength steel (i.e. cross-sections falling into class 4) and more complex cross-section shapes, the effective width method is becoming too complicated. Many other reasons and discrepancies are making the cross-section classification too complex and inconsistent. The Overall Interaction Concept (OIC) stands as a new design approach that aims at a straightforward design check of the stability and resistance of steel cross-sections. Based on the use of a generalized relative slenderness and so-called interaction curves, it can be applied to any type of cross-section, further includes potential non-linear material behaviour and covers combined loading cases. The main aim of this thesis is to develop and propose OIC interaction curves dedicated to steel hollow sections subjected to various load cases. A test program was carried out as a part of a European project named ‘HOLLOPOC’ to investigate the cross-sectional behavior of cold-formed hot-finished and hot-rolled square, rectangular and circular sections. 57 cross-sections tests including simple and combined load cases were performed. Besides, a finite element model was developed and calibrated on the basis of the tests, and its accuracy was seen to be sufficient to subsequently undergo an extensive numerical parametric study for hot-rolled and cold-formed cross-sections, leading to over than 40 000 numerical results. Based on these computations, design proposals were made within the context of the Overall Interaction Concept, using an extension of the Ayrton-Perry approach. Finally, a validation of the proposed formulae was made through a comparison with existing approach and worked examples were presented, in order to illustrate (i) the application of the method and (ii) its benefits in comparison to application of current EC3 rules. [less ▲]

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See detailDes bandes fleuries pour la lutte biologique : état des lieux, limites et perspectives en Wallonie – Une synthèse bibliographique.
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2015), 68

Managing field margins takes part of the Agri-Environmental Measures supported by the European Union in Wallonia. Among possible infrastructures, wildflower strips are known to conserve a wide diversity ... [more ▼]

Managing field margins takes part of the Agri-Environmental Measures supported by the European Union in Wallonia. Among possible infrastructures, wildflower strips are known to conserve a wide diversity of insects, including natural enemies that can be mobilized to biologically control pests. However, the efficiency of pest control is not guaranteed. It depends mainly on the ability of flowers to attract natural enemies at the right time and to keep them in this environment while favoring their migration into adjacent crops. A reflection on the composition of the floral mixtures may optimize their capacity in biological control. In this context, this review paper put forward the interest of considering functional traits of flowers and presents the concept of functional diversity. Furthermore, the sown perennial wildflower strips should be maintained by regular mowing. However, mowing affects both insect and plant populations due to momentary destruction of the habitat. An appropriate management of field margins is therefore needed to optimize the pest control service provided. [less ▲]

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