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See detailJoint signature of two or more systems with applications to multistate systems made up of two-state components
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre; Navarro, Jorge et al

in European Journal of Operational Research (2017), 263(2), 559-570

The structure signature of a system made up of n components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the n-tuple whose k-th coordinate is the probability that the ... [more ▼]

The structure signature of a system made up of n components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes was defined in the eighties by Samaniego as the n-tuple whose k-th coordinate is the probability that the k-th component failure causes the system to fail. More recently, a bivariate version of this concept was considered as follows. The joint structure signature of a pair of systems built on a common set of components having continuous and i.i.d. lifetimes is a square matrix of order n whose (k,l)-entry is the probability that the k-th failure causes the first system to fail and the l-th failure causes the second system to fail. This concept was successfully used to derive a signature-based decomposition of the joint reliability of the two systems. In the first part of this paper we provide an explicit formula to compute the joint structure signature of two or more systems and extend this formula to the general non-i.i.d. case, assuming only that the distribution of the component lifetimes has no ties. We also provide and discuss a necessary and sufficient condition on this distribution for the joint reliability of the systems to have a signature-based decomposition. In the second part of this paper we show how our results can be efficiently applied to the investigation of the reliability and signature of multistate systems made up of two-state components. The key observation is that the structure function of such a multistate system can always be additively decomposed into a sum of classical structure functions. Considering a multistate system then reduces to considering simultaneously several two-state systems. [less ▲]

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See detailOntologically stepping-up: A model for refugee entrepreneurship
Heilbrunn, Sibylle; Iannone, Rosa Lisa UL

Scientific Conference (2017, December 01)

This paper is a first attempt at proposing an integrated conceptual model that would bridge this gap in our knowledge of refugee entrepreneurship. Such a model might then enable for the understanding of ... [more ▼]

This paper is a first attempt at proposing an integrated conceptual model that would bridge this gap in our knowledge of refugee entrepreneurship. Such a model might then enable for the understanding of the super-diverse entrepreneurial strategies being employed by super-diverse refugees, within complex and super-diverse socio-economic and political settings – thereby, ontologically stepping-up our theoretical approaches and empirical insights into the phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy, Risk and Governance: The Case of Nuclear Energy in India
Wong, Catherine UL

Book published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017)

This book is about how risk, energy and governance are intertwined in the development of the nuclear industry in India and its relationship with the Indian public. It provides a rare insider-view of how ... [more ▼]

This book is about how risk, energy and governance are intertwined in the development of the nuclear industry in India and its relationship with the Indian public. It provides a rare insider-view of how the nuclear establishment thinks about risk and contrasts that with public understandings of nuclear risk. Through that, the book presents a more nuanced picture of why nuclear energy is considered a rational choice in spite of the risks; the ambiguities in both expert and public risk perceptions; and the internal reflexivities that have emerged within the nuclear establishment as a result of the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster which are not displayed in the public discourse. The insights in this book are not unique to India and similar observations can easily be made in the global nuclear industry. Reflecting on what this means for risk governance in practice, the book proposes a toolkit that practitioners in the nuclear industry can use in public engagement, risk communication and deliberation at various stages of decision-making. [less ▲]

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See detailValue-Added Modelling in Primary and Secondary School: An Integrative Review of 674 Publications
Levy, Jessica UL; Keller, Ulrich UL; Brunner, Martin et al

Scientific Conference (2017, December)

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See detailModel-Driven Interaction Design for Social Robots
Cornelius, Gary Philippe UL; Hochgeschwender, Nico UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Cornelius, Gary Philippe; Hochgeschwender, Nico; Voos, Holger (Eds.) 4th International Workshop on Model-driven Robot Software Engineering, Marburg, Germany, 2017 (2017, December)

Robotic software development frameworks lack a possibility to present,validate and generate qualitative complex human robot interactions and robot de-velopers are mostly left with unclear informal project ... [more ▼]

Robotic software development frameworks lack a possibility to present,validate and generate qualitative complex human robot interactions and robot de-velopers are mostly left with unclear informal project specifications. The devel-opment of a human-robot interaction is a complex task and involves different ex-perts, for example, the need for human-robot interaction (HRI) specialists, whoknow about the psychological impact of the robot’s movements during the in-teraction in order to design the best possible user experience. In this paper, wepresent a new project that aims to provide exactly this. Focusing on the interac-tion flow and movements of a robot for human-robot interactions we aim to pro-vide a set of modelling languages for human-robot interaction which serves as acommon, more formal, discussion point between the different stakeholders. Thisis a new project and the main topics of this publication are the scenario descrip-tion, the analysis of the different stakeholders, our experience as robot applicationdevelopers for our partner, as well as the future work we plan to achieve. [less ▲]

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See detailLes 20 ans de la Cour Constitutionnelle: trop jeune pour mourir?
Gerkrath, Jörg UL

Book published by Pasicrisie luxembourgeoise (2017)

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See detailOn a geometric framework for Lagrangian supermechanics
Bruce, Andrew UL; Grabowska, Katarzyna; Moreno, Giovanni

in Journal of Geometric Mechanics (2017), 9(4), 411-437

We re--examine classical mechanics with both commuting and anticommuting degrees of freedom. We do this by defining the phase dynamics of a general Lagrangian system as an implicit differential equation ... [more ▼]

We re--examine classical mechanics with both commuting and anticommuting degrees of freedom. We do this by defining the phase dynamics of a general Lagrangian system as an implicit differential equation in the spirit of Tulczyjew. Rather than parametrising our basic degrees of freedom by a specified Grassmann algebra, we use arbitrary supermanifolds by following the categorical approach to supermanifolds. [less ▲]

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See detailA Framework for Optimizing Multi-cell NOMA: Delivering Demand with Less Resource
You, Lei; Lei, Lei UL; Yuan, Di et al

in 2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) (2017, December)

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) allows multiple users to simultaneously access the same time-frequency resource by using superposition coding and successive interference cancellation (SIC). Thus far ... [more ▼]

Non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) allows multiple users to simultaneously access the same time-frequency resource by using superposition coding and successive interference cancellation (SIC). Thus far, most papers on NOMA have focused on performance gain for one or sometimes two base stations. In this paper, we study multi-cell NOMA and provide a general framework for user clustering and power allocation, taking into account inter-cell interference, for optimizing resource allocation of NOMA in multi-cell networks of arbitrary topology. We provide a series of theoretical analysis, to algorithmically enable optimization approaches. The resulting algorithmic notion is very general. Namely, we prove that for any performance metric that monotonically increases in the cells’ resource consumption, we have convergence guarantee for global optimum. We apply the framework with its algorithmic concept to a multi-cell scenario to demonstrate the gain of NOMA in achieving significantly higher efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailLuxembourg Analysis
Danescu, Elena UL; Kmec, Sonja UL

in Hartley, Cathy (Ed.) WESTERN EUROPE 2018 (2017)

With a long tradition of political stability and social democracy, a creative development model, skilled human capital and a culture of consensus, Luxembourg is at the forefront of Europe. Its main ... [more ▼]

With a long tradition of political stability and social democracy, a creative development model, skilled human capital and a culture of consensus, Luxembourg is at the forefront of Europe. Its main strategic challenge is how to achieve economic diversification while maintaining the sustainability of the Luxembourg social model. The country has embarked on the "third industrial revolution", with innovation as the main driver of sustainable growth and the University of Luxembourg as a major player. [less ▲]

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See detailPoster: Characterizing Driving Behaviors Through a Car Simulation Platform
Faye, Sébastien UL; Jafarnejad, Sasan UL; Costamagna, Juan UL et al

Poster (2017, November 27)

Human mobility has opened up to many themes in recent years. Human behavior and how a driver might react to certain situations, whether dangerous (e.g. an accident) or simply part of the evolution of new ... [more ▼]

Human mobility has opened up to many themes in recent years. Human behavior and how a driver might react to certain situations, whether dangerous (e.g. an accident) or simply part of the evolution of new technologies (e.g. autonomous driving), leaves many avenues to be explored. Although experiments have been deployed in real situations, it remains difficult to encounter the conditions that certain studies may require. For this reason, we have set up a driving simulator (comprising several modules) that is able to reproduce a realistic driving environment. Although, as the literature has already demonstrated, the conditions are often far from reality, simulation platforms are nonetheless capable of reproducing an incredibly large number of scenarios on the fly. In this poster, we explain how we conceived the simulator, as well as the system we developed for collecting metrics on both the driver and the simulation environment. In addition, we take advantage of this conference to publicly share a dataset consisting of 25 drivers performing the same road circuit on the "Project Cars" game. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of design for composite beams in steel and concrete according to Eurocode 4 and Chinese Design Codes
Zhang, Qingjie UL; Schäfer, Markus UL

in XI Conference on Steel and Composite Construction (2017, November 23)

Parallel to the investigation in the second generation of Eurocodes, the Chinese design standards are also updated. At 01/12/2016, a new Chinese Code for the design of composite structures JGJ138-2016 was ... [more ▼]

Parallel to the investigation in the second generation of Eurocodes, the Chinese design standards are also updated. At 01/12/2016, a new Chinese Code for the design of composite structures JGJ138-2016 was put in practice to replace the old JGJ138-2001. Benefit from the vast experience of composite structure applications blooming recently in Chinese, the new code covers much wider topics and is more comparable to Eurocodes 4. Generally, both codes cover topics of composite beams and columns, composite slabs and composite connections. However, JGJ138-2016 covers also the design of composite shear walls, while Eurocode 4 considers more about durability and time effects. It is necessary to compare the materials used for both of codes. In this article, it covers comparison of the mechanic properties such as elastic modulus, characteristic strength and design strength. The analysis includes concrete, reinforcement, and structural steel. The main comparison is the design procedure of composite columns. The application range of the codes will be pointed out first. Both codes allow the design of concrete encased sections and concrete filled rectangular and circular tubes. However different limitations on cross-section sizes and materials can be found. Eurocode 4 represents three different design methods: the simplified method for centric loading, based on the buckling curves; the general method based on 2nd order calculation for action effects and N-M interaction for the determination of resistances; as well as the non-linear method based on stress-strain limitation of material and FE-Analysis. Chinese code gives a simplified method of the calculation of column resistance for centric and eccentric loading. Also the impact of second-order effect are to proof if needed. According to the EN1994-1-1 the impact of creep is to consider for the denervation of the bending stiffness and for ideal buckling resistance and non-dimensional slenderness. JGJ138-2016 do not consider impact of creep for the design. Besides, JGJ138-2016 includes also design for seismic situation. The axial cross-section resistance and normal force-moment interaction curves (N-M curves) will be compared through theoretical analysis and parameter studies. JGJ138-2016 considers mainly transversal shear resistances, while Eurocode 4 further considers shear connection, load introduction and longitudinal shear outside the areas of load introduction. The design shear resistance will be compared in general and within parameter study. [less ▲]

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See detailA Perspective of Security for Mobile Service Robots
Cornelius, Gary Philippe UL; Hochgeschwender, Nico UL; Voos, Holger UL et al

in ROBOT'2017 - Third Iberian Robotics Conference, Seville, Spain, 2017 (2017, November 22)

Future homes will contain Mobile Service Robots (MSR) with diversefunctionality. MSRs act in close proximity to humans and have the physical capa-bilities to cause serious harm to their environment ... [more ▼]

Future homes will contain Mobile Service Robots (MSR) with diversefunctionality. MSRs act in close proximity to humans and have the physical capa-bilities to cause serious harm to their environment. Furthermore, they have sen-sors that gather large amounts of data, which might contain sensitive informa-tion. A mobile service robot’s physical capabilities are controlled by networkedcomputers susceptible to faults and intrusions. The proximity to humans and thepossibility to physically interact with them makes it critical to think about thesecurity issues of MSRs. In this work, we investigate possible attacks on mobileservice robots. We survey adversary motivations to attack MSRs, analyse threatvectors and list different available defence mechanisms against attacks on MSRs. [less ▲]

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See detailEvasive Maneuvering for UAVs: An MPC Approach
Castillo Lopez, Manuel UL; Olivares Mendez, Miguel Angel UL; Voos, Holger UL

in ROBOT'2017 - Third Iberian Robotics Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 2017 (2017, November 22)

Flying autonomously in a workspace populated by obstacles is one of the main goals when working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To address this challenge, this paper presents a model predictive ... [more ▼]

Flying autonomously in a workspace populated by obstacles is one of the main goals when working with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To address this challenge, this paper presents a model predictive flight controller that drives the UAV through collision-free trajectories to reach a given pose or follow a way-point path. The major advantage of this approach lies on the inclusion of three-dimensional obstacle avoidance in the control layer by adding ellipsoidal constraints to the optimal control problem. The obstacles can be added, moved and resized online, providing a way to perform waypoint navigation without the need of motion planning. In addition, the delays of the system are considered in the prediction by an experimental first order with delay model of the system. Successful experiments in 3D path tracking and obstacle avoidance validates its effectiveness for sense-and-avoid and surveillance applications presenting the proper structure to extent its autonomy and applications. [less ▲]

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See detailDemystifying multilingualism at work, at home and at school
Kirsch, Claudine UL

Scientific Conference (2017, November 21)

What is multilingualism? How has our understanding of multilingualism, language learning and developing several languages in children at home and at school changed over the last century? Building on the ... [more ▼]

What is multilingualism? How has our understanding of multilingualism, language learning and developing several languages in children at home and at school changed over the last century? Building on the work of several leading scholars such as García, Creese and Blackledge, Li Wei, and Baker as well as on my own research, this interactive presentation will deconstruct traditional understandings of multilingualism and show that translanguaging, the use of one’s entire semiotic repertoire for communication, meaning-making and learning, is a normal practice. In addition, we will examine approaches such as “one-person-one-language” and “one-person-two-languages” and discuss some video excerpts illustrating how children use their multilingual repertoire in a crèche at and school. [less ▲]

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See detailEU citizens’ rights versus the Member States’ right to withdraw from the Union
Gerkrath, Jörg UL

Scientific Conference (2017, November 18)

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See detailThe Cipher, the Random and the Ransom: A Survey on Current and Future Ransomware
Genç, Ziya Alper UL; Lenzini, Gabriele UL; Ryan, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2017, November 17)

Although conceptually not new, ransomware recently regained attraction in the cybersecurity community: notorious attacks in fact have caused serious damage, proving their disruptive effect. This is likely ... [more ▼]

Although conceptually not new, ransomware recently regained attraction in the cybersecurity community: notorious attacks in fact have caused serious damage, proving their disruptive effect. This is likely just the beginning of a new era. According to a recent intelligence report by Cybersecurity Ventures, the total cost due to ransomware attacks is predicted to exceed $5 billion in 2017. How can this disruptive threat can be contained? Current anti-ransomware solutions are effective only against existing threats, and the worst is yet to come. Cyber criminals will design and deploy more sophisticated strategies, overcoming current defenses and, as it commonly happens in security, defenders and attackers will embrace a competition that will never end. In this arm race, anticipating how current ransomware will evolve may help at least being prepared for some future damage. In this paper, we describe existing techniques to mitigate ransomware and we discuss their limitations. Discussing how current ransomware could become even more disruptive and elusive is crucial to conceive more solid defense and systems that can mitigate zero-day ransomware, yielding higher security levels for information systems, including critical infrastructures such as intelligent transportation networks and health institutions. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning Resource Management through Semantic Annotation Features in Popular Authoring Software
Grevisse, Christian UL; Botev, Jean UL; Rothkugel, Steffen UL

in ICERI 2017 Proceedings (2017, November 16)

The ever-growing set of learning material challenges both students and teachers. While students often need to quickly retrieve resources on a certain topic, teachers have to author high quality documents ... [more ▼]

The ever-growing set of learning material challenges both students and teachers. While students often need to quickly retrieve resources on a certain topic, teachers have to author high quality documents in a limited amount of time, preferably using their favourite tools. In this paper, we propose an open ecosystem of plugins for popular authoring software, enabling teachers to annotate learning resources using domain concepts from ontologies. In addition, a plugin for the Moodle Learning Management System extracts these annotations from the metadata of the provided resources to allow students to get an overview of important concepts and efficiently retrieve corresponding material. [less ▲]

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See detailProinflammatory T Cell Status Associated with Early Life Adversity
Elwenspoek, M.M.C.; Hemgesch, X.; Leenen, F.A.D et al

in Journal of Immunology (2017)

Early life adversity (ELA) has been associated with an increased risk for diseases in which the immune system plays a critical role. The ELA immune phenotype is characterized by inflammation, impaired ... [more ▼]

Early life adversity (ELA) has been associated with an increased risk for diseases in which the immune system plays a critical role. The ELA immune phenotype is characterized by inflammation, impaired cellular immunity, and immunosenescence. However, data on cell-specific immune effects are largely absent. Additionally, stress systems and health behaviors are altered in ELA, which may contribute to the generation of the ELA immune phenotype. The present investigation tested cell-specific immune differences in relationship to the ELA immune phenotype, altered stress parameters, and health behaviors in individuals with ELA (n = 42) and those without a history of ELA (control, n = 73). Relative number and activation status (CD25, CD69, HLA-DR, CD11a, CD11b) of monocytes, NK cells, B cells, T cells, and their main subsets were assessed by flow cytometry. ELA was associated with significantly reduced numbers of CD69+CD8+ T cells (p = 0.022), increased numbers of HLA-DR+ CD4 and HLA-DR+ CD8 T cells (p < 0.001), as well as increased numbers of CD25+CD8+ T cells (p = 0.036). ELA also showed a trend toward higher numbers of CCR4+CXCR3−CCR6+ CD4 T cells. Taken together, our data suggest an elevated state of immune activation in ELA, in which particularly T cells are affected. Although several aspects of the ELA immune phenotype were related to increased activation markers, neither stress nor health-risk behaviors explained the observed group differences. Thus, the state of immune activation in ELA does not seem to be secondary to alterations in the stress system or health-risk behaviors, but rather a primary effect of early life programming on immune cells. [less ▲]

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