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See detailUne cour constitutionnelle différente des autres. Etendue, raisons & avenir de l'originalité de la Cour constitutionnelle luxembourgeoise
Heuschling, Luc UL

in Gerkrath, Jörg (Ed.) Les 20 ans de la Cour Constitutionnelle: trop jeune pour mourir? (in press)

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See detailA New Perspective on the Luxembourgish Genitive
Döhmer, Caroline UL

in Germanic Genitives (in press)

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See detailAn Investigation of Compression Techniques to Speed up Mutation Testing
Zhu; Panichella, Annibale UL; Zaidman, Andy

in 11th IEEE Conference on Software Testing, Validation and Verification, 2018 (in press)

Mutation testing is widely considered as a high-end test coverage criterion due to the vast number of mutants it generates. Although many efforts have been made to reduce the computational cost of ... [more ▼]

Mutation testing is widely considered as a high-end test coverage criterion due to the vast number of mutants it generates. Although many efforts have been made to reduce the computational cost of mutation testing, in practice, the scalability issue remains. In this paper, we explore whether we can use compression techniques to improve the efficiency of strong mutation based on weak mutation information. Our investigation is centred around six mutation compression strategies that we have devised. More specifically, we adopt overlapped grouping and Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) to cluster mutants and test cases based on the reachability (code covergae) and necessity (weak mutation) conditions. Moreover, we leverage mutation knowledge (mutation locations and mutation operator types) during compression. To evaluate our method, we conducted a study on 20 open source Java projects using manually written tests. We also compare our method with pure random sampling and weak mutation. The overall results show that mutant compression techniques are a better choice than random sampling and weak mutation in practice: they can effectively speed up strong mutation 6.3 to 94.3 times with an accuracy of >90%. [less ▲]

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See detailDatenbank für Zweisprachige Historische Luxemburgische Bekanntmachungen
Gilles, Peter UL; Ziegler, Evelyn

in Wallmeier, Nadine; Tophinke, Doris (Eds.) Historische Stadtsprachenforschung (in press)

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See detailLe récit de voyage comme rupture de contrat
Roelens, Nathalie UL

in Acta Fabula : Revue des Parutions en Théorie Littéraire (in press)

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See detailNeue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Rhein-Maas-Mosel-Region zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress (1779 – 1816)
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

in Fickers, Andreas; Franz, Norbert; Laux, Stephan (Eds.) et al Repression, Reform und Neuordnung im Zeitalter der Revolutionen: Die Folgen des Wiener Kongresses für Westeuropa. Tagung und Workshop zum 200. Jahrestag des Abschlusses des Wiener Kongresses (in press)

Abstract Konferenz 200 Jahre Wiener Kongress Martin Uhrmacher Neue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Großregion zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress ... [more ▼]

Abstract Konferenz 200 Jahre Wiener Kongress Martin Uhrmacher Neue Staaten – neue Grenzen. Die Großregion zwischen den Grenzbereinigungen des Ancien Régime und der Neuordnung durch den Wiener Kongress (1779 – 1816). Der Vortrag untersucht die Veränderung von Grenzen und Ihre Entwicklung von sich teils überlagernden und durch Enklaven und Gemeinsherrschaften durchsetzten historisch gewachsenen Grenzsäumen hin zu begradigten, fest definierten und teils naturräumlichen Scheidelinien folgenden Staatsgrenzen. In der heutigen Großregion vollzog sich dieser fundamentale Wandel in nur drei Jahrzehnten: Er gliederte die Region vollkommen neu. Zunächst waren es 1779 mit dem Brüsseler Vertrag nach jahrzehntelangen Verhandlungen endlich zu einem Ausgleich zwischen Österreich und Frankreich gekommen, der die Grenzstreitigkeiten beseitigte und neue, begradigte Grenzen exakt festlegte. Ein ähnlicher Vertrag wurde auch zwischen Österreich und Kurtrier abgeschlossen. Doch die als endgültig geplanten Regelungen bestanden nur wenige Jahre: Infolge der französischen Revolution annektierte die französische Republik am 1. Oktober 1795 die österreichischen Niederlande mit dem Herzogtum Luxemburg und kurz darauf auch Kurtrier und die anderen linksrheinischen Territorien. Alle Staaten wurden aufgelöst und gehörten nun zum französischen Staatsgebiet; Teile der alten Grenzen bestanden als Départementsgrenzen weiter. Nach der Absetzung Napoleons beschloss der Wiener Kongress 1815 eine Neuordnung Europas. Doch im Maas-Moselraum blieben mit Ausnahme Frankreichs alle Territorien und Landesherrschaften, die hier seit dem Früh- und Hochmittelalter bestanden hatten verschwunden. Sie wurden ersetzt durch das neu gegründete Großherzogtum Luxemburg und das ebenfalls neu gegründete Königreich der Vereinigten Niederlande sowie durch die preußische Rheinprovinz, die den gesamten östlichen Teil umfasste. Bei der territorialen Neugliederung griff man in Teilen auf die bis 1795 bestehenden Grenzen des alten Herzogtums zurück. In der Schlussakte des Wiener Kongresses behandeln die Artikel 66 bis 69 das Großherzogtum Luxemburg. Hier werden die Grenzen des neuen Staates allerdings nur grob umrissen; detaillierte Regelungen blieben späteren Verträgen vorbehalten. Unstrittig war die Süd- und Westgrenze mit Frankreich; sie entsprach der 1769/79 festgesetzten und bis 1795 gültigen Linie mit Ausnahme des ehemaligen Herzogtums Bouillon als Zugewinn. Vollkommen neu festgelegt wurde jedoch die Ostgrenze: Mit der Schlussakte des Wiener Kongresses waren alle hier an Luxemburg angrenzenden Gebiete an das Königreich Preußen gefallen. In den Verträgen von Aachen (26. Juni 1816) und Kleve (7. Oktober 1816) einigten sich die niederländische und die preußische Seite darauf, dass die Flussläufe von Mosel, Sauer und Our zukünftig die gemeinsame Grenze bildeten. Hier offenbart sich ein grundlegender Wandel im Verständnis und der Genese von Grenzen: Bisher waren territoriale Veränderungen auf Grundlage historisch gewachsener Herrschaftsstrukturen vorgenommen worden. So konnten kleinere Herrschaften aber auch größere Gebietskonglomerate zwar durch Tausch, Verkauf, Abtretung oder - wie durch Frankreich praktiziert - als „Reunionen“ die territoriale Zugehörigkeit wechseln. Dabei wurden jedoch die historisch gewachsenen Grenzen beachtet, sogar noch bei der Einrichtung der französischen Départements 1795. Mit der Wahl des Flußverlaufs von Sauer und Our als Grenze zwischen Luxemburg und Preußen wurde dieses Prinzip durchbrochen und ein naturräumliches Gliederungselement als neu geschaffene Grenze gewählt. [less ▲]

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See detailComparisons of Heat Map and IFL Technique to Evaluate the Performance of Commercially Available Cloud Providers
Wagle, Shyam Sharan UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL et al

in Comparisons of Heat Map and IFL Technique to Evaluate the Performance of Commercially Available Cloud Providers (in press)

Cloud service providers (CSPs) offer different Ser- vice Level Agreements (SLAs) to the cloud users. Cloud Service Brokers (CSBs) provide multiple sets of alternatives to the cloud users according to ... [more ▼]

Cloud service providers (CSPs) offer different Ser- vice Level Agreements (SLAs) to the cloud users. Cloud Service Brokers (CSBs) provide multiple sets of alternatives to the cloud users according to users requirements. Generally, a CSB considers the service commitments of CSPs rather than the actual quality of CSPs services. To overcome this issue, the broker should verify the service performances while recommending cloud services to the cloud users, using all available data. In this paper, we compare our two approaches to do so: a min-max-min decomposition based on Intuitionistic Fuzzy Logic (IFL) and a Performance Heat Map technique, to evaluate the performance of commercially available cloud providers. While the IFL technique provides simple, total order of the evaluated CSPs, Performance Heat Map provides transparent and explanatory, yet consistent evaluation of service performance of commercially available CSPs. The identified drawbacks of the IFL technique are: 1) It does not return the accurate performance evaluation over multiple decision alternatives due to highly influenced by critical feedback of the evaluators; 2) Overall ranking of the CSPs is not as expected according to the performance measurement. As a result, we recommend to use performance Heat Map for this problem. [less ▲]

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See detailL’exposition d’objets ou de collections de « marque » : cobranding, réécriture, réénonciation
Schall, Céline UL

in Laval, Sylvie (Ed.) Marques muséales : un espace public revisité ? (in press)

Le cobranding est une pratique habituelle du secteur marchand. Mais lorsque deux musées réalisent ensemble une exposition, peut-on parler de cobranding muséal ? Quelles en seraient les spécificités  ... [more ▼]

Le cobranding est une pratique habituelle du secteur marchand. Mais lorsque deux musées réalisent ensemble une exposition, peut-on parler de cobranding muséal ? Quelles en seraient les spécificités ? Quels effets peut avoir cette démarche sur la communication ou sur l’exposition ? Notamment, le musée d’accueil s’approprie-t-il simplement l’imaginaire et les valeurs de la marque invitée par un phénomène de « transfert » ? Pour répondre à ces questions, nous étudions trois expositions qui reprennent des objets ou collections de musées dont la marque est internationalement reconnue. L’analyse sémiotique des images de marque du musée d’accueil et du musée invité ainsi que l’analyse sémiopragmatique des expositions montrent l’impact de la présence d’une grande marque internationale sur l’exposition et réciproquement, l’impact de l’exposition sur l’image de marque du musée d’accueil. Plus qu’un simple cobranding, c’est une réécriture impliquant une réénonciation du discours et des valeurs portés par les marques qui est proposée à travers ces expositions. Le processus aboutit à la création de nouveaux espaces symboliques et d’expositions réflexives, avec plusieurs niveaux de lecture. [less ▲]

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See detailTopologie culinaire au cinéma : le lieu commun du repas et ses déclinaison
Roelens, Nathalie UL

in Bibliothèque électronique Paris 8 (in press)

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See detailLe quotidien d’un poilu de la première guerre mondiale sur Facebook : nouvelle forme de médiation, nouvelle expérience ?
Schall, Céline UL; Vilatte, Jean-Christophe

in Les mondes de la médiation culturelle (in press)

« En 2013, le Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux et l’agence de communication DDB ont élaboré une page Facebook d’un genre nouveau. Facebook 1914, le quotidien de la première guerre offre une ... [more ▼]

« En 2013, le Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux et l’agence de communication DDB ont élaboré une page Facebook d’un genre nouveau. Facebook 1914, le quotidien de la première guerre offre une forme de médiation a priori inédite pour un musée français. Elle présente l’histoire d’un personnage de fiction, Léon Vivien, qui raconte son quotidien lors de la première guerre mondiale, sur Facebook, comme si ce réseau social avait existé à cette époque. Cette contribution met en évidence certains des effets de sens de la page par une analyse sémiotique du dispositif et une analyse thématique de ses contenus. Nous questionnons ensuite cette « nouvelle » forme de médiation qui se dit « participante » et qui, en réalité, reste assez classique dans son contenu et sous-exploite le potentiel de Facebook. » [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental design trade-offs for gene regulatory network inference: an in silico study of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell cycle
Markdahl, Johan UL; Colombo, Nicolo UL; Thunberg, Johan UL et al

in Proceedings of the 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (in press)

Time-series of high throughput gene sequencing data intended for gene regulatory network (GRN) inference are often short due to the high costs of sampling cell systems. Moreover, experimentalists lack a ... [more ▼]

Time-series of high throughput gene sequencing data intended for gene regulatory network (GRN) inference are often short due to the high costs of sampling cell systems. Moreover, experimentalists lack a set of quantitative guidelines that prescribe the minimal number of samples required to infer a reliable GRN model. We study the temporal resolution of data vs.quality of GRN inference in order to ultimately overcome this deficit. The evolution of a Markovian jump process model for the Ras/cAMP/PKA pathway of proteins and metabolites in the G1 phase of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae cell cycle is sampled at a number of different rates. For each time-series we infer a linear regression model of the GRN using the LASSO method. The inferred network topology is evaluated in terms of the area under the precision-recall curve (AUPR). By plotting the AUPR against the number of samples, we show that the trade-off has a, roughly speaking, sigmoid shape. An optimal number of samples corresponds to values on the ridge of the sigmoid. [less ▲]

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See detailKommunale Selbstinszenierung im vorstädtischen Raum. Ein neuer Blick auf Leprosorien des Spätmittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

in Hesse, Christian; Schulte, Daniela; Stercken, Martina (Eds.) Kommunale Selbstinszenierung (in press)

Abstract zur Tagung „Kommunale Selbstinszenierung“ der Internationalen Kommission für Stadtgeschichte, des Schweizerischen Arbeitskreises für Stadtgeschichte und des NCCR 'Mediality. Historical ... [more ▼]

Abstract zur Tagung „Kommunale Selbstinszenierung“ der Internationalen Kommission für Stadtgeschichte, des Schweizerischen Arbeitskreises für Stadtgeschichte und des NCCR 'Mediality. Historical Perspectives' Universität Zürich, 3./4./5. September 2015 Martin Uhrmacher (Universität Luxemburg) „Leprosorien als kommunale Repräsentationsbauten im vorstädtischen Raum. Ein neuer Blick auf eine bisher wenig beachtete städtische Baugattung“ Die vor den Mauern mittelalterlicher und frühneuzeitlicher Städte gelegenen Leprosorien werden heute zumeist noch immer als abgelegene und verborgene Orte der Exklusion angesehen, durch Zäune und Mauern von der Außenwelt getrennt. Dementsprechend wird auch der Baugattung „Leprosorium“ nur wenig architektonischer Wert zugebilligt, wie bspw. im Ausstellungskatalog „Aussatz – Lepra – Hansen-Krankheit: Demnach hatten sie „keinerlei repräsentative Bedeutung, im Gegenteil: eher unauffällig sollten sie sein, verborgen vor dem Blick der Stadtbewohner und Reisenden“. Im 2005 von Monika Escher und Frank G. Hirschmann publizierten Syntheseband „Die urbanen Zentren des hohen und späten Mittelalters“ zur Geschichte mittelalterlicher Städte zwischen Rhein und Maas werden Leprosorien zudem als „nicht wertungsrelevantes“ Urbanitäts- und Zentralitätskriterium“ bezeichnet; begründet mit der angeblichen „Tatsache, daß in der Regel der topographische Bezug zur Stadt gering war“. In der jüngeren Forschung hat sich diese Einschätzung nun grundlegend gewandelt. Leprosorien gelten aufgrund ihrer besonders prominent und exponiert ausgewählten Standorte an Kreuzungen, Brücken und Hauptausfallstraßen als präsente und das städtische Umland prägende kommunale Einrichtungen, die ein fester Bestandteil der städtischen Lebenswelt waren. Sie dienten nicht dazu, ihre Bewohner zu verstecken, sondern waren vielmehr mit Stiftungen und Spenden versehene städtische Einrichtungen, die vom Rat und den Bürgern auch als Prestigeobjekte betrachtet wurden. Anhand ausgewählter Beispiele wird aufgezeigt, wie Leprosorien als Repräsentationsobjekte der Stadtgemeinden auch dem bürgerlichen Selbstverständnis Ausdruck verliehen. [less ▲]

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See detailFeasibility Analysis of Blockchain for Donation-based Crowdfunding of Ethical Projects
Khan, Nida UL; Ouaich, Rachid

in AUEIRC Proceeedings (in press)

Donation is a necessary social tool that is plagued by many inherent shortcomings. A novel model in the form of a decentralized app was designed in the Ethereum blockchain to solve the challenges present ... [more ▼]

Donation is a necessary social tool that is plagued by many inherent shortcomings. A novel model in the form of a decentralized app was designed in the Ethereum blockchain to solve the challenges present and optimize the process of Zakaah donation. Load and stress tests on the prototype of the smart contract in the public testnet of Ethereum were analyzed to gauge the feasibility of mass usage. Similar tests were done in Hyperledger to conclude on the optimum blockchain platform for Zakaah. An anomaly was detected during the testing phase of the decentralized app in the public testnet of Ethereum and it was exploited to propose a novel strategy to enhance the throughput of Ethereum. The testing is a pioneer in evaluating the throughput and feasibility of a blockchain based financial product and provides a benchmark to validate the business and technical hypotheses of other similar financial products and services. [less ▲]

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See detailService Performance Pattern Analysis and Prediction of Commercially Available Cloud Providers
Wagle, Shyam Sharan UL; Guzek, Mateusz UL; Bouvry, Pascal UL

in Service Performance Pattern Analysis and Prediction of Commercially Available Cloud Providers (in press)

The knowledge of service performance of cloud providers is essential for cloud service users to choose the cloud services that meet their requirements. Instantaneous performance readings are accessible ... [more ▼]

The knowledge of service performance of cloud providers is essential for cloud service users to choose the cloud services that meet their requirements. Instantaneous performance readings are accessible, but prolonged observations provide more reliable information. However, due to technical complexities and costs of monitoring services, it may not be possible to access the service performance of cloud provider for longer time durations. The extended observation periods are also a necessity for prediction of future behavior of services. These predictions have very high value for decision making both for private and corporate cloud users, as the uncertainty about the future performance of purchased cloud services is an important risk factor. Predictions can be used by specialized entities, such as cloud service brokers (CSBs) to optimally recommend cloud services to the cloud users. In this paper, we address the challenge of prediction. To achieve this, the current service performance patterns of cloud providers are analyzed and future performance of cloud providers are predicted using to the observed service performance data. It is done using two automatic predicting approaches: ARIMA and ETS. Error measures of entire service performance prediction of cloud providers are evaluated against the actual performance of the cloud providers computed over a period of one month. Results obtained in the performance prediction show that the methodology is applicable for both short- term and long-term performance prediction. [less ▲]

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See detail« … Eripuit servus mihi vitam » - Représentations médiatiques de la violence et de la criminalité dans les provinces occidentales de l'Empire romain
Binsfeld, Andrea UL

in Amodio, Mara (Ed.) The imagery of violence in Roman society (I-VI cent.). Persistence, innovations and interrelations from the Roman to the Christian Empire (in press)

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See detailHistorical outline and chromatic properties of purpura rubra Tarentina and its potential identification with purple dye extracted from Bolinus brandaris
Meiers, Fabienne UL

in Enegren, Hedvig; Meo, Francesco (Eds.) Treasures from the Sea : Sea-Silk and Shell purple dye in antiquity. Proceedings from the International workshop, 26.-28.05. (in press)

This paper presents a historical overview of the importance of the red dye found in spiny dye-murices (Bolinus brandaris) and its production in Taranto, one of the most industrious Greek colonies founded ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a historical overview of the importance of the red dye found in spiny dye-murices (Bolinus brandaris) and its production in Taranto, one of the most industrious Greek colonies founded in southern Italy in the 8th century BC and renowned for its luxury products. Written evidence as well as numismatic and archaeological sources dating from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD have been analysed in this context to identify purpura rubra Tarentina. In addition, the results of a series of dye experiments with hypobranchial glands from the same species are treated in order to detect chromatic properties and potential manufacturing processes for Tarentine Red. The methods for vatting the dye glands are discussed in relation to historical validity and chromatic outcome. To conclude, comparisons are drawn between the colour characteristics of Bolinus brandaris and Hexaplex trunculus (banded dye-murex), and the possibility of mixing both dyes is taken into consideration. The synthesis of historical and experimental approach finally shows that purpura rubra Tarentina can potentially be identified with purple dye extracted from Bolinus brandaris. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dialogue entre les juges en matière de protection des droits de l'homme
Pelin Raducu, Ioana UL

in Menetrey, Séverine; Hess, Burkhard (Eds.) Les dialogues des juges en Europe (in press)

Dans cet article, nous allons mettre en exergue quelques aspects des arrêts récents provenant de la Cour de justice de l’UE (Akerberg Frasson, Melloni, Kamberaj)qui démontrent l’émergence d’un standard ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous allons mettre en exergue quelques aspects des arrêts récents provenant de la Cour de justice de l’UE (Akerberg Frasson, Melloni, Kamberaj)qui démontrent l’émergence d’un standard propre de l’UE en matière des droits de l’homme. Cette tendance de la C.J.U.E. contredira le prescrit normatif découlant du « dialogue des juges » d’interprétation conforme à la jurisprudence de la C.E.D.H. avant que l’adhésion de l’UE à la Convention E.D.H. ne soit formellement acquise. [less ▲]

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See detailThe competence to conclude the new generation of free trade agreements: lessons from Opinion 2/15
Neframi, Eleftheria UL

in Chaisse, Julien (Ed.) China-European Union Investment Relationships (in press)

Opinion 2/15 addresses the question of the external competence of the EU to conclude a free trade agreement with Singapore (EUSFTA). The nature of the EU’s competence determines the conclusion of an EU ... [more ▼]

Opinion 2/15 addresses the question of the external competence of the EU to conclude a free trade agreement with Singapore (EUSFTA). The nature of the EU’s competence determines the conclusion of an EU-only agreement, or a mixed agreement, jointly by the Union and its Member States. The Court of Justice of the European Union held that the EU competence to conclude the EUSFTA is not exclusive, as long as provisions concerning non-direct investments and dispute settlement fall under the shared competence of the Union and its Member States. The Court of Justice made valuable contributions to the interpretation of the scope of the Union’s competence in the field of common commercial policy, comprising sustainable development provisions, as well as to the interpretation of implied external competences, and clarified the status of non-substantive provisions. However, uncertainty remains as far as the meaning and the impact of a shared competence are concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailAre octroyed constitutions of the 19th century to be considered as 'imposed constitutions'?
Gerkrath, Jörg UL

in Contiades, Xenophon (Ed.) ‘Imposed Constitutions: Aspects of Imposed Constitutionalism’ (in press)

The paper considers ‘octroyed’, ‘conceded’ or ‘granted’ constitutions of 19th century Europe whose common roots are to be found in the French ‘Charte constitutionnelle’ of 1814. These Charters stem from a ... [more ▼]

The paper considers ‘octroyed’, ‘conceded’ or ‘granted’ constitutions of 19th century Europe whose common roots are to be found in the French ‘Charte constitutionnelle’ of 1814. These Charters stem from a paternalistic process of domestic constitution-making engaged unilaterally by a monarch possessing the de facto constituent power and exercising it without the direct involvement of a body representing the people. Such octroyed constitutions, which are of course to be opposed to democratically established ones, show nevertheless a number of specific characteristics which distinguish them also from ‘imposed constitutions’ in the usual sense. The expression ‘constitutional octroy’ should not be used as a synonym for any process leading to an ‘imposed Constitution’. The contribution aims to develop and to validate or invalidate the value of a series of distinctive criteria and possible elements of a definition of ‘octroyed’ or ‘granted’ constitutions in order to underline their specificity. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Directions in Attack Tree Research: Catching up with Industrial Needs
Gadyatskaya, Olga UL; Trujillo Rasua, Rolando UL

in Mauw, Sjouke (Ed.) Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Graphical Models for Security (in press)

Attack trees provide a systematic way of characterizing diverse system threats. Their strengths arise from the combination of an intuitive representation of possible attacks and availability of formal ... [more ▼]

Attack trees provide a systematic way of characterizing diverse system threats. Their strengths arise from the combination of an intuitive representation of possible attacks and availability of formal mathematical frameworks for analyzing them in a qualitative or a quantitative manner. Indeed, the mathematical frameworks have become a large focus of attack tree research. However, practical applications of attack trees in industry largely remain a tedious and error-prone exercise. Recent research directions in attack trees, such as attack tree generation, attempt to close this gap and to improve the attack tree state-of-thepractice. In this position paper we outline the recurrent challenges in manual tree design within industry, and we overview the recent research results in attack trees that help the practitioners. For the challenges that have not yet been addressed by the community, we propose new promising research directions. [less ▲]

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See detailEntwicklungen der sexualwissenschaftlichen und rechtlichen Debatten zu Transsexualität und deren Verschränkungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1960er Jahre bis 1980)
De Silva, Adrian UL

in 'Auf nach Casablanca?' Lebensrealitäten transgeschlechtlicher Menschen zwischen 1945-1980 (in press)

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See detailA Contribution to Cyber-Physical Systems Security: an Event-based Attack-tolerant Control Approach
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Proceedings of 10th IFAC Symposium on Fault Detection, Supervision and Safety for Technical Processes, SAFEPROCESS 2018 (2018, August 29)

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to deal with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a model-based fault/attack tolerant scheme is proposed to deal with cyber-threats on Cyber Physicals Systems. A common scheme based on observers is designed and a state feedback control based on an event-triggered framework is given with control synthesis and condition on the switching time. An event-based implementation is proposed in order to achieve novel security strategy. Observer and controller gains are deduced by solving su cient Bilinear Matrix Inequality (BMI) condition. Simulation results on a real-time laboratory three tank system are given to show the attack-tolerant control ability despite data deception attacks on both actuators and sensors. [less ▲]

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See detailCyber Security and Vulnerability Analysis of Networked Control System subject to False-Data injection
Gerard, Benjamin; Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL et al

in Proceedings of the 2018 American Control Conference (2018, June 27)

In the present paper, the problem of networked control system (NCS) cyber security is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the security and vulnerability level of the controlled system ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, the problem of networked control system (NCS) cyber security is considered. The geometric approach is used to evaluate the security and vulnerability level of the controlled system. The proposed results are about the so-called false data injection attacks and show how imperfectly known disturbances can be used to perform undetectable, or at least stealthy, attacks that can make the NCS vulnerable to attacks from malicious outsiders. A numerical example is given to illustrate the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailA Decoupling Approach to Design Observers for Polytopic Takagi-Sugeno Models Subject to Unknown Inputs
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL; Davila, Jorge et al

in Proceedings of the 2018 American Control Conference (2018, June 27)

A decoupling approach for state estimation of nonlinear systems represented in the polytopic Takagi-Sugeno with unmeasurable premise variables subject to unknown inputs is proposed in this paper. The idea ... [more ▼]

A decoupling approach for state estimation of nonlinear systems represented in the polytopic Takagi-Sugeno with unmeasurable premise variables subject to unknown inputs is proposed in this paper. The idea consists in defining a state and unknown input transformations in order to divide the state vector into two parts, a measurable part and an observable one (decoupled from the unknown input). A classical Luenberger observer to estimate the unmeasurable part is then designed and given in terms of Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs) conditions. A numerical example is also presented in order to illustrate the proposed approach. [less ▲]

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See detailA Mathematical Model and a Firefly Algorithm for an Extended Flexible Job Shop Problem with Availability Constraints
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Cherri, Luiz Henrique; Voos, Holger UL

in 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing, Zakopane, Poland, June 3-7, 2018 (2018, June)

Manufacturing scheduling strategies have historically ignored the availability of the machines. The more realistic the schedule, more accurate the calculations and predictions. Availability of machines ... [more ▼]

Manufacturing scheduling strategies have historically ignored the availability of the machines. The more realistic the schedule, more accurate the calculations and predictions. Availability of machines will play a crucial role in the Industry 4.0 smart factories. In this paper, a mixed integer linear programming model (MILP) and a discrete firefly algorithm (DFA) are proposed for an extended multi-objective FJSP with availability constraints (FJSP-FCR). Several standard instances of FJSP have been used to evaluate the performance of the model and the algorithm. New FJSP-FCR instances are provided. Comparisons among the proposed methods and other state-of-the-art reported algorithms are also presented. Alongside the proposed MILP model, a Genetic Algorithm is implemented for the experiments with the DFA. Extensive investigations are conducted to test the performance of the proposed model and the DFA. The comparisons between DFA and other recently published algorithms shows that it is a feasible approach for the stated problem. [less ▲]

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See detailORBIT - Overcoming Breakdowns in Teams with Interactive Tabletops
Sunnen, Patrick UL; Arend, Béatrice UL; Maquil, Valérie

in Kay, Judy; Luckin, Rose (Eds.) Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count (2018, June)

ORBIT implements and studies a joint problem-solving activity at an interactive tabletop providing participants with the opportunity to develop their collaboration methods by jointly overcoming breakdowns ... [more ▼]

ORBIT implements and studies a joint problem-solving activity at an interactive tabletop providing participants with the opportunity to develop their collaboration methods by jointly overcoming breakdowns. The design and the research process relies on user-centered design methods and on an ethnomethodological conversation analytic framework. The project will generate scientific knowledge on participants’ collaboration methods and create a powerful collaborative learning tool. [less ▲]

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See detailCarrier Allocation for 5G Integrated Satellite-Terrestrial Backhaul Networks
Lagunas, Eva UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL; Ottersten, Björn UL

in International Conference on Communications (ICT), Saint-Malo, France, June 2018. (2018, June)

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See detailLes bourgeois de Bohême et l’impossible légitimation ? La conjuration de Prague et de Kutná Hora de février 1309
Vomacka, Eloïse UL

in Contester au Moyen Âge : de la désobéissance à la révolte (2018, May 23)

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See detailTime to Clean Your Test Objectives
Marcozzi, Michaël; Bardin, Sébastien; Kosmatov, Nikolai et al

in 40th International Conference on Software Engineering, May 27 - 3 June 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden (2018, May)

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See detailHigh-Precision Design of Pedestrian Mobility for Smart City Simulators
Vitello, Piergiorgio; Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL et al

in IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Kansas City, MO, USA, 2018 (2018, May)

The unprecedented growth of the population living in urban environments calls for a rational and sustainable urban development. Smart cities can fill this gap by providing the citizens with high-quality ... [more ▼]

The unprecedented growth of the population living in urban environments calls for a rational and sustainable urban development. Smart cities can fill this gap by providing the citizens with high-quality services through efficient use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). To this end, active citizen participation with mobile crowdsensing (MCS) techniques is a becoming common practice. As MCS systems require wide participation, the development of large scale real testbeds is often not feasible and simulations are the only alternative solution. Modeling the urban environment with high precision is a key ingredient to obtain effective results. However, currently existing tools like OpenStreetMap (OSM) fail to provide sufficient levels of details. In this paper, we apply a procedure to augment the precision (AOP) of the graph describing the street network provided by OSM. Additionally, we compare different mobility models that are synthetic and based on a realistic dataset originated from a well known MCS data collection campaign (ParticipAct). For the dataset, we propose two arrival models that determine the users’ arrivals and match the experimental contact distribution. Finally, we assess the scalability of AOP for different cities, verify popular metrics for human mobility and the precision of different arrival models. [less ▲]

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See detailA method for function integrity diagnosis and documentation: FIDD
Wichmann, Robert; Gericke, Kilian UL; Eisenbart, Boris et al

in Proceedings of the International Design Conference - DESIGN 2018 (2018, May)

This paper introduces a method to perform systematic diagnosis of function integrity. The proposed method advances the Integrated Function Modelling framework to extend its application to risk ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces a method to perform systematic diagnosis of function integrity. The proposed method advances the Integrated Function Modelling framework to extend its application to risk identification and documentation tasks. By analyzing the system model of interdisciplinary designs, this method guides the designer to explore function vulnerability by systematic decoupling of inherent design entities. Thereby it provides unique opportunities for failure mode identification in complex, interdisciplinary systems. The motivation for this method is ensuring system function integrity. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to threaten male gamers: The effects of stereotype threat on video game performance
Wagener, Gary L.; Melzer, André UL

Poster (2018, May)

A total of 70 participants (47.1% men) took part in a lab experiment that manipulated stereotype threat (i.e., the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s group) between playing a video game ... [more ▼]

A total of 70 participants (47.1% men) took part in a lab experiment that manipulated stereotype threat (i.e., the risk of confirming a negative stereotype about one’s group) between playing a video game (Bejeweled 3). Participants performed generally worse after reading a fictitious article on gaming research that women would still play less and perform worse in games than men (ST condition). In contrast to males, however, female participants reported greater frustration from reading this article than their colleagues who read that women and men no longer differ in terms of playing frequency and performance skills (no ST condition). Interestingly, a reverse pattern of results was obtained for male participants, who reported a stronger negative effect of the article in the no ST condition on their ability to show their best gaming performance. Apparently, stereotype threat may affect video game performance both for women and men, but for different reasons. [less ▲]

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See detailMargins lead to overcapacity
Jones, Darren; Eckert, Claudia; Gericke, Kilian UL

in Proceedings of the International Design Conference - DESIGN 2018 (2018, May)

This paper categorises and describes the design stages, stakeholders and decision processes of an overcapacity boiler upgrade that came about from the excessive use of design margins. Using a hospital ... [more ▼]

This paper categorises and describes the design stages, stakeholders and decision processes of an overcapacity boiler upgrade that came about from the excessive use of design margins. Using a hospital case study, the reason behind the overcapacity and excessive margins is explored using semi-structured interviews, document analysis and process modelling. Design margins arise from a lack of systemic thinking during the design and installation phases. It is likely that margins are added as a matter of habit with no real thought to their applicability, calling into question the design process. [less ▲]

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See detailEight key strategies for successful stakeholder involvement in design
Manrique, Sebastián; Simons, Daria; Eisenbart, Boris et al

in Proceedings of the International Design Conference - DESIGN 2018 (2018, May)

Design professionals work often in multi-stakeholder environments. This research aims to understand how design practitioners deal with challenges resulting from stakeholder involvement in design ... [more ▼]

Design professionals work often in multi-stakeholder environments. This research aims to understand how design practitioners deal with challenges resulting from stakeholder involvement in design activities. In this exploratory study, ten interviews were conducted with design practitioners from design agencies in the Netherlands. Eight key strategies were identified that are considered for successful stakeholder involvement. The findings can help the field of DTM to develop methods and tools that fit better with the needs of design professionals. [less ▲]

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See detailAn exploratory study on the use of new design methods in design consultancies
Filippi, Anna; Suarez Madrigal, Antonio; Eisenbart, Boris et al

in Proceedings of the International Design Conference - DESIGN 2018 (2018, May)

This paper explores the uptake of design methods in design consultancies. Our results show that new methods are primarily used in the initial phases of the design process for specific problems. The main ... [more ▼]

This paper explores the uptake of design methods in design consultancies. Our results show that new methods are primarily used in the initial phases of the design process for specific problems. The main motive for doing so is to enhance creativity and understanding of the user. Many participants modify methods to fit specific needs or develop own methods. These findings highlight the need to improve the link between industry and academia in order to increase method awareness and use. Potential ways to improve this include better descriptions of methods and the be­nefits provided. [less ▲]

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See detailDark Souls like "Dark Souls": Personality Characteristics and Preference for Violent Video Games
Melzer, André UL; Engelberg, Elisabeth

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See detailBilderbücher als Medium zum Valorisieren der Familiensprachen im Précoce
Andersen, Katja Natalie UL; Reuland, Claudine; Rios-Ney, Jessica

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See detailUnderstanding Anomaly Decay
Penasse, Julien UL

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See detailPAPR Minimization through Spatio-temporal Symbol-level Precoding for the Non-linear Multi-user MISO Channel
Spano, Danilo UL; Alodeh, Maha; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in 2018 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2018) (2018, April 19)

Symbol-level precoding (SLP) is a promising technique which allows to constructively exploit the multi-user interference in the downlink of multiple antenna systems. Recently, this approach has also been ... [more ▼]

Symbol-level precoding (SLP) is a promising technique which allows to constructively exploit the multi-user interference in the downlink of multiple antenna systems. Recently, this approach has also been used in the context of non-linear systems for reducing the instantaneous power imbalances among the antennas. However, previous works have not exploited SLP to improve the dynamic properties of the waveforms in the temporal dimension, which are fundamental for non-linear systems. To fill this gap, this paper proposes a novel precoding method, referred to as spatio-temporal SLP, which minimizes the peak-to-average power ratio of the transmitted waveforms both in the spatial and in the temporal dimensions, while at the same time exploiting the constructive interference effect. Numerical results are presented to highlight the enhanced performance of the proposed scheme with respect to state of the art SLP techniques, in terms of power distribution and symbol error rate over non-linear channels. [less ▲]

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See detailDesigning Joint Precoding and Beamforming in a Multiple Gateway Multibeam Satellite System
Joroughi, Vahid; Shankar, Bhavani UL; Maleki, Sina UL et al

in IEEE WCNC 2018 (2018, April 18)

This paper aims to design joint on-ground precoding and on-board beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system in a hybrid space-ground mode where full frequency reuse pattern is considered ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to design joint on-ground precoding and on-board beamforming of a multiple gateway multibeam satellite system in a hybrid space-ground mode where full frequency reuse pattern is considered among the beams. In such an architecture, each gateway serves a cluster of adjacent beams such that the adjacent clusters are served through a set of gateways that are located at different geographical areas. However, such a system brings in two challenges to overcome. First, the inter-beam interference is the bottleneck of the whole system and applying interference mitigation techniques becomes necessary. Second, as the data demand increases, the ground and space segments should employ extensive bandwidth resources in the feeder link accordingly. This entails embedding an extra number of gateways aiming to support a fair balance between the increasing demand and the corresponding required feeder link resources. To solve these problems, this study investigates the impact of employing a joint multiple gateway architecture and on-board beamforming scheme. It is shown that by properly designing the on-board beamforming scheme, the number of gateways can be kept affordable even if the data demand increases. Moreover, Zero Forcing (ZF) precoding technique is considered to cope with the inter-beam interference where each gateway constructs a part of block ZF precoding matrix. The conceived designs are evaluated with a close-to-real beam pattern and the latest broadband communication standard for satellite communications. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint Wireless Information and Energy Transfer in Cache-assisted Relaying Systems
Gautam, Sumit UL; Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, April 16)

We investigate the performance of time switching (TS) based energy harvesting model for cache-assisted simultaneous wireless transmission of information and energy (Wi-TIE). In the considered system, a ... [more ▼]

We investigate the performance of time switching (TS) based energy harvesting model for cache-assisted simultaneous wireless transmission of information and energy (Wi-TIE). In the considered system, a relay which is equipped with both caching and energy harvesting capabilities helps a source to convey information to a destination. First, we formulate based on the time-switching architecture an optimization problem to maximize the harvested energy, taking into consideration the cache capability and user quality of service requirement. We then solve the formulated problem to obtain closed-form solutions. Finally, we demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed system via numerical results. [less ▲]

See detailLongitudinal Shaer in Composite Beams
Zhang, Qingjie UL; Schäfer, Markus UL

in Young Engineers Colloquium Munich 2018 (2018, April 13)

Longitudinal shear has important influences on the performance of composite beams. According to Eurocode 4, with cross-section class 1 and 2 in combination with ductile shear connectors, a plastic method ... [more ▼]

Longitudinal shear has important influences on the performance of composite beams. According to Eurocode 4, with cross-section class 1 and 2 in combination with ductile shear connectors, a plastic method, considering redistribution of longitudinal shear force is allowed. The conditions therefore are full development of plastic moment resistance and sufficient slip at interface to reach the plateau of P-δ curve of the shear connectors. However, for slim-floor beams, it is to question if the above-mentioned method can be applied. To answer it, related topics still need further investigation, which is the focus of the author’s Ph.D work. This paper presents part of the first stage results on the theoretical analysis of longitudinal shear, considering the influence of plasticity of the beam. For composite beams with rigid shear connectors, non-linear shear stress distribution appears in the plastic region, which influences the shear connector arrangement. However, detailed theoretical research is still hard to be found. In this work, based on a simple beam partly in plastic zone, mathematical equations are developed to calculate the plastic zone height and longitudinal shear stress distribution. Benchmarks with ANSYS and existing tests are performed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis and Comparison of Eurocodes and Chinese codes of Design
Santos Ferreira, Katia UL; Zhang, Qingjie UL; Schäfer, Markus UL

in Young Engineers Colloquium Munich 2018 (2018, April 13)

Eurocodes (EC) which were published in 2007 are one of the most advanced standards for structure design in the world. Today, Eurocodes are not only used in EU or EFTA countries, but also many other ... [more ▼]

Eurocodes (EC) which were published in 2007 are one of the most advanced standards for structure design in the world. Today, Eurocodes are not only used in EU or EFTA countries, but also many other countries use Eurocodes or align their National standards with them, which gives Eurocodes global influence. Chinese codes of practise, on the other hand, benefit from the recent fast developed construction industry and have a vast application base. In the recent years, half of the new building floor area worldwide is built in China. Thus, it is interesting to compare Eurocodes (one of the most used codes worldwide) with the Chinese codes of design (with which most buildings were recently built). [less ▲]

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See detailBelgien in Deutschland oder Belgier in Deutschland? Die Zeit der Präsenzpolitik (1945-1955)
Brüll, Christoph UL

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See detailTowards multiscale data fusion of high-resolution space borne and terrestrial datasets over Tristan da Cunha
Backes, Dietmar UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2018, April 10)

Ever improving low cost, lightweight and easy to use sensing technologies are enabling the capture of rich 3D Datasets to support an unprecedented range of applications in Geosciences. Especially low-cost ... [more ▼]

Ever improving low cost, lightweight and easy to use sensing technologies are enabling the capture of rich 3D Datasets to support an unprecedented range of applications in Geosciences. Especially low-cost LiDAR systems as well as optical sensors, which can be deployed from terrestrial or low altitude aerial platforms, allow the collection of large datasets without detailed expert knowledge or training. Dense pointcloud derived from these technologies provide an invaluable source to fill the gap between highly precise and accurate terrestrial topographic surveys and large area Digital Surface Models (DSMs) derived from airborne and spaceborne sensors. However, the collection of reliable 3D pointclouds in remote and hazardous locations remains to be very difficult and costly. Establishing a reliable georeference, ensuring accuracy and data quality as well as merging such rich datasets with existing or space borne mapping provide additional challenges. The presented case study investigates the data quality and integration of a heterogeneous dataset collected over the remote island of Tristan da Cunha. High-resolution 3D pointclouds derived by TLS and drone Photogrammetry are merged with space borne imagery while preserving the accurate georeference provided by Ground Control derived from geodetic observations. The volcanic island of Tristan da Cunha located in the centre of the Southern Atlantic Ocean is one of the most remote and difficult to access locations on the planet. Its remote location, rough climatic conditions and consistent cloud coverage provides exceptional challenges for terrestrial, aerial as well as space borne data acquisition. Amongst many other scientific installations, the island also hosts a continuous GNSS station observation and monitoring facilities operated by the University of Luxembourg, which provided the opportunity to conduct a local terrestrial data acquisition campaign consistent with a terrestrial ground survey, Laserscanning and an image acquisition from a low-cost drone. The highly accurate Ground Control network, observed by GNSS and total station, provides a reliable georeference. Pointclouds were acquired around the area of the harbour using a Leica P20 terrestrial Laserscanner, as well as drone Photogrammetry based on images collected by a low-cost DJI Phantom3 drone. To produce a map of the complete island a comprehensive dataset of high-resolution space borne imagery based on the Digital Globe WorldView constellation was acquired which provided high resolution mapping information. The case study presents a cross-validation of terrestrial, low altitude airborne as well as spaceborne datasets in terms coregistration, absolute georeference, scale, resolution and overall data quality. Following the evaluation a practical approach to fuse this heterogeneous dataset is applied which aims to preserve overall data quality, local resolution and accurate georeference and avoid edge artefacts. The conclusions drawn from our preliminary results provide some good practice advice for similar projects. The final topographic dataset enables mapping and monitoring of local geohazards as, e.g. coastal erosion and recent landslides thus also supporting the local population. [less ▲]

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See detailVertical Land Movements and Sea Level Changes around South Georgia Island
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Abraha, Kibrom Ebuy UL et al

Poster (2018, April 09)

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean is a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. In its sub-Antarctic location, the island is largely covered by ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean is a key location for the seismic, geomagnetic and oceanic global monitoring networks. In its sub-Antarctic location, the island is largely covered by mountain glaciers which have been reported to be retreating due to climatic change. Furthermore, during past glaciation periods the island and its shelf area have been ice covered as was revealed by scarring of the sub-oceanic topography. Together with ongoing tectonics along the North Scotia Ridge, these processes have the ability to produce significant uplift on local to regional scales, affecting the measurements of the tide gauge (GLOSS ID 187) at King Edward Point (KEP). Furthermore, with its mid-ocean location, the tide gauge is of particular interest to satellite altimetry calibrations over the Southern Atlantic and Southern Oceans. With the establishment of five GNSS stations on the islands during 2013 to 2015 and the scientific analysis of these data within the global network of stations of the International GNSS Service Tide Gauge Benchmark Monitoring (TIGA) working group, it has now become possible to study present-day vertical land movements of the region and their impacts on, for example, regional sea level. Furthermore, together with four precise levelling campaigns of the KEP benchmark network in 2013, 2014 and two in 2017, it has also been possible to investigate the very local character of the vertical motions near KEP, ie. the stability of the jetty upon which the tide gauge is mounted. In this study, we will present the still preliminary results from the GNSS and levelling measurements and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge. Our measurements show that while South Georgia Island and the area around KEP are rising, the jetty and tide gauge are subsiding, leading to a disagreement in the observed sea level change from the tide gauge and satellite altimetry. In order to improve the agreement between these sea level measurements both local and regional vertical land movements need to be monitored. [less ▲]

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See detailOvercoming language barriers in early mathematics instruction with “MaGrid” - a language-neutral training tool for multilingual school settings
Cornu, Véronique UL; Pazouki, Tahereh UL; Schiltz, Christine UL et al

Poster (2018, April 08)

Mathematical knowledge at the onset of formal schooling paves the way for children’s achievement in formal mathematics (e.g. Duncan et al., 2007; Watts et al., 2014). Hence, it is crucial to equip ... [more ▼]

Mathematical knowledge at the onset of formal schooling paves the way for children’s achievement in formal mathematics (e.g. Duncan et al., 2007; Watts et al., 2014). Hence, it is crucial to equip children with sound basic mathematical competencies by deploying effective teaching interventions during preschool years. However, multilingual school settings, such as Luxembourg (65% of the pupils are second language learners) pose a special challenge for instruction. Non-native pre-schoolers perform lower on early mathematics tests than their age-matched peers (Bonifacci et al., 2016; Kleemans et al., 2011). This gap is most likely due to missing out on learning opportunities, as a result of lower proficiency in the language of instruction. To provide equal access to early mathematics education for all children, we developed a language-neutral early mathematics training tool, the “MaGrid”-app. This innovative training tool has been evaluated, so far, in two studies in multilingual Luxembourg. In a first study, children from five classrooms (N = 68) used the tool to train visuo-spatial abilities, an important predictor of mathematical abilities (see e.g. Mix et al., 2016), over ten weeks (2x20min/week). At post-test, significant gains in the visuo-spatial domain were observed, compared to children from “teaching-as-usual” classrooms (N = 57). In a second study, we elaborated a comprehensive language-neutral early mathematics intervention, with “MaGrid” at its core. Findings from both training studies will be presented in detail and the importance of domain-specific versus domain-general precursors, as well as practical implications, will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of weighted individual energy efficiencies in interference networks
Matthiesen, Bho; Yang, Yang UL; Jorswieck, Eduard

in Proc. IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (2018, April)

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See detailA parallel best-response algorithm with exact line search for nonconvex sparsity-regularized rank minimization
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius

in Proc. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal (2018, April)

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See detailVelisarios: Byzantine Fault-Tolerant Protocols Powered by Coq
Rahli, Vincent UL; Vukotic, Ivana UL; Volp, Marcus UL et al

in Velisarios: Byzantine Fault-Tolerant Protocols Powered by Coq (2018, April)

Our increasing dependence on complex and critical information infrastructures and the emerging threat of sophisticated attacks, ask for extended efforts to ensure the correctness and security of these ... [more ▼]

Our increasing dependence on complex and critical information infrastructures and the emerging threat of sophisticated attacks, ask for extended efforts to ensure the correctness and security of these systems. Byzantine fault-tolerant state-machine replication (BFT-SMR) provides a way to harden such systems. It ensures that they maintain correctness and availability in an application-agnostic way, provided that the replication protocol is correct and at least n-f out of n replicas survive arbitrary faults. This paper presents Velisarios a logic-of-events based framework implemented in Coq, which we developed to implement and reason about BFT-SMR protocols. As a case study, we present the first machine-checked proof of a crucial safety property of an implementation of the area's reference protocol: PBFT. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Study of Genetic and Discrete Firefly Algorithm for Combinatorial Optimization
Tessaro Lunardi, Willian UL; Voos, Holger UL

in 33rd ACM/SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing, Pau, France, April 9 - 13, 2018 (2018, April)

Flexible job-shop scheduling problem (FJSP) is one of the most challenging combinatorial optimization problems. FJSP is an extension of the classical job shop scheduling problem where an operation can be ... [more ▼]

Flexible job-shop scheduling problem (FJSP) is one of the most challenging combinatorial optimization problems. FJSP is an extension of the classical job shop scheduling problem where an operation can be processed by several different machines. The FJSP contains two sub-problems, namely machine assignment problem and operation sequencing problem. In this paper, we propose and compare a discrete firefly algorithm (FA) and a genetic algorithm (GA) for the multi-objective FJSP. Three minimization objectives are considered, the maximum completion time, workload of the critical machine and total workload of all machines. Five well-known instances of FJSP have been used to evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithms. Comparisons among our methods and state-of-the-art algorithms are also provided. The experimental results demonstrate that the FA and GA have achieved improvements in terms of efficiency. Solutions obtained by both algorithms are comparable to those obtained by algorithms with local search. In addition, based on our initial experiments, results show that the proposed discrete firefly algorithm is feasible, more effective and efficient than our proposed genetic algorithm for solving multi-objective FJSP. [less ▲]

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See detailPathologies of Empathy: Kant, Polidori, Hoffmann
Kohns, Oliver UL

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See detailEnergy efficiency in MIMO interference channels: Social optimality and max-min fairness
Yang, Yang UL; Pesavento, Marius

in Proc. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal (2018, April)

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See detailPeut-on se moquer de tout ?
 L’étendue de la liberté d’expression face au sentiment religieux.
Gerkrath, Jörg UL

in Actes de la Section des sciences morales et politiques. Vol XXI (2018, April)

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See detailYale Symposium on Art and Gender
Penasse, Julien UL

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See detailContested Autonomies: French University Governance and its Discontents
Harmsen, Robert UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 28)

In the past decade, the governance of French universities has seen substantial changes in line with developments elsewhere in Europe. Engaging in an ‘autonomy/accountability two-step’, French universities ... [more ▼]

In the past decade, the governance of French universities has seen substantial changes in line with developments elsewhere in Europe. Engaging in an ‘autonomy/accountability two-step’, French universities have been granted a significantly higher degree of organisational autonomy while at the same time becoming subject to a widening set of external accountability measures. The French case nonetheless presents interesting specificities stemming particularly from the absence of a strong tradition of institutional-level university autonomy. The present paper explores current reforms against the background of this distinctive historical tradition, probing the mediation of ‘global scripts’ by ‘national filters’. After setting out the broad contours of the historical model, successive sections then survey the 2007 Law on the Liberty and Responsibility of Universities, the 2013 Fioraso Law, and the possible direction of policy under the Macron presidency. The concluding section situates French developments relative to wider trends in terms suggestive of a forward research agenda. [less ▲]

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See detailWalks in Luxembourg: researching forced migrants’ multilingual language practices
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 28)

Luxembourg has a long-standing tradition of multilingualism: according to the 1984 language law, Luxembourgish, German and French are all acknowledged as languages of administration. This rich linguistic ... [more ▼]

Luxembourg has a long-standing tradition of multilingualism: according to the 1984 language law, Luxembourgish, German and French are all acknowledged as languages of administration. This rich linguistic environment is further complexified by the languages and language varieties of the large international community – composed of 160 different nationalities – that resides in Luxembourg City. Hence, other languages such as English, Portuguese or Italian might be equally important for navigating local life. Most members of the local society move fluidly back and forth between a multitude of languages, often within a single speech event. Luxembourg’s multilingualism is not territory-based; it is reflected in different patterns of language use that are intertwined with competing social positions and collective identities (Horner, 2015). This contribution presents data from an ongoing doctoral research project that follows the language learning trajectory of five asylum applicants in Luxembourg. The project follows a linguistic ethnographic approach (Copland & Creese, 2015), which is well suited to reveal the participants’ attitudes towards different languages, practices and (linguistic) identities. Based on participant observation, interviewing and go-alongs (Kusenbach, 2003), the present contribution examines how research participants draw on their linguistic resources as they move across different sites in their daily trajectories. Their language practices are analysed as in situ responses to specific situations/settings in Luxembourg’s multilingual environment. Our findings suggest that in their daily interactions, the research participants use both their old and newly-acquired language resources, without too much regard to the boundaries between them. This confirms the asylum applicants’ positive attitude towards Luxembourg’s languages and their wish to incorporate a wide range of local resources into their communicative repertoires (Kalocsányiová, 2017). By the same token, the participants’ multilingual practices are indicative of new complex forms of linguistic identification. [less ▲]

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See detailForced Migration, Borders and Multilingualism: The Ideological Grounds of Linguistic Integration in Luxembourg
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 27)

The purpose of this contribution is to identify the complexities that surround the linguistic integration of forced migrants in multilingual societies. We present data from an ongoing doctoral research ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this contribution is to identify the complexities that surround the linguistic integration of forced migrants in multilingual societies. We present data from an ongoing doctoral research project that follows the trajectory of five refugees who fleeing war and political unrest in the Middle East, sought international protection in Luxembourg. Large proportion of Luxembourg’s workforce originates or lives outside of the boundaries of the nation state (Statec, 2016). The notion of a homogenous speech community – be it formulated in terms of a monolingual identification with the Luxembourgish language, or as a trilingual identification with the three languages (Luxembourgish, French and German) recognized by the language law of 1984 (Horner, 2015) – is continuously under pressure. The erosion of traditional linguistic boundaries is reinforced by the strong presence of English, Portuguese, Italian and dozens of other migrant languages, including the multiple language resources forced migrants bring to this context. This creates new forms of linguistic intersection, where the negotiation of differences can lead to either the reinforcement of existing barriers, or the embracement of the multilingual affordances created by this new emerging context (Kalocsányiová, 2016 & 2017). In multilingual societies, the successful navigation of local life requires the development of different capabilities in a variety of languages and for a range of purposes. According to the research participants’ accounts, their language learning trajectory in Luxembourg has been substantially influenced by the uncertainty of their situation. Forced migrants “dwell on the borders” while awaiting a decision on their asylum claims and beyond, which has clear implications for their language choices and the language learning options available to them. The project follows a linguistic ethnographic approach (Copland & Creese, 2015): based on interviewing, participant observations and go-alongs, we examine a broad range of competing ideologies that forced migrants are required to balance in their daily efforts to integrate. [less ▲]

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See detailYouth Mobility – experiencing (un)certainties
Kmiotek, Emilia Alicja UL; Vysotskaya, Volha UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 19)

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See detailHigher Algebra over the Leibniz Operad
Poncin, Norbert UL

in Banach Center Publications (2018, March 18), 113

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See detailMagnetic neutron scattering studies on magnetic materials
Michels, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 11)

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See detailImpact of inspection on public opinion (invited symposium contribution)
Fischbach, Antoine UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March)

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See detailExtracting Statistical Graph Features for Accurate and Efficient Time Series Classification
Li, Daoyuan UL; Lin, Jessica; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL et al

in 21st International Conference on Extending Database Technology (2018, March)

This paper presents a multiscale visibility graph representation for time series as well as feature extraction methods for time series classification (TSC). Unlike traditional TSC approaches that seek to ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a multiscale visibility graph representation for time series as well as feature extraction methods for time series classification (TSC). Unlike traditional TSC approaches that seek to find global similarities in time series databases (eg., Nearest Neighbor with Dynamic Time Warping distance) or methods specializing in locating local patterns/subsequences (eg., shapelets), we extract solely statistical features from graphs that are generated from time series. Specifically, we augment time series by means of their multiscale approximations, which are further transformed into a set of visibility graphs. After extracting probability distributions of small motifs, density, assortativity, etc., these features are used for building highly accurate classification models using generic classifiers (eg., Support Vector Machine and eXtreme Gradient Boosting). Thanks to the way how we transform time series into graphs and extract features from them, we are able to capture both global and local features from time series. Based on extensive experiments on a large number of open datasets and comparison with five state-of-the-art TSC algorithms, our approach is shown to be both accurate and efficient: it is more accurate than Learning Shapelets and at the same time faster than Fast Shapelets. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating Siri as a virtual assistant in a learning context
Arend, Béatrice UL

in Proceedings of 12th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference 2018 (2018, March)

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See detailPrinciples, Values and Challenges for a Europe Built through Currency
Danescu, Elena UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March)

At the Hague Summit (1–2 December 1969), the decision was taken to explore the possibilities of progress towards an economic and monetary union. An ad hoc committee of experts was set up and, at the ... [more ▼]

At the Hague Summit (1–2 December 1969), the decision was taken to explore the possibilities of progress towards an economic and monetary union. An ad hoc committee of experts was set up and, at the request of the EC Council, Pierre Werner (Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Luxembourg) was chosen as chairman. The work of this committee began on 20 March 1970 and resulted in the Werner Report - presented on 8 October in Luxembourg. The Werner Report offered a full definition of EMU, which was to be established in three stages over a decade (1971–80). The ultimate aim was to achieve irreversible convertibility between the currencies of the Member States, the complete liberalization of capital movements, the irrevocable fixing of exchange rates, and even potentially the replacement of national currencies by a single currency as a natural and desirable further development of monetary union. From an institutional viewpoint, the report called for the creation of two new steering bodies: a ‘centre of decision for economic policy’, independent of governments and placed under the democratic control of the European Parliament, to be elected by universal suffrage; and a ‘Community system for the central banks’. Also, EMU would serve as a ‘leaven’ for the development of a political union. Two main principles underpinned the Werner Report: gradual realization of EMU (a step-by-step approach); and parallelism between economic convergence and transfer of powers to the supranational level. The Report ran into a series of international crises (which led to the collapse of the IMS), culminating to its de facto suspension in 1974. Three decades later, the Delors Report was to give the Werner Report the credit due to it, by appropriating its overall philosophy and structure. Both reports define monetary union in almost identical terms, but in some respects the Werner Report goes further and is more clear cut than the Delors Report. This paper aims to analyze why the Werner Report marked a crucial stage in the process of European integration and was offered, through its principles, values and ideas, a blueprint of EMU in the EU. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall State, Great Diplomacy: The Role of Luxembourg in the European Integration Process
Danescu, Elena UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March)

Luxembourg has a particular geopolitical and historical situation — a small, multicultural and multilingual nation sandwiched between two larger powers, France and Germany, with no central bank or ... [more ▼]

Luxembourg has a particular geopolitical and historical situation — a small, multicultural and multilingual nation sandwiched between two larger powers, France and Germany, with no central bank or national currency. For Luxembourg, adopting an outward orientation had always been a sine qua non. After the second world war the political leaders were convinced of the need to preserve national sovereignty and vital interests by maintaining an international outlook. The European principle of equality among states also guaranteed Luxembourg a role in decision-making and in the leadership of joint organizations. By giving up part of its sovereignty Luxembourg paradoxically actually strengthened its sovereignty. Since then, Luxembourg has played and continues to act as a mediator and a force for ideas at the heart of EU, either as a member State or through some of its leaders. Since the time of Joseph Bech, from Pierre Werner and Gaston Thorn to Jacques Santer and Jean-Claude Juncker more recently, Luxembourg has proved itself to be a master in the art of political consensus and a rich source of leaders who have been able to find a way out of Europe’s successive impasses (among them: the ‘battle of the seats’ of the Community institutions, UK accession, BLEU, Benelux). The influential nature of its leadership gave Luxembourg a role in the European integration process that far outweighed the country’s socio-economic impact [less ▲]

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See detailProfiling Energy Efficiency of Mobile Crowdsensing Data Collection Frameworks for Smart City Applications
Tomasoni, Mattia; Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL et al

in The 6th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering (IEEE Mobile Cloud 2018) (2018, March)

Mobile crowdsensing (MCS) has emerged in the last years and has become one of the most prominent paradigms for urban sensing. In MCS, citizens actively participate in the sensing process by contributing ... [more ▼]

Mobile crowdsensing (MCS) has emerged in the last years and has become one of the most prominent paradigms for urban sensing. In MCS, citizens actively participate in the sensing process by contributing data with their smartphones, tablets, wearables and other mobile devices to a collector. As citizens sustain costs while contributing data, i.e., the energy spent from the batteries for sensing and reporting, devising energy efficient data collection frameworks (DCFs) is essential. In this work, we compare the energy efficiency of several DCFs through CrowdSenSim, which allows to perform large-scale simulation experiments in realistic urban environments. Specifically, the DCFs under analysis differ one with each other by the data reporting mechanism implemented and the signaling between users and the collector needed for sensing and reporting decisions. Results reveal that the key criterion differentiating DCFs' energy consumption is the data reporting mechanism. In principle, continuous reporting to the collector should be more energy consuming than probabilistic reporting. However, DCFs with continuous reporting that implement mechanisms to block sensing and data delivery after a certain amount of contribution are more effective in harvesting data from the crowd. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-intrusive Distracted Driving Detection Based on Driving Sensing Data
Jafarnejad, Sasan UL; Castignani, German UL; Engel, Thomas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March)

Nowadays Internet-enabled phones have become ubiquitous, and we all witness the flood of information that often arrives with a notification. Most of us immediately divert our attention to our phones even ... [more ▼]

Nowadays Internet-enabled phones have become ubiquitous, and we all witness the flood of information that often arrives with a notification. Most of us immediately divert our attention to our phones even when we are behind the wheel. Statistics show that drivers use their phone on 88% of their trips and on 2015 in the UnitedKingdom 25% of the fatal accidents were caused by distraction or impairment. Therefore there is need to tackle this issue. However, most of the distraction detection methods either use expensive dedicated hardware and/or they make use of intrusive or uncomfortable sensors. We propose distracted driving detection mechanism using non-intrusive vehicle sensor data. In the proposed method 9 driving signals are used. The data is collected, then two sets of statistical and cepstral features are extracted using a sliding window process, further a classifier makes a prediction for each window frame, lastly, a decision function takes the last l predictions and makes the final prediction. We evaluate the subject independent performance of the proposed mechanism using a driving dataset consisting of 13 drivers. We show that performance increases as the decision window become larger.We achieve the best results using a Gradient Boosting classifier with a decision window of total duration 285seconds which yield ROC AUC of 98.7%. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrouver le rapport à l’histoire et à l’Europe
Poirier, Philippe UL; Hartog, François

in Herzog, Philippe (Ed.) Europe 21 (2018, February 28)

L’Europe n’a de sens et de fondement que si les gens peuvent acquérir une conscience commune, former des projets communs, générer un affectio societatis. Ce n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui. Nous voulons donc ... [more ▼]

L’Europe n’a de sens et de fondement que si les gens peuvent acquérir une conscience commune, former des projets communs, générer un affectio societatis. Ce n’est pas le cas aujourd’hui. Nous voulons donc mettre la culture au cœur de l’espace public européen, au cœur de chaque action, et pour cela faire appel à toutes les sources d’inspiration en conjuguant foi et raison. La formation d’acteurs de la société civile capables de mettre les populations en relation et de porter des projets par-delà les frontières est essentielle. Ceci exige de dépasser les barrières nationales, psychiques et institutionnelles, et implique une culture de l’altérité afin que l’Europe puisse répondre positivement aux défis internes et externes de la mondialisation [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian optimization to enhance coverage performance of a swarm of UAV with chaotic dynamics
Kieffer, Emmanuel UL; Rosalie, Martin UL; Danoy, Grégoire UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February 26)

We introduce the optimization of CACOC through Bayesian Optimization. CACOC is based on a chaotic system, i.e. Rossler system whose behavior can be modified by tuning the α parameter. In order to evaluate ... [more ▼]

We introduce the optimization of CACOC through Bayesian Optimization. CACOC is based on a chaotic system, i.e. Rossler system whose behavior can be modified by tuning the α parameter. In order to evaluate the performance of CACOC for different value of α, the coverage metric has to be evaluated after simulation. The latter is time-consuming. Therefore, a surrogate-based optimization, i.e. Bayesian Optimization has been privilegied to tackle this issue. An analysis of the chaotic system with the obtained α value has been performed to compare the periodic orbits and their associated patterns. Numerical results show that the best α value avoid a waste of time in periodic region of the bifurcation diagram. Future works will focus on more complex chaotic system as well as new application domain of the optimized CACOC approach. [less ▲]

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See detailEmployment and higher education related mobilities: The case of Luxembourg
Nienaber, Birte UL; Kmiotek, Emilia Alicja UL; Samuk, Sahizer UL

Scientific Conference (2018, February 23)

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See detailIMPROVING THE CAPACITY OF VERY DEEP NETWORKS WITH MAXOUT UNITS
Oyedotun, Oyebade UL; Shabayek, Abd El Rahman UL; Aouada, Djamila UL et al

in 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (2018, February 21)

Deep neural networks inherently have large representational power for approximating complex target functions. However, models based on rectified linear units can suffer reduction in representation ... [more ▼]

Deep neural networks inherently have large representational power for approximating complex target functions. However, models based on rectified linear units can suffer reduction in representation capacity due to dead units. Moreover, approximating very deep networks trained with dropout at test time can be more inexact due to the several layers of non-linearities. To address the aforementioned problems, we propose to learn the activation functions of hidden units for very deep networks via maxout. However, maxout units increase the model parameters, and therefore model may suffer from overfitting; we alleviate this problem by employing elastic net regularization. In this paper, we propose very deep networks with maxout units and elastic net regularization and show that the features learned are quite linearly separable. We perform extensive experiments and reach state-of-the-art results on the USPS and MNIST datasets. Particularly, we reach an error rate of 2.19% on the USPS dataset, surpassing the human performance error rate of 2.5% and all previously reported results, including those that employed training data augmentation. On the MNIST dataset, we reach an error rate of 0.36% which is competitive with the state-of-the-art results. [less ▲]

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See detailFourth-graders' competence beliefs in mathematics
Villanyi, Denise UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Martin, Romain UL et al

Poster (2018, February 15)

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See detailLa référence à l’Alsace-Lorraine dans le rattachement et l’intégration d’Eupen-Malmedy à la Belgique (1918-1925)
Brüll, Christoph UL

Scientific Conference (2018, February 09)

En novembre 1910, le Journal des Tribunaux, principal organe d’information des juristes belges, qualifie la partie wallonne du Kreis allemand de Malmedy de « notre Alsace-Lorraine » où se trouveraient des ... [more ▼]

En novembre 1910, le Journal des Tribunaux, principal organe d’information des juristes belges, qualifie la partie wallonne du Kreis allemand de Malmedy de « notre Alsace-Lorraine » où se trouveraient des « frères de race et de langue, exilés et emprisonnés en Prusse. » Le 20 septembre 1920, ce Kreis ainsi que celui d’Eupen, presque exclusivement germanophone, sont rattachés à la Belgique, suite au traité de Versailles et à un simulacre de consultation populaire. Dans notre contribution qui traitera de la période qui s’étend de l’occupation de la région par des troupes belges en août 1919 à la fin du régime transitoire en mars 1925, nous voudrions nous interroger sur la signification de la référence à l’Alsace-Lorraine pendant cette phase du changement de la nationalité. Des indices donnent à penser que cette référence n’est pas limitée aux discours de légitimation de l’annexion du territoire par la Belgique, mais que les autorités belges ont, à certaines occasions (comme l’introduction du service militaire), contacté leurs homologues français afin de connaître la politique d’intégration menée en Alsace-Lorraine. En revanche, il n’y a jamais eu d’étude systématique de cette référence idéelle et pratique. Notre proposition voudrait combler cette lacune et constituerait également une contribution à une histoire comparée de la transition étatique dans les deux territoires. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights on the Performance and Configuration of AVB and TSN in Automotive Ethernet Networks
Migge, Jörn; Villanueva, Josetxo; Navet, Nicolas UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February 02)

Switched Ethernet is profoundly reshaping in-car communications. To meet the diverse real-time requirements in automotive communications, Quality-of-Service protocols that go beyond the mere use of ... [more ▼]

Switched Ethernet is profoundly reshaping in-car communications. To meet the diverse real-time requirements in automotive communications, Quality-of-Service protocols that go beyond the mere use of priorities are required. In this work, the basic questions that we investigate on a case-study with diverse and demanding communication requirements is what can we expect from the various protocols aimed at providing a better timing Quality of Service on top of Ethernet? And how to use them? Especially how to use them in a combined manner. We will focus on the Credit-Based Shaper of AVB, the Time-Aware Shaper of TSN and the use of priorities as defined in IEEE802.1Q. The performance metrics considered are the distributions of the communication latencies, obtained by simulation, as well as upper bounds on these quantities obtained by worst-case schedulability analysis. If there have been over the last 5 years numerous studies on the performance of AVB CBS, the literature on comparing AVB to TSN and other candidate protocols is still sparse. To the best of our knowledge, this empirical study is the first to consider most protocols currently considered in the automotive domain, with the aim to gain insights into the different technological, design and configurations alternatives. In particular, an objective of this study is to identify key problems that need to be solved in order to further automate network design and configuration. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation-Based Fault Injection as a Verification Oracle for the Engineering of Time-Triggered Ethernet networks
Fejoz, Loïc; Regnier, Bruno; Miramont, Philippe et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February 02)

TTEthernet (TTE) is considered for use as high-speed backbone in the avionics of next-generation orbital space launchers. Given the key role of communication in launchers, the OEM must acquire a precise ... [more ▼]

TTEthernet (TTE) is considered for use as high-speed backbone in the avionics of next-generation orbital space launchers. Given the key role of communication in launchers, the OEM must acquire a precise understanding of TTE’s functioning and its performances in nominal and error conditions. This holds especially true for the clock synchronization algorithm, the cornerstone of time-triggered communication in TTE, which involves complex distributed algorithms. In this study, we use both an experimental platform and fault-injection on a simulation model to gain quantified insights in these questions. We first describe a fine-grained simulation model of TTE model and discuss how it has been validated against communication traces recorded on the TTE platform. We then present experiments that evaluate the accuracy of the clock synchronization in TTE in the fault-free case as well as considering permanent link failure and transient transmission errors. Finally, we discuss what we have learned during the project in terms of development process and programming language support for complex simulation models used in the design of critical systems. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and Characterization of Variant Intolerant Sites across Human Protein 3-Dimensional Structures
Iqbal, Sumaiya; Berg Jespersen, Jakob; Perez-Palma, Eduardo et al

in Biophysical Journal (2018, February 02), 114(3, Suppl. 1), 664

The functional interpretation of genetic variation in disease-associated genes is far outpaced by data generation. Existing algorithms for prediction of variant consequences do not adequately distinguish ... [more ▼]

The functional interpretation of genetic variation in disease-associated genes is far outpaced by data generation. Existing algorithms for prediction of variant consequences do not adequately distinguish pathogenic variants from benign rare variants. This lack of statistical and bioinformatics analyses, accompanied by an ever-increasing number of identified variants in biomedical research and clinical applications, has become a major challenge. Established methods to predict the functional effect of genetic variation use the degree of amino acid conservation across species in linear protein sequence alignment. More recent methods include the spatial distribution pattern of known patient and control variants. Here, we propose to combine the linear conservation and spatial constrained based scores to devise a novel score that incorporates 3-dimensional structural properties of amino acid residues, such as the solvent-accessible surface area, degree of flexibility, secondary structure propensity and binding tendency, to quantify the effect of amino acid substitutions. For this study, we develop a framework for large-scale mapping of established linear sequence-based paralog and ortholog conservation scores onto the tertiary structures of human proteins. This framework can be utilized to map the spatial distribution of mutations on solved protein structures as well as homology models. As a proof of concept, using a homology model of the human Nav1.2 voltage-gated sodium channel structure, we observe spatial clustering in distinct domains of mutations, associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (>20 variants) and Epilepsy (>100 variants), that exert opposing effects on channel function. We are currently characterizing all variants (>300k individuals) found in ClinVar, the largest disease variant database, as well as variants identified in >140k individuals from general population. The variant mapping framework and our score, informed with structural information, will be useful in identifying structural motifs of proteins associated with disease risk. [less ▲]

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See detailSurmonter les barrières linguistiques avec « MaGrid » - un outil de formation de pré-mathématiques pour un contexte scolaire multilingue
Cornu, Véronique UL; Pazouki, Tahereh UL; Schiltz, Christine UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January 11)

Le contexte scolaire luxembourgeois est caractérisé par le multilinguisme et une population scolaire hétérogène, ce qui nécessite la mise en place de pratiques pédagogiques qui prennent en compte ... [more ▼]

Le contexte scolaire luxembourgeois est caractérisé par le multilinguisme et une population scolaire hétérogène, ce qui nécessite la mise en place de pratiques pédagogiques qui prennent en compte l’hétérogénéité des élèves. Dans le domaine des mathématiques, qui semble être non-verbal à première vue, des résultats scientifiques montrent que les enfants dont la langue maternelle est différente de la langue d’instruction, atteignent sur des tests d’aptitudes pré-mathématiques des résultats significativement inférieurs à ceux de leurs camarades natifs. Ceci est d’autant plus inquiétant, sachant que ces aptitudes pré-mathématiques sont prédictives des apprentissages ultérieurs. Par conséquent, nous avons développé l’outil de formation de pré-mathématiques non-verbale « MaGrid ». « MaGrid » permet à chaque enfant de bénéficier pleinement d’une instruction préscolaire en mathématiques, indépendamment de ses compétences langagières. Cet outil se caractérise par sa nature visuelle et il est implémenté sur tablette tactile. Jusqu’à présent, nous avons implémenté et évalué « MaGrid » lors de deux études scientifiques. Les résultats quantitatifs des évaluations empiriques sont prometteurs, comme ils montrent des effets positifs sur les habilités entraînées chez les enfants ayant utilisé cet outil comparé à un groupe contrôle. Dans une première étude, l’outil a été utilisé auprès de cinq classes durant 10 semaines, comprenant deux séances de 20 minutes par semaine. Les résultats lors de petites épreuves spécifiques ont été comparés aux résultats d’élèves de cinq classes n’ayant pas d’entraînement spécifique, et des effets d’intervention ont été observés. Dans une deuxième étude, nous nous sommes focalisés sur un groupe d’enfants de langue minoritaire (le portugais). « MaGrid » a été utilisé lors d’un programme d’intervention de pré-mathématiques s’étendant sur les deux années scolaires de l’école préscolaire. Les analyses préliminaires ont abouti à des résultats positifs. Des effets bénéfiques se sont manifestés sur différentes mesures de pré-mathématiques chez les enfants ayant suivi notre programme par rapport aux enfants du groupe contrôle. [less ▲]

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See detailUn outil sur tablette tactile facilitant l'autuévaluation à l'école primaire
Villanyi, Denise UL; Martin, Romain UL; Sonnleitner, Philipp UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January 11)

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See detailEvaluation à l’ère du numérique: continuité ou rupture?
Reuter, Bob UL; Meyers, Christian UL; Busana, Gilbert UL

Scientific Conference (2018, January 10)

Face aux nouveaux défis qui se posent à la société-monde du 21e siècle, les « techno-prophètes » présagent que la numérisation nous aidera à améliorer l’éducation des futures générations (Dräger & Müller ... [more ▼]

Face aux nouveaux défis qui se posent à la société-monde du 21e siècle, les « techno-prophètes » présagent que la numérisation nous aidera à améliorer l’éducation des futures générations (Dräger & Müller-Eiselt, 2015 ; Khan, 2013 ; Cuban, 2003). L’évaluation des apprentissages assistée par ordinateur deviendrait notamment plus efficiente, plus pratique, plus flexible, plus rapide, plus objective, plus accessible, plus sécurisée, plus juste et plus économe. Par contre celle-ci reste souvent dans la continuité de pratiques existantes (Substitution ou Augmentation dans le modèle SAMR de Ruben Puentedura, 2006), donc limitée à la reproduction de connaissances déclaratives et de procédures fixes. Les ordinateurs sont en effet mieux aptes à rapidement corriger les réponses des apprenants à des tests standardisés et fermés. De plus, pour nous la révolution numérique incarne plus un grand défi qu’une solution miracle pour l’évaluation des apprentissages (scolaires ou autres). En effet, dans un monde où la numérisation mène à une croissance exponentielle et à une diffusion ultra-rapide des informations et à leur accès de plus en plus libre et facile, il ne suffit plus d’accumuler des connaissances, ni de simplement les reproduire. Mais il faut être capable de savoir où aller chercher des informations, comment juger leur crédibilité et utilité et comment les utiliser pour résoudre des problèmes. L’évaluation des apprentissages ne pourra donc plus se limiter à mesurer la capacité des élèves à mémoriser et à reproduire des informations mais devra s’aligner sur les nouveaux objectifs d’une éducation préparant les futures générations à affronter les défis d’un monde globalisé et connecté (cf. modèle des 21st century skills; Trilling & Fadel, 2009). La question fondamentale qui se posera pour l’évaluation des apprentissages sera celle de savoir comment évaluer des compétences (savoir, savoir-faire et savoir-être) complexes, dynamiques et changeantes. La question de l’utilisation des technologies numériques à des fins d’évaluation nous semble donc secondaire par rapport à la question de la transformation de l’évaluation afin qu’elle nous permette de répondre aux défis de la révolution civilisationnelle provoquée par la présence des technologies numériques et leur expansion irrémédiable dans nos pratiques culturelles, sociales, économiques, politiques et pédagogiques quotidiennes. Dans cette communication nous ne viserons pas nécessairement à fournir des réponses toutes faites, mais à stimuler le débat sur les relations mutuelles entre révolution numérique et évaluation en milieu scolaire, en termes d’innovations évolutives ou disruptives (Christensen, Johnson & Horn, 2008). [less ▲]

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See detailUsing higher-order adjoints to accelerate the solution of UQ problems with random fields
Hale, Jack UL; Hauseux, Paul UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL

Poster (2018, January 08)

A powerful Monte Carlo variance reduction technique introduced in Cao and Zhang 2004 uses local derivatives to accelerate Monte Carlo estimation. This work aims to: develop a new derivative-driven ... [more ▼]

A powerful Monte Carlo variance reduction technique introduced in Cao and Zhang 2004 uses local derivatives to accelerate Monte Carlo estimation. This work aims to: develop a new derivative-driven estimator that works for SPDEs with uncertain data modelled as Gaussian random fields with Matérn covariance functions (infinite/high-dimensional problems) (Lindgren, Rue, and Lindström, 2011), use second-order derivative (Hessian) information for improved variance reduction over our approach in (Hauseux, Hale, and Bordas, 2017), demonstrate a software framework using FEniCS (Logg and Wells, 2010), dolfin-adjoint (Farrell et al., 2013) and PETSc (Balay et al., 2016) for automatic acceleration of MC estimation for a wide variety of PDEs on HPC architectures. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-Negative Paratuck2 Tensor Decomposition Combined to LSTM Network For Smart Contracts Profiling
Charlier, Jérémy Henri J. UL; State, Radu UL; Hilger, Jean

in Charlier, Jeremy; State, Radu; Hilger, Jean (Eds.) 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Smart Computing Proceedings (2018, January)

Smart contracts are programs stored and executed on a blockchain. The Ethereum platform, an open source blockchain-based platform, has been designed to use these programs offering secured protocols and ... [more ▼]

Smart contracts are programs stored and executed on a blockchain. The Ethereum platform, an open source blockchain-based platform, has been designed to use these programs offering secured protocols and transaction costs reduction. The Ethereum Virtual Machine performs smart contracts runs, where the execution of each contract is limited to the amount of gas required to execute the operations described in the code. Each gas unit must be paid using Ether, the crypto-currency of the platform. Due to smart contracts interactions evolving over time, analyzing the behavior of smart contracts is very challenging. We address this challenge in our paper. We develop for this purpose an innovative approach based on the nonnegative tensor decomposition PARATUCK2 combined with long short-term memory (LSTM) to assess if predictive analysis can forecast smart contracts interactions over time. To validate our methodology, we report results for two use cases. The main use case is related to analyzing smart contracts and allows shedding some light into the complex interactions among smart contracts. In order to show the generality of our method on other use cases, we also report its performance on video on demand recommendation. [less ▲]

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