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See detailStatic load deflection experiment on a beam for damage detection using the Deformation Area Difference Method
Erdenebat, Dolgion UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL

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A reliable and safety infrastructure for both transport and traffic is becoming increasingly important today. The condition assessment of bridges remains difficult and new methods must be found to provide ... [more ▼]

A reliable and safety infrastructure for both transport and traffic is becoming increasingly important today. The condition assessment of bridges remains difficult and new methods must be found to provide reliable information. A meaningful in-situ assessment of bridges requires very detailed investigations which cannot be guaranteed by commonly used methods. It is known that the structural response to external loading is influenced by local damages. However, the detection of local damage depends on many factors such as environmental effects (e.g. temperature), construction layer (e.g. asphalt) and accuracy of the structural response measurement. Within the paper, a new so-called Deformation Area Difference (DAD) Method is presented. The DAD method is based on a load deflection experiment and does not require a reference measurement of initial condition. Therefore, the DAD method can be applied on existing bridges. Moreover, the DAD method uses the most modern technologies such as high precision measurement techniques and attempts to combine digital photogrammetry with drone applications. The DAD method uses information given in the curvature course from a theoretical model of the structure and compares it to real measurements. The paper shows results from a laboratory load-deflection experiment with a steel beam which has been gradually damaged at distinct positions. The load size is chosen so that the maximum deflection does not exceed the serviceability limit state. With the data obtained by the laboratory experiment, the damage degree, which can still be detected by the DAD method, is described. Furthermore, the influence of measurement accuracy on damage detection is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailToward a new model of collaborative problem solving definition and assessment
Stoeffler, K.; Greiff, Samuel UL; Von Davier, A. et al

Scientific Conference (2018, July)

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See detailIntroducing MaFIN. A dynamic matrices finite state automata test
Kunze, Thiemo UL; Krieger, Florian UL; Stadler, Matthias UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, July)

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See detailTowards a multifaceted framework of complex problem solving
Stadler, Matthias UL; Niepel, Christoph UL; Greiff, Samuel UL

Scientific Conference (2018, July)

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See detailExploring Multilingual Pedagogies: Forced Migrants’ Learning Experiences in Luxembourg
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 20)

While most societies are structured around diverse flows of people and complex linguistic repertoires, (language) education schemes are still dominated by monolingual instructional practices. This paper ... [more ▼]

While most societies are structured around diverse flows of people and complex linguistic repertoires, (language) education schemes are still dominated by monolingual instructional practices. This paper aims to contribute to current discussions on the affordances of multilingual pedagogies in contexts of forced migration. It draws on a range of linguistic ethnographic data (Copland & Creese, 2015) that was collected over the period of 2016-2017 in diverse settings of language learning and socialization. Our research sites in Luxembourg included language courses in French, English and German, mathematics courses, application and web development training, and diverse leisure activities. Having followed the learning trajectory of five asylum applicants, we explored how they built on their old and newly-acquired language resources. Our findings confirm that in order to make their voices heard, the learners often drew upon elements from multiple languages, including those local languages they had no extensive competence in. This multilingual orientation enabled them to see the local languages as new functional resources in their growing repertoires (Kalocsányiová, 2017). This is of special relevance in contexts of forced migration, where learners need to become users of the languages they are learning from the first day onward. [less ▲]

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Lehnert, Thorsten UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 12)

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See detailDesigning personalized, interactive materials for presentation skills
Deroey, Katrien UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 09)

In this talk I demonstrate how we can design and adapt materials for presentation skills to build on students’ individual needs and disciplinary backgrounds in an interactive way. The context for this is ... [more ▼]

In this talk I demonstrate how we can design and adapt materials for presentation skills to build on students’ individual needs and disciplinary backgrounds in an interactive way. The context for this is a conference skills course I’ve designed and successfully taught for several years. The PhD students on this course vary greatly in their presentation skills, experience and disciplinary background. After an overview of the course content and format, I illustrate how students’ own presentations and research can be integrated so as to enhance personal relevance and interactivity. Aspects of this personalized, interactive course design include filming student presentations, structured peer feedback and reflection, a pre-course questionnaire, and tasks requiring them to work with their conference calls, research, texts, visuals and experiences. I conclude with a summary of course feedback, highlighting what students reported as being particularly useful and what they would add or change. [less ▲]

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See detailOn biselective operations
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Kiss, Gergely UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 07)

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See detailFoodscapes in Transition: Policies and Politics Advancing Sustainable Development and Social Justice
Reckinger, Rachel UL; Wahlen, Stefan

Scientific Conference (2018, June 07)

In this session, we would like to discuss the impact, risks and motivations of producers and consumers altering foodscapes. Of particular interest are enabling types of governance that improve ecological ... [more ▼]

In this session, we would like to discuss the impact, risks and motivations of producers and consumers altering foodscapes. Of particular interest are enabling types of governance that improve ecological balance and social justice in policies of governmental regulation and institutions but also in the politics of for example alternative food movements. The main impact that heterodox actors can have seems to be, on one hand, the creation of resourcefulness from innovative niches, not designed to be upscaled but spread by ubiquitous networking and, on the other hand, the exemplification of heterodox economic practices that reduce the current deskilling of producers and consumers and the depletion of natural resources. The risk associated with heterodox initiatives is, besides basic economic viability, territorial competition over land and resources, as well as – more insidiously – the potential of co-option by neoliberal corporate agendas. The motivations of actors involved in such social movements, albeit diverse, tend to stem from a stance of care and ethical (self)government, often using community self-organisation-tools. Such an analysis of food value chain practices focuses on negotiations and struggles among actors in a multifaceted foodscape, where some block and some enhance transitions. Viewing the relationships, interconnectedness and agency of niche innovations and regime hegemonies opens up the perspective of contested knowledge claims. Additionally, the ways in which actors in the regulatory field advance transitions by policy measures and initiatives need to be considered, and in particular the processes of politicization as interdependencies between movement actors and the public sphere. Yet, the daily practices stay embedded in social, cultural and economic constraints and in routines, which are built on tacit knowledge, collective learning and engrained practices; even though repetitive, they can account for both reproduction and innovation. Which types of governance at all levels have shown themselves to be effective in supporting and empowering such bottom-up changes in “knowing and growing food in a contested arena” (Goodman, DuPuis, Goodman, 2014)? [less ▲]

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See detailGovernance and Price Jumps
Lehnert, Thorsten UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 07)

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See detailAlternative Actors in the Foodscape: Enabling Policies and Politics of Contested Claims for Social and Environmental Justice
Reckinger, Rachel UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 07)

Recently, a number of resourceful community-driven initiatives for local food production and retail have arisen in Luxembourg, where low organic agricultural rates are paired with high consumer demands ... [more ▼]

Recently, a number of resourceful community-driven initiatives for local food production and retail have arisen in Luxembourg, where low organic agricultural rates are paired with high consumer demands for organic produce, leading to a largely imported organic market. As an encompassing reaction, a niche of social innovators are combining agro-ecological land use and food production with locavorousness and circular economy. Based on qualitative interviews and participant observation, we expand on four case studies of fruit and vegetable production as well as unpackaged and/or socially responsible food retail in today’s Luxembourg. One has been established since the 1980s with over 200 employees, partly in social insertion measures, producing and importing organic fruit and vegetables. Since 2014, three significantly smaller initiatives with higher citizen involvement have emerged, with a cooperative governance structure, a claimed community-supported agricultural outlook, a dynamic presence on social media and regular hands-on workshops and activities. These recent initiatives are more radical in their agro-ecological and/or permaculture practices. In a renewed enacting of circular economy precepts, they focus on local production without relying on imports, as a politicized step further than (possibly industrialized) organic production. Grounded in heterodox experiences of alternative actors in food production and retail niches, we analyse ethical entrepreneurship and the governmentality at its core, political enabling or disabling structures and regulations, as well as commodification and upscaling issues. Therefore, this paper touches on governance interrelations between food policies and politics the politics of contested claims for, and practices of, social and environmental justice. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterizations of nondecreasing semilattice operations on chains
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Teheux, Bruno UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June 01)

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See detailDigital Social Networks of the Past: Issues, Limits and Challenges
Schafer, Valerie UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June)

This contribution, which lies at the intersection of two topics that will be addressed at the conference (Critical study and digital hermeneutical approaches in the humanities, and Humanities research ... [more ▼]

This contribution, which lies at the intersection of two topics that will be addressed at the conference (Critical study and digital hermeneutical approaches in the humanities, and Humanities research enabled by digital approaches), aims to analyse how the study of digital social networks of the past may challenge historians of the Web and digital cultures and help shed light on current issues concerning the heritagisation of social networks. [less ▲]

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See detailHow should entrepreneurial teams behave to achieve firm growth?
Tryba, Anne UL; Breugst, Nicola

Scientific Conference (2018, June)

Although education field diversity in entrepreneurial teams can be an asset for new ventures, working in diverse teams might also be challenging. Recent research indicates that diversity effects can only ... [more ▼]

Although education field diversity in entrepreneurial teams can be an asset for new ventures, working in diverse teams might also be challenging. Recent research indicates that diversity effects can only be understood by exploring their contingencies. Drawing on upper echelons theory, we argue that a new venture’s early activities will shape to what extent it can exploit the benefits of its entrepreneurial team’s education field diversity for venture growth. Using survey data from 103 young ventures, this study shows that early planning and simultaneous planning and experimentation help new ventures to unlock the potential of their educationally diverse teams and contribute to firm growth. [less ▲]

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See detailClones of pivotally decomposable operations
Couceiro, Miguel; Teheux, Bruno UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June)

We investigate the clones of operations that are pivotally decomposable.

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See detailFunctional equation that characterize higher order derivations
Kiss, Gergely UL

Scientific Conference (2018, June)

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See detailIdentifying the Cognitive Mechanism Behind Breaks in Presence using Measures of Attention
Holl, Elisabeth UL; Huber, Kerstin; Liebold, Benny et al

Scientific Conference (2018, May 28)

Presence is the perceptual illusion of non-mediation in virtual environments with breaks in presence (BIPs) marking events where the user’s attention is shifted away from the virtual to the physical ... [more ▼]

Presence is the perceptual illusion of non-mediation in virtual environments with breaks in presence (BIPs) marking events where the user’s attention is shifted away from the virtual to the physical environment. Using the concept of BIP allows to investigate specific episodes during virtual encounters, where the state of presence is interrupted. Orienting responses have been identified as a promising cognitive mechanism behind BIPs. However, the differences of orienting to narrative stimuli versus BIPs remains to be investigated. In the current study, we combined established psychophysiological measures of orienting (ECG, GSR) with psychophysiological (pupil dilation) and behavioral measures (STRT) of attention. BIPs are considered to elicit stronger orienting responses and require more cognitive resources. In an experiment, participants navigated through a virtual environment while having to react to narrative and external (BIPs) stimuli. While the data collection has been completed, results from the analysis will be discussed at the conference. [less ▲]

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See detailSmartCheck: Static Analysis of Ethereum Smart Contracts
Tikhomirov, Sergei UL; Voskresenskaya, Ekaterina; Ivanitskiy, Ivan et al

Scientific Conference (2018, May 27)

Ethereum is a major blockchain-based platform for smart contracts – Turing complete programs that are executed in a decentralized network and usually manipulate digital units of value. Solidity is the ... [more ▼]

Ethereum is a major blockchain-based platform for smart contracts – Turing complete programs that are executed in a decentralized network and usually manipulate digital units of value. Solidity is the most mature high-level smart contract language. Ethereum is a hostile execution environment, where anonymous attackers exploit bugs for immediate financial gain. Developers have a very limited ability to patch deployed contracts. Hackers steal up to tens of millions of dollars from flawed contracts, a well-known example being “The DAO“, broken in June 2016. Advice on secure Ethereum programming practices is spread out across blogs, papers, and tutorials. Many sources are outdated due to a rapid pace of development in this field. Automated vulnerability detection tools, which help detect potentially problematic language constructs, are still underdeveloped in this area. We provide a comprehensive classification of code issues in Solidity and implement SmartCheck – an extensible static analysis tool that detects them. SmartCheck translates Solidity source code into an XML-based intermediate representation and checks it against XPath patterns. We evaluated our tool on a big dataset of real-world contracts and compared the results with manual audit on three contracts. Our tool reflects the current state of knowledge on Solidity vulnerabilities and shows significant improvements over alternatives. SmartCheck has its limitations, as detection of some bugs requires more sophisticated techniques such as taint analysis or even manual audit. We believe though that a static analyzer should be an essential part of contract developers’ toolbox, letting them fix simple bugs fast and allocate more effort to complex issues. [less ▲]

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See detailPrivacy-preserving KYC on Ethereum
Biryukov, Alex UL; Khovratovich, Dmitry; Tikhomirov, Sergei UL

Scientific Conference (2018, May 09)

Identity is a fundamental concept for the financial industry. In order to comply with regulation, financial institutions must verify the identity of their customers. Identities are currently handled in a ... [more ▼]

Identity is a fundamental concept for the financial industry. In order to comply with regulation, financial institutions must verify the identity of their customers. Identities are currently handled in a centralized way, which diminishes users' control over their personal information and threats their privacy. Blockchain systems, especially those with support for smart contracts (e.g.,~Ethereum), are expected to serve as a basis of more decentralized systems for digital identity management. We propose a design of a privacy-preserving KYC scheme on top of Ethereum. It would let providers of financial services leverage the potential of blockchain technology to increase efficiency of customer onboarding while complying with regulation and protecting users' privacy. [less ▲]

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See detailMusic as Education in History
Sagrillo, Damien UL

Scientific Conference (2018, May 03)

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

Scientific Conference (2018, May)

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See detailTeachers make the difference! Gender specific predictors of bullying and cyberbullying
Steffgen, Georges UL; Heinz, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April 26)

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

Scientific Conference (2018, April 26)

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See detailUnderstanding Anomaly Decay
Penasse, Julien UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April 24)

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See detailThe Function of Autobiographies in the Construction of a Trans Narrative
Artuso, Sandy Kathy UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April 19)

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See detailCache-Aided Millimeter Wave Ad-Hoc Networks
Vuppala, Satyanarayana UL; Vu, Thang Xuan UL; Gautam, Sumit UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, April 16)

In this paper, we investigate the performance of cache enabled millimeter wave (mmWave) ad-hoc network, where randomly distributed nodes are supported by a cache memory. Specifically, we study the optimal ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigate the performance of cache enabled millimeter wave (mmWave) ad-hoc network, where randomly distributed nodes are supported by a cache memory. Specifically, we study the optimal caching placement at the desirable mmWave node using a network model that accounts for the uncertainties in node locations and blockages. We then characterize the average success probability of content delivery. As a desirable side effect, certain factors like the density of nodes and increased antenna gain, can significantly increase the cache hit ratio in mmWave networks. However, a trade-off between the cache hit probability and the average successful content delivery probability with respect to the density of nodes is presented. [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 ▲]

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

Scientific Conference (2018, April 12)

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See detailThe Impact of Feedback Trading on Option Prices
Lehnert, Thorsten UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April 05)

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

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

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See detailInteractive effects of comprehension and problem solving skills on digital reading performance and navigation
Naumann, J.; Pucite, L.; Eichmann, B. et al

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

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See detailUsing process data to explain group differences in complex problem solving
Eichmann, B.; Pucite, L.; Naumann, J. et al

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

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See detailUser Rewarding and Distributed Payment Platforms for Mobile Crowdsensing Systems
Capponi, Andrea UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

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

Mobile Crowdsensing (MCS) has become in the last years one of the most prominent paradigms for urban sensing. In MCS systems, citizens actively participate in the sensing process by contributing data from their mobile devices. To make e ective a MCS campaign, large participation is fundamental. Users sustain costs to contribute data and they may be reluctant in joining the sensing process. Hence, it is essential to incentivize participants. Several incentive mechanisms have been investigated, such as monetary rewarding. In this context, distributed payment platforms based on custom built blockchains assume a fundamental role. We aim to develop a platform to distribute micro-payments following rewarding schemes. The key idea is to di erentiate between users through several parameters, such as the amount of acquired data and the Quality of Information (QoI), according to the particular campaign and the need of the organizers. [less ▲]

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See detailUnlocking the Potential of Educationally Diverse Founding Teams for Firm Growth: The Moderating Role of New Venture Activities
Tryba, Anne UL; Patzelt, Holger; Breugst, Nicola

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

Although education field diversity in founding teams can be a key managerial resource for new ventures, working in diverse teams might also be challenging. Recent research indicates that the effects of ... [more ▼]

Although education field diversity in founding teams can be a key managerial resource for new ventures, working in diverse teams might also be challenging. Recent research indicates that the effects of diversity can only be understood by exploring their contingencies. Drawing on upper echelons theory, we argue that a new venture’s early activities will shape to what extent it can exploit the benefits of its founding team’s education field diversity to achieve firm growth. Using survey data from 103 young ventures in Luxembourg, this study shows that early planning helps new ventures to unlock the potential of their educationally diverse teams and contribute to venture growth. In addition, simultaneous planning and experimentation in the early phase moderates the relationship between education field diversity and venture growth, such that growth is highest when education field diversity, experimentation, and planning are high. [less ▲]

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See detailAn overview. Collaborative problem solving in large-scale assessments
Greiff, Samuel UL; Niepel, Christoph UL; Mustafic, Maida UL

Scientific Conference (2018, April)

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See detailYale Symposium on Art and Gender
Penasse, Julien UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 29)

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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 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 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 detailXDMF and ParaView: checkpointing format
Habera, Michal UL; Zilian, Andreas UL; Hale, Jack UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, March 21)

Checkpointing, i.e. saving and reading results of finite element computation is crucial, especially for long-time running simulations where execution is interrupted and user would like to restart the ... [more ▼]

Checkpointing, i.e. saving and reading results of finite element computation is crucial, especially for long-time running simulations where execution is interrupted and user would like to restart the process from last saved time step. On the other hand, visualization of results in thid-party software such as ParaView is inevitable. In the previous DOLFIN versions (2017.1.0 and older) these two functionalities were strictly separated. Results could have been saved via HDF5File interface for later computations and/or stored in a format understood by ParaView - VTK’s .pvd (File interface) or XDMF (XDMFFile interface). This led to data redundancy and error-prone workflow. The problem essentially originated from incompatibilities between both libraries, DOLFIN and ParaView (VTK). DOLFIN’s internal representation of finite element function is based on vector of values of degrees of freedom (dofs) and their ordering within cells (dofmap). VTK’s representation of a function is given by it’s values at some points in cell, while ordering and geometric position of these points is fixed and standardised within VTK specification. For nodal (iso- and super-parametric) Lagrange finite elements (Pk , dPk ) both representations coincide up to an ordering. This allows to extend XDMF specification and introduce intermediate way of storing finite element function - intrinsic to both, ParaView and DOLFIN. The necessary work was done as a part of Google Summer of Code 2017 project Develop XDMF for- mat for visualisation and checkpointing, see https://github.com/michalhabera/gsoc-summary. New checkpointing functionality is exposed via write checkpoint() and read checkpoint() methods. [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 detailMagnetic neutron scattering studies on magnetic materials
Michels, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2018, March 11)

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See detailResearch on 'Erasmus+: Youth in Action' projects: the variety on learning effects on participants
Meyers, Christiane UL; Mayerl, Martin

Scientific Conference (2018, March 08)

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See detailWhy is it so hard? And for whom? Obstacles in the intra-EU mobility: Mobility fields in comparison
Kmiotek, Emilia Alicja UL; Ardic, Tuba; Dabasi-Halász, Zsuzsanna et al

Scientific Conference (2018, March 08)

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See detailPhase-field predictive model for setting of fresh self-compacting concrete
Huang, Haiqin UL; Zilian, Andreas UL

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

Scientific Conference (2018, March)

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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 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 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 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 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 detailNavigation im Hypertext als Problemlöseprozess
Pucite, L.; Naumann, J.; Eichmann, B. et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February)

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See detailMessinvarianz von Leistungsängstlichkeit über Schulfächer hinweg. Ein Vergleich von Äpfeln mit Birnen?
Schneider, R.; Sparfeldt, J.; Niepel, Christoph UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February)

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See detailDie Erklärung von Geschlechterunterschieden beim komplexen Problemlösen durch Explorationsverhalten
Eichmann, B.; Goldhammer, F.; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, February)

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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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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 detailÉvaluations numériques: quel rôle pour l’expérience utilisateur ?
Pere, Maxime UL; Lallemand, Carine UL; Koenig, Vincent UL

Scientific Conference (2018, January)

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See detailModéliser la « valeur ajoutée » en éducation primaire et secondaire : 674 publications en revue
Levy, Jessica UL; Gamo, Sylvie UL; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January)

L’approche statistique du type de « valeur ajoutée » (« value added ») a comme but de quantifier l’effet des acteurs pédagogiques sur la performance des élèves, indépendamment de leur origine (p. ex ... [more ▼]

L’approche statistique du type de « valeur ajoutée » (« value added ») a comme but de quantifier l’effet des acteurs pédagogiques sur la performance des élèves, indépendamment de leur origine (p. ex. Braun, 2005), c’est-à-dire de déterminer la valeur dans la performance de l’élève du fait qu’il étudie avec tel professeur ou /et qu’il soit dans telle école. Ces indices de valeur ajoutée une fois déterminés sont souvent utilisés pour prendre des décisions de reddition de compte (« accountability » ; p.ex. Sanders, 2000) L’idée est de faire une évaluation standardisée de la qualité des enseignants ou des écoles à travers l’évolution des résultats des élèves. Même si les valeurs ajoutées sont devenues plus populaires durant ces dernières années, il n’y a pas de consensus concernant la méthode pour les calculer, ni sur l’intégration de variables explicatives (p. ex. Newton et al., 2010). Le but de notre étude est de faire une revue de littérature concernant les valeurs ajoutées en éducation primaire et secondaire. Pour ce faire, nous avons utilisé les bases de données ERIC, Scopus, PsycINFO et Psyndex et nous avons analysé et classifié rigoureusement 674 études de 32 pays différents. La moitié des études recensées concerne les valeurs ajoutées au niveau des enseignants et les autres concernent celles au niveau des écoles ou directeurs. 370 études ont utilisé des données empiriques pour calculer des indices de valeur ajoutée. Dans un certain nombre d’études, les variables utilisées sont précisées, mais dans approximativement 15% des publications, le modèle statistique utilisé n’est pas spécifié. La plupart des études ont utilisé la performance des années précédentes des élèves comme prédicteur ; en revanche, des variables cognitives ou motivationnelles des élèves n’ont presque jamais été prises en considération. Cette revue de littérature permet de souligner, en vue des enjeux politiques importants des valeurs ajoutées, qu’il est nécessaire d’avoir plus de transparence, rigueur et consensus, surtout sur le plan méthodologique. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement d’un test de compétences numériques précoces destiné à mesurer les effets d’une intervention mise en place auprès d’élèves de 4 à 6 ans
de Chambrier, Anne-Françoise; Vlassis, Joëlle UL; Fagnant, Annick et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January)

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See detailFaut-il lire, et que faut-il lire, pour mieux savoir lire?
Reichert, Monique UL; Krämer, Charlotte UL; Rivas, Salvador UL et al

Scientific Conference (2018, January)

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See detailDetection of Irregular Power Usage using Machine Learning
Glauner, Patrick UL; Meira, Jorge Augusto UL; State, Radu UL

Scientific Conference (2018)

Electricity losses are a frequently appearing problem in power grids. Non-technical losses (NTL) appear during distribution and include, but are not limited to, the following causes: Meter tampering in ... [more ▼]

Electricity losses are a frequently appearing problem in power grids. Non-technical losses (NTL) appear during distribution and include, but are not limited to, the following causes: Meter tampering in order to record lower consumptions, bypassing meters by rigging lines from the power source, arranged false meter readings by bribing meter readers, faulty or broken meters, un-metered supply, technical and human errors in meter readings, data processing and billing. NTLs are also reported to range up to 40% of the total electricity distributed in countries such as India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Brazil or Lebanon. This is an introductory level course to discuss how to predict if a customer causes a NTL. In the last years, employing data analytics methods such as machine learning and data mining have evolved as the primary direction to solve this problem. This course will present and compare different approaches reported in the literature. Practical case studies on real data sets will be included. As an additional outcome, attendees will understand the open challenges of NTL detection and learn how these challenges could be solved in the coming years. [less ▲]

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See detailNew mechanical model to predict the load bearing resistance of shear connectors with modern forms of profiled sheeting
Odenbreit, Christoph UL; Vigneri, Valentino UL; Amadio, Claudio et al

Scientific Conference (2018)

The rules in EN1994-1-1 concerning the resistance of shear connections in composite beams with headed shear studs and steel sheeting relies on push-out tests, which have been performed between the late ... [more ▼]

The rules in EN1994-1-1 concerning the resistance of shear connections in composite beams with headed shear studs and steel sheeting relies on push-out tests, which have been performed between the late seventies and the early nineties of the last century. In the recent years, new geometries of metal decking have appeared on the market with the target to reduce the volume and weight of the concrete slab and to maximise the slab efficiency. The influence of these new geometries on the load bearing behaviour of shear connections has to be verified. Amongst others, the RFCS research project DISCCO investigated the shear stud resistance in combination with such novel steel decking. It turned out that, the current EN 1994-1-1 rules need to be modified especially for metal decking with narrow and deep deck ribs. Alternative analytical equations for the estimation of the shear resistance have been derived and statistically evaluated according to EN 1990. Details are presented in this contribution. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine Learning for Data-Driven Smart Grid Applications
Glauner, Patrick UL; Meira, Jorge Augusto UL; State, Radu UL

Scientific Conference (2018)

The field of Machine Learning grew out of the quest for artificial intelligence. It gives computers the ability to learn statistical patterns from data without being explicitly programmed. These patterns ... [more ▼]

The field of Machine Learning grew out of the quest for artificial intelligence. It gives computers the ability to learn statistical patterns from data without being explicitly programmed. These patterns can then be applied to new data in order to make predictions. Machine Learning also allows to automatically adapt to changes in the data without amending the underlying model. We deal every day dozens of times with Machine Learning applications such as when doing a Google search, using spam filters, face detection, speaking to voice recognition software or when sitting in a self-driving car. In recent years, machine learning methods have evolved in the smart grid community. This change towards analyzing data rather than modeling specific problems has lead to adaptable, more generic methods, that require less expert knowledge and that are easier to deploy in a number of use cases. This is an introductory level course to discuss what machine learning is and how to apply it to data-driven smart grid applications. Practical case studies on real data sets, such as load forecasting, detection of irregular power usage and visualization of customer data, will be included. Therefore, attendees will not only understand, but rather experience, how to apply machine learning methods to smart grid data. [less ▲]

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See detailAn elementary proof of the formal rigidity of the Witt and Virasoro algebra
Schlichenmaier, Martin UL

Scientific Conference (2017, December 19)

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See detailThe Empirical Saddlepoint Estimator
Holcblat, Benjamin UL; Sowell, Fallaw

Scientific Conference (2017, December 17)

Previous studies have shown that existing moment-based estimation approaches have poor small-sample performance in some applications. We propose an alternative that is based on the ESP (empirical ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have shown that existing moment-based estimation approaches have poor small-sample performance in some applications. We propose an alternative that is based on the ESP (empirical saddlepoint) approximation of the solutions to the empirical moment conditions. Saddlepoint approximations are known to perform well in small sample. The novel estimator proposed, which we call the ESP estimator, is the mode of the ESP approximation. We show that it is consistent and asymptotically normal, and we study its higher-order bias. We propose novel test statistics based on the ESP estimator. Finally, we also investigate the finite-sample properties of the ESP estimator and related test statistics through Monte-Carlo simulations. [less ▲]

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