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See detailKindheit als praxeologisches Konzept. Von der generationalen Ordnung zu generationierenden Praktiken
Honig, Michael-Sebastian UL

in Budde, Jürgen; Bittner, Martin; Bossen, Andrea (Eds.) et al Konturen einer praxeologischen Erziehungswissenschaft. Theorie - Methodologie - Analyse (in press)

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See detailUnraveling Entangled Spaces and Practices: Teacher's Views on the evolving Material Classroom (c.1960-2015)
Tondeur, Jo; Herman, Frederik UL; De Buck, Maud et al

in European Journal of Education (in press)

Despite growing interest in redesigning the material landscape of education, relatively little is known about the impact of these evolving classrooms. The current study aimed to gain insight into the ... [more ▼]

Despite growing interest in redesigning the material landscape of education, relatively little is known about the impact of these evolving classrooms. The current study aimed to gain insight into the physical learning environment and the potential pedagogical impacts thereof. A ‘biographical approach’ (c.1963-2015), was used to explore the long-term socio-material landscapes where teachers and pupils, classroom materiality and spatiality, and teaching practices are entangled. Stimulated recall interviews were conducted in Flanders (Belgium) with primary school teachers. Teacher-generated floorplans detailing their material classroom over time, transcribed oral accounts elaborating on these, and supportive data sources were aggregated and thematically analysed. The resulting identification of six key themes shed light on the evolving architectural and infrastructural developments, as well as triggers and teaching impacts thereof amongst the interviewed teachers. Findings show that negative school evaluations urging school intervention, and teachers’ proactive engagement within their classrooms, were the main catalysts of change. Moreover, evolving classroom layouts, in addition to the affordances of upgraded equipment, can be associated to changes in teachers’ practices. It can be concluded that the classroom is becoming an action context as the result of the inextricable mediating agencies identified. [less ▲]

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See detailDo executive functions predict binge-drinking patterns? Evidence from a longitudinal study in young adulthood
Bø, Ragnhild; Billieux, Joël UL; Gjerde, Line C. et al

in Frontiers in Psychology (in press)

Background: Impairments in executive functions (EFs) are related to binge drinking in young adulthood, but research on how EFs influence future binge drinking is lacking. The aim of the current report is ... [more ▼]

Background: Impairments in executive functions (EFs) are related to binge drinking in young adulthood, but research on how EFs influence future binge drinking is lacking. The aim of the current report is therefore to investigate the association between various EFs and later severity of, and change in, binge drinking over a prolonged period during young adulthood. Methods: At baseline, 121 students reported on their alcohol habits (the Alcohol use disorder identification test; Alcohol use questionnaire). Concurrently, EFs (working memory, reversal, set-shifting, response inhibition, response monitoring and decision-making (with ambiguity and implicit risk)) were assessed. Eighteen months later, information on alcohol habits for 103 of the participants were gathered. Data were analyzed by means of multilevel regression modeling. Results: Future severity of binge drinking was uniquely predicted by performance on the Information sampling task, assessing risky decision-making (β = -1.86, 95% CI: -3.69, -0.04). None of the study variables predicted severity or change in binge drinking. Conclusion: Future severity of binge was associated with making risky decisions in the prospect for gain, suggesting reward hypersensitivity. Future studies should aim at clarifying whether there is a causal association between decision-making style and binge drinking. Performance on all executive tasks was unrelated to change in binge drinking patterns; however, the finding was limited by overall small changes, and needs to be confirmed with longer follow-up periods. [less ▲]

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See detailA classification of polynomial functions satisfying the Jacobi identity over integral domains
Marichal, Jean-Luc UL; Mathonet, Pierre

in Aequationes Mathematicae (in press)

The Jacobi identity is one of the properties that are used to define the concept of Lie algebra and in this context is closely related to associativity. In this paper we provide a complete description of ... [more ▼]

The Jacobi identity is one of the properties that are used to define the concept of Lie algebra and in this context is closely related to associativity. In this paper we provide a complete description of all bivariate polynomials that satisfy the Jacobi identity over infinite integral domains. Although this description depends on the characteristic of the domain, it turns out that all these polynomials are of degree at most one in each indeterminate. [less ▲]

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See detailShape-aware surface reconstruction from sparse 3D point-clouds
Bernard, Florian UL; Salamanca Mino, Luis UL; Thunberg, Johan UL et al

in Medical Image Analysis (2017), 38

The reconstruction of an object’s shape or surface from a set of 3D points plays an important role in medical image analysis, e.g. in anatomy reconstruction from tomographic measurements or in the process ... [more ▼]

The reconstruction of an object’s shape or surface from a set of 3D points plays an important role in medical image analysis, e.g. in anatomy reconstruction from tomographic measurements or in the process of aligning intra-operative navigation and preoperative planning data. In such scenarios, one usually has to deal with sparse data, which significantly aggravates the problem of reconstruction. However, medical applications often provide contextual information about the 3D point data that allow to incorporate prior knowledge about the shape that is to be reconstructed. To this end, we propose the use of a statistical shape model (SSM) as a prior for surface reconstruction. The SSM is represented by a point distribution model (PDM), which is associated with a surface mesh. Using the shape distribution that is modelled by the PDM, we formulate the problem of surface reconstruction from a probabilistic perspective based on a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM). In order to do so, the given points are interpreted as samples of the GMM. By using mixture components with anisotropic covariances that are “oriented” according to the surface normals at the PDM points, a surface-based fitting is accomplished. Estimating the parameters of the GMM in a maximum a posteriori manner yields the reconstruction of the surface from the given data points. We compare our method to the extensively used Iterative Closest Points method on several different anatomical datasets/SSMs (brain, femur, tibia, hip, liver) and demonstrate superior accuracy and robustness on sparse data. [less ▲]

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See detailRecessive mutations in SLC35A3 cause early onset epileptic encephalopathy with skeletal defects
Marini, Carla; Hardies, Katia; Pisano, Tiziana et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A (2017), 173(4), 1119-1123

We describe the clinical and whole genome sequencing (WGS) study of a non-consanguineous Italian family in which two siblings, a boy and a girl, manifesting a severe epileptic encephalopathy (EE) with ... [more ▼]

We describe the clinical and whole genome sequencing (WGS) study of a non-consanguineous Italian family in which two siblings, a boy and a girl, manifesting a severe epileptic encephalopathy (EE) with skeletal abnormalities, carried novel SLC35A3 compound heterozy- gous mutations. Both siblings exhibited infantile spasms, associated with focal, and tonic vibratory seizures from early infancy. EEG recordings showed a suppression-burst (SB) pattern and multifocal paroxysmal activity in both. In addition both had quadriplegia, acquired microcephaly, and severe intellectual disability. General examination showed distal arthrog- ryposis predominant in the hands in both siblings and severe left dorso-lumbar convex scoliosis in one. WGS of the siblings-parents quartet identified novel compound heterozygous mutations in SLC35A3 in both children. SLC35A3 encodes the major Golgi uridine diphosphate N-acetylglucosamine transporter. With this study, we add SLC35A3 to the gene list of epilepsies. Neurological symptoms and skeletal abnormalities might result from impaired glycosylation of proteins involved in normal development and function of the central nervous system and skeletal apparatus. [less ▲]

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See detailComptabiliser les crimes pour conceptualiser la violence? Le cas de la prévôté de Luxembourg (1525 et 1630)
Leuck, Jessica UL

Scientific Conference (2017, March 29)

L’historienne Laure Verdon caractérise « tout acte ou parole qui rompt le tissu social et porte atteinte à l’ordre » comme violence. De plus, le chercheur « doit s’interroger sur les formes qu’a pris la ... [more ▼]

L’historienne Laure Verdon caractérise « tout acte ou parole qui rompt le tissu social et porte atteinte à l’ordre » comme violence. De plus, le chercheur « doit s’interroger sur les formes qu’a pris la violence au fil des époques et sur le rapport que les hommes entretiennent avec elle » (Éloïse Adde, 2012). Parmi d’autres voies pour saisir cette variation historique et culturelle de la perception de la violence, nous proposons une analyse minutieuse des comptes des officiers de justice. Contrairement aux règlements, aux lois ou encore aux sources judiciaires qui expriment le fonctionnement théorique de la justice, ces comptes, de par leur caractère administratif, livrent une image réelle des crimes commis. Bien que le terme « violence » n’apparaisse jamais en tant que tel dans ces sources, les crimes et délits mentionnés dans les comptes sont considérés comme tels car ils représentent toujours une forme de violence contre le tissu social ou/et l’ordre établie. Leur présence dans ces sources et leur usage en justice permettent de projeter la conception de la violence pour une époque concrète en nous informant sur la perception quotidienne que les contemporains - surtout les justiciers - en avaient envers. En outre, la variété des cas permet de moduler cette compréhension et de proposer une lecture fine du phénomène. Conservés presque dans leur totalité pour la période de 1525 à 1630, les livres de comptes rédigés dans la prévôté de Luxembourg, une des plus grandes du duché, consistent une source primordiale pour entamer une telle recherche. [less ▲]

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See detailYoung children capitalising on their entire language repertoire for language learning at school
Kirsch, Claudine UL

in Language, Culture and Curriculum (2017)

While translanguaging has been well researched in bilingual settings with older pupils and has been found to contribute to cognitive and personal development, there is little research on translanguaging ... [more ▼]

While translanguaging has been well researched in bilingual settings with older pupils and has been found to contribute to cognitive and personal development, there is little research on translanguaging of young multilinguals. In trilingual Luxembourg, at school, children learn Luxembourgish aged 4, German aged 6 and French aged 7, with the majority not speaking Luxembourgish on school entry. The number of languages to be learned may leave teachers little space to capitalise on home languages and encourage translanguaging. Drawing on qualitative methods, this paper contextualises and examines the practice and purposes of translanguaging of nursery and primary school children who speak a language other than Luxembourgish at home, while they collaboratively produce oral texts on the iPad app iTEO. The data stem from a longitudinal study using a multi-method approach. The findings indicate that the children made use of their multilingual repertoire in order to communicate, construct knowledge and mark their multilingual identity. Translanguaging was a frequent and legitimate practice in both classes although the older children drew less on home languages other than Luxembourgish. The children’s ability to translanguage and their opportunities for doing so were influenced by the multilingual learning environment, the curriculum and the language learning tasks. [less ▲]

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See detailTESMA: Requirements and Design of a Tool for Educational Programs
Guelfi, Nicolas UL; Jahic, Benjamin UL; Ries, Benoît UL

in Information (2017)

Defining and managing teaching programs at universities or other institutions is a complex task for which there is not much support in terms of methods and tools. This task becomes even more critical when ... [more ▼]

Defining and managing teaching programs at universities or other institutions is a complex task for which there is not much support in terms of methods and tools. This task becomes even more critical when the time comes to obtain certifications w.r.t. official standards. In this paper, we present an on-going project called TESMA, whose objective is to provide an open-source tool dedicated to the specification and management (including certification) of teaching programs. An in-depth market analysis regarding related tools and conceptual frameworks of the project is presented. This tool has been engineered using a development method called Messir for its requirements elicitation and introduces a domain-specific language dedicated to the teachin [less ▲]

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See detailWhat makes Data Science different? A discussion involving Statistics2.0 and Computational Sciences
Ley, Christophe; Bordas, Stéphane UL

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Data Science is today one of the main buzzwords be it in business, industrial or academic settings. Machine learning, experimental design, data-driven modelling are all, undoubtedly, rising disciplines if ... [more ▼]

Data Science is today one of the main buzzwords be it in business, industrial or academic settings. Machine learning, experimental design, data-driven modelling are all, undoubtedly, rising disciplines if one goes by the soaring number of research papers and patents appearing each year. The prospect of becoming a ``Data Scientist'' appeals to many. A discussion panel organised as part of the European Data Science Conference (European Association for Data Science (EuADS)) asked the question: ``What makes Data Science different?'' In this paper we give our own, personal and multi-facetted view on this question, from an engineering and a statistics perspective. In particular, we compare Data Science to Statistics and discuss the connection between Data Science and Computational Science. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of Forced Answering on response behavior in Online Surveys: A reactance effect?
Sischka, Philipp UL; Mergener, Alexandra; Neufang, Kristina Marliese et al

Poster (2017, March 16)

Relevance: Recent studies have shown that the use of the forced answering (FA) option in online surveys results in reduced data. They especially examined that forcing respondents to answer questions in ... [more ▼]

Relevance: Recent studies have shown that the use of the forced answering (FA) option in online surveys results in reduced data. They especially examined that forcing respondents to answer questions in order to proceed through the questionnaire leads to higher dropout rates and lower answer quality. However, no study researched the psychological mechanism behind the correlation of FA on dropout and data quality before. This response behavior has often been interpreted as psychological reactance reaction. So, the Psychological Reactance Theory (PRT) predicts that reactance appears when an individuals’ freedom is threatened and cannot be directly restored. Reactance describes the motivation to restore this loss of freedom. Respondents could experience FA as a loss of freedom, as (s)he is denied the choice to leave a question unanswered. According to PRT, possible reactions in this situation might be to quit survey participation, to fake answers or to show satisficing tendencies. Research content: This study explores the psychological mechanism that effects response behavior in FA condition (compared to non-FA- condition). Our major hypothesis is that forcing respondents to answer will cause reactance, which turns into increasing dropout rates, decreasing answer quality and a satisficing behavior. Methods and Data: We used an online survey-experiment with two conditions (forced and non-forced answering instructions). The sample consists of 914 participants. Throughout the whole questionnaire, a dropout button was implemented on each page. In both conditions, this button led to the same page that fully compliant participants reached at the end of the questionnaire. Reactance was measured with a self-constructed four-item reactance scale. To determine answer quality, we used self-report for faking as well as the analysis of answers to open ended questions. Results: Zero-order effects showed that FA increased state reactance and questionnaire dropout as well as it reduced answer length in open-ended questions. Mediation analysis (Condition -> state reactance -> dropout/answer quality) supported the hypothesis of reactance as an underlying psychological mechanism behind negative FA effects on data quality. Added Value: This is the first study which offers statistical evidence for the often proposed reactance effect influencing response behavior. This offers a base for a deeper psychological reflection of the use of the FA-option. [less ▲]

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See detailCorruption prevention in respect of Members of Parliament, Judges and Prosecutors- Evaluation Report Switzerland
Poirier, Philippe UL

Report (2017)

In a report published, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) highlights the specificities of Switzerland’s institutions which enjoy considerable public confidence. It underlines, however ... [more ▼]

In a report published, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) highlights the specificities of Switzerland’s institutions which enjoy considerable public confidence. It underlines, however, that the very organisation of the system allows subtle pressure to be exerted on politicians and the judiciary (See also the French, German and Italian versions of the report). More specifically, GRECO deems it necessary to increase members of parliament’s (MPs) awareness regarding issues of ethics and conflicts of interest. To this end, it recommends adopting a code, announcing publicly MPs’ conflicts of interest as part of the parliamentary procedure and developing the system for declaring relevant interests. These measures need to be accompanied by a reinforced monitoring of MPs’ compliance with their obligations. While recognising the legitimacy of the principle of the election of judges of the federal courts by the Federal Assembly, GRECO calls for improvements to better ensure the quality and objectivity of the recruitment of these judges. It also underlines the importance of severing ties with the political powers after their election, notably by doing away with the practice of judges paying part of their salary to “their” party. Rules of professional ethics applicable to judges also need to be developed and a transparent disciplinary system put in place. The Office of the Attorney General of the Confederation, which enjoys a large degree of independence, also needs to develop rules of professional ethics applicable to its members and to provide greater transparency in disciplinary matters. The implementation of the 12 recommendations addressed to Switzerland will be assessed by GRECO in the second half of 2018 through its compliance procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailEntwicklung eines EDV-basierten Frühwarnsystems für die Blankaalabwanderung an der Mosel
Wendling, David UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

The eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) is a fish that is mainly found in European waters. The River Moselle is among the bodies of water inhabited by this specimen. During the downstream migration into their ... [more ▼]

The eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) is a fish that is mainly found in European waters. The River Moselle is among the bodies of water inhabited by this specimen. During the downstream migration into their Atlantic spawning ground, silver eels often experience severe to fatal injuries while passing the turbines at the barrages. This annual migration takes place in a relatively narrow timeframe. Therefore, knowing the trigger or beginning of said migration, the mortality rate of the eels could be reduced by a fish-adapted turbine control or comparable protective measures. This thesis introduces an early warning system, which predicts the periods of silver eel emigration by means of certain abiotic factors. On the basis of the information gleaned from different studies and the experience gained from many years of professional fishing, those environmental factors were identified which are connected with the migration of the silver eel. Extensive data analyses were used to substantiate these findings. The water flow, the flow differences and the lunar phase were particularly relevant. Furthermore, the season and the water temperature were taken into account. In view of the different sources of information (experience and expert knowledge, data sets and the findings derived from it), a hybrid structure of the early warning system was realized. After examining different methods from the fields of soft computing and mathematics or statistics, the fuzzy logic (knowledge-based), the case-based reasoning (casebased) and the artificial neural networks (data-based) were selected. With each of these methods, an independent prediction model was designed, tested and optimized. Special characteristics were found during the data analysis and were taken into account by the use of adequate modifiers. The models were tested on the basis of the present data sets for the Moselle. It was shown that it is possible to correctly predict most of the situations with increased catches (suggesting a migration). Threshold values for a migration were defined based on the catches. The same was done for the forecast values. Thus, for the 1963 to 1973 data record, a total of 63% (artificial neural networks), 74% (fuzzy logic), and 83% (case-based reasoning) of the events with increased catches could be detected. Since not every situation with a favorable constellation of abiotic factors also led to a migration or higher catches, a lot of "false" forecasts (up to 50%) were made as well. Good results have also been achieved when using data from recent years and most events were identified. A stand-alone program was developed for the practical application of the prognosis models. This early warning system is a software which contains a user interface for reading data and displaying prognosis values and into which the developed prognosis models are implemented. In addition, recommendations for use were compiled and presented. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic Law in the EU: How to Ensure More Convergence After the Brexit? Workshop on Corporate Law
Corbisier, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2017, March 06)

See Programme at the start of the appended document for a description of the whole event, followed by the summary of Isabelle Corbisier's intervention (by herself)

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See detailProduction of bio-hydrogen and methane during semi-continuous digestion of maize silage in a two-stage system
Benito Martin, Patricia C.; Greger, Manfred UL; Schlienz, Markus UL

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2017)

The feasibility and performance of applying a two-stage configuration for co-production of hydrogen and methane from maize silage in continuously stirred reactors was investigated under mesophilic ... [more ▼]

The feasibility and performance of applying a two-stage configuration for co-production of hydrogen and methane from maize silage in continuously stirred reactors was investigated under mesophilic conditions. The high organic loading used in the first-stage hydrogen producing reactor (e.g. load shock treatment) was effective at ensuring hydrogen-producing conditions, with no methanogenic activity observed for more than 60 days. A hydrogen yield of up to 53.8 NlH2/kg volatile solid (VS) was measured in the first reactor, with a hydrogen content of 33.1%. The methane yield in the second stage reactor was 133.9 NlCH4/kgVS, with a methane content of 65%. Abnormally low concentration of acetic acid and high concentrations of caproic acid were measured in the first reactor in the pH range 5–5.5, which could be explained by the presence of strains such as Clostridium kluyveri. Of the estimated total energy yield in the two-stage system, only 4% was from hydrogen production. The mixture of hydrogen and methane produced in the system (after carbon dioxide removal) is in the range recommended for use as vehicle fuel. [less ▲]

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See detailSocially assistive robots for teaching emotional abilities to children with autism spectrum disorder
Pinto Costa, Andreia UL; Steffgen, Georges UL; Rodriguez Lera, Francisco Javier UL et al

Scientific Conference (2017, March)

Socially assistive robots, when used in a way that takes into consideration children’s needs and developmental characteristics, can be useful tools to enable children’s development. More specifically, due ... [more ▼]

Socially assistive robots, when used in a way that takes into consideration children’s needs and developmental characteristics, can be useful tools to enable children’s development. More specifically, due to their characteristics (predictability, simplicity, and repetition) robots can be especially helpful to teach emotional abilities to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Previous research has provided preliminary evidence that robots can help children improve in some domains such as joint attention and imitation. However, no studies have examined how robots can be integrated in intervention protocols targeting the acquisition of emotional abilities in children with ASD. This paper presents a work in progress on an emotional ability training developed for children with ASD using the QT socially assistive robot. This training aims to test whether children with ASD can benefit from a robot-mediated training to improve emotional ability. [less ▲]

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See detailTendenzen und Entwicklungen der Theaterlandschaft in Europa. Zwischen ökonomischen Zwängen und europäischem Anspruch
BLOCH, Natalie UL

in BLOCH, Natalie; BLOCH, Dieter; Tropper, Elisabeth (Eds.) Vorstellung Europa - Performing Europe. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Europa im Theater der Gegenwart (2017)

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