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See detailThe dialectic of transnational integration and national disintegration as mayor challenge of the aggregation of knowledge by European Expert Groups
Decieux, Jean Philippe Pierre UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October 14)

From a phenomenological perspective on modern systems of knowledge production a transformation towards a hybrid knowledge production has taken place. Categories like locality or embeddedness have been ... [more ▼]

From a phenomenological perspective on modern systems of knowledge production a transformation towards a hybrid knowledge production has taken place. Categories like locality or embeddedness have been overcome and rise of arenas of cross-broader-cooperation can be observed. The political sector is an important example where a rise of decision-making contexts with supra national relevance can be detected. As consequence a transformation of the political advisory-system towards the genesis of multinational advisory organisations on supranational level can be observed. This means that decision-making knowledge is developed and standardized on supranational level and supposed to be applied top-down on local level. Theoretically such a cooperative form of knowledge co-production of application-driven knowledge by a heterogeneous set of stakeholders aims to produce a context specific solution for specific problems of application (“socially robust knowledge”) in order to provide evidence-based policy-making. But in fact such a processes of unification of knowledge on supranational level often reduces national policy autonomy and is associated with the risk of limited compliance to the specific local needs. Thus the universal transnational knowledge is systematically contested by a variety of particularistic relevancies as is lacks in socially robustness for the application on national decision-making level (“dialectic of transnational integration and disintegration “. This paper analyses how national policy systems are responding to global integration initiatives. By using an in-depth-case-study, I focus especially on individual actors and their responses in the light of a multiplicity of institutional relevancies and the effective social robustness of the aggregated knowledge on national level. [less ▲]

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See detail“They can communicate, BUT…” - Language learning goals of forced migrants in multilingual Luxembourg
Kalocsanyiova, Erika UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October 13)

This contribution presents data from an ongoing doctoral research project that focuses on the linguistic integration trajectory of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Luxembourg. Drawing on interview data and ... [more ▼]

This contribution presents data from an ongoing doctoral research project that focuses on the linguistic integration trajectory of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Luxembourg. Drawing on interview data and classroom observations we explore teachers’ and learners’ attitudes towards Luxembourg’s main languages and their beliefs about how to approach language learning in a multilingual society. Upon arrival, refugees are immediately exposed to the country’s immense linguistic diversity along with ambiguous and often competing ideologies as to what languages to learn. While French is the main vernacular language, English has been gaining importance as lingua franca of the Grand Duchy’s large international community. Government sources increasingly emphasise the role of Luxembourgish as the sole language of integration, despite its minority position in several domains. Other languages such as German or Portuguese might be equally important for navigating local life. Refugees from regions where (a regional/dialectal form of) Arabic enjoys the status of majority language, are expected to encounter difficulties in adapting to the complex language situation of Luxembourg. As a result, the research participants have shown a strong interest in developing different capabilities in a variety of languages and for a range of purposes. Our data confirms that wide-ranging learning outcomes are pursued in this context. While teachers acknowledge the importance of this aspect for setting language learning goals, system-wide, policy-declared goals still prevail in their pedagogical practice. Yet, we have observed instances of more holistic approaches that recognize the multilingual character of communication and learning, and take better account of the learners’ short- and long-term expectations. [less ▲]

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See detailUne vision d’avenir pour l’Europe. Pertinence et modernité des préconisations contenues dans le rapport Werner d’octobre 1970
Danescu, Elena UL

Article for general public (2017)

Le 8 octobre 1970, Pierre Werner présentait à Luxembourg le plan de réalisation par étapes de l’Union économique et monétaire dans la Communauté - le rapport Werner . Presque cinquante ans après, cette ... [more ▼]

Le 8 octobre 1970, Pierre Werner présentait à Luxembourg le plan de réalisation par étapes de l’Union économique et monétaire dans la Communauté - le rapport Werner . Presque cinquante ans après, cette réflexion clairvoyante forgée en temps de crise et qui a dessiné l’UEM dans ses moindres détails, s’avère d’une étonnante modernité. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic SANS as a probe to disclose internal interfaces and the spin structure of nanoparticles
Michels, Andreas UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October 11)

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See detailLes acteurs économiques catalans sont inquiets
Högenauer, Anna-Lena UL

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See detailOn the Concept of a Filtered Bundle
Bruce, Andrew UL; Grabowska, Katarzyna; Grabowski, Janusz

in International Journal of Geometric Methods in Modern Physics (2017), 15

We present the notion of a filtered bundle as a generalization of a graded bundle. In particular, we weaken the necessity of the transformation laws for local coordinates to exactly respect the weight of ... [more ▼]

We present the notion of a filtered bundle as a generalization of a graded bundle. In particular, we weaken the necessity of the transformation laws for local coordinates to exactly respect the weight of the coordinates by allowing more general polynomial transformation laws. The key examples of such bundles include affine bundles and various jet bundles, both of which play fundamental roles in geometric mechanics and classical field theory. We also present the notion of double filtered bundles which provide natural generalizations of double vector bundles and double affine bundles. Furthermore, we show that the linearization of a filtered bundle — which can be seen as a partial polarization of the admissible changes of local coordinates — is well defined. [less ▲]

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See detailRare GABRA3 variants are associated with epileptic seizures, encephalopathy and dysmorphic features
Niturad, Elena Christina; Lev, Dorit; Kalscheuer, Vera M et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2017)

Genetic epilepsies are caused by mutations in a range of different genes, many of them encoding ion channels, receptors or transporters. While the number of detected variants and genes increased ... [more ▼]

Genetic epilepsies are caused by mutations in a range of different genes, many of them encoding ion channels, receptors or transporters. While the number of detected variants and genes increased dramatically in the recent years, pleiotropic effects have also been recognized, revealing that clinical syndromes with various degrees of severity arise from a single gene, a single mutation, or from different mutations showing similar functional defects. Accordingly, several genes coding for GABAA receptor subunits have been linked to a spectrum of benign to severe epileptic disorders and it was shown that a loss of function presents the major correlated pathomechanism. Here, we identified six variants in GABRA3 encoding the α3-subunit of the GABAA receptor. This gene is located on chromosome Xq28 and has not been previously associated with human disease. Five missense variants and one microduplication were detected in four families and two sporadic cases presenting with a range of epileptic seizure types, a varying degree of intellectual disability and developmental delay, sometimes with dysmorphic features or nystagmus. The variants co-segregated mostly but not completely with the phenotype in the families, indicating in some cases incomplete penetrance, involvement of other genes, or presence of phenocopies. Overall, males were more severely affected and there were three asymptomatic female mutation carriers compared to only one male without a clinical phenotype. X-chromosome inactivation studies could not explain the phenotypic variability in females. Three detected missense variants are localized in the extracellular GABA-binding NH2-terminus, one in the M2-M3 linker and one in the M4 transmembrane segment of the α3-subunit. Functional studies in Xenopus laevis oocytes revealed a variable but significant reduction of GABA-evoked anion currents for all mutants compared to wild-type receptors. The degree of current reduction correlated partially with the phenotype. The microduplication disrupted GABRA3 expression in fibroblasts of the affected patient. In summary, our results reveal that rare loss-of-function variants in GABRA3 increase the risk for a varying combination of epilepsy, intellectual disability/developmental delay and dysmorphic features, presenting in some pedigrees with an X-linked inheritance pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Implementation of the Cross-Border Mergers Directive in Luxembourg - A Critical Assessment
Corbisier, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October 07)

Many cross-border mergers do take place in Luxembourg. Most practical difficulties in implementing the new regime were solved in the first months/years following the transposal of the Cross-Border Mergers ... [more ▼]

Many cross-border mergers do take place in Luxembourg. Most practical difficulties in implementing the new regime were solved in the first months/years following the transposal of the Cross-Border Mergers directive. As a matter of fact most of the cross-border mergers taking place in Luxembourg are of a rather uncomplicated kind as they are often intra-group mergers, between companies with no or very few employees and furthermore in a vast majority of cases between a parent company and its 100% subsidiary. In the most recent practice however, the following questions/issues were raised : - the directive only addresses mergers. Other restructurings such as divisions, transfers of assets, of a branch of activity or of the universality of the company’s assets are not covered by the directive and this even though they can likewise take place across the borders and can be difficult to carry out in the absence of some harmonized regime; - a new company law reform was recently adopted in Luxembourg, introducing, a.o., a new article 1865bis in the Civil Code that allows “dissolution-confusion” in one-shareholder companies. The question can be raised whether this provision could be applied across the borders (f.e. could a French company being the sole shareholder of a Luxembourg company decide to dissolve it without having to consider the provisions of the Cross-Border Mergers Directive ?); - another provision of the recently adopted company law reform does re-balance things when considering the cross-border merger as a means for the company to change “nationality” (or law applicable thereto). In the past companies were eventually forced to use the detour of the CBM in order to avoid the requirement of unanimity imposed by law for the transfer of the seat. Since aforementioned reform unanimity is no longer required for the cross-border transfer of the seat. The usefulness of the Cross-Border Merger Directive is therefore not in the least questioned in Luxembourg but it is regrettable that this would appear part of a “work-in-progress” that however does not show concrete signs of being completed any time soon. [less ▲]

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See detailCreditor Protection in Private Companies - the Luxembourg Experience
Corbisier, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October 06)

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See detailHall measurements on low-mobility thin films
Werner, Florian UL

in Journal of Applied Physics (2017), 122

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See detailGrenzüberschreitende Berufsausbildung als Prozess grenzüberschreitenden Lernens
Funk, Ines; Nienaber, Birte UL; Dörrenbächer, H. Peter

Scientific Conference (2017, October 03)

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See detailEnumerating quasitrivial semigroups
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Couceiro, Miguel; Marichal, Jean-Luc UL

Presentation (2017, October 03)

We investigate the class of binary associative and quasitrivial operations on a given finite set. Here quasitriviality (also known as conserva-tiveness) means that the operation always outputs one of its ... [more ▼]

We investigate the class of binary associative and quasitrivial operations on a given finite set. Here quasitriviality (also known as conserva-tiveness) means that the operation always outputs one of its input values. We also examine the special situations where the operations are commutative and nondecreasing. In the latter case, these operations reduce to discrete uninorms, which are discrete fuzzy connectives that play an important role in fuzzy logic. As we will see nondecreasing, associative and quasitrivial operations are chara-cterized in terms of total and weak orderings through the so-called single-peakedness property introduced in social choice theory by Duncan Black. This will enable visual interpretaions of the above mentioned algebraic properties. Motivated by these results, we will also address a number of counting issues: we enumerate all binary associative and quasitrivial operations on a given finite set as well as of those operations that are commutative, are nondecreasing, have neutral and/or annihilator elements. As we will see, these considerations lead to several, previously unknown, integer sequences. [less ▲]

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See detailSecurity in the Shell : An Optical Physical Unclonable Function made of Shells of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals
Lenzini, Gabriele UL; Samir, Ouchani; Roenne, Peter UL et al

in Proc. of the 9th IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (2017, October 02)

We describe the application in security of shells of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals (ChLCs). Such shells have a diameter in the microns range and can be gathered in hundreds in a surface area as small as a ... [more ▼]

We describe the application in security of shells of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals (ChLCs). Such shells have a diameter in the microns range and can be gathered in hundreds in a surface area as small as a nail’s head. Because of their structural properties, a bundle of them reflects light, creating colorful patterns that we argue to be unique and computationally hard to predict. We argue also that the bundle itself is unclonable. These are typical properties of Physically Unclonable Functions, a family to which shells of ChLCs belong too. Herein we discuss their physical and security properties and their potential use in object authentication. [less ▲]

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See detailPrikaz knjige - Dermot Hodson: Governing the Euro Area in Good Times and Bad
Tkalec, Igor UL

in Mali Levijatan (2017), 4

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See detailTaxation at the Crossroads of Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the EU
Haslehner, Werner UL

in Haslehner, Werner; Kofler, Georg; Rust, Alexander (Eds.) EU Tax Law and Policy in the 21st Century (2017)

After nearly thirty years of dormancy with respect to direct taxation matters, the EU fundamental freedoms have been gradually accepted as a major determinant of the Member States’ freedom to impose to ... [more ▼]

After nearly thirty years of dormancy with respect to direct taxation matters, the EU fundamental freedoms have been gradually accepted as a major determinant of the Member States’ freedom to impose to taxes. Today, the power of the freedoms to limit the Member States’ competence in this area of law is accepted without question. At the same time, EU fundamental rights have, to date, played almost no role at all with respect to tax matters, let alone direct tax matters, although they were already recognized as constituent elements of primary EU law by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court or the CJEU) in the 1960s. This dichotomy is remarkable, not least because it is difficult to neatly disentangle fundamental freedoms from fundamental rights, as the former may well be seen as a subset of the latter. This contribution explores the doctrinal underpinnings of their existing similarities and differences as well as the interaction of both, in order to offer an explanation for the seemingly contradictory perception of both fundamental bases of primary EU law. In so doing, it will address the following questions: What is the relationship between fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms? To what extent do they limit or reinforce each other? Why has the CJEU not brought EU fundamental rights to bear in its jurisprudence on direct taxation thus far? Can or should the CJEU be more active in this respect? Thus, this contribution, first, briefly recounts the development of EU fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms and the doctrinal underpinnings of this development as a basis to analyse the scope of both components of primary law and their relationship to one another. Second, it analyses the similarities and relevant differences between fundamental rights and fundamental freedoms and suggests an answer to the question of the extent to which the fundamental freedoms can or should be considered to be fundamental rights. Finally, it assesses the application of fundamental rights in direct tax cases by looking at the clues the CJEU has left in the very little case law available with implications for this question. [less ▲]

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See detailEU Tax Law and Policy in the 21st Century
Haslehner, Werner UL; Kofler, Georg; Rust, Alexander

Book published by Kluwer Law International (2017)

Major changes in EU tax law demand an analysis of not just the current state of the field, but also forthcoming EU-level policy initiatives and their likely implications for taxpayers, regulators, and ... [more ▼]

Major changes in EU tax law demand an analysis of not just the current state of the field, but also forthcoming EU-level policy initiatives and their likely implications for taxpayers, regulators, and national legislatures alike. This book, the first in-depth commentary and analysis of such developments, offers exactly that. Twenty EU tax and policy experts examine the impact of EU Treaty provisions and recent ECJ case law on EU tax law, and provide well-informed assessments of current and anticipated EU tax policy initiatives and their potential impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailWi-Fi butterfly effect in indoor localization: The impact of imprecise ground truth and small-scale fading
Popleteev, Andrei UL

in 14th IEEE Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communications (WPNC-2017) (2017, October)

The increasing accuracy of indoor positioning systems makes their evaluation an increasingly challenging task. A number of factors are already known to affect performance of fingerprint-based systems ... [more ▼]

The increasing accuracy of indoor positioning systems makes their evaluation an increasingly challenging task. A number of factors are already known to affect performance of fingerprint-based systems: hardware diversity, device orientation, environment dynamics. This paper presents a new butterfly-like effect in localization experiments. The effect is caused by minor ground truth (GT) errors --- that is, small deviations between calibration and test positions. While such deviations are widely considered as purely additive and thus negligible, we demonstrate that even centimeter-scale GT errors are amplified by small-scale radio fading and lead to severe multi-meter Wi-Fi positioning errors. The results show that fingerprint-based localization accuracy quickly deteriorates as GT errors increase towards 0.4 wavelength (5 cm for 2.4 GHz). Beyond that threshold, system's accuracy saturates to about one-third of its original level achievable with precise GT. This effect challenges the impact of the already known accuracy-limiting factors (such as cross-user tests, receiver diversity, device orientation and temporal variations), as they can be partially explained by minor GT errors. Moreover, for smartphone-in-a-hand experiments, this effect directly associates the evaluation outcomes with experimenters' diligence. [less ▲]

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See detailPlease Stand By: TV-based indoor localization
Popleteev, Andrei UL

in 28th IEEE Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC-2017) (2017, October)

Despite the decades of efforts, indoor positioning remains an open research challenge. While existing solutions already demonstrate high accuracy, their in-building infrastructure --- such as Wi-Fi access ... [more ▼]

Despite the decades of efforts, indoor positioning remains an open research challenge. While existing solutions already demonstrate high accuracy, their in-building infrastructure --- such as Wi-Fi access points or Bluetooth beacons --- provides only a limited coverage. This paper investigates feasibility of accurate indoor positioning using broadcast digital TV signals, readily available in populated areas worldwide. We experiment with the classic received signal strength (RSS) fingerprinting, and introduce a novel approach based on channel state information (CSI), which leverages frequency-selective multipath fading of wideband TV signals. The proposed methods are experimentally evaluated on an extensive dataset of DVB-T signals, systematically collected in two large buildings over the course of 8 months. The results show that the proposed approach consistently outperforms RSS fingerprinting and achieves 92--98% localization accuracy. While this study is based on the European DVB-T signals, the proposed method is directly generalizable to other TV standards (such as ATSC, ISDB, DTMB and DMB) and wide-area TV white space (TVWS) networks. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Feeder Links Study towards Future Generation MEO VHTS Systems
Mengali, Alberto UL; Lyras, Nikos K.; Shankar, Bhavani UL et al

in Proceedings of the 35th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) (2017, October)

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See detailEstimating Urban Road Traffic States Using Mobile Network Signaling Data
Derrmann, Thierry UL; Frank, Raphaël UL; Viti, Francesco UL et al

in Derrmann, Thierry; Frank, Raphaël; Viti, Francesco (Eds.) et al Estimating Urban Road Traffic States Using Mobile Network Signaling Data (2017, October)

It is intuitive that there is a causal relationship between human mobility and signaling events in mobile phone networks. Among these events, not only the initiation of calls and data sessions can be used ... [more ▼]

It is intuitive that there is a causal relationship between human mobility and signaling events in mobile phone networks. Among these events, not only the initiation of calls and data sessions can be used in analyses, but also handovers between different locations that reflect mobility. In this work, we investigate if handovers can be used as a proxy metric for flows in the underlying road network, especially in urban environments. More precisely, we show that characteristic profiles of handovers within and between clusters of mobile network cells exist. We base these profiles on models from road traffic flow theory, and show that they can be used for traffic state estimation using floating-car data as ground truth. The presented model can be beneficial in areas with good mobile network coverage but low road traffic counting infrastructure, e.g. in developing countries, but also serve as an additional predictor for existing traffic state monitoring systems. [less ▲]

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