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See detailSolidarity [glossary]
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

E-print/Working paper (2017)

The principle of solidarity plays a key role in discussions of social, economic, and political issues. A polysemic notion, it may interrogate either individuals or public authorities. It often represents ... [more ▼]

The principle of solidarity plays a key role in discussions of social, economic, and political issues. A polysemic notion, it may interrogate either individuals or public authorities. It often represents the counterpart of competition in the analysis and assessment of social norms and public policies. [less ▲]

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See detailInterpretive Interactions among Legal Systems and Argumentation Schemes
Malerba, Alessandra UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

This thesis is about argumentation schemes that help to deal with interactions between national and foreign canons of interpretation in private international law cases. In fact, many legal orders, like ... [more ▼]

This thesis is about argumentation schemes that help to deal with interactions between national and foreign canons of interpretation in private international law cases. In fact, many legal orders, like Italy, require that, in conflict of laws disputes, courts apply the relevant foreign law using canons of interpretation and rules of application of the original foreign system. Our research hypothesis is that, in interpreting the foreign rule, domestic courts incur interpretive divergences of many kinds among the involved legal systems. Foreign law interpretation may result in linguistic and/or conceptual misalignments, in normative and/or interpretive gaps, and in specific incompatibilities between inner and foreign canons of interpretation. By focusing on interpretive conflicts within one legal system, legal theorists and AI and Law scholars have not yet paid sufficient attention to the issue, even if pluralist logics and argumentation have been generally applied to legal pluralism and conflict of laws. The present study fills this gap in the literature: it explores the feasibility of a theory for arguing and interpreting in private international law contexts, providing an argument-based conceptual framework that encompasses plausible interpretive interactions. To this end, and after addressing the epistemic concerns foreign law raises for domestic judges, the thesis gives a definition of cross-border interpretive incompatibilities and proposes argumentation schemes to reason with interpretive canons coming from different legal systems. An illustrative list of critical questions is used to evaluate the correctness of such interpretive reasoning. Lastly, the thesis presents the first formal developments of the study, based on the concept of meta-argumentation. It is possible to detect two main contributions to knowledge. First, this work identifies the components of foreign law interpretation, an interpretation activity with significant practical implications for legal systems today. In so doing, it also indirectly contributes to better understand interpretation at large. Secondly, its argument-based analysis paves the way for further formal applications in the domain of AI and Law. [less ▲]

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See detailThe politics of knowledge that govern the European Union lifelong learning policy space – A Foucauldian reading
Rizzo, Stephen UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

This contemporary historical research calls into question the mentalities that construct the EU lifelong learning policy space in specific ways. By drawing on the Foucauldian concepts of governmentality ... [more ▼]

This contemporary historical research calls into question the mentalities that construct the EU lifelong learning policy space in specific ways. By drawing on the Foucauldian concepts of governmentality and genealogy, this thesis analyses selected main EU lifelong learning policy literature by focusing on how this space has been articulated in governable forms. In line with a Foucauldian interpretation of power, the EU as a subject is decentred and considered as an epistemological form of assumption so that power and knowledge are analysed according to how they operate in this space. The governmentalist approach explores the technologies of the self and the technologies of government that construct and govern the conduct of conduct of the subject through the recurrent narratives in this space. In combination with this approach, the genealogical analysis of the episteme lifelong learning traces the different terminological interpretations which have been systematically reconfigured throughout the years to attain new connotations. These different connotations are problematised not only because the distinctiveness of the definition influenced the trajectory lifelong learning took throughout the years, but also because lifelong learning can, at one and the same time, control or liberate people. The distinctive contribution to academic literature that this thesis achieves is that it problematises the unquestionable truths that construct the EU lifelong learning policy space from a non-normative point of view. The overriding idea is for the actors in this space to make visible the taken-for granted principles and to create the possibility to challenge prevailing power relations and challenge what is uncritically taken as natural. [less ▲]

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See detailTime and frequency domain analysis of piezoelectric energy harvesters by monolithic finite element modeling
Ravi, Srivathsan UL; Zilian, Andreas UL

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017)

The successful design of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices relies upon the identification of optimal geometrical and material configurations to maximize the power output for a specific band of ... [more ▼]

The successful design of piezoelectric energy harvesting devices relies upon the identification of optimal geometrical and material configurations to maximize the power output for a specific band of excitation frequencies. Extendable predictive models and associated approximate solution methods are essential for analysis of a wide variety of future advanced energy harvesting devices involving more complex geometries and material distributions. Based on a holistic continuum mechanics modeling approach to the multi-physics energy harvesting problem, this article proposes a monolithic numerical solution scheme using a mixed-hybrid 3-dimensional finite element formulation of the coupled governing equations for analysis in time and frequency domain. The weak form of the electromechanical/circuit system uses velocities and potential rate within the piezoelectric structure, free boundary charge on the electrodes, and potential at the level of the generic electric circuit as global degrees of freedom. The approximation of stress and dielectric displacement follows the work by Pian, Sze, and Pan. Results obtained with the proposed model are compared with analytical results for the reduced-order model of a cantilevered bimorph harvester with tip mass reported in the literature. The flexibility of the method is demonstrated by studying the influence of partial electrode coverage on the generated power output. [less ▲]

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See detailStudent-driven Inquiry-based Science Education in Luxembourg Primary School Contexts
Dombkowski-Wilmes, Sara Elizabeth UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

This study examined the use of a student-driven inquiry-based science education instructional approach designed specifically to meet the contextualized needs of Luxembourg primary schools. The key issues ... [more ▼]

This study examined the use of a student-driven inquiry-based science education instructional approach designed specifically to meet the contextualized needs of Luxembourg primary schools. The key issues, namely an increasing linguistically diverse student population and limited instructional time for science, were considered in the design of the instructional approach. Drawing on theories of dialogic inquiry, the instructional approach engages students in asking questions and designing investigations to build their science understanding. This interpretive qualitative study utilized a multi-perspective approach to analyse how teachers used the instructional approach in their classrooms and explored two overarching research questions, first, what instructional opportunities does Science Workshop, an inquiry-based student-driven science instructional approach, afford when used in Luxembourg primary classrooms? And second, what does analysis of interactions in these contexts reveal about inquiry-based science instruction in multilingual classrooms? Qualitative methodologies, specifically case studies of classroom implementation, were used to examine the use of the program teachers’ adaptations of the program in their classrooms. Bakhtinian notions of heteroglossia and dialogic pedagogies were used as lenses to examine the instructional opportunities afforded. Interaction analysis was used to examine instruction in a focal classroom when the inquiry-based approach was used. Analyses rooted in sociocultural theoretical frameworks of science and language learning revealed three key contributions toward the use of IBSE in Luxembourg primary schools. First, the key characteristics of teacher professional learning opportunities that supported teachers’ use of the program in Luxembourg, which included workshops, material support, and opportunities to share implementation cases were identified. Second, the ways in which ritualized instructional components afford students spaces to engage on micro-scales in building synchronous interactions during science investigations were revealed. Third, that the science notebooks can position students to engage in dialogic discussions surrounding science investigations was shown through detailed analysis. Taken together, these interrelated points contribute to an understanding of the use of student-driven instructional approaches in multilingual science classrooms in general, while revealing implications for the use of inquiry-based science instructional approaches in Luxembourg primary schools specifically. [less ▲]

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See detailThe European Commission’s "Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation"
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

E-print/Working paper (2017)

The new EC reflection paper on globalisation sets new accents, but contains no major departure from current policy orientations. It takes a clear stand for free trade, while attacking "unfair competition ... [more ▼]

The new EC reflection paper on globalisation sets new accents, but contains no major departure from current policy orientations. It takes a clear stand for free trade, while attacking "unfair competition" and arguing for a "balanced, rules-based and progressive trade and investment agenda". Despite its insistence on a managed globalisation and a fair redistribution of its benefits, its proposals are unlikely to allay domestic anxieties and external criticism. [less ▲]

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See detailFërderung bei Lies- a Rechtschreifschwieregkeeten: Beispiller aus der Praxis
Ugen, Sonja UL; Keipes, Brigitte

Presentation (2017, May 24)

Wéi weisen sech Lies- a Rechtschreifschwieregkeeten am Schoulalldag a wéi kann e domadder ëmgoen? Mir weisen iech Beispiller aus der Praxis vu Schrëftproduktiounen a vun Observatioune vu Kanner am Ëmgang ... [more ▼]

Wéi weisen sech Lies- a Rechtschreifschwieregkeeten am Schoulalldag a wéi kann e domadder ëmgoen? Mir weisen iech Beispiller aus der Praxis vu Schrëftproduktiounen a vun Observatioune vu Kanner am Ëmgang mat der Alphabetiséierungssprooch. Unhand vun dëse Praxisbeispiller illustréiere mir wéi eng Hürden d’Kanner mat Lies- a Rechtschreifschwieregkeeten ze meeschteren hunn. Mir proposéieren iech eng detailléiert Analys vun dëse Schrëftproduktiounen a Reaktioune vun de Schüler baséiert op wëssenschaftlech Erkenntnisser aus der der Orthophonie an der Psycholinguistik. Mir thematiséieren och phonologesch Bewosstheet als Basiskompetenz déi sech mam Erléiere vun der Schrëftsprooch weiderentwéckelt. Mir weise Pisten op wéi een d’Kanner kann ënnerstëtzen a fërdere bei der Weiderentwécklung vun hire Lies-a Schreifkompetenzen. [less ▲]

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See detailL'identité et le défi d'ouverture
Weber, Jean-Marie UL

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailInvestigating Multiphase flow Behavior in Trickle Bed Reactors using eXtended Discrete Element Method (XDEM)
Baniasadi, Maryam UL; Peters, Bernhard UL

Scientific Conference (2017, May 08)

The existence of multiphase flows through packed bed of solid particles in broad spectrum of engineering disciplines such as chemical industries, petroleum engineering, wastewater treatment is undeniable ... [more ▼]

The existence of multiphase flows through packed bed of solid particles in broad spectrum of engineering disciplines such as chemical industries, petroleum engineering, wastewater treatment is undeniable. One frequently used reactor of this type is a trickle bed reactor that usually contains particulate phase of which the interstitial space is filled with gas and liquid phases. Based on the direction of the fluid flow they can be classified as cocurrent downflow trickle bed reactors, counter-current trickle bed reactors and cocurrent upflow packed bubble reactors. In these kind of problems numerical simulations can help to gain a better process understanding. In the current distribution, a numerical method so called Extended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) was applied to model multiphase flow through packed bed of solid particles which has the ability to be coupled to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) through interphase momentum transfer. In this coupled solver the fluid phases are treated by CFD while the position and orientation of the particles in each CFD cell and the porosity distribution through packed bed are provided by XDEM. In order to validate the code, two important hydrodynamic parameters such as pressure drop and liquid hold up were investigated and satisfactory agreement between predicted and experimental data was achieved. The model results demonstrate enormous effect of solid particles on the deviation of fluid phases while passing through packed bed by investigating parameters such as velocity and drag force. [less ▲]

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See detailThe economic programme of Emmanuel Macron
Chiocchetti, Paolo UL

E-print/Working paper (2017)

The outsider Emmanuel Macron is the winner of the first round of the French presidential election. His economic programme is betting on a strategy of fiscal consolidation, tax cuts, targeted investments ... [more ▼]

The outsider Emmanuel Macron is the winner of the first round of the French presidential election. His economic programme is betting on a strategy of fiscal consolidation, tax cuts, targeted investments, and further Europeanisation. Success crucially hinges on the outcome of the June legislative elections and on a favourable evolution of the global economic environment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Subjectivity Behind the Numbers
Voynova, Ruzhena UL

Scientific Conference (2017, May)

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See detailPsychoanalytic Approach. Methods and Ethics
Weber, Jean-Marie UL; Voynova, Ruzhena UL

Scientific Conference (2017, May)

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See detailLMI-Based Discrete-Time Nonlinear State Observer for an Anaerobic Digestion Model
Chaib Draa, Khadidja UL; Voos, Holger UL; Alma, Marouane et al

in IEEE International Conference on Systems and Control, Batna 7-9 May 2017 (2017, May)

This paper deals with the design of a discrete time nonlinear observer for an anaerobic digestion process. The designed observer is devoted to a general class of systems, precisely linear systems, LPV ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the design of a discrete time nonlinear observer for an anaerobic digestion process. The designed observer is devoted to a general class of systems, precisely linear systems, LPV systems with known and bounded parameters, and nonlinear Lipschitz systems. In order to ensure stability of the estimation error, a new LMI condition is proposed. In this LMI, additional decision variables are included to enhance its feasibility. Indeed, this was possible due to the use of a suitable reformulation of the Young’s inequality. Numerical simulations using the investigated two-step anaerobic digestion model show the effectiveness of the proposed LMI methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailGlutathione Primes T Cell Metabolism for Inflammation
Mak, Tak W.; Grusdat, Melanie; Duncan, Gordon S. et al

in Immunity (2017), 46(4), 675-689

Activated T cells produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which trigger the antioxidative glutathione (GSH) response necessary to buffer rising ROS and prevent cellular damage. We report that GSH is ... [more ▼]

Activated T cells produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), which trigger the antioxidative glutathione (GSH) response necessary to buffer rising ROS and prevent cellular damage. We report that GSH is essential for T cell effector functions through its regulation of metabolic activity. Conditional gene targeting of the catalytic subunit of glutamate cysteine ligase (Gclc) blocked GSH production specifically in murine T cells. Gclc-deficient T cells initially underwent normal activation but could not meet their increased energy and biosynthetic requirements. GSH deficiency compromised the activation of mammalian target of rapamycin-1 (mTOR) and expression of NFAT and Myc transcription factors, abrogating the energy utilization and Myc-dependent metabolic reprogramming that allows activated T cells to switch to glycolysis and glutaminolysis. In vivo, T-cell-specific ablation of murine Gclc prevented autoimmune disease but blocked antiviral defense. The antioxidative GSH pathway thus plays an unexpected role in metabolic integration and reprogramming during inflammatory T cell responses. [less ▲]

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