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See detailTowards a Plug-and-Play and Holistic Data Mining Framework for Understanding and Facilitating Operations in Smart Buildings
Li, Daoyuan UL; Bissyande, Tegawendé François D Assise UL; Klein, Jacques UL et al

Report (2017)

Nowadays, a significant portion of the total energy consumption is attributed to the buildings sector. In order to save energy and protect the environment, energy consumption in buildings must be more ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, a significant portion of the total energy consumption is attributed to the buildings sector. In order to save energy and protect the environment, energy consumption in buildings must be more efficient. At the same time, buildings should offer the same (if not more) comfort to their occupants. Consequently, modern buildings have been equipped with various sensors and actuators and interconnected control systems to meet occupants’ requirements. Unfortunately, so far, Building Automation Systems data have not been well-exploited due to technical and cost limitations. Yet, it can be exceptionally beneficial to take full advantage of the data flowing inside buildings in order to diagnose issues, explore solutions and improve occupant-building interactions. This paper presents a plug-and-play and holistic data mining framework named PHoliData for smart buildings to collect, store, visualize and mine useful information and domain knowledge from data in smart buildings. PHoliData allows non technical experts to easily explore and understand their buildings with minimum IT support. An architecture of this framework has been introduced and a prototype has been implemented and tested against real-world settings. Discussions with industry experts have suggested the system to be extremely helpful for understanding buildings, since it can provide hints about energy efficiency improvements. Finally, extensive experiments have demonstrated the feasibility of such a framework in practice and its advantage and potential for buildings operators. [less ▲]

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See detailManaging the City-Region Like a Startup: Entrepreneurialism and Shifting Local Economic Governance in Developing Countries
Fegue, Jean Cyril UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

The emerging experience of cities in the Global South regarding the complexity of their response to territorial competition's pressures requires the rethinking of the very concept of urban competitiveness ... [more ▼]

The emerging experience of cities in the Global South regarding the complexity of their response to territorial competition's pressures requires the rethinking of the very concept of urban competitiveness. This study proposes the distributionally-sensitive modeling of urban competitiveness (DS-MUC) in a perspective that is driven by the norm of Equity. The DS-MUC is posited as a critical theory to neoliberalism and as a contribution to the social sustainability and to the normative investigation of post-capitalist urban transformations in the Global South.The application of the DS-MUC in the investigation of Da Nang in Vietnam and Cebu City in the Philippines reveals that an interactive, relational and network-based entrepreneurial governance's capacity has a much greater proclivity to deliver Equity and therefore to achieve a 'high-quality competitiveness' than a city's organizing capacity embedded in illiberal, state-paternalistic and public-sector monopolistic arrangements. [less ▲]

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See detailA physician who has crossed many frontiers and has changed direction a number of times 
Ozkan, Judith; Neyses, Ludwig UL

in European Heart Journal (2017), 38(37), 27992800

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See detailRisky rents
Guigou, Jean-Daniel UL; Lovat, Bruno; Treich, Nicolas

in Economic Theory Bulletin (2017), 5(2), 151-164

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See detailGradient Estimates on Dirichlet Eigenfunctions
Arnaudon, Marc; Thalmaier, Anton UL; Wang, Feng-Yu

E-print/Working paper (2017)

By methods of stochastic analysis on Riemannian manifolds, we derive explicit two-sided gradient estimates for Dirichlet eigenfunctions on a d-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold D with boundary.

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See detailImaginationen der Macht: Über ästhetischen Autoritarismus
Kohns, Oliver UL

Scientific Conference (2017, October)

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See detailDesign of an Electromechanical Prosthetic Finger using Shape Memory Alloy Wires
van der Elst, Louis UL; Quintanar Guzman, Serket UL; Hadji-Minaglou, Jean-Régis UL

in IEEE 5th International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors, Ottawa, Canada, 5-7 October 2017 (2017, October)

This research concerns the design and prototyping of an artificial middle finger, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), PolyLactic Acid (PLA), and other technologies. The design is a biomimicry of the human ... [more ▼]

This research concerns the design and prototyping of an artificial middle finger, using Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), PolyLactic Acid (PLA), and other technologies. The design is a biomimicry of the human biological anatomical and muscular systems. After briefly describing the operational features and functioning of natural striated muscles, the document reviews the features, advantages and disadvantages of SMAs in the perspective of their use as an actuator of a prosthetic finger.Using different design parameters, such as the lightness of the device, actuation complexity, and resilience, a working prototype is proposed meeting the established criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailIn-phase and anti-phase flagellar synchronization by waveform compliance and basal coupling
Klindt, Gary; Ruloff, Christian; Wagner, Christian UL et al

in New Journal of Physics (2017)

Cilia and flagella exhibit regular bending waves that perform mechanical work on the surrounding fluid, to propel cellular swimmers and pump fluids inside organisms. Here, we quantify a force-velocity ... [more ▼]

Cilia and flagella exhibit regular bending waves that perform mechanical work on the surrounding fluid, to propel cellular swimmers and pump fluids inside organisms. Here, we quantify a force-velocity relationship of the beating flagellum, by exposing flagellated Chlamydomonas cells to controlled microfluidic flows. A simple theory of flagellar limit-cycle oscillations, calibrated by measurements in the absence of flow, reproduces this relationship quantitatively. We derive a link between the energy efficiency of the flagellar beat and its ability to synchronize to oscillatory flows. [less ▲]

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See detailResolving Multiphase Flow through Packed Bed of Solid Particles Using eXtended Discrete Element Method with Porosity Calculation
Baniasadi, Maryam UL; Peters, Bernhard UL

in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (2017)

Multiphase flow reactors such as trickle bed reactors are frequently used reactors in many industries. Understanding the fluid dynamics of these kinds of reactors is necessary to design and optimize them ... [more ▼]

Multiphase flow reactors such as trickle bed reactors are frequently used reactors in many industries. Understanding the fluid dynamics of these kinds of reactors is necessary to design and optimize them. The pressure drop and liquid saturation are the most important hydrodynamic parameters in these reactors, which depend highly on the porosity distribution inside the bed. The eXtended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) was applied as a numerical approach to model multiphase flow through packed beds of solid particles. This method has the ability to be coupled with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) through interphase momentum transfer which makes it suitable for many Eulerian− Lagrangian systems. The XDEM also calculates the porosity distribution along the bed, which not only eliminates the empirical correlations but also makes it possible to investigate the maldistribution of liquid saturation inside the bed. The results for the hydrodynamics parameters were compared with experimental data, and satisfactory agreement was achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailImmigration und Integration
Nienaber, Birte UL; Willems, Helmut UL

Speeches/Talks (2017)

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See detailForm und Funktion des Diminutivs im luxemburgisch-moselfränkischen Übergangsgebiet
Edelhoff, Maike UL

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Diminutive formation is a common word formation process of the Luxembourgish (Lux.) lan-guage and the neighbouring Moselle-Franconian (MsFrc) dialects. The aim of this thesis is to collect and to analyse ... [more ▼]

Diminutive formation is a common word formation process of the Luxembourgish (Lux.) lan-guage and the neighbouring Moselle-Franconian (MsFrc) dialects. The aim of this thesis is to collect and to analyse the characteristics of this process, integrate them into common morpho-logical theories and to establish their geolinguistic properties. On a functional level, the diminutives show the same characteristics in both varieties although the loss of the evaluative meaning is further developed in Lux. than in MsFrc. How-ever, the most apparent differences can be seen on the level of the fomal execution of the di-minutive rule: While the diminutives in MsFrc share many similarities, such as grammatical gender, the singular suffix and to an extent also the plural marking with Standard German, the Lux. language differs greatly from the others. In Lux. the singular formation is quite similar to the one in the other varieties, however, the plural suffix is triggered by the syllabic and prosodic properties of the base noun. Additionally, the grammatical gender of the diminutive is in con-cordance with the gender of the base noun and hence, not influenced by the suffix. The reasons for these peculiar attributes are to be found both in the historical development of the language and its current structural form as well as in its sociolinguistic context. The consequences of the differing structural properties are clearly displayed on a geo-linguistic level. Although the varieties are historically closely related the differing formal ex-pressions of the diminutive meaning lead to the emergence of groups of isoglosses coinciding with the state border. In brief, the history and the present situation of the diminutive serve as evidence that the dialect continuum that once crossed the state border has been falling apart and that it has been replaced by a solid linguistic border that separates the closely related varieties from each other. [less ▲]

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See detailFabrication of Si tunnel diodes for c-Si based tandem solar cells using proximity rapid thermal diffusion
Fave, Alain; Lelièvre, Jean-François; Gallet, Thibaut Quentin UL et al

in Energy Procedia (2017), 124

Increasing competitiveness of photovoltaic (PV) devices is currently an important objective in technological research, especially with the development of tandem solar cells based on c-Si as the bottom ... [more ▼]

Increasing competitiveness of photovoltaic (PV) devices is currently an important objective in technological research, especially with the development of tandem solar cells based on c-Si as the bottom cell. For a monolithical structure, a tunnel diode in between the top and bottom cells is necessary. In this work we report on the development of the fabrication of Si tunnel junction using a combination of spin-on doping and proximity rapid thermal diffusion. A desirable attribute of this process is simplicity. Two different structures p++/n++ or n++/p++ were fabricated on (100) Si substrates. Carrier density profiles were measured by ECV to characterize the shallow doping profiles. Vertical tunnel diodes were fabricated and I(V) characteristics are presented. It is shown that device peak current densities up to 270 A/cm² are achieved using this technique, which is the best value reported with such simple technique. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Synchronization Method for Three - phase Grid - tied LC-Filtered Voltage Source Inverters
Kobou Ngani, Patrick UL; Hadji-Minaglou, Jean-Régis UL; De Jaeger, Emmanuel et al

in International Journal of Emerging Engineering Research and Technology (2017), 5(5), 7-15

In order to identify and to track the phase angle and magnitude of the grid voltage, several synchronization methods exist, among which the phase-locked loop (PLL) algorithm is the most popular. This ... [more ▼]

In order to identify and to track the phase angle and magnitude of the grid voltage, several synchronization methods exist, among which the phase-locked loop (PLL) algorithm is the most popular. This paper presents a new synchronization method for grid-tied voltage source inverters (VSIs) based on the intrinsic inverter synchronous reference frame. The absolute phase angle of the grid voltage is not required but its voltage direct and quadrature components into the well-known inverter frame. The advantages of this method is its low computational load with a reduced number of control parameters, as well as its robustness and effectiveness. This property makes it very convenient for embedded control systems with limited computing resources. Simulations and experimental test results are presented to prove the performance of the proposed method. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary investigation on the capability of eXtended Discrete Element method for treating the dripping zone of a blast furnace
Baniasadi, Maryam UL; Peters, Bernhard UL

in ISIJ International, accepted manuscript (2017), 58(1),

The role of molten iron and slag in the dripping zone of a blast furnace is very critical to reach a stable operational condition. The existence of several fluid phases and solid particles in the dripping ... [more ▼]

The role of molten iron and slag in the dripping zone of a blast furnace is very critical to reach a stable operational condition. The existence of several fluid phases and solid particles in the dripping zone of a blast furnace, makes the newly developed eXteneded Discrete Element Method (XDEM) as an Eulerian-Lagrangian approach, suitable to resolve the dripping zone of a blast furnace. In the proposed model, the fluid phases are treated by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) while the solid particles are solved by Discrete Element Method (DEM). These two methods are coupled via momentum, heat and mass exchanges. The main focus of current study is to investigate the influence of packed properties such as porosity and particle diameters, calculated by the XDEM, on the fluid phases for isothermal. In order to present the capability of the XDEM for this application. The validity of the proposed model is demonstrated by comparing model prediction results with the available experimental data. [less ▲]

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See detail3D tomography of cells in micro-channels
Wagner, Christian UL; Quint, Serket; Guckenberger, A. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2017)

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See detailManières d'être et de faire simple. Eléments pour une approche sémiotique de la simplicité-
Colas-Blaise, Marion UL

in Jollin-Bertocchi, Sophie, Kurts-Wöste, Lia, Paillet, Anne-Marie, Stolz, Claire (Ed.) La simplicité. Manifestations et enjeux culturels du simple en art. (2017)

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See detailGrundkurs gutes Webdesign: Alles, was Sie über Gestaltung im Web wissen müssen
Rohles, Björn UL

Book published by Rheinwerk Verlag - 2 (2017)

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See detailOperational space control of a lightweight robotic arm actuated by shape memory alloy wires: A comparative study
Quintanar Guzman, Serket UL; Kannan, Somasundar UL; Aguilera Gonzalez, Adriana UL et al

in Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures (2017)

This article presents the design and control of a two-link lightweight robotic arm using shape memory alloy wires as actuators. Both a single-wire actuated system and an antagonistic configuration system ... [more ▼]

This article presents the design and control of a two-link lightweight robotic arm using shape memory alloy wires as actuators. Both a single-wire actuated system and an antagonistic configuration system are tested in open and closed loops. The mathematical model of the shape memory alloy wire, as well as the kinematics and dynamics of the robotic arm, are presented. The operational space control of the robotic arm is performed using a joint space control in the inner loop and closed-loop inverse kinematics in the outer loop. In order to choose the best joint space control approach, a comparative study of four different control approaches (proportional derivative, sliding mode, adaptive, and adaptive sliding mode control) is carried out for the proposed model. From this comparative analysis, the adaptive controller was chosen to perform operational space control. This control helps us to perform accurate positioning of the end-effector of shape memory alloy wire–based robotic arm. The complete operational space control was successfully tested through simulation studies performing position reference tracking in the end-effector space. Through simulation studies, the proposed control solution is successfully verified to control the hysteretic robotic arm. [less ▲]

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