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See detailSuicide Prevention: Using the Number of Health Complaints as an Indirect Alternative for Screening Suicidal Adolescents
Heinz, Andreas UL; Catunda, Carolina UL; van Duin, Claire UL et al

in Journal of Affective Disorders (2020), 260

Background: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents. Screening for persons at risk usually includes asking about suicidal ideation, which is considered inappropriate in some societies ... [more ▼]

Background: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents. Screening for persons at risk usually includes asking about suicidal ideation, which is considered inappropriate in some societies and situations. To avoid directly addressing suicide, this paper investigates whether the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Symptom Checklist (HBSC-SCL), a validated non-clinical measure of eight subjective health complaints (e.g. headache, feeling low), could be used as a tool for screening suicidal ideation and behavior in adolescents. Methods: 5262 secondary school students aged 12-18 answered the Luxembourgish HBSC 2014 survey, including the HBSC-SCL items and suicidal ideation and behavior questions. Results: Each HBSC-SCL item correlates with suicidal ideation and behavior. A sum score was calculated ranging from zero to eight health complaints to predict respondents who considered suicide (area under the ROC curve = .770). The ideal cut-off for screening students who consider suicide is three or more health complaints: sensitivity is 66.3%, specificity is 75.9% and positive predictive value is 32.9%. Limitations: One limitation is HBSC-SCL's low positive predictive value. This is a general problem of screening rare events: the lower the prevalence, the lower the positive predictive value. Sensitivity and specificity could be improved by taking age-, gender- and country-specific cut-off values, but such refinements would make the score calculation more complicated. Conclusions: The HBSC-SCL is short, easy to use, with satisfactory screening properties. The checklist can be used when suicide cannot be addressed directly, and also in a more general context, e.g. by school nurses when screening adolescents. [less ▲]

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See detailThe joint role of impulsivity and distorted cognitions in recreational and problem gambling: A cluster analytic approach.
Devos, Mr Gaetan; Clark, Luke; Bowden-Jones, Henrietta et al

in Journal of affective disorders (2020), 260

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Pathways Model (Blaszczynski & Nower, 2002) posits that problem gambling is a heterogeneous disorder with distinct subgroups (behaviorally conditioned gamblers, emotionally ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Pathways Model (Blaszczynski & Nower, 2002) posits that problem gambling is a heterogeneous disorder with distinct subgroups (behaviorally conditioned gamblers, emotionally vulnerable gamblers, and antisocial-impulsivist gamblers). Impulsivity traits and gambling-related cognitions are recognized as two key psychological factors in the onset and maintenance of problem gambling. To date, these constructs have been explored separately, and their joint role in determining problem gambling subtypes has received little attention. The goal of our study was to identify subgroups of gamblers based on impulsivity traits and gambling-related cognitions, and to determine whether this approach is consistent with the Pathways model. METHODS: Gamblers from the community (N=709) and treatment-seeking pathological gamblers (N=122) completed questionnaires measuring gambling habits, disordered gambling symptoms, gambling-related cognitions, and impulsivity traits. RESULTS: Cluster analyses revealed that three clusters globally aligned with the pathways proposed by Blaszczynski & Nower (2002). Two other clusters emerged: (1) impulsive gamblers without cognitive-related cognitions; and (2) gamblers without impulsivity or gambling-related cognitions. Gamblers with both heightened impulsive traits and gambling-related cognitions had more severe problem gambling symptoms. CONCLUSION: We successfully identified, based on an a priori theoretical framework, different subtypes of gamblers that varied in terms of problem gambling symptoms and clinical status. The diversity of the cluster profiles supports the development of personalized prevention strategies and psychological interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailChapter 16 - Cognitive factors associated with gaming disorder
Billieux, Joël UL; Potenza, Marc N.; Maurage, Pierre et al

in Verdejo-Garcia, Antonio (Ed.) Cognition and Addiction (2020)

There is substantial clinical and public health evidence that video gaming, particularly online gaming, can become excessive and lead to psychological distress and functional impairment. This has led to ... [more ▼]

There is substantial clinical and public health evidence that video gaming, particularly online gaming, can become excessive and lead to psychological distress and functional impairment. This has led to the inclusion of gaming disorder as an official mental condition in the International Classification of Diseases, 11th Edition (ICD-11; World Health Organization, 2019). Psychological models recognize the importance of cognitive factors to explain the initiation, development, and maintenance of problematic gaming behaviors. This chapter will summarize some of the known cognitive factors associated with problem gaming and gaming disorder. These cognitions will be divided into two broad categories: (1) cognitive deficits (e.g., impaired executive functioning, hazardous decision-making, or deliberative processes) and (2) cognitive biases (e.g., attentional biases, cognitive distortions, dysfunctional cognitions). This chapter will review and synthesize available research findings and highlight their clinical implications for gaming disorder. The limitations of the research base are considered and some potential avenues for future research are proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and analytical analysis of the load-bearing capacity Pu of improved dry-stacked masonry
Chewe Ngapeya, Gelen Gael UL; Waldmann, Danièle UL

in Journal of Building Engineering (2020), 27

Dry-Stacked Masonry (DSM) as structural load-bearing element is still unexploited because of many factors including the early face-shell cracking, the impacts of the block imperfections on the wall load ... [more ▼]

Dry-Stacked Masonry (DSM) as structural load-bearing element is still unexploited because of many factors including the early face-shell cracking, the impacts of the block imperfections on the wall load-bearing capacity (Pu) and the lack of design code safely predicting Pu. Through experimental tests, this paper investigates a strategy for improving Pu of DSM by placing an additional horizontal contact layer on the top face of raw DSM blocks. The effect of four mixtures used to improve the raw DSM blocks has been investigated. Further, a mathematical model predicting Pu is proposed which takes into account the effects of the block imperfections. In the course of the investigation, 20 DSM wallets and 25 DSM prisms built with raw and improved DSM blocks were tested to failure under axial compression. In the former, the face-shell cracking load (Pcrack) and the load-bearing capacity (Pu) were recorded, while in the latter, the actual contact area was recorded in hundred full bed-joints using Prescale Fujifilm strips. The results showed that a contact layer of well-defined properties increased the actual contact area from 23% to 55% and improved Pu by 31,9%. The mathematical model for the raw DSM blocks predicts Pu with a mean accuracy of 93% and a standard deviation of 12% where the standards EN 1996-1-1 for mortared masonry exhibited a mean accuracy of 137% and a standard deviation of about 29%. Concerning the improved DSM blocks, the proposed model predicts Pu with a mean accuracy of 106% and a standard deviation of 10%, whereas the standards EN 1996-1-1 presents a mean accuracy of 124% and a standard deviation of 9%. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of Human Mobility on Edge Data Center Deployment in Urban Environments
Vitello, Piergiorgio UL; Capponi, Andrea UL; Fiandrino, Claudio UL et al

in IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Waikoloa, HI, USA, 2019 (2019, December)

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) brings storage and computational capabilities at the edge of the network into so-called Edge Data Centers (EDCs) to better low-latency applications. To this end ... [more ▼]

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) brings storage and computational capabilities at the edge of the network into so-called Edge Data Centers (EDCs) to better low-latency applications. To this end, effective placement of EDCs in urban environments is key for proper load balance and to minimize outages. In this paper, we specifically tackle this problem. To fully understand how the computational demand of EDCs varies, it is fundamental to analyze the complex dynamics of cities. Our work takes into account the mobility of citizens and their spatial patterns to estimate the optimal placement of MEC EDCs in urban environments in order to minimize outages. To this end, we propose and compare two heuristics. In particular, we present the mobility-aware deployment algorithm (MDA) that outperforms approaches that do not consider citizens mobility. Simulations are conducted in Luxembourg City by extending the CrowdSenSim simulator and show that efficient EDCs placement significantly reduces outages. [less ▲]

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See detailDistance-based vertex identification in graphs: The outer multiset dimension
Gil-Pons, Reynaldo; Ramirez Cruz, Yunior UL; Trujillo-Rasua, Rolando et al

in Applied Mathematics and Computation (2019), 363

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See detailPOSTER: Traffic Splitting to Counter Website Fingerprinting
de La Cadena Ramos, Augusto Wladimir UL; Mitseva, Asya UL; Pennekamp, Jan et al

Poster (2019, November 11)

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See detailSimilarities and differences of value-added scores from models with different covariates: A cluster analysis
Levy, Jessica UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

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See detailDimensional and Social Comparison Effects on Domain-Specific Academic Self-Concepts and Interests with First- and Third-Grade Students
van der Westhuizen, Lindie UL; Arens, Katrin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

Academic self-concepts (ASCs) are self-perceptions of one’s own academic abilities. The internal/external frame of reference (I/E) model (Marsh, 1986) explains the formation of domain-specific ASCs ... [more ▼]

Academic self-concepts (ASCs) are self-perceptions of one’s own academic abilities. The internal/external frame of reference (I/E) model (Marsh, 1986) explains the formation of domain-specific ASCs through a combination of social (i.e. comparing one’s achievement in one domain with the achievement of others in the same domain) and dimensional (i.e. comparing one’s achievement in one domain with one’s achievement in another domain) comparisons. This results into positive achievement-self-concept relations within the math and verbal domains, but into negative achievement-self-concept relations across these domains. The generalized internal/external frame of reference (GI/E) model (Möller, Müller-Kalthoff, Helm, Nagy, & Marsh, 2015) extends the I/E model to the formation of other domain-specific academic self-beliefs such as interest. Research on the validity of the (G)I/E model for elementary school children is limited, especially for first-graders. This study examined the associations between verbal and math achievement and corresponding domain-specific self-concepts and interests for first-graders and third-graders. Two fully representative Luxembourgish first-grader cohorts and two fully representative third-graders cohorts (N=21,192) were used. The analyses were based on structural equation modeling. The findings fully supported the (G)I/E model for third-graders: Achievement was positively related to self-concept and interest within matching domains. Negative relations were found between achievement and self-concept and between achievement and interest across domains. For first-graders, achievement was positively related to self-concept and interest within matching domains. However, the majority of cross-domain relations were non-significant, except for the negative path between math achievement and verbal interest. Hence, while the formation of domain-specific ASCs and interests seem to rely on social and dimensional comparisons for third-graders, only social comparisons seem to be in operation for first-graders. Gender and cohort invariance was established for both grade levels. The findings are discussed within the framework of ASC differentiation and dimensional comparison theory applied to elementary school students. [less ▲]

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See detailMath and Reading Difficulties in a Multilingual Educational Setting
Martini, Sophie Frédérique UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL; Ugen, Sonja UL

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

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See detailNeed for Cognition across school tracks: The importance of learning environments
Colling, Joanne UL; Wollschläger, Rachel UL; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, November 06)

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See detailVPGA: an SDN-based Location Privacy Zones Placement Scheme for Vehicular Networks
Boualouache, Abdelwahab UL; Soua, Ridha UL; Engel, Thomas UL

in 38th IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC) (2019, October 29)

Making personal data anonymous is crucial to ensure the adoption of connected vehicles. One of the privacy-sensitive information is location, which once revealed can be used by adversaries to track ... [more ▼]

Making personal data anonymous is crucial to ensure the adoption of connected vehicles. One of the privacy-sensitive information is location, which once revealed can be used by adversaries to track drivers during their journey. Vehicular Location Privacy Zones (VLPZs) is a promising approach to ensure unlinkability. These logical zones can be easily deployed over roadside infrastructures (RIs) such as gas station or electric charging stations. However, the placement optimization problem of VLPZs is NP-hard and thus an efficient allocation of VLPZs to these RIs is needed to avoid their overload and the degradation of the QoS provided within theses RIs. This work considers the optimal placement of the VLPZs and proposes a genetic-based algorithm in a software defined vehicular network to ensure minimized trajectory cost of involved vehicles and hence less consumption of their pseudonyms. The analytical evaluation shows that the proposed approach is cost-efficient and ensures a shorter response time. [less ▲]

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See detailRoundtable on uses of Web archives and concluding remarks
Schafer, Valerie UL

Presentation (2019, October 18)

Descriptif de la journée Le vendredi 18 octobre 2019, les Archives de l’État et la Bibliothèque royale (KBR) vous emmèneront dans l’univers complexe de l’archivage du web, lors d’un colloque sous le thème ... [more ▼]

Descriptif de la journée Le vendredi 18 octobre 2019, les Archives de l’État et la Bibliothèque royale (KBR) vous emmèneront dans l’univers complexe de l’archivage du web, lors d’un colloque sous le thème « Saving the web : the promise of a Belgian web archive ». Pourquoi le web belge devrait-il être archivé ? Quel contenu du web belge est/sera sauvegardé ? Qu’est-ce au fond, le web belge ? Quels instruments sont utilisés pour archiver le web ? Comment le contenu est-il sauvegardé ? Comment peut-on avoir accès aux archives du web ? Quels sont les besoins des utilisateurs en matière d’archives du web ? Qu’en est-il de l’archivage du web à l’étranger ? Quels sont les aspects juridiques que les Archives de l’État et la Bibliothèque royale doivent prendre en compte ? Depuis 2017, les Archives de l’État, la KBR, les universités de Gand (Research Group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies ; Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities) et de Namur (Research Centre in Information, Law and Society) et la Haute-École Bruxelles-Brabant (Unité de Recherche et de Formation en Sciences de l’Information et de la Documentation) développent une stratégie pour l’archivage du web au niveau fédéral, dans le cadre du projet de recherche PROMISE. Les chercheurs de ce projet, qui est financé par le SPP Politique scientifique (Belspo), auront le plaisir de présenter les résultats de leurs travaux lors d’un colloque consacré à l’archivage du web. Entre-temps, ils continuent à mettre en place et à tester une plateforme d’accès, ils contrôlent la qualité des informations archivées et ils analysent en profondeur les aspects juridiques des modalités de consultation des archives du web. Après l’été, la stratégie sera présentée au comité de direction des Archives de l’État et de la KBR, et ensuite, des procédures concrètes seront élaborées. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche européenne sur l'entreprise : de la nouveauté ?
Corbisier, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2019, October 17)

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See detailConstant Gaussian curvature foliations and Schläfli formulas of hyperbolic 3-manifolds
Mazzoli, Filippo UL

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We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary ... [more ▼]

We study the geometry of the foliation by constant Gaussian curvature surfaces (S_k)_k of a hyperbolic end, and how it relates to the structures of its boundary at infinity and of its pleated boundary. First, we show that the Thurston and the Schwarzian parametrizations are the limits of two families of parametrizations of the space of hyperbolic ends, defined by Labourie in 1992 in terms of the geometry of the leaves S_k. We give a new description of the renormalized volume using the constant curvature foliation. We prove a generalization of McMullen's Kleinian reciprocity theorem, which replaces the role of the Schwarzian parametrization with Labourie's parametrizations. Finally, we describe the constant curvature foliation of a hyperbolic end as the integral curve of a time-dependent Hamiltonian vector field on the cotangent space to Teichmüller space, in analogy to the Moncrief flow for constant mean curvature foliations in Lorenzian space-times. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of Railways Signalling System Requirements by Controlled Natural Languages: A Case Study
Lenzini, Gabriele UL; Petrocchi, Marinella

in From Software Engineering to Formal Methods and Tools, and Back (2019)

The railway sector has been a source of inspiration for generations of researchers challenged to develop models and tools to analyze safety and reliability. Threats were coming mainly from within, due to ... [more ▼]

The railway sector has been a source of inspiration for generations of researchers challenged to develop models and tools to analyze safety and reliability. Threats were coming mainly from within, due to occasionally faults in hardware components. With the advent of smart trains, the railway industry is venturing into cybersecurity and the railway sector will become more and more compelled to protect assets from threats against information & communication technology. We discuss this revolution at large, while speculating that instruments developed for security requirements engineering can then come in support of in the railway sector. And we explore the use of one of them: the Controlled Natural Language for Data Sharing Agreement (CNL4DSA). We use it to formalize a few exemplifying signal management system requirements. Since CNL4DSA enables the automatic generation of enforceable access control policies, our exercise is preparatory to implementing the security-by design principle in railway signalling management engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailParadox: Mehr Bildung, weniger Gleichheit
Powell, Justin J W UL

in Powell, Justin J W (Ed.) Wissen aktuell: Exoplaneten, Urknall und Bildung (2019)

Bildung für sozialen Fortschritt: Wie wirkt sich ein Mehr an Bildung auf eine Gesellschaft aus? Dieser Frage widmete sich eine Tagung am Institut für Höhere Studien in Wien. In den vergangenen Jahrzenten ... [more ▼]

Bildung für sozialen Fortschritt: Wie wirkt sich ein Mehr an Bildung auf eine Gesellschaft aus? Dieser Frage widmete sich eine Tagung am Institut für Höhere Studien in Wien. In den vergangenen Jahrzenten ist der Bildungsstand weltweit gestiegen und geht mit einem längeren, gesünderen Leben, einer höheren Produktivität und mehr zivilgesellschaftlichem Engagement einher. Gleichzeitig kann Bildung die soziale Ungleichheit verschärfen. Gestaltung: Julia Geistberger Mit: Justin Powell, Bildungssoziologe Universität Luxemburg Redaktion: Barbara Daser [less ▲]

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See detailL'Histoire avec sa grande Hache et la Plume
Scuto, Denis UL

Article for general public (2019)

A chronicle by historian Denis Scuto on the new novel of Jean Portante about the migrations of twins, Lorenzo and Antonio Tramagni from San Demetrio (Abruzze, Italy), the one to New York and West Virginia ... [more ▼]

A chronicle by historian Denis Scuto on the new novel of Jean Portante about the migrations of twins, Lorenzo and Antonio Tramagni from San Demetrio (Abruzze, Italy), the one to New York and West Virginia, the other to Hussigny (Lorraine, France) and Differdange (Luxembourg), their fates and those of their descendants, closely linked to the tragedies of 20th century. [less ▲]

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See detailSoftwarization of SCADA: Lightweight Statistical SDN-Agents for Anomaly Detection
Rinaldi, Giulia UL; Adamsky, Florian UL; Soua, Ridha UL et al

in 10th International Conference on Networks of the Future (NoF) (2019, October 04)

The increasing connectivity of restricted areas suchas Critical Infrastructures (CIs) raises major security concernsfor Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems,which are deployed to ... [more ▼]

The increasing connectivity of restricted areas suchas Critical Infrastructures (CIs) raises major security concernsfor Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems,which are deployed to monitor their operation. Given the impor-tance of an early anomaly detection, Intrusion Detection Systems(IDSs) are introduced in SCADA systems to detect malicious ac-tivities as early as possible. Agents or probes form the cornerstoneof any IDS by capturing network packets and extracting relevantinformation. However, IDSs are facing unprecedented challengesdue to the escalation in the number, scale and diversity of attacks.Software-Defined Network (SDN) then comes into play and canprovide the required flexibility and scalability. Building on that,we introduce Traffic Agent Controllers (TACs) that monitor SDN-enabled switches via OpenFlow. By using lightweight statisticalmetrics such as Kullback-Leibler Divergence (KLD), we are ableto detect the slightest anomalies, such as stealth port scans, evenin the presence of background traffic. The obtained metrics canalso be used to locate the anomalies with precision over 90%inside a hierarchical network topology. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Power of LC-MS Based Multiomics: Exploring Adipogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cells
Rampler, Evelyn; Egger, Dominik; Schoeny, Harald et al

in Molecules (2019)

The molecular study of fat cell development in the human body is essential for our understanding of obesity and related diseases. Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are the ideal source to study fat ... [more ▼]

The molecular study of fat cell development in the human body is essential for our understanding of obesity and related diseases. Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are the ideal source to study fat formation as they are the progenitors of adipocytes. In this work, we used human MSCs, received from surgery waste, and differentiated them into fat adipocytes. The combination of several layers of information coming from lipidomics, metabolomics and proteomics enabled network analysis of the biochemical pathways in adipogenesis. Simultaneous analysis of metabolites, lipids, and proteins in cell culture is challenging due to the compound’s chemical difference, so most studies involve separate analysis with unimolecular strategies. In this study, we employed a multimolecular approach using a two–phase extraction to monitor the crosstalk between lipid metabolism and protein-based signaling in a single sample (~105 cells). We developed an innovative analytical workflow including standardization with in-house produced 13C isotopically labeled compounds, hyphenated high-end mass spectrometry (high-resolution Orbitrap MS), and chromatography (HILIC, RP) for simultaneous untargeted screening and targeted quantification. Metabolite and lipid concentrations ranged over three to four orders of magnitude and were detected down to the low fmol (absolute on column) level. Biological validation and data interpretation of the multiomics workflow was performed based on proteomics network reconstruction, metabolic modelling (MetaboAnalyst 4.0), and pathway analysis (OmicsNet). Comparing MSCs and adipocytes, we observed significant regulation of different metabolites and lipids such as triglycerides, gangliosides, and carnitine with 113 fully reprogrammed pathways. The observed changes are in accordance with literature findings dealing with adipogenic differentiation of MSC. These results are a proof of principle for the power of multimolecular extraction combined with orthogonal LC-MS assays and network construction. Considering the analytical and biological validation performed in this study, we conclude that the proposed multiomics workflow is ideally suited for comprehensive follow-up studies on adipogenesis and is fit for purpose for different applications with a high potential to understand the complex pathophysiology of diseases. [less ▲]

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