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See detailUsing Passive Data Collection Methods to Learn Complex Mobility Patterns: An Exploratory Analysis
Toader, Bogdan UL; Cantelmo, Guido UL; Popescu, Mioara et al

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Mainassara Chekaraou, Abdoul Wahid UL; Besseron, Xavier UL; Rousset, Alban UL et al

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See detailMeasuring multicultural ideology: Scale development and validation in different languages and contexts
Stogianni, Maria UL; Schmidt, Lea Marie; Murdock, Elke UL et al

Scientific Conference (2021, July)

Increased migration has led to the formation of culturally diverse societies in many places around the world. The concept of Multicultural Ideology incorporates two values as a way to promote positive ... [more ▼]

Increased migration has led to the formation of culturally diverse societies in many places around the world. The concept of Multicultural Ideology incorporates two values as a way to promote positive intercultural relations: a) Diversity: the presence of ethnocultural diversity in the population and b) Equity: the right for equal participation of all cultural groups in the society. Both diversity and equity are necessary conditions for the success of multicultural policies. Culturally heterogeneous communities that do not support inclusion and equitable participation of all groups face the negative consequences of segregation and marginalization. In line with this notion, an international research consortium is developing a revised version of the Multicultural Ideology Scale to assess the endorsement of multicultural ideology in different national contexts. The scale aims to distinguish various attitudinal dimensions of multiculturalism, relevant to the acceptance of diversity and social inclusion of different ethnocultural groups: Cultural Maintenance, Social Interaction, Equity/Inclusion, Extent of Differences, Conflictual Relations, Essentialistic Boundaries. We present the first assessment of the new scale in the German language. The survey was administered online to a sample of native German citizens (N = 382) with different demographic characteristics. Our aim was to understand the attitude of native citizens towards cultural diversity and their willingness to have members of ethnic minority groups be included in the larger society. We investigated the factor structure of the scale, its psychometric properties, and the relationship between multicultural ideology and some individual difference variables, such as ethnic group attachment and social dominance orientation. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall in size, great in significance: conspicilla and perspicilla in the visual arts of the Low Countries around 1600
Koeleman, Floor UL

Scientific Conference (2021, July)

A largely forgotten constcamer painting from the early seventeenth century shows eyeglasses and a telescope in close proximity. The inclusion of these extensions of sight in The Five Senses of the Musée ... [more ▼]

A largely forgotten constcamer painting from the early seventeenth century shows eyeglasses and a telescope in close proximity. The inclusion of these extensions of sight in The Five Senses of the Musée Magnin (Dijon) seems to allude to the implicit link between the two. As tools to observe with and through, these instruments visualize the limits of human perception and the ability to alter the scale of the visible world. The Five Senses was created in Antwerp around the same time the telescope first appeared in textual sources, namely 1608. However, the optical instrument is likely to have existed for years by then. This paper investigates if any references to the telescope in the visual arts predate the first written evidence of its invention. For artists the early telescope was probably not that challenging an object to represent. The exterior, a simple tube characterized by a diaphragm, housed two lenses made by the same glass industry that manufactured eyeglasses. This paper takes a closer look at the imagery of eyeglasses and telescopes, depicted in the visual arts of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The meaning assigned to these instruments can be inferred from the context in which they are presented and their relative scale. Together eyeglasses and telescopes feature prominently in constcamer paintings dedicated to visual perception, understood both physically and metaphysically. While the exact date of creation remains subject to debate, The Five Senses probably contains the earliest known depiction of a telescope – true to scale. [less ▲]

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See detailMultipath Mitigation Maps feasibility and applicability as an International GNSS Service product
Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Elgered, Gunnar et al

Scientific Conference (2020, December 17)

There have been many advances in the modeling of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) observables when estimating position and other parameters of interest. Some of these bias models are related to ... [more ▼]

There have been many advances in the modeling of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) observables when estimating position and other parameters of interest. Some of these bias models are related to improvements of reference frames, phase center offsets and variations of transmitter and receiver antennas, satellite orbits and clocks, and troposphere. Nonetheless, multipath remains for the most part an unmodelled source of error which causes range errors in the GNSS observations. The associated effects show highly localized features and have a different impact for each receiver and antenna. Multipath errors can propagate, can cause in-situ position biases and are also contributing to the prevalent draconitic harmonic signals. In order to mitigate the problem we generate site-specific corrections by employing a suitable averaging scheme for the stacking of carrier phase residuals. Our processing is based on globally distributed static multi-GNSS observations using several scientific GNSS software packages (Bernese GNSS Software, NAPEOS, GAMIT-GLOBK, and CSRS-PPP). Our multipath stacking maps (MPS) use the stacking of carrier phase residuals generated by variable azimuth cell size (congruent cells) and by allocating carrier phase residuals in each cell to generate the correction maps, unlike the standard fixed azimuth cell resolution approaches. This reduces the binning of fewer residuals at higher elevation angles. Before stacking, we also apply rigorous statistical outlier screening tests for each one-way post-fit carrier phase residual assigned to each of the congruent cells. We thus correct the multipath effects by subtracting the stacked multipath map from the post-fit carrier phase residual. Using this technique we produce a model available in the form of the Antenna Exchange (ANTEX) file format, that can potentially be implemented in routine GNSS analysis with no or little additional overhead for individual analysis centers (ACs). In this study, we assess the feasibility and applicability of the MPS maps as an International GNSS Service (IGS) product for routine GNSS analysis. We demonstrate the multipath stacking technique to result in a significant reduction of the variation in the one-way post-fit carrier phase residuals from multi-GNSS observations. [less ▲]

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See detailVertical Land Movements and Sea Level Changes on South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean: Results from 7 Years of Geodetic and Oceanographic Observations on a Remote Island
Teferle, Felix Norman UL; Hunegnaw, Addisu UL; Hibbert, Angela et al

Scientific Conference (2020, December 16)

South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, is a small remote land mass that supports various ground-based instrumental observations (Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), tide gauge ... [more ▼]

South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, is a small remote land mass that supports various ground-based instrumental observations (Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), tide gauge, meteorological and seismic) in an otherwise largely under sampled oceanic region. Moreover, the South Atlantic Ocean plays an important role in global ocean circulation, con-necting the deep thermohaline circulation of the North Atlantic and Indian Oceans, whilst also linking to the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the South, where the lack of continental barriers allows a free exchange of water between the major ocean basins. Hence, South Georgia po-tentially lies within a region susceptible to climatic changes before these can be felt further afield. In 2013 and 2014 a total of five GNSS stations were installed covering the area of the main island (approximately 170 x 50 km) with two of those being located close to the King Edward Point (KEP) Research Station and the GLOSS tide gauge (ID 187). Furthermore, precise levelling campaigns in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2020 supported the analysis of local ground instabilities near the tide gauge. Through these activities the tide gauge datum within the Permanent Ser-vice for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) has been established, which in turn, makes the derived KEP mean sea level (MSL) record highly valuable for long-term studies and satellite altimetry cali-brations. In this study, we will present the vertical land movement estimates from seven years of GNSS observations, five precise levelling campaigns, and will discuss their impact on the sea level record from the KEP tide gauge and nearby satellite altimetry sea surface heights. Our results confirm uplift all over South Georgia Island while the area at KEP and particularly the jetty with tide gauge are subsiding relative to the rest of the island. Using this information we correct the MSL record for the vertical land movements and investigate its signals together with those from nearby satellite altimetry tracks. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Helpers of Anne Frank - Recontextualising the Rescue of Dutch Jews
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 24)

This paper sets out to recontextualise the memory of rescue as it pertains to Dutch Jewry during the Holocaust, by focusing on the helpers of Anne Frank and the other Jews in hiding in the Secret Annex ... [more ▼]

This paper sets out to recontextualise the memory of rescue as it pertains to Dutch Jewry during the Holocaust, by focusing on the helpers of Anne Frank and the other Jews in hiding in the Secret Annex. Much in the same way as perceptions of Jews in hiding have been decisively shaped by the story of Anne Frank, not only in the Dutch public imagination but arguably globally, so too the image of help, at least in the Western European and Anglosaxon world, has been considerably shaped by the story of two of the five helpers, Miep and Jan Gies, even if the support they provided to the onderduikers in the Secret Annex could ultimately not prevent discovery. The question of help, as well as the ultimate betrayal, of the onderduikers are linked to the broader question of the role of the Dutch population during the Holocaust. Within that context the Anne Frank story can and has indeed been used to provide both a stereotypical image of Gentile betrayal as well as an idealized and, arguably, romanticized image of Gentile help. In this paper I will trace the ways in which the image of help and rescue of Dutch Jews was shaped by the story of, especially, Miep Gies and analyse the ways in which her story resonated in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Important moments in this regard were the recognition of Miep Gies and the other helpers as Righteous Among the Nations in 1972, and the global publication of Miep Gies’ memoirs in 1987. I will frame this analysis within the broader historical context of 1) help provided to Jews in hiding in the Netherlands and the question of how representative the ‘helpers of Anne Frank’ were, and 2) the extent to which a focus on a few key individuals obscures the more complex reality of how rescue functioned in the first place. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate on NORMAN-SLE / SusDat for NORMAN-CWG-NTS Meeting (17 Nov 2020)
Schymanski, Emma UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 17)

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See detailMultilingual education in early years in Luxembourg: mind ideologies!
Kirsch, Claudine UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 14)

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See detailFormation à la pratique d’enseignement en temps de crise sanitaire: Conception, production et diffusion de vidéos pédagogiques à distance
Reuter, Robert UL; Reeff, Alain; Busana, Gilbert UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 13)

Le Bachelor en Sciences de l’Education (BScE) de l’Université du Luxembourg propose une formation approfondie et exigeante alliant savoir académique et pratique. Ils sont formés pour enseigner dans tous ... [more ▼]

Le Bachelor en Sciences de l’Education (BScE) de l’Université du Luxembourg propose une formation approfondie et exigeante alliant savoir académique et pratique. Ils sont formés pour enseigner dans tous les cycles de l’école fondamentale, dans les classes de la voie de préparation et dans le contexte d’élèves à besoins éducatifs spécifiques au Luxembourg. Comme dans de nombreuses autres formations initiales des enseignants, le temps de terrain (ou stage) représente un moment clé de chaque semestre dans le BScE. Face à la crise sanitaire du COVID-19, ce dispositif de formation à la pratique pédagogique n’a pas pu être conservé. En effet, les écoles étaient fermées, les élèves étaient scolarisés à distance par leur enseignant. Nous avons donc dû rapidement innover et mettre en place des activités d’apprentissage alternatives qui correspondaient au mieux aux objectifs visés par les temps de terrain. Nous avons ainsi demandé à nos étudiants de concevoir et produire, en dyades, des vidéos pédagogiques à destination des écoles du pays. Le but était de permettre à nos étudiants de développer les compétences nécessaires pour réaliser de telles ressources d’apprentissage et de de les mettre à disposition des écoles via Internet. Nous allons décrire, analyser et évaluer le dispositif mis en place, ainsi que les vidéos qui ont été produite. Nous allons également discuter des éventuelles leçons apprises qui conduiront à des adaptations dans notre formation. [less ▲]

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See detailProfessional development to promote innovative language teaching: examples from multilingual Luxembourg
Kirsch, Claudine UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 13)

While multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood education in several countries in Europe, professionals may still be unsure of how to promote multilingualism and deal with language ... [more ▼]

While multilingual programmes have been implemented in early childhood education in several countries in Europe, professionals may still be unsure of how to promote multilingualism and deal with language diversity. There is a need for professional development (PD) which can influence the practitioners’ attitudes, knowledge and skills, and the quality of their teaching (Egert et al., 2018; Peleman et al., 2017). This presentation begins with an outline of several theoretical models of PD and explains why integrated models that are collaborative, inquiry-based, and performance-based are the most effective in contributing to change. I will then present a PD used in Luxembourg to help early childhood practitioners develop and implement multilingual pedagogies. The model, which comprised training sessions, network meetings, and coaching, aimed to deepen the practitioners’ understanding of multilingualism and language learning, familiarize them with translanguaging (García & Reid, 2019) and enable them to implement language and literacy activities in Luxembourgish, French and children’s home languages (Kirsch et al. forthcoming). Finally, I provide insights into the professional learning of two preschool teachers. The PD, the experience of engaging in multilingual activities, and the reflection on teaching and learning, enabled the teachers to develop a positive stance to multilingual education, design productive leaning environments based on social-constructivist theories, and monitor language use to guarantee responsible translanguaging (Kirsch 2020). [less ▲]

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See detailGeoGebraTAO: Geometry Learning using a Dynamic Adaptive ICT-Enhanced Environment to Promote String Differentiation of Children's Individual Pathways
Dording, Carole; Max, Charles Joseph UL; Kreis, Yves UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, November 12)

In our project, we investigate the scientific validity of a specific self-built Adaptive Learning Tool in the field of dynamic geometry with a particular focus on the individual learning pathways of a ... [more ▼]

In our project, we investigate the scientific validity of a specific self-built Adaptive Learning Tool in the field of dynamic geometry with a particular focus on the individual learning pathways of a highly diverse student population. 164 children of Luxembourg elementary schools, aged between 10 and 13 years, acted as test-group and explored elementary geometric concepts in a sequence of learning assignments, created with the dynamic mathematics system GeoGebra integrated into the computer-assisted testing framework TAO. They actively built new knowledge in an autonomous way and at their own pace with only minor support interventions of their teacher. Based on easily exploitable data, collected within a sequence of exploratory learning assignments, the GeoGebraTAO tool analyses the answers provided by the child and performs a diagnostic of the child’s competencies in geometry. With respect to this outcome, the tool manages to identify children struggling with geometry concepts and subsequently proposes a differentiated individual pathway through scaffolding and feedback practices. Short videoclips aim at helping the children to better understand any task in case of need and can be watched voluntarily. Furthermore, a spaced repetition feature is another highly useful component. Pre- and post-test results show that the test-group, working with GeoGebraTAO, and a parallel working control-group, following a traditional paper-and-pencil geometry course, increased their geometry skills and knowledge through the training program; the test-group performed even better in items related to dynamic geometry. In addition, a more precise analysis within clusters, based on similar performances in both pre- and post-tests and the child’s progress within GeoGebraTAO activities, provides evidence of some common ways of working with our dynamic geometry tool, leading to overall improvement at an individualized level. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of augmented reality, digital and physical modelling in schooling at home in early childhood in Echternach
Haas, Ben; Kreis, Yves UL; Zsolt, Lavicza

Scientific Conference (2020, November 12)

During the confinement of COVID-19, many efforts were made by teachers in elementary school to switch from in-school to schooling at home (Kreis et al., 2020). The use of educational technology in early ... [more ▼]

During the confinement of COVID-19, many efforts were made by teachers in elementary school to switch from in-school to schooling at home (Kreis et al., 2020). The use of educational technology in early childhood (cycle 1), however, is not yet a common practice in elementary schools in Luxemburg. Participation in online video conferences or the use of educational technologies relied in early childhood in significant parts on the disponibility and skills of parents. Younger students were experiencing difficulties in following-up courses requests in schooling at home. From previous research (Haas et al., In Preparation), we designed a conceptual framework on parent assisted remote teaching. Hence, we used these findings to work with 12 early childhood students (ages 4-6), their teachers and parents in schooling at home. Based on the four basic principles of Dienes’s theory of mathematics in physical and digital modelling (Lieban, 2019), we created mathematical modelling tasks with TinkerCad. During two weeks, we collected data through chat responses, web meetings and observations. In this presentation, we will explain insights and how further tasks in schooling at home in early childhood could benefit from this experience. [less ▲]

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See detailTackling educational inequalities using school effectiveness measures
Levy, Jessica UL; Mussack, Dominic UL; Brunner, Martin et al

Scientific Conference (2020, November 11)

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See detailStudents’ Personality Relates to Experienced Variability in State Academic Self-Concept
Hausen, Jennifer UL; Möller, Jens; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, November 11)

Attaining a positive academic self-concept (ASC) is linked to many desirable educational outcomes. Research on which student attributes relate to the formation of ASC is therefore considered to be central ... [more ▼]

Attaining a positive academic self-concept (ASC) is linked to many desirable educational outcomes. Research on which student attributes relate to the formation of ASC is therefore considered to be central. Past research on the association between personality traits and ASC has taken an interindividual perspective, while the intraindividual perspective has been disregarded. The present research explored the relation between students’ Big Five traits and intraindividual variability in state general-school ASC in everyday school life for the first time using intensive longitudinal data. We drew on N=294 German ninth and tenth graders who completed a three-week e-diary and a previously presented 60-item Big Five questionnaire (BFI-2; Danner et al., 2016; Soto & John, 2017) assessing Open-Mindedness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Negative Emotionality as well as their respective subfacets (i.e., resulting in 15 subfacets). To assess state ASC, students completed three items after every single lesson across four different subjects (resulting in Mlessons = 21.12). We ran six mixed-effects location scale models: one specified with all five Big Five domains, and five (one for each Big Five domain) with the subfacets as predictors of intraindividual variability in state ASC. We found that Open-Mindedness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Negative Emotionality as well as at least one subfacet of each Big Five trait were significant predictors of levels of state ASC independently of students’ gender and reasoning ability, and the narrower subfacets Organization (Conscientiousness) and Depression (Negative Emotionality) predicted variability in state ASC independently of students’ gender and reasoning ability. These findings thus provide first evidence that students’ ASC undergoes short-term fluctuations from school lesson to school lesson and that this intraindividual variability can be partly explained by students’ personality. Our results thus contribute to a more complete map of the formation of ASC and the role of personality therein. [less ▲]

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See detailScanning of questionnaires as a tool to identify difficult questions - lessons learned
Heinz, Andreas UL; van Duin, Claire UL; Catunda, Carolina UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, November 10)

Background: In 2018, the Luxembourg HBSC team scanned the questionnaires to make the data available faster and to avoid entry errors. Scanning has been shown to be suitable for identifying difficult ... [more ▼]

Background: In 2018, the Luxembourg HBSC team scanned the questionnaires to make the data available faster and to avoid entry errors. Scanning has been shown to be suitable for identifying difficult questions. Objective: The presentation shows which questions were difficult to answer and what the difficulty was. Method: The questionnaires were scanned by student assistants and the data was validated by them if the scanning programme did not detect any errors. If errors occurred (e.g. missing answers or multiple answers), then these questionnaires were checked by HBSC team members. This gave us a systematic overview of which questions were difficult to answer. Results 1. The data from 10000 questionnaires were entered in 6 weeks (half the time needed compared to manual entry in 2014). 2. The MVPA question was frequently the subject of multiple answers. This may indicate that these students use the answer scale as a counting aid. 3. Students who state that they have never smoked in their lives often skip the question about tobacco use in the last month. This behaviour can be explained by Grice's conversational maxims. 4. Behaviours indicating that the answers are not serious (crossed-out questions, crosses outside the boxes, fun answers to open questions) are rare. Conclusions: Scanning is an efficient way to enter many questionnaires in a short time and high quality. Furthermore, it can help to discover difficult questions and to find out what the difficulty is. [less ▲]

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See detailThe health, well-being and life satisfaction of young people in Luxembourg before the COVID-19 pandemic and during deconfinement
Residori, Caroline UL; Schomaker, Léa UL; Samuel, Robin UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 10)

Background: During 2020, most aspects of young people’s lives have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being implemented to contain it. Early studies on the effects of the COVID-19 ... [more ▼]

Background: During 2020, most aspects of young people’s lives have been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being implemented to contain it. Early studies on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that confinement (so-called “lockdowns”) affect health, well-being and life satisfaction. However, the current situation in many countries is not confinement but prolonged deconfinement with less strict but still considerable measures and recommendations. Objectives: The possible effects of this deconfinement on the health, well-being and life satisfaction of young people is the focus of this oral presentation, which is based on the YAC-Young Adults and COVID-19 study (see Residori et al., 2020). Methods: The study relies on data collected from a random sample of residents of Luxembourg for the Youth Survey Luxembourg in Mai-July 2019 (age-range: 16-29, n=2.800) and in July 2020 (age-range: 12-29, n=3768, preliminary data). The data was gathered via online survey and using the same items as the HBSC study (self-rated health, life satisfaction (Cantril ladder) and the WHO-5 Well-being Index) (Sozio et al., 2020). Results: The cross-sectional comparison of this representative data, explores the health, wellbeing and life satisfaction of young people in Luxembourg before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results are presented for the overall population and detailed by socio-demographic groups. For the 12-15-year-olds, the observed proportion reporting a low life satisfaction (<6) was, for example, 31.3% in 2020. This proportion has increased from 19.9% in 2019 to 25.5 % in 2020 for the 16-20-year-olds, from 23.9% to 35.3 % for the 21-25-year-olds and from 20.2% to 32.8% for the 26-29-year-olds. Conclusion: The presentation will conclude on a reflection of the links between the observed differences and the measures implemented to during deconfinement as well as the scientific and political relevance of the observed differences for Luxembourg and other countries. Literature: Residori, Caroline; Sozio, Maria E.; Schomaker, Lea; Samuel, Robin (2020): YAC – Young People and COVID-19. Preliminary Results of a Representative Survey of Adolescents and Young Adults in Luxembourg. University of Luxembourg: Esch-sur-Alzette Sozio, M., Procopio, A., & Samuel, R. (2020). Youth Survey Luxembourg – Technical Report 2019. Esch-sur-Alzette: University of Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecifying key-properties to improve the recognition skills of neural networks
Jahic, Benjamin UL; Guelfi, Nicolas UL; Ries, Benoit UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 06)

Software engineers are increasingly asked to build datasets for engineering neural network-based software systems. These datasets are used to train neural networks to recognise data. Traditionally, data ... [more ▼]

Software engineers are increasingly asked to build datasets for engineering neural network-based software systems. These datasets are used to train neural networks to recognise data. Traditionally, data scientists build datasets consisting of random collected or generated data. Their approaches are often costly, inefficient and time-consuming. Software engineers rely on these traditional approaches that do not support precise data selection criteria based on customer’s requirements. In this paper, we introduce an extended software engineering method for dataset augmentation to improve neural networks by satisfying the customer’s requirements. We introduce the notion of key-properties to describe the neural network’s recognition skills. Key-properties are used all along the engineering process for developing the neural network in cooperation with the customer. We propose a rigorous process for augmenting datasets based on the analysis and specification of the key-properties. We conducted an experimentation on a case study on the recognition of the state of a digital meter counter. We demonstrate an informal specification of the neural network’s key-properties and a successful improvement of a neural network’s recognition of the meter counter state. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysing transnational Events through Web archives
Schafer, Valerie UL

Scientific Conference (2020, November 04)

As a co-PI of the WARCnet project, programme chair of this second WARCnet meeting and head of WG2 dedicated to "Analysing transnational Events", Valérie Schafer will give an overview of the challenges ... [more ▼]

As a co-PI of the WARCnet project, programme chair of this second WARCnet meeting and head of WG2 dedicated to "Analysing transnational Events", Valérie Schafer will give an overview of the challenges, issues, achievements, results, case studies, next steps of WG2 since the launch of the WARCnet project. [less ▲]

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See detailInequalities in teacher reports on students’ inclusion at school
Zurbriggen, Carmen UL; Nusser, Lena; Schmitt, M.

Scientific Conference (2020, November)

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See detailDigital Detective Work: Connecting Cheminformatics, Mass Spectrometry and our Environment (analytica Conference)
Schymanski, Emma UL; Bolton, Evan

Scientific Conference (2020, October 20)

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See detailOn the Random Access Procedure of NB-IoT Non-Terrestrial Networks
Kodheli, Oltjon UL; Maturo, Nicola UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, October 20)

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See detailCollaboration with parents and multiliteracy in early childhood education
Kirsch, Claudine UL; Neumann, Sascha; Aleksic, Gabrijela UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, October 09)

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See detailPresentación del paquete eph
Rosati, German; Kozlowski, Diego UL; Shokida, Natsumi Solange UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, October 09)

Working with data produced by public sources often encounters several problems: one of the most common is the lack of continuity in the publication of databases. In this regard, the Permanent Household ... [more ▼]

Working with data produced by public sources often encounters several problems: one of the most common is the lack of continuity in the publication of databases. In this regard, the Permanent Household Survey -EPH- of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) in Argentina is an exception. In fact, this survey has published user databases with information since 1974. However, this has been done in a "non-replicable" way: from changes in the formats of its publication (dbase, .txt, .xls, .sav, etc.) to renaming some variables and recoding their categories, which makes them impractical for continuous use and processing. The lack of an API for the dissemination of information produced by INDEC generates a limit to the information processing capabilities, reducing the users to i) thematic experts with knowledge of how to access sources and ii) media that access information already processed in the form of press releases. This limits the potential value of the enormous work done by the institute, by discouraging its use by users with limited knowledge of the sources, but with data processing capabilities, such as the R community. In turn, certain key indicators presented by the EPH have methodological annexes, but no public implementations that allow the public to make use of the methodology outside the reports prepared by the institute. In this context, the eph package aims to facilitate the work of those users of the Permanent Household Survey - INDEC who wish to process data from it using the programming language R. The library has the following functionalities: i) a unified syntax for downloading, tagging and building datasets with comparable cross-sectional information ii) Implementation of indicator calculation (poverty) using the official methodology Some of its functions are: get_microdata(): Downloads the microdata bases, organize_panels(): Allows to build a panel data pool of the continuous EPH surveys, organize_cno(): Classifies occupations according to the CNO 2001 organize_caes(): Classifies economic activities according to CAES Mercosur 1.0 and CAES Mercosur organize_labels(): Label the bases following the last design map_agglomerates(): Indicator map by agglomerate The package also has other datasets that can be useful for working with the EPH: some dictionaries that contain the coding of geographic variables (such as regions or clusters) or the geographic position (centroids) of the clusters where the survey is conducted. [less ▲]

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See detailResource Allocation for UAV Relay-Assisted IoT Communication Networks
Tran Dinh, Hieu UL; Nguyen, van Dinh UL; Gautam, Sumit UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, October 06)

This work studies unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) relay-assisted Internet of Things (IoT) communication networks in which a UAV is deployed as an aerial base station (BS) to collect time-constrained data ... [more ▼]

This work studies unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) relay-assisted Internet of Things (IoT) communication networks in which a UAV is deployed as an aerial base station (BS) to collect time-constrained data from IoT devices and transfer information to a ground gateway (GW). In this context, we jointly optimize the allocated bandwidth, transmission power, as well as the UAV trajectory to maximize the total system throughput while satisfying the user’s latency requirement and the UAV’s limited storage capacity. The formulated problem is strongly nonconvex which is very challenging to solve optimally. Towards an appealing solution, we first introduce new variables to convert the original problem into a computationally tractable form, and then develop an iterative algorithm for its solution by leveraging the inner approximation method. Numerical results are given to show [less ▲]

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See detailPVDeConv: Point-Voxel Deconvolution for Autoencoding CAD Construction in 3D
Cherenkova, Kseniya UL; Aouada, Djamila UL; Gusev, Gleb

Scientific Conference (2020, October)

We propose a Point-Voxel DeConvolution (PVDeConv) mod- ule for 3D data autoencoder. To demonstrate its efficiency we learn to synthesize high-resolution point clouds of 10k points that densely describe ... [more ▼]

We propose a Point-Voxel DeConvolution (PVDeConv) mod- ule for 3D data autoencoder. To demonstrate its efficiency we learn to synthesize high-resolution point clouds of 10k points that densely describe the underlying geometry of Computer Aided Design (CAD) models. Scanning artifacts, such as pro- trusions, missing parts, smoothed edges and holes, inevitably appear in real 3D scans of fabricated CAD objects. Learning the original CAD model construction from a 3D scan requires a ground truth to be available together with the corresponding 3D scan of an object. To solve the gap, we introduce a new dedicated dataset, the CC3D, containing 50k+ pairs of CAD models and their corresponding 3D meshes. This dataset is used to learn a convolutional autoencoder for point clouds sampled from the pairs of 3D scans - CAD models. The chal- lenges of this new dataset are demonstrated in comparison with other generative point cloud sampling models trained on ShapeNet. The CC3D autoencoder is efficient with respect to memory consumption and training time as compared to state- of-the-art models for 3D data generation. [less ▲]

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See detailZwischen Gehege und Idylle: Durs Grünbeins "Heimat"
Kohns, Oliver UL

Scientific Conference (2020, October)

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See detailB/Ordering-Prozesse als Bordertexturen
Wille, Christian UL

Scientific Conference (2020, October)

Angesichts jüngster Re-B/Ordering-Tendenzen (Grenzkontrollen an EU-Binnengrenzen, Euroskeptizismus, Nationalismen, Populismus, komplexe Migrationsdynamiken) ist die Grenzforschung zunehmend stärker ... [more ▼]

Angesichts jüngster Re-B/Ordering-Tendenzen (Grenzkontrollen an EU-Binnengrenzen, Euroskeptizismus, Nationalismen, Populismus, komplexe Migrationsdynamiken) ist die Grenzforschung zunehmend stärker herausgefordert, was sich auch oder vor allem in einer bewegten theoretisch-konzeptionellen Debatte widerspiegelt. Sie hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten eine kaum überschaubare Reihe an Ansätzen und Begriffen hervorgebracht, die inspiriert vom practice turn die Grenze als soziale Praxis in den Mittelpunkt stellen. Der in das Panel einführende Beitrag zeichnet diese Entwicklung nach und stellt darauf aufbauend den Ansatz der Bordertexturen näher vor. Dafür werden im ersten Teil drei analytische Trends der aktuellen Grenzforschung idealtypisch unterschieden. Sie stehen dabei für spezifische Schwerpunktsetzungen in der Beschreibung und Analyse von Grenzen: (1) Zunächst wird die Hinwendung zu Grenzen als soziale Produktionen vorgestellt, die sich an Prozessen ihrer (De-)Stabilisierung festmachen lässt und in (diskursiven) Praktiken manifest wird. Daran anschließend wird (2) eine geweitete Auffassung solcher Prozesse herausgearbeitet, die für die Vielheit der daran beteiligten Aspekte sensibilisiert und einen multiplen Zugriff auf Grenz(de)stabilisierungen einfordert. Schließlich wird (3) die Tendenz zu komplexeren Betrachtungen ausgeführt, die Grenz(de)stabilisierungen als Effekte von dynamischen Formationen verstehen. Im zweiten Teil des Vortrags wird der kulturwissenschaftlich orientierte Ansatz der Bordertexturen vorgestellt, der die für B/Ordering-Prozesse wirksamen Formationen von Wissen, Diskursen, Tätigkeiten, Objekten und Körpern als Texturen fasst. Der Texturbegriff soll die komplexe Verflochtenheit der genannten Konstituenten betonen, eine ‚dichte Beschreibung‘ von Grenz(de)stabilisierungen befördern und in der Grenzforschung für die symbolisch-ästhetische Dimension sensibilisieren. Bordertexturen stehen dabei für komplexe Formationen der Grenz(de)stabilisierung, die rhizomartig strukturiert sind, auf ein multiskalares und azentrisches Geflecht verweisen und ästhetische Verarbeitungen ebenso einschließen wie alltagskulturelle Praktiken. Die Einführung des Ansatzes soll zu den Panelvorträgen hinführen, welche die theoretisch-konzeptionellen Überlegungen an unterschiedliche Gegenstandsbereiche anlegen und diskutieren. [less ▲]

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Schymanski, Emma UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 21)

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See detailPractical Use Cases for Ethernet Redundancy
Pannell, Don; Navet, Nicolas UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 17)

Autonomous driving requires safety considerations and the need of “fail operational” requires redundancy. In the networking portion of a car, this may mean separate networks, possibly of different ... [more ▼]

Autonomous driving requires safety considerations and the need of “fail operational” requires redundancy. In the networking portion of a car, this may mean separate networks, possibly of different technologies. Or it could mean a network topology and technology that supports scalable redundancy, like Ethernet TSN. This presentation focuses on IEEE 802.1CB-2017, which is the TSN standard that supports data redundancy through the network. Various network topologies are examined. The relative costs of adding TSN redundancy for these topologies (including some, or all of, the end-stations/ECUs & bridges) are examined for various bandwidth utilizations, along with the expected packet loss. Each topology and bandwidth will be modeled under various bit-rate error values with the results discussed. This presentation aims at providing a clear understanding of the TSN standards that support redundancy, and an understanding of the cost/benefit tradeoffs so proper engineering decisions can be made and proper expectations set. [less ▲]

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Schymanski, Emma UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 17)

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See detailScaling of urban heat island & NO2 with urban population: a meta-analysis
Wei, Yufei UL; Caruso, Geoffrey UL; Lemoy, Rémi

Scientific Conference (2020, September 16)

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See detailTowards Computer-Aided, Iterative TSN-and Ethernet-based E/E Architecture Design
Creighton, Oliver; Navet, Nicolas UL; Keller, Patrick UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, September 16)

In this presentation we would like to propose a novel approach towards studying and simulating candidate designs of next generation Ethernet architectures at established OEMs that intend to employ 100BASE ... [more ▼]

In this presentation we would like to propose a novel approach towards studying and simulating candidate designs of next generation Ethernet architectures at established OEMs that intend to employ 100BASE-T1, 1000BASE-T1 and, for increased flexibility and lower cost, 10BASE-T1S. Typical design goals of next generation architectures are future extensibility and cost optimization of the lowest-end. We propose to introduce guidance to an otherwise standard Monte-Carlo simulation by providing certain fixed points (e.g., mandated connections of ECUs to certain bridges, complete re-use of ECUs) and “hot spots” in the topology (e.g., ECUs with the highest variability pressure) that are known in advance from BMW’s experience with their vehicles in the field. Several important practical considerations must be integrated in the generation of candidate architectures: - Topological constraints: ECU proximity to sensors, daisy chain connections between ECUs to minimize cable length, number of switch ports in a certain ECU, etc. - Security and reliability requirements: segregation between mixed-criticality streams, proxy ECUs, and redundant paths. Our position statement explores the ability of algorithmic tools to synthesize Ethernet-based architectures based on a minimal fixed core TSN topology, design goals, design constraints, assumptions about next generation applications and data from past projects (capturing part of the OEM domain knowledge). [less ▲]

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See detailGoverning Health in the European Semester: Towards the Economy of Wellbeing?
Muñoz, Susana UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 11)

Health is a key component of the Economy of Wellbeing, the new horizontal approach to political decision-making and governance adopted by the Council of the European Union on 24 October 2019. Building on ... [more ▼]

Health is a key component of the Economy of Wellbeing, the new horizontal approach to political decision-making and governance adopted by the Council of the European Union on 24 October 2019. Building on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and on the Health in All Policies and One Health approaches, it seeks to strengthen the role of employment, social, health and education policies within the European Semester. Nevertheless, “wellbeing” acquires a new resonance for the post COVID-19 “Economy of Recovery”. Against this backdrop, this paper aims to provide a critical review of the effectiveness of the European Semester as a governance tool for the “wellbeing” policies from the perspective of EU law and policy- making and enforcement. It also examines future prospects in the light of the multiple impacts of the current health and socioeconomic crises. [less ▲]

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See detaildigitizing of Research and Teaching
Plapper, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 05)

The current Covid-19 crisis impacts all manufacturing areas and new processes are sought. This presentation provides the audience with three examples related to assembly work instructions, logistics data ... [more ▼]

The current Covid-19 crisis impacts all manufacturing areas and new processes are sought. This presentation provides the audience with three examples related to assembly work instructions, logistics data handling and manufacturing education, for which innovative ways to obtain access to context sensitive data based on digital tools are investigated. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) facilitate access to relevant manufacturing information. In order to provide logistic warehouse workers with immediate access to shipping documents, to avoid paper print-outs, and to eliminate error-prone typing of information, critical information should be handled digitally and hands-free. To support logistic workers to efficiently document, register and trace receipt, storage or delivery of goods, the presented solution is built on hands-free digital tools with AR technology in commercially available smart glasses. Similarly, workers who execute complex assembly operations frequently require either assistance or support for the next assembly step. Depending on the context, relevant assembly process information is automatically displayed together with the environment in the AR smart glass. Thus, the operator is supported by the presented hands-free-tool to complete the next challenging tasks. Currently, teaching is being transferred from physical class-room teaching to remote or hybrid education. For this purpose, Virtual Reality (VR) provides a very welcome opportunity to complement in-presence teaching with exposure to examples of real manufacturing operations captured in videos of industrial case studies. Students apply learnings from theoretical classes to manufacturing case studies by identifying best practices and also recognizing waste. The presentation shares experience in teaching of lean methods based on AR technology to graduate engineering students. [less ▲]

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See detailBioKC: a platform for quality controlled curation and annotation of systems biology models
Vega Moreno, Carlos Gonzalo UL; Groues, Valentin UL; Ostaszewski, Marek UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, September 04)

Standardisation of biomedical knowledge into systems biology models is essential for the study of the biological function. However, biomedical knowledge curation is a laborious manual process aggravated ... [more ▼]

Standardisation of biomedical knowledge into systems biology models is essential for the study of the biological function. However, biomedical knowledge curation is a laborious manual process aggravated by the ever increasing growth of biomedical literature. High quality curation currently relies on pathway databases where outsider participation is minimal. The increasing demand of systems biology knowledge presents new challenges regarding curation, calling for new collaborative functionalities to improve quality control of the review process. These features are missing in the current systems biology environment, whose tools are not well suited for an open community-based model curation workflow. On one hand, diagram editors such as CellDesigner or Newt provide limited annotation features. On the other hand, most popular text annotations tools are not aimed for biomedical text annotation or model curation. Detaching the model curation and annotation tasks from diagram editing improves model iteration and centralizes the annotation of such models with supporting evidence. In this vain, we present BioKC, a web-based platform for systematic quality-controlled collaborative curation and annotation of biomedical knowledge following the standard data model from Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML). [less ▲]

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See detailScientific Instruments in Constcamer Paintings: Pictorial Space as a Context for Interpretation
Koeleman, Floor UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September)

Representations of scientific instruments abound in the seventeenth-century genre of constcamer paintings. These works of art depict interiors full of rich collections of artifacts, natural materials ... [more ▼]

Representations of scientific instruments abound in the seventeenth-century genre of constcamer paintings. These works of art depict interiors full of rich collections of artifacts, natural materials, animals and people, and were created almost exclusively in Antwerp and Brussels. In contrast to material and written sources, such images provide us with a context, captured in paint, which contributes to our understanding of the contemporary meaning of scientific instruments. This presentation will highlight the wide variety of instruments (mainly optical and mathematical) that are included in constcamer paintings. Depending on how we define ‘scientific instrument’, between 63 and 100 constcamer paintings from the early modern period can be identified as including representations of scientific instruments. The study of these images from the perspective of the visual and material culture of science not only provides further insight into the variety of instruments that existed at the time, but also sheds light on how painters produced these representations, either by using an actual object or by resorting to a preexisting depiction. It will be shown that the instruments in the paintings reflect a thriving glass industry and the activity of skilled goldsmiths in local workshops and at the archducal court. While over the course of the seventeenth century the novelty of such instruments declined, their association with knowledge of nature, the role of vision and the art of painting persisted. As such, the instruments in constcamer paintings denote both a practical and a philosophical dimension, relating to the world of the senses as well as the intellect. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Analysis of Interaction between a Reacting Fluid and a Moving Bed with Spatially and Temporally Fluctuating Porosity
Rousset, Alban UL; Mainassara Chekaraou, Abdoul Wahid UL; Besseron, Xavier UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, August 31)

The purpose of this study is to propose a numerical approach that combines low computational costs through the use of high computing efficiency, allowing the realistic use of the design with a sufficient ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to propose a numerical approach that combines low computational costs through the use of high computing efficiency, allowing the realistic use of the design with a sufficient result's accuracy for industrial applications to investigate biomass combustion in a large-scale reciprocating grate. In the present contribution, a Biomass combustion chamber of a 16 MW geothermal steam super-heater, which is part of the Enel Green Power "Cornia 2" power plant,is being investigated with high-performance computing methods. For this purpose, the extended discrete element method (XDEM) developed at the University of Luxembourg is used in an HPC environment, which includes both the moving wooden bed and the combustion chamber above it. The XDEM simulation platform is based on a hybrid four-way coupling between the Discrete Element Method (DEM) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). In this approach, particles are treated as discrete elements that are coupled by heat, mass, and momentum transfer to the surrounding gas as a continuous phase. For individual wood particles, besides the equations of motion, the differential conservation equations for mass, heat, and momentum are solved, which describe the thermodynamic state during thermal conversion. The grate system has three different moving sections to ensure good mixing of the biomass parts and appropriate residence time. The primary air enters from below the grate and is split into four different zones. Furthermore, a secondary air is injected at high velocity straight over the fuel bed through nozzles. A Flue Gas Recirculation is present and partly injected through two jets along the vertical channel and partly from below the grate. The numerical 3D model presented is based on a multi-phase approach. The biomass particles are taken into consideration via the XDEM Method, while the gaseous phase is described by CFD with OpenFOAM. Thus, the combustion of the particles on the moving beds in the furnace is processed by XDEM through conduction, radiation and conversion along with the interaction with the surrounding gas phase accounted for by CFD. The coupling of CFD-XDEM as an Euler-Lagrange model is used. The fluid phase is a continuous phase handled with an Eulerian approach and each particle is tracked with a Lagrangian approach. Energy, mass and momentum conservation is applied for every single particle and the interaction of particles with each other in the bed and with the surrounding gas phase are taken into account. An individual particle can have a solid, liquid, gas or inert material phases (immobile species) at the same time. The different phases can undergo a series of conversion through various reactions that can be homogeneous, heterogeneous or intrinsic (drying, pyrolysis, gasification and oxidation). Our first results are consistent with actual data obtained from the sampling of the residual solid in the industrial plant. Our model is also able to predict gas flux behaviour inside the furnace, particularly the flue gas recirculation on the combustion process injection. [less ▲]

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See detailDecomposition schemes for symmetric n-ary bands
Devillet, Jimmy UL; Mathonet, Pierre

Scientific Conference (2020, August 27)

We extend the classical (strong) semilattice decomposition scheme of certain classes of semigroups to the class of idempotent symmetric n-ary semigroups (i.e. symmetric n-ary bands) where n \geq 2 is an ... [more ▼]

We extend the classical (strong) semilattice decomposition scheme of certain classes of semigroups to the class of idempotent symmetric n-ary semigroups (i.e. symmetric n-ary bands) where n \geq 2 is an integer. More precisely, we show that these semigroups are exactly the strong n-ary semilattices of n-ary extensions of Abelian groups whose exponents divide n-1. We then use this main result to obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for a symmetric n-ary band to be reducible to a semigroup. [less ▲]

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See detail3DBooSTeR: 3D Body Shape and Texture Recovery
Saint, Alexandre Fabian A UL; Kacem, Anis UL; Cherenkova, Kseniya UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, August 23)

We propose 3DBooSTeR, a novel method to recover a textured 3D body mesh from a textured partial 3D scan. With the advent of virtual and augmented reality, there is a demand for creating realistic and high ... [more ▼]

We propose 3DBooSTeR, a novel method to recover a textured 3D body mesh from a textured partial 3D scan. With the advent of virtual and augmented reality, there is a demand for creating realistic and high-fidelity digital 3D human representations. However, 3D scanning systems can only capture the 3D human body shape up to some level of defects due to its complexity, including occlusion between bodyparts, varying levels of details, shape deformations and the articulated skeleton. Textured 3D mesh completion is thus important to enhance3D acquisitions. The proposed approach decouples the shape and texture completion into two sequential tasks. The shape is recovered by an encoder-decoder network deforming a template body mesh. The texture is subsequently obtained by projecting the partial texture onto the template mesh before inpainting the corresponding texture map with a novel approach. The approach is validated on the 3DBodyTex.v2 dataset [less ▲]

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See detailSHARP 2020: The 1st Shape Recovery from Partial Textured 3D Scans Challenge Results
Saint, Alexandre Fabian A UL; Kacem, Anis UL; Cherenkova, Kseniya UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, August 23)

The SHApe Recovery from Partial textured 3D scans challenge, SHARP 2020, is the first edition of a challenge fostering and benchmarking methods for recovering complete textured 3D scans from raw ... [more ▼]

The SHApe Recovery from Partial textured 3D scans challenge, SHARP 2020, is the first edition of a challenge fostering and benchmarking methods for recovering complete textured 3D scans from raw incomplete data. SHARP 2020 is organized as a workshop in conjunction with ECCV 2020. There are two complementary challenges, the first one on 3D human scans, and the second one on generic objects. Challenge 1 is further split into two tracks, focusing, first, on large body and clothing regions, and, second, on fine body details. A novel evaluation metric is proposed to quantify jointly the shape reconstruction, the texture reconstruction, and the amount of completed data. Additionally, two unique datasets of 3D scans are proposed, to provide raw ground-truth data for the benchmarks. The datasets are released to the scientific community. Moreover, an accompanying custom library of software routines is also released to the scientific community. It allows for processing 3D scans, generating partial data and performing the evaluation. Results of the competition, analyzed in comparison to baselines, show the validity of the proposed evaluation metrics and highlight the challenging aspects of the task and of the datasets. Details on the SHARP 2020 challenge can be found at https://cvi2.uni.lu/sharp2020/ [less ▲]

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See detailCollective Knowledge Production in Educational Ethnography: From Team-Ethnography to European Cooperation and Beyond
Maeder, Christoph; Kuhn, Melanie; Neumann, Sascha et al

Scientific Conference (2020, August)

Ethnography can be regarded as being inherently collaborative (see: Lassiter 2005). But if we accept ethnography as a collaborative, cooperative and joint production of knowledge, many questions namely ... [more ▼]

Ethnography can be regarded as being inherently collaborative (see: Lassiter 2005). But if we accept ethnography as a collaborative, cooperative and joint production of knowledge, many questions namely around cooperation within and between people, projects, disciplines, places, organizations and research teams etc. arise. In this panel discussion we want to explore and discuss questions and challenges of different levels of collaboration, or ways of working together in educational ethnography under the auspices of the production of knowledge on education. [...] [less ▲]

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See detailPeer influence in individuals with developmental disabilities
Zurbriggen, Carmen UL

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See detailManaging residence permits and migrant unemployment during the COVID-19 crisis
Sommarribas, Adolfo UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 30)

This presentation deals on how immigration authorities in European Union Member States and Norway dealt with third-country national residence permits and how they are dealing with third-country nationals ... [more ▼]

This presentation deals on how immigration authorities in European Union Member States and Norway dealt with third-country national residence permits and how they are dealing with third-country nationals who are losing their employment in regard to their right to stay in the host countries. [less ▲]

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See detailWorking with Deep Generative Models and Tabular Data Imputation
Camino, Ramiro Daniel UL; Hammerschmidt, Christian UL; State, Radu UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 17)

Datasets with missing values are very common in industry applications. Missing data typically have a negative impact on machine learning models. With the rise of generative models in deep learning, recent ... [more ▼]

Datasets with missing values are very common in industry applications. Missing data typically have a negative impact on machine learning models. With the rise of generative models in deep learning, recent studies proposed solutions to the problem of imputing missing values based various deep generative models. Previous experiments with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Variational Autoencoders (VAEs) showed promising results in this domain. Initially, these results focused on imputation in image data, e.g. filling missing patches in images. Recent proposals addressed missing values in tabular data. For these data, the case for deep generative models seems to be less clear. In the process of providing a fair comparison of proposed methods, we uncover several issues when assessing the status quo: the use of under-specified and ambiguous dataset names, the large range of parameters and hyper-parameters to tune for each method, and the use of different metrics and evaluation methods. [less ▲]

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See detailSTEAM Education in elementary schools: A holistic investigation on technology enhanced teaching and learning
Haas, Ben; Lavicza, Zsolt; Kreis, Yves UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 03)

When we address the learning of mathematics in elementary school, we imagine pupils doing experiments, discoveries, and combining the different elements from arithmetics to geometry. Pupils interact with ... [more ▼]

When we address the learning of mathematics in elementary school, we imagine pupils doing experiments, discoveries, and combining the different elements from arithmetics to geometry. Pupils interact with their environment and try to use their learned skills to get a deeper understanding of the world. They engage in a mathematical thinking process and try to interact with their environment. However, when you visit a classroom, you find a rather old fashioned teaching based on a deductive approach where imitations of technics play an essential role. Based on our observations, pupils learn mainly through to repetitions in textbooks. Experimentation, if any, comes as additional work, it is seen as a ludic activity rather than as real learning activity. In our research, we inquired about different ways to engage pupils in an experimental approach. We used digital and physical modulation, augmented reality, and various educational technologies. In one of our first studies, we designed a tutoring system to foster process-related skills in mathematics within the educational software MathemaTIC . We collected data on pupils in assessments on transferring mathematical thinking from instructional technology to the everyday classroom teaching. In a second study, we worked with pupils from elementary schools, kindergarten, and from the special needs section to go beyond two-dimensional representations and discover how mathematics operates in three-dimensional settings. Pupils worked on designing software and three-dimensional printing. We collected data on how pupils and parents perceived the learning and teaching and how this influences the further thinking in mathematics. In a holistic approach, we aimed to identify how pupils, teachers and parents perceive the learning through these new technologies and how it affects the learning and teaching. Our research happened in onsite and remote teaching. In this conference, we will present results from the different studies, give insights into our research, and present future experimental investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailEthische Aspekte im reflexiven Schulpraktikum. Eine Ethik des Lebens für Praxisbegleiter
Weber, Jean-Marie UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 03)

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See detailNational responses to date during the COVID-19 crisis in the areas of migration and asylum
Sommarribas, Adolfo UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 02)

This is a presentation of key findings of national responses to COVID-19 to date based on EMN Ad-hoc Queries launched by the European Migration Network between 13 March and 15 June 2020.

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See detailDo they belong? Perception of new citizens – a host country perspective
Murdock, Elke UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July 02)

In 30 years, Luxembourg’s population grew from 500,000 in 2010 to 614,000 in 2019. This growth is largely due to immigration. The foreign population percentage reached 47,5% on 1st of January 2019 – a ... [more ▼]

In 30 years, Luxembourg’s population grew from 500,000 in 2010 to 614,000 in 2019. This growth is largely due to immigration. The foreign population percentage reached 47,5% on 1st of January 2019 – a slight decline (-0.4%) on the previous year. This decline is in fact due to the rise in naturalizations. Since the reform of the citizenship law in 2008, Luxembourg has experienced a steady rise in naturalizations – which amounted to 684 in 2000, 4311 in 2010 and reached 11,876 in 2018. In terms of formal criteria, these new citizens belong to Luxembourg. They have to take part in parliamentary elections and can stand themselves as candidates. Yet how are these new Luxembourgish citizens perceived by the native population? Are they perceived as part of the in-group? To investigate this question, we conducted a quantitative study among 253 native Luxembourgers (65% women, Mage= 34.6, SD = 15.6) – all of whom held Luxembourgish citizenship and the majority (97%) were born in Luxembourg. We assessed the attitude towards a diverse society in general and Luxembourg in particular, adapted the allophilia scale to measure the positive attitude towards the outgroup new-Luxembourgers and assessed the perceived degree of overlap between native and new Luxembourgers. Just over half of the participants (57%) perceive a degree of overlap – which is in turn predicted by openness towards diversity and acceptance of new Luxembourgers. Implications of these findings for inclusive societies will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailImmigration - the host country perspective
Murdock, Elke UL; Sölvason, Ómar

Scientific Conference (2020, July 01)

With 35.5 immigrants per 1000 inhabitants, Iceland had the third highest number of immigrants/ inhabitants in Europe in 2017. Until the turn of the century, the foreign population percentage in Iceland ... [more ▼]

With 35.5 immigrants per 1000 inhabitants, Iceland had the third highest number of immigrants/ inhabitants in Europe in 2017. Until the turn of the century, the foreign population percentage in Iceland was around 2%. In the last 5 years, this percentage has risen steadily to over 10% in 2018. How is this rapid rise in immigration experienced by the host country population? What is the attitude towards this increasingly plurally composed society? The Inclusive Societies – Iceland project investigated both, the immigrants’ situation in Iceland, but also the native populations’ attitude towards immigration and immigrants. It is important to take the host country perspective into consideration, as diversity ideologies will also determine the acculturation options for minorities. A quantitative survey was conducted among 3630 native Icelanders (51.1% women, Mean Age = 50.8, SD = 15.6), spread across all regions of Iceland. The questions covered satisfaction with life in Iceland in different domains but included also specific questions about the attitudes towards immigrants and enquired about contact with immigrants. The results indicate that this culture contact takes place – with over two thirds of participants indicating that they have invited immigrants to their home a few (34.4%) or many times (34.4%). Slightly less participants have been invited to immigrants’ homes (few times 33.6%, often 27.9%). Predictors for openness towards multiculturalism will be presented and discussed. We will also outline the domains with little and considerable variance among respondents concerning cultural practice and attitude to immigration and close with a discussion of policy implications. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic derivation of Generalized Langevin Equations for coarse-graining and bridge-scaling procedures
Meyer, Hugues UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

In many branches of physics, one must often deal with processes involving a huge number of degrees of freedom. Instead of describing the dynamics of each individual of them, one rather wants to ... [more ▼]

In many branches of physics, one must often deal with processes involving a huge number of degrees of freedom. Instead of describing the dynamics of each individual of them, one rather wants to characterize the process of interest via a small set of observ- ables that capture its main features of the process. Even if the microscopic dynamics can be resolved using Newton’s equations of motion, it quickly becomes a computation- ally very expensive calculation to make. It is however much more convenient to come up with a self-consistent equation of motion for the ’global’ observable of interest itself in order to reduce the complexity of the problem. The development of the Mori-Zwanzig formalism in the 1960’s allowed to systematically derive such equations for arbitrary observables in stationary processes. This framework, derived from first principles by means of projection operator techniques, proves the structure of what is now known as the Generalized Langevin Equation, i.e. a stochastic equation of motion which a priori exhibits memory effects in the form on non-localities in time. We propose to extend the formalism and its corollaries to a broad class of out-of- equilibrium processes. We show that the structure of the Generalized Langevin Equa- tion is overall robust but must be adapted to account for the non-stationary dynamics [1,2]. The function that controls memory effects the stochastic term are related through a relation that can be associated to fluctuation-dissipation theorems. This formalism is very convenient to study two-time auto-correlation functions for which we can write a self-consistent differential equation as well. We finally show a new method to evaluate the memory function from numerical or experimental data [3]. [less ▲]

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See detailDATA DRIVEN SURGICAL SIMULATIONS
Deshpande, Saurabh UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL; Beex, Lars UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

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See detailMeasuring Executive Functions and their Relations to Mathematical Skills in Preschool Children: A Meta-Analysis
Emslander, Valentin UL; Scherer, Ronny

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

Introduction: Executive functions (inhibition, attention shifting, working memory) are linked to mathematical skills in school students and adults. This link is particularly important because performance ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Executive functions (inhibition, attention shifting, working memory) are linked to mathematical skills in school students and adults. This link is particularly important because performance in school mathematics is predictive of various competencies later in life. While some researchers argue that tests of executive functions and mathematical skills measure the same underlying construct, others argue that they measure distinct but correlated constructs. Also, evidence on the differentiation of cognitive skills over time exists. Clarifying the relation between executive functions and mathematical skills is, however, challenging, especially because preschoolers cannot fill in commonly used questionnaires that require them to read. As a consequence, researchers have to resort to behavioral, verbal, apparatus-, or computer-based assessments of executive functions. Objectives/Methodology: With this meta-analysis of 26 studies containing 238 effect sizes, we examined the link between executive functions and early mathematical skills for a total sample of 24,256 preschool children. Specifically, we synthesized the corresponding correlations and sought to clarify which executive function assessments were used for preschool children and how the assessment characteristics may moderate the correlation between executive functions and mathematical skills. Results: Utilizing three-level random-effects meta-analysis, we found a moderate correlation between executive functions and mathematical skills in preschool children, r = 0.35. The type of assessment (behavioral, verbal, apparatus-, or computer-based assessments) did not moderate this relation. Differentiating between the three executive functions revealed average correlations of r = 0.31 between math and inhibition, r = 0.38 between math and attention shifting, and r = 0.36 between math and updating. These analyses will be supplemented by further moderator analyses. Conclusions: Our findings support the significant link between executive functions and mathematical skills in preschoolers—yet, the average correlations do not suggest that both measures are identical. Results will be discussed against the background of deployed assessments and testing environments. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse simulation for retrieving the undeformed position for hyperelastic materials : application to breast simulations
Mazier, Arnaud UL; Bilger, Alexandre; Forte, Antonio et al

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See detailPractical aspects of the Bank-Weiser estimator implementation and Biomechanics applications.
Bulle, Raphaël UL; Bordas, Stéphane UL; Chouly, Franz et al

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

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See detailA short Survey on the Cyber Security in Control Systems
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

In the present survey paper, we give a short, yet exhaustive state-of-the-art about the cyber-security applied to control systems, especially the event-based strategy. Indeed, in the past few years, due ... [more ▼]

In the present survey paper, we give a short, yet exhaustive state-of-the-art about the cyber-security applied to control systems, especially the event-based strategy. Indeed, in the past few years, due to a highest degree of connectivity in modern systems, new related control-specific cyber-physical systems security challengesarise and novel approaches integrating the cyber aspect are developed.Our goal in this paper is then to provide an overview of attack-modeling and security analysis approaches in recent works thatexplore networked control systems subject to cyber-attacks attacks. To this end, we look at the control, estimation, and modeling problems. [less ▲]

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See detailThe development and validation of a short conscientiousness questionnaire for large-scale educational assessment
van der Westhuizen, Lindie UL; Franzen, Patrick UL; Arens, A. Katrin et al

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

Conscientiousness and its subfacets are related to multiple learning-related outcomes. MacCann, Duckworth and Roberts (2009) developed a questionnaire measuring seven subfacets of conscientiousness with ... [more ▼]

Conscientiousness and its subfacets are related to multiple learning-related outcomes. MacCann, Duckworth and Roberts (2009) developed a questionnaire measuring seven subfacets of conscientiousness with 59 items. However, the resources required to complete such long scales often renders it unsuitable for large-scale educational assessment. Consequently, an economic and psychometrically sound conscientiousness questionnaire that is specifically customized for this context is needed. We developed and validated a short version of the MacCann et al. (2009) questionnaire. In study 1, French and German adaptations of the questionnaire were administered to a representative dataset comprising all ninth-graders in Luxembourg (N1=6325, Cohort 2017). Using an exhaustive search algorithm, we identified the optimal combination of four items for each subfacet by simultaneously considering three criteria: goodness of fit, factor saturation, and scalar measurement invariance across the German and French versions. In study 2, we validated our short 28-item questionnaire on a second, independent sample comprising 6,279 Luxembourgish ninth-graders (Cohort 2018). A 7-factor model assuming separate factors for each subfacet obtained acceptable fit (CFI=.93, RMSEA=.04, SRMR=.06). The criterion validity for each subfacet was tested by examining the relation to standardized achievement tests (SATs). In study 3, drawing on a dataset of 275 tenth-graders (linked longitudinally with the ninth-grade data from study 1), evidence of predictive validity (i.e., school grades) was examined. The subfacets of industriousness, caution and perfectionism showed the strongest relations with both SATs (study 2) and school grades (study 3). Our study delivered a short, valid and reliable questionnaire for the assessment of seven conscientiousness facets in the educational context. The scale is invariant across the German and French language versions and its brevity makes it suitable for large-scale educational assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen historians create their archives: the making of covidmemory project
Brüll, Christoph UL

Scientific Conference (2020, June 30)

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See detailSTEAM in special needs education in an elementary school in Luxemburg
Haas, Ben; Lavicza, Zsolt; Kreis, Yves UL

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See detailInnovative uses of technologies for STEAM education in elementary schools in Luxemburg
Haas, Ben; Kreis, Yves UL

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Chewe Ngapeya, Gelen Gael UL; Waldmann, Daniele UL

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See detailParallel coupling strategy for multi-physics applications in eXtended Discrete Element Method
Besseron, Xavier UL; Rousset, Alban UL; Mainassara Chekaraou, Abdoul Wahid UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, June 18)

Multi-physics problems containing discrete particles interacting with fluid phases are widely used industry for example in biomass combustion on a moving grate, particle sedimentation, iron production ... [more ▼]

Multi-physics problems containing discrete particles interacting with fluid phases are widely used industry for example in biomass combustion on a moving grate, particle sedimentation, iron production within a blast furnace, and selective laser melting for additive manufacturing. The eXtended Discrete Element Method (XDEM) uses a coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian approach to simulate these complex phenomena, and relies on the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to model the particle phase and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for the fluid phases, solved respectively with XDEM and OpenFOAM. However, such simulations are very computationally intensive. Additionally, because the DEM particles move within the CFD phases, a 3D volume coupling is required, hence it represents an important amount of data to be exchanged. This volume of communication can have a considerable impact on the performance of the parallel execution. To address this issue, XDEM has proposed a coupling strategy relying on a co-located partitioning. This approach coordinates the domain decomposition of the two independent solvers, XDEM and OpenFOAM, to impose some co-location constraints and reduce the overhead due to the coupling data exchange. This strategy for the parallel coupling of CFD-DEM has been evaluated to perform large scale simulations of debris within a dam break flow. [less ▲]

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See detailNational responses to date during the COVID-19 crisis in the areas of migration and asylum
Sommarribas, Adolfo UL

Scientific Conference (2020, June 17)

The COVID-19 took by surprise most Member States of the European Union, as they underestimated the rapid spread of the contagion in the continent. The response of the Member States was asymmetrical ... [more ▼]

The COVID-19 took by surprise most Member States of the European Union, as they underestimated the rapid spread of the contagion in the continent. The response of the Member States was asymmetrical, individualistic and significantly slow. The first measures taken were to close down the internal borders. The response of the European Union was even slower to the point that and it was not until March 17th 2020 that the external borders were closed. These actions affected legal migration into the European Union from four perspectives: 1) it affected the mobility of those third country nationals who were on temporary stay in the Member States; 2) the entry of third country nationals to do seasonal work; 3) the entry and stay of legal migrants; and 4) the status quo of the third country nationals already residing in the Member States, especially those who have a loss of income. This article will deal with the measures taken by Member States on who to manage the immigration services during the crisis as well as the measures taken in order to deal with overstayers, seasonal workers and other legal migrants. Finally, we will focus in the vulnerable situation that third-country national salaried workers are exposed due to the loss of income or loss of employment in the Member States and the risk of being returned to their country of origin. This presentation will also analyse the access to unemployment benefits. [less ▲]

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See detailNetworked Governance, Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation
Van Weyenbergh, Gael; Bouillard, Maxime; Wieneke, Lars UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, June 12)

This workshop gathering 10 participants focused on finding the root cause for the need and purpose for multistakeholder cooperation between social scientists and civil society.

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See detailThe relevance of risk disclosure and the role of readability and comparability
Weber, Véronique UL; Muessig, Anke UL

Scientific Conference (2020, June 05)

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See detailSuccessive Convex Approximation for Transmit Power Minimization in SWIPT-Multicast Systems
Gautam, Sumit UL; Lagunas, Eva UL; Kisseleff, Steven UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, June)

We propose a novel technique for total transmit power minimization and optimal precoder design in wireless multi-group (MG) multicasting (MC) systems. The considered framework consists of three different ... [more ▼]

We propose a novel technique for total transmit power minimization and optimal precoder design in wireless multi-group (MG) multicasting (MC) systems. The considered framework consists of three different systems capable of handling heterogeneous user types viz., information decoding (ID) specific users with conventional receiver architectures, energy harvesting (EH) only users with non-linear EH module, and users with joint ID and EH capabilities having separate units for the two operations, respectively. Each user is categorized under unique group(s), which can be of MC type specifically meant for ID users, and/or an energy group consisting of EH explicit users. The joint ID and EH users are a part of the (last) EH group as well as any one of the MC groups distinctly. In this regard, we formulate an optimization problem to minimize the total transmit power with optimal precoder designs for the three aforementioned scenarios, under constraints on minimum signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio and harvested energy by the users with respective demands. The problem may be adapted to the well-known semi-definite program, which can be typically solved via relaxation of rank-1 constraint. However, the relaxation of this constraint may in some cases lead to performance degradation, which increases with the rank of the solution obtained from the relaxed problem. Hence, we develop a novel technique motivated by the feasible-point pursuit and successive convex approximation method in order to address the rank-related issue. The benefits of the proposed method are illustrated under various operating conditions and parameter values, with comparison between the three above-mentioned scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailBoosting SWIPT via Symbol-Level Precoding
Gautam, Sumit UL; Krivochiza, Jevgenij UL; Haqiqatnejad, Alireza UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, May 29)

In this paper, we investigate a simultaneous wireless information and power transmission (SWIPT) system, wherein a single multi-antenna transmitter serves multiple single-antenna users which employ the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigate a simultaneous wireless information and power transmission (SWIPT) system, wherein a single multi-antenna transmitter serves multiple single-antenna users which employ the power-splitting (PS) receiver architecture. We formulate a Symbol-Level Precoding (SLP) based transmit power minimization problem dependent on the minimum signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) and energy harvesting (EH) thresholds. We solve the corresponding non-negative convex quadratic optimization problem per time frame of transmitted symbols and study the benefits of proposed design under Zero-Forcing (ZF) Precoding, Direct Demand SLP (DD-SLP), and Squared-Root Demand SLP (RD-SLP) techniques. A static PS-ratio is fixed according to the SINR and EH demands to enable the segregation of intended received signals for information decoding (ID) and EH, respectively. Numerical results show the property conservation of SINR-enhancement via SLP at the ID unit while increasing the harvested energy at each of the end-users. [less ▲]

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See detailZur Bedeutsamkeit des Sportunterrichtes: Der Einfluss der Motivation im Sportunterricht auf den außerschulischen Kontext - ein longitudinaler Ansatz
Hutmacher, Djenna UL; Eckelt, Melanie UL; Bund, Andreas UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, May 22)

Hintergrund: Hinsichtlich der kontinuierlichen Abnahme der körperlichen Aktivität von Kindern und Jugendlichen, rückt die Stärkung der Motivation als Ansatz zur Sportaktivierung immer mehr in den Fokus ... [more ▼]

Hintergrund: Hinsichtlich der kontinuierlichen Abnahme der körperlichen Aktivität von Kindern und Jugendlichen, rückt die Stärkung der Motivation als Ansatz zur Sportaktivierung immer mehr in den Fokus (Standage, Duda, & Ntoumanis, 2005). In ihrem trans-kontextuellen Modell postulieren Hagger und Chatzisarantis (2016) einen Zusammenhang zwischen intrinsischer Motivation im Sportunterricht und in der Freizeit. Dabei spielt die Unterstützung der Bedürfnisse durch die Sportlehrkraft eine wichtige Rolle, um die intrinsische Motivation der SchülerInnen im Sportunterricht und längerfristig in der Freizeit zu fördern, welche ein selbstbestimmtes körperliches Aktivitätsverhalten begünstigen soll. In der vorliegenden Studie wurden diese Annahmen in erweiterter Form im Längsschnitt geprüft. Methode: Es wurden N = 1681 SchülerInnen zwischen 10 und 23 Jahren (M = 14.7 Jahre; 50.7% weiblich) aus 14 luxemburgischen Schulen zu Beginn des Schuljahres (t1) und sechs Monate später am Ende des Schuljahres (t2) getestet. Neben der wahrgenommenen Bedürfnisunterstützung (Standage, Duda, & Ntoumanis, 2005) wurden die Motivationsregulation im Sportunterricht (PLOC-R; Vlachopoulos, Katartzi, Kontou, Moustaka, & Goudas, 2011) und in der Freizeit (BREQ-II; Markland & Tobin, 2004), sowie alle Konstrukte der Theorie des geplanten Handelns (Ajzen, 1991), und die körperliche Aktivität erhoben. Ergebnisse: Cross-Lagged-Panel Analysen zeigen, dass die intrinsische Motivation im Sportunterricht (t1) kontextübergreifend die intrinsische Motivation zur körperlichen Aktivität in der Freizeit (t2) vorhersagt (β = .12, p < .05). Selbiger Befund konnte auch für die Amotivation gefunden werden (β = .15, p < .05). Allerdings wurde kein kontextübergreifender Zusammenhang der extrinsischen Motivation gefunden (p > .05). Entgegen der postulierten Richtung des Modells, sagt eine höhere intrinsische Motivation der SchülerInnen (t1) eine höhere Wahrnehmung der Unterstützung der Grundbedürfnisse durch den Sportlehrer (t2) vorher (β = .10, p < .05). Die intrinsische Motivation in der Freizeit (t1) hängt zudem mit der Einstellung (β = .24, p < .05), subjektiven Norm (β = .11, p < .05), wahrgenommenen Verhaltenskontrolle (β = .12, p < .05), Intention (β = .16, p < .05) und der körperlichen Aktivität (β = .18, p < .05) zu t2 zusammen. Schlussfolgerung: Die Befunde bestätigen die Bedeutsamkeit des Sportunterrichts in dem Sinne, dass die intrinsische Motivation im Sportunterricht die Wahrnehmung der Bedürfnisunterstützung des Sportlehrers erhöht und kontextübergreifend mit der intrinsischen Motivation im Freizeitbereich zusammenhängt, welche wiederum ein selbstbestimmtes körperliches Aktivitätsverhalten in der Freizeit positiv bedingt. Eine Interventionsstudie im Sportunterricht bekräftigt diese Befunde in dem Sinne, dass die Autoren positivere Effekte fanden, wenn, zusätzlich zur alleinigen Autonomieunterstützung, internale Zielsetzungen in der Lehre eingesetzt wurden (Cheon, Reeve, & Song, 2019). [less ▲]

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Brüll, Christoph UL

Scientific Conference (2020, May 13)

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See detailClimate SMART Agriculture: How well does the agricultural sector in Luxembourg perform in terms of climate change?
Evelyne, Stoll; Schader, Christian; Bohn, Torsten et al

Scientific Conference (2020, May 04)

In Luxembourg, the agricultural sector was responsible for 711.7 Gg CO2-equivalents in 2016, which corresponds to 6.95 % of the total country greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over 50 % of the farms are ... [more ▼]

In Luxembourg, the agricultural sector was responsible for 711.7 Gg CO2-equivalents in 2016, which corresponds to 6.95 % of the total country greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over 50 % of the farms are specialist grazing livestock farms. The beef and cattle milk production account globally together for over 60 % of the sector’s global emissions. Thus, the climate impact of the whole agricultural sector in Luxembourg can be significantly lowered by reducing the GHG emissions of the specialist grazing livestock sector. However, beyond farm type, the GHG emissions of a farm are also influenced by other factors, such as management systems and farming practices. To enable a transition towards a more climate-positive agriculture, insights into the sustainability performance in terms of climate change are needed. The aim of this study is to determine the current sustainability performance of the Luxembourgish specialist grazing livestock sector in terms of climate change. The climate impact of the different specialist grazing livestock farm types (OTE (orientation technico-économique) 45 - Specialist dairying; OTE 46 - Specialist cattle - rearing and fattening and OTE 47 - Cattle - dairying, rearing and fattening combined) and of different management systems (conventional or organic) was assessed at farm-level. Furthermore, the relationship between the sustainability performance in terms of climate change and other areas of sustainability is being studied. Farming practices of 60 farms typical for Luxembourg in regard to their share of arable land and permanent grassland (OTE 45: 3 farms; OTE 46: 15; OTE 45: 11; Conventional: 44; Organic: 16) and their respective sustainability implications were assessed in 2019 according to the FAO SAFA Guidelines (Guidelines for the Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems, 2014) using the Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine (SMART)-Farm Tool (v5.0). Organic farms were highly overrepresented, with 26.7 % in the sample compared to 5 % of all Luxembourgish farms. The data was collected during a farm visit and a 3 h interview with the farm manager. The impact of management system and farm type on the SAFA-goal achievement for the sub-theme Greenhouse Gases (GHG) were studied. The results show that the sustainability performances of the participating farms were moderate to good. Goal achievement for the sub-theme GHG was moderate and did not differ significantly between the three farm types (OTE 45: 53.3 % ±3.9 SD goal achievement; OTE 46: 55.6 % ±7.3 SD; OTE 47: 54.6 % ±6.9 SD). Organic farms showed a significantly higher mean goal achievement for GHG than conventional farms (p-value < 0.001) (organic: 58.3 % ±6.0 SD; conventional: 52.6 % ±4.4 SD). For indicators positively impacting GHG, the organic and the OTE 46 farms had generally higher ratings. Correlations between GHG and the other sub-themes were mainly in the Environmental Integrity dimension, showing that implementing climate-positive farming practices can also improve other ecological aspects. The indicator analysis identified the following linchpins: increase in protein autarky, closing of farming cycles and holistic approach with strategic decision making leading to harmonized actions towards a sustainable and climate positive farming system. [less ▲]

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See detailPlay the Pain Away: Pain Regulation and Attention in Virtual Reality
Holl, Elisabeth UL; Rischer, Katharina Miriam UL; Battistutta, Layla UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, May)

Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to be a powerful method to divert attention away from pain (Malloy & Milling, 2010). In an ongoing study (data collection will be finished in late December 2019 ... [more ▼]

Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to be a powerful method to divert attention away from pain (Malloy & Milling, 2010). In an ongoing study (data collection will be finished in late December 2019) healthy participants play the VR game Subnautica in two conditions (high vs. low cognitive load). Pain thresholds and psychophysiological measures are assessed during play to measure the distraction effect. Additionally, pain management will be compared to individual executive functions and attention investigated before playing. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding Moral Decision-Making in Video Games: A Focus Group Study
Holl, Elisabeth UL; Bernard, Steve UL; Melzer, André UL

Scientific Conference (2020, May)

Moral dilemmas have become increasingly popular in video games, although it is still widely unknown why players might find them pleasurable, how they process dilemmas, and which factors affect the ... [more ▼]

Moral dilemmas have become increasingly popular in video games, although it is still widely unknown why players might find them pleasurable, how they process dilemmas, and which factors affect the processing. Therefore, three different focus groups sessions with expert gamers (N = 16) were conducted. Gamers’ expressions of their experience with meaningful and morally relevant game situations were grouped for relevant topics. Topics are supported by direct quotations from participants of discussion groups, referring to up-to-date video game titles and presented together with respective theoretical assumptions. Results show that besides the game-defining theme of interactivity, statements can be grouped broadly into factors that describe why players engage or disengage in the first place (motivation) and factors that shape the moral interaction itself (influencing factors). In summary, our findings support the notion that moral-decision making in video games is a dynamic interplay between several game and user-dependent variables. Findings provide insights into players’ processing of moral dilemmas in video games, which also offers promising suggestions for future research using experimental setups. [less ▲]

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See detailConstcamer Paintings as Epistemic Images: Early Modern Theaters of Wisdom
Koeleman, Floor UL

Scientific Conference (2020, April 04)

This paper argues, against existing literature, that 17th-cent. constcamer paintings were objects to think with, functioning as the two-dimensional space of artificial memory. In turn, these artworks ... [more ▼]

This paper argues, against existing literature, that 17th-cent. constcamer paintings were objects to think with, functioning as the two-dimensional space of artificial memory. In turn, these artworks complicate conventional definitions of epistemic images more broadly. I focus on an analysis of constcamer paintings accounting for the reception of the ancients and the mnemonic and propaedeutic role of images, entailing concepts such as wonder or thauma (from Greek θεάομαι), the drive to gather knowledge, memory as the locus of this ‘collection’, and recollecting as the intellectual process of interaction with memorized knowledge. The term inventor, referring to the creator of a given collection, is derived from the rhetorical technique for the retrieval of information. The theatre or ‘place for viewing’ provided the physical context for the collected wisdom. Inventors of constcamer paintings – often artists themselves – vitally participated in knowledge formation contributing to contemporary intellectual debates. [less ▲]

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See detailLangzeiteffekte von Klassenwiederholungen in der Sekundarstufe
Klapproth, Florian; Keller, Ulrich UL; Fischbach, Antoine UL

Scientific Conference (2020, March)

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See detailInvestigating the role of individual differences in the analgesic response to a virtual reality game: An exploratory analysis (accepted submission, but symposium was cancelled due to COVID-19)
Rischer, Katharina Miriam UL; Barcatta, Katharina UL; Battistutta, Layla UL et al

Scientific Conference (2020, March)

Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to be a powerful method of redirecting attention away from pain and is increasingly used in clinical settings as a therapeutic tool for pain treatment. Yet, little is ... [more ▼]

Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to be a powerful method of redirecting attention away from pain and is increasingly used in clinical settings as a therapeutic tool for pain treatment. Yet, little is known about the underlying factors that modulate the size of the analgesic response to a VR game, such as task difficulty and inter-individual differences in pain attitude, emotion regulation habits, executive functions and virtual reality experience. Methods: 101 healthy participants played two versions of the VR game Subnautica, differing in cognitive load (low load vs. high load). In the low load condition, participants navigated along a predefined route. In the high load condition, participants additionally memorized a series of single digits presented along the route. Pain heat thresholds as well as psychophysiological measures (ECG, EDA) were recorded during a resting state period prior to, as well as during, the two VR playing sessions. In addition, participants completed several psychological questionnaires and different executive functioning tasks (Corsi block tapping task, flanker task, go/nogo task) prior to the VR sessions. Results: Preliminary results of a subgroup (N = 66) of the total sample revealed that pain thresholds were significantly higher for the VR playing sessions when compared to the resting state period, with a trend of a higher threshold for the high load condition. Moreover, pain catastrophizing and fear of pain were significant predictors of pain threshold measurements. The complete results will be presented at the symposium. Discussion: Results could shed light on the role of inter-individual differences on the efficacy of VR-based distraction from pain, and potentially elucidate factors that render an individual more likely to benefit from VR as a pain-relieving tool. This may have important consequences for the use of VR as a therapeutic treatment for pain patients. [less ▲]

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See detailNew opportunities by laser joining of dissimilar materials
Plapper, Peter UL

Scientific Conference (2020, February 13)

The presentation gives an overview about research projects at UL related to laser welding of dissimilar materials. Literature reference at the end enables the reader to dig deeper in case some specific ... [more ▼]

The presentation gives an overview about research projects at UL related to laser welding of dissimilar materials. Literature reference at the end enables the reader to dig deeper in case some specific projects are of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailVon Imaginationen himmlischer Erlösung bis zum Pogrom – Der Umgang mit Leprakranken im historischen Überblick.
Uhrmacher, Martin UL

Scientific Conference (2020, February 13)

Die Geschichte der Lepra ist geprägt von Elend, Siechtum und Ausgrenzung bis hin zum Pogrom, aber andererseits auch von religiöser Überhöhung, Privilegierung und beispielhafter Fürsorge. Diese Ambivalenz ... [more ▼]

Die Geschichte der Lepra ist geprägt von Elend, Siechtum und Ausgrenzung bis hin zum Pogrom, aber andererseits auch von religiöser Überhöhung, Privilegierung und beispielhafter Fürsorge. Diese Ambivalenz ist sehr typisch für den Umgang mit Leprakranken, auch Leprose genannt, im Mittelalter und in der frühen Neuzeit. Und sie spiegelt sich auch in Vorurteilen wider, mit denen die an Lepra Erkrankten konfrontiert waren. Das Spektrum reicht hier von Imaginationen himmlischer Erlösung bis hin zur Unterstellung von Sünden und Verbrechen. Der Vortrag beschreibt zunächst Ursprünge und Ausprägungen von Vorurteilen gegenüber Leprakranken beschreiben. Kann man überhaupt von „den Leprosen“ sprechen, die stets als typische Randgruppe der mittelalterlichen Gesellschaft bezeichnet werden? Oder führten Vorurteile in unterschiedlichen zeitlichen und sozialen Kontexten womöglich zur Bildung verschiedener Gruppen? Hierzu werden im zweiten Teil ausgewählte Quellenbeispiele in den Blick genommen. Sie zeigen auf, welche konkreten Auswirkungen bestehende Vorurteile in der Praxis auf die Lebenswelt von Leprakranken hatten. Und sie ermöglichen, der Wandlung von Vorurteilsstrukturen in der long durée nachzugehen. [less ▲]

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See detailLe relations belgo-luxembourgeoises: une mise en perspective historique
Brüll, Christoph UL

Scientific Conference (2020, February 05)

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See detailN point Virasoro algebras considered as Krichever - Novikov type algebras
Schlichenmaier, Martin UL

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See detailOpening the black box of the social learning process: The case of community of practices
Boughattas, Yosra; Geraudel, Mickaël UL; Claeye, Frederic

Scientific Conference (2020, February 04)

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See detailThe Loneliness of the Vilain : Shakespeare and Schiller
Kohns, Oliver UL

Scientific Conference (2020, February)

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See detailWOW! Sewage is valuable!
Frkova, Zuzana UL; Venditti, Silvia UL; Lacroix, Mark et al

Scientific Conference (2020, February)

There are market opportunities for raw materials from sewage, but for this the sewage treatment plants and the industry need alignment. This calls for a transition: sewage treatment plants need to switch ... [more ▼]

There are market opportunities for raw materials from sewage, but for this the sewage treatment plants and the industry need alignment. This calls for a transition: sewage treatment plants need to switch from treating sewage to producing valuable materials. On the other hand, market parties need to regard sewage as a valuable source instead of ‘dirty unsafe water’. Last but not least, the policies should better fit this new circular practice. To realize these opportunities WOW! aims to develop value chains for three different raw materials from sewage: cellulose, PHA bioplastics and lipids. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal Organiser, European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee Meeting
Wolff, Christian UL

Scientific Conference (2020, February)

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See detailWhen a Master Dies: Speculation and Asset Float”
Penasse, Julien UL; Renneboog,, Luc; Scheinkman, José A.

Scientific Conference (2020, January 30)

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See detailLa pluralité des marchés du travail au Luxembourg
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle UL

Scientific Conference (2020, January 28)

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See detailEtudes universitaires sur le Luxembourg: Mots d'accueil
Bisdorff, Raymond UL

Scientific Conference (2020, January 28)

Concise historical review of 20 years of interdisciplinary Luxembourg studies before the foundation of the University of Luxembourg

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See detailWhy is the Market Skewness-Return Relationship Negative?
Lehnert, Thorsten UL

Scientific Conference (2020, January 23)

The observed negative relationship between market skewness and excess return or the negative price of market skewness risk in the cross-section of stock returns is somewhat counterintuitive when we ... [more ▼]

The observed negative relationship between market skewness and excess return or the negative price of market skewness risk in the cross-section of stock returns is somewhat counterintuitive when we consider the usual interpretation of e.g. option-implied skewness as an indicator of jump risk or downside risk. One possible explanation for this inconsistency is that there are factors affecting option-implied market skewness other than jump risk in the stock market. In this paper, I find that price pressure associated with “crowded trades” of mutual funds is an important endogenous factor. Given that retail investors are prone to herding, the directional trading of mutual funds is correlated, and their collective actions can generate short-term price pressure on aggregate stock prices. Short sellers systematically exploit these patterns not only in the equity lending market, but also in the options market. In line with this economic channel, I find that firstly, the significant negative relationship between market skewness and returns becomes insignificant, once I control for price pressure. Secondly, the negative relationship is only present for the “bad” downside component of risk-neutral skewness, associated with out-of-the-money put options. For the “good” upside component of risk-neutral skewness, associated with out-of-the-money call options, the relationship is always positive. Thirdly, price pressure affects the skewness-return relationship, which can be clearly distinguished from the impact of flows on the volatility-return relationship in terms of the leverage effect. [less ▲]

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See detail„Entweder man kann’s oder man lässt es bleiben.“ Kritische Gedanken zur Ausbildung von Blasmusikdirigenten
Sagrillo, Damien UL

Scientific Conference (2020, January 17)

Diesen Karl Böhm in den Mund gelegten Satz passt zu seinem Naturell. Sein Sarkasmus und Zynismus waren bekannt. Karl Böhm hat nie ein Dirigierstudium absolviert. Dennoch gehörte er zu den Großen seines ... [more ▼]

Diesen Karl Böhm in den Mund gelegten Satz passt zu seinem Naturell. Sein Sarkasmus und Zynismus waren bekannt. Karl Böhm hat nie ein Dirigierstudium absolviert. Dennoch gehörte er zu den Großen seines Fachs. In der Fachzeitschrift „das Orchester“ ist im Zusammenhang mit dem berufsausbildenden Angebot für Blasorchesterdirigenten folgendes zu lesen: „Marschmusik oder leichtere Muse haben keinen Platz im Curriculum, die Konzentration liegt auf der Literatur für Sinfonisches Blasorchester“ Diese Aussage gehört kritisch hinterfragt. In meinem Vortrag steht infolgedessen zweierlei im Vordergrund. Zum einen: Was ist ein sinfonisches Blasorchester bzw. eine Bläserphilharmonie – wo kommen die Begriffe her, worauf zielen sie ab? Zum anderen: Marchmusik und sog. „leichte Muse“ gehören zum Wesen lokaler Musikvereine. Wieso finden diese als Tradition zu bezeichnenden Genres der Blasmusik in der Ausbildung keinen Platz? In der Zusammenfassung der beiden voraus gestellten Fragen lassen sich Schlussfolgerungen für die Ausbildung von Blasmusikdirigenten ziehen. [less ▲]

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